Self Driving Car

A Valentine’s Day Heartbreaker for Google

by William Mattar | April 20th, 2017

As covered in an earlier blog entry, over the past five years Google has taken pride in the fact that, despite its self-driving car fleet being involved in several accidents since launch, all were caused by human error. That all changed on February 14, 2016, Valentine’s Day, when Google’s vehicle was involved in a collision […]

Self Driving Cars and General Obligations Law

by William Mattar | April 6th, 2017

Our last post explored, proposed Assembly Bill A31 is New York’s reaction to car manufacturers’ testing of self-driving cars on our roads. While that post focused on amendments to the Vehicle & Traffic Law, today’s post will hone in on the proposed amendments to the General Obligations Law. The primary change to the General Obligations […]

New York Prepares for Self-Driving Cars

by William Mattar | March 30th, 2017

As discussed in our last blog post, many states are taking action to prepare their roadways—and citizenry—for the introduction of autonomous cars. Today’s post will take a close look at New York’s reaction, Assembly Bill A31, which was introduced and referred to the Committee on Transportation of January 7, 2015. The Bill has a stated […]

Innovation Breeds Legislation

by William Mattar | March 16th, 2017

As chronicled in a previous blog entry, the California Department of Motor Vehicles has released draft regulations for the public deployment of autonomous vehicles, prompting a sharp rebuke from Google, who claims the regulations—which aim to require in all vehicles a licensed operator capable of taking control at any given moment—stifle innovation. California is not […]

California DMV and Self-Driving Cars

by William Mattar | March 15th, 2017

California DMV Releases Self-Driving Car Regulations for Public Comment (Written by Matthew Kaiser) In late 2015, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”) released for public comment draft regulations for the public deployment of autonomous vehicles. Upon release, The Washington Post observed that the draft regulations “offer[ed] an early window into how regulators will address […]

Self-Driving Vehicles: An Incremental Transition

by William Mattar | February 22nd, 2017

We have all heard reports of Google’s self-driving cars navigating the streets of California’s “Googleplex.” We have also seen reports of Delphi Automotive’s Roadrunner autonomous vehicle completing a cross-country trip from San Francisco to New York City. Of course, the University of Michigan recently built a 32-acre facility dedicated to self-driving car testing—called “Mcity”—to enable […]

Self-driving Vehicles: An Ethical Quandary

by William Mattar | February 17th, 2017

In time, autonomous cars will rule our roads. This new landscape will change the way we get from Point A to Point B, relying on GPS coordinates and computer algorithms—instead of our senses of vision and hearing, which we have relied on to “see what is there to be seen” since the advent of the […]

Self Driving Cars- Who Are the Rulemakers?

by William Mattar | April 29th, 2016

A recent USA Today article explores the degree to which self-driving cars will create more than just technological and social ripples in our society—also presenting important issues of federalism. The article relays the message of Chris Urmson, the chief architect of Google’s trailblazing autonomous car program, who, invoking new rules by 15 states for the […]

Self-driving Vehicles: A Future Vision or Just Around the Bend?

by William Mattar | February 26th, 2016

Are autonomous vehicles upon us? How long until our roadways are swarmed with these driverless drones? We have all heard reports of Google’s self-driving cars navigating the streets of California’s “Googleplex.” We have also seen reports of Delphi Automotive’s Roadrunner autonomous vehicle completing a cross-country trip from San Francisco to New York City. Of course, […]

Personal Injury Involving a Self- Driving Car

by William Mattar | August 4th, 2015

How do you collect insurance information when you get into an accident with a self-driving car? Not something you have had to worry about in the past, but for one driver and two passengers, this was a reality. A Google prototype car was involved in a collision when it was rear ended by another vehicle, […]