In this week’s Car of the Future Weekly Roundup
–Every US-made car is an import—bad news for automakers and consumers—
–Oil and Utilities line up for EV War—
–Tranpo emerges as crucial for folks trying to escape poverty—
–New MaaS Association launched in US—
–Microtransit is a failure–
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NMA Car of the Future Stories of the Week
Every US-made car is an import. That’s bad news for automakers
All new cars sold in the United States will cost more — to build and probably to buy — if the Trump administration imposes an auto tariff. That’s because every car sold in America is at least partly imported.
Big Oil, Utilities are Lining Up for an Electric Vehicle War
A red-hot electric vehicle market has triggered a face-off between Big Oil and utilities. Oil majors, who’ve sold fossil fuels to cars for a century, are now moving into an electricity sector that’s preparing for exponential growth. The problem is that utilities, the primary power suppliers for a century, have the same idea.
Transportation Emerges as Crucial to Escaping Poverty
In a large, continuing study of upward mobility based at Harvard, commuting time has emerged as the single strongest factor in the odds of escaping poverty. The longer an average commute in a given county, the worse the chances of low-income families there moving up the ladder.
New Association launched to promote Mobility as a Service in the USA
A new, not-for-profit organization, the Mobility as a Service Association (MaaS-A), has been launched in the USA to champion integrated mobility services across all modes of transportation that more effectively address the needs of the contemporary traveler.
The Story of “Micro Transit” Is Consistent, Dismal Failure
Micro transit may have a place in city transportation systems, but experience so far suggests that it’s a very small niche, like an app-enabled version of dial-a-ride service. The PR for micro transit is outrunning empirical experience. It is clearly not the large-scale substitute for bus service that much media coverage makes it out to be. An early experiment with the now-bankrupt Bridj in Kansas City was a complete flop. Riders made only 1,480 trips during the course of the one-year pilot, even though each passenger got their first 10 rides for free. Only a third of riders kept using the service after the free rides expired. The local transit agency, KCATA, spent $1.5 million to administer the service, for a jaw-dropping subsidy of more than $1,000 per ride.
Latest Editorial and Opinion Pieces
- Innovation Can’t Fix Urban Transportation’s Woes
- 2 Things That Need to Happen for Driverless Cars to Go Mainstream
- Automakers must decide how much uncertainty is acceptable for autonomous vehicles
- Traffic doesn’t hurt the Economy–But we should still fix it
This week’s Biggest Stories
- Baidu and Ford to put smart speaker technology into autos
- FedEx, Volvo Test US Truck ‘Platoons’ to Catch Up to Europe
- Volkswagen, suppliers team up to standardize self-driving car tech
- Forget deliveries—this firm wants to bring a grocery store to your driveway
International, National, Local, and State
- Autonomous Vehicles to Have Huge Impact on Economy, Tech Sector
- Ride hailers may help to shape self-driving car adoption, research suggests
- As Self-Driving Future Nears, Parking Services Try to Keep Pace
Local and State
- Driverless cars might make Boston traffic worse
- Detroit becomes first US city to deploy independent AVs on public roads in an urban core
- What you need to know about Detroit’s self-driving downtown shuttle
- Self-driving vehicles still a work in progress for NY
- Self-driving shuttle-bus test to begin this year in Columbus, Ohio
- Washington State prepares for autonomous vehicles
- 21 Million Self-Driving Vehicles Projected By 2026
- The fast lane for self-driving cars runs through 35 mph retirement communities
- Will autonomous cars make traffic worse?
- The Future of Retail Deliveries with Autonomous Vehicles
- How to keep self-driving cars safe when no one is watching for dashboard warning lights
- The nation’s top highway official talks self-driving cars
- Autonomous Vehicles Have Ability to Transform Society, Panelists Say
- Could thermal sensors have prevented Uber’s fatal crash in March?
- Ridesharing law in effect across Alabama starting July 1
- Lyft valuation hits $15.1 billion after fresh $600 million in funding
- Internet Connectivity Becoming Commonplace in US Cars
- The Dangers of Connected Cars
- Connected cars and data monetization: it’s not just about the money
- 5 essentials when buying a connected car
- Connected cars could create a privacy problem, advocates warn
- This Could Be the Future of Connected Cars
Electric, Hybrids and Other Alternatively Fueled Vehicles
- How autonomous vehicles will compound electric-car benefits
- Where 3 Million Electric Vehicle Batteries Will Go When They Retire
Flying Cars and Drones
- DARPA Literally Just Reinvented the Wheel
- Driven to distraction? Study compares how tech systems impact auto safety
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