Category: Driverless Cars

November 11, 2016

Concurred Senate Bills 995-997 cruise through Legislature and are bound for Governor’s desk; update rules for road-testing self-driving cars; allow manufacturers of driverless cars to operate Uber-type businesses with autonomous vehicles A world without car accidents – or at least a world without nearly as many – is one step closer. With overwhelming support in …

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September 22, 2016

Will states take cue from Fed ‘Model State Policy,’ which includes $5 million in insurance coverage for crashes and for road testing as part of U.S. DOT’s ‘Federal Automated Vehicles Policy’ Yesterday, I wrote about the U.S. Department of Transportation’s new “Federal Automated Vehicles Policy,” the policy’s 15-point safety assessment for driverless-car manufacturers and the …

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September 21, 2016

U.S. DOT’s “Federal Automated Vehicles Policy” shows a commitment to self-driving technology that has ‘potential to save thousands of lives’ from automobile accidents; 15-point safety assessment for manufacturers of ‘highly automated vehicles’ (HAVs) It’s now official: The Federal Government is 100% behind the development and deployment of driverless cars, which have the potential to prevent …

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September 8, 2016

What happens next, as the MI Senate unanimously approved bills that provide open roads to autonomous, self-driving motor vehicles? In a unanimous 36-0 vote, the Michigan Senate approved “autonomous vehicle” legislation – Senate Bills 995-998 – which will, in the words of the bill-package’s sponsor, Sen. Mike Kowell (R-White Lake): Keep Michigan “competitive with the rest of the …

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August 23, 2016

‘Tesla on Autopilot’ is an important step toward preventing ‘19 of every 20 crashes on the road’   It’s not going to happen overnight. The process of abandoning how we’ve driven cars for more than 100 years and let go of the wheel, open up an e-book and trust that our computer-controlled, driverless, self-driving car …

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July 26, 2016

NHTSA Administrator predicts automated driverless vehicles ‘could potentially prevent or mitigate 19 of every 20 crashes on the road’ Highly anticipated “automated vehicle guidance” from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) “will issue soon,” said NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind in a July 20, 2016, speech. I’ve long recognized …

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July 8, 2016

The question should not be whether driverless cars will be perfect. The question is will driverless cars be better – and safer – than humans? Hint: they will. Let’s talk about the recent fatality involving a Tesla Model S that was operating on auto pilot mode. The instant this occurred, many people were calling for …

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June 30, 2016

SAFE calls for creating ‘U.S. Legal Liability Fund’ for self-driving car accidents, similar to compensation fund for vaccine injuries In light of the tragic news this week about the fatal crash of a Tesla driverless car, which resulted in the death of the car’s owner, the following question becomes even more pressing: Should there be a legal …

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June 7, 2016

Driverless car laws make big advances by allowing road testing ‘without a human operator’ and driverless Uber-type services, but swerves around issue of liability for driverless car accidents More than two years ago, the Legislature changed the law to allow driverless cars to be driven on Michigan roads, but lawmakers said not a word about …

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