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Five Takeaways from KPMG’s 2019 Autonomous Vehicle Readiness Index

KPMG recently released its second annual Autonomous Vehicle Readiness Index. The purpose of the document is to assess countries’ preparedness for autonomous vehicles. KPMG ranked a total of 25 countries on four different categories as they pertained to AVs: (1) Policy and Legislation; (2) Technology and Innovation; (3) Infrastructure; and (4) Consumer Acceptance. Here are five...

Waymo to Build Plant in Michigan

On January 22, Waymo announced that the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) voted to approve its effort to establish a manufacturing presence to build self-driving vehicles in the state, creating hundreds of jobs along the way. Waymo develops hardware and software in-house so that its self-driving technology works as a seamless, single system. A vital part of that process...

How GM, Ford and Volkswagen Are Reacting to the Electric Car Revolution

Conventional wisdom says the only constant in life is change. Those who create change often think their innovations will be permanent, but they never are. The auto industry has enjoyed a long and successful history of building vehicles powered by internal combustion engines. Many car company executives assumed the merry-go-round ride would never end. Then along came Tesla and suddenly...

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...

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