In this week’s Car of the Future Weekly Roundup
–New Yorkers are ditching the subway for Uber—
–China builds solar roads—
–UK cities wants gas cars to end earlier—
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NMA Car of the Future Story of the Week
Stop Trying to Get Workers Out of Their Cars
Alas, there are inherent flaws in the “smart growth” approach—beginning with the idea that it makes sense for everyone to live and work in the same small area. In fact, that idea flies in the face of what economists call urban agglomeration. Urban agglomeration is why there are more jobs in and around big cities. Job seekers have access to a large number of potential employers, which increases each person’s likelihood of finding one that can make the best use of her unique talents and skills. The same is true for business owners, who have a much better chance of finding people in a large populous urban area who match their needs.
New Yorkers Are Ditching the Subway for Uber, Study Shows
Half of New Yorkers who use ride-hailing apps said they ordered a ride instead of taking public transit, a new city report says.
Report Claims Self-driving Cars Will Make So Much Money, No One Will Care about Employment Losses
There’s been plenty of discussion about how autonomous vehicles will effectively annihilate the trucking and taxi industries. We’ve certainly discussed it — in addition to concerns that self-driving vehicles may not reduce pollution and traffic congestion as promised. Fear not, claims a recent report sponsored by Securing America’s Future Energy. The problem of self-driving cars displacing huge numbers workers is apparently overblown when compared to the economic impact as a whole. According to the study — “America’s Workforce and the Self-Driving Future” — the loss in employment opportunities should be offset by the potential advantages in safety, cheaper transportation, mobility, air quality, and individual productivity.
Latest Editorial and Opinion Pieces
- What if autonomous vehicles actually make us more dependent on cars?
- Will Emerging Automotive Technology Makes Car Ownership More Onerous?
- Are Autonomous Vanpools the Answer to Traffic Woes?
- Massachusetts Editorial: Regulatory reset needed on Uber, self-driving cars
- Safety, Infrastructure Will Decide the Near-Term Success of AVs
- The lifesaving difference between connected cars vs. self-driving cars
This week’s Biggest Stories
- Daimler leapfrogs; driverless trucks edge closer
- Rental Car Company Enterprise Tapped for Autonomous Vehicle Management
- GM Dumped $500 Million into Lyft But its Not Really Working Out
- New GM Sustainability Report Charts Path to More EVs + Renewables
- Volvo sets goal of 25% recycled plastics in cars from 2025
- Waymo has been testing self-driving cars with 400 riders in Phoenix for a year. Here’s what it’s learned so far.
International, National, Local, and State
- Free Power From Freeways? China Is Testing Roads Paved With Solar Panels
- UK cities call for combustion-engine car ban to start earlier
- Autonomous-Tech Suppliers Want Regulation, Clearer Marketing
- US Lawmakers prep for coming wave of self-driving cars
- Report: America’s Workforce and the Self-Driving Future
Local and State
- Despite new law, Nebraska may not see self-driving cars soon
- How Could Driverless Vehicles Affect Ohioans’ Daily Lives?
- Wyoming official focused on infrastructure ahead of autonomous vehicle normalization
- Unintended Consequences? The Potential Impact Autonomous Vehicles Could Have On Your Home
- How AVs could be a boon to transit equity and efficiency
- Self-driving cars could bump up energy consumption
- How GM trains human drivers to monitor its autonomous cars
- Autonomous Driving Technology Might Not Lower Insurance Costs
- Driverless Cars Boosted By a Motherlode of Crowdsourced Training Videos
- How Social Media Will Integrate With Autonomous Vehicles
- Suicides, Traffic Hell in NYC Spur Second Look at Uber’s Growth
- Toyota ploughs $1bn into ride-hailer Grab, while Uber goes Lite
- Turo Go will allow instant access to rental cars through its app
- Instead Of Ten-Figure Funding, This Robotaxi Startup Has Actual Customers
- Uber is experimenting with letting riders wait longer in exchange for cheaper fares
- University of California-Berkeley has released Deep Drive, largest open data set for Driverless Cars
Electric, Hybrids and Other Alternatively Fueled Vehicles
- Why electric cars will soon be superior to gasoline cars in every respect
- The Very Good Math of Electric Buses
Flying Cars and Drones
- Drones could someday fix potholes overnight
- The world may soon be awash in advanced, lethal drones
- Uber’s flying cars prime aviation insurance for lift-off
- Central Ohio Project will use drones to monitor traffic in a 3 year experiment
- Spokane, Washington Will Use Drones to Inspect Infrastructure and Monitor Construction
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