Car of the Future Weekly Roundup for April 25, 2018

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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