Tag Archives: vehicle automation

Google Has Its Self-Driving Car Assign A Secret Value To Your Life, Patents It

Vehicle automation is fascinating, may possibly save thousands of lives each year, could reduce fuel consumption (an open question), and leaves many legal questions to be addressed (“who’s at fault when a self-driving car crashes???”). These are the required statements when … Continue reading

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Why Silicon Valley And Detroit Hate Each Other

Anyone who follows vehicle automation might have noticed a slight difference in the way tech companies like Google and the auto industry promote their products. Google will take something that’s still in development, release a highly misleading vehicle of a … Continue reading

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California DMV Dares to Regulate

Let ratpag put you in the mood. California released the final version of their autonomous vehicle testing regulations today. Here at ratpag, we expected a slight update of Nevada’s regulations, since basically every state and DC have done a cut-paste. … Continue reading

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Brookings Institute Is The Rapper, Alain Kornhauser Is The Hype Man

ratpag has been traveling, part of the team to coal country and the others to flyover country, so today’s post is going to be a little light. Fortunately Alain Kornhauser pushed out another email blast of “analysis” Friday, and what … Continue reading

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Does Uncertainty Breed Innovation? No, No It Doesn’t.

Indulge ratpag, and meditate on this piece of performance art. Confused? This is a trailer for a 25-page Brookings Institution report published last week. First impressions: what is up with that trailer? When did the entire world become the imagination of … Continue reading

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Massive Loophole in DC’s Autonomous Vehicle Legislation

Washington DC has posted their proposed rulemaking on autonomous vehicles [DOC]. As I understand it, vehicle automation is technically legal everywhere in the US as long as there is a human driver in the front seat. (New York requires that one … Continue reading

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Hmmm… Expressing the Inexpressible

Remember that video of the Google self-driving car taking that blind guy to Taco Bell? Ok, now forget it. That was a pre-planned route driven by a mapping vehicle in advance, and there was a police escort right off camera … Continue reading

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