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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

Self-Driving Semi-Trailer Trucks: An Exercise in Futility or a Future Reality?

Reminiscing of the days of afternoon cartoons, The Jetsons futuristic society always seemed far-fetched and nothing more than fantasy. Fast forward 30+ years... while the concept of a flying car still seems far off,...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

California Approves Regulations for Driverless Autonomous Vehicles

by Jones Day on

On February 26, 2018, the California Office of Administrative Law ("OAL") approved the California Department of Motor Vehicles' ("Cal DMV") proposed regulations allowing the testing and deployment of fully autonomous vehicles...more

Vermont Legislative Update 03-02-2018 - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

When it returns on March 13, the Vermont Senate is expected to consider S.197, a bill that creates strict liability for damage to property and human health for the release of many harmful substance into the environment, 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

Autonomous Drones: Rise Of The Machines

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

This weekend I was fortunate enough to attend the New York City Drone Film Festival in Tribeca and appear on a panel with some of my Fox colleagues about legal issues in the drone world. I also watched the panel on drone...more

Personal Delivery Devices (PDD): New Transportation Frontiers Emerge for Autonomous Vehicle Rulemakers

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

With regulatory frameworks around autonomous vehicles (AVs) under development at the federal, state, and local levels, new autonomous technology frontiers are emerging for rulemakers. The latest is personal delivery devices...more

California Opens the Road to Fully Driverless Cars; Federal Policymaking Slowly Rolls Forward

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On February 26, 2018, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced new regulations allowing fully driverless cars to be tested on California roads as of April 2, 2018. The announcement culminates a multi-year...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

Uber Learns Trade Secret Law the Hard Way in Settlement with Waymo over Self-Driving Car Technology

In the middle of trial with Google’s self-driving car company, Waymo, Uber settled the trade secret litigation brought by Google. Uber will turn over 0.34% of its equity, which has been estimated at $245 million dollars in...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Wyndham Joins the Loyalty Discount Program Bandwagon; Expedia Adds Event Tickets to Offering;...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending February 16, 2018 is below. Loyalty and direct booking make an appearance again in this week’s Update after an extended absence....more

Ride Sharing Is Already Reducing Car Ownership and Public Transportation Usage

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A recent study by the ride-hailing service Lyft and a similar study by a group of American universities pointed to the positive impact ride-sharing services not only have on consumers, but on the surrounding communities they...more

Re-Thinking Supply Chain Contracts in the World of Connected Things

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As the pace of innovation increases at an ever faster rate, many products that traditionally may not have been thought of as involving computers or software are incorporating these elements. In 2007, the iPhone revolutionized...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

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - German coalition's plans for increased scrutiny of online platforms; Avvio introduces chatbot...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update is below and features a variety of stories – EU regulation, AI-powered chatbots, direct booking, connectivity and taxes....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

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