Mobility

We support our clients in legal issues relating to all areas of mobility, including automotive, infrastructure / transport / logistics and mobility services.

We provide tailored support from the very first legal assessment right through to the individual contractual design, as well as legally compliant usage.

HOW CAN WE BE OF AS­SIST­ANCE?

Today, electromobility is one of the major issues concerning manufacturers and suppliers in the automotive industry. The increasing use of assistance systems in vehicles, interlinkage and Internet connectivity of vehicles, as well as the push towards autonomous driving are other key topics for the future, bringing with them a host of new legal issues. The digitization and networking of production, generally referred to as ‘Industry 4.0’, is set to drastically change the cooperation between vehicle manufacturers and suppliers.

Meanwhile, the large number of vehicles and the lack of parking in inner city areas and metropolitan regions mean public authorities are facing growing challenges, making the expansion of transport infrastructure even more crucial. Public transportation also needs to meet increased user expectations, in particular in terms of network coverage, accessibility and passenger information. Rail transport is facing growing competition from buses. Traffic control and networked traffic management systems are gaining importance, as are user-financed management models, particularly for roads and parking.

Accelerated by the changes in people’s mobility behaviour, the development of new concepts as to how to intelligently link traditional transport structures is progressing in leaps and bounds. Some successful examples include sharing concepts for cars and bikes or the provision of car-sharing, parking, transport and taxi services. However, the collection and processing of traffic information creates a large number of real time issues concerning the ownership, protection and security of “Big Data”.

Recent Reference Projects

  • Advising a fleet manager on the legal nature of a car-sharing program in the company
  • Advising a vehicle manufacturer on the design of SmartCar services to link drivers and vehicles
  • Advising an automotive supplier on the design of the charging infrastructure for eMobility as part of a pool-cooperation initiative
  • Since 2012, ongoing comprehensive legal advice on procurement, contracting, transport and public law issues when implementing cross-border tram connection between Germany and France

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