In this week’s Car of the Future Weekly Roundup
–US Senate tries to do a sneaky with the AV Start Act—
–Uber drivers are actual employees according to a NY Court—
–Cities face tough decisions over transit with driverless cars in the picture—
–Debate heats up on what will connect connected cars—
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NMA Car of the Future Stories of the Week
US Senators Want to Sneak Safety Exemptions for Self-Driving Cars into Law
A group of senators led by South Dakota Republican John Thune wants to let companies rush self-driving cars to market before any federal safety standards related to autonomous systems have been drafted. A coalition of 65 consumer advocacy and street safety organizations has warned against the bill known as AV START, which would preempt state and local safety regulations of self-driving cars without spelling out any federal safety rules (although it would allow U.S. DOT to draft some). In addition, the bill would exempt AVs from many safety standards that apply to all other cars. Each manufacturer would get an allotment of 100,000 vehicles to sell for use on public streets within three years.
Uber loses a ‘precedential’ victory, and some New York state drivers win ’employee’ status
In what worker advocates are calling a substantial victory that could impact Uber drivers statewide, the New York State labor review board has made a final determination that three former Uber drivers were Uber employees for the purposes of unemployment insurance. The finding applies to the drivers in question, as well as all “similarly situated” drivers.
Pave Over the Subway? Cities Face Tough Bets on Driverless Cars
That unnerves some transportation planners and transit advocates, who fear unrealistic hopes for driverless cars — and how soon they’ll get here.
What Will Connect Connected Vehicles? The Debate Heats Up
Connections are about control: Who provides and oversees the connecting pieces? Who maintains the flow of goods, services, people and data through those connections? What do the connections connect to themselves? Less abstractly, the future of the automotive industry — along with the payment and commerce tasks associated with it — depends significantly on the type of technology that ties together web-enabled cars and trucks with outside networks. A debate about those connections is heating up in Europe. When a decision is finally made — right now, that is supposed to happen by the end of 2018 — it could have a meaningful impact on development of the global digital economy.
Latest Editorial and Opinion Pieces
- How Self-Driving Cars Will Accelerate Electric Vehicle Adoption
- With new tech coming online, cities need a department of urban testing
- The crucial flaw of self-driving cars? They will always need human involvement
- Why We Need More Startups to Join the Driverless Car Race
- Self-Driving Cars Are on the Road to Nowhere
- Say Goodbye to Owning Your Own Car
- Self-Driving Cars finally get an easy-to-read Rule Book
This week’s Biggest Stories
- Like a Science Fiction Novel, Apple reveals how Your Personal Driving Profile will Control your driverless car experience…
- How General Motors is leading the race for self-driving cars
- Inrix launches pilot for AV communication platform in 4 US cities
- Volkswagen Races to Put ‘Dieselgate’ in the Rear View
- Waymo’s autonomous vehicles are driving 25,000 miles every day
- Secretive Startup Zoox Is Building a Bidirectional Autonomous Car from the Ground Up
International, National, Local, and State
- Eno Brief: Taxing New Mobility Services: What’s Right? What’s Next?
- Brookings survey finds only 21 percent willing to ride in a self-driving car
Local and State
- Autonomous Vehicle Task Force to Guide Connecticut on New Technology
- California Bill to Increase Use of Zero-Emission Vehicles Could Credit Uber, Lyft for Bike Miles
- Sacramento’s $44 million plan to become the U.S. electric car capital
- San Francisco Ballot Initiative Would Tax Ridesharing Companies, Internet Sales, and Robot Cars
- Test track proposed for Illinois transportation lab
- Michigan Makes a New Bid to Dominate the Autonomous Age
- Ohio lawmakers want to boost autonomous vehicle testing
- Oregon Is Planning a Large Buildout of EV Charging Infrastructure
- Rutherford, Tennessee to get state’s first ‘SMART Corridor’ on I-24
- The risks and benefits of driverless vehicles already on Texas roads
- Waco, Texas group takes initial steps to plan for driverless cars
- Texas: How new additions let Austin intersections talk to self-driving cars
- Airports across globe to drive autonomous technology forward
- This Story on a German Engineer Who Made an Autonomous Mercedes Van in 1986 Is Fascinating
- Autonomous vehicles could cause more energy use
- Self-Driving Vehicles Will Look Different and Exciting
- Re-imagine ‘National Lampoon’s Vacation’ 30 years later, this time with autonomous cars
- George Hotz is on a Hacker Crusade against the ‘Scam’ of Self-Driving Cars
- Even Self-Driving Cars Need Driver Education
- Hailing Rides Down Crypto Lane: The Future of Ridesharing
- New York City Curb Space Was Privatized Long Before Car-Share Companies Came Along
- Smart Cities Are Smart Places for Entrepreneurs
- Fleets Steer Dangerously Close To Cyberattack Risks
- The Connected Car: An Extension of the Consumer’s Home
- New Data Platform Helps Autonomous Vehicles Learn Rules Of The Road Directly From Cities
Electric, Hybrids and Other Alternatively Fueled Vehicles
Flying Cars and Drones
- Larry Page is quietly amassing a ‘flying car’ empire
- Rolls-Royce unveils its concept for a hybrid flying taxi
- Flying taxis: What’s on offer and when will the first models fly?
- Aston Martin unveils ‘sports car for the skies’
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