In The Verge, Nick Statt reviews Autonomy, a new documentary on self-driving cars that had its world premiere this week at Austin's SXSW Film Festival. Despite being produced by American car magazine Car and Driver, writes Statt, "Autonomy never veers into sensationalism or fear-mongering, even as it introduces muddy concepts like large-scale job loss and the innumerable deaths and injuries humans face on the road."
The open-source driving simulator CARLA has announced the launch of an autonomous driving challenge that will see participants using autonomous driving systems to tackle different complex traffic scenarios. The challenge aims to help counter the high costs of autonomous driving research and development and speed up research.
Nikkei Asian Review reports that Japan is updating its traffic laws to clear a path towards allowing self-driving cars on public roads. According to the article, the country's cabinet approved amendments to its Road Transport Vehicle Law to set new standards for driver conduct and vehicle safety.
The US Department of Transportation has announced the creation of an internal body tasked with identifying and resolving gaps in law-making and regulation that may impede the deployment of new transportation technology, such as autonomous vehicles.