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U.S. Agency Rewrite of Rules Will Speed Up Arrival of Self-Driving Cars

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Tuesday it was proposing sweeping changes to U.S. safety requirements to speed the deployment of self-driving vehicles without human controls. The agency said it is proposing to rewrite 11 safety standards that …

The State of Autonomous Driving: Shuttles vs. Moonshots in Big Stakes Race

May Mobility Inc.’s boxy white-and-green self-driving shuttle pulls up to a damp corner in downtown Detroit. Its big doors swing out revealing a safety driver and six seats that face each other. It’s more comfortable than a subway car or …

Lawmakers Urged to Help U.S. Keep Up with China on Autonomous Vehicles

A U.S. House panel on Tuesday heard from advocates of imposing stricter safeguards for self-driving cars as part of any effort to speed the adoption of the vehicles on U.S. roads. At the same subcommittee hearing, groups representing automakers and …

Is it a MORAL or MORALE hazard?

I just read a really interesting article about determining liability when there is a car accident involving an autonomous vehicle. The article presents some of the findings from a study done by Columbia Engineering and Columbia Law School that indicates …

Autonomous Cars Could Worsen Gridlock. Smart Intersections Could Help.

In the not-so-distant future, city streets could be flooded with autonomous vehicles. Self-driving cars can move faster and travel closer together, allowing more of them to fit on the road – potentially leading to congestion and gridlock on city streets. …

Robotaxi Tech Proving Difficult to Perfect: Daimler CEO

Daimler has taken a “reality check” on self-driving “robotaxis,” acknowledging that making them safe is proving harder than first thought amid questions over their future earnings potential. Chief Executive Ola Kaellenius told journalists on Thursday Daimler would “rightsize” its spending …

Travelers Joins MIT Research Groups Focused on Autonomous Transportation

The Travelers Companies has joined the Advanced Vehicle Technology (AVT) Consortium at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE), organizations working to advance research and public information about automated vehicle and driver assistance technologies. …

Japanese Flying Car Takes Flight – For About a Minute

It was caged and only hovered for about a minute, but it flew: a new flying car. Made by NEC Corp., the vehicle is essentially a large drone with four propellers that’s capable of carrying people. The Japanese electronics maker …

Driverless Bus Hits Pedestrian in Vienna, Halting Trials

Authorities are investigating why a driverless bus struck a pedestrian in Vienna, an incident that resulted in minor injuries but stopped Austrian trials of the technology. The Navya SAS vehicle was driving at 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) an hour on …

Intel’s Mobileye Aims to Launch Trial of Self-Driving Cabs on Israeli Roads in 2020

Intel Corp.’s Mobileye NV unit expects to launch a trial of robo-cabs next year in Israel, the company told Bloomberg News on Sunday [June 16]. Intel Chief Executive Officer Bob Swan rode a Mobileye autonomous car through Jerusalem congestion Sunday …