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UK Considering Bill on Automated and Electric Vehicles

A new bill introduced in the UK Parliament would govern self-driving cars and electric vehicles. The bill will require insurance for both the automated vehicle itself and the driver of an automated vehicle. It provides that the vehicle insurer will be liable for accidents caused by an automated vehicle that is driving itself; however, if an accident is caused by the human driver, the...

How Highly Automated Vehicles Will Drive Legal Change

Those watching the automated vehicle industry expect a shift in the next few decades from humans driving cars with some automated functions to fully or near-fully autonomous vehicles that need limited or no human driver involvement. When highly automated vehicles are prevalent on the road, the legal risks associated with manufacturing cars and driving them will naturally be allocated...

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...

Elon Musk Discusses Risks Posed by Artificial Intelligence

At the recently held National Governors Association meeting, Elon Musk told U.S. governors that artificial intelligence is a “fundamental existential risk for human civilization”—far beyond existing concerns about the impact of automation on the U.S. job market. Specifically, he raised concerns about the way that regulation for new technologies has been reactive rather than proactive,...

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...

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...

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