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California opens pathway for cars that lack steering wheel

by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press Posted Oct 1, 2016 3:43 am MDT Last Updated Oct 1, 2016 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email California opens pathway for cars that lack steering wheel California regulators have changed course and opened a pathway for the public to get self-driving cars of the future that lack a steering wheel or pedals.It’s not going to happen immediately — automakers and tech companies are still testing prototypes.But, in a shift, the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles said in a revision of draft regulations released late Friday that the most advanced self-driving cars would no longer be required to have a licensed driver if federal officials deem them safe enough.The redrafted regulations will be the subject of a public hearing Oct. 19 in Sacramento.The DMV has been wrestling for several years with how to oversee the emerging technology.In December, the agency released an initial draft of self-driving car regulations that required a licensed driver in any self-driving vehicle. The industry reacted with great disappointment, as the ultimate vision of many companies is a car that has no wheel or pedals. That approach is based on the argument that humans are not very good at driving, and anyway cannot be relied on as a backup to a car that typically drives itself but might fail in a way that required a person in the driver’s seat who might be distracted or even asleep to snap to attention.The DMV’s new document coincides with the release last week of a 112-page federal proposal under which any self-driving car should pass a 15-point safety assessment before the public can get ahold of it. Among other things, the safety assessment asks automakers to document how the car detects and avoids objects and pedestrians, how hardened it is against cyberattacks and what how its backup systems will cope should the software fail. In incorporating the federal approach, California dropped a proposal that a third-party company certify the safety of self-driving cars.The new draft regulations released Friday include several other new provisions. Among them is wording that would prohibit advertising vehicles with lower levels of automation — such as Tesla Motors’ Autopilot, which on divided highways can keep a car’s lane, brake and accelerate on the understanding that a person is paying attention all the time — from being advertised as “autonomous” or “self-driving.”The company that stands to gain the most from the state’s embrace of cars without a wheel or pedals is Alphabet, where the Google self-driving car project envisions cars that allow no human control other than a start and emergency stop button. A spokesman for the Google self-driving car project did not have a comment Friday on the changes to the proposed regulations.___Contact Justin Pritchard at https://twitter.com/lalanewsman read more

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In addition, the first report of 2009 highlights the scrappage incentive schemes currently in place across Europe together with an economic overview. SMMT has consistently called for a similar scheme to be implemented in the UK and a co-ordinated and sustainable European approach to boost consumer confidence and kick-start the market. In the current economic situation, with falling vehicle registrations and the challenges posed by a lack of available credit, forward planning is vital. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has revised its ‘European Car and Commercial Vehicle Production Outlook’ report to reflect the rapidly changing European vehicle manufacturing sector. The series of reports is available free of charge to SMMT members, from the dedicated member services area of the SMMT website, and at a cost of £4,000 to non-members. For more information on joining the Society, the leading trade association for the industry, please visit www.smmt.co.uk. Notes:At €20 bn, the automotive sector is Europe’s largest investor in R&D, driving industry forward and helping deliver more sustainable motoring for the 21st century. Technological innovation has helped car and CV manufacturers slash CO2 and air quality emissions from vehicles. New diesel cars for example emit 95% less soot from the tailpipe than those made 15 years ago and average new car CO2 has been cut by 16% since 1997. The energy needed to produce each vehicle is down 12%, water use is down 9% and waste to landfill is down 25%, compared to 2006 performance.  CO2 emissions per vehicle produced have fallen 14% in the last year and by 45% since 1999. Almost 10,000 tonnes of waste have been prevented from entering landfill sites. For more details, download SMMT’s ninth annual Sustainability Report from the SMMT website www.smmt.co.uk/category/reports/.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) There will be a series of nine reports throughout the year which will give insight into announcements made by vehicle manufacturers on production plans and new model launches. It also provides market intelligence on future models which have yet to be officially confirmed and insight from discussions with leading industry representatives throughout the European supply chain. Economic data and trends, along with data on the production capacity and investment activity at vehicle assembly plants will also be included. read more