Governments positioning to reap the economic benefits

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will ease regulations to allow for self-driving cars to be tested on public roads from fiscal 2017 with the aim of companies providing the service for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Abe’s decision, which came from a meeting with the head of Toyota Motor Corp and other executives, could be a boon for Japan’s auto sector as they catch up with Google in the development of self-driving cars.

The first Australian driverless car trial, in Adelaide, was a success.

Massachusetts officials are preparing for a legal push to allow for testing of driverless vehicles on the state’s roads and highways.

And, last but not least, US Transportation Secretary Foxx announced that an update to the US self-driving car policy will be released in coming weeks.

An autonomous vehicle project to develop platooning will be undertaken in The Netherlands

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