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  • The DHL parcel service subsidiary of Deutsche Post AG tested a "microdrones md4-1000" for delivery of medicine, photo by Frankhöffner/CC BY-SA 3.0

    Commentary

    Regulating Drone Airspace Using 'Smart Markets'

    Apr 19, 2016

    With commercially operated autonomous drones potentially on the horizon, a policy problem is likely to emerge: allocation of scarce airspace and preferred flight paths. “Smart markets” could help.

  • The computer screen in an autonomous prototype Continental Chrysler 300C sedan at an event featuring numerous self-driving cars on Capitol Hill, March 15, 2016, photo by Gary Cameron/Reuters

    Report

    Test-Driving Alone Cannot Demonstrate the Safety of Autonomous Vehicles

    Apr 11, 2016

    In order to advance autonomous vehicles into daily use, alternative testing methods must be developed to supplement on-the-road testing. Alternative methods might include accelerated testing, virtual testing and simulators, mathematical modeling, scenario testing, and pilot studies.

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