In this week’s Car of the Future Weekly Roundup
–AV Start Act heats up again in Senate—
–Baidu chair calls for open platform—
–Diesel collapse gives Automakers headache—
–Germany says cities can ban Diesel–
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NMA Car of the Future Story of the Week
Public interest groups urge Congress to change AV START Act
The American Vision for Safer Transportation through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies (AV START Act), a piece of legislation designed to help jumpstart autonomous vehicle development, is running into more trouble. A group of 27 individuals representing bicycle safety, pedestrians, disabled communities, law enforcement, environmentalists and others submitted a letter to both the House majority and minority leaders in hopes that they would reconsider the deregulation on autonomous vehicle development that the AV START Act would authorize. They argue that that the current crop of autonomous vehicle (AV) technology is not sufficiently advanced for widespread testing to be safely conducted on public roads, specifically citing many systems’ inabilities to identify cyclists correctly.
Baidu chairman suggests government making policies for AI open platform and autonomous driving
AI is always a highlighted issue that Robin Li proposed at each CPPCC National Committee he has attended. Li said that Baidu has already owned the Apollo 2.0, the biggest autonomous driving platform worldwide, the deep learning platform PaddlePaddle as well as the DuerOS, a conversation-based AI platform. Other companies are also working on this area and some of them have already made breakthroughs. He suggested that the government should put more efforts on formulating and promoting relevant policies to encourage enterprises to open their AI platforms. Besides, the government can build some national level of AI open platforms as well with greater market competitiveness and influence.
Diesel collapse gives automakers CO2 headache
The accelerating demise of diesel, long used by automakers to boost fuel-efficiency, is undermining their plans to meet looming European Union CO2 goals, and avoid big annual fines. Executives gathered on Tuesday at the Geneva auto show are grappling with unpalatable choices: re-engineer existing vehicles at huge expense, restrict sales of some profitable models; or risk hundreds of millions of euros in penalties.
Latest Editorial and Opinion Pieces
- Why driverless cars will mostly be shared, not owned
- Uber and Lyft Are Begging Government For A Monopoly On Self-Driving Cars
- Is California’s Driverless Car Plan a Disaster Waiting to Happen?
- Slowing Down Driverless Cars Would Be A Fatal Mistake
- Why self-driving and electric cars are farther away than you think
- Self-driving cars are coming to Miami. Can they survive our bad drivers?
- Will Electric Cars Rule The World In Time To Make A Difference?
- Before Hitting the Road, Self-Driving Cars Should Have to Pass a Driving Test
This week’s Biggest Stories
- Automakers, faced with CO2 fines and diesel slump accelerate electrification
- Automakers reeling over Trump steel, aluminum tariffs
- Ford launches self-driving pilot with delivery partners in Miami
- Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi will speed up collaborations in key areas
- Toyota Is Launching a $2.8 Billion Self-Driving Car Company
- Waymo Is Millions Of Miles Ahead In Robot Car Tests; Does It Need A Billion More?
International, National, Local, and State
- China to start EV battery recycle programs in four regions
- France looks to help industry adapt to diesel decline
- German court ruling likely to accelerate diesel’s demise
- In Germany’s Car Capital, the Unthinkable: The Right to Ban Cars
- German gov’t aims to avert diesel bans despite court ruling
- Rome will ban diesel cars by 2024
- Japan’s First-Ever, Self-Driving Robo-Taxis Testing The Streets
- Self-driving cars continue to face little resistance from the federal government
- US Senate leaders urged to ignore ‘bogus urgency,’ fix flaws in autonomous car bill
- US regulators seek public views on self-driving trucks and trains
- Detroit’s big auto show may move from January to October
Local and State
- Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signs statewide Ridesharing Bill into law
- Arizona no longer requires safety drivers in autonomous vehicles
- Indiana Senate Committee Changes Self-Driving Vehicles Bill
- Missouri Utility Wants to Put EV Charging Stations Throughout St. Louis
- NH Senate OKs electric vehicle charging bills
- Self-Driving Cars May Soon Be Tested On San Antonio Streets
- EV Advocates Rally for More Charging Stations in Texas
- The fight against carsharing in Utah
- Utah Might Become First State to Allow Autonomous Cars on Public Roads
- Super-Laser That Sees Around Corners May Be the Breakthrough Driverless Cars Have …
- America’s liquor distributors are throwing their weight behind self-driving cars
- Driverless cars will save many lives — and kill many jobs
- Autonomous-vehicle technology is advancing ever faster
- Driverless Cars: 90 Percent Done, 90 Percent Left To Go?
- Uber, Lyft Say Major Road Block to Autonomy is Lack of City Partnerships
- Ride-Hailing Congestion Dims Promise of Robot Taxis
- New York: Uber drivers protest Suffolk County’s proposed ride-sharing ban
- Lyft commits to cutting the problem of health care transportation in half by 2020
- Uber ‘Surprised’ by Totally Unsurprising Pennsylvania Data Breach Lawsuit
- Not far off: Your car becomes an extension of your brain
- The Future of Smartphones Is in Your Car
- Consumers Value Connected Cars—as Long as They Do the Driving
Electric, Hybrids and Other Alternatively Fueled Vehicles
- Carmakers granted a delay in adding mandatory noise to EVs
- Automakers’ race to produce electric cars should jolt oil companies into action
- Jaguar I-PACE SUV: Meet the luxury brand’s first-ever electric vehicle
- Electric Vehicle Wireless Charging Creeps Forward
- The Little Company That’s Bringing Wireless Charging To Electric Cars
Flying Cars and Drones
- Drones help bring back electricity in Puerto Rico
- Boeing Expects Electric Passenger Drones Within 10 Years
- Uber, Bell Helicopter Are Serious About Their Texas-Based ‘Flying Car’ Service
- Skydio Demonstrates Incredible Obstacle-Dodging Full Autonomy With New R1 Consumer Drone
- Car-safety features stuck in slow lane
- More head-up displays are coming to a dashboard near you
- AI-Aided Cameras Mean No More Car Mirrors, No More Blind Spots
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