Car of the Future Weekly Roundup for October 11, 2017

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In this week’s Car of the Future Weekly Roundup

–CA Legislature floats plan to ditch gas by 2040—
–Study: Americans aren’t giving up driving anytime soon—
–Daimler tests truck platooning in the US—
–Warren Buffet bets against the Car of the Future–

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California legislature to float plan for ditching gasoline by 2040
The California state legislature is set to consider a bill that calls for the ban of new gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicle sales by 2040. If successful, the bill would be the first of its kind in the United States, though it follows several similar proposals in Europe. China is currently the world’s leader in electric car sales, thanks to the government’s heavy push of automakers toward an electric future. “The market is moving this way. The entire world is moving this way,” California state legislature assemblyman Phil Ting, whose district includes portions of San Francisco, said in a statement. “At some point, you need to set a goal and put a line in the sand.” He intends to introduce the legislation in January 2018, once the Legislature reconvenes.

China Hastens the World toward an Electric-Car Future
There is a powerful reason that automakers worldwide are speeding up their efforts to develop electric vehicles — and that reason is China. Propelled by vast amounts of government money and visions of dominating next-generation technologies, China has become the world’s biggest supporter of electric cars. That is forcing automakers from Detroit to Yokohama and Seoul to Stuttgart to pick up the pace of transformation or risk being left behind in the world’s largest car market.

Study: Americans aren’t giving up driving anytime soon
Despite many indications otherwise, we’re still a nation of drivers. The Census Bureau’s 2016 American Community Survey (ACS) is out, and the data supports conclusions that might run contrary to general conceptions. Chief among them is the idea that, despite fluctuations in gas prices, increased usage of ride-sharing apps, and environmental concerns, Americans aren’t really changing their driving habits. Brookings studied the data and reached a series of conclusions, namely that, in general, the overall mode of transportation used for commuting hasn’t changed much, Americans are still dependent on their cars, and the only time most seem willing to give up driving is in their leisure time.

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