The new Transportation Secretary is calling on the auto and tech industries to rigorously educate the public about the benefits of autonomous cars.
Ford's $1 billion investment in a tech start-up reflects the company's commitment to autonomous vehicles and its attempts to catch up to others in the space, particularly Google and Tesla.
While new data from California provides some insight to gains for AVs, the real story is the fact that the industry needs consistent monitoring and metrics nationwide to drive a deeper understanding of the technology and its capabilities.
Although some states like Michigan have adopted policies to advance autonomous vehicles, it’s clear that a patchwork of regulations could emerge, reinforcing the need for leadership at the federal level.
Tech giant Google is launching a ride-sharing service this fall that will allow commuters in San Francisco to link up with each other to essentially carpool together. If it takes off and spreads to other cities, it could go a long way in weeding out inefficiencies in our transportation system.
Panelists also explored how Silicon Valley will influence the automotive industry, as the tech industry brings its deep pockets and disregard for regulatory structures to bear.
Autonomous vehicles have enormous potential benefits for society, particularly with regards to safety, but one major question is who will be legally responsible when there is an accident. Tech expert Adam Thierer talks to The Fuse about this issue.
These collaborations also help set the stage for the giant leap from research to deployment of driverless cars by addressing two critical issues, either of which could have become significant roadblocks for Google’s driverless aspirations.
While the number of vehicles ordered in the Google-Fiat Chrysler deal is relatively small and will be used for testing purposes, it is an important milestone in the normalization of self-driving cars.
Self-driving cars have the potential to bring extraordinary benefits to consumers and society as a whole, but technology is moving faster than policymakers can keep pace with. In order for self-driving vehicles to reach their potential, there needs to be a federal regulatory environment that allows for flexibility and accelerated development.