In this week’s Car of the Future Weekly Roundup
–US Judge says Uber drivers not employees—
–Automakers push for higher octane fuel—
–Collaboration begins on AV standards—
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NMA Car of the Future Stories of the Week
The Half-Life of Danger: The Truth behind the Tesla Model X Crash
There is a simple explanation for the latest Tesla Autopilot crash. It is not as simple as blaming the “driver,” although that’s where legal responsibility falls. It’s also not as simple as blaming Tesla Autopilot, which isn’t a technology but a brand comprised of an evolving set of functionalities. It is the same explanation as every other crash attributed to Tesla Autopilot that has ever occurred, and every crash that will occur in the future as long Tesla or anyone else offers such systems. The explanation is that “series” automated driving systems—of which Tesla Autopilot is one of only two good ones—cannot eliminate these types of crashes, even if they work perfectly. Why? Because they’re not designed to.
US judge says Uber drivers are not company’s employees
A U.S. judge in Philadelphia has ruled that limousine drivers for Uber Technologies Inc. are independent contractors and not the company’s employees under federal law, the first ruling of its kind on a crucial issue for the ride-hailing company. U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson on Wednesday said San Francisco-based Uber does not exert enough control over drivers for its limo service, UberBLACK, to be considered their employer under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. The drivers work when they want to and are free to nap, run personal errands, or smoke cigarettes in between rides, Baylson said.
Automakers Pitch Higher-Octane Future
GM’s head of powertrain heads to Capitol Hill to present the auto industry’s case for creating a single, higher-octane fuel standard for the U.S. as a path toward more fuel-efficient and powerful internal-combustion engines.
IEEE, ACM to Collaborate on Autonomous Vehicle Standards
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the American Center for Mobility to help accelerate development and deployment of voluntary technical standards for connected and autonomous vehicles. IEEE, which sets standards in engineering, computing and technology information, has 2,116 chapters with members in 160 countries.
- Telecom Giants Fear Missing the Money as Cars Go Online
- The Way We Talk about Self-Driving Cars Is Going To Get People Killed
- Cities Need to Band Together on Self-Driving Cars
- Old Man Lutz Gives Dealerships 20 Years to Live, Doubles Down on Driving Dystopia
- Overblown expectations for autonomous cars could force the next AI winter
- Autonomous cars and the new legal landscape of transportation
This week’s Biggest Stories
- Alibaba is the latest Chinese internet giant to test self-driving cars
- Audi joins quest for biofuels that don’t challenge foodstuffs
- Ford’s self-driving car network will launch ‘at scale’ in 2021
- Ford Lines Up On This Side As Industry Splits On Robotaxi Services
- Tesla Blames Driver in Fatal Model X Autopilot Crash As Family Considers Legal Action
- Toyota to launch ‘talking’ vehicles in United States in 2021
- Uber CEO Says Autonomous Testing Done Until NTSB Investigation Complete
- VW will debut cars with autonomous parking in 2020
- Waymo applies to test driverless cars on California streets
International, National, Local, and State
- China to scrap ownership limits on foreign automakers by 2022
- China just made it easier for self-driving tests to take place on any road in the country
- Europe’s automakers want EU help to avoid CO2 fines
- EPA details rationale for rewriting CAFE standards
- Autonomous vehicle companies may face car accident litigation, warn auto industry lawyers
Local and State
- Los Angeles Gets Serious About Self-Driving Cars
- California Lays Out Proposal for Driverless Cars to Pick Up and Transport Passengers
- Californians Don’t Want Autonomous Cars in Their Neighborhoods
- Tampa is becoming a national model for connected vehicle technology
- Missouri DOT Grapples with the Pace of Change around New Vehicle Tech
- Bill allowing self-driving cars in Nebraska moves forward
- New Hampshire Lawmakers Search for Balance between AV Safety, Innovation
- Pennsylvania to Launch Traffic Research Center
- PennDOT Announces New Regulations for Testing Self-Driving Vehicles
- Ridesharing companies look to be solution for Nashville, Tennessee’s traffic issues
- Would you ride? Houston METRO to start driverless bus pilot program
- Self-driving cars in Salt Lake City? Downtown chosen to be lab for ‘smart city’ wireless technology.
- A Primer to the 6 Levels of Autonomous Driving
- Self-Driving Cars Still Have a Lot to Learn
- Accommodating Visually Impaired into Self Driving Cars
- How Autonomous Vehicles Might Reshape Our Cities
- Facebook’s privacy problem in the era of self-driving cars
- Cars That Steer Themselves Struggle to Keep Drivers Engaged
- Uber is adding safety features it resisted for years
- Uber wants to do it all: ride-share, car-share, train tickets
- When will ridesharing be cheaper than owning a car in Denver?
Electric, Hybrids and Other Alternatively Fueled Vehicles
- China’s built a Road So Smart It Will Be Able to Charge Your Car
- When Marketing Luxury Vehicles, ‘Electric’ Is No Longer a Bad Word
- Hawaii Plan Plots Course to an All-Electric Car Future
Flying Cars and Drones
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