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News Story
9/12/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Go for it! In essence, that’s the Trump administration’s new directive on driverless-car development. Under that directive, automakers and technology companies will be asked to voluntarily submit safety assessments to the U.S. Department of Transportation, but they don’t have to do it. And states are being advised to use a light...
News Story
9/12/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The U.S. government has a message for the scores of companies racing to develop self-driving cars: We want to make your life easier. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao on Tuesday unveiled revised federal guidelines for testing and deploying autonomous cars that aim to be nimble and supportive of innovation, while aligning with...
News Story
9/12/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The Trump administration has established its support for self-driving car deployment, following the U.S. Department of Transportation’s release Tuesday of new federal guidelines for automobile manufacturers and technology companies vying to create fully automated systems. The new guidelines are seen as a win for the automated vehicles...
News Story
9/12/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Ann Arbor — President Donald Trump’s administration is doing away with an Obama-era policy that could have required automakers to submit safety assessments showing their self-driving cars meet 15 guidelines before placing them on public roads. Instead, the Trump administration’s proposal says automakers “may” submit a...
News Story
9/12/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The U.S. Transportation Department unveiled a new policy that permits companies developing autonomous vehicles to self-police the technology’s safety, a move that drew plaudits from automakers but criticism from safety advocates. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said the policy incorporates concerns raised by companies and others about...
News Story
9/11/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The freedom of the open road holds a magnetic appeal for Americans, quickening like the flood when Henry Ford unleashed his Model T, but exhilaration can’t be traded for the convenience of the “safety” of a car that drives itself. Such a car is a measure of progress only if it works. Seeing is believing, and it’s likely to...
News Story
9/7/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
On to the Senate Self-driving cars have been on the horizon for the past few years, as companies like Tesla and Waymo have been focused on bringing autonomous vehicles to the market. Even though self-driving tech has been improving, it seems perpetually a few years away. Now, the U.S. House just passed legislation that could accelerate the...
News Release
9/6/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- A bill covering autonomous vehicles that the House of Representatives rushed to pass today threatens highway safety and leaves a regulatory void rather than enacting necessary protections, Consumer Watchdog warned today. The bill, passed on a voice vote, under rules to expedite consideration, was being touted in some quarters...
News Story
9/6/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives today easily passed legislation that gives federal regulators final say over performance standards for self-driving vehicles and could allow for as many as 100,000 such vehicles a year to be exempted from safety standards while the technology is developing. The legislation, which cleared...
News Story
9/6/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
A vote is slated to take place Wednesday in the House of Representatives on the “Self Drive Act,” which will put in place national standards to oversee how autonomous vehicles will be governed in the U.S. The act aims to replace a possible patchwork of state-by-state laws for the technology, which is being developed by companies...