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Boston’s MBTA joins the bluetooth beacon bus –it will now track the movement of its riders

If you don’t think you are being tracked as you move around Target or Macy’s or even through a local museum, you must not have a smartphone. Many companies are now using beacons –or stationary devices that measure the...more

New Study Says ... Pace of Adopting Active Safety System Should Be Picked Up

Vehicle safety systems are experiencing a period of development unlike any in the history of the industry. While the 20th century focused on passive safety systems, such as crumple zones, seat belts, and airbags, these...more

OFAC and BIS Announce Further Easing of Cuba Sanctions

Effective September 21, 2015, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) have amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations and...more

US Government Further Relaxes Trade Restrictions with Cuba

However, the new transaction rules leave the embargo largely in effect. Early this week, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and...more

Lyft and First National Bank notified of TCPA violations by FCC

Late last week, Lyft and First National Bank (FNB) were notified by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that they had violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) when they required users to opt in to...more

Vehicle to Infrastructure Technologies

This post is provided by Swad Komanduri, Manager, Market Analysis (VFA), at NextEnergy, where he is responsible for developing, aggregating and synthesizing market intelligence across NextEnergy’s target sectors. With...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. July State Revenue Over Projection - Due to higher than anticipated revenues generated by...more

Russia’s new data law

Russia’s new Data Localisation Law went live yesterday on 1 September. Many companies with operations in Russia are scratching their heads about how to comply. The Basics - The new law applies to businesses with a...more

FAA Announces Crackdown on Unauthorized Drone Flights

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently announced on its website that it was stepping up enforcement actions against individuals and organizations that operate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly known as...more

Cybersecurity and the Aviation Sector: Recent Incidents Highlight Unique Risks

Given the range of threats and the catastrophic impact an attack could have on an airline, strategizing to reduce the risk of breaches and implementing plans to deal with them once they occur should be prioritized at board...more

Mcity Opening Changes the Automotive Industry's Research Environment

The research environment in the automotive industry changed recently with the official opening of Mcity, which is believed to be the first facility especially designed for testing connected and automated vehicles. Mcity was...more

Why Federal and State Agencies are Considering Converting from a “Gallons Consumed” to a “Road Usage” Tax – And What are the Risks...

This Change, It’s a Coming (Maybe) - Many states and the federal government are seriously considering converting from a “gallons consumed” tax levy to a “miles driven” program for determining gasoline tax. There are...more

United Airlines suffers network breach–same hackers as OPM suspected—dark motives

United Airlines has confirmed that it has suffered a data and network breach which occurred during the same time frame as the OPM breach. Investigators suspect the same Chinese state-sponsored hackers are responsible for both...more

Self-Driving Cars - "IP Driving Acquisition"

As Chair of Foley & Lardner’s Electronics Practice Group, I recently published a LinkedIn article about news reports of a group of German auto companies including BMW, Audi and Daimler acquiring HERE Global (Nokia’s map...more

UPS Deal Continues Trend of Corporate Biofuel Commitments

Last Wednesday UPS agreed to purchase up to 46 million gallons of renewable diesel over the course of the next three years from the energy companies Neste, Renewable Energy Group, and Solazyme. The agreement is the...more

U.S. Senators Introduce Automobile-Focused Cybersecurity Legislation

On July 21, Senators Blumenthal (D-CT) and Markey (D-MA) introduced legislation, the Security and Privacy in Your Car Act (“SPY Car”Act), that would protect drivers’ privacy while allowing them to remain connected to the...more

The Connected Car and Keeping YOU in the Driver’s Seat

Remember KITT? KITT (the Knight Industries Two Thousand) was the self-directed, self-driving, supercomputer hero of the popular 1980s television show Knight Rider. Knight Rider was a science fiction fantasy profiling the “car...more

Drone on Drones: Fly into the Danger Zone

It’s wildfire season in California, a dangerous time of year made worse by the ongoing drought. Yet, another threat entirely is plaguing firefighters this year. During at least five fires over the past month, aircraft...more

Forget Uber for a Moment. The Real Danger on the Road (and Elsewhere) May Be Remote Controlled Hijacking

Technology only imagined a decade ago is everywhere. It’s in our hands, on our laps, and on our desks. But it can also be found in our buildings and, increasingly, in and on our transportation infrastructure. Think wireless...more

This Is Not Your Father's Oldsmobile: Car Hacking and the SPY Car Act

Not coincidentally, on July 21, 2015, Wired Magazine published an article with groundbreaking evidence of hacking a car wirelessly, and Senators Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced legislation...more

Data Privacy and Passenger Name Records - MEPs Approve EU Rules With Data Protection Safeguards

Draft EU rules on sharing and protecting Passenger Name Record (PNR) data of people flying to or from the EU, were approved by the Civil Liberties Committee on 15 July 2015. Once passed into law, this data will be collected...more

Uber is Driving an Unknown Road: How Certain App Features Can Help

Last Friday, Homejoy—a startup that provided on-demand house cleaners—announced that it will be shutting down at the end of July. In an interview with Re/Code, Homejoy’s CEO attributed its fall to the recent Uber decision,...more

The Internet of Things and the Inevitable Collision with Products Liability PART 2: One Step Closer

The Internet of Things and the Inevitable Collision with Products Liability, published in February 2015, identified a number of factors leading to the emergence and phenomenal growth of the Internet of Things (IoT). It also...more

Energy Companies and Utilities Are Well Advised to Engage in Drone Privacy Discussions

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reports that, as of July 9, 2015, it has granted 746 Petitions for Exemption under Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 authorizing commercial operations with...more

Four New Apps Give Uber a Run for its Money

In the realm of ridesharing, Uber reigns supreme, with an independent valuation of $50 billion that dwarfs not just all its competitors, but every other privately held company in the world. Yet the innovations it has spurned...more

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