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The Reality of Self-Driving Cars and the Regulatory Hurdles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says in its guidelines for automakers and state regulators regarding autonomous vehicles that “‘automated’ or ‘self-driving’ vehicles are a future technology rather than one that you’ll find in a dealership tomorrow or in the next few years,” because “a variety of technological hurdles have to be cleared, and … Continue Reading

Data Sharing in Connected Cars

In the age of web-connected vehicles, the consumer’s relationship with the vehicle’s manufacturer takes on a whole new meaning. Not only does the relationship exist for the purpose of vehicle maintenance or future repairs, but the consumer also serves as a rolling information bank to the manufacturer. Indeed, nearly every new vehicle is by default … Continue Reading

Automated Electric Taxis Deliver Environmental Benefits through Energy Efficiency

Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley) researchers recently studied and built data from more than 10 million taxi trips, and developed a model to analyze and review taxi trips offered by automated electric vehicles in Manhattan, New York. The results? The study found that automated … Continue Reading

Snowy Conditions: Yandex Releases Video of Self-Driving Car

Russian company, Yandex (often compared to Google here in the United States), recently debuted their very own self-driving car. Last week, Yandex released a video depicting its self-driving car driving through snowy streets of Moscow–an extraordinary feat navigating inclement weather and adverse driving conditions. The video shows a driver with his hands in his lap … Continue Reading

Self-Driving Uber Vehicle Kills Pedestrian in Arizona

This week, a self-driving SUV operated by Uber—and with an emergency backup driver behind the wheel—struck and killed a 49-year-old pedestrian as she walked her bicycle across a street in Tempe, Arizona. It is believed to be the first pedestrian death associated with self-driving technology. In addition to the Tempe Police Department, the National Transportation … Continue Reading
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