autonomous vehicle safety News

Outgoing Administration Moves to Lift Safety Restrictions for Some Autonomous Vehicles

The outgoing Trump administration said on Thursday it was issuing new rules that would allow manufacturers of automated vehicles to bypass some crash standards required of conventional vehicles, which would cut production costs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said …

Americans Becoming More Leery of Autonomous Technologies

Americans are becoming less comfortable with the idea of driverless transportation. A new report from an American Automobile Association (AAA) indicates that consumer trust in these vehicles has quickly eroded over the past few years. Today, three-quarters (73 percent) of …

U.S. Lags Europe in Driver Assist Technology Safety Testing

Autopilot, Super Cruise and Drive Pilot are different names given to technology that automates steering and braking in a growing number of vehicles, but none of it can safely “pilot” cars without regular human intervention. These systems and the potential …

Fixing Errors in Autonomous Cars’ Perceptions Before They Hit the Road

It’s a big question for many people in traffic-dense cities like Los Angeles: When will self-driving cars arrive? But following a series of high-profile accidents in the United States, safety issues could bring the autonomous dream to a screeching halt. …

Study Questions Safety Claims About Tesla Autopilot’s Steering Feature

An analysis of government data disputes a finding by safety regulators and promoted by Tesla Inc. that crash rates of its older vehicles declined after they were equipped with an automatic steering capability. The study, released Friday by Quality Control …

How Lighting Could Make Autonomous Vehicles Safer for Pedestrians

Reducing autonomous vehicle accidents during testing may be as easy as adding lighting to warn pedestrians. South Korean car parts firm Hyundai Mobis showcased what it calls its Communication Lighting concept at the CES show in Las Vegas last week. …

How to Make Self-Driving Cars Safer on Roads with Humans

As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Congress press for removing safety regulations in order to fast-track the introduction of highly automated vehicles, human factors/ergonomics experts are recommending requiring important testing and driver support. The Human Factors and Ergonomics …

Trump Administration Moves to Speed Up Fully Autonomous Vehicles

The Trump administration is moving ahead with plans to revise safety rules that bar fully self-driving cars from the roads without equipment such as steering wheels, pedals and mirrors, according to a document made public on Thursday. The National Highway …

Insurers Urge Focus on Safety and Data Sharing in Autonomous Vehicles

While automated driving systems hold great promise to save lives and reduce crashes, the focus must remain on validating the safety of the technology every step of the way, according to the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC). Fundamental …

Uber Hires Ex-Regulator for Safety Advice; Website Says Software Flaw Caused Accident

Uber Technologies Inc. on Monday said it has retained a former top U.S. transportation official to advise it on safety after a fatal self-driving crash in March, but it declined to comment on a technology website’s report that a software …