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Congress Moving into the Driver's Seat for Autonomous Vehicles

by Jones Day on

On July 19, 2017, the first federal draft bill that addresses developing autonomous vehicle technology advanced to the full U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce ("Committee"). On autonomous...more

Buckle Up: Autonomous Commercial Vehicles are Coming to a Road Near You

by Holland & Knight LLP on

While most of the buzz about autonomous vehicles involves passenger vehicles, autonomous trucks soon will become a reality, too. Large driverless trucks! Although it sounds implausible, and perhaps frightening to some, it...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 18

by Clark Hill PLC on

The Senate Appropriations Committee Did Three Things This Week: Marked up the FY2018 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill, a measure to fund the nation’s priorities for energy development, research, and water...more

House Panel Approves Sweeping Proposal On Autonomous Vehicles, Putting Innovation Above Regulation

by Buchalter on

On July 19, 2017, a U.S. House panel took a significant step to clear the way for autonomous vehicles by approving a proposal allowing automakers to deploy up to 100,000 self-driving vehicles without meeting existing safety...more

House Panel Approves Groundbreaking Federal Autonomous Vehicle Legislation Draft

by Perkins Coie on

The House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection reached bipartisan agreement on July 19, 2017, regarding major aspects of legislation to address the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles. The...more

US House Subcommittee Greenlights Proposal to Preempt State Regulations for Autonomous Vehicles

by Dentons on

A House panel on Wednesday unanimously advanced a sweeping proposal that would carve out new exemptions for thousands of experimental autonomous vehicles from existing federal auto safety standards, marking Congress's most...more

A Blogster's Miscellany: From Flatterers to Casino Boozing to Angus vs. Scottie

by PretiFlaherty on

Kissing Not Welcome in this Room. Here’s another reason to like Tackey Chan, the Quincy rep just appointed House chair of the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure: he does not like to be...more

US FCC Allocates 5 GHz of Contiguous Spectrum for Next Generation Vehicular Radar

by Hogan Lovells on

On July 13, the United States (“US”) Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued a decision allocating a contiguous 5 GHz band of radio frequency spectrum for vehicular radar operations. The decision implemented in the...more

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

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