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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

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

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

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

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

Government Agency Action Accelerates on Drone Operations

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Drone Report discusses FAA’s statement on the success of Part 107 (its regulations governing commercial uses of small drones), the status of drone-related rulemakings, DOD’s guidance on...more

Obtaining Penndot Right Of Way As A Condition To Obtain Your Hop

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

If your development projects fronts on a state road, then it is likely that you will need a Highway Occupancy Permit (“HOP”) from PennDOT. If you need a HOP from PennDOT, then it is very likely that you will need to improve...more

September 2017 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s 2017 U.S.-Cuba Frequency Allocation Proceeding, the FAA’s elimination of requirements to obtain Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM)...more

DOT Issues Its Latest Status Update on Significant Pending Aviation-Related Rulemakings

by Cozen O'Connor on

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently issued a Significant Rulemaking Report, the first such report released under the Trump administration, providing the status of various pending rulemaking initiatives. The...more

House passes regulatory regime for autonomous vehicles debate moves to Senate

by Dentons on

Yesterday, the US House of Representatives passed H.R. 3388, the Safely Ensuring Lives Future Development and Research In Vehicle Evolution (SELF Drive) Act. The bill, which was approved on a bipartisan voice vote,...more

Condemnation Risk Planning: Denial Is Not A Strategy

In the past, few Puget Sound property owners or their business tenants would have given a moment’s thought to identifying contingencies for the prospect of a condemnation. Today’s environment is very different. Sound Transit...more

The Department of Health and Human Services Revises Drug Testing Custody and Control Form

by FordHarrison on

On August 8, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that the Office of Management and Budget approved its revised Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form (CCF). However, Department of...more

House Committee Passes Self-Driving Vehicle Legislation

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, on July 27, unanimously approved a bill that would regulate self-driving vehicles. The bill, named the “Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research In Vehicle Evolution...more

Worth Another Look: Transportation Infrastructure

In January of 2017, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) published a list of the top 10 issues that will be before state legislatures across the nation this year. While we’re just over a quarter of the way...more

Fifth Circuit Vacates Pipeline Safety Violations and Declines Auer Deference

On August 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued its opinion in the case of ExxonMobil Pipeline Company v. U.S. Department of Transportation. In May of 2013, ExxonMobil Pipeline Company’s (ExxonMobil)...more

RCTC Secures TIFIA Funds for Important Highway Infrastructure Project - BB&K Advised on $152.2 Million TIFIA Loan

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Best Best & Krieger LLP was part of a team that advised and counseled the Riverside County Transportation Commission in its successful effort to secure a $152.2 million loan from the U.S. Department of Transportation through...more

Pipeline Safety Updates: Drue Pearce Tapped for PHMSA; PHMSA and DOT Accept Comments on Pipeline Regulations

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

This Client Alert notes updates in PHMSA’s leadership and recent engagement of stakeholders in the regulation of natural gas pipelines. Trump Administration Appoints New PHMSA Deputy Administrator - Drue Pearce has...more

DOT Backs Away From Rulemaking on “Safety Sensitive Positions” in Highway and Rail Transportation

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: DOT has withdrawn its rulemaking on safety sensitive positions in highway and rail transportation. This week the U.S. Department of Transportation has withdrawn its March 10, 2016 Advance Notice of...more

SELF DRIVE Act Cruises from Committee to Full House

by Jones Day on

On July 27, 2017 the first federal bill that addresses autonomous vehicle technology advanced to the full U.S. House of Representatives. Only eight days after advancing out of a subcommittee, the House Energy and Commerce...more

Self-Driving Car Legislation: Congress Turns the Ignition

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

A bill that could facilitate more highly automated vehicles on US roads — with important economic and social implications — gains traction. Overview: Gearing Up for Legal and Regulatory Change - Society is on the verge...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 19

by Clark Hill PLC on

House Passes Spending Bill That Includes Over $1 Billion in Border-Wall Funding: The House passed a $788 billion spending bill that combines a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump's controversial border wall...more

SH 130 Concession Company Emerges from Chapter 11 with New Financing

by Nossaman LLP on

SH 130 Concession Company, the private entity that operates and maintains the 41-mile southern section of State Highway 130, has emerged from Chapter 11 protection with new ownership, new senior management and $260 million in...more

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