In this week’s Car of the Future Weekly Roundup
–EPA wants to freeze CAFÉ Standards at 42 mph through 2026—
–NAFTA autos origin rules could hurt US sales—
–Carmakers face higher mph fines—
–Driverless Tech Companies face scrutiny over Safety Transparency–
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NMA Car of the Future Story of the Week
Draft EPA memo freezes fuel economy standards at 42 mpg through 2026
After announcing its intention last month to roll back emissions standards that require cars to get higher fuel economy, the EPA is now circulating a proposal in Washington to freeze the standards at 2020 levels through 2026. The story was first reported by the Los Angeles Times, and confirmed by Reuters. The proposal so far is a draft, which officials at the EPA and the NHTSA are discussing among others. Officials briefed on the proposal, however, say it is the leading recommendation.
NAFTA autos origin rules could hurt U.S. sales and exports: study
U.S. proposals on rules of origin that govern what percentage of a car needs to be built in the NAFTA region to avoid tariffs would hurt American consumers, lead to lower U.S. vehicle sales and hurt U.S. car exports, according to a study released on Thursday.
Carmakers face higher mpg fines
Automakers face higher fines for violating stringent federal fuel-efficiency standards requiring them to produce car fleets that average over 50 miles per gallon by 2025 after a court overturned a Trump administration decision to postpone a hike in the penalties. In a move that stoked ire among environmentalists, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced in January that it was postponing a scheduled increase that would have raised the penalty for auto companies that fail to meet the higher emission standards. The fine was scheduled to increase to $14 from $5.50 for each one-tenth of a mile-per-gallon their average fuel economy falls short. That penalty would be multiplied by the total number of cars in automakers’ fleets sold in that model year. The delay was overturned by the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday. The petition to review NHTSA’s order was filed by California, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont.
Driverless Tech Companies Face Scrutiny over Safety Transparency
A schism is developing in the driverless-car world — but not between fans and foes of robot cars. Instead, on one side are driverless-car advocates who believe data transparency will lead to safer deployment of driverless vehicles and help alleviate public fears about the strange and disruptive new technology. On the other are some automobile and technology companies that, for good commercial reasons perhaps, prefer to keep their workings cloaked in mystery.
Latest Editorial and Opinion Pieces
- Editorial: Should Revisions to AV START Act Be Considered?
- Automated Vehicles Will Probably Be Safer, but We Haven’t Actually Proved It Yet
- Ford is basically giving up on US car business, and GM is not far behind
- Editorial: Cars Are Ruining Our Cities
- Wait, Who Even Asked for Self-Driving Cars in the First Place?
- Not So Fast: Why the Electric Vehicle Revolution Will Bring Problems of Its Own
- Michigan’s Governor Is Dead Wrong about Driverless Cars
- The Self-Driving Industry Forces Government Interventions by Not Regulating Itself
- Editorial: Taxing Uber and Lyft to Fund Transit Isn’t Fair to NYC Transit
- Changing how we get around metro Chicago — and how we pay for it
This week’s Biggest Stories
- Customer trends that would shape the automotive industry in 2025
- China’s Didi forms global alliance for car sharing
- Ford touts ‘green’ image while arguing for weaker efficiency standards and planning to sell only trucks
- Is a motorcycle/car hybrid in Ford’s future plans?
- Jaguar CEO Says Nobody Can Go It Alone in Autonomous Driving
- The Pentagon Could Get Self-Driving Vehicles First
- Porsche expects electrified cars to make up half of sales by 2025
- VW Using Deal with Didi to Aid Autonomous Development
International, National, Local, and State
- Survey Finds 75 Percent of Americans Cautious About Autonomous Vehicles
- With Self-Driving Cars on Horizon, Cities Worry About Parking
Local and State
- Chandler, AZ may become first US city to tweak zoning rules for self-driving cars
- Los Angeles Metro Toll Lanes End Electric Vehicle Free Rides
- Self-Driving Cars Being Tested in Florida for Senior Citizens
- One Atlanta Suburb Is Funding an Autonomous Vehicle Track and Accompanying Accelerator
- Auto manufacturers praise Nebraska for authorizing driverless vehicles
- RIDOT wants to build autonomous transit service in Providence
- Texas: Houston Metro Board Gives Automated Vehicle Pilot Green Light
- How autonomous vehicles will transform the ways we travel
- Self-Driving Cars and Humans Face Inevitable Collisions
- Whose fault is it? The perils of insuring self-driving cars
- Portland, Oregon Uber and Lyft Drivers Plan Rally at City Hall to Demand Better Working Conditions
- New York City may try again to limit Uber’s growth
- CNN investigation: 103 Uber drivers accused of sexual assault or abuse
- Uber to the ER?
- Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Puts Uber on a Short Leash for Security Breaches
Electric, Hybrids and Other Alternatively Fueled Vehicles
- US Department of Energy Wants Electric Cars to Charge in 15 Minutes or Less
- Vermont’s Green Mountain Power in new boost for electric vehicles
- Electric cars are eerily quiet — and US regulators are worried this could make them dangerous
- Mystery Brand EV Will Offer WiTricity’s Wireless Charging This Year
Flying Cars and Drones
- In Colorado, Local Government Searches for the Right Balance on Regulating Drones
- A fleet of delivery robots could soon be coming to a campus near you
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