A long time aspiration of mine has been to build an electric car (initially with no autonomous driving capabilities) to take to the public market in California and/or Illinois, as those are my two home states... unless there's another state that you can think of that is legally advantageous to incorporate a car company in.
Disregarding the financial and engineering challenges, what legal hurdles would I have to overcome? What safety standards need to be meet for the vehicle? Which governing bodies would I need to be in contact with about even starting such an endeavor? DMV? DoT? NHTSA? Others?
Should patent litigation with other EV manufacturers be a big worry?
What else can you see I need to be thinking about?
My apologies if this question seemed long-winded or off topic for the Law Stack Exchange community but I didn't know where else to ask. Thanks in advance!