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The research will include topics such as safety standards (such as crashtest results) and software security (to ensure that hackers don't take over)

Recognizing that autonomous vehicles are the future of the automotive industry, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that it is getting ready to create performance standards and regulations for the driverless cars through an extensive research project.
The NHTSA said today that it will partake in a two- to three-year research project that will lead to new rules and regulations for autonomous vehicles. The research will include topics such as safety standards (such as crashtest results) and software security (to ensure that hackers don't take over). 
Autonomous cars could prove to be beneficial in terms of reducing congestion and fuel use. They could also assist those who are unable to drive, such as the elderly and those who are blind.  
Google is one major technology company that is backing the deployment of autonomous vehicles -- mainly because it has been testing its own driverless vehicles on public roads. The company recently logged 300,000 accident-free miles
Last month, California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a bill to create safety standards for autonomous vehicles after taking a cruise in one himself. Senate Bill 1298 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) states that self-driving cars can be used on public roads for testing purposes only as long as there is a licensed operator in the driver's seat. 

Source: The Detroit News

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RE: overreach
By Misty Dingos on 10/25/2012 9:31:58 AM , Rating: 2
This is simply a general observation and not a specific critique of your comments.

We complain when the government doesn't take action when we see a problem, then we complain when they do take some action when they do.

The TSA is a horrible example of government over-reach yet they actually enjoy the support of the majority of the public. Look it up. I wanted to vomit myself. Yet the TSA is an example of government showing up late to the party.

The NHTSA has decided to grab the bull by the horns here and figure out what they are going to do with autonomous traffic. All in all I don't see a real need for it today but ten or twenty years from now they may actually be ahead of the game. An example of the government actually trying to stay relevant.

All in all I think this is a tempest in a tea cup.

RE: overreach
By Jeffk464 on 10/25/2012 1:38:59 PM , Rating: 2
The TSA is a horrible example of government over-reach

Government over-reach and over fondling of the genitalia.

RE: overreach
By Misty Dingos on 10/25/2012 3:17:40 PM , Rating: 2
You should be given a gold medal for that!

I salute your wit this day!

TSA Awards
Gropination, given for groping more than 10,000 people in a week.
The Cupper, given for accurately assessing a woman's cup size with your eyes shut.

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