This week - Boost for AV's, more boxes, hacking, worksite wili and safe LEDs

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ITSnow.org News Roundup looks at the boost given to autonomous vehicles by the US Congress, the Continental taxi concept in Frankfurt, Elon Musks concerns about hacking on AV's, an Australian 'robot' called Wili and the EU findings that LEDs do not pose a health risk.


Significant boost for AV's

Significant boost for AV's

The US Congress took a significant first step to set rules for autonomous vehicles, as the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection panel unanimously approved a measure that would pre-empt individual state rules to allow thousands of self-driving vehicles to be used whilst federal regulators develop relevant safety standards.

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Another box on wheels?

Another box on wheels?

The Continental Urban moBility Experience vehicle (otherwise known as CUbE), shows a continuing strategy by supply train partners in the automotive industry to develop solutions for autonomous vehicles. The CUbE concept vehicle is currently undergoing trials at Continental's Frankfurt facility. Continental anticipate that autonomous taxis will inevitably become a mainstay of the vehicle fleet, "It's much more intelligent operating driverless vehicles as often as possible, than having countless private cars that are often at a standstill up to an average of 23 hours a day occupying valuable space, and that's space that could perhaps be used for parks and playgrounds" says Dr. Andree Hohm, Head of the Self-Driving Car project at Continental.

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Musk Concern About Fleet Wide Hack

Musk Concern About Fleet Wide Hack

The Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that his top security concern for autonomous vehicles is "somebody achieving a fleet-wide hack". Speaking at the National Governors Association summer meeting, he talked abouth the implications on the future of the company if someone sent all Teslas in North America to Rhode Island for a prank.

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Worksite Wili

Worksite Wili

A robotic operative called Worksite Wili is being used on road sites in Australia to provide a warning that roadworks lay ahead. The life size mannequin resplendent in full high-viz, complete with a beard and beanie hat, waves an illuminated baton to warn approaching drivers.

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EU says LEDs are safe

EU says LEDs are safe

A European Union committee has found that there is "no evidence of direct adverse health effects from LEDs in normal everyday use". There have been concerns raised over the years regarding the possible implications from the use of LEDs on people's health, but the committee concluded this was not the case. It did warn though that further work was required as LED technology continues to evolve, "It is important to closely monitor the risk of adverse health effects from long-term LED usage by the general population".

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