Autonomous Driving


Autonomous vehicles have become reality. They rely on a variety of technologies, on board sensors and communication systems to function properly, and need continuous live location data to ensure vehicle and road safety. To understand an integrated autonomous driving proposition, it is essential to understand the complex supply chain and technologies as well as the relevant commercial and contractual frameworks, regulations and allocations of risks.

Bird & Bird’ s specialist Tech & Automotive team has an in-depth understanding of the technology developments, legal environment, benefits and risks involved in autonomous driving, whether faced by traditional players or new entrants in this sector.

Our lawyers have years of experience advising clients on the legal aspects of some of the most advanced issues that are transforming the industry, including:

  • Assisted driving systems
  • Contractual liability
  • Acquisition of new technologies
  • Regulatory aspects, including telecoms, data protection, data security 
  • Vienna Convention on Road Traffic
  • Big Data and data ownership
  • Product liability, product safety


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