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Could the Flying Car Finally Take Off?

Autonomous vehicles have been hailed as the solution to overcrowded roads and their impact on America’s aging infrastructure. However, recent accidents involving automated vehicles have some wondering if having less cars on...more

Utah votes to let authorities disable drones near wildfires

This week, in Salt Lake City, lawmakers approved a bill that would allow Utah authorities (i.e., firefighters or law enforcement) to disable and down drones if they are being flown too close to wildfires. Governor Gary...more

Safe-Driving Technology: Increasing danger behind the wheel?

Is safe-driving technology increasing our risk behind the wheel? While airbags, crash warning systems, improved child safety restraints, and shoulder belts offer safety benefits, so-called “infotainment systems” and...more

Gear Up for Driverless Cars: A Moment to Reflect, Collaborate and Innovate

The recent fatal accident in Florida involving a Tesla with its “Autopilot” technology reportedly engaged has put even more eyes on the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) as it works on regulatory guidance. NHTSA...more

New, Relaxed Regulations Make Drone Use on Construction Projects Easier

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently introduced relaxed regulations concerning the use of drones for commercial purposes. The new regulations could have a significant impact on drone usage in the construction...more

Court of Appeals Hears National Federation of the Blind’s Challenge to DOT Rule Regarding Blind-Accessible Kiosks at Domestic...

On June 29, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard the National Federation of the Blind’s (NFB) challenge to a Department of Transportation (DOT) Final Rule regarding air carriers’ duty to...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, July 2016

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI - EPA Launches Advisory Panels: On June 15, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched two advisory panels designed to facilitate small businesses to provide feedback to EPA...more

FAA issues long awaited Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Regulations

New Law Goes into Effect August 29, 2016 - After many months, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued regulations towards integrating Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS, also called Drones) into the national...more

Oklahoma, other states limit flights of unmanned aircraft

Q: The governor recently signed legislation to regulate unmanned aircraft in some instances. What does the law do? A: The new act regulates flights of unmanned aircraft over certain facilities, such as refineries,...more

FAA Issues Final Rule for Operators of Drones (Small UAS) – Part 107

On June 21, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued its final rule on how businesses may use small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The rule, which is commonly known as Part 107, is expected to take effect in...more

Significant Liberalization of Foreign Investment Rules in India

On June 20, 2016, the Indian government, in an effort to open up the Indian economy and bring in much-needed foreign capital, announced a radical liberalization of the foreign direct investment (FDI) rules by liberalizing...more

FAA Regs For Small Drones — A Step In The Right Direction

On June 21, 2016, after a long wait and much anticipation, the Federal Aviation Administration announced that it had finalized the regulations that will govern the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in...more

Drone Mapping the Way of the Future for Insurance Companies

Drone mapping provides insurance companies with an easy, fast and accurate method of documenting a scene and preserving key details while also letting the process of clean-up and reconstruction begin as quickly as possible....more

Will Fatal Self-Driving Crash Put the Brakes on Autonomous Vehicles?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is handling a full load of safety recalls and investigations these days, including the investigation of a fatal crash involving Tesla’s Autopilot system. On May 7, a man was...more

New Drone Operational Rules Finalized by the FAA

On June 21, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) finalized the first operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as drones. The new rules will take effect in...more

Connected Cars and Self-Driving Cars: Not on Auto Pilot in Terms of Legal Risks

The next car you buy may not need you in the driver’s seat. While the self-driving car may be rolling up to your driveway soon, there are still many issues related to legal risks that do not seem to be on auto pilot. Whether...more

EU Cybersecurity Directive Brings Notification and Security Requirements for Industry

The first European Union-wide rules on cybersecurity have been adopted by the European Parliament. Approved on July 6, 2016, the Directive on Security of Network and Information Systems (NIS Directive) creates new risk...more

California Governor Announces Deal to Remove Regulation of Lyft, Uber from PUC

On June 27, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown, Senator Jerry Hill, Senator Mark Leno, and Assemblymember Mike Gatto announced a blockbuster agreement to transfer oversight of ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft...more

New FAA Regulations for Drones

On June 21, 2016, the FAA issued its long-awaited regulations governing “Small Unmanned Aircraft,” or drone operation. The regulations relate to the use of drones weighing less than 55 pounds. The following outlines some of...more

City Transportation Officials Weigh-in on Automated Vehicles

Then National Association of City Transportation Officials (“NACTO”) released its policy recommendations for automated vehicles on June 23, 2016. Although much of the discussion to date has focused on the safety and...more

3D Printing Quarterly Report - Q2 2016

3D printer shipments in U.S. jump 20% in 2015: IDC - International Data Corp (IDC) research found 3D printer shipments in the U.S. grew by almost 20% in 2015 compared to 2014. Looking ahead, 3D printer shipments in the...more

Commercial Drones Set To Take Flight

On June 21, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) unveiled a landmark set of new rules for the commercial operation of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), more popularly known as drones. The new rules will take...more

FAA's New Rules Are a Green Light For Growth of Commercial Drones

On June 21, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its long awaited amendments to regulations for the operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”), defined as aircraft weighing less than 55 pounds....more

UAS in the USA: An Overview of the FAA's New Drone Rules

On June 21, 2016, the FAA announced its new rules to govern non-hobbyist small UAS (“sUAS” or “drones”) operations. Gluttons for punishment can read the entire 624-page FAA document here; others can read a summary of the...more

Latest Developments in US Privacy and Technology Law

This update provides a snapshot of the Senate’s vote on expansion of the FBI’s National Security Letter authority and the House’s upcoming vote on the Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill as it...more

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