Auto insurance and liability likely will shift from consumers to manufacturers and software companies as self-driving vehicles become more prevalent, said Rodney Parker, an associate professor of operations management at Indiana University. Insurers are focusing on their need for expanded data analytics and challenges loom in determining liability for vehicle-software malfunctions, experts say.
A rare "ARkStorm" -- short for Atmospheric River 1,000 Storm -- could result in widespread flooding in the Los Angeles area if heavy rain causes the Whittier Narrows Dam to fail. The Army Corps of Engineers is pursuing congressional approval of $600 million for improving the dam, its biggest priority.
Lane-assist features and dynamic headlights are among the vehicle-safety technology that is becoming more mainstream and helping to prevent crashes, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety researchers say. Ratings based on IIHS testing has prompted automakers to include such safety features as options for more vehicles, said David Aylor of IIHS.
Jim Beck, who became Georgia's insurance commissioner in mid-January, has said he is focused on fighting insurance fraud. His office recently announced nine guilty pleas in connection with a racketeering ring as well as 11 arrests in insurance fraud cases.
People who have lost family members in crashes say New York needs to address the issue of drugged driving if recreational marijuana becomes legal in the state. Education and research about the risks of drugged driving are crucial in shaping the state's marijuana policy, police and a pro-legalization group say.
Legislation that would provide workers' compensation to first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder passed the Idaho Senate on Feb. 12. Previously, first responders in the state could only qualify for workers' comp if a physical injury was involved.
US businesses and government agencies are experiencing increased cyberattacks by Iranian hackers, while China is focusing on the theft of US military and trade secrets, experts say. The Iranian hackers' attacks affected dozens of companies and led to a Department of Homeland Security emergency order during the government's recent partial shutdown.
A Florida Senate measure would overhaul assignment of benefits to help address the state's rising home and auto insurance costs, write Harold Kim of the US Chamber Institute for Legal Reform and Mark Wilson of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. "Experience shows that these simple reforms will work," they write.
The potential for success of a federal data-privacy bill is in question as Republican lawmakers and technology companies disagree with Democrats about the extent of such legislation. At the center of the debate is how a federal standard might affect state laws, such as California's, that impose tougher requirements on tech firms.
Tennessee-based Local Motors is manufacturing an autonomous minibus called Olli, assembled by what is reported to be the world's biggest 3D printer. The company can print an Olli chassis and body in less than a day and customize the vehicle to the buyer's preferences.
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