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Eversheds Sutherland US Partner Discusses AV 3.0

Eversheds Sutherland (US) partner Mike Nelson discusses The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) and their new Federal guidance for automated vehicles: Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0 (AV 3.0). In this video, Mike discusses elements of the report, including: The Federal regulatory scheme Modernizing outdated regulatory standards Voluntary self-assessments How stakeholders will interact with the USDOT Read the full...
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US Department of Transportation Releases “Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0”

The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) released new Federal guidance for automated vehicles, advancing its commitment to supporting the safe integration of automation into the broad multimodal surface transportation system. ‘Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0’ (AV 3.0) builds upon—but does not replace—voluntary guidance provided in ‘Automated Driving Systems 2.0: A Vision for Safety.’ “The safe integration of automated vehicle technology into our transportation system will increase productivity, facilitate freight movement and create new types of jobs,”...
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Nine cities with smart ideas to improve transportation

Transportation systems don’t just move people around—they can also be catalysts for moving cities forward. But too often, between state-level inertia and the lack of serious federal investment in infrastructure and public transportation efforts, US cities face gridlock when it comes to transportation reform. Hope tends to come from smaller-scale initiatives. In cities across the country, local politicians, transit advocates and commute-weary citizens are responding to the need for more sustainable, equitable, street-level transit solutions, delivering on promises to make daily commutes more...
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Swiss Re and BMW to jointly develop a new car insurance rating

Swiss Re and the BMW Group will jointly develop a new car insurance rating concept called the ADAS risk score to help insurers better price their motor insurance products for vehicles equipped with advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS). The new car insurance rating concept will take integration of safety-relevant driver assistance systems into account, said the BMW Group. The ADAS risk score is set to be launched in 2019 and will be a vehicle-specific insurance rating. For this rating, Swiss Re and BMW will develop an algorithm that can represent the complex effects of ADAS on the...
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Volkswagen in talks on self-driving car standards

Volkswagen is in talks with other carmakers to set common standards for self-driving vehicle technology, Automotive News reported. The Volkswagen Group is discussing the initiative with more than 15 potential partners, according to the report, which cited an anonymous company executive. It did not identify any of the other companies involved. Manufacturers including BMW have indicated that they would welcome common standards on aspects of self-driving cars including the configuration of their sensors. By merging such blueprints, they could hope to reduce costs as well as their individual...
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EPA investigating improper conduct in 2017 study

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently said it will investigate questions relating to a 2017 study used to justify regulations that cap annual production of glider kit trucks. The move is a response to a non-binding request from a group of lawmakers in the US House of Representatives. The investigation, taken up by EPA’s Office of Inspector General, centers on a November report aimed at derailing a proposed rule intended to repeal Obama-era emissions regulations placed on glider kit trucks. The proposed rule was also published in November 2017, but it has not yet been made final....
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EPA and DOT Announce Three Public Hearings on the Proposed SAFE Vehicles Rule

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will hold three public listening sessions on the proposed rulemaking, the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks (SAFE Vehicles Rule), in Fresno, California; Dearborn, Michigan; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The SAFE Vehicles Rule would update and correct the current national automobile fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards to give the American people greater access...
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Blackmore Showcases First Doppler Lidar on the Road

Blackmore Sensors and Analytics confirmed that its system exceeded expectations in real-world scanning and mapping across the Bay Area’s roads. This test was designed to demonstrate how Blackmore’s Doppler lidar can deliver the performance needed to ensure autonomous vehicles are safer, smarter and more reliable than those equipped with traditional lidar. Read the full account of the...
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Toyota Expanding Alliance With Uber

A recent Los Angeles Times article provided details on the relationship between Toyota and Uber. Toyota is expanding an alliance with Uber by way of a new investment and a plan to get self-driving cars on the road, a person familiar with the matter said. The Japanese automaker will invest about $500 million in a deal that will value the ride-hailing company at $72 billion, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the details are supposed to be private. As part of the pact, Toyota will manufacture Sienna minivans equipped with Uber’s self-driving technology, and another company...
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Elon Musk Keeping Tesla Public

Elon Musk said in a statement that investors urged him to keep the embattled electric carmaker on the open market, where it trades on the Nasdaq. “Although the majority of shareholders I spoke to said they would remain with Tesla if we went private, the sentiment, in a nutshell, was ‘please don’t do this,’” he said. The Tesla board of directors released a separate statement, saying it agreed with the decision. The issue began on August 7 when Musk tweeted that he was “considering” taking the company private at $420 a share. He also stated that he had secured funding for the move. The...
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Automotive Trade Groups Unite Against Trump Tariffs

The Driving American Jobs Coalition, a group representing many facets of the US auto industry, has formed a new coalition to oppose potential new tariffs on imported automobiles and motor vehicle parts. The coalition—involving eight major auto industry trade groups—plans to inform policymakers and stakeholders about the negative effects of imposing new auto tariffs, including massive job losses and significant consumer price increases for virtually all motor vehicles and parts regardless of their national origin. Higher auto tariffs also will result in reduced capital for investments in...
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Will Young Truckers Be Taking the Wheel?

A new bill that would open interstate trucking opportunities to drivers between the ages of 18 and 21 was introduced in the US Senate on August 16. The Developing Responsible Individuals for a Vibrant Economy, or DRIVE-Safe Act, the same name attached to a similar House bill introduced in March, proposes a two-step program for potential young drivers to complete once they obtain a valid commercial driver’s license. The bill, designed to alleviate a serious shortage of drivers facing the trucking industry, will also enhance safety training and job opportunities for young truckers. Like the...
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Elon Musk Taking Tesla Private?

Elon Musk took to Twitter to announce that he is considering taking Tesla private at $420 a share. A follow-up email to all Tesla employees was distributed outlining his strategy and hopes. View the email.
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Public-Private Partnerships Needed for Public Trust in Autonomous Vehicle Technology

While speaking at the Billington Global Automotive Cybersecurity Summit, Heidi King, deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, emphasized the need for public perception of autonomous and connected-vehicle technology to be comparable to domestic technologies in which the public already places trust. To accomplish this goal, King said cooperation between the government and private sector is critical, especially when it comes to reinforcing a culture that invests in threat management. Public mistrust, she said, could delay deployment of safer connected-vehicle...
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