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Bicycle, pedestrian and car accidents: by the numbers

Cities are filled to the brim with cars which amounts to smog-filled air and crash prone streets. To reduce these trends, the new buzzwords in urban development and planning are “walk-able” and “bike-able” communities....more

Gear Up for Driverless Cars: Auto and Tech Companies Join Forces to Lobby

Automobile and technology heavy weights Google, Ford, Volvo, Uber and Lyft jointly created the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, a lobbying group that will work with both policy makers and the public to promote...more

Michigan Law’s Autonomous Vehicles Conference: Legal and Regulatory Hurdles to Deployment

Earlier this month, I attended a conference at the University of Michigan Law School: Autonomous Vehicles: Legal and Regulatory Hurdles to Deployment. It was a good excuse to go embrace all of the nostalgia that comes from...more

NHTSA’s Claimed Jurisdiction Over Software and Applications May Stifle Innovation

Motor vehicle technology is rapidly changing to enhance safety and provide navigation, mobility, and accessibility solutions for drivers. Manufacturer-installed automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot...more

New Safety Technology Protects Drivers

Over the last decade, auto safety has evolved from basic safety features like seat belt warning signals and child safety locks to high-tech safety features that are preventing accidents and protecting drivers. As auto safety...more

NHTSA Issues Recommended Best Practices for Protective Orders and Settlement Agreements in Private Litigation

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last week issued “Enforcement Guidance Bulletin 2015-01: Recommended Best Practices for Protective Orders and Settlement Agreements in Civil Litigation,” which is...more

NHTSA Reflects Willingness of US Regulatory Authorities to Embrace Autonomous Vehicles

Last month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicated it was taking an adaptive policy to address and encourage the fast-paced development of autonomous vehicles. The NHTSA develops and interprets...more

FBI and Traffic Safety Administration issue warning about car hackings

On March 21, 2016, the FBI and the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a public safety announcement outlining the dangers of cars getting hacked. The announcement follows the media reporting about...more

The Dangers of Driving While Drowsy

Driving while tired is not an isolated issue, or one reserved just for truck drivers. In fact, over 1/4 of respondents in a recent study admitted to driving drowsy to or from work at least a few days a month and 37% admitted...more

The State of Our Autonomy is... Moving Fast, Optimistic and Filled with Regulatory Questions

Cities Need to Climb on Board or Be Left Behind - Car manufacturers are pressuring lawmakers to develop a federal regulatory framework for a world where automated vehicles are a reality and not just science fiction. This...more

The Downside to Lower Gas Prices: Auto Accidents

The price of gasoline has dropped significantly in the past few months, and experts say they expect it to continue to decline, or at least stay relatively the same. With the average price of gasoline projected to be only...more

Driverless Car Crash Brings Public Concerns to the Forefront

A Google driverless car collided with a bus when it tried to merge into an adjacent lane to avoid an obstacle ahead. Google attributes the error to a miscalculation – the car’s computer expected the bus to slow down and allow...more

Driver Privacy Act of 2015 Addresses Privacy Concerns for Data Collected on Event Data Recorders

An event data recorder (EDR), as defined in 49 CFR section 563.5, generally means a device or function in a vehicle that records the vehicle’s dynamic time-series data during the time period just prior to or during a crash...more

Distracted Truck Drivers Continue to Cause Accidents

Plenty of people check their phones during their work day. According to one study, people check their phones an average of 85 times per day, and this does not exclude time in the office. But when someone’s office is the cab...more

Will Driverless Car Regulations Leave People with Disabilities Behind?

Earlier this month, the California Department of Motor Vehicles hosted public workshops to discuss its proposed regulations for the deployment of autonomous vehicles. Many advocates for people with disabilities voiced their...more

The President’s FY 2017 Budget Request for Autonomous Vehicles

If you read one thing... - President Obama includes a $4 billion plan in his FY 2017 budget proposal to promote autonomous-vehicle deployment. - NHTSA commits to work with stakeholders to develop guidance...more

Drugged Driving a Growing Problem

Driving under the influence of drugs is a growing problem across the country. The laws in each state vary substantially, with Illinois known for its no-tolerance stance. In fact, Illinois is one of just 16 states to have zero...more

Mile Marker: Google Beginning to Clear Legal Hurdles for Self-Driving Cars (but many more ahead)

Can self-driving vehicles (SDVs) use the carpool lane? That may be a legal question for another day, as SDVs still have barricades to overcome before moving to the fast lane and becoming available commercially for consumers. ...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

Legal Developments in Connected Car Arena Provide Glimpse of Privacy and Data Security Regulation in Internet of Things

With the holiday season in the rear view, automobiles equipped with the newest technology connecting carmakers with their vehicles, vehicles with the world around them, and drivers with the consumer marketplace – Connected...more

On the Road: Safer Rental Cars

A mind boggling number of cars are on the recall list for safety problems – including about 34 million American vehicles for defective Takata airbags alone. Additionally, last year was a record for the National Highway...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

DOT and automakers agree to data sharing pact to encourage best cybersecurity practices

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has entered into a data sharing agreement with all of the major car manufacturers, which includes the requirement that the manufacturers develop best practices around...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

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