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.
In a recent blog post, I discussed limitation of liability clauses in technology contracts. Given the favorable response to that post, I thought it would be of interest to discuss another misunderstood and frequently neglected area of technology contracting: information security warranties. Let me be more specific. Most well-drafted technology agreements contain specific warranties and other protections relating to the protection and security of data shared with the vendor. While clearly important, contract protections should not stop there. Rather, it is becoming a contracting best practice in the industry to also include one or more warranties specifically directed at ensuring the vendor has integrated information security into the overall development of its products. It is this area that is frequently overlooked and too often misunderstood.
Recently, Representative Peter Welch of Vermont introduced legislation restructuring the planned phase out for the current electric vehicle $7500 federal tax credit. As has been discussed in great detail in this blog, the current electric vehicle incentives begin to phase out individually for each manufacturer when that manufacturer delivers its 200,000th electric vehicle. As a policy mechanism, the federal electric vehicle tax incentives positively influence both consumer and automotive manufacturer market behavior. When implemented correctly, consumers will shift toward purchasing eco-friendly electric vehicles and manufacturers will ramp up electric vehicle research and development, ultimately leading to higher production volumes. By combining the benefits to both consumers and manufacturers, these incentives can build a trend toward a growing and ultimately sustainable electric vehicle market devoid of any external incentives.
The Delaware Board of Medicine recently enacted new regulations pertaining to telemedicine and telehealth. As we previously reported, the new regulations are intended to clarify the language in Delaware’s Medical Practice Act, which imposes certain practice standards for what constitutes an appropriate patient diagnosis and treatment via telemedicine, including the allowable modalities and when an in-person examination is required. The new regulations add Rule 19.0 to Chapter 1700 of the Code of Delaware Regulations and became effective June 11, 2018.
On June 19 and 20, 2018, more than 60 innovators and thought leaders came together for the 13th annual, invitation-only CEO/Innovators Roundtable (Roundtable), hosted by Foley & Lardner LLP and BDC Advisors, LLC. The overall theme of the Roundtable was “disruption and innovation” in health care, and the discussion was divided into panels on five key topics:
- Re-engineering Primary Care
- Digital Therapies and Distributed Care
- Big Data and Machine Learning
- Consumer Engagement
- Health Company Venture Investing