Journal of Law and Mobility

The Journal of Law and Mobility are a resource for scholarship, analysis, and information concerning law connected and automated vehicles and new mobility concepts. An online-only publication, the Journal accepts submissions of short scholarly works (usually between 2,000-6,000 words, footnotes inclusive) as well as shorter blog posts. All submissions are reviewed before publication  by members of our Editorial Board, with help from our student Research Editors. For more information and derails on how to submit your piece for our consideration, visit our submissions page.

The Relationship Between Social Innovation and Active Mobility Public Services

This article aims to discuss the relationship between social innovation and public services on active mobility. Two active mobility initiatives are considered in the city of São Paulo, and analyzed based on 11 variables that characterize social innovation. Through the mapping of recent Brazilian regulatory frameworks for active mobility and a low-carbon economy, we can propose the following relationship: the more local (municipal) the public policy, the greater its social influence and participation. However, despite the advances indicated by both experiences of active mobility analyzed (highlighting the role of organized civil society), and by the progress in the regulatory framework, until now innovative practices in the local context have been restricted to the treatment of pedestrian spaces. Therefore, there exists a great potential for the continued introduction of innovations in the improvement and scale of public services for pedestrian mobility, following the paradigm of sustainable urban mobility, and based on social participation.

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Who Gets to Operate on Herbie? Right to Repair Legislation in the Context of Automated Vehicles

By Jennifer J. Huseby
You bought it, you own it, but do you have the right to repair it? As right-to-repair remains a hot topic in the context of consumer electronics such as smartphones, one must consider the ramifications it may have for the automated vehicle (“AV”) industry. As the backdrop for one of the first legislative victories for right-to-repair, the automobile industry has continued to push for the expansion of right-to-repair to cover increased access to telematics and exceptions to proprietary software controls. However, as we revisit the issue for more highly connected and automated vehicles, it is important to assess the unique considerations of the AV sector before we can transpose previously learned lessons into a new, nearly unpredictable context.

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Innovation in a Legal Vacuum: The Uncertain Legal Landscape for Shared Micro-mobility

By David Pimentel, Michael B. Lowry, Timothy W. Koglin, and Ronald W. Pimentel

The last few years have seen an explosion in the number and size shared micro-mobility systems (“SMMS”) across the United States. Some of these systems have seen extraordinary success and the potential benefit of these systems to communities is considerable. However, SMMS have repeatedly ran into legal barriers that either prevent their implementation entirely, confuse and dissuade potential users, or otherwise limit SMMS’s potential positive impact.

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How Reporters Can Evaluate Automated Driving Announcements

This article identifies a series of specific questions that reporters can ask about claims made by developers of automated motor vehicles (“AVs”). Its immediate intent is to facilitate more critical, credible, and ultimately constructive reporting on progress toward automated driving. In turn, reporting of this kind advances three additional goals. First, it encourages AV developers to qualify and support their public claims. Second, it appropriately manages public expectations about these vehicles. Third, it fosters more technical accuracy and technological circumspection in legal and policy scholarship.

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AVs Must Steer Clear of Illegal Surveillance

In light of the 2021 Law and Mobility Conference’s focus on equity, the Journal of Law & Mobility Blog will publish a series of blog posts surveying the civil rights issues with connected and autonomous vehicle development in the U.S. This is the fourth and final part of the AV & Civil Rights series. Part

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2021 Conference Panel 2: Transportation Equity and Emerging Technologies

By Christopher Chorzepa and Phillip Washburn Week 2 of the 2021 Law and Mobility Conference opened with a discussion, moderated by C. Ndu Ozor, focusing on a variety of topics: inequalities and equity issues in our transportation system, how to prevent new transportation tech from exacerbating these issues, and how new tech can potentially help

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AVs Must Avoid the Discriminatory Impacts of Today’s Rideshares

In light of the 2021 Law and Mobility Conference’s focus on equity, the Journal of Law & Mobility Blog will publish a series of blog posts surveying the civil rights issues with connected and autonomous vehicle development in the U.S. This is the third part of the AV & Civil Rights series. Part 1 focuses

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2021 Conference Panel 1: Emerging Transportation Technologies, a Primer

The 2021 Law and Mobility Conference opened with a panel, moderated by Emily Frascaroli, that set out to begin answering three questions: What are emerging transportation technologies? What is the legal landscape surrounding these technologies? What are some challenges that these technologies face, in terms of both gaining popular use and promoting transportation equity? Nira

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AVs Must Be Radically Accessible

In light of the 2021 Law and Mobility Conference’s focus on equity, the Journal of Law & Mobility Blog will publish a series of blog posts surveying the civil rights issues with connected and autonomous vehicle development in the U.S. This is the second part of the AV & Civil Rights series. Part 1 focuses

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AVs Must Not Perpetuate Infrastructure Racism

In light of the 2021 Law and Mobility Conference’s focus on equity, the Journal of Law & Mobility Blog will publish a series of blog posts surveying the civil rights issues with connected and autonomous vehicle development in the U.S. This is the first part of the AV & Civil Rights series. Part 2 focuses

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Will State Laws Get in the Way of AV Solutions for Future Supply Chain Disruptions?

2020-21 Has Revealed Problems in Supply Chains and Distribution The various crises of the past year have disrupted many industries, and transportation logistics is no exception. The pandemic has demonstrated the fragility of our supply chains, as logistics providers have been overwhelmed and overworked and businesses have been faced with long delays and uneven availability

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Hey Siri, Start My Apple Car

During the holiday season, news outlets reported that Apple is working on adding electric self-driving cars to its repertoire of products and services. Apple is using the codename “Project Titan” for its electric vehicle that is expected to have fully autonomous capabilities. Like a present with a big red bow on it, the secret surrounding

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The Environmental Impacts of E-Scooters

Several articles have been written over the past two years regarding shared micromobility electric scooters’ environmental impact. Some of the more phenomenal headlines were hyper-critical of electric scooters:             Electric Scooters Aren’t Quite As Climate-Friendly As We Thought;             Sorry, Scooters Aren’t So Climate-Friendly After All;             Study: Electric Scooters Increase Carbon Emissions In Most

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What Will Biden’s Transportation Priorities Be? A Preliminary Analysis

The first week and a half of the Biden administration has seen a flurry of activity: thirty executive orders and actions were taken in the first three days alone, with new announcements every day this week as well. Three of the earliest orders touched transportation and energy issues: an order promoting COVID-19 safety in domestic

Read More...

AVs Must Steer Clear of Illegal Surveillance

In light of the 2021 Law and Mobility Conference’s focus on equity, the Journal of Law & Mobility Blog will publish a series of blog posts surveying the civil rights issues with connected and autonomous vehicle development in the U.S. This is the fourth and final part of the AV & Civil Rights series. Part

Read More...

2021 Conference Panel 2: Transportation Equity and Emerging Technologies

By Christopher Chorzepa and Phillip Washburn Week 2 of the 2021 Law and Mobility Conference opened with a discussion, moderated by C. Ndu Ozor, focusing on a variety of topics: inequalities and equity issues in our transportation system, how to prevent new transportation tech from exacerbating these issues, and how new tech can potentially help

Read More...

AVs Must Avoid the Discriminatory Impacts of Today’s Rideshares

In light of the 2021 Law and Mobility Conference’s focus on equity, the Journal of Law & Mobility Blog will publish a series of blog posts surveying the civil rights issues with connected and autonomous vehicle development in the U.S. This is the third part of the AV & Civil Rights series. Part 1 focuses

Read More...

2021 Conference Panel 1: Emerging Transportation Technologies, a Primer

The 2021 Law and Mobility Conference opened with a panel, moderated by Emily Frascaroli, that set out to begin answering three questions: What are emerging transportation technologies? What is the legal landscape surrounding these technologies? What are some challenges that these technologies face, in terms of both gaining popular use and promoting transportation equity? Nira

Read More...

AVs Must Be Radically Accessible

In light of the 2021 Law and Mobility Conference’s focus on equity, the Journal of Law & Mobility Blog will publish a series of blog posts surveying the civil rights issues with connected and autonomous vehicle development in the U.S. This is the second part of the AV & Civil Rights series. Part 1 focuses

Read More...

AVs Must Not Perpetuate Infrastructure Racism

In light of the 2021 Law and Mobility Conference’s focus on equity, the Journal of Law & Mobility Blog will publish a series of blog posts surveying the civil rights issues with connected and autonomous vehicle development in the U.S. This is the first part of the AV & Civil Rights series. Part 2 focuses

Read More...

Will State Laws Get in the Way of AV Solutions for Future Supply Chain Disruptions?

2020-21 Has Revealed Problems in Supply Chains and Distribution The various crises of the past year have disrupted many industries, and transportation logistics is no exception. The pandemic has demonstrated the fragility of our supply chains, as logistics providers have been overwhelmed and overworked and businesses have been faced with long delays and uneven availability

Read More...

Hey Siri, Start My Apple Car

During the holiday season, news outlets reported that Apple is working on adding electric self-driving cars to its repertoire of products and services. Apple is using the codename “Project Titan” for its electric vehicle that is expected to have fully autonomous capabilities. Like a present with a big red bow on it, the secret surrounding

Read More...

The Environmental Impacts of E-Scooters

Several articles have been written over the past two years regarding shared micromobility electric scooters’ environmental impact. Some of the more phenomenal headlines were hyper-critical of electric scooters:             Electric Scooters Aren’t Quite As Climate-Friendly As We Thought;             Sorry, Scooters Aren’t So Climate-Friendly After All;             Study: Electric Scooters Increase Carbon Emissions In Most

Read More...

What Will Biden’s Transportation Priorities Be? A Preliminary Analysis

The first week and a half of the Biden administration has seen a flurry of activity: thirty executive orders and actions were taken in the first three days alone, with new announcements every day this week as well. Three of the earliest orders touched transportation and energy issues: an order promoting COVID-19 safety in domestic

Read More...