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HTMLHighway Projects Affected By Cargo Preference Act Changes
Blake R. Christopher, Neil S. Lowenstein; Vandeventer Black LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 5, 2016, previously published on May 2016
By Memorandum dated December 11, 2015, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) changed the FHWA’s legal position regarding applicability of the Cargo Preference Act (CPA) to federally-funded highway projects. That Memorandum reversed and superseded contrary position in place since 1988.

 

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...

 

HTMLMichigan to Allow Self-Driving Vehicles?
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 2, 2016, previously published on May 31, 2016
This summer, the Michigan legislature is expected to consider various bills that could allow the sale and operation of autonomous vehicles in that state. One bill would allow self-driving cars to be operated on public roads without a driver behind the wheel. This could allow auto manufacturers to...

 

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...

 

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...

 

HTMLParts Manufacturer Delphi Joins Automaker Cybersecurity Group
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 13, 2016, previously published on May 12, 2016
Delphi Automotive PLC, an automotive parts manufacturer, announced this week that it has joined the Automotive Information and Sharing Analysis Center, the automotive industry’s hub for addressing cyber-security threats to connected vehicles. The Center counts a majority of U.S. automakers,...

 

HTMLGM and Lyft Plan to Test Self-Driving Taxis in 2017
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 11, 2016, previously published on May 11, 2016
General Motors and Lyft have announced plans to roll out a fleet of self-driving taxis in an unidentified urban area in 2017. The plan, part of ongoing tests of GM’s automated driving technology, is the culmination of GM’s $500 million dollar investment in Lyft and $1 billion dollar...

 

HTMLNew Jersey Senate Considers Regulations for Ride Sharing Companies
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 11, 2016, previously published on May 10, 2016
A bill was recently introduced in the New Jersey state senate that would impose new safety standards for ride sharing companies, like Uber and Lyft, operating in New Jersey. The bill, the Transportation Network Company Safety and Regulatory Act, would require background checks for all ride share...

 

HTMLGAO Says DOT Should Do More To Combat Real-World Cyberattacks
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 27, 2016, previously published on April 27, 2016
In a recent report, the Government Accountability Office asserted that more needs to be done by the Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in preparing for and combating real-world cyberattacks on automobiles. Although there have been no such attacks...

 

HTMLCompanies Create A New Lobbying Group To Present United Front for Self-Driving Cars
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 27, 2016, previously published on April 27, 2016
In order to present a united front to regulatory agencies like the Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, companies heavily invested in autonomous technology have created a new lobbying group called the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets. The...

 


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