Additive manufacturing (aka 3D printing) has long been a growing part of the auto industry. Companies started out using 3D printing for prototypes and small batch production. As technology advanced, the role of 3D printing is rapidly increasing. This week, several major players in the auto industry announced new developments for the role of 3D printing in the industry. HP unveiled its “Metal Jet” 3D printers, which it describes as 50 times more productive, with lower operating and purchase costs than existing technology. HP has already partnered with suppliers in the auto industry on the technology, and GKN Powder Metallurgy is already using the printers in its factories.
While there is time before the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 comes into effect, which is January 1, 2020, businesses need to start planning now for compliance. The CCPA provides California consumers with significantly expanded rights as to the collection and use of their personal information by businesses. It covers any business meeting revenue or data collection volume triggers and that collects or sells information about California residents.
One of the key themes to emerge from Foley’s 2018 Cryptocurrency Survey was that investors and executives see the value of thoughtful regulation and are looking for more legal certainty as the industry matures.
California companies housing their drivers’ personal information may feel less exposed to liability in light of the Northern District of California’s holding in Antman v. Uber Technologies, Inc. in May. The trial court in Antman found that Uber was not liable to its drivers after hackers illicitly accessed their personal information through Uber’s computer system.
Plaintiffs Sasha Antman and Gustave Link alleged that the company failed to protect their personal information, as well as that of a putative class of individuals similarly situated. Plaintiffs stated claims for violation of California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL), negligence, and breach of implied contract.
In the competition amongst automobile manufacturers to knock autonomous driving out-of-the-park, Cadillac is next up to the plate. Recently – rolling-out its newest autonomous driving technology – General Motors (“GM”) announced, beginning in 2020, “semi-autonomous” driving will be available in all Cadillac models. Dubbed “Super Cruise,” the technology is GM’s latest attempt to capture some of the autonomous driving market share Tesla currently dominates.