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House Subcommittee Panel Unanimously Approves Self-Driving Legislation

The Energy and Commerce Committee’s Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection panel unanimously approved a bill that would be Congress’s first attempt at adopting laws for autonomous vehicles. The bill’s bipartisan support was due in part to the Republican leadership’s adoption of Democratic proposals on safety oversight by federal regulators. In essence, the bill would allow...

The FTC and NHTSA Plan Workshop on Vehicles and Cybersecurity

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are hosting a public workshop to discuss consumer privacy issues posed by technological developments in vehicles, particularly those with some form of wireless connectivity. The potential dangers to consumers from such connected vehicles are significant, as one estimate provides that by 2020...

Texas Law Permits Free Operation of Autonomous Vehicles

A bill recently signed in Texas, which becomes effective in September, allows autonomous vehicles to operate freely on state roads–without a driver’s supervision. The law requires the autonomous vehicles to be in compliance with federal laws and safety standards, to be registered with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, to be covered by insurance, and to have a...

Dealing with Uninsured Drivers

The problem of uninsured motorists is one that has plagued states and insurers since the first financial responsibility laws were enacted.  States have attempted to address this problem through legislation and enforcement, but those actions have had limited success.  For example, one research study indicates that “no pay, no play” laws banning uninsured drivers from suing for...

The Question of Liability in Autonomous Vehicle Crashes

Despite the ongoing development of autonomous vehicles, and the push to get autonomous vehicles on the road, there are still many questions about who can be held liable in the event of an accident. For example, while a consumer safety group believes that automakers should assume responsibility, automakers have argued that the issue is covered by state insurance laws determining...

Nevada Becomes Latest State to Address Price Optimization

Nevada’s insurance commissioner recently issued a bulletin relating to price optimization. The bulletin reminds property and casualty insurers that their underwriting and rating models must be filed with the division of insurance for approval. This includes models based on credit information or models using a mathematical algorithm. It also specifically includes “any ‘price...

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