Connected Car Technology
Helping clients innovate as technology accelerates
Today’s cars are more connected than ever, making contracts between OEMs, vendors and suppliers that much more complex. We understand the technology behind the connected car, from infotainment options to autonomous driving to the use of onboard computer analytics to offer you the automobile of the future.
And while existing laws have yet to catch up to the technology, deep experience is essential to navigating this next frontier.
The fbtAUTO team is skilled in drafting contracts to benefit clients based on current contracting principles as well as the ways laws are changing to address this new, more connected landscape.
Understanding the technology alone, or even just the law isn’t enough.
You need a legal team with a holistic view of all parties involved and how they fit into the larger automotive supply chain. We help all key players maximize opportunity:
- New technology vendors and suppliers - inventing the next big thing is only half of the story in connected car technology. Our experienced team can help software-as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) companies and suppliers identify ways to monetize their new technologies in the auto industry, including how to package these services and whether to sell directly to OEMs or work with Tier suppliers.
- OEMs - automakers must continually innovate to appeal to today’s buyers. We can help determine the best strategy for adding new technologies to the existing infrastructure or supply chain, and even make introductions to cutting-edge software or platform developers.
Our connected car technology experience includes:
Representing the creator of a digital platform containing standardized protocols for the development of connected car applications
- Negotiating research contracts for a major OEM that combine voice operation and navigational tools for autonomous vehicles
- Negotiating international contracts for the introduction of Apple and Android compatible head unit software into the offerings of Tier 1 suppliers
- Strengthening contracts between OEMs and third-party content providers to address problems arising from over-the-air content upgrades
- Negotiating technology related SaaS, PaaS, software licensing, maintenance and service agreements for OEMs and Tiers throughout the automotive supply chain
- Identify all parties involved and their liability levels
- Establish a protocol for how often and who is responsible for software updates, ensuring they are performed in ways that are safe, secure and do not affect vehicle drivability.
As connected car technology continues to evolve, and even self-driving cars move from concept to the assembly line, the fbtAUTO team will be here to protect our clients’ interests at every innovation.