AV START finished? Landmark legislation establishing national guidelines for the deployment of autonomous vehicles is stalled in the U.S. Senate, and some lawmakers are warning that time is limited as the chamber moves into a busy legislative calender before the midterm congressional elections. Five senators have held up the legislation due to safety concerns.
Meanwhile, a report was released describing a meeting in March between federal transportation and law enforcement officials to discuss what a large-scale cyber attack on a connected transportation system could look like. Many participants in the meeting "agreed that it is a question of when, not if, there is a massive cyber security attack targeting" autonomous vehicles and said "planning exercises are needed to prepare for and mitigate a large-scale, potentially multimodal cybersecurity attack," according to the report.
The incredible self-driving car caper U.S. authorities filed a criminal complaint against a former Apple employee accusing him of stealing trade secrets from the company's self-driving car program. Xiaolang Zhang was arrested July 7 at a California airport after his resignation triggered a security check by the company. The complaint reveals about 5,000 employees are authorized to access information on the company's secretive self-driving car program, including about 2,700 with "core" access to secret databases.
Uber scales back Yesterday, the company laid off more than 100 safety drivers for its autonomous testing in Pittsburgh and San Francisco. The number of drivers has now been scaled back from more than 400 to 55, and testing routes have been limited.