The US House of Representatives passed the Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research in Vehicle Evolution (SELF DRIVE) Act with rare bipartisan support.
The act represents a serious push towards autonomous vehicle use in mainstream society. The act creates uniform guidelines and laws across 21 states and signals an obvious green light to increase experimentation and research. Consumer groups have criticised the bill for restricting states from producing more comprehensive safety regulations, citing concerns that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is ill equipped to deal with the complexity of AV technology.
California continues to lead this space and this week, the California DMV granted a licence to Korea’s top innovation house Samsung to begin trials of self-driving automobiles. Samsung completed its acquisition of US car technology company Harman for $8 billion in March 2017, began its Korean road tests in May 2017, and is working rapidly to pivot into the AV space.
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This story is taken from the 8 September 2017 edition of The Warren Centre’s Prototype newsletter. Sign up for the Prototype here.