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Podcast: The Spotlight

On this episode of The Spotlight radio show, Eversheds Sutherland (US) Partner Michael Nelson discusses the status of artificial intelligence, one of the biggest hurdles that driverless car technology will face and why he thinks the rules of the road will need to be...

Automation’s Impact Across A Wide Range of Industries

It is becoming clear that the development of autonomous vehicles will have implications beyond the automotive industry alone. In a recent article, Mike Nelson and Trevor Satnick of Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP provide insight into those implications with regard to areas such as auto insurance, ethical issues, big data, urban and suburban planning, and artificial intelligence. For...

Transportation Disrupted: Artificial Intelligence in the Driver’s Seat

On May 3, 2017, Eversheds Sutherland hosted a symposium on the future of automated vehicles.  Topics included the legal and ethical risks, the insurance implications, and the data and IP issues arising from the shift to automated technology and the connected car. The conference opened with remarks by Vinn White, the former Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy.  Mr. White set...

How Patchwork State Regulations Could Benefit Driverless Cars

Several states have taken legislative, regulatory, or executive action to address the prospect of driverless vehicles. Although a “patchwork of regulations” that vary from state to state will be unsustainable in the long run, there may be benefits to the “laboratories of democracy” in the short term. As autonomous vehicle technology develops, different states will choose to balance...

Auto Companies Should Take Note of Recent DTSA Case Law

Recent case law under the newly enacted Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) of 2016 emphasizes the importance of the act to automotive companies interested in protecting their trade secrets. Although case law is developing, the few recent decisions under the DTSA highlight the broad reach of the law and a willingness of courts to provide quick relief. In their article for Law360,...

Travels With Charley, Post Script

Hit ’em boys! Well I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again You get nothing for nothing: expect it when You’re backseat driving, and your hands ain’t on the wheel… –  Judas Priest – “Heading Out To The Highway” Who is Charley? Rather what is Charley?  Charley would be my new traveling companion, a Tesla Model S 90D.  And why the name Charley one...

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