In this week’s Car of the Future Weekly Roundup
–Automakers Burn Billions in Race to driverless and electric—
–Koch Bros use promise of AVs to Kill Public Transit—
–Study looks at Putting Solar Panels on Highway Shoulders—
–Interactive made on all US AV Projects–
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NMA Car of the Future Stories of the Week
Automakers are burning through billions in EV, AV race
A new global study by consulting firm AlixPartners paints an ominous forecast for automakers in the next few years, a toxic cocktail of big spending and lots of competition mixed with softening sales in some markets and an unwillingness of consumers to fork over money for the tech. AlixPartners’ Global Automotive Outlook is based on an analysis of data from public and proprietary sources and two online consumer surveys of Americans age 18 and older possessing driver’s licenses. Last year, automakers spent $226 million — a 47 percent increase from 2012 — on electrification and autonomous vehicle technology. And AlixPartners predicts companies will spend $255 billion in R&D and capital expenditures globally by 2023 on electric vehicles. Some 207 electric models are set to hit the market by 2022.
The Koch Brothers Are Using the Promise of Driverless Cars to Kill Public Transit Projects
The idea with autonomous driving technology is that, eventually, the driver will be removed from the equation to do whatever they want while their car drives itself. That vision, however, is decades away from becoming reality, if ever. Yet the Koch Brothers, the billionaire libertarian oil tycoons known for unleashing a typhoon of money into our political system, are leaning on the promise of a driverless future to spike public transit projects around the United States.
Study probes paving all US highway shoulders with solar panels
The aim is to let each of the 50 states calculate how much solar energy, and revenue, they could generate on these shoulders, known as rights-of-way. Organizers say that state departments of transportation (DOTs) could generate revenue through land lease deals, power purchase agreements, the sale of renewable energy certificates, or even by directly selling the energy to power companies.
Autonomous Vehicles on the Map
An interactive look at autonomous vehicle projects and policies across the country as covered by Government Technology.
Latest Editorial and Opinion Pieces
- Three Requirements for the Next Generation of Connected Cars
- Driverless cars offer new forms of control – no wonder governments are keen
- Are the Constants of the Auto Industry Proving to Be Its Achilles Heel?
This week’s Biggest Stories
- Google, Lyft, Uber, and others form a coalition to examine the impact of self-driving cars
- Audi, Hyundai to cooperate on fuel cell vehicles
- Jaguar I-Pace Vaults Automaker among EV Leaders
- Raytheon-Backed Laser Radar Data System Gets 10,000,000 US Patent
- VW, Ford eye alliance to develop ‘potential products across a number of areas’
- Volvo could introduce truly driverless cars by 2021
- Volvo begins delivering cars through its subscription program
International, National, Local, and State
- EU promises swift response to any U.S. auto import tariffs
- China’s Baidu tests driverless cars on expressway
- China could beat the US in a race to get solar power from highways
- Italy aims to pass Norway as Europe’s No. 1 EV market
- California Lauds Multi-State Zero-Emissions Vehicle Plan
- How Disruption in the Auto Business Actually Works
Local and State
- Los Angeles revamps transportation plan to include automated vehicles
- Self-driving car testing expands to 15 Greater Boston communities
- New legislation allows self-driving vehicles on Nebraska roads
- Nebraska: Driverless shuttle arrives in Lincoln; will be tested this summer
- Ohio looking to be leader in autonomous testing
- Autonomous shuttles will be driving in downtown Austin,Texas this fall
- Technology and the Future of Delivery Vehicles
- Silicon Valley believes driverless trucks and drones will soon transform how we get things — but truckers and warehouse workers disagree
- Autonomous Vehicles Might Drive Cities to Financial Ruin
Car sharing/Ridesharing Watch
- Honolulu Mayor Vetoes Bill to Cap Uber and Lyft Prices
- Why Lyft is trying to become the next Subscription Business
- Lyft Begins Offering Free Rides to Cancer Patients in Los Angeles and other cities
- UK: Uber wins 15-month probationary license to work in London
- The Race to Build Technology for Connected Cars Speeds Up
- Neural Networks can Give Driverless Cars Smarter Maps
Electric, Hybrids and Other Alternatively Fueled Vehicles
- Gasoline from thin air: Carbon-neutral fuels are just around the corner…maybe
- Better Batteries and Supercapacitors Will Speed the Electrification of Road Vehicles
- VW showcases EV tech by setting Pikes Peak record
Flying Cars and Drones
- Google Retreats from Government AI Contract which would analyze data captured from drones
- Ohio Project: This new system could help air taxis and drone deliveries avoid crashing
- Audi and Airbus to Work on Air-Taxi Project Testing In Germany
- Asia’s traffic woes looking up as flying taxis prep for take off
- How software and algorithms might ease Colorado traffic along US 36 and I-25 toll lanes
- Portland, Oregon Launches Road Safety Sensor Pilot
- Pennsylvania launching multimodal ‘smart corridor’ initiative along I-76
- Mobility 2045 to Prepare For More North Texas Population Growth
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