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Autonomous Cars are Here to Stay, but are Cities ready for them?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Without question, autonomous cars and autonomous systems are here to stay. As automotive manufacturers, suppliers, and new entrants to the industry dive headfirst into the autonomous vehicle sector, questions remain as to how...more

Insurance Issues Facing the Automotive and Transportation Industries in the Transition To Autonomous Vehicles

by King & Spalding on

The world of self-driving cars and trucks is now upon us. Among other expected impacts, the gradual transition from driver-controlled to semi-autonomous to fully-autonomous vehicles will mean significant changes in insurance...more

Dieselgate: Bringing a Face to Scandal Impacting Volkswagen Owners

A Volkswagen manager pleaded guilty to conspiracy and violating the Clean Air Act and could get seven years in prison. A Volkswagen engineer who agreed to testify against the Volkswagen manager was sentenced to three years in...more

House Passes SELF DRIVE Act

by Morgan Lewis on

The US House of Representatives passed the ‘‘Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research In Vehicle Evolution Act,’’ or the ‘‘SELF DRIVE Act’’ on September 6. As stated in the act, the purpose of the law is to...more

California Department of Motor Vehicles Gives Green Light to Autonomous Testing

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

While developers of autonomous vehicles have not always had welcome news from the California DMV, they recently received some helpful clarity on the regulations applicable to autonomous vehicle testing on California public...more

UK Automotive Round-up – October 2017

by Dentons on

The UK automotive industry is facing an unprecedented range of environmental challenges – and arguably opportunities. The "dieselgate" defeat devices scandal and resulting litigation, the 2040 electric vehicle switchover and...more

Today, President Trump Decertified the Iran Deal and Announced Tougher Sanctions on Iran

What does decertification mean? For the time being, decertification is a solely U.S. issue. Under the Iran nuclear agreement (known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA), Iran agreed to limits on its nuclear...more

The connected car: How European data protection, smart transport systems, and competition law intersect

by Hogan Lovells on

In this hoganlovells.com interview, partner Winston Maxwell and counsel Gianni De Stefano discuss how European data protection, smart transport systems, and competition law intersect and the impact they will have on the...more

Getting to data nirvana: Mapping connected car data usage scenarios and creating a holistic data governance plan

by Hogan Lovells on

In this hoganlovells.com interview, partner Winston Maxwell discusses how Hogan Lovells helps connected car manufacturers to develop simplified frameworks that internal stakeholders can use to understand business and...more

For the Benefit of Mr. Kite – Fiction in the World of Quality Assurance

by Thomas Fox on

The basics were laid out by Peter Wells and Emiko Terazono in a Financial Times (FT) article entitled “Kobe Steel scandal hits Boeing, Toyota and Nissan”. The Japanese company admitted it had falsified “inspection data on an...more

Asserted Claims Found Indefinite in Electrical Connectors Investigation

by Jones Day on

In a recently issued claim construction order, Chief Administrative Law Judge Bullock held that terms included in all asserted claims are indefinite. He accordingly found the asserted claims invalid, stayed the Investigation,...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A roundup on Richard Thaler, the U Chicago professor named Monday as the winner of this year’s Nobel Prize in economics for his groundbreaking work in behavioral economics (and the consistently irrational human nature)....more

Senate Takes the On-Ramp for Autonomous Vehicles

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Senate to propose companion legislation to House’s SELF DRIVE Act. Key Points: - The Senate Commerce Committee passed a self-driving car bill that is similar but not identical to a version recently passed by the House...more

GM Announces Plan to Introduce 20 New Electric Vehicles by 2023

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On Monday, General Motors announced plans to execute on its commitment to a future with “zero emissions, zero congestion and zero crashes.” Two new all-electric vehicles (based on learnings from the Bolt) will be introduced...more

Ripple Effect of Poor Auto Manufacturing Threatens Consumer Safety

Porsche rolled out its line of Cayenne sport-utility vehicles with carefree cruising in mind. Volkswagen did the same think with its Touareg models. Now, about 125,000 of the upscale SUVs have been recalled because of fuel...more

39th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners publishes Resolution on Data Protection in Automated...

by Reed Smith on

The 39th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Hong Kong published a Resolution on Data Protection in Automated and Connected Vehicles, which sets out fundamental data protection...more

Yes, the Trolley IS a Problem

Recently, the “trolley problem,” a decades-old thought experiment in moral philosophy, has been enjoying a second career of sorts, appearing in nightmare visions of a future in which cars make life-and-death decisions for us....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Yahoo—via new parent Verizon Communications—has officially tripled its estimate of the number of accounts affected by its 2013 cyber hack, putting the total at a staggering 3 billion (aka, all of them)....more

South East Asia: 5 reasons why it is an essential patent filing destination

by FPA Patent Attorneys on

Here are the top 5 reasons why you should file your patent in South East Asia. 1. South East Asia is big - South East Asia, and the 10 member countries of ASEAN (the Association of South East Asian Nations) in...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Equifax’s ex-CEO Richard Smith will be on the Hill today to address the a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Smith is expected to report that a “widespread breakdown in security safeguards” at his former...more

Fewer Diesel Options Available for 2018 Light Duty Vehicles

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Consumer options for light duty diesel vehicles are expected to be slimmer next year. The U.S. Department of Energy and EPA released its preliminary 2018 Fuel Economy Guide, which lists just 11 light duty diesel vehicles,...more

Worldwide Group of Data Privacy Regulators Issues Guidance on Connected-Car Technologies

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A global group of data privacy regulators has, for the first time, set forth data privacy and security guidance on the development of automated and connected-car technologies. ...more

Is this the end of the Internal Combustion Engine?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Recently, my 16-year-old son jumped into my car to drive it. It was his first time driving my car. My car does not have keyless ignition. He hopped in the driver’s seat, threw the keys into the cup holder and asked “where is...more

New Ownership Model Accelerates Adoption of Electric Vehicles

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

While recent innovations in batteries have been driving down the cost of electric vehicles, electric vehicles still initially cost a premium over their gasoline-powered counterparts, even with the assistance of large tax...more

Automated Vehicles: Do New Act and Policy Clarify the Regulatory Future?

by Perkins Coie on

The Trump administration took its first major step to facilitate the deployment of automated vehicles with the Department of Transportation’s release of “Automated Driving Systems 2.0: A Vision for Safety,” an update to the...more

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