Tag Archives: Driverless car

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

Liability and Autonomous Vehicles

As a trial lawyer who handles a lot of automotive disputes and product liability claims, I get asked more and more, “when an autonomous vehicle has an accident, who will be liable?” People – clients, contacts, business associates, partners, friends, etc. all wonder whether the legal system is ready to handle this eventuality. With Google’s self-driving … 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

Mcity Opening Changes the Automotive Industry's Research Environment

The research environment in the automotive industry changed recently with the official opening of Mcity, which is believed to be the first facility especially designed for testing connected and automated vehicles. Mcity was developed by the University of Michigan’s Mobility Transformation Center (MTC) in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Transportation.… Continue reading this entry

Self-Driving Cars - "IP Driving Acquisition"

As Chair of Foley & Lardner’s Electronics Practice Group, I recently published a LinkedIn article about news reports of a group of German auto companies including BMW, Audi and Daimler acquiring HERE Global (Nokia’s map business) for U.S. $2.8 billion. Reuters says that HERE’s primary competitor is Google Maps. The Reuters article said that the auto companies outbid … Continue reading this entry

Autonomous Driving Means Big Bucks For Everyone

New insights from McKinsey & Company demonstrate one common theme: the more autonomous vehicles take over the world, the more money saved and the more revenue earned by almost everyone. McKinsey interviewed over 30 industry experts around the world and came up with Ten Ways Autonomous Driving Could Redefine the Automotive World. Interestingly, they are all cash … Continue reading this entry

The Internet of Things – Lessons for the Automotive Industry

The Internet of Things (IoT) is coming and perhaps the first place we will see the proverbial rubber hit the road is with something near and dear to Americans – our cars. The ever increasing connectivity of cars is creating a multitude of new security concerns and legal issues. On February 9, 2015, U.S. Senator … Continue reading this entry

Before Driverless Cars, Questions

Drive Forward: The Future of Telematics
Although it is unclear when autonomous vehicles will be hitting the roads, what is clear is that this technology is coming. Automakers to suppliers to lawmakers to insurers will want to carefully consider the following issues and their legal implications before consumers take this technology for a spin. Telematics Data Privacy and Security Telematics systems … Continue reading this entry

Will Self-Driving Cars be Accepted by Consumers?

As recently discussed on Dashboard Insights, 68% of global automotive industry executives expect self-driving cars to be on the market by 2025. While self-driving cars may be on the market within the next decade, will consumers, particularly American consumers, actually want to own one? A recent survey of 2,000 drivers found that 32% of those … Continue reading this entry

Sale of Self-Driving Cars to Consumers by 2025?

More and more, self-driving cars are morphing from fantasy portrayed in futuristic societies to reality. Google’s autonomous prototype and California’s proposed regulations regarding the testing of self-driving cars on public roads demonstrate the increasing likelihood of self-driving cars becoming a reality for consumers. The Dashboard has previously discussed the pace of self-driving car legislation, NHTSA’s statement on … Continue reading this entry

California Announces Regulations for Autonomous Car Testing

Just as manufacturers and other businesses at the edge of autonomous vehicle technology are announcing advances in the field—including, most recently, Google’s fully-autonomous prototype vehicle, featuring no controls other than a programmable navigation computer—California has announced regulations designed to govern the testing of these cars on public roads. The regulations impose some straight-forward requirements on … Continue reading this entry

NHTSA Issues Long Awaited Policy Statement on Driverless Car Technology

On May 30, 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) introduced its long awaited policy statement on driverless car technology. According to NHTSA, driverless car technology has “captured the nation’s attention.” Until today (other than a slowly emerging patchwork of state laws), there has been little in the way of federal guidance on driverless … Continue reading this entry

Driverless Car Technology – Legislation Slow to Keep Pace

Major technology companies have already logged 300,000 miles on U.S. roads with self driving cars. Driverless (or automated or autonomous) vehicle technology is rapidly advancing and states are starting to enact legislation. Driverless car technology has the ability to attract billions in research dollars to those states that create the right legal framework for the … Continue reading this entry