The transportation sector is one of several areas in which Perkins Coie counsels clients driving and incorporating technological change. Our Autonomous Vehicle Systems group represents some of the key players in the sector.

Our clients include established technology companies, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers as well as emerging growth companies in the autonomous automotive industry. We have helped many market-leading companies establish corporate venture divisions as they take an equity stake in some of the fastest growing emerging companies.

Although autonomous features on ground vehicles are hardly new, we are seeing significant and accelerated change in the automotive sector. To address the shifts and developments, we offer an interdisciplinary team of attorneys who strategically guide and advise major industry players in such areas as:

  • M&A
  • Strategic Investments
  • Emerging Company & Venture Capital
  • Financings
  • Regulatory Counseling
  • Privacy and Cybersecurity
  • Intellectual Property
  • Insurance Recovery
  • Product Counsel
  • Product Liability
  • Public Offerings and Private Placements
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2019 Autonomous Vehicle Survey Report

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Experienced in Transportation and Unmanned Vehicle Systems

Our team members include the former Chief Counsel of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), who has worked on such cutting-edge transportation regulatory issues as vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communication issues.

Additional attorneys have extensive knowledge and experience in the transportation sector and have advised clients on each of the major federal surface transportation bills over the past decade. Several attorneys serve as members of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), and Perkins Coie is a strategic member of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), which supports the community’s commitment to innovation and industry standards for technical, safety, application and policy.

Connecting Data to Private Lives

As vehicle manufacturers integrate connectivity into automobiles and create conveniences for consumers and necessities for the emerging technological landscape, the result can be a data and cybersecurity nightmare.

Perkins Coie has decades of experience working with innovative companies that are generating, storing and using data for purposes of machine learning and feedback integration as it relates to autonomous operations. We advise on data privacy issues for clients developing, manufacturing and distributing their technologies.

Smart Cities, Smart Cars and The Internet of things (IoT)

Vehicle manufacturers and suppliers are not the only ones affected by innovation related to autonomous vehicles. Our attorneys advise companies designing connected information technology as well as clean sustainable technology, such as electric vehicle infrastructure. Parking structures, intersections, airports and railways will have integrated connectivity built into their infrastructures. We work with companies and cities engaged in public-private partnerships (P3s), which can provide much-needed cost containment for public and private sector entities.

As IoT becomes more common in our daily lives, the law is struggling to keep pace. We help clients remain compliant with the latest regulatory developments, solidify strategic partnerships and defend proprietary technologies as clients explore ways to unleash the potential of a highly connected world.