Florida puts autonomous vehicles in the fast lane

Florida continues to lead the way in state level regulation of autonomous vehicles; recently passing legislation that permits autonomous vehicles and on-demand autonomous vehicle networks on public roads. HB 311: Autonomous Vehicles, sponsored by Rep. Jason Fischer, and SB 932 Autonomous Vehicles, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Brandes, have sailed through Florida’s legislature and only require … Read more

TOYOTA’S GUARDIAN SYSTEM: A MIDDLE ROAD BETWEEN MAN AND MACHINE?

At the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Toyota made two revelations.  First, it revealed “Guardian”, an automated driving safety system that it has developed in parallel to its autonomous driving system, “Chauffeur”.  Second, it revealed a desire to share this technology with other auto manufacturers. It is not every day that a manufacturer … Read more

Japanese mapping technology provider to acquire US rival

Japanese map platform developer, Dynamic Map Platform Co. (or DMP), announced last month that it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire Detroit-based rival, Ushr, in a deal reported to be worth up to US$ 200 million. In this short piece, we consider the potential significance of this deal on the high-definition mapping market; a … Read more

UBER NOT CRIMINALLY LIABLE FOR ARIZONA CRASH

Arizona prosecutors have recently announced the outcome of their investigations into the 18 March 2018 crash involving a Volvo XC90 that killed Elaine Herzberg. While the vehicle was operating in autonomous mode as part of an Uber test fleet, the investigation determined that Uber is not criminally liable and as such formal charges will not … Read more

US REGULATORS CONSIDER REMOVING “UNNECESSARY REGULATORY BARRIERS” TO AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

In a move that may accelerate the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles in the United States, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) has announced a consultation to consider the merits of removing what it calls “unnecessary” barriers to autonomous vehicle testing, including current safety standards that require a steering wheel as well … Read more