In this week’s Car of the Future Weekly Roundup
–Fed Court rules against Trump’s delay of CAFÉ fines—
–Automakers push for 95 octane gas—
–DC Auto Show Prez calls for new Glogal AV Standards Org—
–Tesla under hot water with safety advocates—
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Court rules against Trump admin’s delay of car efficiency fines
A federal appeals court ruled Monday that the Trump administration cannot delay a regulation that increased automakers’ fines for cars that violate fuel efficiency standards. In a brief order that did not explain its reasoning, the New York City-based 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a July action by the Department of Transportation (DOT) that indefinitely delayed the increased penalties under the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program. The three-judge panel of the court said it would issue a fully explained opinion “in due course.”
Citing fuel-economy benefits, automakers push for 95 octane gas
Touting lower greenhouse gas emissions and higher fuel economy, Detroit’s automakers want the U.S. to boost its octane. GM, Ford, and FCA are working with the U.S. Council for Automotive Research on a plan to switch from the three octane choices at most pumps to just one: 95 octane. Such a move would put the U.S. in line with Europe. Automotive News reported that Dan Nicholson, GM’s vice president of global propulsion systems, said in testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s environment subcommittee last week that even though premium unleaded currently costs around 50 cents more per gallon than regular at most pumps, moving to 95 octane would cost consumers far less.
Washington, DC Auto Show President Calls for New Global Autonomous Driving Standards Organization
Washington, D.C. Auto Show President and Chief Executive Officer John O’Donnell, in a speech today in Beijing, highlighted the lack of meaningful standards for autonomous vehicles and proposed the creation of a worldwide advocacy group comprised of members from six major auto making countries. He recommended the group be named the Global Autonomous Vehicle Engineering Organization, or GAVEO (pronounced gah-vay-oh) which would create and promote the use of a single set of engineering standards to be used by autonomous vehicle manufacturers worldwide.
Safety Advocates Accuse Tesla of Inflating Crash Reduction Claims
Tesla Inc.’s ardent defense of its Autopilot system is getting heat from safety advocates who question a key data point the company has been citing to plead its case.
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This week’s Biggest Stories
- Alibaba teams with Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo to drive smart mobility in China
- Tech Giant Alibaba Starts Testing Its Own Autonomous Systems In China
- Amazon Tries a New Delivery Spot: Your Car
- Hyundai Mobis to test semi-autonomous car in US
- Lightyear Drops Its One Top To Show How It Was Designed & Produced
- Tesla autopilot safety claim draws scrutiny
International, National, Local, and State
- Autonomous Vehicle Sales to Reach 10 Million Annually in 2030
- China’s Car Revolution Is Going Global
Local and State
- Survey finds most people in Connecticut don’t trust self-driving cars, but they’re coming anyway
- Tampa and University of South Florida to Study Smart Transportation
- Louisiana Bill to Expand Ride-Shares to Rural Areas Moves Ahead
- Pennsylvania Sets Stage for Increased AV Oversight
- Houston: METRO to test low-speed driverless van at Texas Southern University
- The car of the future may be electrified and autonomous, but what will it look like?
- LiDAR vs. RADAR: which is best for driverless cars?
- The 5 Most Amazing AI Advances in Autonomous Driving
- Heat-seeking cameras could help keep self-driving cars safe
- This Crazy Ford Cabin Design Actually Makes a Lot Of Sense for a Driverless Car
- How autonomous cars will benefit digital marketers
- Lyft Chief Discusses Self-Driving, Future Of Transportation
- Drowsy driving in the ridesharing industry is a public safety risk
- Ford launches shuttle service for nonemergency medical appointments
- California’s Aggrieved Uber Drivers Are Receiving Settlement Payments as Low as 15 Cents
- Verizon, Samsung And The Coming 5G War
- How Tesla and Waymo are tackling a major problem for self-driving cars: Data
Electric, Hybrids and Other Alternatively Fueled Vehicles
- U.K. Company Rolls Out Peer-to-Peer EV Charging
- VW’s Electrify America to install EV chargers at Walmart stores
- World’s first electrified road for charging vehicles opens in Sweden
Flying Cars and Drones
- Fungus-powered, self-healing concrete could eliminate cracks in existing roads, bridges
- 6 solar roads shaking up infrastructure around the world
- Digitizing Curbs Would Help AVs (And Humans) Navigate Our Cities
- Why Your Next Car Might Use 48-Volt Technology
- ‘The most significant development since the safety belt’
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