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Trump administration continues hands-off approach to self-driving cars

The Trump administration on Tuesday published the latest guidelines for self-driving cars, the first update since taking over from the Obama administration. The 36-page report, called Version 2.0 by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, continues the same hands-off approach to the emerging industry, with guidance being “entirely voluntary” with “no enforcement mechanism.” Most of the questions […]

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Colorado to deploy self-driving crash truck to shadow road crews

The Colorado Department of Transportation has said it will deploy a self-driving truck to protect road crews from speeding vehicles by the end of this fall, potentially extending the program to cover all road maintenance if the trial is a success. The self-driving truck will act as a “crash truck”, which moves slowly behind road […]

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Will vehicle-to-vehicle communication in new cars save lives?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is proposing a new rule which will require automakers to equip all light-duty vehicles to include vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication. V2V technologies enable cars to “talk” with each other, alerting their drivers to potential dangers as they arise in traffic. See also: In 2013, there were over 5.9 million crashes […]

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U.S. federal self-driving guidelines coming soon…again

Federal guidelines for autonomous cars on public roads are in the works, and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx provided some rough outlines on the focus points for rules and regulations. Speaking at the 2016 Automated Driving Symposium, Foxx told attendees that we need “to take the the safety aspects of this very seriously” and cautioned […]