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Weekly Wrap - It was back to the grind this week, as the House of Representatives convened in Harrisburg for three days of voting session. With budget hearings behind us and the budget deadline just about three months out,...more

Massive Adoption of Drones; Safety Still Top Concern for Officials

At the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) co-hosted Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS or drones) Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland last week, all speakers agreed...more

Overview of California’s Final Autonomous Vehicle Testing and Deployment Regulations – Fully Driverless Vehicles Permitted

• California’s new regulations lay out the requirements for manufacturers to obtain permits to test and deploy autonomous-vehicles on public roads. The regulations enable manufacturers to test fully driverless vehicles and...more

Drones – When Things Go Wrong

Over the last several years, drones have rapidly grown in popularity. From quick deliveries during rush hour to reaching an otherwise inaccessible military base, drones are proving to be extremely advantageous where humans...more

New Report Says Drones to Represent $30 Billion Industry by 2036

By 2036, unmanned aerial systems (UAS or drones) will represent a $30 billion industry according to a new report released by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and Avascent, “Think Bigger: Large Unmanned Systems and...more

Remote Identification of Drones: For Commercial Operators Only or Hobbyists Too?

Last month, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) received recommendations regarding remote identification of drones in a report from the unmanned aircraft Identification and Tracking (UAS ID) Aviation Rulemaking...more

NHTSA and Motor Vehicle Safety

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The closing years of the Obama administration saw a whirlwind of regulatory activity from NHTSA, including multiple consent orders, record penalties, and soaring recall numbers. The more aggressive enforcement posture, hailed...more

My Car Made Me Do It: Tales from a Telematics Trial

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

Recently, my automobile insurance company gauged my interest in saving up to 20% on insurance premiums. The catch? For three months, I would be required to install a plug-in monitor that collected extensive metadata—average...more

Truck "Platooning" and the Vehicle to Vehicle Network - A Chance To Glimpse the Future of Vehicle Cybersecurity in Action

According to most in the automotive industry, a world where self-driving cars and fully automated trucks begin to fill our intersections and highways is still at least a decade or so away. Creative theories abound for how...more

Close Calls with Drones Increasing Dramatically

Aviation regulators, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States, and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, have been investigating a flurry of close calls between consumer drones and manned aircraft,...more

Charleston Helicopter Crash: Possibly 1st Aviation Accident Caused by a Drone

Federal investigators are investigating a helicopter crash that occurred on Daniel Island (near Charleston, South Carolina) that may have been caused by a drone. The helicopter pilot reported to investigators that he crashed...more

Foley’s 2017 Connected Cars & Autonomous Vehicles Survey - Part 2

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

This is part two of the review of our survey released in October 2017. The survey feedback suggests that many automotive and technology companies are already forging ahead despite the challenges. While most industry...more

More Passenger Drone Test Flights Hitting the Skies

We previously reported on the Y6S drone passenger test flights set for this year in London; now, two more companies have started testing passenger drones, too. Ehang 184 passenger drones, created by the Chinese company...more

Cybersecurity Concerns Surround the Promise of Driverless Cars

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Driverless cars and driver-assist systems are poised to change transportation as profoundly and as quickly as the internet has changed shopping and communications. Examples of the first wave of this technology that is on the...more

Is Your Bug Bounty Program Uber Risky?

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

In October 2016, Uber discovered that the personal contact information of some 57 million Uber customers and drivers, as well as the driver’s license numbers of over 600,000 United States Uber drivers had been hacked. Uber,...more

2017: The Year of Much Ado…But Nothing!

by LeClairRyan on

In terms of major UAS rulemaking efforts, 2017 could best be described as “the year that wasn’t”. While the FAA had big plans to push forward the new rules for flight over people and finalize the Interpretation of the...more

eCall: Privacy and Data Protection Implications

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Beginning in April 2018, all new cars in the European Union (EU) must be equipped with eCall technology. In the event of a serious accident, eCall system automatically communicates the vehicle’s exact location to emergency...more

North Carolina Seeks to Deliver Emergency Supplies via Drone

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) and state officials are currently building plans to use drones to deliver emergency supplies across the state; however, several hurdles need to be overcome first....more

A Look Ahead at Privacy and Data Security in 2018

2018 promises to be an interesting year in the world of privacy and cybersecurity. In this article, we highlight a few of the most notable developments we expect this year, including major developments in Europe, changes and...more

The Internet of Things and connected cars: new opportunities and risks

by DLA Piper on

The automotive industry is undergoing tremendous change, both in the technology it employs and in the way it does business. People and companies are changing the way they think about cars and car travel. A big part of this...more

Privacy is None of the FAA’s Business

by LeClairRyan on

While most people agree that unmanned aircraft raise unique privacy issues, the question remains who is in the best position to deal with those concerns. The FAA has repeatedly indicated that it does not have the resources,...more

Navigating the Road Ahead: Auto Industry Stakeholders and Regulators Convene to Discuss Connected Vehicle Privacy

by Hogan Lovells on

In the same week that the automotive industry gathers in Washington, D.C. for the 2018 Washington Auto Show, a cross-section of automotive stakeholders, government officials, and consumer and privacy advocates came together...more

Inspection of Personal Electronic Devices Conducted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers on the Rise

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

International travelers from and to the United States may increasingly encounter an inspection of personal electronic devices conducted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) officers. The selection may be for a...more

Top Legal Issues Facing the Automotive Industry in 2018

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Foley’s Automotive Industry Team has prepared this report examining what the litigation, enforcement and regulatory landscape is likely to look like in 2018 and beyond. Inside, you will learn about: Managing warranty,...more

A Short Primer on Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Regulation

by McDermott Will & Emery on

This article briefly introduces the emerging regulatory framework for autonomous and connected vehicles in the US and in certain key jurisdictions around the world, with particular emphasis on regulations pertaining to...more

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