The advent of connected and autonomous driving technology is being hailed by many as the fourth industrial revolution. The automotive sector is already undergoing a period of rapid transformation and it is not the only sector that stands to be radically altered. The possible applications of this technology are far reaching and straddle a variety of different sectors including aerial, marine, public roads, private and public transportation, space, military, agriculture, mining and many others.
While this technology undoubtedly presents a wide range of business opportunities, the pace at which it is developing, combined with the evolving global regulatory landscape, poses a number of novel and challenging legal issues.
Herbert Smith Freehills has formed a global Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Group to advise clients on the various business and legal issues arising from the development and commercialisation of connected and autonomous driving technology.
The group provides a multidisciplinary global team that is focussed on the legal aspects of connected and autonomous vehicles, including: