The autonomous vehicle, or self-driving car, has become the focus of the automotive world. More and more, you hear that the connected car is the answer to a variety of transportation ills. From Google to Volvo to Ford to Uber and Lyft, the industry of moving you from one place to another is working feverishly to make the once science fiction dream of a driverless vehicle a reality. However, this seemingly 21st century innovation has not only been in people’s minds for centuries, but attempts and working prototypes have been pursued across the ages. What exactly is an autonomous vehicle?
The Vision Zero Strategy makes a global promise of zero road deaths and injuries by as early as 2020 in some countries. The shocking rise in traffic fatalities in the U.S. makes broader implementation critical. On October 5, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that U.S. traffic deaths had reached a crisis level in the first half of 2016.
On September 19, 2016, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) is implementing policies to regulate and support the manufacturing and street readiness of automated vehicles. This giant leap forward comes after several meetings with industry professionals, public input forums and consultations with tech companies. Called the Federal Automated Vehicle Policy, the 116-page plan offers four key points of focus and a 15-point safety assessment that gives guidelines for manufacturers to follow. Unique preparation for a new world of automated vehicles This forward movement on automated vehicles is new for government.
Experts claim that self-driving cars won’t be practical for everyday use until 2050. For ride-hailing services, the projection is sooner. But weeks away? Really? Uber ready to autonomously roll Per an announcement by Uber on August 18, customers will be able to actually hail self-driving cars in Pittsburgh later this month.
If drivers quite literally drive your business, awareness of—and adherence to—Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations is critical. This detailed set of regulations: Governs commercial drivers, including bus and truck drivers Governs who coordinates transport, including managers and supervisors Protects goods transported Protects the general public While largely unknown to consumers, this agency’s policies are critical to commercial enterprises. With autonomous trucks and self-driving cars gaining prevalence, auto legislation is only expected to rise. So whether your company relies on a fleet of rigs or buses, it’s important to familiarize yourself with these regulations to ensure FMCSA remains a friend and not a foe. Below are five ways that failure to meet FMCSA regulations could kill your business.
Why a driverless car future is going to make a huge dent in auto insurance revenues. Self-driving cars may sound like a really cool future technology, but in reality, autonomous cars are already here and their growing numbers will eventually seriously impact auto insurance revenues by up to 60 percent, car experts say. So how are insurance companies, automakers and government entities preparing for this major industry disruption? The auto insurance industry collects almost $200 billion a year in premiums. Thanks to incredible leaps in technology, automakers have been making cars increasingly safer and less accident-prone.
Thirty-two-thousand people died in auto accidents last year. How many of those deaths could have been prevented by self-driving cars? To be fair, it’s impossible to know – but experts say, new technologies will dramatically reduce the number of accidents and fatalities on our roads in just a few short years. Find out more: http://bit.ly/1TFfbNa.