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New Federal Policy on Automated Vehicles

The U.S. Department of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have issued “version 2.0” of the Federal Automated Vehicle Policy, originally released in 2016. Automated Driving Systems: A Vision for Safety 2.0 is shorter and more streamlined than the original policy guidance. It contains voluntary guidance for manufacturers of Level 3-5 automated driving...

House Passes Self-Driving Car Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the SELF DRIVE Act, federal legislation governing self-driving cars. As previously noted, the bill would exempt up to 100,000 autonomous vehicles from existing federal safety rules, and would instead require the U.S. Department of Transportation to develop new standards for autonomous vehicles. The DOT would have authority over testing of...

How Highly Automated Vehicles Will Drive Legal Change

Those watching the automated vehicle industry expect a shift in the next few decades from humans driving cars with some automated functions to fully or near-fully autonomous vehicles that need limited or no human driver involvement. When highly automated vehicles are prevalent on the road, the legal risks associated with manufacturing cars and driving them will naturally be allocated...

House Committee Moves Forward with Autonomous Vehicle Bill

The Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill that would establish federal guidelines for the development of self-driving cars. The bill would allow auto manufacturers to deploy up to 100,000 driverless cars per year without meeting existing auto safety standards. (For example, these vehicles may not have to have a steering wheel and floor...

The End of the Internal Combustion Engine?

The British government has recently announced that it would ban the sale of new gas- and diesel-powered cars beginning in 2040. It also announced that it would invest approximately $1.8 billion with a goal that all vehicles in Britain would produce zero emissions by 2050. The switch from internal combustion to “clean cars” is necessary due to the health and environmental damage caused...

New Investments in Trucking Logistics

A trucking logistics company, called Convoy, recently raised a new round of funding, and its investors include Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos. Convoy’s software links up truckers with nearby shipping jobs, in what has been billed as “Uber for trucking.” (Uber itself now has a similar service, called Uber Freight.) The company bills itself as helping the trucking market cut costs and...

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