On 10 December 2020, Reddie & Grose LLP held the second of our Automotive Round Table series on the topic of Connectivity and Security. As with our inaugural event held in the summer of 2020 (report here), the event brought together members of our in-house AI and Automotive teams, and leading lights from external organisations active in this area.
Insights: self-driving vehicles
This summer, Theresa May set down in UK law a legal commitment for the UK to be at net zero carbon emissions by the year 2050. It may seem like a lifetime away to some, but a significant overhaul of a wide range of sectors will be required in order to meet this target – here we will consider one of the major carbon contributors – the transport sector.
Patent filings relating to self-driving cars are currently under the microscope and the European Patent Office (EPO) has recently produced its own study, prepared in association with EUCAR (the European Council for Automotive R&D). The study follows a significant amount of recent outreach and discussion from the EPO about the patentability of technologies key to making self-driving cars a reality, most notably AI and machine learning.
Google (Waymo) has beaten Toyota to first position in a ranking of patent portfolios relating to self-driving cars.
This week, a fleet of FiveAI cars hit the roads of London in a significant step towards the future of driverless cars in the capital and beyond.