Car of the Future Weekly Roundup for March 28, 2018

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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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.

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