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VOL. 42 | NO. 4 | Friday, January 26, 2018

Self-driving cars: A shift in how we work, where we live

Fully autonomous vehicles are coming to Tennessee’s roads, bringing many more changes than the absence of a steering wheel. Just as America’s interstate highways changed the way we lived, worked, traveled and made decisions in the 1950s and 60s, the age of self-driving cars should deliver significant societal benefits, including reduced accidents, injuries and fatalities, as well as improved traffic management since cars and trucks will be connected, both to each other and traffic signals.

Degrees of autonomy

When talking about self-driving technology systems, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has adopted the levels established by the Society of Automotive Engineers, ranging from complete driver control at Level 0 to full autonomy, including extreme environments and conditions, like dirt roads and heavy storms, at Level 5.

Tennessee at forefront of autonomous car development

Nashville is one of 10 cities worldwide chosen for an autonomous vehicles initiative launched by Bloomberg Philanthropies in New York and the Washington, D.C.-based Aspen Institute.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

State voters have more to fear than Russian meddling

About 30 years ago, my wife and I were hanging out with another couple and decided to make a big night of it. We’d go out for Mexican food and then rent a movie.

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EVENTS

Beat the Winter Blues. This popular benefit is for the Ronald McDonald House and offers wine, cheese, live music and beautiful blooming flowers at Stanley’s Greenhouses and Plant Farm, 3029 Davenport Road. Friday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Information: https://knoxrmhc.org/ecommerce/beat-the-winter-blues

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Democrats take aim at net neutrality on state level

“The FCC is kowtowing to the big internet companies, giving them control over what consumers can see and how much premiere content will cost,” Cohen said in a statement. “This kind of deregulation will adversely affect the way the public accesses its information and entertainment, all for the benefit of a handful of telecommunications giants.”

UT SPORTS

Warlick finally finds the right team chemistry

If the Tennessee Lady Vols make a run in the NCAA basketball tournament this year, Webb School girls basketball coach Shelley (Sexton) Collier will be cheering them on the whole way.

NEWSMAKERS

DiPietro, Perry to receive Alliance honors

The University of Tennessee Alliance of Women Philanthropists will honor UT President Dr. Joe DiPietro and Dr. Margaret Perry at its annual symposium in February.

BRIEFS

AtWork Group ranks nationally again

AtWork Group, a national staffing franchise based in Knoxville, has been ranked No. 88 in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 list.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

Vrabel leans on relatability, GM relationship

Mike Vrabel admits he has much to learn about the ins and outs of being a head coach in the National Football League.

Mike Vrabel’s offensive, defensive philosophies

What Titans fans can expect from Mike Vrabel, in his words:

PREDATORS

Predators players praise Laviolette as master motivator

Asked to recall a particularly memorable Peter Laviolette motivational moment, Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis travels back in time to the very first game of the 2014-15 season.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Before buying used car, consider luxury alternative

Most car shoppers know that a used car can be a fantastic value. In the long run, a used car will usually cost less than a new one and will virtually always be cheaper than leasing a car every three years.