Tag Archives: California

Is this the end of the Internal Combustion Engine?

internal combustion engine
Recently, my 16-year-old son jumped into my car to drive it.  It was his first time driving my car.  My car does not have keyless ignition.  He hopped in the driver’s seat, threw the keys into the cup holder and asked “where is the button”?  He quite literally had no idea that some cars require … 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

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

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

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

Google Asks Congress For Self-Driving Car Help

As reported almost everywhere, on Tuesday, March 15, Google told a Senate Hearing that Congress should pass legislation regulating self-driving cars. Google, through Chris Urmson (Director, Self-Driving Cars), explained that already there are 53 pieces of legislation in 23 states that relate to self-driving cars. Understandably, and predictably, these are not always consistent.… Continue reading this entry

California Proposes Regulations On Deployment of Autonomous Cars

California’s DMV recently released preliminary regulations on self-driving cars—and proposed a ban on cars without a driver on board. The rules stem from a 2012 law ordering the DMV to issue rules on autonomous vehicles. The testing regulations were approved in May 2014. The most recent proposed rules relate to the deployment of autonomous vehicles on … Continue reading this entry

The Supreme Court Preview, Part II: Tuning Up Arbitration Clauses

U.S. Supreme Court Expands Scope of Whistleblower Protections
This is the second post in our series “The Supreme Court Preview,” view the first post here. California state and federal courts have a rocky history with the U.S. Supreme Court, as the highest court in the land has repeatedly reversed the Ninth Circuit and California state courts in deciding cases under the Federal Arbitration … Continue reading this entry