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Senate Commerce Committee Holds Hearing on Auto Innovation

This week, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a field hearing on “Driving Automotive Innovation and Federal Policies.” Chairman John Thune gave the opening statement, stating that automated vehicles and new business models, driven by technological advancements, are “poised to enable substantial growth.” Chairman Thune pointed to...

D.C. Department of Insurance to Hold Public Hearing on Insurance Premiums

On January 30, 2018, the D.C. Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking is expected to hold a public hearing to cover a variety of issues impacting private auto insurance, including topics like price optimization and the use of credit scores in underwriting. More broadly, the hearing is intended to examine the causes of recent increases in auto insurance premium rates in D.C.,...

Some Predictions for Auto Insurance in 2018

The CEO of telematics company TrueMotion recently predicted that 2018 would see some changes in the auto insurance industry. He predicts that customer experience will become paramount for insurance companies, likely meaning a change in claims, among other things. Carriers will increase their use of usage-based insurance and mobile telematics. And “consumers, regulators, and insurers”...

Waymo Must Show “Actual Use” In Trial Against Uber

U.S. District Judge William Alsup in the Northern District of California recently issued revised jury instructions in advance of the February trial between Waymo and Uber regarding trade secret misappropriation—specifically, the use of Waymo’s self-driving car technology. The proposed jury instructions require Waymo to prove actual use of the trade secrets, as opposed to merely proving...

Aurora Innovation, Driverless Car Start-Up, Announces Transactions with Hyundai and VW

Both VW and Hyundai have announced deals with Aurora Innovation, a driverless car start-up from a former Tesla Autopilot program director.  Although there were few details released about the nature of the deals, both VW and Hyundai have expressed a desire to roll out their autonomous vehicles. Hyundai, for example, has said that it is aiming for a roll-out of autonomous vehicles by the...

Waymo Driverless Ride-Hailing Service Will Insure Passengers Through Insurance Tech Start-Up

Waymo LLC recently announced that it will use Trov Inc., a five-year old insurance start-up, to insure riders using its driverless ride-hailing service. Waymo, which is the autonomous car unit of Alphabet Inc. (Google’s parent), is hoping to beat others in the auto and ride-hailing industry to introduce its fleet of driverless vehicles; Waymo CEO stated in November 2017 that they were...

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