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RAND: Don’t Make the Perfect the Enemy of the Good

Researchers with the RAND Corporation have suggested that putting autonomous vehicles on the road before they are perfect can save lives. The researchers developed a model to estimate the number of lives saved or lost under 500 scenarios. The scenarios differed based on eight factors, including when driverless cars were introduced, how quickly they were adopted by consumers, and how...

Accident-Free Driverless Cars?

Autonomous vehicle technology developer Mobileye provided the industry with proposed standards to control how self-driving cars operate. These standards, which are based on mathematical formulas, are meant to ensure that the self-driving car does not cause accidents, and to determine how liability will be assigned if an accident occurs. Thus, for example, the standards might ensure...

Electric and Hybrid Cars Selling Fast in Used-Car Market

A recent study by iSeeCars.com found that electric cars and plug-in hybrids have become some of the fastest-selling used cars. During the first eight months of 2017, six alternative-fuel cars were among the top ten quickest to sell of all one- to three-year old used cars. Three of those models were electric (Fiat 500e, Nissan Leaf, and Tesla Model S), and three were plug-in hybrids...

China Moves Forward with Electric Cars

China has announced its plan to require auto manufacturers to sell more alternative-fuel vehicles in the country. Companies that manufacture or import more than 30,000 vehicles a year will be required to obtain credits for “new energy vehicles” (including battery electric cars, plug-in hybrids, and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles) that amount to 10% of annual sales by 2019. In 2020, that...

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...

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