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

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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. Click here for the first part of our review.… Continue reading this entry

Foley’s 2017 Connected Cars & Autonomous Vehicles Survey - Part 1

We’re in the midst of a rapid evolution not only in the way drivers operate their vehicles, but also in the operations, compliance, go-to-market strategy and cyber preparedness of the entire automotive industry. More than 70 million connected cars will be on the road by 2023, as predicted by IHS Markit, and autonomous vehicles aren’t … Continue reading this entry

Mobility, New Technology, Compliance Take Center Stage at Foley’s 2018 Auto Show Program

Exponential technological growth and transformative change are creating unique opportunities and challenges for the automotive industry. That was a key theme of Foley’s 2018 Auto Show Program, hosted by Foley partners Mark Aiello and Ann Marie Uetz and held on January 17, 2018, alongside the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.… Continue reading this entry

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

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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.… Continue reading this entry

Automotive Supplier Industry Experts Convene in Detroit and Share 2018 Outlook

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 developments and the potential negative impacts on the industry’s North American competitiveness that would result from substantial changes to NAFTA, the … Continue reading this entry

Auto-ISAC Focuses on Cybersecurity

It is difficult these days to escape news of some sort of hack taking place. Whether it be hotels, pizza, telecoms, web service providers, or, of course, credit agencies. It should not surprise anyone that as automobiles become more technical in every way, they too are targets for hackers. The industry is starting to try … Continue reading this entry

Late to the Scene, the “Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research In Vehicle Evolution Act” (“SELF DRIVE Act”) Seeks to Set Course for Future Development

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As the race to deploy highly autonomous vehicles continues, the promise of a more ubiquitous presence of autonomous vehicles has led to a patchwork of regulations as states attempt to prepare for the inevitability of a self-driving car. Twenty-two states have either passed legislation related to autonomous vehicles or adopted regulations through a governor’s executive … Continue reading this entry

Please Participate in Foley’s Connected Cars & Autonomous Vehicles Survey

The steady adoption of connected, smart, and self-driving vehicles is not only changing the way consumers engage the road, but also the operations, go-to market strategy, and cyber preparedness of the entire automotive industry. Developments in this area present a significant business opportunity for automakers and technology companies, alongside a host of legal considerations. Against … Continue reading this entry

Global Ransomware Attack: Preparation is Key

You change the oil in your car to make sure the car’s engine runs as smoothly as possible. It reduces the risk of engine troubles and helps to ensure that the engine will continue to perform at its peak level. If the engine isn’t running well, neither does your car. The computer systems that store … Continue reading this entry

17 Measures Every Company Should Consider to Reduce the Risk of Cyber-Intrusions

The cars we drive to work every day run primarily on computers that collect thousands of data points. Same goes for the factory that manufactured them and the company that designed and sold them. This evolution makes cybersecurity vital at every step in the supply chain. We know manufacturing is one of the most hacked … Continue reading this entry

Cybersecurity: Yes, They Will Hack Your Car

Auto manufacturers are increasingly equipping vehicles with rapidly advancing technologies, raising concerns regarding how the public will be affected by these changes. Manufacturers are beginning to implement automated driving and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication capabilities into their cars, extending potential cybersecurity threats and associated safety issues to road users.… Continue reading this entry

The Top Six Takeaways from Auto-ISAC's and NHTSA’s Cybersecurity Best Practices

As cars continue to rely more and more on systems that closely resemble those that run mobile phones and personal computers, it’s no surprise that the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers of car parts need to make major adjustments. While meeting these evolving demands on the production end, OEMs and suppliers also need to … Continue reading this entry

2017 Automotive Forecasts Unveiled During Detroit Auto Show Week

It is “Auto Show” week in Detroit, as the city hosts the 2017 North American International Auto Show.  This week includes press unveils of new and updated models, the latest mobility technologies at the AutoMobili-D pavilion, the charity preview featuring 17,000 auto industry players in tuxedos and long dresses and, of course, predictions for where … Continue reading this entry

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 to predict just what would happen with connected cars in 2017. Our day started with Joseph Kwederis, Automotive Cyber … Continue reading this entry

Car Technologies Capture Attention, Excitement at CES 2017

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, automotive technology continued its growing role at the show and shared the spotlight with virtual and augmented reality systems, video recording toothbrushes, and smart home products such as hairbrushes, beds, and chairs.  Automotive technology companies made up about one fifth of the exhibitors, and the exhibitors are creating ripples … Continue reading this entry

Navigating Connected Cars in 2017: Data Protection

It’s a fact: today’s marketplace has given connected cars the green light. As an OEM or supplier accelerating to create products to meet industry demand, what challenges can you anticipate in 2017? Here is the second installment (following up our post on IP Protection) describing where we believe your attention should be focused during the … Continue reading this entry

Navigating Connected Cars in 2017

It’s a fact: today’s marketplace has given connected cars the green light. As an OEM or supplier accelerating to create products to meet industry demand, what challenges can you anticipate in 2017? Here’s one area we think you should be focused on… IP Protection Perhaps the most valuable asset for companies in advanced technology areas … Continue reading this entry

Looking Ahead: Where Automotive Innovation Meets Cybersecurity in 2017

The automotive industry has long been exempt from the cyber attacks that have affected so many companies operating in the financial services, healthcare and retail spaces. However, that is changing quickly due to the copious amount of historical data being collected by modern vehicles and the new autonomous features created by manufacturers.… Continue reading this entry

As Consumers Flock Towards Connected Cars, The Wireless Industry Benefits

It is no secret that consumers are increasingly focused on connected cars.  In a survey of consumers by Accenture, over 50% of consumers surveyed were already using some connected car services, 57% of those surveyed would like to have the ability to surf the internet via a monitor in the car, and 81% of consumers … Continue reading this entry

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 auto parts supplier. As reported on, “Last month Samsung Electronics acquired a stake in Chinese electric car company BYD, and according to a … Continue reading this entry

Connected and Autonomous Vehicles – Full Speed Ahead or Tapping the Brakes?

The Center for Automotive Research (CAR)’s annual Management Briefing Seminars opened yesterday in Traverse City, Michigan. The afternoon sessions included a robust discussion of “Connected and Automated Vehicles – The Future is Now (Almost).” This title reflected the ambivalence and widely varying viewpoints of how close fully autonomous vehicles are to becoming a reality, with predictions ranging … Continue reading this entry

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 is the Chief Security Officer at Uber. He is the only proposed member connected to the automotive industry.… Continue reading this entry

European Commissioner for Transport Focuses on Connected Cars as Part of Continuing Road Safety Strategy

In 2010, the EU set an ambitious goal of halving traffic deaths in 2020. As part of these ongoing efforts to increase road safety, on Thursday the European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc published a report on road safety. The 2015 statistics indicate the EU has a long way to go in reaching its road safety goals. … Continue reading this entry

Top 3 Automotive Trends to Watch For in 2016

Cybersecurity Manufacturers in the auto industry continued to face challenges and find opportunities related to cybersecurity in 2015, and those trends are expected to intensify in 2016. New laws and new threats (discussed in more detail here and here) have either incentivized or required manufacturers to evaluate their cybersecurity strengths and weaknesses, then capitalize on the … Continue reading this entry