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Request for Comment on Automotive Electronic Control Systems Safety and Security


Volume 79, Number 194 (Tuesday, October 7, 2014); FR Doc No: 2014-23805: ACTION: Request for comments:

SUMMARY: This notice presents the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's research program on vehicle electronics and our progress on examining the need for safety standards with regard to electronic systems in passenger motor vehicles. The agency undertook this examination pursuant to the requirements of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) Division C, Title I, Subtitle D, Section 31402, Subsection (a). In addition, and in accordance with

MAP-21, we are seeking comment (through this document) on various components of our examination of the need for safety standards in this area. As MAP-21 also requires this agency to report  to Congress on our findings pursuant to this examination, we intend to submit a report to Congress based in part on our findings from this examination and public comments received in response to this document.


DATES: You should submit your comments early enough to ensure that Docket Management receives them no later than December 8, 2014. Read more


More on: Restating NHTSA’s NMVCCS for Automated Vehicles


Michael Stienstra's  summary of the CAS report:  "... Despite the NMVCCS’s extremely detailed dataset, its alternative focus (determining the accident causes of human driven vehicles), its age (the data was collected from 2005-2007), and its limitations (minor accidents and accidents occurring between 12am and 5:59am were not included) prevent us from calculating a true automated vehicle safety benchmark.  However, the study still provides several valuable insights and takeaways. ..."  Read more


Official: Fort Monmouth could be testing ground for driverless cars


By Dianne DeOliveira October 16, 2014 "With a national race underway to build driverless vehicles within the next ten years, Fort Monmouth could become a research and development hub for the East Coast, according to Bruce Steadman, executive director of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority(FMERA)..." Read more


Self-driving Cars are Coming

10/13/2014 Peter Diamandis "..5.  No Ownership – Just “On-Demand” Usage: Today your car is an unused asset 95% of the day. Why own a car when you can have access to whatever car you want, whenever you want it? On-demand car usage will change the future. (Who wins? You do. Who loses? Detroit). It is estimated that at 90% AV penetration, we could actually reduce the number of cars on the road by 42.6%..."  Read more


How Google plans to bring driverless cars to market


Worth watching video. Alain


Forget self-driving Google cars, Australia has self-driving trucks


Oct 20, Matthew Hall "Forget about self-driving Google cars. Australia already has automated giant trucks driving around the outback of Western Australia, perhaps the exact aesthetic and ideological opposite of the small Toyota Prius used by Google in test drives..."  Read more


Bringing the Benefits of Mining-Vehicle Automation to the Masses


"...Despite Caterpillar Inc. testing the world's first autonomous truck back in 1996, more than 10 years passed before Komatsu delivered the first automated truck to a mine site...Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton have since introduced 15 autonomous trucks and 12 autonomous haulers..." Read more


West Bloomfield police: Bus driver fell asleep, crashed into 6 vehicles


Oct 21 2014 "WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. -  A Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) bus driver fell asleep at the wheel Monday evening before crashing into six vehicles on Maple Road, West Bloomfield police said. Read more Hmmm  Crash didn't have to happen. Automated Collision Avoidance would have stopped it! What a shame!  Alain




Silicon Valley Driverless Car


From HBO's Silicon Valley; Thanks to Prof. Stephen Gilbert, Iowa State U. Alain


Driving Disrupted: Driverless Cars Change Everything


sparks & honey Oct 15, 2014 Read all 40 ways driverless cars will change your life. Alain


Half-baked stuff that probably doesn't deserve your time:


Audi RS 7 concept taken to the limit with no driver


Press release 10-19-14: "... Audi scored yet another major success in the development of piloted driving: Before the season finale of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM), the latest technology pioneer was running up to its physical limit, with no driver. It took the Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept just slightly over two minutes to complete a lap on the Grand Prix track in Hockenheim – piloted with high precision and accuracy to within centimeters..."  Read more. It would be better if we had press releases about the technology being available in the showroom.  Alain


Calendar of Upcoming Events



Hearings and Public Testimony

S 374

Directs MVC to establish driver's license endorsement for autonomous vehicles.

Monday, Oct 27, 2014,

Statehouse, 2nd floor,  Committee Room 7


3rd Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Symposium

College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE)

Albany, NY

November 5, 2014






Prof. Alain L. Kornhauser

Princeton Autonomous Vehicle Engineering (PAVE)

Princeton University





Heathrow Operational PodCar


Only Steering, Inside

Audi Jam-Assist Demo

Pedestrian Recognition

Lane-Keeping w Brakes

Masdar PRT

Mining Application

Economist Cover Story