Dykema

We serve clients around the world from our 13 strategically situated offices in Michigan, Illinois, Washington, D.C., Texas, California, and Minnesota. Through our practice management structure and our focused Industry Groups, we know and understand the industries in which our clients compete, from Automotive to Energy, from Hospitality and Gaming to Financial Institutions. Bottom line, we are attuned to the latest industry trends that affect our clients’ businesses, enabling us to provide counsel that is comprehensive, insightful and cost-effective.

On November 25, 2019 the National Transportation Safety Board issued its final report on the March 2018 fatality accident in Tempe, Arizona, involving an autonomous vehicle and a pedestrian. NTSB’s position on the accident is that it came about because of a combination of an “inadequate safety culture” at the developer and “automation complacency,” which it describes as the failure of the human safety driver to “monitor an automation system for its failures.” It doesn’t…
The good news is that improved safety is far and away the predominant force behind development of advanced driving technologies. This is evident from the NHTSA’s latest Automated Vehicles 3.0, in which the word “safety” appears no less than 318 times. Industry has also prioritized safety as the race to commercialize autonomous driving technology will require, as a threshold matter, broad acceptance from the public in order to realize investment returns. Driverless vehicles promise…