In this week’s Car of the Future Weekly Roundup
–Uber AV hits and kills woman in Tempe, AZ—
–Before that, U.S. Debates AV regulations—
–Loophole protects Automakers from AV crash liability—
–China to see AVs in 3 to 5 years–
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NMA Car of the Future Stories of the Week
Autonomous Uber likely not at fault in woman’s death, police chief says
The police chief in Tempe, Ariz., has told the San Francisco Chronicle that a preliminary look at video of the fatal crash involving a self-driving Uber car in Tempe indicates “that the Uber would likely not be at fault in this accident.” Elaine Herzberg, 49, was pushing a bicycle laden with shopping bags around 10 p.m. Sunday when she suddenly walked from a center median into a lane of traffic and was struck by the Uber-equipped Volvo XC90. There was a human behind the wheel of the car, but it was traveling in autonomous mode. The Uber was going 38 mph in a 35 zone and made no attempt to brake. “The driver said it was like a flash, the person walked out in front of them,” said Police Chief Sylvia Moir. The driver’s “first alert to the collision was the sound of the collision.” Herzberg was unconscious at the scene when medics arrived and later died at a hospital. Hers is the first pedestrian death involving an autonomous vehicle.
Consumer Watchdog Joins Coalition Demanding DOT Exercise Strong Oversight of Driverless Vehicles
The group Consumer Watchdog said it has joined a broad coalition calling on the U.S. Department of Transportation to fulfill its legal obligation to ensure effective oversight for the development and deployment of autonomous vehicles. In a letter to DOT Secretary Elaine Chao, the 26 signatories to the letter assert: “The department and its safety agency, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), have chosen to be detached spectators instead of engaged safety regulators during one of the most crucial and critical times in the history of automobiles. Unfortunately, inaction and indifference have grave and dangerous consequences for everyone — passengers in driverless cars, other motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians and members of the disability community.”
Loophole would protect self-driving car companies from lawsuits
People riding in self-driving cars that crash could find themselves unable to hold the manufacturer accountable if legislation currently pending on Capitol Hill is passed, consumer advocates warn.
Latest Editorial and Opinion Pieces
- When Self-Driving Cars Can’t Help Themselves, Who Takes the Wheel?
- Autonomous Vehicles as Standard Are Probably Closer Than You Think
This week’s Biggest Stories
- Ford is betting on hybrid trucks and SUVs to pay for its smart future
- GM will build self-driving Cruise AVs in Michigan
- Lyft is building a self-driving platform with auto supplier Magna
- Scania Inks Historic Platooning Agreement
- Toyota, Uber reportedly in talks over autonomous tech
- Volkswagen’s Electric Autonomous Vehicle Heads to Production
- Volvo Venture Seeks Top Self-Driving Role Angling for More Deals
- The unexpected thing that keeps happening inside Waymo’s self-driving minivans
- Waymo Autonomous Trucks Haul Freight in Atlanta
Special Coverage: Uber AV Accident in Tempe, AZ
- Arizona says not time to rein in self-driving cars after Uber fatality
- Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Pedestrian, Raising Questions About Safety of Autonomous Cars
- Self-Driving Cars Are Here. But The Feds Still Haven’t Decided the Rules Of The Road
- Senate Driverless-Car Bill Further Jeopardized by Pedestrian Death
- Arizona Governor Helped Make State ‘Wild West’ For Driverless Cars
- Arizona Became Self-Driving Proving Ground before Uber’s Deadly Crash
- Uber must keep researching driverless cars
- Uber’s transparency is key to making self-driving cars safer
- The Uber Crash Is the Nightmare the Driverless World Feared But Expected
- Uber’s Self-Driving Car Just Killed Somebody. Now What?
- Self-driving car industry faces critical test after first death
- Autonomous Cars Aren’t Ready for Cyclists
- Michigan expert talks about autonomous vehicle safety after deadly Uber crash
- First Death of A Pedestrian Struck By an Autonomous Vehicle May Set Tone for Lawyers and Liability
- Teamsters Statement on Fatal Uber ‘Driverless’ Vehicle Collision
- Hyundai Calls for Caution in Autonomous-Vehicle Development
International, National, Local, and State
- China to see driverless cars in ‘3-5 years’, Baidu says
- China and Canada partners in autonomous EV research
- German diesel ban to hit resale values, report says
- UK must bring forward ban on sale of diesel, gasoline cars, lawmakers say
- Congress debates allowing tens of thousands of cars with no steering wheel
- The fate of the steering wheel hangs in the balance
- Dems raise concerns over self-driving bill, cite Tesla Autopilot crash
- California Senator Dianne Feinstein Slams Brakes on AV Deregulation Bill
Local and State
- 4 things to know about driverless car testing in California
- Indiana: Autonomous Vehicle Bill Fails at Session’s End
- Arizona crash won’t slow Las Vegas driverless shuttle program
- Where are self-driving cars being tested?
- Who’s to blame when driverless cars have an accident?
- How Driverless Cars See the World around Them
- Solar storms could leave driverless cars in dark
- Self-driving cars will use flashing lights and weird noises to ‘talk’ to pedestrians
- How Car Sharing Can Save the World from the Autonomous-Vehicle Robot Apocalypse
- Medical transport is next frontier for ride-hailing
- Lyft to Test Self-Driving Cars in California
- Traffic lights in Washington, D.C., can now talk to cars
- Wyoming’s Plan to Connect Semi Trucks and Reduce Traffic Deaths
Electric, Hybrids and Other Alternatively Fueled Vehicles
- Charging an Electric Vehicle Is Far Cleaner Than Driving On Gasoline, Everywhere In America
- Growth in Electric Car Ownership Presents Challenges to the Grid
- Could Electric Cars Threaten the Grid?
Flying Cars and Drones
- New York: Homegrown drones, from Syracuse to Rome
- Uber Hires Cal Poly Professor to Help Make Flying Cars a Reality
- New UTSA study presents method to stop cyber-attacks on GPS-enabled devices
- The Perfect Selfishness of Mapping Apps
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