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Michigan Doubles Down on Mobility and Announces a new Eight Million Dollar Grant Program

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Michigan, the cradle of the American automotive industry, has made no secret of its desire to remain an industry leader in mobility as the industry continues to evolve.  On May 30, 2018, Michigan announced a new $8 Million Michigan Mobility Challenge grant that would be available to fund new mobility projects across the state.  The … Continue reading this entry

NTSB Preliminary Report Reminds That Driver Error Persists

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently issued its preliminary report concerning the March 18, 2018 incident in Tempe, Arizona in which a pedestrian was struck and killed by a Volvo XC90 sport utility vehicle equipped with self-driving capabilities. The vehicle was part of Uber’s autonomous vehicle pilot program.  The program was suspended by Arizona’s … Continue reading this entry

Mobility Policy and Regulation – Finding the Imperfect Solution

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“Mobility Disruption” was one of the main pillars at this year’s Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Mackinac Policy Conference, that attracted 1,700 business and political leaders.  A common theme of  “The Mobility State: Perspectives on Policy and Regulation” panel discussion last week was that there is a huge gap between connected and autonomous driving technology … Continue reading this entry

Drinking and Driving: How Driverless Cars Will Overturn South Dakota v. Dole to Push the Drinking Age Back to 18

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The drinking age in the United States has historically teetered between 18 and 21.  Under pressure surrounding the Vietnam War, Congress rolled back the minimum drinking age from 21 to 18 to reflect the draft age.  Proponents of this rollback would argue that if draftees were old enough to fight for their countries, they should … Continue reading this entry

Driverless Cars Should Be New Legislative Priority for Congress

Last year ended with historic tax reform legislation being signed into law following weeks of legislative ups and downs. But as we witnessed thousands of people descend upon the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit during January, we are reminded of an entirely different legislative area … Continue reading this entry

Race to Connected, Self-Driving Cars Not Without Speed Bumps

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Those racing to fill the streets with driverless and shared vehicles are weighing their competitive pursuits and market moves against the new regulations and industry standards coming down the pike.… Continue reading this entry

The Dawn of Self-Driving Rideshares Has Already Arrived

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Over the past few weeks Uber, Waymo, and General Motors have solidified their commitments to the next-generation of transit, one that involves their autonomous vehicles and services moving people around the city with near effortless ease. While Uber announced the plan purchase of 24,000 Volvo SUVs for the self-driving fleets, GM set a target of … Continue reading this entry

Autonomous Cars are Here to Stay, but are Cities ready for them?

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Without question, autonomous cars and autonomous systems are here to stay. As automotive manufacturers, suppliers, and new entrants to the industry dive headfirst into the autonomous vehicle sector, questions remain as to how prepared U.S. cities are as the impending swarm of self-driving and semi-autonomous cars, trucks, and buses hit city roads in the coming … Continue reading this entry

California Department of Motor Vehicles Gives Green Light to Autonomous Testing

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While developers of autonomous vehicles have not always had welcome news from the California DMV, they recently received some helpful clarity on the regulations applicable to autonomous vehicle testing on California public roads.… Continue reading this entry

SELF DRIVE Act Passes the House as Senate Prepares Its Own Bill

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On September 6, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research In Vehicle Evolution (“SELF DRIVE”) Act, H.R. 3388. All eyes are now on the Senate, which is drafting its own bill.… Continue reading this entry

German Regulators Craft Guidelines Addressing the Ethical Issues Raised by Driverless Cars

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As driverless cars prepare to enter the roadway, regulators are closely considering the implications of how software is programmed. When faced with an imminent risk of collision or injury, how will the software decide which course of action to take?  How will the software weigh the impact on different people, animals, and property?  Dashboard Insights … Continue reading this entry

State AGs Are Flexing Their Muscles on Technology

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Headlines for state attorneys general (AGs) have been dominated by tangles with the Trump administration — from the travel ban case going to the U.S. Supreme Court to challenges to legacy regulations at federal agencies. Less visible are actions by state AGs to push forward their interests and influence in technology-oriented consumer products, particularly driverless … Continue reading this entry

Self-Driving Vehicles Keep Getting Closer to Reality

Multiple developments recently demonstrate that self-driving vehicles continue their steady march to potential world domination.  First, there was Apple meeting the application requirements for autonomous vehicle testing in California.  As reported in USA Today, this gave Apple “the green light to test self-driving cars in Calif.”  Among the more interesting nuggets in this story is … Continue reading this entry

Department of Transportation Releases Policy Guidance on Autonomous Vehicle Technology (Part II: State Government Guidance)

In addition to its industry guidance, covered in the previous post, the DOT’s Policy Guidance for autonomous vehicle technologies also proposed a “model state policy” for regulating these new vehicles.  This guidance jumps off from DOT’s encouragement to states to leave regulation of autonomous vehicle performance to DOT, and to work with NHTSA to develop … Continue reading this entry

Department of Transportation Releases Policy Guidance on Autonomous Vehicle Technology (Part I: Industry Guidance)

As automakers and their suppliers alike have been working through the issues confronting autonomous vehicles, they have been doing so with a giant blind spot: just how the federal government, which regulates almost every aspect of automotive design, was going to approach the question of standards for autonomous cars.  Fortunately, we have now seen some … Continue reading this entry