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

    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