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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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NMA Car of the Future Stories of the Week
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.
Latest Editorial and Opinion Pieces
- Why the ‘e’ in e-car actually stands for evil
- Maybe it’s time to cede U.S. freeways to driverless cars
- The future of transport is about more than driverless cars
- Recalibrating the Driver
- What Happens When We Give up Control of Our Cars?
- Don’t shut trucks out of the driverless vehicle future
- Driverless Vehicles: Too Important to Get Wrong
- Autonomous Cars: How Safe Is Safe Enough?
This week’s Biggest Stories
- BMW Pledges To Keep Drivers Driving In The Autonomous Age
- Cadillac’s Super Cruise is the biggest challenger to Tesla’s Autopilot — and we took it on a road trip
- Daimler tests truck platooning technology on public highways in the USA
- Ford partners with stealthy Silicon Valley software startup on transit apps
- GM unveils new autonomous fuel cell architecture
- GM Acquires Driverless Tech Start-up Strobe
- Mercedes’ parent company has a plan to beat Uber at its own game
- Nissan unveils new EV ecosystem to offer free power to owners with vehicle-to-grid system
- Renault to launch 8 more all-electric vehicles within next 5 years
- Why Renault predicts big profits from EVs
- Waymo launches self-driving car education campaign in Arizona
Local, State, National News and International News
- Nearly 90 Percent of Americans Want Humans in Self-Driving Cars, But Congress Doesn’t
- Seven-state electric vehicle corridor announced at National Governors Association meeting
- Is USPS prepping for driverless mail trucks?
- Driving drunk or on drugs in a driverless car should be legal, expert body in Australia says
- Driverless Shuttle Pilot Enters Final-Phase Testing in California
- California: Self-driving taxis are coming to a retirement community
- Jeff Brandes wants Florida to prepare for future wave of electric cars
- US military conducts autonomous vehicle test in Michigan
- Minnesota DOT to test driverless bus in depths of winter
- Oklahoma City Considers Driverless Streetcars
- Computer, I’m Drunk. Drive Me Home?
- Warren Buffett is betting against a future of self-driving cars and trucks
- Can Autonomous Vehicle Tech Outperform Human Judgement?
- Self-driving big-rig technology moving quickly down the on-ramp
- 3 improvements needed to make our autonomous car future a reality
- According to Reports, Fully Driverless Cars Are Just a Few Months Away
- Manufacturers don’t see rush for driverless
- How Do You Sue a Self-Driving Car?
- Ford and Lyft to roll out autonomous taxi fleet
- Does Uber lead to less drunk driving? It’s complicated
- In the future, owning a car could cost twice as much as taking driverless taxis everywhere
- The state of automotive cyber security in 2017
- City of Marietta, Georgia tests new everything-to-everything smart city system
Electric, Hybrids and Other Alternatively Fueled Vehicles
- List Grows as More Automakers Plan to Go Electric
- What’s behind automakers’ push for electric cars?
- For Electric Car Owners, ‘Range Anxiety’ Gives Way to ‘Charging Time Trauma’
- From disasters to freight, this driverless fuel cell platform has it covered
Flying Cars and Drones
- Infotainment bad, blind spot and lane-departure warnings good, studies say
- Your car can now cause distracted driving
- Feds Can’t Say Why They Claim Tesla’s Autosteer Cuts Crashes By 40 Percent
- AI tech aims to help cars see around corners
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