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Mark Levy, one of the co-editors of this blog, will be on a panel discussing “Machine Learning, AI, and Digital Health” as part of the Food and Drug Law Institute’s Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., on May 2-3. The panel will focus on digital health technologies, which are rapidly integrating into healthcare and life sciences – from wearables in clinical trials to digital tools for disease management and clinical decision support. Many of these…
The FDA recently issued the discussion paper “Proposed Regulatory Framework for Modifications to Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML)-Based Software as a Medical Device (SaMD)” and a request for comments. Commissioner Scott Gottlieb issued a statement at the time of the paper’s release lauding artificial intelligence and machine learning as having “the potential to fundamentally transform the delivery of health care.” He stated that the “ability of artificial intelligence and machine learning software to learn from real-world…
Another partnership has been formed in the autonomous vehicle world. SAE, Ford, GM, and Toyota have announced the formation of the Autonomous Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC). The focus of AVSC is to work to safely advance testing, pre-competitive development, and deployment of SAE Level 4 and 5 automated vehicles. It is the goal of the AVSC  that its work will inform and accelerate the development of industry standards for autonomous vehicles and harmonize with efforts…
Today, The Wall Street Journal published a special section on artificial intelligence with multiple articles on its impact on various industries, new applications of the technology, and its general impact on corporate management. This link to an article on the latter topic is worthwhile, as are the other articles in today’s edition of the WSJ. (Third-parties may require a subscription to view full article.) Supplement: Additional helpful articles about AI from The Wall Street…
In a recent lawsuit filed in the Northern District of California, Tesla alleged that a former employee, Guangzhi Cao, copied more than 300,000 files of Tesla’s Auto-pilot related source code before leaving to work for one of Tesla’s competitors, Xiaopeng Motors Technology Company Ltd. This lawsuit highlights the difficulties associated with potential collaboration in the rapidly-advancing industry of self-driving vehicles. Tesla brings the following claims in the lawsuit: (1) misappropriation of trade secrets in…
AAA commenced conducting surveys to evaluate consumer attitudes concerning fully autonomous vehicles in 2016. An updated version of the survey, based upon research conducted in January 2019, reveals that 71 percent of U.S. drivers would be afraid to ride in a fully autonomous vehicle. Other significant findings include: 53 percent of U.S. drivers would be comfortable with using fully self-driving vehicles for people mover systems in airports and amusement parks. 44 percent of drivers would…
A new federal council has been created that may help bridge the gap between the federal government and the current state of autonomous vehicle laws and regulations being adopted by cities and states across the country. The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Elaine Chao, announced yesterday at the South by Southwest Conference (SXSW), the creation of a new council to help further the advancement of autonomous vehicles, among other technologies.  The Non-Traditional…
Today, March 4, 2019, Pittsburgh’s Mayor Bill Peduto signed an executive order outlining the objectives and expectations from the city for testing autonomous vehicles. Transparency and reporting are two of the city’s biggest priorities set forth in the order. The Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) will be in charge of the oversight of autonomous testing.  The DOMI is charged with, among other things, to publish guidelines for the testing of self-driving technology on public…
The February 2019 edition of Eckert Seamans’ Autonomous Vehicle Legislative Survey is now available at this link.  Updates at the national, state, and city levels are summarized below. (An expanded summary is available at this link.) National The U.S. Department of Transportation issued Automated Vehicles 3.0: Preparing for the Future of Transportation October 2018. The federal guidance is designed to prioritize safety, encourage a consistent regulatory environment, prepare proactively for automation, and promote…
In the current issue of Business Law Today, a publication of the American Bar Association, Francis Pileggi and Shani Else co-authored an article about the intersection of corporate governance principles and the nearly ubiquitous field of artificial intelligence. The article, titled “Corporate Directors Must Consider Impact of Artificial Intelligence for Effective Corporate Governance,” is available on the Business Law Today website.…