Business Briefs – July 22

Community picnic set

Greenfield Main Street, a local nonprofit committed to stimulating business and community activity, has organized a series of events open to all residents.

The nonprofit has organized a community picnic, coined the Picnic on the Plaza, which is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 3 on the courthouse plaza in Greenfield, just south of the Hancock County Courthouse, 9 E. Main St.

Stuart Poe, a local musician, will perform at the event.

Shred paper at local banks

Greenfield Banking Co. is conducting a series of free shredding events to encourage residents to safely dispose of documents containing personal information in coming months.

Only paper products are accepted, and residents must limit materials to one large lawn and leaf trash bag full of documents.

All events run from 9 a.m. to noon.

The events will take place as follows:

July 23: 1920 N. State St., Greenfield

Aug. 20: 7363 N. County Road 600W, McCordsville

Sept. 17: 5783 U.S. 52 West, New Palestine

Autonomous cars to get new rules

Companies working on self-driving cars need to focus on safety. “We want people who start a trip to finish it,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Tuesday, saying his department will issue new guidelines on the vehicles.

“Autonomous doesn’t mean perfect,” he told attendees at an industry conference in San Francisco. “We need industry to take the safety aspects of this very seriously.”

Foxx’s remarks come in the wake of May’s fatal crash involving a Tesla Model S sedan being used in semi-autonomous “autopilot” mode.

The car crashed into a truck that the autopilot feature did not sense, killing the car’s driver.

The Transportation Department has been working with Google, BMW, General Motors and other companies developing driverless and partly autonomous cars to adapt existing safety rules to the new technologies.