Driverless Cars

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Could the Flying Car Finally Take Off?

Autonomous vehicles have been hailed as the solution to overcrowded roads and their impact on America’s aging infrastructure. However, recent accidents involving automated vehicles have some wondering if having less cars on...more

Safe-Driving Technology: Increasing danger behind the wheel?

Is safe-driving technology increasing our risk behind the wheel? While airbags, crash warning systems, improved child safety restraints, and shoulder belts offer safety benefits, so-called “infotainment systems” and...more

Autonomous Vehicles: A Case Study of Liability and Insurance

The crash of a vehicle operating in semi-autonomous or fully autonomous mode presents a headline-grabbing opportunity to question the technology and the pace at which it is being introduced. Every accident resulting in injury...more

Gear Up for Driverless Cars: A Moment to Reflect, Collaborate and Innovate

The recent fatal accident in Florida involving a Tesla with its “Autopilot” technology reportedly engaged has put even more eyes on the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) as it works on regulatory guidance. NHTSA...more

Tesla Autopilot Crash — Limitations of advancing vehicle technology

The first known death caused by a vehicle being operated in autopilot mode was reported by automaker Tesla Motors last month. This seriously highlights the potential shortcomings of vehicles that operate without human input....more

Will Fatal Self-Driving Crash Put the Brakes on Autonomous Vehicles?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is handling a full load of safety recalls and investigations these days, including the investigation of a fatal crash involving Tesla’s Autopilot system. On May 7, a man was...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.12.16

The SEC’s opened an investigation into Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors over whether the electric automaker breached securities laws by failing to disclose to investors the fatal crash involving one of its cars in self-driving mode...more

Connected Cars and Self-Driving Cars: Not on Auto Pilot in Terms of Legal Risks

The next car you buy may not need you in the driver’s seat. While the self-driving car may be rolling up to your driveway soon, there are still many issues related to legal risks that do not seem to be on auto pilot. Whether...more

First Fatality Signals Bumpy Road to Autonomous Vehicle Development

Tesla Motors acknowledged in a press release last week the first known fatal crash involving a vehicle operating in semi-autonomous mode. The report comes at a pivotal time for the automotive industry, with states beginning...more

City Transportation Officials Weigh-in on Automated Vehicles

Then National Association of City Transportation Officials (“NACTO”) released its policy recommendations for automated vehicles on June 23, 2016. Although much of the discussion to date has focused on the safety and...more

Weekly Web Wrap-Up

Welcome to Sheppard Mullin’s Weekly Web Wrap-Up, a quick list of the past week’s top news in the social media, gaming, and virtual goods and currencies industries curated by Social Media & Games Team. Here are some of the...more

Autonomous Vehicle Manufacturers Do Not Need to be Shielded from Lawsuits

Full disclosure # 1: I, the author of this blog post, am a trial lawyer. Full disclosure # 2: The law firm that allows the publication of this blog post has many, many, many more trial lawyers. Without disputes that could go...more

News of Note in IP

Each week, Sheppard Mullin brings you News of Note in IP: The latest news in the IP-related fields of technology, privacy, fashion, advertising, music, and social media, curated by our IP team. Here are some of the stories...more

NHTSA Will Give States Autonomy on Self-Driving Rules

In a blog post last month, we covered the announcement of the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, a lobbyist group with the aim of removing any legal or regulatory hurdles that might slow the development or deployment...more

Gear Up for Driverless Cars: Full Speed Ahead or Just Kicking the Preemption Can Down the Road?

Transportation and technology continue to maintain a strong “buzz.” As more and more states join the driverless vehicle regulatory fray, including Michigan, New York and Tennessee, all eyes are on the National Highway Safety...more

U.S. DOT Moving Closer to Certification of Driverless Cars

Motor vehicle design continues to make significant technological leaps incorporating a number of automated features, with many manufacturers pioneering the concept of driverless cars. What was once the stuff of science...more

Will We Continue to Uber and Lyft, or Will We Start to "VW?"

Volkswagen’s $300 million investment in ride-hailing service Gett is not exactly earth shattering news these days for the automotive industry. But what did catch our eye here at the Dashboard was what Volkswagen said,...more

News of Note in IP

Each week, Sheppard Mullin brings you News of Note in IP: The latest news in the IP-related fields of technology, privacy, fashion, advertising, music, and social media, curated by our IP team. Here are some of the stories...more

Gear Up for Driverless Cars: Local and Regional Regulators Should Speak Out to Protect Their Interests

It sounds like the future, but it is right around the corner. For decades, driverless cars were reserved to the realm of science fiction, a practically unimaginable leap forward that would change the ways we think about...more

Autonomous Vehicle Bill Passes Tennessee Senate

A new bill in Tennessee seeks to reduce the frequency and severity of car accidents with the expansion of smart car technology.Nashville, TN – April 22, 2016—This month, Tennessee became the first state in the nation to...more

Presentation Recap: Car Wars

“A [not so] long time ago in an automotive industry [not] far, far away,” John Murphy, Research Analyst for Merrill Lynch delivered his popular annual “Car Wars” presentation in Detroit on May 10th. This was the 26th year of...more

21st Century Flight School: The FAA Making It Easier For Students to Operate UAS

Last week, the FAA announced that it was lessening the regulatory requirements on schools, allowing students and faculty to use UAS (commonly known as drones) as part of their coursework. Additionally, the FAA announced that...more

House Caucus Formed To Protect The Security Of Cars

On April 28, 2016, four members of the U.S. House of Representatives launched a bipartisan caucus dedicated to addressing security and safety concerns raised by new innovation in connected and autonomous vehicles (or...more

A New Coalition Seeks to Pave the Way for Fully Autonomous Vehicles

Last week the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) held the second of two meetings at Stanford University to solicit input from the public regarding the safety guidelines it is developing for the...more

Industry Trends for 2016 and Beyond: A Recap of the Women in Automotive Conference

Women in Manufacturing (WiM) hosted its fifth annual Women in Automotive Conference on April 26-27, 2016. The Conference was co-supported by the Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation (AWAF) and Inforum AutomotiveNEXT. It was...more

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