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Are We There Yet? Paving the Way for Autonomous Vehicle Claims

Autonomous or self-driving vehicles (AVs), once confined to the realm of science fiction, are now a reality. Most vehicles on the road today rely on some aspect of autonomous technology. Vehicles of the future will be...more

FTC and NHTSA to Explore Vehicle Privacy and Security Issues

by Hogan Lovells on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are co-hosting a workshop on June 28, 2017, to explore the privacy and security issues raised by automated and connected vehicle...more

V2V Communications: Motor Vehicle Safety Guidelines

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

NHTSA believes vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications will serve as a complementary necessity to fully realizing the safety benefits of automated vehicle technologies. As such, establishing safety guidelines around this...more

EPA to Reconsider Previous Determination on Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards for Light-Duty Cars and Trucks

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On March 15, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation will jointly reconsider EPA’s January 12, 2017 determination not to change greenhouse gas...more

Automated Vehicles Will Revolutionize the Automotive Industry

by Jones Day on

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

Cybersecurity: Yes, They Will Hack Your Car

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

The Top Six Takeaways from Auto-ISAC's and NHTSA’s Cybersecurity Best Practices

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As cars continue to rely more and more on systems that closely resemble those that run mobile phones and personal computers, it’s no surprise that the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers of car parts need to...more

Autonomous Vehicles: A Regulatory Perspective

by LeClairRyan on

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

Fatal Flaws That Cause Automobile Accidents

by Howard Ankin on

Whether it is a tire that is worn and causes a vehicle to spin out of control, or a safety belt that fails to secure a passenger, faulty automotive parts can cause accidents and cost lives. Nationwide it is estimated that...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

Forthcoming California Phase 2 GHG Emission Regulations Foreshadow Compliance Challenges

by Alston & Bird on

Last August, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) finalized the more stringent “Phase 2” greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards and fuel efficiency...more

CARB Issues Midterm Review of Its Advanced Clean Cars Program and Invites Comments on the Program’s Future

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On January 12, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released a Midterm Review of California’s Advanced Clean Cars program, which established Low-Emission Vehicle III (LEV III) standards for certain model year 2015-2025...more

New Bipartisan Bill Calls For Study Of Cybersecurity Standards For Motor Vehicles

by King & Spalding on

On Tuesday, January 24, 2017, U.S. Representatives Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Joe Wilson (R-SC) introduced the Security and Privacy in Your Car Study Act of 2017. The bill, H.R. 701, directs the National Highway Traffic Safety...more

Commercial Contract Risk in 2017

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

by Lewitt Hackman on

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

Certified Used Vehicles for Sale Can Have Unrepaired Defects

Used Car Dealers Not Required to Fix Safety Recalls Before Selling Automobiles - Have you recently purchased a certified used vehicle or are you considering a used car when you make your next automobile purchase? If so,...more

EPA Issues Final Determination That No Adjustments to GHG Standards for Model Years 2022-2025 Will Be Made, but Questions Remain

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On January 12, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its determination not to change greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards for cars and light trucks manufactured in model years (MYs) 2022-2025. This...more

Connected Cars: Navigating Top Trends in 2017

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

Top Legal Issues Facing the Automotive Industry in 2017

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Foley’s Automotive Industry Team has prepared this report that examines what the litigation, enforcement, and regulatory landscape will look like in 2017. Inside, you will learn about: - Managing warranty, recall, and...more

Are You Ready for Self-Driving Vehicles?

by Holland & Knight LLP on

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

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

by Miller Canfield on

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

Will the Trump Administration Hit the Brakes on the Speed Limiter Rule?

by Holland & Knight LLP on

One controversial rule proposal that many expect will not become final under the new Trump Administration is the Speed Limiter rule proposed by two agencies of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the National Highway...more

NHTSA Pushes For Smartphones to Incorporate Automatic Pairing and Driver Mode in New “Guidelines”

by K&L Gates LLP on

New guidelines proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) earlier this month would encourage manufacturers of a variety of portable electronic devices to include technologies aimed at combating...more

Proposed Rule Would Mandate Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communication On Light Vehicles

by King & Spalding on

The U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) issued a proposed rule on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, that would advance the deployment of connected vehicle technologies throughout the U.S. light vehicle fleet. The aim of the...more

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