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The 2017 Automotive Mergers and Acquisitions Outlook

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As we stand here in early 2017, we are further away from the all-time high in valuations and deal activity that we witnessed in 2015; but despite signs that the extended expansion cycle for the industry may be plateauing,...more

Volkswagen Announces Major Steps Toward Electrifying Its Vehicle Fleet

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

While fans of electrifying rides got a boost from the box office this week, fans of electrified rides are living in exciting times as well....more

Are We There Yet? Paving the Way for Autonomous Vehicle Claims

Autonomous or self-driving vehicles (AVs), once confined to the realm of science fiction, are now a reality. Most vehicles on the road today rely on some aspect of autonomous technology. Vehicles of the future will be...more

National League of Cities Releases Guide on Preparing for Autonomous Vehicles

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The National League of Cities just released “Autonomous Vehicles: A Policy Preparation Guide,” giving municipalities a much-needed resource around tracking legislative developments and having a voice in the policy discussion...more

The Road to Autonomous Vehicles: Insurance Implications

by Jones Day on

As autonomous vehicles move toward mass implementation, businesses in this industry segment are studying product liability questions that will arise, some of which are likely to be distinctly different in character from the...more

Fans Rejoice: The Fate of the Furious Delivers

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Taking a break from our regular legal and business analysis, this post focuses on a different type of industry topic. As a long-time fan of The Fast and the Furious franchise and a lover of all things automotive, I anxiously...more

Litigating Disruption in the Automotive Industry's Supply Chain

by Hogan Lovells on

“We’ve seen an increase in litigation over supply chain disruption in the automotive industry,” said Hogan Lovells partner Dr. Detlef Hass. “In the past, there was a sense that suppliers wanted to keep their customers happy...more

Car Industry Focuses on Luring Younger Buyers as Millennials Shift Attitudes on Car Ownership

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

For years, we have been reading articles about how teen licensing rates are falling (from 88.6 percent in 1996 to 71.2 percent in 2015). We have also seen much hand wringing about millennials forgoing car ownership in favor...more

Have the Good Times Ceased to Roll?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Ahhh, the heady days of 2016. Remember that? 17.6 million vehicles sold in the United States. As reported by Automotive News (and others), Deutsche Bank says those good times may very well be over and the Auto Industry may be...more

3D Printing Quarterly Report - Q1 2017

by Benesch on

IDC forecasts that worldwide spending on 3D printers, along with associated software, materials and services, will reach $28.9 billion in 2020, compared to an estimated $13.2 billion in 2016. It’s expected that the...more

How Autonomous Vehicles Will Change and Shape the Product Liability Market

by Hogan Lovells on

In this hoganlovells.com interview, Dr. Sebastian Lach discusses the massive liability shift that will occur as autonomous vehicles (AV) hit the roadways and the factors that will influence how insurers calculate risk....more

"Look Mom No Hands!" But Lots of Rules for AI Cars in California

by Lewitt Hackman on

You may have heard the news: An Uber Technologies Inc. autonomous vehicle was involved in an accident in Arizona. A human driver in a Honda CRV turning left at a yellow light hit the self-driving Volvo as it was crossing the...more

The SAVe Act: A Roadblock To Automated Vehicle Innovation

by WilmerHale on

The automobile is poised at an historic inflection point that rivals the introduction of the internal combustion engine over a hundred years ago. Autonomous vehicle technology — currently being developed and tested...more

Self-Driving Cars – Coming to a TN Traffic Light Next to You

Self-driving cars – coming to a traffic light next to you. It has been over eight years since Google first began testing its self-driving cars on the road, and now the Tennessee General Assembly thinks it's time for them to...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Navient Corp., facing CFPB allegations that it didn’t live up to its promises of helping its 12 million customers manage their loans, now has a two-faced problem after a recently filed motion to dismiss in which it argued...more

Product Liability & Complex Litigation Vol. 1, No. 1

by Butler Snow LLP on

We are pleased to provide you with this edition of the firm’s Product Liability & Complex Litigation Update. This edition contains several articles by our attorneys that we hope you find interesting and informative from...more

FTC and NHTSA to Explore Vehicle Privacy and Security Issues

by Hogan Lovells on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are co-hosting a workshop on June 28, 2017, to explore the privacy and security issues raised by automated and connected vehicle...more

Advertising Law - March 2017 #4

Ad Groups Push for FCC Privacy Rule Reversal - The drama surrounding the Federal Communications Commission's privacy rules continues. Part of an Order passed last year along party lines under former Chairman Tom...more

Autonomous Vehicles and All That Data

by LeClairRyan on

In an earlier post, we discussed the potential ownership models for autonomous vehicles, also known as driverless cars (“AVs”). Models range from true traditional ownership as we understand it today, to licensed-based models...more

Geneva Auto Show Showcases Europe’s Supercars, Crossover Vehicles Amid Hope for 2017 Sales

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Europe’s Geneva Auto Show ended March 19, demonstrating to the world that Europe continues to dream up some of the best supercars in the world. Supercars making waves at the show included Lamborghini’s impressive, muscular...more

M&A Activity in the Connect Vehicles Sector: More Antitrust Filings on the Horizon?

by Hogan Lovells on

M&A activity in the connected vehicles sector might need to be notified to antitrust authorities, even when the target has limited revenues, as shown by the recent Intel/Mobileye deal. Connected vehicles (or, taking it...more

Amid Uncertain Trade Climate, a Look at Top Imports, Exports With Mexico

Auto companies, computer manufacturers and oil producers are closely watching how the trade relationship evolves between the U.S. and Mexico under President Donald Trump. Their products are among the top U.S. exports to...more

V2V Communications: Motor Vehicle Safety Guidelines

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

NHTSA believes vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications will serve as a complementary necessity to fully realizing the safety benefits of automated vehicle technologies. As such, establishing safety guidelines around this...more

President Trump Orders EPA Review of Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

One of the more aggressive steps taken by the Obama administration to reduce carbon emissions was to have the EPA set an ambitious target for Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards: 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. In...more

California Releases Further (Proposed) Regulations Governing Testing and Deployment of Autonomous Vehicles

by Jones Day on

On March 10, 2017, The California Department of Motor Vehicles ("Cal DMV") released further proposed regulations pertaining to the testing and deployment of driverless cars on California roadways...more

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