Japan: New legislation for self-driving vehicles has been released in advance of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. This includes a safety standard for auto OEMs to comply with. It also re-iterates that people behind the wheel will still be held responsible for driving their vehicles safely.
“Drivers are currently banned from using mobile phones while holding their handsets. But people using self-driving cars will be allowed to use the devices if they are able to take control of their vehicles”
South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (a Rhodes Scholar no less) has thrown his hat into the Democratic race for president of USA. He gets a nod this week because of his concern for job loss associated with automation - particularly in the automotive industry
New legislation welcomes pilots of fully autonomous vehicles on state roads - but there’s a cap. Organizations have to submit “operation and safety plans”, and then with approval, can operate up to three autonomous vehicles. (Insurance Journal