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Is this the end of the Internal Combustion Engine?

Recently, my 16-year-old son jumped into my car to drive it. It was his first time driving my car. My car does not have keyless ignition. He hopped in the driver’s seat, threw the keys into the cup holder and asked “where is...more

White House Wants to Renegotiate NAFTA to Help Automotive Companies, Who May Not Want the Help

As anticipated by the Dashboard as far back as December 2016, the current administration is determined to renegotiate (or scrap) the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in a way that helps out the United States’...more

The Paris Agreement and the Auto Industry

With President Trump announcing that he will withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, the Auto Industry is sure to be impacted. But, how is definitely not known. One impact may be the development of “green car”...more

Self-Driving Vehicles Keep Getting Closer to Reality

Multiple developments recently demonstrate that self-driving vehicles continue their steady march to potential world domination. First, there was Apple meeting the application requirements for autonomous vehicle testing in...more

Have the Good Times Ceased to Roll?

Ahhh, the heady days of 2016. Remember that? 17.6 million vehicles sold in the United States. As reported by Automotive News (and others), Deutsche Bank says those good times may very well be over and the Auto Industry may be...more

Automation To Take All Our Jobs

Okay, perhaps not all our jobs, but a lot of them. As reported by the Chicago Tribune, among other places, PricewaterhouseCoopers released a report recently that up to one-third of jobs in the United States were at risk for...more

Top Legal Issues Facing the Automotive Industry in 2017

Predicting what any industry will do in 2017 is a challenge. We have to consider Brexit, a new President, NAFTA is up in the air … and all this coming after a robust year of sales in 2016. But, this is an Automotive Industry...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

Record Sales! But...

As has been reported all over, it looks like the Automotive industry will set some sales records in 2016 (see here, here, and here for example). As summarized by JD Power, “The full-year sales forecast of 17.5 million units...more

NHTSA Regulates Cell Phones?

We here at the Dashboard are fond of writing about the ongoing evolution of the automotive industry into a technology industry. It seems that the folks at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have been watching...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

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

Self-Driving Ride Sharing Cars on the Road in 2016 (!)

You know how flying cars, jet packs and things like that always seem way off into the future? Many feel the same about self-driving cars being on the road in the United States. However, Volvo and Uber are out to prove them...more

Technology Companies Continue Their Automotive Invasion

As we have written about before, the difference between technology companies and automotive companies is getting smaller and smaller. That trend continues to progress. Samsung Electronics Ltd. is closer to becoming an...more

Product Safety and Liability Prevention

When companies make products that are not safe, they automatically increase their liabilities. This is not in anyone’s interest. Costs increase. Bad PR increases. Good will is lost. Insurance rates go up. And, most...more

Querétaro, Mexico: The Secret Automotive Hub

I write this blog post from Querétaro, Mexico, a city of two million people that I have to admit I did not even know was here until two years ago when a local lawyer reached out to introduce himself and talk about the...more

Autonomous Vehicle Manufacturers Do Not Need to be Shielded from Lawsuits

Full disclosure # 1: I, the author of this blog post, am a trial lawyer. Full disclosure # 2: The law firm that allows the publication of this blog post has many, many, many more trial lawyers. Without disputes that could go...more

Be Fully Compliant, and Avoid Lawsuits!

Who could dislike the title of this post? It promises to solve all your compliance problems and keep your business out of litigation. Were it only that simple. Of course, it is not. But, when it comes to compliance,...more

Will We Continue to Uber and Lyft, or Will We Start to "VW?"

Volkswagen’s $300 million investment in ride-hailing service Gett is not exactly earth shattering news these days for the automotive industry. But what did catch our eye here at the Dashboard was what Volkswagen said,...more

Most Frequently Hacked Industries Now Includes Manufacturing

Second only to health care, the manufacturing industry is now one of the most frequently hacked industries (according to IBM’s 2016 Cyber Security Intelligence Index). And more importantly, automotive manufacturing was the...more

U.S. Manufacturing Continues as World Leader

The latest Research Briefing from Oxford Economics claims that the U.S. manufacturing sector is “the most competitive worldwide.” Pretty strong statement there. Reading the news, one would find it hard to believe, so let’s...more

The President Agrees: Cybersecurity Must Include Your Car

For those of us who watch the automotive industry, the most interesting name on the list of appointees to President Barack Obama’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity was Joe Sullivan. Why Mr. Sullivan? Because he...more

Did You Order Your Tesla Model 3?

If you did not order your Tesla Model 3, it might feel like you are the only one. In just the first weekend, Tesla got 276,000 orders. That is a pretty astounding number. It is even more impressive when you consider that the...more

Liability and Autonomous Vehicles

As a trial lawyer who handles a lot of automotive disputes and product liability claims, I get asked more and more, “when an autonomous vehicle has an accident, who will be liable?” People – clients, contacts, business...more

Google Asks Congress For Self-Driving Car Help

As reported almost everywhere, on Tuesday, March 15, Google told a Senate Hearing that Congress should pass legislation regulating self-driving cars. Google, through Chris Urmson (Director, Self-Driving Cars), explained that...more

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