Category Archives: Self-Driving Cars

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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

Automotive Supplier Industry Experts Convene in Detroit and Share 2018 Outlook

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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

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

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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 analyzed by Watson-like computer systems; GPS-navigation systems communicate to the grid and identify the most efficient route to a destination when … 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

State AGs Are Flexing Their Muscles on Technology

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Headlines for state attorneys general (AGs) have been dominated by tangles with the Trump administration — from the travel ban case going to the U.S. Supreme Court to challenges to legacy regulations at federal agencies. Less visible are actions by state AGs to push forward their interests and influence in technology-oriented consumer products, particularly driverless … 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

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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

The Sharing Economy: Ride Sharing Provides Unique Challenges to Automotive Manufacturers Going Forward

A recent study published by AlixPartners estimates that for each car-sharing vehicle on the road, 32 personal vehicle purchases do not occur, which to date has resulted in 500,000 missed vehicle sales for automotive manufacturers. AlixPartners estimates that by 2020, automakers will miss out on an additional 1.2 million vehicle sales as a result of … Continue reading this entry

Auto Industry Rooting for More Federal Legislation?

Any industry pushing for more regulation is a rarity.  But auto industry representatives are urging lawmakers to create more federal regulation for self-driving cars. The belief is that federal laws will provide more consistency  and encourage (rather than hinder) innovation as compared to “patchy” state laws. The industry is supporting legislation that would preempt state … Continue reading this entry

Governments Pursue Legislation to Bolster Electric Vehicle Usage

Around the world, governments are considering how to spur electric vehicle adoption and usage. One area of focus is infrastructure development. In the United Kingdom, the Queen’s Speech included the announcement of an Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill. The Queen’s Speech, which marks the State Opening of Parliament, identifies the laws that the government hopes … Continue reading this entry

Congress Faces Tough Questions on the Road to Governing Self-Driving Cars

Jay Leno – himself a consummate car guy – once quipped: “A new study published by The British Medical Journal found that inactivity can kill you.  I mean, these are the kinds of findings that just scare the hell out of Congress.”… Continue reading this entry

Cities Plan for Future of Autonomous Cars

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One year ago, we posted about the National Association of City Officials’s (NACTO) policy recommendations for autonomous vehicles.  NACTO focused on the projected infrastructure requirements for autonomous vehicles.  Now, the National League of Cities (NLC) is weighing in that cities need to speed up their efforts of preparing for autonomous cars.… Continue reading this entry

Car Accidents Involving Autonomous Cars, Who is Liable?

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With automated cars comes hopes of safer driving, more efficient commuting, increased productivity, reduced human errors, and fewer accidents. However, as self-driving cars becomes a reality, car accidents may lead to legal controversy over who is responsible for the accident; the manufacturer or the owner?… 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

Self-Driving Vehicles Keep Getting Closer to Reality

Multiple developments recently demonstrate that self-driving vehicles continue their steady march to potential world domination.  First, there was Apple meeting the application requirements for autonomous vehicle testing in California.  As reported in USA Today, this gave Apple “the green light to test self-driving cars in Calif.”  Among the more interesting nuggets in this story is … 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

Government Proposes $3.9 Billion for Autonomous Cars

You get a billion! You get a billion! You get a billion! And, you get a billion! The Federal Government went full Oprah on everyone at the North American International Auto Show recently, throwing around a few billion dollars for autonomous cars.… Continue reading this entry