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Autonomous Vehicles and All That Data

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

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

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

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

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

Google Takes the Driver’s Seat in its Suit against Uber

The accidental push of a “send” button has Google zealously fighting to protect its exclusive driverless car technology. On February 23, 2017, Google’s self-driving car unit, Waymo LLC (“Waymo”), filed a lawsuit in the...more

[Event] Corporate Counsel Conference - May 3-5, Chicago, Illinois

During this unique conference, we will explore the workplace of tomorrow with live technology demonstrations and in-depth, collaborative presentations and workshops....more

Automated Vehicles Will Revolutionize the Automotive Industry

A renaissance of epic proportion is quietly underway in the United States, where 4,000-pound objects will soon be motoring alongside us on freeways, through intersections, crosswalks, and school zones without a driver. Ground...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Bill Ackman, not known for giving up easily, is finally throwing in the towel on Valeant (even after taking a board seat at the company) and cutting his losses after a failed “two-year bet that lost about $4 billion for his...more

Cybersecurity: Yes, They Will Hack Your Car

Auto manufacturers are increasingly equipping vehicles with rapidly advancing technologies, raising concerns regarding how the public will be affected by these changes. Manufacturers are beginning to implement automated...more

Automated Vehicles: NHTSA Has Spoken

Not surprisingly, NHTSA’s regulatory stance on automated vehicles is simple: improve vehicle safety by preventing driving errors. As automated vehicles begin to populate the roads, two themes arising from this stance have...more

Deal Activity Slightly Declines in 2016; 2017 Deal Makers Cautious

Aggregate automotive industry M&A deal values for 2016 were down 34% to $41.0 billion compared to $62.1 billion in 2015 according to PwC’s recently released report, PwC Deals: Global Automotive M&A Deals Insights Year-end...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Index-fund giant State Street is putting gender diversity on corporate boards front and center, announcing this week that it will begin voting against board members charged with nominating new directors if they don’t make an...more

Robots and Rule-makers

Recently, governments and rule-making bodies across Europe, the UK and globally, appear to be paying increasing attention to the need for the development of legislative and regulatory frameworks in the expanding field of...more

Autonomous Vehicles: A Regulatory Perspective

The coming innovation of autonomous vehicles (i.e. self-driving cars) has been covered pretty widely in the news over the past 18-24 months. Not long ago, the reality of autonomous vehicles was unknown to most Americans. ...more

What Do Autonomous Vehicles Portend for Commercial Auto Insurance?

If you weren’t already convinced, this Drive.ai video of a self-driving system demonstrating an extended drive, at night, in rainy conditions, without human intervention, shows how close we may be as a society in which human...more

UK: A new insurance framework for driverless cars – Government Bill provides details

The Government has introduced the Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill to Parliament, setting out in detail how the UK’s compulsory motor insurance framework will be amended to handle automated vehicles....more

Trade Secret Misappropriation in the World of Driverless Cars: Google versus Uber

On Thursday, Waymo LLC sued Uber Technologies and Ottomotto LLC in federal court in the Northern District of California for: (1) violation of the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act; (2) violation of California’s Uniform Trade...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

FinCEN is extending its campaign to press title insurance companies to reveal the real buyers behind shell companies that pay cash for high-end real estate deals in select cities around the country....more

Regulate Frankenstein: the European Parliament calls for new rules for robots

When a parliamentary report cites Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in its recitals and proposes new regulation for robots with artificial intelligence (“AI”), one cannot be sure whether the 19th or the 21st century has inspired...more

Q&A with Joshua Gans, author of “The Disruption Dilemma”

Your recent book “The Disruption Dilemma” examines how disruption can destroy even the best managed corporations. The case studies in your book – the mobile phone industry disrupted by Apple, Blockbuster’s store-based video...more

Commercial Contract Risk in 2017

Coming off a record year in car sales, it’s expected that warranty and recall costs will continue to be on the rise. With that in mind, it’s vital that OEMs and suppliers have both their foreign and domestic contracts in...more

“Way Mo” Autonomous Cars Coming Fast

It’s a race to beat all races: several car makers, including Ford, General Motors, Volvo, BMW and Tesla are promising fully autonomous vehicles within the next five years. Not far behind the pack, Google recently renamed its...more

Connected Cars are Coming. Quickly

One of the highlights at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was the parade of new connected vehicle technologies.  Automakers and their suppliers rolled out a number of innovative capabilities that promise to shape...more

Car Technologies Capture Attention, Excitement at CES 2017

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, automotive technology continued its growing role at the show and shared the spotlight with virtual and augmented reality systems, video recording toothbrushes, and smart home products...more

Connected Cars: Navigating Top Trends in 2017

Yesterday, the Automotive Industry Team of Foley & Larnder LLP (yes, us), hosted its annual event at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI. Eschewing narrow or small topics, we charged into 2017 by trying...more

Are You Ready for Self-Driving Vehicles?

The transportation industry is on the verge of a major revolution as personal and commercial vehicles transition from incorporating some driver-assisting technologies to actually becoming highly autonomous, self-driving...more

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