SoftBank to roll out first self-driving buses in Japan

SoftBank has stepped up its push to become a leading player in the driverless technology space, with an announcement that it will roll out self-driving buses in Japan from April this year. The initiative is being led by SB Drive Corp. (“SB Drive”), a joint venture formed in April 2016 between SoftBank and Advanced Smart … Read more

Latest U.S. Guidelines Keep Autonomous Vehicle Standards Voluntary

Earlier this month, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas new autonomous vehicle (“AV”) guidelines which rely on voluntary standards, to the disappointment of auto safety advocates who have called for specific regulations. Read more

Protecting CAV Trade Secrets

The theft of trade secrets has been front and centre in recent high-profile legal disputes involving former employees of key players in the connected autonomous vehicle (CAV) space. They serve as a good reminder of the importance of and challenges in protecting commercially valuable information. This blog post covers some of the measures businesses can … Read more

NTSB determines immediate cause of fatal Uber crash was failure of human operator

Following an 18-month investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its conclusions on the fatal collision between an Uber-owned autonomous vehicle and a pedestrian in Arizona last year. As reported in our previous blog post, Arizona prosecutors determined that Uber was not criminally liable for the crash. Now, NTSB has concluded that “[h]ad … Read more

China advances passenger-carrying road tests of self-driving vehicles

Following Guangzhou’s pilot program that allowed connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) to carry passengers at the end of 2018, more Chinese cities have started promulgating new road testing rules to give the green light to self-driving vehicles undertaking passenger-carrying road tests. In this blog post we consider these recent regulatory changes and how they may … Read more

NTC Policy Paper sheds light on CAV accident injury insurance regulatory reform

The National Transport Commission’s (NTC) recently released a policy paper on motor accident injury insurance and automated vehicles and sets the scene for future regulatory reform to herald the introduction of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) in Australia. This post examines key themes raised by the policy paper and their impact on the near and medium-term future of CAV regulation. Read more

Could driverless cars make us worse drivers?

With approximately 90% of road traffic accidents attributed to human error, it is widely assumed that driverless cars will lead to improved road safety.  However, a new study at the University of Nottingham suggests that Level 3 automated vehicles may have an adverse effect on driver performance. Read more

EU Council rejects European Commission’s Wi-Fi plans for connected and autonomous vehicles

In the latest development in the EU’s long-running debate on the preferred communication technology standard for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs), the Council of the EU has rejected the Commission’s proposed legislation favouring Wi-Fi technology (the “Regulation“). Twenty one (of twenty eight) Member States voted against the Regulation; a result seen as victory for proponents … Read more