/* ---- SITEIMPROVE ----*/

Autonomous Vehicle Law

The latest news and analysis surrounding the intersection of the autonomous vehicle industry and the law, from Baker Donelson.

Florida Opens Its Roads to Driverless Vehicles

On June 13, Florida enacted legislation allowing cars without human drivers to begin operating on its roads. While Michigan and Texas also allow cars without human drivers to some degree, Florida has gone one step further, by prohibiting local regulations that differ from state law, essentially making all of Florida’s roads fair game for testing AVs. read more…

Eleven Companies Propose Guiding Principles for Self-Driving Vehicles

On July 2, 2019, 11 companies (Aptiv, Audi, Baidu, BMW, Continental, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Here, Infineon, Intel, and Volkswagen) published a 157-page whitepaper (“Safety First For Automated Driving“) describing a framework for the development, testing, and validation of “safe” autonomous vehicles. The whitepaper summarizes the various levels of automated driving with the goal of developing a baseline that might one day become an industry standard. read more…

Senators Markey and Blumenthal Reintroduce Legislation to Protect Against Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Risks in Vehicles

Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), both members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, reintroduced the Security and Privacy in Your Car (SPY Car) Act last week. The bill aims to protect drivers from cybersecurity and data privacy risks in increasingly computerized motor vehicles. While the prospect for passage in this Congress is highly unlikely, the bill addresses two of the most critical issue areas hindering the enactment of any meaningful autonomous vehicle legislation. read more…

Automated Vehicles and the Insurance Industry

The Casualty Actuarial Society’s Automated Vehicle Task Force released a 76-page report entitled “Automated Vehicles and the Insurance Industry, A Pathway to Safety: the Case for Collaboration.” The report discussed the impacts AVs will have on personal automobile premiums, compensating claimants, product liability impacts, non-premium considerations, automated vehicle risk and risk minimization strategies, and safety benchmarks. read more…

Insurance Consideration for Autonomous Vehicles

The recent A.M. Best podcast “The Approaching Wave of Autonomous Vehicles Drives New Risks to Insurers – Episode #154” is timely in light of changing patterns of automobile design and ownership. Those who wonder if the state regulatory system and insurance industry can handle autonomous vehicle development need look no further than Tennessee’s response to problems caused by Uber and self-driving vehicles. read more…

Tesla Autopilot Lawsuit in Florida

On October 30, 2018, Shawn Hudson filed a lawsuit in Florida state court against Tesla, claiming that Tesla’s Autopilot system did not perform as advertised and caused his Model S to crash while on his commute to work. In the lawsuit, Hudson alleges that he paid $5,000 extra for the Autopilot feature so that he could relax on his 125 mile commute. In his first year of ownership, Hudson put 98,000 miles on the Model S, using the Autopilot function frequently. The complaint alleges that the more he used the Autopilot feature, the more he came to rely on it. read more…

Autonomous Tractor Truck Hits the Road in Sweden

On May 15, 2019, Swedish startup Einride launched an autonomous tractor-trailer on a public road in Sweden. It began operating on a short stretch of road in the transport hub of Jönköping. The trial run is set to run until 2020, and is the first time a fully autonomous vehicle without a backup driver has been allowed on a public road in Sweden. The “T-pod” truck is, however, supervised remotely by an operator who can take control of the truck if necessary. read more…

Autonomous Tractor Trailers Coming to I-10 Soon

TuSimple, a California-based autonomous truck start-up, has been mapping routes and plans to haul commercial loads from Arizona to San Antonio, Houston and other Texas cities. “Safety drivers” will initially sit behind the wheel, but TuSimple hopes to take them out of the trucks by the end of 2020. Showing off its technology at the SXSW Interactive Conference in Austin, TuSimple said that it is planning to spend $1 billion on this project. read more…