In this week’s Car of the Future Weekly Roundup
- California warns it won’t follow the new EPA fuel economy/emission rules
- US drone delivery has hit a milestone
- NYC does not want any more Uber and Lyft drivers for a year
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California warns it won’t follow lower EPA fuel economy, emissions rules
In response to an EPA proposal to freeze emissions and fuel economy standards, California said it will not honor federal vehicle certifications if the proposal goes through. “The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has proposed amending the California Low-Emission Vehicle III Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulation to ensure that cars and light-duty trucks for model years 2022-2025 continue to meet California standards even if Federal standards are frozen,” reads a statement from CARB reprinted in Green Car Congress. Under a 2012 agreement with the EPA (which regulates emissions standards, including those of carbon dioxide) and NHTSA (which has statutory authority over fuel economy), California agreed that cars would be “deemed to comply” with California standards if they were approved by the federal agencies under standards as strict as the state’s. Now the state says it will repeal that provision of its regulations if NHTSA and the EPA roll back increases that all three agencies and the automakers agreed to at that time.
Toddler’s popsicle-by-air marks milestone in U.S. drone delivery
From her home in a wooded hollow in Virginia hill country, Brianna Smith and her 2-year-old son Jack entered the aviation record books on Tuesday. Just six minutes after a technician from Alphabet Inc.’s Wing clicked the “Confirm Order” button on a smartphone app, a drone operated by the company had flown from a simulated store more than a mile away, hovered over her lawn and lowered the ice cream and Popsicle she’d ordered. “Airplane brought me a Popsicle,” said Jack. The Smiths were part of a Federal Aviation Administration-approved test that for the first time allowed flights over congested areas where people live, and ventured beyond the view of its operator on the ground. It was the most realistic public demonstration to date in the U.S. that people may someday get near instant purchases sent to their home by unmanned devices.
NYC goes after Uber and Lyft
For Uber and Lyft, the loss at the council today is a shift in fortunes—but one that’s been a long time coming. Much has changed since ride-hail companies injected themselves into American transportation systems in the early 2010’s. At the start, the companies revolutionized personal transit, allowing users to quickly call a car, or drivers to get into the gig economy. Regulators and city councils might have been frustrated by the startups’ “launch first, ask questions later” approach, but often lacked the authority to do much about it—or the political capital to try.
Latest Editorial and Opinion Pieces
- Autonomous Cars: Chariots of Death and Indecision
- How autonomous ridesharing will reshape our cars, cities, and lives
- Is Elon Musk acting irresponsibly, illegally or simply doing the right thing for Tesla?
- Is Uber—and the Entire Sharing Economy—at the End of the Open Road?
- Is a Smarter Car Rental Industry Emerging From Its Funk?
- NYC Editorial: It’s Not an Uber Cap — It’s a Course Correction for an Industry that’s Dangerously Out of Whack
This week’s Biggest Stories
- BMW official questions feasibility of driverless cars
- Ford Is Far From First in Driverless Vehicles—and Investors Want In
- How two car hackers plan to keep GM’s self-driving cars safe?
- Mazda, Suzuki, Yamaha — more vehicle data fabrication found in Japan
- How a Billion-Dollar Autonomous Vehicle Startup Lost Its Way
- Elon Musk says Tesla will open part of its self-driving software to the public as a safety measure
- Lawsuits accuse Tesla’s Musk of fraud over tweets, proposal to go private
- VW’s Electrify America taps Flintstones, Jetsons for EV campaign
International, National, Local, and State
- Chinese car imports tumbled 87 percent in June ahead of tariff changes
- France pushes for ‘highly automated’ vehicles by 2022
- Germany seeks to create self-driving infrastructure
- UK: Second-hand connected car data drama could be a GDPR minefield
- The US is losing the high-stakes global battery war
- The Sensors that Power Smart Cities are a Hacker’s Dream
Local and State
- Transportation corridor with driverless shuttles may come to downtown Jacksonville, Florida
- Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania DOTs form a coalition to collaborate on driverless and connected cars
- University at Buffalo, NY has a new driverless bus
- Oklahoma state task force ponders driverless vehicles
- Sharp Growth in Autonomous Car Market Value Predicted But May Be Stalled By Rise in Consumer Fear
- How self-driving vehicles are protected from hacks
- Researchers teach autonomous cars to deal with irrational humans
- Uber and Lyft are making traffic jams worse, not better
- Appeals court rules against Miami, Florida cab firms in battle with Uber, Lyft
- Gig Firms Ask California to Rescue Them from Court Ruling
- The Automotive Cybersecurity Dilemma
- How Will Insurance Work In A World Of Connected Cars?
- Amazon Moves to Get Alexa into More Cars
Electric, Hybrids and Other Alternatively Fueled Vehicles
- German start-up trials solar car that can charge as you drive
- New York Mayors and Businesses Back Electric Transportation
Flying Cars and Drones
- Education and Perimeter Protection as Drone Countermeasures
- San Diego Fire Department begins drone testing
- Audi’s HD Matrix LED lights may soon be allowed on US roads
- The best solution for making batteries safer might be the most boring one
- The next major innovation in batteries might be here
- Current Adaptive Cruise Control or ACC Too “Dangerous” for Road, Say Insurers
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