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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NMA Car of the Future Story of the Week
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.
Latest Editorial and Opinion Pieces
- Forget A Bill For Infrastructure. We Need A Department Of Infrastructure.
- How a win on CAFE could be a black eye
- Florida law allows driverless vehicles. Does the law go too far?
- A different standard for self-driving car safety
- Uber Has One Way Forward on Self-Driving Cars
- We can’t trust the autonomous-car industry to self-regulate
This week’s Biggest Stories
- Baidu Releases Huge Dataset for Autonomous-Vehicle Research
- BMW Sued by U.S. Diesel Drivers over Emissions-Test Cheating
- Ghosn wants a full-fledged Renault-Nissan union
- Subaru will use facial recognition technology to detect driver fatigue
- Tesla Says Autopilot Was Engaged in Fatal Crash under Investigation in California
- Tesla Recalls Model S Cars over Steering Issue
- Uber Wanted To Put You in a Driverless Car by the End of the Year
- Waymo may work with Honda on an autonomous delivery vehicle
International, National, Local, and State
- Korea Plans New Self-Driving Safety Measures after Uber Crash
- South Korea to map major cities for safe autonomous driving
- NHTSA criticizes Tesla for releasing data on Model X crash
- Uber Crash Sparks Talk of Tighter Rules for Self-Driving Vehicles
- Liability Concerns Make Consumers Wary of Self-Driving Cars, Survey Says
Local and State
- Arizona Governor Halts Public AV Testing
- Autonomous-car firms in no rush to get unmanned vehicles onto California roads
- Self-driving car passenger slapped with ticket in San Francisco, police say
- Colorado regulators slash Uber’s $8.9 million fine for hiring drivers with criminal records
- Why D.C. is targeting the ride-hail industry
- Driverless Vehicles Are on Their Way in Michigan, But There’s Still Some Kinks to Work Out
- New bill would ban driverless vehicle testing in Minnesota
- Despite tragedies, lawmakers still support driverless car testing in NH
- NY Governor Cuomo agrees with NYC Mayor de Blasio on capping ride-sharing cars
- NY budget deal extends test/demo period for self-driving cars
- MIT researchers are tackling a major challenge for self-driving cars — fog
- The Uber Crash Won’t Be the Last Shocking Self-Driving Death
- Self-driving cars have created a real-life ‘Trolley Problem’
- Companies Wary of Testing Autonomous Cars without Human Backup Drivers
- Why the Next Person Hit by a Driverless Car Might Not Be Able to Sue
- Before Uber pedestrian death, cyclists had warnings about self-driving cars
- Some Easy Things We Could Do to Make All Autonomous Cars Safer
- Forget Self-Driving–the Future is Self-Parking
- Orange County, California Looks to Microtransit to Bridge Ridership Gaps
- Lyft Is Full Speed Ahead With Self-Driving
- Uber beats Philadelphia cabbies’ antitrust appeal
- Waymo starts to eclipse Uber in race to self-driving taxis
- Uber to expand Pinellas County, Florida transit partnership
- Cities that Fail to Become Smart Could Be the Next Digital Rust Belt
- Baidu completes 5G autonomous driving test in China’s showcase tech city
Electric, Hybrids and Other Alternatively Fueled Vehicles
- Automakers team up with states to get Americans to buy more electric cars
- Your Next Car Could Be A 3D-Printed Electric Car — Only $7,500 & Can Be Built In 3 Days
- Maryland Utilities Want a Statewide EV Charging Network
- Electric Vehicle Chargers Hit Milestone in Bronx, NY
Flying Cars and Drones
- The World’s Fastest Drones Want to Save Lives in America, Too
- Hangar Technology Will Use Vapor IO’s Data Centers to Automate Drones in Kinetic Edge Cities
- Are Michigan roads ready for self-driving cars?
- San Antonio-Area Transportation Board Backs Driverless Lanes on I-35
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