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Michigan Doubles Down on Mobility and Announces a new Eight Million Dollar Grant Program

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Michigan, the cradle of the American automotive industry, has made no secret of its desire to remain an industry leader in mobility as the industry continues to evolve.  On May 30, 2018, Michigan announced a new $8 Million Michigan Mobility Challenge grant that would be available to fund new mobility projects across the state.  The … Continue reading this entry

Protecting IP, Finding Investors, Navigating Legislation Drive Discussion at Foley’s Emerging Automotive Technologies Program

Fully connected and self-driving cars are here. Improvements to alternative energy sources for vehicles continue to advance at a rapid pace. The automotive industry is potentially facing dramatic new legal and regulatory challenges. And the road ahead shows no signs of slowing down.… Continue reading this entry

Gauging Reactions: MCity Shuttle Launch Kicks-Off Autonomous Vehicle Behavioral Study 

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On Monday, June 4, two fully automated shuttles began regular shuttle service on streets surrounding the University of Michigan North Campus Research Complex in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The 11-passenger, all-electric Autonom shuttles are produced by French firm Navya and have previously been rolled out in limited last-mile applications around the globe. However, Monday’s launch marks … Continue reading this entry

NTSB Preliminary Report Reminds That Driver Error Persists

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently issued its preliminary report concerning the March 18, 2018 incident in Tempe, Arizona in which a pedestrian was struck and killed by a Volvo XC90 sport utility vehicle equipped with self-driving capabilities. The vehicle was part of Uber’s autonomous vehicle pilot program.  The program was suspended by Arizona’s … Continue reading this entry

Mobility Policy and Regulation – Finding the Imperfect Solution

“Mobility Disruption” was one of the main pillars at this year’s Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Mackinac Policy Conference, that attracted 1,700 business and political leaders.  A common theme of  “The Mobility State: Perspectives on Policy and Regulation” panel discussion last week was that there is a huge gap between connected and autonomous driving technology … Continue reading this entry

Drinking and Driving: How Driverless Cars Will Overturn South Dakota v. Dole to Push the Drinking Age Back to 18

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The drinking age in the United States has historically teetered between 18 and 21.  Under pressure surrounding the Vietnam War, Congress rolled back the minimum drinking age from 21 to 18 to reflect the draft age.  Proponents of this rollback would argue that if draftees were old enough to fight for their countries, they should … Continue reading this entry

Future of the Automotive Sector in Europe, China and the United States

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Guest Author: Ruth Knox, Managing Associate, Linklaters LLP Given the pace of change in the automotive industry and related technologies, combined with increasing regulatory scrutiny, there are several risks and challenges the global automotive industry can expect to deal with in 2018 and beyond across Europe, China, and the United States. On April 10, 2018, Foley … Continue reading this entry

Fueled by Auto Industry Support, Bike Sharing Systems are Taking Over Cities

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Back in November 2017 we discussed the “last mile” issue facing cities and urban planners around the globe. At that time we noted that “… transit options often fail at providing a solution of getting people to their final destination with relative ease.” We noted the benefit of Vehicle-to-Vehicle and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure communication systems as a … Continue reading this entry

Autonomous Vehicles and Ride Sharing are Reshaping Cities Now

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Just two months ago, we wrote about how Autonomous Vehicles and Ride Sharing Will Reshape Our Buildings, Our Cities, and Our Lives. We explained that “[w]hile current developments require parking space to accommodate commuters, the future might make these spaces obsolete.” Chicago is experiencing that on a grand scale with the loss of surface parking … Continue reading this entry

Fatal Accident Put Autonomous Vehicle Programs Under Scrutiny

High profile accidents related to autonomous vehicles are impacting the planned expansion of existing autonomous vehicle pilot programs.  In 2016, a driver in Florida died while using autopilot mode on his vehicle. Then, on March 18, 2018, a pedestrian was struck and killed in Tempe, Arizona by a Volvo XC90 sport utility vehicle, fitted with … Continue reading this entry

NHTSA and Motor Vehicle Safety

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Introduction 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 as the “New Normal,” has largely remained in place as the Trump administration has been slow to bring in new political leadership to … Continue reading this entry

Autonomous Vehicles and Ride Sharing Will Reshape Our Buildings, Our Cities, and Our Lives

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When the first automobile hit roadways in the early 1900s, developers, planners, and city officials had to completely re-think the design and planning of cityscapes, both new and old. The era of narrow streets, communities defined by walking distance or streetcar line, and short-distance commuting gave way to massive boulevards, interstate highways, and the rise … Continue reading this entry

Driverless Cars Should Be New Legislative Priority for Congress

Last year ended with historic tax reform legislation being signed into law following weeks of legislative ups and downs. But as we witnessed thousands of people descend upon the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit during January, we are reminded of an entirely different legislative area … 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

Autonomous Cars...When?

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Self-driving, autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles seem everywhere, yet nowhere. Here at the Dashboard, we seem to never stop writing about them or the issues associated with them. For example, here, here, here, and here – and all those articles were in the last few months. If you were at CES, you would be excused for … 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

The Dawn of Self-Driving Rideshares Has Already Arrived

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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 effortless ease. While Uber announced the plan purchase of 24,000 Volvo SUVs for the self-driving fleets, GM set a target of … Continue reading this entry

Race to Self-Driving Cars Brings New Opportunities and Challenges, Foley Survey Finds

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The development of more intelligent, interactive and self-sufficient vehicles has created new opportunities for the automotive and technology industries alike. Despite lingering regulatory uncertainty and other challenges, we’ve seen companies forging ahead and actively jockeying for market position in this rapidly evolving area.… Continue reading this entry

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

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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 prepared U.S. cities are as the impending swarm of self-driving and semi-autonomous cars, trucks, and buses hit city roads in the coming … Continue reading this entry

California Department of Motor Vehicles Gives Green Light to Autonomous Testing

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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 roads.… Continue reading this entry

Auto 2.0 Is More Than Just About the Automobile – From Shuttles to Logistics and More

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The introduction of near autonomous vehicles to public roadways is set to completely revolutionize the way humans and goods navigate cityscapes in the coming years. Although Tesla’s autopilot feature has become the early pioneer, the Detroit Three, Google, Apple, Amazon, Uber, Lyft, and other manufacturers and suppliers are quickly making up ground. Meanwhile, in the … Continue reading this entry

SELF DRIVE Act Passes the House as Senate Prepares Its Own Bill

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On September 6, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research In Vehicle Evolution (“SELF DRIVE”) Act, H.R. 3388. All eyes are now on the Senate, which is drafting its own bill.… Continue reading this entry

German Regulators Craft Guidelines Addressing the Ethical Issues Raised by Driverless Cars

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As driverless cars prepare to enter the roadway, regulators are closely considering the implications of how software is programmed. When faced with an imminent risk of collision or injury, how will the software decide which course of action to take?  How will the software weigh the impact on different people, animals, and property?  Dashboard Insights … Continue reading this entry

Car Manufacturers and Suppliers Are Not the Only Ones Who Should Be Worried About Autonomous Vehicles

While state attorney generals and Federal Regulators scramble to assemble regulations around autonomous vehicles and legacy car manufacturers look to avoid market-share erosion from unknown competitors, another group needs to closely watch the way autonomous vehicles and next-gen transit tech impacts their day to day life. Local governments units and businesses need to keep a keen eye … Continue reading this entry