The Feds will have rules for self-driving cars in the next 6 months

-WIRED, 14 JANUARY 2016, FEAT. PROF. BRYANT WALKER SMITH:

After years of silence on the issue of autonomous vehicles, Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced this afternoon that he’s giving the DOT six months to draft comprehensive rules governing how autonomous cars should be tested and regulated. The feds are also planning to fund new projects: President Obama’s 2017 budget proposal includes nearly $4 billion over 10 years for pilot programs testing connected vehicle systems.

It’s a bold step automakers and others working on self-driving tech are likely to welcome, because they’ve long fretted that states would do what the feds have not, and create a patchwork of rules and regulations that could hamper development of the technology. <Read More>