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Ford Gets with the Partner Program

The reporter said it, we didn’t: “Ford Motor Co. is making moves that investors and analysts would have called innovative had they not come several months after the competition.” Ford joins a long list of partnerships between Lyft, top auto companies, and other tech companies involved with autonomous vehicles, including Alphabet and GM. Ford moving from the individual to partner track does solidify the bridge between Silicon Valley and Detroit. Ford finally found its California dream.

Cadillac Hits the Highway Hands-Free with Super Cruise

Can’t wait to cruise around town without a driver? Cadillac’s semi-autonomous Super Cruise system is here to help in the meantime. The system allows humans to take a break once they are centered in highway lanes if adaptive cruise control is turned on while it also monitors if they are paying attention to the road in case of an emergency. Super Cruise is only for major highways, turning off for exits, two-lane highways, and city streets.

Tech New World: Electric Cars Poised to Be Next iPhone

Just as the iPhone spurred the app industry, smartphone thumb, and a serious dependence on our smartphones, the electric car is ready to make waves. With several separate innovations in the automotive industry poised to compound the demand for electric cars, Big Oil may be on the outs. While analysts expect the change to be gradual, electric cars, car sharing, ride pooling, and autonomous vehicles have and continue to reshape the industry.

Aaron Jacoby Named to Daily Journal's Top 100 Lawyers List

Arent Fox LLP is pleased to announce that Automotive practice group leader Aaron H. Jacoby has been named among the "Top 100 Lawyers" in California by the Daily Journal as a result of his cutting-edge legal work.

Delphi and BlackBerry Go to Work

In the news: two previously unlikely partners are partnering to develop autonomous cars- who knew? BlackBerry will equip auto supplier Delphi with the secure operating system for their autonomous driving system called Centralized Sensing Localization and Planning. BlackBerry’s “robust software infrastructure” will use features such as encryption and anomaly detection with a focus on preventing system malfunctions and cyber incidents.

Autonomous vehicle technology (AVT) is garnering a lot of attention

Autonomous vehicle technology (AVT) is garnering a lot of attention, and its hypothetical impact on society will very soon be a reality.  Earlier in September the House of Representatives passed H.R.3388 - SELF DRIVE Act laying the framework for AVT regulation.  That bill, now in the Senate, was the subject of a recent Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on the future of self-driving vehicles and the impact of AVT on the

Bay Area Takes a Ride on the Wild Side with Lyft and Drive.ai

Silicon Valley will soon be trying out some home-grown transportation. Through its partnership with Drive.ai, Lyft will dispatch self-driving cars for certain rides at an unannounced date, allowing Drive.ai to gain more feedback on its software and Lyft to test passenger reactions to autonomous vehicles. To read the full article from the Detroit Free Press, click here.

Congress Aims to Check and Balance States for Autonomous Car Development

  Congress is cruising through its first venture into an area dominated by Silicon Valley, automakers, and state lawmakers. The House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation that would give federal regulators oversight over safety and performance standards for self-driving cars, allowing for exemptions and flexibility as the technology develops. To read the full story from the Detroit Free Press, click here. 

Apple Auto Engineers Go for the Forbidden Fruit

Apple is no longer planning to build its own vehicle, but some of its engineers still are. 17 auto engineers who specialize in elements present in both traditional and autonomous vehicles have left the Fruit for Zoox, a self-driving car start-up developing its own car for a fleet of vehicles. The Silicon Valley rival has been building its team over the past several months and is valued at more than $1 billion.

Uber’s New Kid on the Block

All eyes are on incoming Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and the road ahead for the company. In some of his first words to the company, he said, "this company has to change. What got us here is not what's going to get us to the next level." Some of the items at the top of Khosrowshahi’s to-do list including bringing order to the company’s board, using the core ride-hailing business to “pay the bills,” evaluating “far-out” initiatives, and going public.