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Accelerating Towards Changes In CoR And Heavy Vehicles

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Throughout 2017 we have been supporting clients to prepare for changes to the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), effective mid 2018. In our Safeguard Series, we partnered with the Australian Logistics Council (ALC),...more

Race to Connected, Self-Driving Cars Not Without Speed Bumps

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Those racing to fill the streets with driverless and shared vehicles are weighing their competitive pursuits and market moves against the new regulations and industry standards coming down the pike. Originally published...more

Alleged Statutory Violations Precluded Coverage Under Business Liability Policy

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

In a November 2017 decision out of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, the Court held that an insurer has no duty to defend or indemnify its insured when the policy’s statutory...more

SUV Sales Again Carrying the Auto Industry

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

If it seems like déjà vu, it’s not just you: SUVs are again leading the charge on new vehicle sales. Buoyed by low gas prices and growing millennial families, SUV sales have increased by 6 percent from 2016 to 2017 (through...more

The Dawn of Self-Driving Rideshares Has Already Arrived

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Over the past few weeks Uber, Waymo, and General Motors have solidified their commitments to the next-generation of transit, one that involves their autonomous vehicles and services moving people around the city with near...more

Drivers Beware: A Seemingly Safe And Legal Driving Maneuver Could Come With Potentially Life-Changing Hazards

by Fraser Trebilcock on

For more than 30 years, Fraser Trebilcock attorney Gary Rogers has handled automobile negligence litigation. Recently, he has litigated a number of claims arising out of what you might think would be a rather safe driving...more

Private employers in Utah generally may establish workplace gun policies

by Kirton McConkie PC on

GUNS AT WORK - In light of recent mass shootings in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, Texas, guns have become a hot topic. Some people want to enact bans and other regulations on cer­tain types of guns. Others adamantly...more

Automotive Supplier Industry Experts Convene in Detroit and Share 2018 Outlook

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) held its 19th Annual Conference this week in suburban Detroit under the theme: “The Industry’s New Landscape.” And while much of the day was devoted to autonomous vehicle...more

Every bit counts: Could Blockchain be a solution for e-mobility?

by Hogan Lovells on

Does blockchain technology open up new avenues in the field of electromobility? Can decentralized processes that are controlled by a large network be used to convert individual mobility on the road to electrified vehicles and...more

Brexit: “The Natives are restless and seem desirous of fighting”

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

This is the sixth in an ongoing series of blog posts by Foley & Lardner LLP on the implications of the June 23, 2016 voter referendum in the United Kingdom (“UK”) to exit the European Union (“EU”) (“Brexit”). This current...more

Cities Need Autonomous Vehicles Just as Much as Autonomous Vehicles Need Roads to Drive Down

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Slowly, in the background of our day-to-day lives, cities and their suburban counterparts have been gaining intelligence. Stoplights are timed and monitored by a suite of cameras and sensors; traffic patterns are tracked and...more

Regulators Take the Wheel in Auto Financing Actions

From the Department of Justice (DOJ) to the Massachusetts attorney general, auto financing has been the subject of several recent actions. What happened - The DOJ filed suit against a California-based indirect auto...more

State of the Automotive Industry in the U.S. Conference Followup

by Burr & Forman on

Here are some conference key takeaways we wanted to share with you that we found interesting from the STATE OF THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY IN THE U.S. presentation. - Global vehicle sales are expected to reach 101.6 million in...more

Challenge to Electric-Drive/Hybrid-Drive Vehicle Fee: Supreme Court of Oklahoma Opinion

The Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma (“Court”) issued an October 24th opinion addressing a challenge filed by the Sierra Club to Oklahoma legislation which created the Motor Fuels Tax Fee (“H.B. 1449 [ Legislation]”)...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

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

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

Why Sitting in Back Isn’t So Safe

by Howard Ankin on

In a car crash, sitting in the back seat can be more dangerous than sitting in the front seat. Recent studies show that backseat passengers are 46 percent more likely to die in motor vehicle accidents than front seat drivers...more

Auto-finance companies agree to pay nearly $800,000 to settle Justice Department allegations regarding SCRA auto repossession...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The United States Department of Justice announced last week that Westlake Services LLC and its subsidiary, Wilshire Consumer Capital LLC, have agreed to pay $760,788 to resolve allegations the companies violated the...more

Fewer Diesel Options Available for 2018 Light Duty Vehicles

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Consumer options for light duty diesel vehicles are expected to be slimmer next year. The U.S. Department of Energy and EPA released its preliminary 2018 Fuel Economy Guide, which lists just 11 light duty diesel vehicles,...more

Worldwide Group of Data Privacy Regulators Issues Guidance on Connected-Car Technologies

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A global group of data privacy regulators has, for the first time, set forth data privacy and security guidance on the development of automated and connected-car technologies. ...more

Is this the end of the Internal Combustion Engine?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

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

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