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What the new NHTSA guidelines mean for self-driving cars

In September, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued guidelines for the testing and deployment of autonomous  vehicles. The important thing to remember for now is that these are merely guidelines and not rules. Complying with them is voluntary on the part of automotive and hardware manufacturers, as well as app developers. “Firms can make the decision to not comply and be within their rights to …

Google’s self-driving car CTO departs the project

Google’s self-driving car project is losing Chris Urmson, who served as the unit’s CTO and lead technical resource after going the company from Carnegie Mellon. Urmson has considerable status among roboticist in the world of autonomous vehicles, but said in a Medium post announcing his departure that he was “ready for a fresh challenge,” without specifying what exactly he’s doing next. Urmson called being part …