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GM, Ford and Toyota form group to help with AV rules

General Motors, Ford and Toyota said in a statement cited by Reuters they were joining forces with SAE International to establish autonomous vehicle “safety guiding principles to help inform standards development.” The group will also “work to safely advance testing, pre-competitive development and deployment,” they added. Reuters noted regulators in the US had...

Commission welcomes agreement on new EU rules to help save lives

The EU institutions have reached a provisional political agreement on the revised General Safety Regulation. As of 2022 new safety technologies will become mandatory in European vehicles to protect passengers, pedestrians and cyclists. The new mandatory features will include: For cars, vans, trucks, and buses: warning of driver drowsiness and distraction (e.g., smartphone use while...

NHTSA Opens GM and Nuro Autonomous Vehicle Petition to Public Comment

On March 15, 2019, the US Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that automated vehicle petitions from Nuro and General Motors (GM) are advancing to the Federal Register for public review and comment. “The Department is actively seeking public comment on proposed exemptions to federal standards and how the public can be...

Autonomous Vehicles Bill in 2019? Senator Sees an Opening

Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) indicated that his fellow senators have expressed interest in resuming considerations on legislation that would designate the necessary provisions for infrastructure, as well as safety associated with autonomous vehicles. Thune stated that he is hopeful the legislation could be introduced in the near future, noting the opportunity for...

Insurtech Grabs $5 Million in Funding For Autonomous Vehicle Coverage

A startup focused on rewarding drivers and fleet owners that use autonomous vehicles and semi-autonomous car safety features has raised $5 million in seed funding. California-based Avinew’s technology uses artificial intelligence and telematics to gather driving data that can tell when a vehicle is in autopilot mode or is using advanced safety features. That data can then be used by...

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