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California Department of Motor Vehicles Gives Green Light to Autonomous Testing

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

While developers of autonomous vehicles have not always had welcome news from the California DMV, they recently received some helpful clarity on the regulations applicable to autonomous vehicle testing on California public...more

Senate Takes the On-Ramp for Autonomous Vehicles

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Senate to propose companion legislation to House’s SELF DRIVE Act. Key Points: - The Senate Commerce Committee passed a self-driving car bill that is similar but not identical to a version recently passed by the House...more

Ripple Effect of Poor Auto Manufacturing Threatens Consumer Safety

Porsche rolled out its line of Cayenne sport-utility vehicles with carefree cruising in mind. Volkswagen did the same think with its Touareg models. Now, about 125,000 of the upscale SUVs have been recalled because of fuel...more

Should We Say Car Crash or Car Accident? The Language We Use to Classify Auto Collisions can be Important

Personal injury lawyers discuss the language we use to talk about traffic collisions, and whether it makes a difference if we say “accident” or “crash.” It is important for drivers to know the risks of negligence on the road...more

Automated Vehicles: Do New Act and Policy Clarify the Regulatory Future?

by Perkins Coie on

The Trump administration took its first major step to facilitate the deployment of automated vehicles with the Department of Transportation’s release of “Automated Driving Systems 2.0: A Vision for Safety,” an update to the...more

Autonomous Commercial Vehicles Closer to Hitting the Road After New Developments

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The release of new federal guidance on autonomous vehicles, as well as the recent consideration of federal autonomous vehicle legislation in Congress, increases the likelihood that the introduction of autonomous commercial...more

The Department of Transportation Helps Clear the Road for Autonomous Vehicles

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released A Vision for Safety 2.0, an update to its prior guidance on automated driving systems. The new guidance adopts a...more

The Trump Administration’s Automated Vehicles Guidance Hits the Gas Pedal on Innovation

by K&L Gates LLP on

Further accelerating federal regulation of automated vehicles, last week the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) announced highly anticipated new guidance for the...more

Department of Transportation Releases New Voluntary Guidance for Autonomous Vehicles

On September 12, 2017, the Department of Transportation (DOT) released new Voluntary Guidance for Automated Driving Systems (ADS) in a document titled “A Vision for Safety 2.0” (the “Guidance”). The document, which comes as...more

House Hands SELF DRIVE Act to Senate

by Buchalter on

On September 6, 2017, the House unanimously passed the Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research In Vehicle Evolution Act (the SELF DRIVE Act), bringing the nation one step closer to an autonomous vehicle reality....more

DOT Releases New Federal Guidance for Automated Driving Systems

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Department of Transportation released new federal guidance for Automated Driving Systems (ADSs) on September 12, 2017. The new Voluntary Guidance—titled “Automated Driving Systems 2.0: A Vision for Safety”—replaces...more

EPA Seeks Public Comment on Re-Opened Midterm Review of MY 2022-2025 Greenhouse Gas Standards and MY 2021 Standards

by King & Spalding on

On August 21, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) published a joint notice in the Federal Register requesting public comment on EPA’s...more

EPA to Reconsider Final Determination on Midterm Evaluation of GHG Emission Standards for Light-Duty Vehicles

by Hogan Lovells on

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are currently conducting a Midterm Evaluation as part of the 2012 GHG emission standards established for MY 2017-2025...more

Key Takeaways: NHTSA’s Voluntary Guidance for Automated Driving Systems

by Miller Canfield on

The U.S. Department of Transportation ("DOT") released its revised federal policy for automated vehicles, entitled “Automated Driving Systems 2.0: A Vision for Safety” (the “Voluntary Guidance”) on September 12, 2017, and at...more

Congress and executive branch continue momentum toward bipartisan federal policies on autonomous vehicles

by Dentons on

A week after the House of Representatives passed sweeping autonomous vehicle (AV) legislation, the Senate and the Trump administration both moved forward on AV policy initiatives this week, with Department of Transportation...more

NHTSA Releases New Automated Vehicle Policy

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) this week released Automated Driving Systems 2.0: A Vision for Safety. This updated guidance on automated driving...more

Fast and furious? Connected cars, jamming, and the battle for spectrum

by Hogan Lovells on

Times are changing in the automotive industry, and changing fast. In this hoganlovells.com interview, Washington, D.C.-based Hogan Lovells partner Ari Fitzgerald talks about the challenges facing car manufacturers as they...more

Driverless Cars: New Federal Guidelines and a Congressional Hearing

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Just in time for #BBKInnovation Week: A revised version of the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy was released by the Department of Transportation through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Senate...more

Trump Administration Issues New Guidance for Automated Driving Systems

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced this week the Trump administration's first significant guidance concerning autonomous vehicles and Automated Driving Systems (ADS)....more

SELF DRIVE Act Passes the House as Senate Prepares Its Own Bill

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On September 6, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research In Vehicle Evolution (“SELF DRIVE”) Act, H.R. 3388. All eyes are now on the Senate, which is drafting its own...more

House Green Lights Autonomous Vehicle Legislation

by K&L Gates LLP on

A major milestone on the road to establishing a regulatory framework for highly automated vehicles (“HAVs”) was reached earlier this week with the passage of the first significant legislation on the subject by the House of...more

Blind Spots Remain as SELF DRIVE Act Passes House

by Jones Day on

The first federal bill on autonomous vehicle technology passed the full U.S. House of Representatives unanimously on September 6, 2017. The bill addresses important privacy, preemption, exemptions, testing, safety standards,...more

House passes regulatory regime for autonomous vehicles debate moves to Senate

by Dentons on

Yesterday, the US House of Representatives passed H.R. 3388, the Safely Ensuring Lives Future Development and Research In Vehicle Evolution (SELF Drive) Act. The bill, which was approved on a bipartisan voice vote,...more

GAO Connected Vehicles Data Privacy Report Highlights Auto Industry Progress, Issues Directive to NHTSA

by King & Spalding on

The Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) has released a report to the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Research and Technology, entitled “Vehicle Data Privacy: Industry...more

With Electric Cars on the Horizon, the Internal Combustion Engine Fights Back

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Turbulence in global fuel economy standards are putting new pressures on the automotive industry to shift its thinking on gasoline and electrification. In late July, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)...more

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