GOP plans to bar U.S. states from meddling with self-driving laws

A Republican proposal could see U.S. states effectively banned from regulating self-driving cars and make the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the lead agency for all autonomous vehicles. States are currently allowed to create their own rules and regulations for self-driving cars. That has led to several states legalizing parts of self-driving, in […]

Who is responsible for autonomous car regulation?

Regulations surrounding autonomous vehicles are a mess right now. It seems like every city in the country are asking themselves how they will address an autonomous car on their roadways. Meanwhile, state and federal agencies are doing the exact same thing. The problem that autonomous vehicles present is a new one that has never been […]

Taking a look at the future of next-generation transportation

There has been a lot written about the impact of next-generation transportation technologies over the past year. From concerns over driverless trucks during the election to debates over regulation and policies, this booming growth area of technology is becoming unstoppable. We recently sat down with Elliot Katz of DLA Piper, an attorney in the firm’s Connected and Self-Driving Car practice, […]

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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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What are the levels of vehicle automation?

Most automakers agree that your car is sooner or later going to take more control of primary functions over time. But how autonomous are the cars we know today, compared to the fully automated driverless cars we expect? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has classified vehicle automation into five different levels, ranking from […]

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Tesla blames crash on braking system, not AutoPilot

The first fatality while using AutoPilot, Tesla’s semi-autonomous system, happened in May this year in a 2015 Model S. It has changed the debate surrounding autonomous cars, leading to calls to remove AutoPilot from Model S cars and slow down industry adoption of the tech. However, the New York Times revealed Tesla has moved the […]

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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 […]

Tesla fatality can’t dissuade NHTSA from self-driving upside

Despite a fatal crash setback for the self-driving car industry, the leading U.S. car safety regulator said it is standing behind autonomous vehicles. Automotive News reported on a conference with Mark Rosekind, chief of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. During the conference Rosekind indicated that the U.S. government would not pull back its support […]

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First self-driving auto fatality falls on Tesla

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today said it opened a preliminary investigation into all of Tesla’s Model S cars after a death involving one vehicle while in “Autopilot” mode. According to CNBC, NHTSA noted the accident, involving a 2015 Model S that was operating with autonomous driving features engaged, “calls for an examination of the […]

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US government may legalize autonomous cars by July

The current state of autonomous vehicles in the U.S. is fragmented. Some states allow testing and semi-autonomous driving, others are staunchly against Google, Uber, and even leading automakers like General Motors testing self-driving vehicles in their state. That may change in July, when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) publishes federal guidelines for autonomous […]