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Driverless Cars Pose Regulation Problem

Driverless Cars Pose Regulation Problem

Driverless cars are inevitable. As automakers and technology companies push further into the realm of making cars as safe as possible, driverless cars pose a highly problematic regulation issue.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles held a hearing Tuesday as it tries to figure out how to regulate driverless cars and new technologies that are still being tested.

Three states have already passed driverless car laws, which focus on testing. While automakers and technology companies have been testing driverless cars in California for some time, but as the technology becomes more standard, legislators are scrambling to figure out how to regulate broader use of the technology.

In 2012, the California Legislature passed a law that laid out rules on testing. For broader use, California’s law could become the standard for the nation, as the federal government is years away from setting any standards.

During the meeting Tuesday, privacy concerns were the focus. Concerns about tracking were brought up. Google fought against attempts to add privacy guarantees in the 2012 legislation.

However, if regulation is too stringent, it could stifle research and development. The California Department of Motor Vehicles hopes to strike a balance between public safety, innovation and privacy.

Source: CBS Los Angeles

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NHTSA says it has powers to regulate smartphones in cars

NHTSA says it has powers to regulate smartphones in cars

Courtesy of Ford Motor Company

By Anthony Alaniz

With the increasing prevalence of smartphones, there has been an increase in drivers using them while they drive. Not only is this dangerous, but it has prompted automakers to push an influx of new technology into the car that attempts to limit driver distraction.

At the request of automakers, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) plans to issue voluntary guidelines for how smartphones can interact with vehicles. NHTSA Administrator David Strickland said the agency believes it has the authority under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act to issue these guidelines. Automakers are concerned that if the guidelines are too limiting, consumers may forgo using in-vehicle applications and resort to using their smartphones instead.

“It is an evolving area of technology. We believe that guidelines gives us the ability to find the margin of safety and still keep innovation…We believe these systems have the ability to provide comfort, information, entertainment as long as they are done in a safe way,” Strickland said in an interview with The Detroit News.

Rep. Tom Petri, (R-Wis.), who oversees the committee that held the hearing on autonomous vehicles Tuesday, said he was concerned the NHTSA may take “too broad an approach” in issuing its guidelines, which are expected sometime next year.

Strickland said the goal would be to develop technology that would bar drivers from using a handheld phone unless it was paired with the vehicle to make hands-free calls.

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Source: The Detroit News