The automotive industry is undergoing a dramatic transformation. In a recent World Economic Forum report, the CEO of a major automaker stated: “I believe the auto industry will change more in the next five to ten years than it has in the last 50.” These changes will ripple through other companies in the automotive ecosystem, including ridesharing companies, technology providers, insurance companies, telecommunication companies and banks. The increase in connectivity and automation raises novel legal issues that will need to be worked through in real time. Additionally, governments around the world will need to consider laws to regulate the new risks arising from these new products and services.

DLA Piper has formed a global Connected and Self-Driving Car group as part of its Internet of Things practice to focus on advising clients on the full range of business legal issues arising from connected and self-driving cars. The group provides a multidisciplinary global team that draws on experience from practices that include data protection and privacy, intellectual property licensing, environmental, regulatory, litigation and tax. The laws and regulations governing these new products are new and evolving. The group works to encourage a regulatory environment that fosters and encourages innovation in this market. The group is assisted in addressing these issues by the former US Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and former chief of staff of the US Department of Transportation Joan DeBoer, both senior policy advisors. Secretary LaHood, with a 36-year public service career, has a wide depth of experience on major national policy issues such as transportation and infrastructure. He served as the 16th Department of Transportation Secretary from 2009 to 2013 and quickly became known as a bipartisan leader. As Secretary LaHood’s chief of staff, Ms. DeBoer was the Department of Transportation’s primary liaison with the White House and other federal agencies and also served on the Presidential Task Force of the Auto Industry.

Key Areas

We provide a global service offering, covering all legal aspects of the connected and self-driving car ecosystem, including:

  • Data protection and privacy
  • Cybersecurity
  • Regulatory
  • Contract
  • Liability
  • Insurance
  • E-commerce
  • Environmental
  • R&D Financing
  • Smart city infrastructure
  • Patent analysis
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Tax