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The Department of Transportation Helps Clear the Road for Autonomous Vehicles

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released A Vision for Safety 2.0, an update to its prior guidance on automated driving systems. The new guidance adopts a...more

Volkswagen Settlement Provides Funding Opportunities For Electric Utilities

by McCarter & English, LLP on

The U.S. Department of Justice has asked the federal district court in the Volkswagen “clean diesel” emissions litigation to approve a long-awaited environmental mitigation trust agreement. The approval of the trust agreement...more

Wheels Are Turning on Federal Self-Driving Policy

One year ago, the federal government test drove its first set of self-driving policies with a four-part announcement from the U.S. Department of Transportation. In twelve months, much has changed, but the wheels are still...more

Tesla Bringing Supercharger Stations to Boston and Chicago

On September 11th, Tesla announced the opening of Supercharger stations in downtown Boston and Chicago, representing the first step in the company’s effort to expand its Supercharger network into urban areas. The company...more

Stout Issues Third Annual Warranty and Recall Report

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Massive automotive recalls continue to grab headlines and raise concerns industry-wide. Recalls of light vehicles topped 50 million units in 2016, representing the third consecutive year of elevated – and record setting –...more

EU & Competition Law Update – September 2017

by Bryan Cave on

On the 13th September 2017 Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President, unveiled a framework for investment screening for certain foreign mergers in his “State of the Union” address to the European...more

Department of Transportation Releases New Voluntary Guidance for Autonomous Vehicles

On September 12, 2017, the Department of Transportation (DOT) released new Voluntary Guidance for Automated Driving Systems (ADS) in a document titled “A Vision for Safety 2.0” (the “Guidance”). The document, which comes as...more

House Hands SELF DRIVE Act to Senate

by Buchalter on

On September 6, 2017, the House unanimously passed the Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research In Vehicle Evolution Act (the SELF DRIVE Act), bringing the nation one step closer to an autonomous vehicle reality....more

DOT Releases New Federal Guidance for Automated Driving Systems

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Department of Transportation released new federal guidance for Automated Driving Systems (ADSs) on September 12, 2017. The new Voluntary Guidance—titled “Automated Driving Systems 2.0: A Vision for Safety”—replaces...more

China Unveils Plan to Ban Fossil Fuel Vehicles

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Addressing a car forum in Tianjin, Xin Guobin, Vice Minister of Industry and Information Technology, announced that the Chinese government is developing plans to follow in the footsteps of some European countries to phase out...more

Auto 2.0 Is More Than Just About the Automobile – From Shuttles to Logistics and More

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The introduction of near autonomous vehicles to public roadways is set to completely revolutionize the way humans and goods navigate cityscapes in the coming years. Although Tesla’s autopilot feature has become the early...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

So much for the quiet off-ramping for SoFi’s Mike Cagney. The fintech company’s board announced on Friday that Cagney is out immediately as CEO, not at the end of the year as Cagney had announced earlier in the week....more

China Joins the Club of Nations Planning Fossil Fuel Car Bans

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As this blog has reported over the last few months, several countries have announced their intention to ban the sale of internal combustion-powered cars in the coming years. But the latest to take this step — China — might be...more

Key Takeaways: NHTSA’s Voluntary Guidance for Automated Driving Systems

by Miller Canfield on

The U.S. Department of Transportation ("DOT") released its revised federal policy for automated vehicles, entitled “Automated Driving Systems 2.0: A Vision for Safety” (the “Voluntary Guidance”) on September 12, 2017, and at...more

Congress and executive branch continue momentum toward bipartisan federal policies on autonomous vehicles

by Dentons on

A week after the House of Representatives passed sweeping autonomous vehicle (AV) legislation, the Senate and the Trump administration both moved forward on AV policy initiatives this week, with Department of Transportation...more

NHTSA Releases New Automated Vehicle Policy

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) this week released Automated Driving Systems 2.0: A Vision for Safety. This updated guidance on automated driving...more

Fast and furious? Connected cars, jamming, and the battle for spectrum

by Hogan Lovells on

Times are changing in the automotive industry, and changing fast. In this hoganlovells.com interview, Washington, D.C.-based Hogan Lovells partner Ari Fitzgerald talks about the challenges facing car manufacturers as they...more

Driverless Cars: New Federal Guidelines and a Congressional Hearing

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Just in time for #BBKInnovation Week: A revised version of the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy was released by the Department of Transportation through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Senate...more

UK Government Issues Cybersecurity Guidance for Connected and Automated Vehicles

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On 6 August 2017, the UK government released ‘The Key Principles of Vehicle Cyber Security for Connected and Automated Vehicles’, guidance aimed at ensuring minimum cybersecurity protections for consumers in the manufacture...more

Trump Administration Issues New Guidance for Automated Driving Systems

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced this week the Trump administration's first significant guidance concerning autonomous vehicles and Automated Driving Systems (ADS)....more

Self-Driving Vehicles

by Bryan Cave on

Self-driving cars, or autonomous vehicles, may be the greatest disruptive innovation to travel that we have experienced in a century. A fully-automated, self-driving car is able to perceive its environment, determine the...more

House Passes SELF DRIVE Act, With Security And Privacy In Mind

by King & Spalding on

On Wednesday, September 6, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 3388, the SELF DRIVE Act (the “Act”). While the Act’s primary purpose is to preempt state laws that regulate automated vehicles, and instead...more

Sixth Circuit Puts Brakes on Pleading Requirements

Unless you have been under a rock for the past couple of years—or just actively avoid federal court—you are well aware of the impact of Iqbal and Twombly on pleading a cause of action in federal court. Depending on which side...more

SELF DRIVE Act Passes the House as Senate Prepares Its Own Bill

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On September 6, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research In Vehicle Evolution (“SELF DRIVE”) Act, H.R. 3388. All eyes are now on the Senate, which is drafting its own...more

House Green Lights Autonomous Vehicle Legislation

by K&L Gates LLP on

A major milestone on the road to establishing a regulatory framework for highly automated vehicles (“HAVs”) was reached earlier this week with the passage of the first significant legislation on the subject by the House of...more

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