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Tesla, others seek ways to ensure drivers keep their hands on the wheel

June 24, 2017 By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Automakers are using tiny cameras, sensors to track drooping heads, steering wheel monitors and audible alerts to ensure drivers pay attention when using advanced driver assistance systems, like Tesla’s Autopilot, that allow drivers to take their hands off the wheel. In a report this week on the May 2016 crash of a Tesla Inc Model S that killed a driver who was using Autopilot, the National Transportation Safety Board demonstrated that users could mostly keep their hands off the wheel for…

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U.S. Congress plans self-driving car legislation to speed rollout

June 6, 2017 By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress is working on national self-driving vehicle legislation that could replace state-by state rules and make it easier for automakers to test and deploy the technology, senior U.S. House and Senate lawmakers told Reuters on Tuesday. The chairman of the influential House Energy and Commerce Committee said he planned to unveil a package of legislation to overhaul federal rules governing self-driving vehicles. “We’re getting very close. I think it’s a good package. We’ve put a lot of work into…

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Delphi joins self-driving alliance with BMW, Intel

May 16, 2017 By Paul Lienert DETROIT (Reuters) – German automaker BMW AG, U.S. chipmaker Intel Corp and parts maker Delphi Automotive PLC on Tuesday said they would collaborate on development of a highly-automated self-driving platform for BMW, with Delphi handling integration of components and software. BMW said the new platform is intended to be sold to other vehicle manufacturers, which in turn may choose their own systems integrators to customize the platform to suit their vehicles. The cost, complexity and accelerated pace of development of self-driving vehicles continue to…

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