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News Story
9/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The U.S. Department of Transportation and NHTSA announced their guidelines for self-driving cars. The policy sets a proactive approach to providing safety assurance and facilitating innovation through four key parts. Vehicle performance guidance uses a 15-point Safety Assessment to set clear expectations for manufacturers developing and deploying...
News Story
9/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
To fast-track to a future where cars drive themselves, the freewheeling tech world and the historically buttoned-up auto industry joined forces to develop autonomous vehicles. But behind the rapid-fire innovation of the last few years, questions loomed over whether the federal government would welcome the complete overhaul of driving as we know it...
News Story
9/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Uber has started to integrate self-driving Volvo XC90 cars into its Pittsburgh ride-hailing fleet this month, a noticeably large leap for a company that only started to work on autonomous cars last year. Public interest group Consumer Watchdog is one of the many with eyebrows raised, and has called on Uber to be as transparent as possible with...
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9/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The federal government is on board with driverless cars — but with caveats and Consumer Watchdog is on board too, but with some concerns about possible pre-emption of strong state regulations like those in California.
News Story
9/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Any doubt that driverless cars, trucks and buses are on a fast track to join their human counterparts on the nation’s highways may be knocked aside Tuesday, when the Department of Transportation releases long-awaited guidelines for the development of autonomous cars. The guidelines, which specify safety criteria and promise to eliminate...
News Story
9/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON — Federal auto safety regulators on Monday made it official: They are betting the nation’s highways will be safer with more cars driven by machines and not people. In long-awaited guidelines for the booming industry of automated vehicles, the Obama administration promised strong safety oversight, but sent a clear signal to...
News Story
9/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO—The Obama administration on Tuesday will roll out new policies governing autonomous vehicles that give the federal government a lead role in developing safety, testing and road-ready rules for the fast-growing industry. The long-awaited policy, outlined broadly by federal officials in a press briefing Monday, includes a voluntary...
News Story
9/16/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The free rides in self-driving cars that Uber began offering in Pittsburgh Wednesday wouldn’t be allowed in California. In Michigan, legislators are considering changing a law that requires a safety driver to be behind the wheel of self-driving vehicles to handle unexpected or emergency situations. A Chicago alderman wants to ban them...
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9/16/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Tesla concealed another deadly crash, but expects no oversight? Tell President Obama to keep our roads safe! http://consumerwatchdog.org/robotcar
News Story
9/15/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Uber can continue to offer rides in its fleet of self-driving cars in Pittsburgh without further permits as long as the trips remain free, according to a statement Thursday from the Pennsylvania Utilities Commission. The ride-sharing giant started offering rides in its self-driving Ford Fusions on Wednesday. The rides are free “for now,...