After a multi-year push from automakers, NHTSA recently proposed changes to the long standing federal laws governing headlights. For years, NHTSA only permitted high beams and low beams in headlights. Although some automakers offer auto dimming headlights, the beams are limited to switching between traditional high and low beams due to government standards.
With the prevalence and advancements of autonomous vehicles continuously gaining traction, many are left wondering what this will mean for society as a whole, including changes to infrastructure and how we interact with our vehicles. Indeed, many questions remain unanswered, such as the price of autonomous vehicles, the level of driver involvement (and whether a driver will even be required to be present), and how companies will utilize such vehicles. In addition, with Uber’s well-publicized fatal crash in March of this year, consumers are left skeptical of whether the technology and safety of autonomous vehicles will be deemed sufficient to risk the shift from conventional vehicles when the time comes. In the wake of this accident, a study completed by Allianz found that 43% of Americans are interested in using self-driving cars, marking a 10% drop from 2017 to 2018. While the study did not necessarily test for causation between the accident and consumer sentiments, the drop in interest still represents rising weariness about the new technology.
The way people get to work is rapidly changing in cities around the country. With many cities experiencing issues with lack of parking and increased parking prices, new ways to commute to work are providing a solution. Commuting used to involve a few options: drive, bike, if you own one, or maybe walk if your desired location was close enough. Now, there are scooters, bike share programs, carpooling services, streetcars, and even semi-autonomous shuttles.
Cybercrime is an ever-increasing threat from which manufacturers are not immune. Although reliable statistics are not available, one particular type of scheme that seems to be on the rise is vendor payment fraud. In cases of vendor payment fraud, the fraudster poses as an existing supplier and provides the manufacturer with seemingly legitimate instructions changing the account payment information. The exact means by which vendor payment fraud schemes are perpetrated can take many forms. However, the most sophisticated and hardest to detect schemes often involve “hacking” into the vendor’s systems and sending a seemingly legitimate email or other instruction directing the change.
From Blade Runner to the Jetsons, autonomous vehicles have been a mainstay in movies set in the future. With Detroit and Silicon Valley leading the charge, these depictions will soon be reality in the not too distant future. While the Big Three in Detroit and the tech giants on the West Coast started out as rivals, that relationship has changed in recent years into more of a partnership as the geographic divide has started to blur. In 2016, General Motors acquired Cruise Automation, a San Francisco-based developer of autonomous vehicle technology for over $1 billion. In September 2018, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance announced that it would be incorporating Google’s Android operating system into future models. This is the first such partnership between an automobile OEM and Silicon Valley on infotainment/OS systems and represents the shift from competitors to collaborators.