Of Interest

  • US Department of Transportation's Automated Driving Guidance

    With today's announcement, the US Department of Transportation is enthusiastically embracing automated driving -- It's saying that self-driving vehicles are coming in some form (or many forms) and that the agency can play a role not only in supervising but also in assisting this transportation transformation. The DOT is recognizing the wide range of relevant technologies, applications, and business models and is striving to address them more quickly and flexibly through its wide range of prospective and retrospective regulatory tools.
  • Lyft sees robot taxis approaching fast

    Date published: 
    September 19, 2016

    "Transportation expert Bryant Walker Smith, a law professor at the University of North Carolina who’s associated with Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society, said Zimmer’s timeline for autonomous vehicles aligns with his own and those of many others.

  • Will tracking digital harassment help defend against internet trolls?

    Date published: 
    September 19, 2016

    "The Justice Department prosecuted just 10 cyberstalking cases between 2009 and 2012, according to Danielle Citron, a professor of law at the University of Maryland who studies online harassment. In 2015 and 2016, Clark introduced language in reports attached to Department of Justice appropriations bills that urged it to prioritize these crimes. She hopes that having data on prosecutions will show whether Justice Department officials heeded those instructions.

  • Emergency mobile alert on New York explosion suspect sent after incident

    Date published: 
    September 19, 2016

    "Elizabeth Joh, a law professor at the University of California, Davis, said that while desperate times call for desperate measures, it’s important to weigh those measures carefully. “The gravity of the situation is obvious,” she told the Guardian. “But that everyone with a camera and immediate access to social media should be enlisted by means of the cellphone [WEA] is a different question. It’s a difficult balance to strike.”"

  • The Feds Just Got Real About Self-Driving Cars (It’s About Time)

    Date published: 
    September 19, 2016

    "The key is that NHTSA doesn’t specify, or even care, how automakers check those boxes, as long as they do. “This marks an attitudinal change,” says Bryant Walker Smith, an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law who studies self-driving vehicles. Rather than mandating an approach (like using sans serif font for the vehicle identification number and the exact kinematic viscosities of brake fluid), the agency will be openminded.

  • Self-Driving Cars Gain Powerful Ally: The Government

    Date published: 
    September 19, 2016

    "Over all, the government’s endorsement will speed up the rollout of autonomous cars, experts said, potentially within the next five years.

    “It helps companies by providing some cover. If a car crashes, courts may look to these guidelines to help us determine what was reasonable and not,” said Bryant Walker Smith, a professor at the University of South Carolina."

  • Federal officials plan aggressive approach to driverless cars

    Date published: 
    September 19, 2016

    "“Some companies will conclude that existing law is perfectly flexible and accommodating for whatever they want to do,” said Bryant Walker Smith, a law professor at the University of South Carolina who heads the Emerging Technology Law Committee of the Transportation Research Board. “Some companies may be more conservative and want [legal] structures upfront.”

    But just when those companies will want regulations in place also is open to debate.

  • U.S. to release guidelines on driverless vehicles

    Date published: 
    September 19, 2016

    "Driverless-car advocates are lauding what they see as regulatory flexibility, noting that the guidelines seemed to be more of a loosely defined framework as opposed to a list of hard-and-fast rules.

    “These aren’t regulations in the formal sense,” said Bryant Walker Smith, a lawyer and assistant professor at the University of South Carolina. “They are not announcing this as a set policy.”"

  • Feds Preview Rules of the Road for Self-Driving Cars

    Date published: 
    September 19, 2016

    "One self-driving technology expert said the overall tenor of the guidance signaled that the federal government truly has embraced autonomous driving. "In terms of just attitude, this is huge," said Bryant Walker Smith, a law professor at the University of South Carolina who closely tracks the technology. He also cautioned that many details remain unclear."

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