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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NMA Car of the Future Story of the Week
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.
Latest Editorial and Opinion Pieces
- Where Has Teen Car Culture Gone?
- For public safety, tap brakes on rush to roll out unregulated driverless cars
- How Much New-Tech Transportation Death Will We Tolerate?
- Who Pays For Roads Once Electric Vehicles Defund The Gas Tax?
- Honolulu Editorial: Ride-Sharing Bill Offers Common Sense Requirements
This week’s Biggest Stories
- As Rental Cars Fade Away, Avis will try anything to Survive
- FCA to dabble in car-sharing, subscriptions with Jeep
- Fiat Chrysler Says It Wants To Have Almost Fully Autonomous Cars By 2023
- GM says consumers can do ride sharing next year in self-driving cars
- Land Rover Wants Autonomous Off-Roading to Be a Thing
- Tesla hits parked California police vehicle; driver blames ‘Autopilot’
- Toyota Places Sedan-Sized Bet On Hydrogen-Powered Mobility
- Uber’s Fatal Crash Revealed a Self-Driving Blind Spot: Night Vision
- As Uber and Tesla struggle with driverless cars, Waymo moves forward
International, National, Local, and State
- Automakers Are Collaborating on Blockchain for Vehicles
- Polluted Paris steps up war on diesel
- Japan looks to launch driverless car system in Tokyo by 2020
- Singapore Built a Dedicated Town for Self-Driving Buses
- Trump Metal Tariffs Will Raise Vehicle Prices, Automakers Say
- Survey Reveals Most Americans Expect Self-Driving Vehicles to be Commonplace in 15 Years
Local and State
- California to Spend $768M on Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
- California Regulator Will Let Passengers Ride in Fully-Driverless Cars
- California bill would put car dealers in driver’s seat for newfangled subscription services
- Self-driving cars may be on Idaho roads in the future. Here are some of the questions the governor’s task force has about them.
- Massachusetts looking into the future of driving, self-driving cars a possibility
- Driverless shuttle up and running at University of Michigan
- New Hampshire measure would be ‘de facto ban on testing’ self-driving cars
- What Are These ‘Levels’ of Autonomous Vehicles?
- Will Self-Driving Vehicles Finally Bring Broadband to Rural America?
- Self-driving cars must reduce traffic fatalities by at least 75 percent to stay on the roads
- Self-driving technology is going to change a lot more than cars
- False Positives: Self-Driving Cars and the Agony of Knowing what Matters
- New York City Curb Space Was Privatized Long Before Car-Share Companies Came Along
- Most Uber and Lyft drivers in L.A. work full time and still struggle to make ends meet, study says
- San Francisco to Uber, Lyft: Tell us what drivers earn
- Uber and Safety Group Promote Back Seat Belt Use to Highlight Dangers of Riding Unbuckled
Electric, Hybrids and Other Alternatively Fueled Vehicles
- 4 Surprising Side Effects of Electric Autonomous Vehicles
- The Case for Renewable Hydrogen: California Takes the Lead
- Electric Vehicles on the Road Are Set to Triple in Two Years
- Smart Roads Could Soon Call an Ambulance, Connect You to the Internet
- “Data is the new asphalt”: High-tech Colorado road test to be first of its kind in the U.S., may improve traffic and save lives
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