In this week’s Car of the Future Weekly Roundup
–California ready to retaliate if Trump Adm. cuts CAFÉ Standards—
–Uber way behind Waymo in Driverless Car Race according to leaked docs—
–Senators don’t like the forced arbitration clauses for AV Automakers—
–Huge global study finds that many believe seniors are expendable–
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NMA Car of the Future Stories of the Week
California’s Ready to Retaliate If Trump Cuts Auto Rules, Sources Say
As the Trump administration begins to dismantle Barack Obama’s ambitious auto efficiency regulations, California is said to be poised to retaliate by doing something that automakers have feared: de-coupling the state’s rules with those set in Washington. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has concluded Obama rules to limit vehicle greenhouse-gas emissions are too aggressive and should be revised, according to people familiar with the determination. The agency is scheduled to make the decision public by Sunday. California intends to counter punch by revoking its so-called deemed to comply provision, two people familiar with the matter said. The obscure-but-important state rule declares that carmakers that satisfy the EPA’s tailpipe greenhouse gas standards automatically fulfill California’s rules too. California officials started notifying the nine states that follow California’s air quality regulations of this prospect last week, the people said.
Leaked data suggests Uber self-driving car program years behind Waymo
Insiders have long viewed Uber as a laggard in the driverless car race, but internal documents obtained by the New York Times suggest that the company’s self-driving car program is even further behind its rivals than had been publicly known.
Senators press self-driving car industry on forced arbitration after Uber crash
A person injured while riding in a fully autonomous vehicle would not be able to take part in a class action lawsuit or sue the maker of the technology. When arbitration is an injured passenger’s path for recourse, the balance of power shifts toward businesses.
A Huge Global Study On Driverless Car Ethics Found The Elderly Are Expendable
Rahwan’s team found that when it comes to ‘simple’ choices – like between hitting a child or hitting an adult – the results were decisive, overwhelmingly favoring the protection of younger lives. The more elderly the pedestrians crossing roads, the more disposable they are viewed to be.
Latest Editorial and Opinion Pieces
- Regulators Are Asleep at the Wheel on Self-Driving Cars
- Just How Safe Is Driverless Car Technology, Really?
- What else gets under car dealers’ skin?
- The myth of “forcing people out of their cars”
- The Unavoidable Folly of Making Humans Train Self-Driving Cars
- Ethical concerns part of driverless car issues
- Wear a Sensor Everywhere Just to Stay Alive? No Thanks.
- Robo-car death a classic example of profit vs. safety
- Commentary: Voters should be asked if they want more driverless cars
- Driving Keeps Getting Safer. Walking Does Not.
This week’s Biggest Stories
- Baidu, Jaguar autonomous cars take to the road despite Uber death
- BMW will double self-driving car testing fleet despite U.S. fatality
- BMW says EV mass production is not viable until 2020
- Ford and Alibaba unveil car vending machine
- Nissan not changing autonomous drive tests over Uber crash
- Nvidia suspends self-driving tests to ‘learn’ from Uber incident
- Toyota pauses robot-car program, citing drivers’ emotional toll
Uber AV Crash Continuing Story
- Uber Disabled Volvo SUV’s Safety System Before Fatality
- Arizona governor rescinds Uber’s permission to test self-driving cars
- Lidar maker Velodyne is confused by fatal Uber crash
- At Uber, Troubling Signs Were Rampant Long Before a Fatal Self-Driving Crash
- The Courts Can Handle the Deadly Uber Self-Driving Car Crash
- Human Driver Could Have Avoided Fatal Uber Crash, Experts Say
- Almost Everyone Uses Two People For Testing Autonomous Cars Except Uber
- Daughter of Uber autonomous vehicle victim retains lawyer
- Self-driving car industry confronts trust issues after Uber crash
- Uber Video Shows the Kind of Crash Self-Driving Cars Are Made to Avoid
- People Aren’t Sure If They’d Sue After An Accident With A Driverless Car
- Uber Self-Driving Car Fatality Reveals the Technology’s Blind Spots
International, National, Local, and State
- The Canadian connection to driverless cars
- China gives Baidu permission to test autonomous EVs in Beijing
- Norway offers incentives to push its residents to buy electric cars
- How Should Policymakers React To Tempe’s Autonomous Vehicle Crash Fatality?
- How Can Cities Respond to the First Incident of an Autonomous Vehicle Killing a Pedestrian?
- Safety groups say Congress has given self-driving companies too much leeway
- US spending plan include $100 million for autonomous cars research, testing
Local and State
- A week before truly driverless cars become legal in CA, no companies have filed for permit
- Mayor says driverless cars are “future of the streets of San Francisco”
- Uber Won’t Renew Driverless Permit in California After Fatal Crash
- Minnesota prepares for driverless technology
- New law makes it hard to track driverless car testing in Texas
- AI to impact auto industry beyond driverless cars
- Cities Need to Take the Wheel in Our Driverless Future
- Self-Driving Cars Still Don’t Know How to See
- In Canada, driverless cars learn to see in the snow
- Robot drivers may be safer than humans, but tech companies are way behind in proving it
- Updating Infrastructure is Essential to Building Smart Cities
- 4 Examples of How AI Can Make Cities Smarter
Electric, Hybrids and Other Alternatively Fueled Vehicles
- Washington State’s electric vehicle sales tax break to end
- Utilities ask Congress to keep electric vehicle tax incentive
- Colorado: What’s quelling the anxiety of electric-car drivers?
- Electric Vehicles Are the Future, but Their Batteries Are Stuck in the Past
- Electric Cars May Be Cheaper Than Gas Guzzlers in Seven Years
Flying Cars and Drones
- Self-driving cars won’t fix bad infrastructure
- The Four Problems Of Urban Transportation And The Four Separate Solutions
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