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Tag Archives: NHTSA
Some Considerations Regarding the Uber Accident
As everyone in the world knows, a driverless vehicle hit and killed a pedestrian in Arizona. This is, of course, heartbreaking because any human death is a tragedy. We are waiting for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the … Continue reading
Federal Policy for Driverless Vehicles Were Just Released….and They Were Worth the Wait!
After months of build-up, the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration (NHTSA) released its Federal Autonomous Vehicles Policy. It turns out the hype was merited. As stated in NHTSA’s press release, this 116-document “sets a proactive approach to providing safety assurance … Continue reading
Do Driverless Vehicle Companies Need Permission to Operate on Public Roadways?
Chris Urmson, the former Google executive who once led the company’s self-driving car project, said “one of the great things about American innovation” was that if the law “doesn’t say you can’t do it, then you can.” (source) Google is … Continue reading
Automated Vehicle Symposium Reflections
I just spent the last few days at the Automated Vehicle Symposium, a conference organized by AUVSI and the Transportation Research Board (TRB). I attend many conferences, but I wanted to write about this one just because it, to me, … Continue reading
The Safety Implications of Driverless Cars
Most articles cite the potential for improved public safety – with the potential elimination of 90 percent of automobile accidents that are caused by human error (source). It will mean a lot less accidents, which has positive implications on our … Continue reading
Posted in Driverless Car Impacts Tagged autonomous vehicles, bikeways, driverless car, NHTSA, public safety, safety, self-driving car, vision zero Leave a comment
Driverless Cars and Some Definitional Challenges
I just got back from the Automated Vehicles Symposium in Detroit last week. The conference was extremely impressive – reflecting the latest and greatest from AV and CV technology developers, academic folks studying human factors and ethics, government officials testing … Continue reading
Are Driverless Car Accidents Putting Their Whole Future at Risk?
For the past few weeks, Google has been making news around the country regarding the accidents its cars have been in during this testing period. For a few weeks, everyone was reporting about the eleven accidents that Google’s self-driving cars … Continue reading
Posted in Driverless Car Development Tagged accidents, car accidents, driverless car, driverless cars, Google, NHTSA, Washington Post 1 Comment
Will Driverless Cars be Connected?
After attending a couple of industry events, I’m now convinced that the industry is completely confused about the relationship between driverless and connected vehicles. For this reason, I thought I’d start this blog post with some definitions. Driverless Cars: NHTSA … Continue reading
Driverless Cars: What they Are and What they Are Not
I’m realizing that I’m writing about driverless cars and yet I haven’t explicitly defined them. Driverless cars, or autonomous cars or self-driving cars, are all referring to the same thing (side note: I’m focusing my research on passenger cars; however, … Continue reading
Posted in Background and Definitions Tagged autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles, driverless car, driverless cars, drones, NHTSA, Personal rapid transit, PRT, V2I, V2V 1 Comment
Does the Government Get to Decide?
In a recent Detroit news article, Google’s Director of the self-driving car project recently stated that Google doesn’t need approval from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to proceed with testing. “They are not a permission-granting organization,” Urmson said. “NHTSA could … Continue reading
Posted in Government Considerations Tagged driverless car, driverless cars, Google, government, NHTSA, permission, policies, regulations, self-driving car Leave a comment