And a look at what's happening in the world of autonomy at the moment Autonomous cars are coming, but the road from human to automated driving is a complex one. In Australia, one body responsible for helping drive that transition is the National Transport Commission (NTC). The commission has already taken some steps to smooth the testing and rollout process: working with government, industry and community bodies, it has developed trial guidelines for testing autonomous vehicles in Australia, and is currently developing a safety assurance system.This year, it will review how our current driving laws apply to driverless vehicles, and how existing insurance and support systems will work when a driverless car is involved in an accident. Beyond that, there are questions about how self-driving data will be used by governments.At the moment, autonomous technology is purely in the test stage locally. There's a trial underway in Canberra seeking self-driving test pilots, while tweaked … [Read more...] about Would you spend time in an autonomous car?
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The auto industry has treaded lightly after a self-driving Uber fatally struck a pedestrian in Arizona. Toyota, for its part, hasn’t conducted autonomous driving tests since, and now the automaker’s looking to work out more complicated autonomous driving scenarios away from the public in a new private facility set to be constructed in Michigan. The Toyota Research Institute, the automaker’s autonomous driving-focused unit, said Thursday that it’s constructing a 60-acre closed-course test facility in Ottawa Lake, Michigan, where it’ll have exclusive access to replicate demanding so-called “edge case” driving scenarios—ones Toyota said are too dangerous to test on public roads. What sort of edge cases isn’t entirely clear, but Toyota gave a hint in a news release announcing the project, saying the facility will include “congested” urban environments, a four-lane divided highway with high-speed entrances and exit ramps, … [Read more...] about After Fatal Uber Crash, Toyota To Build A New Private Autonomous Car Testing Facility
Federal lawmakers have been toying with proposed legislation to oversee the deployment of autonomous cars for months now, but that effort is appearing to stall out, following two recent crashes involving an Uber-owned self-driving car and a Tesla Model X. The proposed legislation would allow automakers to eventually deploy up to 100,000 vehicles annually that are exempt from existing auto safety standards, up from the current total of 2,500 vehicles. But the bill faces an “uncertain path,” reports The Detroit News, after the high-profile crashes in March drew more attention to the fledgling technology, especially from vocal critics. Here’s more from the News: Safety advocates have urged lawmakers to pump the brakes on the measure, but Peters and other supporters say they are still trying to put the bill on President Donald Trump’s desk this year. A similar measure has been passed by the U.S. House. Senate backers have been hoping to win unanimous consent for … [Read more...] about Proposed Autonomous Car Legislation Is Petering Out After Recent Fatal Crashes
2013 Tesla Model S on ferry to Horseshoe Bay, Canada [photo: owner Vincent Argiro]Enlarge Photo Today, we dug up an interesting legal commitment by Volkswagen, added detail to our explanation of California's revised clean-car carpool-lane permits, consider the intersection of pricey Teslas and electric-car rebates in Canada, and offer some good news on battery recycling. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Electric cars are rarely called "evil" or "disasters," but those are the words of a prominent executive in the South Korean auto industry with a very specific worry about cars with plugs. "What happens to old electric-car batteries?" is a frequent question. A new plant in Japan opened by Nissan and Sumitomo will repurpose, repair, and recycle those old batteries from Nissan Leaf and e-NV200 models. Changes to California's single-occupancy carpool-lane sticker system are a popular topic among Golden State readers; we've added some further detail to our explanation of how the … [Read more...] about EV battery recycling, VW’s next electric cars, CA carpool stickers, Teslas and rebates: Today’s Car News
Bridget Driscoll isn’t exactly a household name. But thanks to being in the wrong place at the wrong time on 17 August, 1896, Ms Driscoll entered the annals of automotive history by becoming the first pedestrian killed by a car, according to Guinness World Records. Ms Driscoll was walking in the grounds of Crystal Palace in London with her teenage daughter and a friend when she was struck by a car driven by Arthur James Edsall.The car, a Roger-Benz owned by the Anglo-French Motor Carriage Company, was giving demonstration rides at the time of the accident.Above: Bridget Driscoll, the first pedestrian killed by a motor vehicle One witness described the car as moving at a “tremendous pace, like a fire engine – as fast as a good horse could gallop”.A newspaper article published on 22 August, 1896 in the local Norwood News reported that May Driscoll, Ms Driscoll’s teenage daughter, claimed the driver “did not seem to understand what he was … [Read more...] about Today, more pedestrians were killed by human drivers than autonomous cars