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    Major revision for global light vehicle production forecast – what it means for OEMs’ technology deployment
    The IHS Markit light vehicle production forecast has been cut by 6.2% or 5.02 million units in 2021, and by 9.3% or 8.45 million units in 2022, to stand at 75.8 million units and 82.6 million units, respectively. For 2023, we have reduced the forecast by 1.05 million units or 1.1% to 92 million unit...
    What Fit for 55 means for all member nations in the European Union
    Unveiling a roadmap to make Europe the world’s first climate neutral continent by 2050, the European Commission rolled out the ‘Fit for 55’ package on 14 July 2021, proposing that the suggestions made by the governing body be made legally binding for all members of the European Union (EU). ...
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    AAA research finds that AEB and LKA features are affected by moderate to heavy rain
    North American motor club federation American Automobile Association (AAA) announced on 14 October the results of its research study that indicated that the performance of automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assistance features can be impeded by moderate to heavy rain. According to ...
    Vehicle AEB systems in Japan to include protection for cyclists from July 2024
    The Japanese transport ministry at the end of September amended the country’s automatic braking system safety provisions to include protection for bicycle riders from July 2024, according to the Asahi Shimbun. While automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems are currently only required to preven...
    Waymo, Cruise win California permits to offer autonomous rides in California
    According to a Reuters press release dated 30 September, General Motors Co's Cruise and Alphabet Inc's Waymo self-driving car subsidiaries were the first to receive autonomous vehicle permits to offer rides to passengers in California. The California Department of Motor Vehicles has granted Cruis...
    China rolls out autonomous driving standards
    According to a press release published on South China Morning Post on 20 September, China has published its first national standards for grading autonomous driving, which will go into effect in March 2022, providing a benchmark for automakers to develop the futuristic technology. China's six-leve...
    Indian government clears USD3.54 billion production-linked incentive scheme for auto industry
    The Indian government has on 15 September approved a production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme with an outlay of about USD3.54 billion (INR260 billion) to encourage domestic manufacturing capabilities of the automobile industry with a focus on futuristic technologies involving electric and hydrogen f...
    US approves licenses for Huawei to buy auto chips
    According to press release on Reuters dated 26 August, US officials have approved license applications worth hundreds of millions of dollars for China's blacklisted telecom company Huawei to buy chips for its growing auto component business, two people familiar with the matter said. Huawei, ...
    Autonomous vehicle startup Aurora launches safety framework for self-driving vehicles
    Aurora, the Silicon Valley self-driving startup founded by former Tesla, Uber, and Google executives, has released what it claims is the industry's first tool for evaluating whether and when autonomous trucks and cars are safe to deploy on public roads without a human behind the wheel, according to ...
    Renesas, Dialog Semiconductor announces conclusion of final regulatory review
    According to a press release published on PR Newswire on 16 August, Renesas Electronics Corporation and Dialog Semiconductor announce that the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission has waived its jurisdiction to review Renesas' proposed all-cash acquisition of Dialog Semiconductor. The relevant authoritie...
    US government opens investigation into Tesla Autopilot crashes with emergency vehicles
    According to a press release published on The Verge on 16 August, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation into Tesla's Autopilot software in order to evaluate the technologies and methods used to monitor, assist, and enforce the driver's engagement...
    US Senate bill seeks to require passive vehicle technology to prevent drunk driving
    According to a press release on Reuters dated 3 August, a USD1 trillion infrastructure bill currently being debated in the US Senate includes a provision directing US regulators to mandate a passive technology to prevent intoxicated drivers from starting vehicles, potentially averting more than 10,0...
    AV startup Argo AI to offer the public rides in its autonomous vehicles in California
    According to a press release published on TechCrunch on 31 July, Argo AI, the autonomous vehicle technology startup backed by Ford and VW, has received a permit from California. This will allow the company to ride self-driving cars for free on public roads throughout the state. The California Pub...
    Shanghai issues draft regulation to regulate data from smart vehicle testing
    The mainland Chinese city of Shanghai has issued draft regulations with the purpose of protecting data generated while testing smart vehicles. According to a report published by business news agency Reuters on 17 July, the Shanghai Economic and Information Technology Commission issued a statement de...
    ISO releases first international safety standard for fully automated driving systems
    According to an official press release dated 7 July, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published its first set of standards for the safe operation of low-speed automated driving (LSAD) systems on predefined routes, which are commonly used in commercial, business,...
    US regulators introduce new rules for automated vehicle crash reporting
    According to a press release on Reuters dated 29 June, US safety regulators have issued an order requiring automakers and operators of vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance or automated driving systems (ADS) to immediately report crashes, allowing the industry to spot issues more quickly...
    Germany paves the way for adoption of autonomous vehicles
    On 28 May, German legislators passed legislation allowing some self-driving vehicles to operate on public roads as early as 2022. In addition, the Bundestag, Germany's lower house, has approved a new draft to amend the Road Traffic Act and the Compulsory Insurance Act – Act on Autonomous Driving. ...
    US Senate Commerce Committee rejects legislative proposal for autonomous vehicles
    According to a press release on The Hindu dated 17 June, the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee again rejected attempts to lift regulations to allow the deployment of thousands of autonomous vehicles, as union groups and attorneys campaigned against the legislative proposal. The senator argued t...
    US state California allows Cruise to transport passengers in driverless test vehicles
    According to a press statement on the Verge dated 5 June, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) granted the self-driving technology startup, whose principal stakeholder is General Motors, permission to provide public rides in its autonomous prototypes on Californian highways on 4 June. ...
    kVA by UL, Stantec GenerationAV collaborate on safe deployment of autonomous vehicle projects
    kVA by UL, a global leader in automotive safety standards, and Stantec generation, the autonomous vehicle consulting arm of global design firm Stantec, has announced that they are collaborating to advance the safe deployment of autonomous vehicle(AV) projects as per press release on company website ...
    Cambridge launches autonomous passenger shuttle trial
    British autonomous vehicle company Aurrigo has officially begun trials of its Auto-Shuttle in Cambridge as per company press release on 26 May. The vehicles, known as ‘Auto-Shuttles’ can travel at 20 mph (32 kmh) with a range of 100 miles (161 km) between charges. The trial—part of a project l...
    Cruise urges US president to back autonomous vehicle deployment
    Cruise, the autonomous vehicle (AV) company majority-owned by General Motors, has urged President Joe Biden to back efforts to speed thousands of self-driving cars to US roads, saying the country risks lagging behind China, according to a press release by Reuters dated June 1. The chief executive...
    LHP, Konrad technologies to deliver new solution for ADAS and ADS functional safety test
    According to a press release by PR Newswire on 25 May, Konrad Technologies and LHP Engineering Solutions announced a collaboration to deliver their new A³DAS Solution, workflow management with test automation for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving systems (ADS) fun...
    NCAP plans to add new generation ADAS tech to its feature rating system
    Automakers have developed safety enhancement features that could reduce the number and severity of accidents—the innovation developed by component manufactures an opportunity to upgrade vehicle safety and save lives. The most noteworthy of these innovations' technologies are automated driving assi...
    JD.com, Meituan, and Neolix to test autonomous delivery vehicles on Beijing roads
    Beijing has permitted JD.com, Meituan, and Neolix to trial automated delivery vehicles on designated public roads in the Yizhuang Development Area, according to an announcement made by local authorities at a mobility conference on 25 May. At the Tuesday event, authorities from the Beiji...
    Startup Pony.ai gets approval to test driverless cars in California
    Chinese autonomous vehicle startup Pony.ai has received a California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) permit to test its driverless cars without human safety drivers behind the wheel on specified streets in three cities. Pony.ai has been authorized to test autonomous vehicles with safety driver...
    German lawmakers approve new rules for self-driving cars
    After the UK's announcement on self-driving vehicles, German lawmakers have followed suit in agreeing to allow some driverless vehicles on public roads, an article by German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) stated on 23 May. Lawmakers in the lower house of parliament adopted the legislat...
    Waymo, Cruise seek permission to charge for autonomous car rides in San Francisco
    Waymo and rival Cruise have applied for permits needed to start charging for rides and delivery using autonomous vehicles in San Francisco, state documents reviewed by Reuters dated 12 May. According to the documents, California's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has yet to decide on the previo...
    China drafts rules to secure data from connected cars
    According to Reuters dated 29 April, China published draft rules to ensure the security of data generated by connected vehicles as the proliferation of smart cars such as Tesla's fuels concerns about privacy and national security. Last month, US electric carmaker Tesla Inc. came under scruti...
    UK government to permit self-driving vehicles at slow speeds on motorways
    According to a news release from CNBC dated 28 April, the UK government has announced to regulate the use of self-driving vehicles at slow speeds on motorways by the end of 2021. The Department of Transport said it was working on specific wording to update the country's highway code for the ...
    Deepen AI, WMG and University of Warwick introduce safety pool scenario database for automated driving systems
    Deepen AI and WMG, University of Warwick launches the Safety Pool Scenario Database which claims to be the largest public repository of scenarios for testing AVs in the world. The database provides a diverse set of scenarios in different operational design domains (ODDs or simply put, operating cond...
    POLICY: Indian government raises basic custom duty on certain auto parts to 15%
    The Indian government has proposed to increase basic custom duty on import of certain auto parts including ignition wiring set, safety glass and parts of signaling equipment to 15%, effective on 2 February, the Press Trust of India reported. Earlier these auto parts were attracting basic custom duty...
    NHTSA expands AV TEST Initiative in US
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has expanded its Automated Vehicle Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing (AV TEST) Initiative from a pilot to a full program, the US-based vehicle safety agency said in a press release on 11 January. Earlier, nine states and nine comp...
    NHTSA seeks public comment on upgrading US NCAP
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking public comment on its proposal to further upgrade its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), the agency said in a press release on 14 January. NHTSA’s latest update plan to update NCAP include the testing of four additional advanced...
    NHTSA issues rule to update vehicle safety standards in automated vehicles
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued what it termed as a final rule to modernize several Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) to facilitate development, testing, and deployment of highly automated vehicles, the US-based safety agency said in a press release on ...
    Malaysia approves autonomous vehicle testing routes
    Malaysia has approved two routes in Cyberjaya town for testing autonomous vehicles, The Star reported on 23 December. The routes, stretching 7 km, include a shorter route that loops around Futurise and MaGIC buildings and a longer one that includes Persiaran Apec, Persiaran Cyberpoint, and Persiaran...
    UK, EU reach post-Brexit Trade and Cooperation Agreement
    The United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) have reached a Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) on 24 December, just a week before the UK will officially exit the 27-nation bloc, according to a press release by the European Commission, the executive arm of the EU. Once ratified by both sides, th...
    Nuro receives permit to launch autonomous delivery services in California
    Nuro has received permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to deploy its autonomous vehicles on the state’s public roads, the company said in a blog today (24 December). The permit will allow the US-based autonomous delivery startup to operate commercially on California’s ro...
    Will the UNECE regulation on Automated Lane Keeping Systems pave the way for automated driving?
    In June this year, some 60 countries, including European Union (EU) member states, Japan, and South Korea, agreed to adopt a United Nation (UN) Regulation on automated lane keeping systems (ALKS) in passenger vehicles starting in January 2021. When applie...
    Alliance for Automotive Innovation releases four-year roadmap to guide federal policies on automated vehicles in US
    The Alliance for Automotive Innovation (AAI) has released a four-year roadmap to guide federal government policies that can facilitate testing and deployment of automated vehicles (AVs) in the United States. The roadmap includes 14 recommendations under three pillars: reform regulation to allow AV d...
    Motional receives approval to launch fully autonomous service in Nevada, US
    Motional, the autonomous driving joint venture (JV) between Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) and Aptiv, has received regulatory approval to launch fully autonomous service on public roads in the state of Nevada, US, the JV’s CEO Karl Iagnemma informed in a blog last week. The permit will eventually allow...
    NHTSA seeks public comment automated driving system safety principles
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking public comment on its proposal to develop a framework for automated driving system (ADS) safety, the agency said in a press release on 19 November. NHTSA submitted the advanced notice of proposed rule making (ANPRM) to the Federal...
    CPUC to allow robo-taxi operators to charge for rides in California
    The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has allowed robo-taxi operators to charge for rides in their autonomous vehicles (AVs) in California, United States, The Los Angeles Times reported on 19 November. However, to become eligible for that, these companies will have to get approval f...
    German government to provide additional USD3.56 billion support for auto industry
    The German government has announced that it will be providing a further EUR3 billion (approximately USD3.56 billion) in support to the German automobile industry, which has been struggling. According to a report filed by Germany-based news channel Deutsche Welle on 18 November, this will bring the t...
    GM, Cruise to seek regulatory approval from US government to deploy autonomous vehicles without pedal, steering wheel
    General Motors (GM) and its autonomous driving subsidiary Cruise are planning to seek regulatory approval from the US government to deploy autonomous vehicles without conventional controls such as a brake, accelerator pedals, and steering wheel, Reuters reported on 21 October. “And because the Ori...
    Regulation: Australia proposes mandatory fitment of AEB on all new cars within two years
    The Australian government has proposed a mandatory fitment of autonomous emergency braking (AEB) on all new cars sold in Australia within two years, Motoring reported on 16 October. The proposal is a Regulation Impact Statement (RIS). The RIS proposes the introduction of an Australian Design Rule...
    Cruise receives permission to test autonomous vehicles without safety drivers in California, US
    Cruise has received permit from the California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to test its autonomous vehicle  fleet in San Francisco without safety drivers, Dan Ammann, CEO of the company announced in a blog on Medium on 15 May. The company, which is driving autonomous driving developme...
    EuroNCAP releases new assisted driving grading
    Automotive safety performance assessment program, Euro NCAP, has announced a new series of Highway Assist tests to ensure the safe adoption of these and other assisted driving technologies by consumers. For this purpose, Euro NCAP has developed a dedicated test, assessment protocol, and grading syst...
    Zoox receives permit to test autonomous vehicles without driver in California
    Zoox has received permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to test autonomous vehicles without a safety driver, Reuters reported on 18 September. The permit will allow the US-based company, which Amazon acquired in June 2020, to test two autonomous vehicles without driver behind...
    Three US House lawmakers ask GAO to review delay in NHTSA’s vehicle safety rulemaking process
    Three Democrats in the US House of Representatives—Frank Pallone, Jan Schakowsky, and Lisa Blunt Rochester—have asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to probe why US auto safety regulators have failed to write a “dozen” of new vehicle safety rules, Reuters reported on 17 September...
    Israel considers legislation to allow autonomous vehicle testing without safety driver
    Israel is considering introducing legislation to allow testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads without  a safety driver, The Jerusalem Post reported on 20 August. The new legislation is promoted by Transport Minister Miri Regev. The initial proposal will be published within 90 days, afte...
    Nokia wins ruling against Daimler on mobile technology at Mannheim court
    Nokia won a ruling in a patent dispute with Daimler over mobile technology in cars, Bloomberg reported on 18 August. The court at Mannheim, Germany, ruled that Daimler violated Nokia’s mobile-technology patents. Daimler said that it would appeal the decision. The court in Mannheim stated that Daim...
    UK government launches consultation on automated lane keeping system
    The UK government has launched consultation on automated lane keeping system (ALKS) technology which is capable of taking control of vehicle at low speed and keep it in lane on motorways without any input from the driver, the GOV.UK website reported on 18 August. The government is seeking opini...
    BSI published taxonomy for automated driving in UK
    The British Standards Institution (BSI) has published the first taxonomy for specifying the operational design domain (ODD) of an automated driving system (ADS), the UK-based national standards body said in a press release on 11 August. The new standard, “PAS 1883 Operational Design Doma...
    Mainland Chinese AV startup AutoX gets permit from California DMV to test driverless car
    AutoX Technologies has received a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to test its autonomous vehicles (AV) fleet on public roads in San Jose without a safety driver, the company said in a press release on 17 July. The permit also allows AutoX for testing its AVs with passen...
    Beijing opens 52 more roads for testing autonomous vehicles
    Last week, Beijing opened 52 additional roads in Haidian District for testing of autonomous vehicles, Xinhua news agency reported on 1 July. The roads totaling 215.3 km are spread over 100-square-kilometers in the northern region of Zhongguancun Science City. According to the Haidian district g...
    Automakers, suppliers may avoid compliance penalties under new USMCA trade deal for one year
    Automakers and their suppliers may avoid penalties for violating compliance for up to one year under the new US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA), Reuters reported a US Customs and Boarder Protection (CBP) official as saying. The new trade agreement, which replaces the 26-year-old North America ...
    Japan and Britain aim to finalize trade deal by end of July
    Japan and Britain are aiming to close a new trade deal by the end of July 2020, and Japan will attempt to secure at least the same tariff levels for automobiles that it has in its existing trade pact with the European Union, said Hiroshi Matsuura, the chief negotiator for trade talks with Britain, a...
    REGULATION: Some 60 countries support UN regulation on automated lane keeping system
    Some 60 countries, including Japan, South Korea, and the European Union (EU) member states, have agreed to adopt a United Nation (UN) regulation that will pave the way for the safe introduction of automated driving function in vehicles in certain traffic environment, according to a press release by ...
    REGULATION: UN releases two new regulations on vehicle cyber security and software updates
    The United Nations has announced two new regulations on automotive cyber security and software updates, a press release on 25 June read. The regulations, which will apply to passenger cars, vans, trucks, and buses will come into effect from January 2021. The regulations, adopted by World Forum fo...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Indian supplier industry aims to reduce dependence on mainland Chinese imports
    The Indian auto component industry is working on steps to reduce import dependence on China and focus more on localization, according to a report by Press Trust of India (PTI) citing industry body Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA). The domestic automotive industry is ...
    Vietnam ratifies trade agreement with EU
    Vietnam ratified a free trade agreement (FTA) with the European Union (EU) on June 8 2020. The ratified FTA will cut or eliminate 99% of tariff on goods traded between the Southeast Asian country and the 27-member bloc, according to a report by Reuters. The European Union Vietnam Free Trade Agreemen...
    Nine companies and eight US states sign DOT’s AV TEST Initiative
    Nine companies and eight states in the United States have signed as the first participants in a new initiatives by the Department of Transportation (DOT) called, Automotive Vehicle Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing (AV TEST) Initiative, to improve safety, testing, and public engagement of...
    IIHS requests NHTSA to expand, strengthen safety standards for autonomous vehicles
    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has urged the United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to expand and strengthen safety standards for self-driving vehicles (IIHS) said in a press release on 9 June. Significance: In Marc...
    Mainland Chinese automaker SAIC calls for supportive legislation for autonomous driving
    Chen Hong, president of SAIC Motor has requested the mainland Chinese government to pass legislation that will allow testing Level 3 and above automated driving vehicles on highways first in certain areas and then across the country, technode reported on 22 May. Hong also called for legislation for ...
    UK designates 300 km of roads for testing connected, autonomous vehicles
    The United Kingdom has designated about 300 km (188 miles) of road in the West Midlands for testing connected and autonomous vehicles later in 2020, Autocar reported on 19 May. The planned route, stretching from Coventry to Birmingham, takes in a variety of different settings, including inner-c...
    REGULATION: EuroNCAP introduces changes in safety rating
    The European New Car Assessment Programme (EuroNCAP) has announced major changes in safety rating from later in 2020, EuroNCAP said in a press release on 20 May. One of the key changes is the implementation of a new Mobile Progressive Deformable Barrier (MPDB) for frontal crash test. Instead of test...
    Pony.ai receives permit to test self-driving vehicles carrying passengers in Beijing
    Chinese autonomous vehicle startup Pony.ai has received permit to pick up passengers in its autonomous  vehicles on public roads in Beijing, China, Xinhua reported on 18 May. The company will test its fleet of robotaxis on limited routes in the Haidian district and Yizhuang town of Daxing distr...
    POLICY: South Korea plans to invest USD896 million by 2027 on development of ‘high automation’ vehicles
    South Korea will invest KRW1 trillion (USD896 million) by 2027 to develop high automation or Level 4 self-driving cars, Yonhap News Agency reported last week. The Level 4 self-driving cars can take full control of driving almost without any human input. Such vehicles can be driven in full automation...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Japan’s Aichi Prefecture to support Toyota suppliers with emergency loans
    Hideaki Ohmura, the governor of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture, announced plans to offer JPY400 billion (USD3.72 billion) in emergency loans for struggling small and midsize companies, Reuters reported on 23 April. The emergency loan is expected to help several suppliers of Toyota Motor who are under pr...
    Autonomous vehicle startup Voyage receives permit to launch robo-taxi service in California
    Autonomous vehicle startup Voyage has secured a permit to launch its robo-taxi service in the US state California, according to a press release issued by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on 16 April. The CPUC issued a permit to Voyage, allowing the company to transport passengers in...
    POLICY: Mainland China plans to complete framework for low-level autonomous vehicles by end-2020
    Mainland China is planning to complete the formulations of a framework for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and low-level autonomous driving vehicles by the end of 2020, China Daily reported citing the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). Last week, MIIT released ...
    Nuro secures permit to test autonomous vehicles Texas, US, without human controls
    California-based robotics firm Nuro has secured a permit to test its self-driving vehicles in Houston, Texas, US without human controls, according to a company press release on 6 February. The US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) approv...
    China’s NDRC sets a more realistic timeline for development of intelligent vehicles
    Around two years ago, China’s National Development and Reform Corporation (NDRC) had released a draft on ‘Intelligent Vehicle Innovation and Development Strategy’ (draft strategy) to seek public opinion. The draft strategy aimed at intelligent vehicles, also referred to as intelligent and conn...
    REGULATION: NHTSA issues proposal to modernize occupant safety standards for vehicles without manual controls
    The United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a proposal to modernize several Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) in automated vehicles that do not have manual controls such as steering wheels and brake pedals, the US-...
    POLICY: China’s MIIT seeks public opinion on Taxonomy of Driving Automation for Vehicles
    China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) is seeking public opinion on the proposed “Taxonomy of Driving Automation for Vehicles,” Gasgoo reported on 10 March. The draft document will be available for to the public until 9 April 2020. Once fully approved, China’s own sta...
    REGULATION: Cruise receives CPUC permit to transport passengers in self-driving vehicles in California
    Cruise Automation, a self-driving company owned by GM, has gotten permission by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), to carry passengers in its autonomous vehicles in California, Tech Crunch reported on 24 February. Cruise must update the CPUC with data about any incidents, the...
    REGULATION: China delays mass production of conditional AVs until 2025
    China expects automakers to begin mass production of vehicles with SAE Level 3 automated driving capability, also known as "conditional automation" by 2025, Caixin Global reported on 25 February, citing a development plan jointly released by the country’s National Development and Reform ...
    Waymo joins Cruise in opposing California’s reporting requirement on self-driving vehicles
    Waymo is the latest company to raise concern about California’s mandatory reporting requirement for companies testing self-driving vehicles on the state’s public roads saying such test data is not accurate or relevant in measuring performance or progress, Reuters report on 27 February. The Calif...
    NHTSA orders suspension of EasyMile’s driverless shuttles after passenger injury in Ohio
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ordered a temporary suspension of passenger operations on 25 February, for all autonomous electric shuttles from EasyMile in the US after a passenger in Columbus, Ohio, got injured when one of the pilot vehicles made an emergency stop, ...
    Malaysia launches National Automotive Policy 2020
    Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad officially launched the country’s new National Automotive Policy 2020 (NAP 2020) on February 21 at the Ministry of International Trade and Industry’s (MITI) office in Kuala Lumpur, malaysian-based newspaper The Star reported. The new policy, an enhanc...
    Uber receives permit to resume testing of self-driving vehicles in US state California
    Uber has received a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to restart testing its self-driving vehicles with a backup driver on the state’s public roads, Reuters reported on 6 February. However, the US-based app-based ride-hailing service provider has no immediate plans to p...
    South Korea outlines safety standards for Level 3 automated driving
    The South Korean government released safety standards for production and commercialization of Level 3 autonomous driving vehicle in the country earlier this month. The standards, first of their kind in the world, were finalized by the country’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation (...
    US DOT releases latest version of federal guidelines for automated vehicles
    The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) released the latest version of automated vehicle guidelines, called ‘Ensuring American Leadership in Automated Vehicle Technologies: Automated Vehicles 4.0’ (AV 4.0),’ during the CES 2020 held earlier this month in Las Vegas. According to a ...
    California DMV permit testing of light vehicle commercial vehicles on public roads
    The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has allowed testing and commercial use of light commercial vehicles on its public roads, KRCR News reported last week. The change in regulation will allow companies to test light autonomous vehicle weighting less than 10,001 pounds, including Class 1...
    Japan to make automatic braking mandatory for new vehicles from November 2021
    Japan plans to make fitment of the automatic emergency braking (AEB) system mandatory in all new and remodeled passenger cars sold in the country from November 2021, The Japan Times reported on 17 December. The existing models will be required to be equipped with automatic brake systems from De...
    FCC votes to split 5.9 GHz band for C-V2X, Wi-Fi
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to split the 5.9 GHz band for Wi-Fi and cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) uses, in a statement made on 12 December. Of the 75 MHz in question, the commission proposed to allocate the lower 45 MHz spectrum of the band for unlicen...
    Nokia, Daimler, and other automotive suppliers agree on mediation to resolve technology licensing dispute
    Nokia, Daimler, and certain car parts suppliers have agreed to an independent mediation to resolve their technology licensing dispute, Reuters reported on 12 December. Nokia and the German automaker have been at odds over royalties regarding technologies in navigation systems, vehicle commun...
    AutoX applies for permit to test self-driving car without safety driver in California
    Chinese self-driving technology startup AutoX has applied for a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to allow testing of its self-driving cars on the state’s public roads without safety drivers, Reuters reported on 4 December. “After three years of efforts, we believe th...
    ACEA presents ‘check-list’ of rules and regulations for automated driving in EU
    The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has drawn a ‘check-list’ of rules and regulations needed to enable automated driving in the European Union (EU), the association said in a press release on 3 December. The checklist details the legislative framework that is needed to be...
    European Union Agency for Cybersecurity publishes report on security of smart cars
    The European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) published a report on the cybersecurity of smart cars on 25 November. The agency took stock of all existing standardization, legislative and policy Initiatives and said that the report is aimed to serve as a reference point to promote cybersecur...
    NHTSA seeks public comment on nine draft research test procedures to assess ADAS performance
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking public comment on a series on nine draft procedures developed by the US-based safety agency to assess the performance of certain types of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) available to consumers, the agency said in a state...
    US groups request automakers to adopt common name for driver assistance technology
    In an effort to reduce confusion among consumers, a group of stakeholders in the United States have urged automakers to adopt standardized names for advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) technology from a list they released last week, Reuters reported on 20 November. The list of names has been dr...
    Council of the European Union to mandate presence of advanced safety systems in automobiles by mid 2022
    The Council of the European Union voted to adopt regulations to mandate the presence of advanced safety systems in automobiles by mid 2022, according to a press release on 11 November. The new rules state that all motor vehicles (including trucks, buses, vans, and sport utility vehicles) wil...
    HoloMatic secures open road test license in Zhejiang province, mainland China
    HoloMatic, also known as Heduo Technology, has obtained open road test license from Deqing County, in Zhejiang province, mainland China, the company said in a press release on 29 October. Heduo is focusing on carrying out large-scale road testing. “For us, data based on real road tests is one o...
    South Korean government plans to modify expressways for self-driving vehicles
    The South Korean government is planning to modify all expressways in the country for use by self-driving vehicles by 2024, the Yonhap News Agency reported today (16 October). As part of the plan, the government will initially upgrade its 5,500 kilometers of highways with wireless communication netwo...
    UK’s BSI invites comments on autonomous vehicle safety rule ‘PAS 1881’
    The British Standard Institution (BSI) is inviting comments on PAS 1881 to assure safety for automated vehicle trials and development testing in the United Kingdom, BSI said in a press release on 9 October. “We welcome comments on this draft Publicly Available Specifications (PAS) 1881: Assur...
    US DOT offers USD60 million funding to test safe integration of automated driving systems
    The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded nearly USD60 million in federal grants to eight projects in seven states to test the safe integration of automated driving systems on the country’s transportation systems, the DOT said in a statement. Of the total, Virginia Polytechnic Institut...
    Three US states get DoT funding for research on autonomous vehicle technology
    The US Department of Transportation (DoT) has provided funding to advance research and testing of autonomous vehicle technology, Automotive News reported citing announcements from representatives this week. While representatives from Ohio and Michigan confirmed receiving USD7.5 million in grant fund...
    Intvo receives grant for tech to predict pedestrian behavior
    Intvo has received USD60,000 grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s PlanetM Mobility Grant program, mLive.com reported on 5 September. The grant was announced by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer last month.      Intvo provides smart software that uses a...
    UK government opens new testing facility for self-driving vehicles in Bedfordshire
    The UK government has inaugurated a new testing facility for self-driving vehicles in Bedfordshire, in the East of England, according to The Telegraph. The new testing facility is located at the UK’s first so-called ‘Autonomous Village’ at Millbrook Proving Ground, which has been used for test...
    Ricardo partners with EU to assess autonomous driving impact on automotive industry
    The European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH) has retained Ricardo Strategic Consulting to undertake a comprehensive study to assess the impact of autonomous driving on Europe’s automotive industry, Ricardo said in a press release on 31 July. The six-month long study will assess the key technologies...
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