Self-driving delivery vehicles put into operation in China

Autonomous vehicles are regarded by many as a potential solution to the “last mile” problem in the supply chain and logistics industry.  In the US, a number of consumer goods companies (including grocery giants Kroger and Walmart), are partnering with auto manufacturers and start-ups in an effort to develop a driverless delivery platform.  Similarly in … Read more

Cities of the Future

In the spring edition of In-House Lawyer, Matthew White looks ahead to the ever-changing challenges and opportunities of urban growth. “The We Company recently announced new ‘future cities initiatives’ which will combine technology, data and real estate to ‘help address problems spurred by globalisation, urbanisation and climate change.’ The project will involve a team of … Read more

Japan allows Level 3 automated vehicles on public roads

Less than six months after being proposed by the National Police Agency, the Japanese Diet has enacted amendments to the Road Traffic Act which will allow Level 3 automated vehicles to be used on public roads.  The amended law will come into effect by May 2020. Level 3 automated vehicles are capable of driving without … Read more

Autonomous vehicles: consumer acceptance on the rise?

In addition to the technological and legal challenges facing the development of autonomous vehicles, consumer acceptance represents a critical barrier to adoption.  While consumer attitudes to autonomous vehicles appear to have been rocked following a number of high profile safety incidents in 2018, a recent study suggests that over half of global consumers still want … Read more

Florida puts autonomous vehicles in the fast lane

Florida continues to lead the way in state level regulation of autonomous vehicles; recently passing legislation that permits autonomous vehicles and on-demand autonomous vehicle networks on public roads. HB 311: Autonomous Vehicles, sponsored by Rep. Jason Fischer, and SB 932 Autonomous Vehicles, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Brandes, have sailed through Florida’s legislature and only require … Read more

Who is liable when a connected and autonomous vehicle crashes?

In March 2018, a pedestrian in Arizona was struck by a self-driving Uber vehicle during a vehicle test. An Arizona prosecutor recently found Uber not criminally liable for the incident, though little detail was given for the decision (see our blog post, here). Once CAVs are on the roads and self-driving, liability is expected to … Read more

European Parliament endorses Wi-Fi based technology as the proposed technical standard for connected and autonomous vehicles

The European Parliament has voted to favour Wi-Fi technology based on the existing ITS-G5 standard as the communication technology standard to be adopted for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) across Europe (307 in favour and 207 against). The decision comes after months of intense lobbying and goes against the European Parliament’s own transport committee’s recommendation … Read more

Inquiry into Automated Mass Transit

Following a five month inquiry into automated land-based mass transit, House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities released its Innovating Transport Across Australia Report in March that in essence recommends the Government needs to lead the transport revolution. The purpose of the inquiry was to report on current and future developments in … Read more