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U.S. Army Helping Develop Vehicle-to-Infrastructure And Autonomous Vehicle Technologies

The list of everyday technologies pioneered or developed by the military before being adapted to civilian applications is a lengthy one: GPS, microwave ovens, jet engines, and radar are just some common examples. Could...more

California DMV Now Accepting Public Comment on Proposed Autonomous Vehicle Regulations

After the release of the Department of Motor Vehicle’s draft autonomous vehicle deployment regulations in December, the agency held two public workshops over the past week to allow the public to weigh in. The workshops,...more

Business Litigation Report - January 2016

Legal Issues Raised by the Driverless Vehicle Revolution – PART 2 - Part 1 of this article, published in the December 2015 Business Litigation Report, described emerging driverless vehicle technology and related patent...more

Legal Issues Raised by the Driverless Vehicle Revolution – PART 2

Part 1 of this article, published in the December 2015 Business Litigation Report, described emerging driverless vehicle technology and related patent and patent ligation issues. Part 2 continues this discussion with the...more

2016 Automotive M&A Outlook

The automotive industry experienced extraordinarily high levels of deal activity in 2015. Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the sector are expected to remain strong in 2016, but deal volume and frequency may slightly taper...more

The Rise of Driverless Cars

Automotive industry experts claim that we will be sharing the road with totally autonomous cars within the next five years. The benefits of driverless cars are obvious. People on average spend about two hours per day in a car...more

“Proactive Safety Principles” Agreement Reached with NHTSA

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and all of the major automakers doing business in the United States have agreed on a Statement of Proactive Safety Principles that are intended to reaffirm the agency...more

Government Proposes $3.9 Billion for Autonomous Cars

You get a billion! You get a billion! You get a billion! And, you get a billion! The Federal Government went full Oprah on everyone at the North American International Auto Show recently, throwing around a few billion dollars...more

2016 Outlook: NHTSA, Automotive Safety, and Cybersecurity

2016 will likely be an active year for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and increased enforcement actions and new technology and privacy measures are expected. Below are four things to keep in mind...more

Autonomous Vehicle Technology: Can Lawyers Avoid Being Back-Seat Drivers?

The old joke in my family is that my Mom, Sandy Wagner, was generations ahead of her time when it came to the now ubiquitous Google Maps and Garmin direction devices. “Shelly! Turn here! NO, not here, there! In 100 feet! ...more

Geeking Out on Transportation

This week, our transportation attorneys attended the Transportation Research Board 95th Annual Meeting, which is affectionately deemed the nexus of all-out, unabashed transportation “nerdom” by industry insiders....more

Suppliers: Be Ready When Technology Companies Come Knocking

It is hard to believe that just two years ago, it was news that so many auto companies were attending the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). In contrast, last week’s 2016 CES show featured a full 25% of its keynote speakers...more

Autonomous Trucking and the Death of Driver Negligence?

The effect of AV technology on the commercial trucking sector will be profound. If Chauffeur were an ordinary truck driver, instead of a collection of lines of code, it would soon be eligible for membership in the coveted...more

Business Litigation Report - December 2015

Legal Issues Raised by the Driverless Vehicle Revolution: Part 1 - Fueled by the high-profile efforts of technology giants like Google, major manufacturers like General Motors and Tesla, and new auto industry entrants...more

Self-Driving Cars: Legal Issues Ahead

Companies including Apple, Google, Tesla, Toyota and Uber are all developing and testing self-driving car technology. Toyota announced in November that it would spend $1 billion over the next five years on research centers...more

Evaluating Data Privacy and Security Issues of Self-Driving Vehicles

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

Legal Issues Raised by the Driverless Vehicle Revolution: Part 1

Fueled by the high-profile efforts of technology giants like Google, major manufacturers like General Motors and Tesla, and new auto industry entrants like Uber and Apple, the driverless car revolution is here. Tomorrow’s...more

California DMV Releases Draft Requirements for Public Deployment of Driverless Cars

The California Department of Motor Vehicles released draft autonomous vehicle deployment regulations for public comments this week, taking early steps toward allowing the public to operate driverless cars in California. The...more

California Proposes Regulations On Deployment of Autonomous Cars

California’s DMV recently released preliminary regulations on self-driving cars—and proposed a ban on cars without a driver on board. The rules stem from a 2012 law ordering the DMV to issue rules on autonomous vehicles. The...more

Put Your Money Where Your Lidar Is

In November, CB Insights hosted a webinar entitled The Rise of Auto Tech: What’s Coming, Who’s Doing it, And Who Will Be Affected.” The webinar covered a number of topics related to auto tech, including funding trends and...more

Skynet Is Coming to Your Car

Toyota Motor Corporation announced that it has started a new company, Toyota Research Institute, Inc. (TRI), for the purpose of researching and developing artificial intelligence. Headquartered in Silicon Valley with another...more

Autonomous Vehicles – Where in the (Insurance) World Will They Go?

Self-driving cars are coming. In fact, Tesla Model S owners woke up on the morning of October 15, 2015 to discover that a software download to the cars has made them capable of steering and changing lanes at high speed,...more

Not Driving in America: Navigating New Territory in Product Liability

Driving in America: It’s a task almost universally reviled by those with hour-long commutes, practically a right-of-way to adulthood, a pastime romanticized in films, and – maybe – a soon extinct activity? Ever since Google...more

A Perfect Storm for Automotive Patent Disputes?

As the automotive industry rebounds from its recessionary levels to an all time record level of spending on vehicles and healthy profitability, one of the key drivers of the increased vehicles sales has been increased...more

IREG Update - September 2015 #2

Hot Topic: Auto insurance in the age of the driverless car - Background - Not surprisingly, the most common cause of vehicle accidents is human error. Whether a motor vehicle offers one automated function or fully...more

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