GM, Ford, BAE Systems Up the Self-Driving Ante with New Advances

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range of up to 50 km, and BAE plans to make them fully autonomous in the future.

There is no set date for deployment, but BAE technologist John Puddy told the Daily Mail  that “the U.S. Marine Corps has said it wants to have an autonomous tank in the next five years, so this could start happening very quickly.”

—The U.S. government has released updated safety guidelines for the operation of autonomous vehicles. Coinciding with the passage of the SELF DRIVE Act last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Department of Transportation have published “Automated Driving Systems: A Vision for Safety 2.0.”

Building on previous policies and incorporating the latest feedback, the guidelines call for “industry, state and local governments, safety and mobility advocates, and the public to lay the path for the deployment of automated vehicles and technologies,” according to a press release. They’re also intended to clarify the government’s role and make the policies governing the development of autonomous vehicles more flexible.

Federal guidance on self-driving technologies is expected to be ongoing as the industry evolves. The press release states that “A Vision for Safety 3.0” is already in the planning stages.

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