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Will Mirrorless Cars Help Prevent Car Accidents?

Recently, Las Vegas, Nevada was host to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) which is one of the most anticipated technology events annually. This year, a concept car designed by BMW is the star of the show. This innovative...more

Top 2016 Litigation Issues Facing the Auto Supply Chain

Nobody likes a fight. Well, almost nobody. Trial lawyers, boxers, and MMA fighters might be the only ones. But, in business, the occasional fight is pretty much inevitable. What fights do we foresee for those in the auto...more

Business Litigation Report - January 2016

Legal Issues Raised by the Driverless Vehicle Revolution – PART 2 - Part 1 of this article, published in the December 2015 Business Litigation Report, described emerging driverless vehicle technology and related patent...more

Legal Issues Raised by the Driverless Vehicle Revolution – PART 2

Part 1 of this article, published in the December 2015 Business Litigation Report, described emerging driverless vehicle technology and related patent and patent ligation issues. Part 2 continues this discussion with the...more

Legal Developments in Connected Car Arena Provide Glimpse of Privacy and Data Security Regulation in Internet of Things

With the holiday season in the rear view, automobiles equipped with the newest technology connecting carmakers with their vehicles, vehicles with the world around them, and drivers with the consumer marketplace – Connected...more

2016 Automotive M&A Outlook

The automotive industry experienced extraordinarily high levels of deal activity in 2015. Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the sector are expected to remain strong in 2016, but deal volume and frequency may slightly taper...more

When Mechanical Failure is to Fault

Automobiles have thousands of parts. Each of these parts operate in concert to propel the vehicle down the road. When these parts fail they can make a vehicle unsafe to drive. Brake failures, tire blowouts, malfunctioning...more

Baby You Can Drive My Car

Consumers can expect many benefits from their cars’ increased data collection programs, running the gamut from simple location services like GPS and OnStar to “networked” cars that can communicate their location with other...more

On the Road: Safer Rental Cars

A mind boggling number of cars are on the recall list for safety problems – including about 34 million American vehicles for defective Takata airbags alone. Additionally, last year was a record for the National Highway...more

The Rise of Driverless Cars

Automotive industry experts claim that we will be sharing the road with totally autonomous cars within the next five years. The benefits of driverless cars are obvious. People on average spend about two hours per day in a car...more

“Proactive Safety Principles” Agreement Reached with NHTSA

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and all of the major automakers doing business in the United States have agreed on a Statement of Proactive Safety Principles that are intended to reaffirm the agency...more

DOT and automakers agree to data sharing pact to encourage best cybersecurity practices

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has entered into a data sharing agreement with all of the major car manufacturers, which includes the requirement that the manufacturers develop best practices around...more

2016 Outlook: NHTSA, Automotive Safety, and Cybersecurity

2016 will likely be an active year for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and increased enforcement actions and new technology and privacy measures are expected. Below are four things to keep in mind...more

Best Practices for Handling Vehicle Event Data Recorders

Event data recorders, also known as “black boxes” or “sensing diagnostic modules,” capture information such as the speed of a vehicle and the use of a safety belt. In the event of a collision this information can be used to...more

FTC Reveals Auto Distribution Workshop Agenda

On January 6, the FTC released the full agenda for its upcoming one-day workshop, “Auto Distribution: Current Issues and Future Trends,” scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C. on January 19. ...more

Self-Driving Cars: Legal Issues Ahead

Companies including Apple, Google, Tesla, Toyota and Uber are all developing and testing self-driving car technology. Toyota announced in November that it would spend $1 billion over the next five years on research centers...more

Trademark Bully or Not?

Chrysler and Moab Industries LLC (“Moab”) have been battling over the Moab mark for years. Moab holds the federally registered trademark Moab Industries®. Its business involves customization or uplifting vehicles—primarily...more

Autonomous Vehicles - How Will Regulators Keep Up With The Technology?

On December 16, 2015, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (CA DMV) issued draft regulations for the deployment (not just testing) of autonomous vehicles. When adopted, they may be the first such regulations in the...more

Ignition Switch Flaw Linked to Hundreds of Personal Injuries, Deaths

A recall of more than 2.6 million vehicles by auto manufacturer General Motors has set off intense scrutiny of the auto giant’s safety practices. An investigation into the recall, which addressed faulty ignition switches in...more

FTC to Host Workshop Regarding Regulatory Environment of the U.S. Auto Distribution System

On December 14, the FTC announced that it will host a one-day workshop, Auto Distribution: Current Issues & Future Trends, to examine current issues and future trends related to the distribution of motor vehicles in the...more

California Proposes Regulations On Deployment of Autonomous Cars

California’s DMV recently released preliminary regulations on self-driving cars—and proposed a ban on cars without a driver on board. The rules stem from a 2012 law ordering the DMV to issue rules on autonomous vehicles. The...more

Put Your Money Where Your Lidar Is

In November, CB Insights hosted a webinar entitled The Rise of Auto Tech: What’s Coming, Who’s Doing it, And Who Will Be Affected.” The webinar covered a number of topics related to auto tech, including funding trends and...more

Breaking News: UAW Wins VW Manufacturing Plant Vote in Tennessee

On Friday, the United Auto Workers claimed victory in its long-running efforts to organize the VW plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Reportedly capturing 71 percent of the vote (108 in favor to 44 against), the election...more

Big win for car manufacturers, dismissal of data breach suit

A California federal court dismissed a proposed class action against Toyota Motor Corp. (Toyota), Ford Motor Co. (Ford) and General Motors, LLC (GM) this week, after a class of drivers alleged that the car companies failed to...more

Illinois Asbestos Court Rules on Personal Jurisdiction in First Post-Daimler Decisions

In what is believed to be the Court’s first post-Daimler written decisions on the issue, Madison County, Illinois Judge Stephen A. Stobbs recently issued two decisions addressing whether the Court has personal jurisdiction...more

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