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Almost three years after the UK’s 2016 referendum to exit the EU (“Brexit”), there is no UK agreement on the substantive terms of exit or its timing.  It is clear, however, that Brexit is causing devastating economic loss and unemployment, particularly in UK’s motor vehicle industry.…
Since the enactment of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Mexican customs authorities have had the ability to conduct verifications to confirm the NAFTA origin of goods imported into Mexico (NAFTA origin audits). As the years have passed, however, verifications have become more frequent and sophisticated as to the information and documents authorities expect to receive as evidence to maintain preferential admission into the country.…
As cities prepare for not only the return of every park-visitor’s favorite seasonal bird, the menace known as the Canadian Goose, cities are also bracing for the seasonal arrival of scooter sharing services like Lime, Bird, Spin and their competitors along their curbs and on street corners throughout urban cores. Unlike the Canadian Goose, which does what it wants, when it wants, to whomever it wants to, cities are looking to not only…
The transition from traditional manufacturing techniques and technologies to techniques leveraging automation and data exchange technologies, cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things, cloud computing and cognitive computing, sometimes referred to as “Industry 4.0,” holds great promise for manufacturers but, like any change, also holds dangers for the unwary.    …
Anyone following electric vehicle news in the past several months may feel like they are watching a yo-yo: first one analyst will predict an EV boom, and then another analyst will predict an EV sales slowdown.  However, despite the differences of opinion on short term sales, signs continue to point to long term sustained growth in EVs sales.…
Machine Learning. Deep Learning. Data Mining. Predictive Analytics. Natural Language Processing. These are the buzzwords used to describe the pivotal artificial intelligence (AI) space. Companies in every industry, from automotive and electronics to financial services, health care and life sciences, are working to deploy these advanced technology methods in order to bring their innovations to the next level. AI can help pathologists identify diseases, and physicians better assess brain health. It can help bankers automate…
Over the last half century, urban centers have been combating the blessing and curse that is the automobile and freeway system. While historically providing means and opportunity for people to move themselves at high rates of speed over long distances, this also meant people no longer had to live close to their area of work. As a result, suburban sprawl gripped many American cities as residents sought more and more land and freedom from the…
On March 19, 2019, NHTSA published General Motors’ petition seeking a temporary exemption in order to field a fleet of its fourth generation Cruise AV vehicles without traditional vehicle controls.  When the vehicle was first announced by GM in early 2018, images depicted a Chevy Bolt interior, absent a steering wheel, pedals and mirrors, which are required under current U.S. vehicle regulations.  Dan Amman, former president of GM and now-CEO of GM subsidiary, Cruise Automation,…
While the economy overall is strong and vehicle sales are still robust, there are risks in the industry that may affect the supply chain and cause disruptions throughout the year. Chief among these are the ongoing concerns regarding tariffs on products such as steel and aluminum, along with the on-again, off-again trade disputes with China. In addition to the upheaval in global markets, the shift away from passenger cars and toward trucks and sport utility…