Tag Archives: autonomous cars

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

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

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

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

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

Tech & Car Companies Resist California's Proposed Autonomous Vehicle Rules

A who’s who of the automotive and tech sector reacted with concern at the state of California’s proposed rules for autonomous vehicles. Among other things, the companies were not happy that what the United States made voluntary, California may make required. As reported by Reuters, the industry objected to the following:… Continue reading this entry

Looking Ahead: Where Automotive Innovation Meets Cybersecurity in 2017

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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

Department of Transportation Releases Policy Guidance on Autonomous Vehicle Technology (Part II: State Government Guidance)

In addition to its industry guidance, covered in the previous post, the DOT’s Policy Guidance for autonomous vehicle technologies also proposed a “model state policy” for regulating these new vehicles.  This guidance jumps off from DOT’s encouragement to states to leave regulation of autonomous vehicle performance to DOT, and to work with NHTSA to develop … Continue reading this entry

Department of Transportation Releases Policy Guidance on Autonomous Vehicle Technology (Part I: Industry Guidance)

As automakers and their suppliers alike have been working through the issues confronting autonomous vehicles, they have been doing so with a giant blind spot: just how the federal government, which regulates almost every aspect of automotive design, was going to approach the question of standards for autonomous cars.  Fortunately, we have now seen some … Continue reading this entry

Self-Driving Ride Sharing Cars on the Road in 2016 (!)

You know how flying cars, jet packs and things like that always seem way off into the future? Many feel the same about self-driving cars being on the road in the United States. However, Volvo and Uber are out to prove them wrong. As the Automotive News reported, the existing vehicles plus some Uber modifications “will enable … Continue reading this entry

Could the Flying Car Finally Take Off?

Autonomous vehicles have been hailed as the solution to overcrowded roads and their impact on America’s aging infrastructure. However, recent accidents involving automated vehicles have some wondering if having less cars on the road is a better long-term approach. As it turns out, the world’s top automaker might be developing technology that will take cars … Continue reading this entry

Will Fatal Self-Driving Crash Put the Brakes on Autonomous Vehicles?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is handling a full load of safety recalls and investigations these days, including the investigation of a fatal crash involving Tesla’s Autopilot system. On May 7, a man was killed on a Florida highway when his Tesla Model S—with Autopilot activated—drove under an 18-wheel semi-truck turning in front of … Continue reading this entry

City Transportation Officials Weigh-in on Automated Vehicles

Then National Association of City Transportation Officials (“NACTO”) released its policy recommendations for automated vehicles on June 23, 2016. Although much of the discussion to date has focused on the safety and technology of automated vehicles, NACTO wants the conversation to include the impact of automated vehicles on existing infrastructure, driving parameters on city streets, … Continue reading this entry

Will Autonomous Vehicles Mean Fewer Lawsuits?

Full disclosure # 1: I, the author of this blog post, am a trial lawyer. Full disclosure # 2: The law firm that allows the publication of this blog post has many, many, many more trial lawyers. Without disputes that could go to trial, we all need to find more work. Of course, this also … Continue reading this entry

NHTSA Will Give States Autonomy on Self-Driving Rules

In a blog post last month, we covered the announcement of the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, a lobbyist group with the aim of removing any legal or regulatory hurdles that might slow the development or deployment of self-driving, fully autonomous vehicles. The members of the coalition include some of the biggest players in the … Continue reading this entry

Will We Continue to Uber and Lyft, or Will We Start to "VW?"

Volkswagen’s $300 million investment in ride-hailing service Gett is not exactly earth shattering news these days for the automotive industry. But what did catch our eye here at the Dashboard was what Volkswagen said, Ride-hailing will be at the center of our new ‘mobility on-demand’ business, which we are building as the second pillar alongside the … Continue reading this entry

Presentation Recap: Car Wars

“A [not so] long time ago in an automotive industry [not] far, far away,” John Murphy, Research Analyst for Merrill Lynch delivered his popular annual “Car Wars” presentation in Detroit on May 10th. This was the 26th year of the report (which began in 1991), which is not quite as old as the 39-year old … Continue reading this entry

A New Coalition Seeks to Pave the Way for Fully Autonomous Vehicles

Last week the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) held the second of two meetings at Stanford University to solicit input from the public regarding the safety guidelines it is developing for the deployment of autonomous vehicles. On the eve of last week’s meeting, Google, Ford, Volvo, Lyft, and Uber issued a press release announcing … Continue reading this entry

Industry Trends for 2016 and Beyond: A Recap of the Women in Automotive Conference

Women in Manufacturing (WiM) hosted its fifth annual Women in Automotive Conference on April 26-27, 2016. The Conference was co-supported by the Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation (AWAF) and Inforum AutomotiveNEXT. It was held in Michigan at the Detroit Marriott Troy and was another fantastic event attended by both women and men across the automotive industry. … Continue reading this entry

Michigan Law’s Autonomous Vehicles Conference: Legal and Regulatory Hurdles to Deployment

Earlier this month, I attended a conference at the University of Michigan Law School: Autonomous Vehicles: Legal and Regulatory Hurdles to Deployment. It was a good excuse to go embrace all of the nostalgia that comes from visiting your alma mater.  More important, the conference provided an interesting, informative, and exceedingly cordial discussion of the legal and … Continue reading this entry

U.S. Army Helping Develop Vehicle-to-Infrastructure And Autonomous Vehicle Technologies

The list of everyday technologies pioneered or developed by the military before being adapted to civilian applications is a lengthy one: GPS, microwave ovens, jet engines, and radar are just some common examples.  Could autonomous cars and vehicle-to-infrastructure, or V2I, communications be some of the next technologies to get a boost from military research and … Continue reading this entry