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Michigan Set to Approve Driverless Vehicle Testing

Bill would make state the first to approve driverless cars on public roads.

by on Sep.07, 2016

This could become a common sight on Michigan roads if a a new bill passes.

Michigan motorists may soon be in for an unexpected sight: the state has taken steps to become the first in the country approving the testing of fully driverless vehicles on public roads.

Michigan, along with six other states, has already authorized automakers and suppliers to test hands-free vehicles, but the bill that has gotten its first nod from state legislators, would take things a big step further. Entirely driverless vehicles could potentially revolutionize transportation, and has already generated strong support from car-sharing services, such as Uber, while shipping companies have also expressed interest.

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“We’re moving into the next century,” Republican Sen. Mike Kowall told fellow lawmakers considering a measure he is sponsoring. “With your assistance, we’re going to secure Michigan’s place … as the center of the universe for autonomous vehicle studies, research, development and manufacturing.” (more…)

Automakers Can’t Sacrifice Safety in Rush to Autonomous Driving, Warns Transportation Sec. Foxx

“People who start a trip” should “finish it.”

by on Jul.20, 2016

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said safety must be the top concern when it comes to the development of autonomous vehicles.

Safety, rather than the rush to be first to market, must be fundamental to the development of autonomous vehicle technology, according to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

The government will move ahead with plans to release new guidelines covering the development of self-driving vehicles later this summer, Foxx said during a speech in San Francisco. But regulators are clearly keeping in mind the series of collisions that have involved Google autonomous vehicle prototypes and the May 9 fatal crash of a Tesla Model S being driven in semi-autonomous Autopilot mode.

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“We want people who start a trip to finish it,” Foxx said. And while “Autonomous doesn’t mean perfect,” he cautioned that, “We need industry to take the safety aspects of this very seriously.” (more…)

Feds Expecting Pushback on New Autonomous Vehicle Rules

Despite advocates’ claims, some question safety of self-driving vehicles.

by on Apr.07, 2016

NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosakind is an advocate for autonomous vehicles, believing they can improve safety on U.S roadways.

With the first semi-autonomous vehicles already on the road, industry watchers suggest fully self-driving vehicles could start rolling into showrooms by 2020, perhaps even sooner. But there are some key obstacles in the way, and not all of them are technological.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hopes to address one of the most significant roadblocks by introducing new federal guidelines overseeing development of automated vehicles, and it will hold a first public hearing on Friday.

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NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind has suggested that the use of autonomous vehicles could eventually eliminate highway deaths in the U.S., and wants the agency to help promote development of the technology. But there are plenty of skeptics who plan to attend this week’s meeting, including some safety experts who want to slow the process down. (more…)

Feds Set to Issue Autonomous Vehicle Guidelines

Move seen as critical step in bringing self-driving cars to US market.

by on Mar.30, 2016

U.S. Transportation Foxx, shown here during an appearance at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.

The technology is rapidly falling into place but the biggest challenge could be getting regulators and lawmakers to put into place the rules and laws needed to bring autonomous vehicles to market.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plans to begin laying out guidelines for self-driving vehicles in the next few months, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced.

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Federal regulators have said that autonomous vehicles could lead to a sharp drop in the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities on American highways, and have already taken initial steps to encourage automakers to expand their research into self-driving and advanced safety technologies.

“Technology can help us,” said Foxx, during a meeting in Washington.


Autonomous Advocates Tell Senate to Create Self-Driving Rules

Companies ask for national rules to make development easier.

by on Mar.16, 2016

Automakers, suppliers, tech companies and others asked members of a Senate committee to establish federal rules governing autonomous vehicles.

Auto companies, technology giants and academics gathered before of Senate committee to talk about the coming wave of autonomous vehicles and what it means, what’s expected and what should be next and they all focused on one point: rules.

The Senate Commerce committee was repeatedly told that while self-driving vehicles aren’t quite ready for primetime, one of the reasons why is that there is no standard set of rules that they’ll be governed by once they are ready to be turned loose.

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With no nationwide set of regulations, it’s difficult to develop the vehicles because the conditions are different from state to state. (more…)

California Questions Regulating Driverless Cars

Does a driver even need to be in the vehicle?

by on Mar.14, 2014

California-based Google already operates a fleet of prototype autonomous vehicles.

At this month’s Geneva Motor Show, Swiss design firm Rinspeed is showing off an autonomous concept vehicle that would allow the driver and front seat passenger to swivel their seats 180 degrees to commune with those in back, much like a living room on wheels.  Others have begun to imagine the idea of taxis and trucks that can wander the roads without a driver at all.

And that has regulators racing to catch up.  Several states have already passed preliminary rules for manufacturers testing their early prototypes.  And in Nevada and Michigan, that means there still needs to be a licensed driver sitting behind the wheel ready to take control in an instant if there’s a problem.  There’ll be no texting, reading, shaving – or drinking, for that matter.

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But California’s Department of Motor Vehicles is trying to look beyond and ask what happens when autonomous vehicles are actually on the road and in the hands of consumers, whether being operated by a commuter, a taxi driver or a truck fleet operator.  And the questions are taking on an air of increasing urgency considering that Nissan last year said it hopes to quickly take the technology out of the realm of science fiction and make it a reality by 2020.