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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

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 17

by Clark Hill PLC on

EPA Appropriations Bill: A House appropriations bill for fiscal year 2018 would trim the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency by $500 million, as opposed to the $2.6 billion cut requested by the White House. The...more

FTC, NHTSA Discuss Balancing Data Privacy, Security and Innovation with 'Regulatory Humility' at Connected Cars Workshop

by Reed Smith on

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Acting Chair Maureen Ohlhausen advocated for “regulatory humility” in FTC’s approach to automated vehicles in Washington, D.C., on June 28, 2017, at the Connected Cars workshop hosted by the FTC...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

Auto Industry Rooting for More Federal Legislation?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Any industry pushing for more regulation is a rarity. But auto industry representatives are urging lawmakers to create more federal regulation for self-driving cars. The belief is that federal laws will provide more...more

Texas Passes New Driverless Car Law: Drivers Not Required in Texas

by Reed Smith on

Last month, Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill into law that expressly allows motor vehicles with “automated driving systems” to operate on Texas highways. While Texas had previously been silent on the issue of driverless...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

California Federal Court Finds CUTSA Preemption on Unfair Competition Claim in Uber Row

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Uber’s ongoing battle with Waymo in the Northern District of California federal court over technology used in self-driving cars provided another significant decision concerning the broad scope of trade secret preemption under...more

Summer Road Trippin’: The FTC and NHTSA Workshop on Connected Cars

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On June 28, the FTC and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) brought together a variety of stakeholders including regulators, automakers, software companies, and consumer groups to discuss connected cars,...more

FTC Eyeing Privacy And Security Of Connected Cars

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Acting Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen made it clear that she expects the FTC’s enforcement role in protecting privacy and security to encompass automated and connected vehicles. In her opening...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

A Patchwork Quilt of Regulations for Self Driving Vehicles – No Way, Says Congress!

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

Big news! Next week, on June 27th, a Subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold a hearing to discuss “Self-Driving Vehicle Legislation.” As reported by Wired, “last week, the Senate published...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

Senators Announce Principles for Bipartisan Legislation on Self-Driving Vehicles

by Perkins Coie on

The U.S. Congress has started to explore potential legislation governing the testing and regulation of autonomous vehicles (AV). Last week, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing,...more

Non-Competition Clauses: Enforceable or Just for Show?

by Field Law on

When can a non-competition clause actually stop someone from working? Or are these clauses just for show? Let's take a look at a couple of cases involving departing employees who find themselves in hot water with a former...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

New hope for Atlanta traffic in driverless cars

by Dentons on

The world came to know Atlanta at the height of the civil rights struggle as “the city too busy to hate.” Now, in spite of vigorous efforts by civic and political leaders to remedy the constellation of red tail lights that...more

Autonomous Cars One Step Closer to Reality in Colorado

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

This month, Colorado joined a growing list of nearly half of U.S. states when it enacted a law approving the use of autonomous driving systems. The Colorado law governs systems capable of controlling highly and fully...more

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