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Veteran Pikes Peak driver Paul Dallenbach will drive the record-setting Genesis Coupe for the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
After an announcement that it would be postponed as a result of wild fires, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb has now been rescheduled for August 12th.
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California seems to be the next in line to legislate standards for autonomous vehicles after California Sen. Alex Padilla took a ride to the state capital to introduce a new bill.
He took that ride in one of Google’s autonomous Toyota Prius fleet vehicles and seemed wowed by the trip.
“It was pretty amazing when Google’s vehicle went into self-driving mode,” he said. “The drive was smooth and safe. It worked flawlessly,” he said to Autopia.
The bill wouldn’t specifically legalize self-driving cars, which already have a presence on California roads among other states. Instead, it would follow in Nevada’s footsteps to establish regulations and standards to tell law enforcement how to treat this technology.
The senator sees opportunity for California as a home for autonomous car development and as such, seems enthusiastic to put the framework in place to encourage such progress.
“California is uniquely positioned to be a global leader in this field,” he said.
Several projects have already, or are currently taking place in California to develop autonomous cars, including Google’s fleet which claims more than 200,000 total miles of autonomous driving between the vehicles. In 2010 Volkswagen worked with Stanford University to develop an Audi TTS capable of climbing Pike’s Peak driverless, home of the Pike’s Peak Hill Climb.
Padilla’s bill is specifically targeted at fully autonomous cars, meaning vehicles that self-park or feature adaptive cruise control won’t be affected.
Before there was Rhys Millen tearing up Pikes Peak, there was Rod Millen claiming records capturing the Unlimited crown fives times in 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999. But now that he has successfully handed the motorsports torch to his son Rhys Millen, Rod has taken more of a backseat approach since 2000 from Pikes Peak. Sure he followed in his son’s footsteps trying his hand at drifting a Mazda RX-8 briefly, but it’s been over a decade since we’ve seen Rod Millen at the infamous Hill Climb.
The elder Millen once held the record at Pikes Peak with a time of 10:04.06 which wasn’t broken until 2007 by Nobuhiro Tajima with a 10:01.408. And now it looks like the itch to go racing has overcome Rod Millen and he’ll be making a return to Pikes Peak on June 26th to compete in the Time Attack 2WD class while his son, Rhys Millen, will try to reclaim the record with a 9-minute run in the Unlimited division with his Hyundai RMR PM580.
Rod Millen will be competing in the RMR Hyundai Genesis coupe and this will be his first appearance since 2000. Both Millens are looking to set records in their respective divisions, with Rhys hoping to fulfill his 10-plus year old dream of breaking into the 9 minute category.
[Source: My Life at Speed]