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HTMLCar Dealership’s Service Advisors’ Overtime Controversy Stalls in the Supreme Court
Hera S. Arsen, Ph.D., Alfred B. Robinson; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 12, 2016, previously published on June 20, 2016
On June 20, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a ruling regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime exemption for “any salesman, partsman, or mechanic primarily engaged in selling or servicing automobiles” at a covered dealership under section...

 

HTMLInsurance Coverage for Driverless Cars
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 30, 2016, previously published on June 29, 2016
Who is liable for accidents involving autonomous vehicles? At least one insurance company in Britain is now offering an auto policy that will cover autonomous and partly automated vehicles. The policy covers accidents caused by malfunctions in the car’s driverless systems, as well as...

 

HTMLMorality and Autonomous Vehicles
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 30, 2016, previously published on June 29, 2016
The classic “trolley problem” in ethics is now becoming the “autonomous vehicle problem.” The thought experiment asks: A trolley is hurtling towards five helpless people on a track. Do you pull a level to divert the trolley onto another track, hitting only one...

 

HTMLInsurers Aim to Use New Technology To Make Cars “Marketing Machines”
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 24, 2016, previously published on June 23, 2016
Modern cars capture vast amounts of information about drivers through various computer technologies, tracking where drivers are going, when, and how they are driving. A new study from McKinsey and Company suggests that the future of car insurance lies in harnessing that data: by collecting and...

 

HTMLAutomated Driving Technology to Have Significant Impact on Trucking Industry
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 9, 2016, previously published on June 8, 2016
Automated driving technology is anticipated to have a widespread impact on the trucking industry, including decreased shipping costs and greater efficiency. As high as seventy-five percent of truck based shipping costs are labor related; by removing the human component from trucking, labor costs...

 

HTMLDeloitte Predicts Changes to Auto Insurance Due to “the Future of Mobility”
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 6, 2016, previously published on June 3, 2016
Deloitte has released a white paper analyzing trends and potential future changes in auto insurance. Two key trends addressed are the rise of autonomous vehicles and the shift from individual vehicle ownership toward the sharing economy. Members of Deloitte’s actuarial practice modeled how...

 

HTMLNHTSA to Consider Rear-Seat Safety
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 2, 2016, previously published on June 1, 2016
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will soon begin to test safety for passengers in rear seats as well as in front seats. The increased use of car-sharing services has led to more people riding in rear seats, many times without using seat belts. In addition, consumer advocates...

 

HTMLOwner Claims Tesla Crashed While Autopilot System Engaged
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 2, 2016, previously published on May 31, 2016
A California driver recently claimed that her car’s self-driving functions caused her to crash into another car on the freeway. According to the owner, her Tesla S Autopilot cruise control system was engaged, but the car failed to slow down when the car in front of her suddenly stopped. The...

 

HTMLMajor Companies Invest In Ride-Hailing Companies
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 27, 2016, previously published on May 27, 2016
Two major car manufacturers have recently invested in ride-hailing companies, signaling their interest in and commitment to the mobility services market. Volkswagen AG is investing $300 million into Gett Inc., and Toyota Motor Corp. is investing in Uber Technologies Inc. Toyota’s partnership...

 

HTMLCustomer Advocacy Groups Accuse the NHTSA of Doing Too Little On Automatic Braking
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 27, 2016, previously published on May 27, 2016
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been accused by consumer advocacy groups of doing too little to ensure that automatic emergency braking is standard in all light vehicles. The consumer advocacy groups have further accused the NHTSA of entering into a “backroom...

 


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