Automotive Software Expert Witnesses

Barr Group's experienced automotive software expert witnesses advise attorneys in product liability and intellectual property cases.  All of our experts in automotive systems technology have hands-on experience designing electronic systems for cars and trucks.  Barr Group experts have testified in high-profile multi-million dollar class action jury trials.

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Electronic Automotive Systems

Motorcycles, cars, and trucks are increasingly powered by networks of embedded systems, each of which is a combination of software and electronics. Some modern vehicles have over one hundred processors and when even one of these electronic automotive systems malfunctions, the results can be deadly. Barr Group is in the business of designing reliable and secure computers and our team of expert software engineers, electrical engineers, and mechanical engineers is intimately familiar with electronic automotive subsystems including:

  • Engine control units (ECU) and transmissions
  • Anti-lock braking systems​ (ABS)
  • Navigation systems and GPS
  • Airbag controllers and electronic data recorders (EDR)
  • Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS)
  • Automotive vision systems and self-driving technologies
  • Other vehicle safety and security systems
  • In-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and telematics like OnStar
  • CAN busses and related SAE network protocols
  • Hybrid and electric vehicles and battery charging

Barr Group's software experts are familiar with all of the operating systems used by carmakers, including real-time operating systems like OSEK and QNX, and Android/Linux, as well as all programming languages such as assembly, C, C++, and Matlab.  And we are just as comfortable with electronic circuits and ASICs and the Verilog and VHDL languages.

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Expert Witness Services

Barr Group's automotive software experts support plaintiffs and defendants in litigation in U.S. District Courts, at the International Trade Commission (ITC), and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Our services include:

  • Technical assistance with drafting of discovery requests
  • Software source code review and analysis
  • Source code comparisons for copyright and trade secret theft
  • Analysis of electronics and related design documents
  • Prior art review for patent invalidity
  • Reverse engineering, including disassembly of binary code
  • Forensic analysis and accident reconstruction
  • Crash data retrieval and analysis
  • Expert reports, declarations, and witness statements
  • Testimony at deposition, oral hearings, and trials

Our experience with automotive litigation is extensive and includes source code analysis and testimony in the runaway Toyota economic loss and personal injury cases as well as in suits relating to excess VW diesel emissions, faulty MyFord Touch subsystems, and deadly GM ignition switches.

Barr Group has a demonstrated ability to quickly activate one or more code reviewers to match the size, scope, and complexity of any project.

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The following is a representative subset of Barr Group's experts who have experience designing and/or testifying about these technologies:

Automotive Systems

Optical Systems and Interfaces Expert Profile

Physicist with over three decades of industry experience and a prolific innovator in electro-optical systems who invented a new type of optical microscopy, co-invented solid immersion microscopy, designed the first commercial atomic and magnetic force microscope, and invented a laser noise canceller. Has specialized technical expertise in analog circuit design, low noise circuits, optical systems, instruments, and measurements, interferometry, ultrasensitive measurements, and silicon photonics.

Lithium Battery & Ultracapacitor Expert Profile

Chemist and portable power expert with thirty years of industry experience in the fields of lithium batteries and ultracapacitor technologies including management of the team that first commercialized lithium-ion battery technology in North America. Has worked at the leading edge of battery and supercapacitor technology throughout his career, having led battery R&D as well as testing and application engineering organizations.

Explosives & Airbag Propellant Expert Profile

PhD chemist and expert in explosives, including airbag propellants, with thirty-five years of industrial research and development experience as both a staff scientist and manager/director of R&D activities. The primary focus of industrial assignments has been the design of energetic solid materials such as propellants, pyrotechnics, explosives, and gas generants for missile systems as well as automotive airbag applications. Airbag work includes formulating a phase stabilized ammonium nitrate (PSAN)-based gas generant and compatible inflators.

Global Positioning Systems Expert Profile

Electrical engineer with substantial design experience in the fields of GPS and navigation systems, digital signal processing, semiconductors, image processing, and software-defined radio for airborne and ground-based systems and devices in the military, agricultural, industrial, and other markets. Experience includes technical team and architectural leadership for multiple product launches.

Internet Protocols and IoT Expert Profile

Software and systems engineer with several decades of hands-on experience in the design and implementation of complex embedded systems based on Linux, Windows, and real-time operating systems. Specialist in Internetconnected products such as consumer electronics and IoT devices using WiFi 802.11, GSM/LTE cellular, and other wireless and wired protocols. Also has experience with FPGAs and implementing M2M communications through the use of Microsoft .NET-based web services.

Smart Grid Electrical Power Expert Profile

Professor of electrical and computer engineering with significant industry experience in telecom, aerospace/defense, security, and healthcare application domains. Director of a university program that supports NASA’s Johnson Space Center and co-director of a connected infrastructure program that prototypes smart grid, smart energy, smart transportation, and other smart city projects. Research relates to those and other topics that touch on embedded computing systems and communication and networking protocols. Has held executive and senior engineering positions

Biotech and Pharma Database Expert Profile

Experienced computer engineer and corporate information technology leader with a successful track record in the biotech, pharmaceutical, medical device, and other industries. Specialized expertise in software development and testing in a variety of languages and with a range of database platforms and languages. Experienced trainer and engaging communicator.

Battery Chemistry Expert Profile

Technology consultant with more than thirty years of experience in battery, materials, and control system technology and strong capabilities in all aspects of battery systems and energy storage. Former CEO and CTO with experience in start-up and established corporate environments alike. Demonstrated record of success in conceptualizing new products and leading development teams, establishing advanced manufacturing facilities, and applying fundamental new technologies for cost reduction. In addition, has assisted clients in analyzing catastrophic failure of complex battery

DVR Settop Onscreen Guide Expert Profile

Electrical engineer and embedded computing pioneer with over thirty years of experience designing electronics hardware and low-level software as well as more recent experience with mobile apps for Apple iOS platforms. Extensive experience in the design of data communications systems, including for DVR-capable satellite TV receivers and other set-top boxes. Experience with the software inside standards-based protocols ranges from detailed bit level knowledge of the MPEG transport protocol for video to the full TCP/IP Internet protocol stack. Holds a TS/SCI security clearance.

Electronics Source Code Review Expert Profile

<p>Computer engineer with over fifteen years of hands-on experience in all phases of product engineering including system architecture, electronics design, software design and code review, project management, testing, and manufacturing. Areas of specific technical expertise include FPGA and ASIC chip design involving hardware description languages, simulation, synthesis, and timing analysis; printed circuit board electronics design, verification, and debug; embedded software design; and system-level architecture and design.</p>


Expert H555N

Automotive engineer with over twenty five years of experience in road and race vehicle...

Expert S425N

Electrical engineer and expert in battery and power electronics technology with special...

Expert H620K

Technology consultant with more than thirty years of experience in battery,

Expert J525N

Experienced computer engineer and corporate information technology leader with a successful...

Expert J520S

Independent engineering consultant in the design of both electronics and software with a formal...

Expert K642K

Professor of electrical engineering with extensive experience as a technology industry...

Expert S530O

Electrical engineer with extensive electronics and software product development experience...

Expert W550N

Engineer with over thirty-five years of experience designing electronics and software for...

Expert H120S

Physicist with over three decades of industry experience and a prolific

Expert L350N

Electrical engineer with over thirty years of experience in the development and deployment of...


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