What we're reading this morning about road trains, autonomous cars and truck maker Mini having trouble building small cars:
Autonomous vehicles draw skepticism at legal symposium [NY Times] Finally, there's some brain power being devoted to the legal questions of self-driving cars, a technological wonder whose backers don't seem capable of admitting pose several thorny questions. Such as: Would such a car obey highway workers, or a police order to pull over? Given how litigious driving has become, any company that builds such software opens itself up to lawsuits over any crash involving self-driving vehicles. I'll keep my own hands on the wheel, thanks.
Volvo truck successfully tests "road train" [AutoGuide] There's more than one way to get to self-driving cars, including this Volvo experiment called SARTRE (Safe Road Trains for the Environment). The test had a semi lead three cars that followed its movements automatically using prototype software; Volvo claims the system could improve safety and reduce fuel consumption.
Congress yet to OK electric auto agenda [Detroit News] The president will call for some new kind of clean-vehicle incentives and help in his State of the Union speech, a suggestion that Congress will likely ignore. I could have written that sentence any time in the last four years, and it'd hold up.
Mini cancels a mini Mini [Car] So the concept Mini Rocketman — a city runabout that would have been as close in size to the original '60s-era Mini as anything ever built by the BMW-revived brand — has been shelved, because it was just too hard to build. Yes, it's now easier for Mini to build four-door SUV things than small cars.