Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

Developments in the Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) market are accelerating at a rapid rate

Most of the world's biggest carmakers and technology giants have announced plans to bring Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) to market, some as soon as 2021, and it's predicted that the industry could be worth $7 trillion by 2050.

The UK is set to become a global hub for the development of CAV technologies, with three key consortia championing the UK as a leader in this market.

Gowling WLG is the only law firm to have been part of UK Autodrive, the largest consortia trialling automated vehicle technology as part of a government-backed initiative to support the introduction of self-driving vehicles into the UK.

In late 2018, the UK Autodrive project successfully concluded, with the world's first multi-modal journey featuring connected and autonomous road- and pavement-based vehicles.

The findings and successes of the project have been detailed in a Final Report, detailing the development of CAVs from concept to reality in the wake of future mobility challenges in the UK.

Read the UK Autodrive Final Project Report.

Our white paper series

We are contributing to the thinking on societal and legal issues around the development of autonomous vehicles by developing a series of white papers.

As part of the series, we ask questions like... What are the data protection risks when it comes to driverless vehicles? Is there enough regulation around the moral algorithms of driverless vehicles? Is it possible, or even feasible, to make these new vehicles cyber resilient? How can public and private sector firms create effective road transport networks to allow CAVs to fulfil their potential? and how and when UK policies may need to change to maximise the social benefits of Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs)?

The first five reports cover data protection, the moral algorithm and the cyber security of driverless vehicles, the challenges of reshaping our infrastructure in preparation for CAVs, and the impact of intellectual property rights on future mobility and CAV development. Our latest report explores the potential social impacts of automation and how both local and national government policy may need to alter to accommodate them.

Download the series below.

Are you data driven?

Our first white paper looks at the importance of data protection.

Is the industry being helped or hindered by data protection regulation? And how will the General Data Protection Regulation influence the sector's progress?

The moral algorithm

Our second white paper discusses how AVs perform in 'moral dilemmas'.

How will a driverless vehicle make a decision when posed with a dangerous situation, and how will this programming be regulated?

CAVs: A hacker's delight?

Our third white paper looks at cyber security in connected and autonomous vehicles.

The paper asks whether there is enough collaboration among the manufacturers to share information and adopt best practice procedures when it comes to the cyber security of these vehicles.

Paving the way - building the infrastructure of the future

What challenges lie ahead in creating an effective road transport network which will allow CAVs to work to their full potential?

Owning the road: The impact of IP on the future of mobility

How are intellectual property (IP) protection and enforcement strategies affecting the automotive industry of the future?


To find out more

For more information or to discuss how we may be able to support you, please contact Stuart Young.

Download our exclusive whitepaper, 'CAVs - Driving Social Change'

CAVs - Driving Social ChangeWhat are the potential social impacts of automation, and how and when do local and national government policies need to change to maximise the social benefits of Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs)?

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