Akin Gump Advises Keolis in Launch of Nation's First Public Self-Driving Shuttle

(Washington, D.C.) – Akin Gump advised Keolis, a global provider of transportation services, in connection with its participation in a pilot project sponsored by AAA to operate an autonomous shuttle in the City of Las Vegas. The self-driving shuttle is the largest self-driving pilot project in the United States to operate in live traffic.

Over the course of a year, the self-driving shuttle aims to provide a quarter-million residents and visitors of Las Vegas with first-hand experience using autonomous vehicle (AV) technology, exposing most riders to the technology for the first time. This pilot builds on Keolis' limited shuttle launch in downtown Las Vegas in early 2017; today's launch will be the first self-driving vehicle to be fully integrated with a city's traffic infrastructure.

Susan Lent, who heads Akin Gump’s infrastructure and transportation practice, led the team advising Keolis. She was joined by intellectual property partner Kevin Cadwell and counsel Ashley Edison Brown, cybersecurity, privacy and data protection practice co-head Natasha Kohne, communications partner Jennifer Richter and associate Steve Rowings and litigation associates Amanda Lowe and Diana Schaffner.

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 900 lawyers in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.