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How Will Self-Driving Cars Be Regulated

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Oct 23, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

For many years, the cutting edge of automotive safety technology has focused on reducing the possibility for human error to cause accidents, resulting in the development of numerous driver assistance features. According to many automotive technology companies, the logical end goal of these developments is a vehicle that can operate without the input of a human driver: a true self-driving car. Companies from various sectors, including tech companies like Google, auto manufacturers like Tesla, and even the ride-sharing company Uber, have been working on the development of autonomous vehicle technology. Of course, part of the development process requires testing in real-world conditions, which means putting these experimental "robot cars" on the road alongside normal traffic. This, in turn, demands that the vehicles adhere to safety regulations -- which is where things get tricky.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, driverless cars, self drive act, self-driving cars

SELF DRIVE Act faces Senate Vote to Approve Autonomous Vehicles' Higher Safety Standards

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Oct 11, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

For many years, the technologies being developed to improve automotive safety have tended toward giving more control to the vehicle itself in an effort to reduce accidents caused by human error. Electronic stability control systems, lane departure warnings, and collision avoidance technologies function automatically to avert crashes, but ultimately these driver assistance technologies still leave a human motorist in control of the vehicle. The logical end result of this technology trend, completely autonomous vehicles, have been slow in development, despite the numerous companies working on them. This is partly due to the regulatory limitations that have existed since the idea of self-driving cars became remotely realistic, as lawmakers were understandably cautious about putting the safety of public roads in the hands of a complicated and unproven technology.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, driverless cars, self drive act

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