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

GPS Navigation Systems Expert Profile

Experienced engineer and product manager who has been working with leading-edge navigation technologies for twenty-five years.

Microprocessor Design Expert Profile

Adjunct professor of electrical and computer engineering with years of industry experience in the design of microprocessors for infotainment and multimedia systems, as well as wireless and GPS systems.

FPGA & Semiconductor Design Expert Profile

Electrical engineer and independent consultant specializing in the design of microcontroller-based embedded control systems, especially those with a wireless communications requirement. 

Battery and Power Electronics Expert Profile

Electrical engineer and expert in battery and power electronics technology with special technical expertise in motor drives and inverters.

Medical Device Design Expert Profile

Engineer with over thirty-five years of experience designing electronics and software for consumer electronics products and safety-critical medical devices.

Communications System Expert Profile

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

User Interface Design Expert Profile

Accomplished software and systems engineer with specialized expertise in user interface design and human factors issues for embedded, mobile, web, desktop, and server software.

Handheld Devices Design Expert Profile

Electrical engineer with two decades of experience in the design of embedded systems with a particular emphasis on the internals of Linux and its filesystems.

Telecommunications Systems Expert Profile

Electrical engineer and consultant with a practice in telecommunications, information technology, media, electronics, and e-business.

Embedded Software Design Expert Profile

Former adjunct professor of computer engineering with more than twenty-five years of experience in the software industry, including over a decade spent developing software for embedded systems.

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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 J520S

Long-time independent engineering consultant in the design of both electronics and software in...

Expert K642K

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

Expert S5300

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

Expert W550-WMN

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

Expert L350N

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

Expert B600R

Former adjunct professor of computer engineering with more than twenty-five years of experience...

Expert G615N

Electrical engineer and independent consultant specializing in the design of microcontroller-...

Expert B420K

Experienced engineer and product manager who has been working with leading-edge navigation...

Expert G341F

Electrical engineer with two decades of experience in the design of embedded systems with a...

Expert B624L

Adjunct professor of electrical and computer engineering with years of industry experience in...

Expert L110F

Electrical engineer and consultant with a practice in telecommunications, information technology...

Expert R251K

Accomplished software and systems engineer with specialized expertise in user interface design...

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