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The Department of Transportation Helps Clear the Road for Autonomous Vehicles

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released A Vision for Safety 2.0, an update to its prior guidance on automated driving systems. The new guidance adopts a...more

Wheels Are Turning on Federal Self-Driving Policy

One year ago, the federal government test drove its first set of self-driving policies with a four-part announcement from the U.S. Department of Transportation. In twelve months, much has changed, but the wheels are still...more

Stout Issues Third Annual Warranty and Recall Report

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Massive automotive recalls continue to grab headlines and raise concerns industry-wide. Recalls of light vehicles topped 50 million units in 2016, representing the third consecutive year of elevated – and record setting –...more

Sustainable Development Update - September 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Cal State Long Beach adds solar panels on campus - Long Beach Post - Sep 15 - To advance toward a goal of carbon neutrality on campus by 2030, Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) recently...more

[Webinar] Everything You Need to Know About Certifying your UAS! - October 4th, 1:00pm ET

by LeClairRyan on

With Part 107 firmly behind us, attention is now focused on the complexity of UAS operations. In our last webinar, we saw how much we can do with a waiver, but commercial exploitation of advanced capabilities, such as, fully...more

Drone Federalism Act Seeks to Curb Call for “Anti-Drone” Technology

by Benesch on

The past decade has seen a rapid increase in the use of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”) (sometimes, though unusually inaccurately, called “drones”). This has caused concerns among state and federal lawmakers over a wide...more

D.C. Circuit Strikes Down FAA’s Recreational UAS Rule

by Benesch on

The Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) has long set standards for the operation of aircraft in the United States, including extensive requirements for aircraft registration. Historically, the FAA did not interpret the...more

Department of Transportation Releases New Voluntary Guidance for Autonomous Vehicles

On September 12, 2017, the Department of Transportation (DOT) released new Voluntary Guidance for Automated Driving Systems (ADS) in a document titled “A Vision for Safety 2.0” (the “Guidance”). The document, which comes as...more

DOT Releases New Federal Guidance for Automated Driving Systems

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Department of Transportation released new federal guidance for Automated Driving Systems (ADSs) on September 12, 2017. The new Voluntary Guidance—titled “Automated Driving Systems 2.0: A Vision for Safety”—replaces...more

Auto 2.0 Is More Than Just About the Automobile – From Shuttles to Logistics and More

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The introduction of near autonomous vehicles to public roadways is set to completely revolutionize the way humans and goods navigate cityscapes in the coming years. Although Tesla’s autopilot feature has become the early...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Sep. 8th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s update features a number of traditional “distributor” stories and updates on short-term rentals. We elected not to include a story involving the much-publicized leadership changes at Expedia (and Uber) as I’m sure...more

Beyond Care, Custody, and Control: Data Security Best Practices for the Transportation and Logistics Sector

by Benesch on

The receipt, storage, and handling of sensitive shipper data occurs, often frequently and in real-time, alongside the flow of goods. Commercial shippers are well aware of the supply chain security risk to the materials and...more

Transport Canada proposes UAV regulatory overhaul – Key amendments and expected impact: Are you ready?

by Dentons on

The use of unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs or drones) for both commercial and recreational purposes has grown exponentially in recent years and shows no signs of slowing down. Drones can be used for aerial photography,...more

EPA Seeks Public Comment on Re-Opened Midterm Review of MY 2022-2025 Greenhouse Gas Standards and MY 2021 Standards

by King & Spalding on

On August 21, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) published a joint notice in the Federal Register requesting public comment on EPA’s...more

Key Takeaways: NHTSA’s Voluntary Guidance for Automated Driving Systems

by Miller Canfield on

The U.S. Department of Transportation ("DOT") released its revised federal policy for automated vehicles, entitled “Automated Driving Systems 2.0: A Vision for Safety” (the “Voluntary Guidance”) on September 12, 2017, and at...more

Congress and executive branch continue momentum toward bipartisan federal policies on autonomous vehicles

by Dentons on

A week after the House of Representatives passed sweeping autonomous vehicle (AV) legislation, the Senate and the Trump administration both moved forward on AV policy initiatives this week, with Department of Transportation...more

NHTSA Releases New Automated Vehicle Policy

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) this week released Automated Driving Systems 2.0: A Vision for Safety. This updated guidance on automated driving...more

UK Government Issues Cybersecurity Guidance for Connected and Automated Vehicles

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On 6 August 2017, the UK government released ‘The Key Principles of Vehicle Cyber Security for Connected and Automated Vehicles’, guidance aimed at ensuring minimum cybersecurity protections for consumers in the manufacture...more

Aviation Happenings - Summer 2017

Aviation Happenings - Summer 2017 The Summer 2017 edition of Schnader’s Aviation Group newsletter examines some of the most recent and relevant case and developments in aviation law, including: • Midair Collision Case...more

Trump Administration Issues New Guidance for Automated Driving Systems

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced this week the Trump administration's first significant guidance concerning autonomous vehicles and Automated Driving Systems (ADS)....more

Self-Driving Vehicles

by Bryan Cave on

Self-driving cars, or autonomous vehicles, may be the greatest disruptive innovation to travel that we have experienced in a century. A fully-automated, self-driving car is able to perceive its environment, determine the...more

If China Can Cap-and-Trade Auto Fuel, Why Can’t We?

Bloomberg reported earlier this week that: China will soon unveil a mandatory cap-and-trade credit program for electric cars, starting the countdown for carmakers to be in compliance with stricter rules on emissions and...more

House Passes SELF DRIVE Act, With Security And Privacy In Mind

by King & Spalding on

On Wednesday, September 6, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 3388, the SELF DRIVE Act (the “Act”). While the Act’s primary purpose is to preempt state laws that regulate automated vehicles, and instead...more

Government Agency Action Accelerates on Drone Operations

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Drone Report discusses FAA’s statement on the success of Part 107 (its regulations governing commercial uses of small drones), the status of drone-related rulemakings, DOD’s guidance on...more

SELF DRIVE Act Passes the House as Senate Prepares Its Own Bill

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On September 6, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research In Vehicle Evolution (“SELF DRIVE”) Act, H.R. 3388. All eyes are now on the Senate, which is drafting its own...more

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