Car of the Future Weekly Roundup for April 4, 2018

In this week’s Car of the Future Weekly Roundup

–Trump Administration wants to overturn Obama Era CAFÉ Standards—
–Waymo makes several huge announcements—
–Uber AV Crash may crash National Regulations–

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Trump admin says Obama EPA car rules should be weakened
The Obama administration’s global warming rules for cars for the coming years are too strict and should be relaxed, the Trump administration declared Monday, siding with automakers. The widely expected declaration by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt matches up with what automakers have asked President Trump to do, arguing that with fuel prices low and Americans buying bigger cars, the greenhouse gas standards for cars built between 2022 and 2025 are too aggressive.

NHTSA advocates for maintaining CAFE penalties
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register which would retain the penalty rate for automobile manufacturers that fail to meet Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE).

The Most Important Self-Driving Car Announcement Yet
On Tuesday, Waymo announced they’d purchase 20,000 sporty, electric self-driving vehicles from Jaguar for the company’s forthcoming ride-hailing service. Waymo, Google’s sister company within Alphabet, held a press conference in New York for the unveiling of the vehicle, and most of the stories revolved around the luxury SUV’s look and feel. But the company embedded a much more significant milestone inside this supposed announcement about a fancy car. With orders now in for more than 20,000 of these vehicles and thousands of minivans that Chrysler announced earlier this year, Waymo will be capable of doing vast numbers of trips per day. They estimate that the Jaguar fleet alone will be capable of doing a million trips each day in 2020. You could quibble with their math (will it really be that many daily trips per car?) or their overall utilization rate (how many cars will be lost to maintenance per day?), but if Waymo is even within 50 percent of that number in two years, the United States will have entered an entirely new phase in robotics and technology.

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