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Airline Cargo Company Sued Under Illinois Biometric Law

Alliance Ground International is the latest company to be sued for allegedly violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) for collecting and storing its employees’ fingerprints without their consent....more

White House Exploring Model Program for Shared Federal and State Regulation of Drone Operations

by Locke Lord LLP on

One of the major issues facing the commercial drone industry is the lack of certainty in the regulatory environment. Multiple state and local municipalities have passed drone related laws and ordinances, but as the recent...more

Insurance Claims and Autonomous Vehicles

by Bryan Cave on

The adoption of autonomous vehicles will have profound legal consequences for insurance claims and liability laws. As vehicles with increasingly sophisticated autonomous driving capabilities proliferate, industry experts...more

Connected Cars “Compliance Package” at the Forefront

by K&L Gates LLP on

On October 17, after about 18 months of waiting, a consultation involving more than 20 players, and two intermediate versions, the French Data Protection Authority (“Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés” or...more

California Issues New Autonomous Vehicle Regulations

by Jones Day on

California officials took a major step this week toward allowing companies to test autonomous cars without anyone being at the wheel—or even being present in the vehicle. Under revised regulations governing the testing of...more

ARC Dispute May Mean Further Delay in Needed Drone Regulation

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Identification and Tracking Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), chartered earlier this year, was unable to reach a consensus on key issues. Given that Michael Huerta, Administrator of the...more

Drone hits commercial plane on final approach into Canadian airport

by Dentons on

On October 12, 2017, a Skyjet flight, on its final approach into Québec City, was struck by a drone. This aviation incident marked the first commercial aircraft strike by a drone in Canada. No one onboard suffered any...more

Drone Collides with Commercial Jet in Quebec City

On October 12, 2017, a drone collided with a commercial aircraft while it was approaching Jean Lesage International Airport, in Quebec City. This is the first time that a drone has hit a commercial plane in Canada, according...more

Positive Train Control: Roadblocks to Interoperability

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Positive Train Control ("PTC") is a system that will automatically apply the train’s brakes in certain situations. PTC systems consist of technologies designed to help detect dangerous situations and automatically intervene...more

Autonomous Cars are Here to Stay, but are Cities ready for them?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Without question, autonomous cars and autonomous systems are here to stay. As automotive manufacturers, suppliers, and new entrants to the industry dive headfirst into the autonomous vehicle sector, questions remain as to how...more

Insurance Issues Facing the Automotive and Transportation Industries in the Transition To Autonomous Vehicles

by King & Spalding on

The world of self-driving cars and trucks is now upon us. Among other expected impacts, the gradual transition from driver-controlled to semi-autonomous to fully-autonomous vehicles will mean significant changes in insurance...more

Can Your Business Fly Under The Radar?

by Roetzel & Andress on

The past few years have seen the utilization of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS” or “drones”) expand from military to recreational, and now to commercial use. What once was top-secret military technology can now deliver a...more

Drones Over Europe: A Regulatory Overview

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Interest in drone technology continues to grow across Europe....more

House Passes SELF DRIVE Act

by Morgan Lewis on

The US House of Representatives passed the ‘‘Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research In Vehicle Evolution Act,’’ or the ‘‘SELF DRIVE Act’’ on September 6. As stated in the act, the purpose of the law is to...more

Congress Approves FAA Extension to March 31, 2018

When we previously wrote about the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act, there was a deadline set at the end of September. Just before the deadline, Congress approved a six-month extension of Federal Aviation...more

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

The Continued Growth of Drones in the Energy Sector

by Blank Rome LLP on

The energy industry continues to see a marked growth in the use of drones as they provide cost efficient and time-saving services. For example, drones are being utilized as a tool to accurately inspect oil and gas pipelines,...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

GM Announces Plan to Introduce 20 New Electric Vehicles by 2023

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On Monday, General Motors announced plans to execute on its commitment to a future with “zero emissions, zero congestion and zero crashes.” Two new all-electric vehicles (based on learnings from the Bolt) will be introduced...more

FAA restricts drone operations near ten US landmarks

by DLA Piper on

For the first time, the FAA will restrict UAS flights near ten US Department of Interior (DOI) landmarks. These landmarks are the latest locations added to the FAA's UAS no-fly zones, which include other security sensitive...more

3D Printing Quarterly Report - Q3 2017

by Benesch on

Twenty-five percent of world trade could be wiped out by 2060 as result of 3D printing technology: ING - According to estimates provided by a report from ING, progress in 3D printing technology will see one-quarter of...more

Air Supremacy: Court Finds that Federal Aviation Regulations Preempt City Drone Regulation

On September 21, 2017, the District of Massachusetts ruled that Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) preempt many of the restrictions that the City of Newton, Massachusetts, imposed on drones within its airspace. Although the...more

Yes, the Trolley IS a Problem

Recently, the “trolley problem,” a decades-old thought experiment in moral philosophy, has been enjoying a second career of sorts, appearing in nightmare visions of a future in which cars make life-and-death decisions for us....more

Aviation and Petrochemical Industries Subject to Hacking by Iran

Hackers working on behalf of the Iranian government have been targeting the aviation and petrochemical industries in the United States, Saudi Arabia, and South Korean since 2013, according to a report released by FireEye...more

Tips for Traveling with Electronic Devices

In the September 18, 2017 Federal Register notice (see 82 FR 43556) , U.S. Citizenship and Immigration made clear it will now routinely require those applying to enter the U.S. to provide social media handles. As such, the...more

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