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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...

The FTC and NHTSA Plan Workshop on Vehicles and Cybersecurity

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are hosting a public workshop to discuss consumer privacy issues posed by technological developments in vehicles, particularly those with some form of wireless connectivity. The potential dangers to consumers from such connected vehicles are significant, as one estimate provides that by 2020...

Texas Law Permits Free Operation of Autonomous Vehicles

A bill recently signed in Texas, which becomes effective in September, allows autonomous vehicles to operate freely on state roads–without a driver’s supervision. The law requires the autonomous vehicles to be in compliance with federal laws and safety standards, to be registered with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, to be covered by insurance, and to have a...

New Regulations for Ride-Sharing in New York

New York’s Governor Cuomo has announced new regulations governing ride-sharing in the state. The regulations require that certain information be provided in the ride-sharing app to protect customers, including a photo of the driver, information about the vehicle, the vehicle’s license plate number, and the fare or estimated fare for the trip. To be licensed, ride-sharing companies must...

Updated Federal Guidelines for Autonomous Vehicles

The Trump Administration will be revising federal guidelines governing self-driving vehicles in the coming months.  Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao stated that the new rules were intended to support innovation, new entrants into the market, and safer vehicles; however, she did not specify what the new rules would provide. Some industry participants have expressed concerns about...

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