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Howes: Revolutionary self-driving rules pushing Detroit

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Self-driving shuttles to be tested in downtown Detroit

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U.S. House passes self-driving car legislation

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Domino's, Ford hope to learn from mishaps in tests for self-driving cars around Ann Arbor

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Toyota to invest $5M in Willow Run's driverless vehicle testing center

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Dozens of companies now testing self-driving vehicles
Dozens of companies in California are reportedly now test self-driving cars, with Samsung being the latest corporation to get permission from the state's Department of Motor Vehicles. In a statement, a spokesman for Samsung said the car company will use a Toyota Prius and two Audi A3s for self-driving tests. According to Business Insider, in addition to tech giants Google and Apple, there are now almost 40 companies with permits to test self-driving cars in California, including carmakers BMW, Honda, Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz   Read More ...
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Delphi partners with BlackBerry on self-driving system
The U.S. House approved a proposal that would allow automakers to obtain exemptions to deploy self-driving vehicles without meeting existing auto safety standards. Fred Katayama reports. Video provided by Reuters Newslook. Delphi Automotive and BlackBerry are joining forces to develop self-driving vehicles. Smartphone pioneer BlackBerry, based in Waterloo, Ontario, will provide the operating system for Delphi’s autonomous driving system, which is called Centralized Sensing Localization and Planning and is expected to launch in 2019   Read More ...
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Ford invests $5M in Willow Run driverless car test site
Buy Photo. Ford Motor Co. is investing $5 million into the American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti Township, becoming the second automaker to donate to the driverless vehicle test site and capping a week of news on the self-driving car front. The donation, announced today, will give the Dearborn automaker designation as a "founder-level" sponsor and make it a member of a government-industry team developing the autonomous vehicle testing grounds on the site of the former Willow Run bomber plant   Read More ...
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Can I get one for Halloween? Ford driver wears seat suit to test self-driving reactions
Here's a novel way to test reactions to seeing a driverless car: Try a little subterfuge. Researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, working with Ford Motor Co., had the driver of a Transit Connect van dress up in a "seat suit" last month to fool pedestrians, cyclists and other drivers into thinking there was someone behind the wheel. They did it so they could test reactions to seeing a driverless vehicle without actually using one   Read More ...
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Senators weigh impact of self-driving trucks
Washington — Lawmakers in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday weighed the potential for self-driving trucks and large commercial vehicles to improve efficiency in cargo shipping and reduce the number of crashes that occur on the nation’s roads. But critics pointed out that they could also cost thousands of commercial drivers their jobs. “The public discussion in Congress on autonomous vehicles has tended to focus on the impact of small personal cars on our daily lives — increasing mobility for the disabled, and alleviating congestion in our cities,” said Ken Hall, General Secretary-Treasurer of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters   Read More ...
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Senators look at what self-driving trucks might mean to drivers
The U.S. House approved a proposal that would allow automakers to obtain exemptions to deploy self-driving vehicles without meeting existing auto safety standards. Fred Katayama reports. Video provided by Reuters Newslook. WASHINGTON —- A U.S. Senate committee is considering whether legislation dealing with the future of self-driving cars should also pave the way to self-driving trucks, considering the impact such technology could have on millions of workers   Read More ...
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Automated Driving 2.0 in Ann Arbor
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao speaks of the newly released federal guidance for Automated Driving Systems Vision for Safety 2.0 at Mcity in Ann Arbor on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.   Read More ...
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Self-driving vehicle testing is about to speed up
The U.S. House approved a proposal that would allow automakers to obtain exemptions to deploy self-driving vehicles without meeting existing auto safety standards. Fred Katayama reports. Video provided by Reuters Newslook. U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced updated guidelines in Ann Arbor today to eliminate waiting periods for the testing and deployment of self-driving cars and to avoid a "patchwork" of state rules   Read More ...
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Feds reverse course on self-driving safety assessments
Buy Photo. Ann Arbor — President Donald Trump’s administration is doing away with an Obama-era policy that called for automakers to submit a safety assessment showing their self-driving cars meet a set of 15 guidelines before they could place self-driving cars on public roads. Instead, the Trump administration’s proposal says automakers “may” submit a voluntary safety self-assessment if they want to demonstrate to the public that their self-driving cars are safe   Read More ...
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Senators draft bill to allow thousands of robot cars
Washington — Automakers would each be allowed to operate more than 100,000 self-driving cars per year on U.S. roads, and states would be prevented from passing laws to prevent them from doing so under a proposed bill being drafted by lawmakers in the U.S. Senate. The measure, drafted with input from U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, would allow the Secretary of Transportation to grant exemptions to federal motor vehicle rules that require cars to have human operators   Read More ...
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Howes: Revolutionary self-driving rules pushing Detroit
Michigan Sen. Gary Peters has long worried that arcane federal rules would be the biggest obstacle to American development of self-driving car technology, undermining the Detroit-based automakers and the rest of the industry. The self-driving legislation, approved by the House on Wednesday, traces a rare bipartisan consensus in President Donald Trump’s Washington that signals otherwise. It’s a big step forward for a suite of technology sure to transform the auto industry in ways not seen since Henry Ford’s moving assembly line helped put the world on wheels   Read More ...
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Self-driving shuttles to be tested in downtown Detroit
An Ann Arbor-based company will begin testing two self-driving shuttles in downtown Detroit in October. Start-up company May Mobility will begin a five-day test program Oct. 9. The announcement of the test program came Wednesday from Quicken Loans founder and downtown developer Dan Gilbert. “We have a couple vehicles that are supposed to be ready to go around a path,” Gilbert said at a mobility technology conference at Cobo Center   Read More ...
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U.S. House passes self-driving car legislation
A U.S. House committee today approved legislation to give the federal government final say over the performance of self-driving vehicles, a measure that would preempt states from trying to set their own standards. Todd Spangler/Detroit Free Press. WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives today easily passed legislation that gives federal regulators final say over performance standards for self-driving vehicles and could allow for as many as 100,000 such vehicles a year to be exempted from safety standards while the technology is developing   Read More ...
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US might soon reveal its revised self-driving car guidelines
We might finally get to see how the Trump administration has tweaked the Obama-era self-driving vehicle guidelines next week. According to Reuters, the Department of Transportation is slated to unveil the revised guidelines on September 12th at an autonomous vehicle testing facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan. That's a bit over three months after DOT secretary Elaine Chao announced that she has begun reviewing the existing guidelines in response to automakers' requests for the right to put more autonomous vehicles on the road for testing   Read More ...
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An autonomous Ford Fusion will deliver Domino's in Michigan
Domino's has been experimenting with high-tech delivery methods for years, from UAVs to drones with wheels. This time, the pizza chain might send a self-driving Ford Fusion to deliver your food if you're in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Domino's has teamed up with the automaker to test people's response to an autonomous delivery car. They'll use one Fusion equipped with all the trappings of a self-driving vehicle, including Ford's full suite of cameras, sensors, radar and LIDAR, to deliver pizza for the month-long test   Read More ...
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Domino's, Ford hope to learn from mishaps in tests for self-driving cars around Ann Arbor
Domino's and Ford want to see if customers like walking out to a driverless delivery vehicle when their pizza arrives. Detroit Free Press staff. Wochit coming. ANN ARBOR — Soon, the pizza you order from Domino's might show up in a Ford Fusion hybrid without a driver. Domino's and Ford will begin testing the concept today in Ann Arbor, where Domino's is based, to see whether customers like the idea of driverless-car delivery or stumble over what amounts to a self-serve pickup process once the pizza arrives   Read More ...
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Detroit law firm forms self-driving car team
Buy Photo. Detroit — A team of attorneys who will deal with laws and practices in the self-driving vehicle industry has been created at the Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP business-law firm. The group will advise clients on the development, investment, patenting, licensing and use of emerging autonomous technology at a time when politicians wrestle with self-driving vehicle legislation. Lawyers on the team will also advise on the creation and development of autonomous vehicle research and testing facilities   Read More ...
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Dream Cruise panel: Millennial enthusiasm key to growth
Buy Photo. Royal Oak — With autonomous cars on the horizon, some performance-car experts are more concerned about keeping and growing the enthusiasm of younger people than they are about self-driving cars stealing the thunder from the muscle-car era. Muscle cars, self-driving cars, electrification, the business case for performance cars, advancement of internal combustion engines and even the prospect of autonomous racing were discussed Thursday during WWJ-AM’s (950) Going Fast, Future & Past Woodward Dream Cruise Business Breakfast at Duggan’s Irish Pub   Read More ...
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Toyota to invest $5M ins driverless vehicle testing center
Toyota will be the first automaker to invest in the American Center for Mobility. The Japanese automaker's Toyota Motor North America and the Toyota Research Institute subsidiaries are contributing $5 million to the self-driving vehicle research center being built in Ypsilanti Township.   Read More ...
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Talent shortage continues to plague Mich. auto industry
Traverse City – While Michigan enjoys plenty of momentum in efforts to establish the state as a center for developing, testing and self-driving cars, a longstanding problem persists. Talent recruiting and retention is a problem as work on driverless and connected vehicles forces companies to branch out from their traditional roles and adapt to new technologies. The lack of adequately trained workers has hampered those companies   Read More ...
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Toyota to invest $5M in Willow Run's driverless vehicle testing center
The ex-bomber plant and home of Rosie the Riveter will transform this year into an autonomous vehicle technology test site. Detroit Free Press. Buy Photo. Toyota will be the first automaker to invest in the American Center for Mobility. The Japanese automaker's Toyota Motor North America and the Toyota Research Institute subsidiaries are contributing $5 million to the self-driving vehicle research center being built in Ypsilanti Township   Read More ...
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Self-driving cars traverse Detroit-Windsor Tunnel
Buy Photo. Detroit — The push to get self-driving cars safely on the road is an international effort, and on Monday Michigan’s role became even more important. Just after 7 a.m., engineers from automotive suppliers Magna International Inc. and Continental left downtown Detroit in a Cadillac ATS and a Chrysler 300 with self-driving capabilities. The engineers planned to drive the vehicles through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel under the Detroit River, drive through Ontario to the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron, and cross back into the U   Read More ...
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Self-driving cars to test in Detroit-Windsor Tunnel
Two self-driving cars will make their way Monday through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel under the Detroit River as part of a partnership between Detroit and Windsor. Neal Belitsky, president and CEO of the tunnel, said Friday that the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel has partnered with the Michigan Department of Transportation and volunteered to be a site for self-driving vehicle tests. The tunnel is jointly owned by the two cities   Read More ...
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Court: Suspected drunken driver can be busted in own driveway
The Michigan Supreme Court says a driveway is no refuge for a drunken driver. The court says Northville authorities could charge Gino Rea with drunken driving, even if his car never left the driveway. The court says a driveway is “generally accessible to motor vehicles” under state law, even if on private property. Police went to Rea’s home three times one day in 2014 to respond to noise complaints   Read More ...
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Driverless-shuttle maker to set up in Saline
Navya, the French maker of self-driving shuttles, will set up its 20,000-square-foot production facility in Saline. Once the operation is up and running, the facility will produce 25 of its Arma shuttles before the end of the year. Navya’s $1 million-plus investment plan is expected to create 50 jobs. Navya has previously partnered with the nearby University of Michigan and will operate driverless shuttles on the North Campus starting in the fall semester   Read More ...
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Michigan's new motor city: Ann Arbor as a driverless-car hub
As the world looks ahead to a future of interconnected, self-driving cars, this college town 40 miles west of Detroit has emerged as a one-of-a-kind, living laboratory for the technologies that will pave the way. Here, it is not uncommon to see self-driving Ford Fusions or Lexus sedans winding their way through downtown streets and busy intersections, occupied by engineers with eyes focused more on laptops and test equipment than the roadway   Read More ...
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Driverless car battle lines get blurry
San Jose — In the earliest years of the push to bring driverless and electric cars to the American masses, the narrative came easily: It was Silicon Valley and its high-tech wizardry squaring off against the old-school manufacturing power of Detroit. The question of who will lead the development and manufacturing of autonomous and electric cars remains, carrying the weight of who will benefit from the jobs and revenues they create   Read More ...
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Regulators scramble as self-driving cars are poised to take to the road
Check out the 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Vehicle that the media got to ride in at the Mcity demo day on the campus of the University of Michigan. Mandi Wright/DFP. Buy Photo. Self-driving cars are already starting to navigate the nation's streets, but regulators are scrambling to catch up. In the race to deliver cars that can safely operate themselves, proponents are increasingly concerned about a fast-growing thicket of regulations and laws being proposed by states that could come in conflict with each other and threaten to hold up development   Read More ...
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Cities lure self-driving car jobs in a gold rush
Are Detroit and the Silicon Valley the hotbeds for driverless car development? Not necessarily, says Brent Snavely of the Detroit Free Press. Video by Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY. Detroit among leading hot spots for share of billion-dollar business The development of self-driving cars has pitched a handful of cities into a new gold rush, a chance to be on the forefront of a new technology that will give rise to billion-dollar companies and thousands of new jobs   Read More ...
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Ford gathers street-smarts to guide cars of future
Mcity urban test facility is bustling with autonomous vehicles including a pair of driverless shuttles that will transport students on the North Campus as well as the latest from Ford. Todd McInturf, The Detroit News. Buy Photo. Ann Arbor — The University of Michigan’s one-of-a-kind research center for autonomous and connected vehicles is something like a practice field for Ford Motor Co   Read More ...
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University of Michigan's self-driving buses will shuttle students across campus
The University of Michigan has played home to some interesting developments in the self-driving space. Now its dedicated research facility, Mcity, is putting some of its expertise into practice by launching the campus' first driverless shuttles. The service will carry passengers along a nonstop two-mile route (3.2 km) connecting the university's Lurie Engineering Center and its North Campus Research Complex. Two shuttles will cover the route every 10 minutes and will operate during business hours to start, though this could be expanded down the track if things go well   Read More ...
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Senators set framework for potential self-driving law
Washington — The day before a Senate panel is to discuss federal regulations for self-driving cars, three senators released “principles” to guide that legislation. U.S. Sens. John Thune, R-S.D.; Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township; and Bill Nelson, D-Fla., all members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, on Tuesday released “bipartisan principles” to guide legislation on self-driving cars. The panel will hold a hearing Wednesday about the “hurdles for testing and deployment” of robotic cars   Read More ...
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GM builds 130 self-driving Bolts, grows test fleet
Orion Township — General Motors Co. has built 130 self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EVs at its Orion Assembly Plant here, test vehicles it plans to deploy in San Francisco; Scottsdale, Arizona and in Metro Detroit. GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra made the announcement Tuesday during a media and employee event at the plant. The vehicles, equipped with next-generation technology including LIDAR, cameras, more than 40 sensors and other hardware, will join more than 50 already on the road testing in the three locations, bringing the company’s test fleet to 180   Read More ...
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GM says it has made 130 self-driving Bolts
DETROIT - General Motors says it has built 130 self-driving Chevrolet Bolt electric cars at a factory in suburban Detroit. The cars are equipped with GM's second-generation self-driving software and equipment. They will join 50 self-driving Bolts that are already being tested in San Francisco; Scottsdale, Arizona; and the Detroit area. CEO Mary Barra says GM is the first automaker to assemble self-driving vehicles in a mass-production facility   Read More ...
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Chao ponders fed role in regulation driverless tech
Detroit — A seemingly endless array of questions surrounding how driverless vehicles will one day be brought to the public have industry leaders looking for a unique balance between the freedom to develop and some measure of regulation for public safety. U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, addressed the subject Monday in Detroit, where she met with automakers on the subject. “The pressure is mounting for the federal government to do something,” Chao said without specifying how the Trump administration envisions handling the nascent technology   Read More ...
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Feds in Detroit to hone self-driving pitch
Troy — When self-driving vehicles become the norm, they will represent the greatest change in everyday transportation since horses were traded in for cars. Experts say the transition will be a gradual process over decades as some embrace the new technology, and others remain behind the wheels of their less-sophisticated cars. A recent study by INRIX Research showed that just over 40 percent of people in five countries surveyed believe autonomous vehicles will be safer than today’s cars, even though one estimate says more than 29,000 traffic fatalities annually could be prevented in the U   Read More ...
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Colleges plan to connect with self-driving test site that was former Willow Run bomber plant
The ex-bomber plant and home of Rosie the Riveter will transform this year into an autonomous vehicle technology test site. Detroit Free Press. Buy Photo. The American Center for Mobility is not expected to be open for self-driving vehicle testing until later this year, but a number of southeast Michigan community colleges plan to start an office to connect students with the center's training opportunities by the end of June   Read More ...
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Focusing on tricky situations could accelerate testing of self-driving cars
Self-driving cars are already on the road in various trials, but just when they arrive in showrooms depends on how soon manufacturers can prove their vehicles' ability to handle tricky presented on the road. Currently that involves racking up lots of test miles, which takes time, but a team from the University of Michigan (UM) has developed a new approach it believes can significantly accelerate the testing self-driving cars   Read More ...
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Detroit man uses traffic cones to keep neighborhood safe from speeding drivers
DETROIT - One Detroit man is taking it upon himself to make his neighborhood safer by deterring speeding on residential streets. "I'm going to stop this this, this has to stop somehow!" said Donald Brown. Brown, who picks up his 9-year-old nephew from a bus stop says he often sees drivers going down the street at a high rate of speed   Read More ...
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68-year-old drunken driver crashes car at William Beaumont Hospital in Troy
TROY, Mich. - A 68-year-old drunken driver crashed her car into the concrete pillars at the emergency room entrance of William Beaumont Hospital on Monday. According to police, the woman from Sterling Heights told police she had been drinking at a friend’s house and felt her heart pounding so she decided to drive herself to the hospital. She crashed her 2013 white Ford Fusion at the hospital around 8 p   Read More ...
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