Brave New World: Emerging Legal Issues in the Automotive Sector
In an era where globalization, automation, and evolving consumer behaviors have profoundly impacted modern business, the automotive industry may be said to have entered a contemporary Belle Époque. Indeed, with industry observers projecting overall revenues of $1.5 trillion by the year 2030, sector-wide optimism could not be higher. This roundtable offers a brisk take on new and emerging issues surrounding the future of automotives. Our panel will offer cogent insights into:
- The red-hot global M&A environment
- Legal issues and opportunities in industry-wide joint ventures
- IP and licensing concerns
- Domestic and international compliance
Proceed with Caution: Examining Legal Scrutiny of Autonomous Vehicles
When it comes to autonomous vehicles, the early returns have decidedly uneven. In theory, self-driving cars connote a safer, more environmentally friendly, and ultimately more efficient use of time and energy in a world where population explosions and dwindling resources continue to define our future. But as this remarkable technology grows ever more mature, so have attendant legal issues—if not threatened legislative action—forced in-house counsel to prepare for turbulence. This conversation examines top concerns facing the automotive sector’s investment in highly automated vehicles (HAVs) and automated driving systems (ADS) today. Top discussion points include:
- State and federal regulatory scrutiny
- Class action litigation trends
- Product liability considerations
- Consumer training and education
Neal Walters, Partner & Practice Leader, Product Liability and Mass Tort Group, Ballard Spahr LLP
Ghosts in the Machine: Data Privacy, Cybersecurity & the Evolving Face of Risk
Automotive cybersecurity is a top priority for today’s business leaders. Indeed, with nascent technologies and network connectivity collecting upwards of 30 terrabytes of data a day on individual drivers, it is easy to imagine the attendant risk keeping corporations up at night. This closing conversation offers a robust examination of best practices around establishing cybersecurity safeguards, fostering a culture of vigilance, and responding to the uncanny reality of a data incident.
Philip N. Yannella, Partner; Co-Practice Leader, Privacy and Data Security Group; Practice Leader, E-Discovery and Data Management Group, Ballard Spahr LLP
Closing Remarks & Reception
Please join us for cocktails and canapés as we wrap up the day’s discussion.
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