Car of the Future Weekly Roundup for July 18, 2018

In this week’s Car of the Future Weekly Roundup

–Self-driving Bill Critics Oppose Senate Maneuver to pass the Bill—
–Automakers bristle at Trump Adm demand data—
–CA speeding toward fight over driving limits in age of climate change and electric cars
–NHTSA chief says Driverless Cars should not be regulated–

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Self-driving bill critics oppose maneuver to clear Senate
Safety and consumer advocates are urging senators to reject a parliamentary maneuver to secure passage for stalled legislation governing self-driving cars by attaching it to a must-pass reauthorization for the Federal Aviation Administration. The AV START Act, which would create a framework for regulating deployment of automated vehicles on public roadways, has strong bipartisan support, but is being held up by several Democrats who say the bill in its current form gives industry too much leeway to ignore basic safety standards when the technology remains unproven. Absent those objections, the bill could pass by unanimous consent without a vote.

Automakers Bristle at Trump Administration Demand for Sensitive Data
The U.S. Commerce Department has asked automakers to reveal some of their most closely held secrets as part of its investigation of whether tariffs on imported cars and components are needed to safeguard national security. A 34-page questionnaire from the department’s Bureau of Industry and Security was sent to several automakers this month, seeking sensitive details about company finances, factories, supply chains and other topics. “The breadth and depth of this request is invasive, requiring massive amounts of proprietary and confidential business data from global operations — all under the pretense of national security,” said Gloria Bergquist, spokeswoman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which represents several carmakers who received the survey.

California speeding toward fight over driving limits in age of climate change and electric cars
Top air-quality regulators at the state Capitol may be on a collision course with local power players when it comes to how frequently Californians should drive their cars in the state’s internationally lauded fight against climate change. Many regional lawmakers and other officials have started pushing back on the notion that commuters need to limit their daily driving — which overwhelmingly consists of people cruising to work alone in their cars and trucks. As the California Air Resources Board tightens its standards for greenhouse-gas emissions from regional transportation sectors, many local authorities have started arguing that adoption of electric vehicles will make it unnecessary to reign in so-called vehicle miles traveled, or VMT.

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