SALT LAKE CITY — While federal legislators recently tapped the brakes on efforts to establish national standards for driverless vehicles, the Utah Legislature is cruising toward adopting state rules that would pave the way for autonomous cars and trucks to start sharing the highways and byways of the Beehive State with human operators.
In a presentation to a House legislative committee on Wednesday, Rep. Robert Spendlove, R-Sandy, said while current Utah statute doesn’t expressly prohibit the operation of driverless vehicles on public roadways, his HB371 will specifically allow for their operation but avoids addressing, for now, what might be the trickiest part of a driverless future — insurance liability.
“(Utah Insurance Commission) Commissioner (Todd) Kiser’s part is going
Self-driving cars should be welcomed for their substantial safety and mobility gains for the traveling public, especially the elderly and disabled. But the federal government’s failure to modernize auto regulations is already denying consumers safer and superior products, and this problem will only grow larger as automated driving systems near the deployment stage.
Congress has long recognized that federal regulations should be informed by technical standards developed outside the government, as officials generally lack engineering expertise. Bipartisan bills—the Self Drive Act (Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research in Vehicle Evolution) passed by the House, and the AV Start (American Vision for Safer Transportation through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies) Act pending in the Senate—both recognize that the federal government should continually update its automated vehicle definitions to reflect the industry’s best available technical knowledge. Specifically, both bills would codify a Society of Automotive Engineers standard defining levels of
For the third straight year, sales for new cars and trucks in California exceeded 2 million and the forecast for 2018 anticipates the number to top 2 million again — but just barely, as the rate of growth is slowing.
This week in Austria, Bentley launched its new V8 iteration of its luxury Bentayga SUV. The first Bentayga came off the production line back in 2015, and the company has produced more than 10,000 so far.
Considering it takes more than 130 hours to produce each SUV (some 10 times more than an average production car) and each vehicle has 100 electronic control units (ECUs) to command and diagnose various systems, five cameras, 15 ultrasonic sensors, both short- and long-range radar as well as night-vision capability, it is surprising that this new twin-turbocharged, 542bhp V8 petrol model with a 0-60 mph of 4.4 seconds and top speed of 180mph is not able to go beyond level 2 autonomy.
Arizona’s own Injury Reserve is currently one of hip-hop’s fastest-rising alternative rap groups in the game, and today they continue their ascent with their new project, Drive It Like It’s Stolen.
At seven tracks, the trio’s latest project is a dense serving of what fans have come to love about them. Comprised of Stepa J. Groggs, Ritchie With a T and producer Parker Corey, the group creates music reminiscent of early 2000s rap, with their single, “See You Sweat” evoking images of the Neptunes.
With sunroofs becoming increasingly popular, consumer advocates worry that the danger will grow.
About seven million, or 40 percent, of the 2017 model year cars and light trucks sold in the United States came with a sunroof, compared with 33 percent for the 2011 model year, according to WardsAuto, a trade publication.
Crash data is not as up-to-date, but it is still troubling. About 300 people were killed and about 1,400 injured every year from 1997 to 2008 when they were thrown out of sunroofs, whether open or closed, the N.H.T.S.A. said in 2011. In 2016, the agency did a more limited study of ejections through closed sunroofs only: Between 2002 and 2012, about 230 people were killed and 500 injured each year.
In a statement, the agency said it was “actively looking into this issue and continues to analyze information related to the
FIVA has announced a March 18 deadline for entries for the World Motor Cycle Rally 2018, which will put riders of vintage motorcycles on a Hungarian route from Budapest to Eger to Cegled and back to Budapest. Hungary is the home of such historic motorcycle companies as Pannonia, Csepel and Danuvia.
The event features seven classes, from ancestors (bikes produced until December 31, 1904) through post-war (1946-1960) and on to those as new as December 31, 1980.
RM Sotheby’s will stage its first Alpine Tour: Mulhouse to Monaco, scheduled for May 9-13.
“The Alpine Tour is an exciting new motoring adventure in two parts,” the auction house says in the advertisement for the event in its Paris auction catalog. “Part one is a spirited drive on a set route through some of Europe’s most dramatic landscapes — a luxury driving tour visiting
Starting in 2016, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety began testing headlights and incorporating their performance into the coveted Top Safety Pick ratings. Headlight performance coined Good or Acceptable was required to even be a contender for Top Safety Pick+, the highest rating IIHS awards. Numerous cars lost out on the top rating due to headlight performance alone. While Good or Acceptable headlights used to be enough for the top slot, only cars with Good headlights are eligible in 2018 models. This, plus the addition of a passenger-side small offset frontal crash test, dwindled the Top Safety Pick+ list to just 15.
We can all agree that good headlights are a plus, but there’s a big loophole in IIHS’s headlight testing methodology. You can read all the precise details of how IIHS tests headlights on its website. These tests