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Why Libra Regulations Will Be Good for Cryptocurrencies

Facebook’s Libra landed with a splash. It’s since drifted into stormy waters. What Mark Zuckerberg might have seen as a simple way for his users to send and receive money online — governments and regulators have taken to a whole new level. Some have seen an evil plan to take over the world, or at […]

Data Legislation Is Coming. Can You Get Compliant?

In late September, representatives from the biggest tech companies testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. At almost the same time, Facebook announced that a massive data breach had affected almost 50 million users. This odd fluke of timing illustrates the perilous nature of data protection right now. Because of data breaches […]

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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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Apple, Google call on California to change self-driving tests

Apple, Tesla, Google and Uber have all asked for specific changes to California’s self-driving test policy. The letters come a few weeks before the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) reviews new regulation proposals. The latest company to receive a self-driving permit, Apple, has called on the DMV to redefine “disengagement” and ensure that reports […]

Outdated thinking on wireless could cripple UK smart cities

The former head of U.K. mobile telecoms giant O2 warns an antiquated “analog” mindset among government could stunt the development of smart cities. Ronan Dunne mused on the challenges facing smart cities in the U.K. He recently left his role as head of Telefónica’s U.K. mobile subsidiary O2 to take over Verizon’s wireless unit. See also: […]

Not so fast: Feds defer to states for self-driving laws

As governments at all levels scramble to develop rules for self-driving cars, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) now says it won’t overrule state regulations. This has left some industry pundits fearing further fragmentation across the US autonomous vehicle industry, as the feds let states drive the regulatory bus in many different directions. […]

Are self-driving cars speeding past smartphones?

Amid the stalling out of previous technology market darlings such as smartphones, a new report shows that autonomous cars have a bright road ahead. As reported by PE Hub, Mary Meeker released her annual Internet Trends report. And the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner observed in her 213-slide report that the growth of self-driving […]

Industry rides along as Pennsylvania develops self-driving laws

Pennsylvania state lawmakers enlisted top industry leaders like Uber to help them draft new laws for autonomous-vehicle technology. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported this week on the first meeting of the state’s Autonomous Vehicles Testing Policy Task Force. The task force includes automotive industry leaders, along with legislators, federal and state transportation officials, professors and police […]

Busy hands: will self-driving cars lead to more road sex?

The freeway of love may be about to get a lot more lovin’ thanks to self-driving cars’ ability to allow drivers to, ahem, multitask. The Daily Mail reveals that a report by the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence is warning that self-driving cars will up the incidents of sexual congress in moving cars. “I […]

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China moves into passing lane with self-driving regs

In the race to be a global leader in self-driving cars, China is moving to overtake the current U.S. and European front runners with a new regulatory structure that could significantly open up its vast network of roads and streets. Australia’s SBS reports that China is preparing a draft regulatory framework on self-driving cars that […]