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US House Subcommittee Greenlights Proposal to Preempt State Regulations for Autonomous Vehicles

by Dentons on

A House panel on Wednesday unanimously advanced a sweeping proposal that would carve out new exemptions for thousands of experimental autonomous vehicles from existing federal auto safety standards, marking Congress's most...more

US FCC Allocates 5 GHz of Contiguous Spectrum for Next Generation Vehicular Radar

by Hogan Lovells on

On July 13, the United States (“US”) Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued a decision allocating a contiguous 5 GHz band of radio frequency spectrum for vehicular radar operations. The decision implemented in the...more

The Sharing Economy: Ride Sharing Provides Unique Challenges to Automotive Manufacturers Going Forward

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A recent study published by AlixPartners estimates that for each car-sharing vehicle on the road, 32 personal vehicle purchases do not occur, which to date has resulted in 500,000 missed vehicle sales for automotive...more

Connected Cars and Autonomous Vehicles: The Evolving Landscape of Product Liability, Product Safety, and Product Compliance

by Hogan Lovells on

In this hoganlovells.com interview, Dr. Sebastian Polly talks about how connected cars and automated/autonomous vehicles (AV) will impact the concept of product liability. He also addresses how automakers and suppliers will...more

The Trolley Dilemma and Autonomous Cars — Critical Decisions

Autonomous cars on a highway Fleets of autonomous cars are navigating U.S. highways and byways every day. Once an unfathomable dream, as most technology has been throughout history, driverless vehicles with programmed minds...more

Data Privacy Issues of Self-Driving Vehicles

by Bryan Cave on

In the next five years we will see more and more self-driving vehicles, or autonomous vehicles, hit the market. An “autonomous vehicle” is a vehicle capable of navigating roadways and interpreting traffic-control devices...more

Cybersecurity Issues of Self-Driving Vehicles

by Bryan Cave on

In the next five years we will see more and more self-driving vehicles, or autonomous vehicles, hit the market. An “autonomous vehicle” is a vehicle capable of navigating roadways and interpreting traffic-control devices...more

One year after the Brexit vote – Scotland Yard (still) drives BMW (Aston Martin being reserved for Hollywood)

by Bryan Cave on

This is why Theresa May`s Secretary of State for Business visited BMW´s headquarters in Munich to lobby for BMW`s plant in Oxford. Exactly one year after the Brexit vote, on June 22, 2017, a group of renowned employment...more

Electrification of the Auto Industry Steps on the Gas

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On the heels of Volkswagen announcing moves toward electrifying its vehicle fleet, and Tesla beginning its production run of its highly anticipated Model 3, several other recent developments show momentum continuing to build...more

How Connected Cars and Autonomous Vehicles Will Change and Shape the Future of How We Move

by Hogan Lovells on

In this hoganlovells.com interview, Hogan Lovells partner Lance Bultena talks about the impact connected cars and autonomous vehicles (AVs) will have on America’s infrastructure and environment; the services associated with...more

Northern District Of California Partially Dismisses Securities Claims For Failure To Sufficiently Allege Misstatements And Control...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 28, 2017, Judge Charles R. Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California ruled, among other things, that allegations of knowledge of “defeat devices” did not equate to knowledge of...more

“Too Important to Jail,” the Yates Memorandum and FCPA Criminal Prosecutions

by Michael Volkov on

The Justice Department’s continuing lack of individual criminal prosecutions in the FCPA arena continues to raise serious questions. DOJ’s issuance of the Yates memorandum was seen as a new and important reiteration of DOJ’s...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Tesla’s rise to the top of the US car heap in terms of market value raised a lot of eyebrows a few months ago. GM bumped it back down yesterday, but its three months as #1 marked what felt like a serious shift in the auto...more

Takata Declares Bankruptcy: What are the Key Next Steps for Suppliers?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On June 25, 2017, Takata’s US arm, TK Holdings Inc. and certain affiliates excluding certain foreign debtors such as Takata Corporation (Japan) (the “Takata US Debtors”), filed chapter 11 cases seeking bankruptcy protection...more

US Congress poised to adopt regulatory regime for autonomous vehicles

by Dentons on

The chairmen of the House and Senate Energy and Commerce committees have begun sketching the basic contours of a new regulatory regime to govern the safe testing and operation of driverless cars, and last week the House held...more

FTC and NHTSA Navigate Privacy and Security Issues at “Connected Cars” Workshop

by WilmerHale on

The majority of new cars today come with a variety of so-called “connected” features, such as the ability to communicate with one another, Internet-connected features and video content, and even the ability to drive...more

Argentina's Law 27,263 is strongly criticized at the WTO Market Access Committee for local content requirements in the automotive...

by King & Spalding on

At an informal meeting of the WTO Market Access Committee on 23 June 2017, several WTO Members raised concerns about Argentine Law No. 27,263‘Regime for the Development and Strengthening of the Argentine Auto-Parts Industry:...more

Another State Passes Driverless Car Testing Law

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Nevada is the latest state to update its self-driving technology laws. Assembly Bill 69, passed earlier this month with heavy support from the automotive industry, allows for testing and operations of fully autonomous...more

Congressional Hearing on Driverless Cars: Tuesday, June 27

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection will hold a hearing today on self-driving vehicle legislation at 10 am. ...more

Congress Faces Tough Questions on the Road to Governing Self-Driving Cars

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Self-driving cars must also scare the hell out of Congress too. This past June 14 – long after states began their forays into regulating self-driving cars – the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee...more

Tesla’s CEO makes personal pledge for employee safety

by FordHarrison on

Tesla, an electric-automobile manufacturer, made headlines last month after Worksafe, a California-based worker advocacy group, released a report in May indicating that the injury rates at Tesla’s Fremont manufacturing...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Troubled Japanese auto parts maker Takata, “crippled by vast airbag recalls,” has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US and is planning to sell its surviving operations to Key Safety Systems, an American rival owned by a...more

Germany Permits Automated Vehicles

by White & Case LLP on

On 21 June 2017, Germany enacted a bill legalizing automated vehicles ("AV Bill"). The AV Bill modifies the current Road Traffic Act and defines the requirements for highly and fully automated vehicles to use public roads. It...more

Bipartisan Group of Senators Releases Principles for Federal Autonomous Vehicle Laws

by Buchalter on

Last week, U.S. Senators John Thune (R-SD), Gary Peters (D-Mich), and Bill Nelson (D-Fla) released a framework for autonomous vehicle legislation based on these six principles...more

The Future Has Arrived For Self-Driving Cars

We first began studying the implications of self-driving cars, or “AVs”, two years ago. At that time, observers predicted that fully autonomous “Level 5” cars (i.e., a car with no steering wheel) would not appear in...more

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