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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

Autonomous Vehicle Industry Advances in Arizona

Uber, the ride-sharing giant, recently announced that it was moving its smart-car operation from California to Arizona, a state with fewer regulations for driverless cars.  The day before the announcement, California’s...more

Michigan’s New Automated Vehicle Legislation: Great Leap Forward, But Ambiguities Need Clarification

A package of recently signed Michigan laws will solidify the state’s position as the leader in automated vehicle development. However the four bills, which were signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder on Dec. 9, 2106, contain...more

News of Note for the Internet-Minded

Virtual reality takes to the air and rests beneath your feet, a smart toy and a weaponized GIF inspire lawsuits (separately), Slack invests in bots, and more! - Will virtual reality on planes make trips more enjoyable?...more

Isaac Asimov's Laws and the Rise of Self-Driving Cars

While autonomous vehicles (AVs) are being heralded as the next major technological development that will revolutionize the way humans live, it will necessitate a change in the law, public policy and ethics, among other areas....more

AVs Speed Past State and Federal Law

The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently published “guidelines” which govern autonomous vehicle (AV) technology. However, the guidelines fall short of federal...more

It’s The End Of the [Automobile Insurance] World as We Know It

As technology evolves, traditional auto insurance may be a thing of the past. The rise of autonomous vehicles (AVs) will likely drastically reduce or effectively eliminate vehicle collisions. With a high level of...more

Long-Awaited Federal Driverless Car Policy

The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently updated its Federal Automated Vehicles Policy for the first time since 2013. In her Daily Journal article “Long-Awaited...more

Artificial Intelligence Litigation: Can the Law Keep Pace with The Rise of the Machines?

Artificial intelligence, or AI, is the broad conceptual term for the technologies or systems making it possible for computers to perform tasks involving human-like decisionmaking, intelligence, learned skills and/or...more

California DMV Demands Halt to Uber Autonomous Vehicle Testing

On December 14, 2016, Uber announced a highly publicized test of its autonomous vehicle technology on the streets of San Francisco. The test included rides for various politicians, including State Rep. Steve Glazer and...more

New DMCA Exemption Allows Consumers to Hack Their Own Vehicles

White & Case Technology Newsflash In a world in which we will soon see fully-autonomous, self-driving vehicles on the road, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") appears to have taken at least one major step towards...more

Navigating Connected Cars in 2017

It’s a fact: today’s marketplace has given connected cars the green light. As an OEM or supplier accelerating to create products to meet industry demand, what challenges can you anticipate in 2017? Here’s one area we think...more

Time to Shift Gears and Change the World

Imagine a world where highway traffic fatalities drop considerably, emergency vehicles get to their destination faster, vehicle emissions are low or non-existent, “road rage” is a thing of the past, and the word “idiot” is...more

What Is the Impact of NHTSA Automated Vehicle Policy on Transportation Liability?

On September 19, 2016, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a Policy regarding automated vehicles. NHTSA issued the Policy for the purpose of providing guidance to the states,...more

Cybersecurity Guidelines for Vehicles

With the prevalence and increasing severity of cyber-attacks, and in the wake of the recent, massive denial of service attack on Dyn, there is a growing public awareness of the potential risks associated with security...more

What Will Car Companies Look Like in the Future?

As we have written about before, what is an “automotive” company is changing. We have also written how companies like Uber, Lyft may disrupt the automotive industry. We have even considered what might be the focus of OEM’s...more

Will Uber Ever Hit the Skies?

While Uber has been trying to pioneer self-driving technology, debuting its first self-driving taxis in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania last month, Uber is now looking at “vertical take off and landing” (VTOL) technology. This VTOL...more

Autonomous Vehicles and the Internet of Things

This is our second post in a row regarding autonomous vehicles, otherwise referred to as driverless cars. As we noted last week, driverless cars are no longer an idea of the future or science-fiction. Very soon they will...more

Autonomous Vehicle Business Models: How Will You ‘Own’ One?

Google, Uber, and several major automakers are working to bring autonomous vehicles (i.e. self-driving cars) to the marketplace. In mid-October 2016, Tesla announced that three of its models will be fitted with all the...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - October 2016"

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we take a look at the FCC's new rules for broadband privacy, the FTC's new playbook for data breach response and notification, the NHTSA's voluntary guidance for...more

A Self-Driving Car for $8,000 (well, sort of)!!

While much work still needs to be completed to validate the self-driving features and confirm all the necessary regulatory approvals, Tesla will offer purchasers the ability to order a self-driving capability package when...more

Tech & Car Companies Resist California's Proposed Autonomous Vehicle Rules

A who’s who of the automotive and tech sector reacted with concern at the state of California’s proposed rules for autonomous vehicles. Among other things, the companies were not happy that what the United States made...more

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