Category Archives: Self-Driving Cars

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IP Considerations for Autonomous Vehicle Technology Startups and Automotive Suppliers

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Many automotive suppliers and OEMs have announced plans to bring autonomous vehicles (AVs) – and related components, software and services – to market, often collaborating with technology startup companies to develop the underlying hardware or software. As these parties work together to develop technical solutions, the resulting intellectual property (IP) can become a key asset … Continue reading this entry

Balancing Regulation and Innovation: How NHTSA is Approaching Motor Vehicle Safety in 2019

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) continues to be active in investigating potential safety-related defects and noncompliances with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). As the deployment of advanced vehicle technologies continues to accelerate, NHTSA has also been increasing its enforcement capacity, while looking for ways to encourage innovation in this area. NHTSA has … Continue reading this entry

Navigating the Road Ahead … Are You Ready?

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Current trends show that technological advances and changing consumer behavior will result in mass market adoption of electric and autonomous vehicles within 10 years. To enable this reality and provide certainty for businesses and localities, the infrastructure, regulatory framework, and trade deals need to be ready and in place. That was the theme of Foley’s … Continue reading this entry

Even Insurance Will Be Disrupted by Autonomous Vehicles

Cybersecurity
There are long lists of industries that will be disrupted by Autonomous Vehicles. Not surprisingly, Insurance is expected to be one of them. Some see tremendous opportunities arising from the increase in Autonomous Vehicles. For example, a 2017 report from Accenture and Stevens Institute of Technology, estimated that new insurance requirements and products could raise … Continue reading this entry

The Driverless Future Isn't Disrupting Industries and Jobs… Yet

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John Stuart Mill once said that “[e]very great movement must experience three stages: Ridicule, discussion, adoption”. What matters to modern industry stakeholders isn’t how they approach each of these stages, but how actively they evaluate each “great movement” before it becomes a disruption they can’t overcome. Disruption isn’t some type of sudden event that occurs … Continue reading this entry

Autonomous Vehicle Federal Regulation

Despite last minute efforts to address concerns of various groups who opposed the bill, Members of the 115th Congress ultimately failed to pass the American Vision for Safer Transportation through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies Act (AV Start Act), before the end of their session on the last week of 2018. The AV Start Act would … Continue reading this entry

Concordant Crossroads: Regulation and Innovation in the Automotive Industry

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Recently, Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute, along with co-sponsors Foley & Lardner LLP and Ballard Spahr LLP, hosted the “Concordant Crossroads” summit in New York City.  The esteemed keynote speaker, panelists and moderators provided deep insights into the unique and wide-ranging disruptive forces shaping the modern mobility industry.… Continue reading this entry

Autonomous Cars Will Change More Than Just the Way We Drive

Mobility
If you talk to anyone involved in the automotive and transit sectors, the conversation will inevitably touch on how impactful autonomous vehicles and next-generation transit will be on our day-to-day lives. In our February 8, 2018 article, Autonomous Vehicles and Ride Sharing Will Reshape Our Buildings, Our Cities, and Our Lives, we discuss how urban … Continue reading this entry

Whose Fault is it Anyway? The Show Where the Points Don’t Matter and the Rules are Made Up

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With the prevalence and advancements of autonomous vehicles continuously gaining traction, many are left wondering what this will mean for society as a whole, including changes to infrastructure and how we interact with our vehicles.  Indeed, many questions remain unanswered, such as the price of autonomous vehicles, the level of driver involvement (and whether a … Continue reading this entry

Why Detroit and Silicon Valley Should Combine Their Autonomous Vehicle Pursuits

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From Blade Runner to the Jetsons, autonomous vehicles have been a mainstay in movies set in the future.  With Detroit and Silicon Valley leading the charge, these depictions will soon be reality in the not too distant future.  While the Big Three in Detroit and the tech giants on the West Coast started out as … Continue reading this entry

Ford, Baidu LOI Further Evidences Continued International Automotive Collaboration

Mobility
In June, Baidu, Inc., China’s largest search and internet-related service provider, and Ford Motor (China) Ltd. signed a Letter of Intent to expand their strategic partnership.… Continue reading this entry

Can Self Driving Cars Provide Cities a New Way to Understand Road Conditions?

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If you happen to drive, ride a bus, take the train, or hop in the occasional Uber or Lyft, you’ve likely experienced the deteriorating nature of roads and general infrastructure throughout the United States. Often littered with potholes, plagued by delays and cancellations, or just simply congested to the point of being useless, U.S. infrastructure … Continue reading this entry

Autonomous Co-Pilot: How GM Plans to Revolutionize Consumer Use of Autonomous Driving Technology While Keeping You Focused at the Wheel

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In the competition amongst automobile manufacturers to knock autonomous driving out-of-the-park, Cadillac is next up to the plate.  Recently – rolling-out its newest autonomous driving technology – General Motors (“GM”) announced, beginning in 2020, “semi-autonomous” driving will be available in all Cadillac models.  Dubbed “Super Cruise,” the technology is GM’s latest attempt to capture some … Continue reading this entry

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
“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

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

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