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

    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