Inside Unmanned Systems

AUG-SEP 2017

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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46 unmanned systems inside August/September 2017 T he House could vote in September on legislation opening the nation's roads to potentially millions of vehicles equipped with autonomous technology. Passed unanimously out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the SELF DRIVE Act (HR 3388) contains preemptions and ex- emptions designed to support the development of highly automated vehicles (HAVs) as well as privacy and cyber directives to protect their drivers and their passengers. The bill actually comprises 14 different measures that were woven into a negoti- ated package with the privacy, preemption and exemption language the focus of the greatest wrangling between Republican and Democratic committee members. Exemptions In the same way that drones needed exemptions to f ly because they couldn't always conform to manned-aircraft requirements, fully- and par- tially-automated vehicles need exemptions to operate on the roadways when that automation technology doesn't fit the current regulations. Lawmakers are enthusiastic about driverless- and driver-assisted vehicles, including what the Millions of Automated Cars Could Soon Be on the Road WASHINGTON VIEW by DEE ANN DIVIS, EDITOR Dee Ann Divis has covered GNSS and the aerospace industry since the early 1990s, writing for Jane's International Defense Review, the Los Angeles Times, AeroSpace Daily and other publications. She was the science and technology editor at United Press International for five years, leaving for a year to at tend the Massachuset ts Institute of Technology as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow. IN BRIEF The House will likely vote in September on a bill that could allow each automaker to deploy up to 100,000 highly automated vehicles per year by exempting the vehicles from current regulations. advantages to maintaining leadership in the technology could mean, but they are making a point of emphasizing the safety improvements that automated vehicles could bring. "Traff ic fatalities are on the rise," Ohio Republican Bob Latta, chairman of the House Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee, told a June 27 hearing. "Last year there were over 40,000 fatalities and more than 2 million injuries on our nation's high- ways. Our goal today is to enact the right poli- cies to encourage self-driving technologies that can drastically reduce those numbers. We have a real opportunity to address this problem." The industry can't move quickly however, say HAV advocates, because of limitations on how many vehicles can be allowed on the road be- tween now—when standards and regulations are only beginning to be written—and the point when all the rules are in place. "The auto industry is developing and deploy- ing an array of automated vehicle technologies, transforming the conversation from crash sur- vival to crash avoidance," said John Bozzella, president and CEO of the Association of Global Automakers in his written testimony for the hearing. "These advancements are developing on Automated Driving

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