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Does every car need a steering wheel and seat belts? A tech lawyer says no

Posted on Nov 6, 2019 in Cars, Policy & Regulation

When I first met Silicon Valley lawyer David Estrada in 2014, he was an executive at Lyft Inc. who was tussling with New York City...

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Toronto City Council approves comprehensive automated vehicles plan

Posted on Nov 1, 2019 in Cars, News, Policy & Regulation

Toronto City Council has approved the Automated Vehicles (AV) Tactical Plan and Readiness 2022 report. The plan aims to make Toronto “AV...

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Congress drafts first sections of new, bipartisan autonomous vehicle bill

Posted on Oct 30, 2019 in Cars, News, Policy & Regulation

In the nation’s capital, it is a rare sight for all the players in an industry, large and small, to come together and ask for new...

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Uber announces independent self-driving safety and responsibility board

Posted on Oct 29, 2019 in Cars, News, Policy & Regulation

In the aftermath of a March 2018 accident involving an autonomous Uber vehicle that killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona, Uber retained...

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Law Commissions looks to future with self-driving vehicles

Posted on Oct 16, 2019 in Cars, News, Policy & Regulation

Law Commissions publish proposals on the regulation of highly automated vehicles that operate without a driver. This is the Law...

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Audi, BMW, others frustrated by hurdles slowing launch of self-driving cars

Posted on Oct 15, 2019 in Cars, Policy & Regulation

Frustration is rising over constricting autonomous driving regulations in Europe, where automakers are still waiting for basic levels of...

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Roadshow explains the SAE’s new self-driving testing guidelines

Posted on Oct 6, 2019 in Cars, Policy & Regulation

Unless you work in the automotive industry, odds are pretty good you’re not familiar with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)....

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Driver’s ed for robotaxis: a grueling exam looms for self-driving cars

Posted on Oct 4, 2019 in Cars, Policy & Regulation, Technology

Self-driving cars are coming. Or so we’re told. But they still face an existential question: When is a self-driving car truly ready...

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Automakers want green light to remove driver controls on autonomous cars

Posted on Oct 2, 2019 in Cars, News, Policy & Regulation

If an automaker wants to make an autonomous car, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) currently requires the...

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Automakers want green light to remove driver controls on autonomous cars

Posted on Oct 2, 2019 in Cars, News, Policy & Regulation

If an automaker wants to make an autonomous car, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) currently requires the...

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Key insights about The U.N.’s new framework for globalization of self-driving cars

Posted on Sep 6, 2019 in Cars, Policy & Regulation

Trying to drive in a foreign land can be daunting. The car itself is pretty much the same in terms of its operational characteristics,...

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Waymo urges U.S. to ‘promptly’ remove barriers to self-driving cars

Posted on Aug 30, 2019 in Cars, News, Policy & Regulation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc, on Thursday urged the National Highway...

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US government quietly kills autonomous vehicle committee

Posted on Aug 10, 2019 in News, Policy & Regulation, Trucks

The Department of Transportation’s Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation (ACAT) hasn’t been active since it was...

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What are the regulatory barriers to full self-driving?

Posted on Aug 8, 2019 in Cars, Perspective, Policy & Regulation

While the rest of the autonomous drive technology sector dials back its ambitious deployment plans, Tesla is still charging ahead. During...

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Congress wants the self-driving car industry’s help to draft a new AV bill

Posted on Jul 31, 2019 in Cars, News, Policy & Regulation

Congress is calling on stakeholders in the self-driving car industry to help reignite their efforts to draft a bill aimed at speeding up...

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Congress takes another stab at passing self-driving car legislation

Posted on Jul 28, 2019 in Cars, News, Policy & Regulation

Just when everyone had pretty much given up hope of getting lawmakers in our hyper-polarized nation’s capital to agree on a new set of...

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Louisiana’s autonomous truck rules will take effect Aug. 1

Posted on Jul 15, 2019 in News, Policy & Regulation, Trucks

Louisiana’s recently approved regulations for autonomous commercial motor vehicles will take effect Aug. 1. The law, signed by Gov. John...

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Florida eases self-driving car rules: Are states and cities on the hook for mishaps?

Posted on Jun 18, 2019 in Cars, News, Policy & Regulation

Florida just passed a law that widens the door for self-driving driverless cars to roam their public roadways and do so without any human...

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Florida’s new bill lets driverless cars be tested with minimal restrictions

Posted on Jun 16, 2019 in Cars, News, Policy & Regulation

Presently, there are few places where a company can test out its self-driving cars without the requirement of a human safety driver in the...

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Florida law to allow autonomous cars—when they’re ready

Posted on Jun 13, 2019 in Cars, News, Policy & Regulation

Self-driving vehicles with no humans on board will be able to operate in Florida—once they’re finally ready for prime time—under a...

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