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The Future of High Tech Patent Litigation in the Auto Industry

Intellectual Property
The rapid adoption of new technologies by the auto industry and the new players that provide them is going to have an impact on the world’s roads. It’s also bringing an increased focus on exploiting and protecting intellectual property.… Continue reading this entry

Deal Activity Slightly Declines in 2016; 2017 Deal Makers Cautious

Aggregate automotive industry M&A deal values for 2016 were down 34% to $41.0 billion compared to $62.1 billion in 2015 according to PwC’s recently released report, PwC Deals: Global Automotive M&A Deals Insights Year-end 2016. Deal volume also saw a slight downtick of 1.4% to 583 deals compared to the 591 deals of 2015. Deal … Continue reading this entry

NHTSA Regulates Cell Phones?

We here at the Dashboard are fond of writing about the ongoing evolution of the automotive industry into a technology industry. It seems that the folks at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have been watching the same evolution. Just last week, NHTSA released voluntary guidelines to address driver distraction. These guidelines, Visual-Manual NHTSA Driver Distraction Guidelines for … 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

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

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

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

Wireless Technologies to Be Mandated by NHTSA

Foreshadowing the Autonomous Cars of the Future Recent months have seen major developments in the march toward truly autonomous cars. Google has announced that it has logged almost 700,000 miles of autonomous driving, and that it has been driving many of those miles in urban environments, testing the ability of its software to detect and account … Continue reading this entry