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Autonomous cars likely to transport elderly, children in future

Self-driving cars will change millions of people’s lives for the better by providing independence and mobility to those who can’t drive because of physical limitations or age. The technology will allow more people to live on their own terms and participate in what the most of us consider everyday life. “Autonomy promises better mobility and safety for more people at a lower cost,” retired General Motors chief of R&D and strategic planning Larry Burns writes in the first issue of Autonomous Vehicle Engineering, a new publication by the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Self-Driving Trucks May Be Closer Than They Appear

Trucks will someday drive themselves out of warehouses and cruise down freeways without the aid of humans or even a driver’s cab — about that there seems little disagreement. The question is how soon that day gets here. And while the answers vary — technologists, not surprisingly, are more bullish than truckers — billions of dollars and a growing parade of companies, from tiny start-ups to the country’s biggest trucking operations, are betting it will be here sooner than most people think.

Richard Cordray Stepping Down As Head Of U.S. Consumer Protection Agency

Richard Cordray, the embattled director of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, announced Wednesday that he will leave the agency by the end of November. "I am confident that you will continue to move forward, nurture this institution we have built together, and maintain its essential value to the American public," Cordray wrote in an email to the agency's staff.

Arent Fox Secures Victory on Behalf of New York Maserati Dealers

New York, NY — Arent Fox LLP is pleased to announce the firm secured a favorable decision on behalf of three New York Maserati dealerships. On November 10, New York Administrative Law Judge Walter Zulkoski of the New York Department of Motor Vehicles ruled that both Maserati’s new proposed dealer agreement and its new Commercial Policy Bonus Program are prohibited and a direct violation of the state’s law.  

Autonomous vehicle technology (AVT) is garnering a lot of attention

Autonomous vehicle technology (AVT) is garnering a lot of attention, and its hypothetical impact on society will very soon be a reality.  Earlier in September the House of Representatives passed H.R.3388 - SELF DRIVE Act laying the framework for AVT regulation.  That bill, now in the Senate, was the subject of a recent Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on the future of self-driving vehicles and the impact of AVT on the

Bay Area Takes a Ride on the Wild Side with Lyft and Drive.ai

Silicon Valley will soon be trying out some home-grown transportation. Through its partnership with Drive.ai, Lyft will dispatch self-driving cars for certain rides at an unannounced date, allowing Drive.ai to gain more feedback on its software and Lyft to test passenger reactions to autonomous vehicles. To read the full article from the Detroit Free Press, click here.

Congress Aims to Check and Balance States for Autonomous Car Development

  Congress is cruising through its first venture into an area dominated by Silicon Valley, automakers, and state lawmakers. The House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation that would give federal regulators oversight over safety and performance standards for self-driving cars, allowing for exemptions and flexibility as the technology develops. To read the full story from the Detroit Free Press, click here. 

Uber’s New Kid on the Block

All eyes are on incoming Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and the road ahead for the company. In some of his first words to the company, he said, "this company has to change. What got us here is not what's going to get us to the next level." Some of the items at the top of Khosrowshahi’s to-do list including bringing order to the company’s board, using the core ride-hailing business to “pay the bills,” evaluating “far-out” initiatives, and going public. 

Apple Auto Engineers Go for the Forbidden Fruit

Apple is no longer planning to build its own vehicle, but some of its engineers still are. 17 auto engineers who specialize in elements present in both traditional and autonomous vehicles have left the Fruit for Zoox, a self-driving car start-up developing its own car for a fleet of vehicles. The Silicon Valley rival has been building its team over the past several months and is valued at more than $1 billion.

Thinking Bigger: Ford Broadens Approach to Self-Driving Fleet, Partnerships

Ford is shopping around for partners to help realize its self-driving potential. With a new CEO and VP of autonomous cars and electrification, the company is ready for a new approach. Larger commercial vehicles, ridesharing, and delivery services are all possibilities. [Reuters]