29 May '14, 1pm

U.S. Department of Energy Wants to Get Into the Self-Driving Car Business

U.S. Department of Energy Wants to Get Into the Self-Driving Car Business

One week after Google made a splash with a demo of the latest iteration of its self-driving cars, we learned about the company’s plans to produce a limited number of custom-built prototypes with no steering wheels or control pedals . Right on its heels came news that California plans to issue driver’s licenses to experimental self-driving cars. What didn’t garner as much attention was the banal side of the equation: a seemingly small change in U.S. federal government rules that could end up having a tremendous impact on the further development of the self-driving car. Last Thursday, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz told the Detroit News that in response to inquiries from companies doing autonomous vehicle research, the qualifications for getting a loan via the Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing program have been amended to include makers of dr...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/cars-that-think/transportation/s...

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