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Paul Laurenza Quoted in Crain’s Detroit Business Article on Autonomous Vehicle Legislation

May 6, 2016

Paul M. Laurenza, a member of Dykema’s Government Policy Practice Group and Office Managing Member of the firm’s Washington, D.C., office, was quoted in the Crain’s Detroit Business article, “Michigan races to stay in the driver's seat on autonomous vehicle legislation.”

In the article, Laurenza, who is chairman of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association, asks when vulnerability to a cyberattack should be considered a defect and points out that individuals  in the automotive industry certainly haven’t been talking about that area as a potential recall three or four years ago. He also highlighted that states that regulate beyond how vehicles are used risk contributing to a patchwork of rules, which could impede federal regulators’ ability to ensure safety as well as manufacturers' development of autonomous vehicle technology.

Because the federal rulemaking process could take years, Laurenza also points out that regulators, such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, would likely want automakers to voluntarily agree to specific rules and standards.

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