Car of the Future Weekly Roundup for April 18, 2018

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.

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