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“AI Farms” Are at the Forefront of China’s Global Ambitions

Yin You doesn’t look like a key strategic asset. He weighs a little over 100 pounds, has auburn dyed hair, and wears a hoodie emblazoned with catchy phrases. But in China’s rise to superpower status, the 20-year-old student is a foot soldier playing a vital role. This Time article details how China is turning to technology to arrest an economic slide. Read the full...

Russia Begins Testing Autonomous Vehicles

On November 26, 2018, the government of the Russian Federation issued a regulation that permits the testing of driverless cars on regular roads to begin. The new Regulation is the first piece of national legislation that regulates the use of autonomous vehicles. The government will conduct the experimental testing through March 1, 2022, on the roads of two constituent components of the...

States Fight for Their Right to Follow California Car Rules

States’ efforts to protect their authority to adopt California’s vehicle greenhouse gas limits could be futile if the Trump administration succeeds with its proposal to strip that power from them. The Environmental Protection Agency, which regulates vehicle emissions, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with jurisdiction over fuel efficiency, want to eliminate state...

Amazon Will Get Into More US Cars With a New Alexa Partnership

Your Alexa at home and your navigation in your car both tell you how to find things, but in different ways. Now they’ve been integrated by a major automotive vendor offering car companies a suite of “contextual” assistance features to help sell its models. That means Alexa will answer your questions and find your desired products with an emphasis on help related to your current...

Five Ways Smartphones Could Impact Driverless Cars

With early tech adopters such as Google, Tesla and Uber already experimenting with driverless cars—and recording impressive results, at that—there are no more doubts that the world is staring at the greatest revolution in both the transport and tech sectors. Many changes are imminent. Human drivers are likely to pave the way for computers, traditional car steering will be replaced by...

NHTSA Streamlines Autonomous Vehicle Approvals

On December 18, 2018, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it issued a final regulation streamlining the review process. NHTSA eliminated a requirement that calls for the agency to determine that a petition is complete before publishing a summary for public comment. Deputy NHTSA Administrator Heidi King said in a statement that the “rule improves both the...

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