Car of the Future Weekly Roundup for June 6, 2018

In this week’s Car of the Future Weekly Roundup

–EPA wants to put an end to CA Authority over Vehicle Emissions—
–NYC and LA team up Senator on Self-Driving Car Regs—
–Paris will ban diesels by 2024—
–CA takes the lead on Hydrogen—

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EPA Said to Seek End of California’s Authority over Car Rule
A draft Trump administration proposal to ease automobile efficiency standards is said to call for revoking California’s unique authority to set its own limits, a move that would set off an explosive battle with the nation’s most populous state. In a proposal sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget, the Environmental Protection Agency is seeking to rescind the waiver from federal standards that the state uses to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from vehicle tailpipes, according to a person familiar with the matter. The revocation is contained in a joint proposal with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration aimed at rolling back a signature Obama-era environmental regulation to slash carbon dioxide emissions. The proposal will now undergo a review by the White House before it is released for public comment.

New York City and Los Angeles Team Up With Senator Schumer on Self-Driving Car Rules
New York City and Los Angeles, worried that a Senate self-driving car bill would make them hand over control of their streets to the federal government, have found a powerful ally: Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). The AV START Act (S.1885), pushed by John Thune (R-S.D.) and Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) would create a national framework to regulate self-driving cars and trucks lighter than 10,000 pounds, such as those developed by companies including Ford Motor Co. and Alphabet Inc.‘s Waymo LLC. Thune heads the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. The bill would preempt state and local authorities from regulating the design, construction, and performance of autonomous vehicles and delegate that authority to the federal government. Cities worry the preemption language will not give them sufficient control over the emerging technology to manage traffic congestion and enforce local safety regulations.

Uber and Lyft may have to disclose Seattle data they claim secret, State Supreme Court rules
The Washington Supreme Court ruled that the government should disclose trade secrets unless doing so would cause substantial and irreparable harm. Researchers want to use the Uber and Lyft data to see if the companies are serving communities of color fairly.

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