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House Subcommittee Panel Unanimously Approves Self-Driving Legislation

The Energy and Commerce Committee’s Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection panel unanimously approved a bill that would be Congress’s first attempt at adopting laws for autonomous vehicles. The bill’s bipartisan support was due in part to the Republican leadership’s adoption of Democratic proposals on safety oversight by federal regulators. In essence, the bill would allow...

University of Michigan White Paper Aims to Build Accelerated Evaluation Processes for Autonomous Vehicles

The University of Michigan recently published a white paper aimed at accelerating the development of autonomous vehicles through more efficient testing processes. The paper identifies a significant problem in getting autonomous vehicles on the road: how to develop tests to accurately represent real-world driving situations? The approach suggested by the paper essentially focuses on...

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...

After Crash, Uber Suspends Autonomous Vehicle Pilot Program

Uber has suspended its pilot program for autonomous vehicles after a crash in Tempe, Arizona. At the time of the crash, the car was in self-driving mode, though there was a human driver behind the wheel. The SUV was hit when another vehicle failed to yield, leaving the SUV on its side. Pending an investigation into the crash, Uber’s self-driving program has been suspended in...

DOT Designates 10 Driverless Car Testing Sites

The U.S. Department of Transportation has designated ten “proving grounds” to encourage the safe testing of driverless vehicles. These testing areas, which were chosen from a pool of more than sixty applicants, encompass a diverse geographic area, ranging from Pittsburgh to San Diego.  The groups operating the sites will collaborate on best practices for the safe testing and operation...

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