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Autonomous Vehicle Law

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

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…

Orange to Collaborate with Renault and Ericsson on 5G Technology for Autonomous Vehicles

At the Orange Business Summit held on April 18, French telecom company Orange outlined how it sees its 5G cellular technology enabling autonomous vehicles. Working in conjunction with Renault and Ericsson, the three companies aim to measure the capacity of 5G communications between autonomous vehicles and their environment, including other connected cars, highway infrastructure such as traffic lights and signals, etc. The consortium plans to test the system on a hybrid V2X (vehicle to anything) architecture, including by using “network slicing,” which is a feature of 5G that assigns a slice of network to a specific use. read more…

France to Test Autonomous Shuttles

Citing it as an opportunity to increase access to mobility, especially in rural territories, France’s transportation ministry has green-lighted a trial of 16 experimental autonomously-driven vehicles from company EasyMile. The experiment includes vehicles operating as shuttles, performing short distance passenger transport duties as well as last-mile connectivity between existing public transit and harder-to-access rural cities. Some of the vehicles will also be used for package delivery. The EasyMile experiment will be evaluated for effectiveness and safety in 2022. By that point, the vehicles are expected to have operated close to one million kilometers. read more…

UK Moves Towards Driverless Car Tests without Safety Drivers

The UK government has announced it’s working to support trials of AVs that don’t have human drivers in advance of a goal to have fully driverless cars on its roads by 2021.

The UK updated its Code of Practice to provide clearer guidance for public road trials. The UK gave the green light for hands-free testing of driverless cars back in 2015, though it still requires a human driver behind the wheel. read more…

“(Re)Writing the Rules of the Road”: Autonomous Vehicle Conference Spotlights Key Legal Issues

On March 15, 2019, the University of Michigan School of Law’s Journal of Law and Mobility (in conjunction with the University of South Carolina School of Law) held the “(Re)Writing the Rules of the Road” conference, featuring cutting-edge legal issues, top-notch speakers and vigorous debate and discussion on key legal issues affecting the autonomous vehicle space.

Speakers included academics, the leaders of California’s and Michigan’s autonomous vehicle initiatives, U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell, Justice David Viviano of the Michigan Supreme Court, Ford’s in-house counsel in charge of its AV initiative, Jessica Uguccioni of the UK Law Commission, Karlyn Stanley of RAND and Daniel Hinkle of the American Association for Justice. read more…

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