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Trends in Automation: Forecasts and Trends for Automated Vehicles

This January, President Obama pledged $4B for what he calls a “21st century transportation system.” This new transportation system was revealed, in part, to $4B earmarked specifically for research and development of automated vehicles. As a part of this new budget spend, federal regulators are working hard to clarify the “rule interpretation requests” sent in by manufacturers like BMW. These requests allow governing agencies to determine whether features like automated parking assistance fit into current driving standards and regulations. This opens up a dialog between car manufacturers and agencies like the NHTSA, which will allow rules to be adjusted as technology adapts to automated vehicles. Continue reading