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Appt Stephan The site will be part of a network of self-driving vehicle test facilities across the country. The shift in liability for damages being directly recoverable from manufacturers is more likely to take place once technology advances to the stage of fully automated vehicles. If the risk of accidents is significantly lower for autonomous vehicles – and some calculations suggest it could be 50 times lower than for conventional cars – manufacturers would only have to make a very modest increase in the purchase price to cover the cost of the risk they are taking on. in the know The Law Commission published its first consultation on automated vehicles , which sought to examine any legal obstacles to the widespread introduction of self-driving vehicles and the accompanying need for regulatory reforms, in November 2018. The first consultation sought input on whether further guidance or clarification was required in respect of contributory negligence, causation, data retention, secondary claims against manufacturers and software sold without a physical medium, amongst other regulatory issues. The Association of British Insurers (ABI) submitted its views to the Law Commission as part of this consultation, noting that drivers should not be liable when the autonomous vehicle itself is in control. However, the ABI also suggested that vehicles should not be classified as autonomous if the vehicle continues to require driver intervention in the case of an emergency. The ABI suggested that the driver should therefore remain fully responsible for an autonomous vehicle until such time that the autonomous vehicle can remain in control of itself in emergency scenarios. The second consultation, published in October 2019 , focused on the provision of completely automated trips where the vehicle travels empty or with passengers only, and no driver or user-in-charge – so-called highly automated road passenger services (HARPS). There was general agreement that digital trafficregulation orders would help enormously; but other policies like road pricing,parking charges and quantity controls generated very mixed views The responses to the second consultation were published in May 2020.



“He’s literally saving their lives.” Holland, 33, of Germansville, has loved working with dogs for as long as he can remember, but wasn’t sure how to turn his hobby into a career. That changed earlier this year, when Facebook videos of Holland training his five dogs caught the attention of Hal Warner, the Humane Society’s executive director. “They were, to say the least, fascinating to watch. I kept tabs on his videos as he updated them over the next few months and I just grew increasingly interested in the idea of bringing a certified trainer on board at LCHS,” Warner said. Unlike many shelters, the Lehigh County Humane Society accepts pit bulls and other breeds that can have a reputation for aggression. But dogs from even the cuddliest breeds will repel adopters if they lack social skills and basic training, Warner said. “Many of these dogs are great animals but don’t ‘show’ well because they have never been given a real shot at life.” Adding a community dog training program was one of Warner’s long-term goals for the independent nonprofit, which has shifted much of its focus in recent years to keeping animals in their homes and out of the shelter, with initiatives like a low-cost community veterinary clinic and a trap, neuter, r eturn program for feral cats . Last month, the shelter reached a milestone of sterilizing 1,000 free-roaming cats with the help of the volunteer group Let’s Trap Around the Lehigh Valley, preventing the births of tens of thousands of kittens in the Allentown area. Warner reached out to Holland to talk about starting a dog training program. Holland told him that his goal in life was to open a dog training academy.