The proposal puts federal regulators in the driver’s seat and bars states from blocking autonomous vehicles. it would allow automakers to obtain exemptions to deploy up to 25,000 vehicles without meeting existing auto safety standards in the first year.
Frost & Sullivan expects a Waymo-powered, Level 5 autonomous vehicle, featuring complete connectivity, to become available to the public by 2025. With over 3 million miles of on-road testing of autonomous cars and an industry-first car without a steering wheel or pedals, Waymo could potentially help commercialize its autonomous technology earlier than its competition.
Last month, a House of Representatives panel unanimously approved a measure that would exempt tens of thousands of autonomous vehicles from current restrictions and sent it to the floor for a vote—which just got scheduled for next week.
HR 3388, the Self Drive Act, unanimously passed the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee late last month; companion action awaits introduction in the Senate in September. The Coalition for Future Mobility—a growing coalition of twelve transportation, passenger safety, and consumer interest stakeholders—urged the passage of federal self-driving vehicle legislation.
Around 57 percent of car-owning millennials said they could not give up manually driving a car, while 42 percent said they would. The results of this particular question were a lot tighter than anticipated and demonstrate the openness many millennials have toward self-driving cars—an openness that is not as prevalent with older American consumers.
Fiat Chrysler is teaming up with BMW and Intel to develop an autonomous driving system. The companies said the system will be used by automakers worldwide to run self-driving vehicles. It will be flexible so automakers can keep their unique brand identities.
Cruise's test fleet of Chevy Bolts run 16 hours each day around most of San Francisco and has already given more than 1,000 rides. It's unclear when self-driving vehicles will hit the mainstream, but Cruise believes it will be months, rather than years, before its tech is offered to consumers.
Intel has further extended its offer to buy out remaining shareholders of Mobileye NV after securing 84 percent of the acquisition target's shares, the two companies said on Tuesday. Intel said the acquisition is expected to accelerate innovation for the automotive industry and positions Intel as a leading technology provider in the fast-growing market for highly and fully autonomous vehicles.
The importance of becoming OEM certified to handle autonomous technology is top of mind for Scott Biggs, whose company, Assured Performance, just launched OEM Certification 2.0, which is designed to address many of the challenges and needs of the industry as we reach the next frontier in automotive technology and collision repair.
Autonomous vehicle technology could shrink the auto insurance sector by 71 percent—or $137 billion—by 2050, according to a report from KPMG. As such, the core business model for traditional auto insurance carriers may be under threat of obsolescence, and manufacturers have the potential to be a viable alternative to cover driving risk.
Cars now proceed without a driver to their assigned parking space in response to a command issued by smartphone, without any need for the driver to supervise the maneuver. Automated valet parking marks an important milestone on the way to autonomous driving, Daimler said.
The HDA2 system is considered a Level 2 autonomous feature, similar to Tesla’s Autopilot. The software handles speed and stops in highway driving conditions, and also handles changing to a crossroad, entering a junction, and merging onto a main road automatically when a driver indicates their intent to do so via their turn signal.