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In this week’s Car of the Future Weekly Roundup
–NHTSA wants more public comment on changes in AV Regs—
–Innovative Drone Integration Pilot Program Announced—
–ATA adopts policy to shape Autonomous Truck regs—
–Automakers are building a war chest to compete in the AV world–
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NMA Car of the Future Stories of the Week
NHTSA Considering Rolling Back Regulations on Mandatory Steering Wheels, Brake Pedals
Self-driving vehicles are increasingly moving out of the realm of science fiction and becoming an inevitable step forward in the evolution of the automotive industry. In order for autonomous vehicles to well and truly become a thing, however, regulation is necessary–both in terms of creation and elimination.
President Donald Trump and Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announce Innovative Drone Integration Pilot Program
President Donald J. Trump directed U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao today to launch an initiative to safely test and validate advanced operations for drones in partnership with state and local governments in select jurisdictions. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program implements a directive signed by President Trump today, and the results will be used to accelerate the safe integration of UAS into the national airspace and to realize the benefits of unmanned technology in our economy.
American Trucking Association adopts policy to shape development, regulation of automated vehicles
American Trucking Associations (ATA) has adopted a policy position it said would help guide efforts shape the development and regulation of automated vehicles. “Automated and connected vehicle technologies have the potential to dramatically impact nearly all aspects of the trucking industry. These technologies can bring benefits in the areas of safety, environment, productivity, efficiency, and driver health and wellness,” ATA said in the policy paper, formally adopted during the 2017 Management Conference & Exhibition.
Latest Editorial and Opinion Pieces
- The Environmental Downside of BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicles)
- NHTSA Wants To Remove Any Barriers Keeping Self-driving OFF The Road — But Why?
- When your ‘self-driving car’ isn’t autonomous
- Elon Musk Was Wrong About Self-Driving Teslas
- Tesla’s Autopilot is supposed to deliver full self-driving, so why does it feel stuck in the past?
This week’s Biggest Stories
- The Most Amazing Futuristic Cars at the Tokyo Motor Show
- Automakers Build War Chests to Finance a Self-Driving Future
- Audi Sees Electric-Car Onslaught Winning More U.S. Market Share
- BrainChip ships its first accelerator to a European car maker
- Daimler shows off an electric truck ahead of Tesla
- New Alliance Ramps Up Self-Driving Car Race
- Google-bred Waymo aims to shift robotic cars into next gear
- Intel Ramps Up Efforts to Foster Enthusiasm for Autonomous Cars
- Nissan tests self-driving cars on Japanese roads
- Toyota wants to get us truly crushing on cars
Local, State, and National News
- University of Alabama and Alabama DOT laying driverless car groundwork in Tuscaloosa
- Killing the gasoline-powered car in California? That’s what one legislator wants by 2040
- San Diego Positions Itself as Autonomous Technology Proving Ground
- Toyota will test self-driving cars at tough California proving ground
- Colorado DOT head Shailen Bhatt resigns to advocate for driverless cars and other transportation tech
- Alphabet’s Waymo looks to snowy Michigan to test self-driving cars
- What Virtual Reality Can Teach a Driverless Car
- Prepping Self-Driving Cars for the World’s Most Chaotic Cities
- The Myths Surrounding the Automated Car Abound
- Trucking industry faces long haul to legalize self-driving semis
- China’s tests out world’s first driverless train that runs on virtual rails
- Night Vision for Self-Driving Cars
- Think Small: Uber, Lyft, Ford’s Chariot Get Chance At Big Role In Los Angeles’ ‘MicroTransit’
- Cities Try to Avert ‘Transit Apocalypse’ With Taxes on Uber, Lyft
- Public Transportation’s Impact on Rural and Small Towns
- Uber eclipses the ubiquitous yellow taxi in New York City
- The Long Road Bringing Ride Sharing to Sioux Falls and South Dakota
Electric, Hybrids and Other Alternatively Fueled Vehicles
- Japanese carmakers warm to EVs, but still see role for hydrogen
- Electric cars emit 50% less greenhouse gas than diesel, study finds
- It is now practical to refuel electric vehicles through thin air
Flying Cars and Drones
- Lockheed designing Navy’s largest unmanned underwater drone
- DJI shows off its take on a simple ‘license plate’ reader for drones
- Caltech opens a drone lab, with big ideas to improve how robots work with humans
- How to Design Streets for Humans—and Self-Driving Cars
- Report: Billions In Subsidies Fail To Save Transit
- Race for LiDAR dominance heats up
- Many New Cars Have Some Autonomous Tech – Like It or Not
- Toyota explores airless tires to build lighter EVs
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