In this week’s Car of the Future Weekly Roundup
–Trump tells Automakers he’s still open to talks with CA on CAFÉ—
–Consumers Union raises concerns about safety and transparency with driverless cars—
–How do we fix the language of driverless cars?–
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NMA Car of the Future Stories of the Week
Trump Tells Car Executives He’s Still Open to Talks with California
President Donald Trump told a group of auto company executives that he is open to talks with California over vehicle fuel efficiency standards, something the industry is hoping can head off a battle between Washington and Sacramento. The administration is readying a proposal to ease fuel efficiency standards, and the industry officials stressed the need for federal regulators to negotiate the new targets with California regulators to preserve the industry’s ability to sell the same vehicles nationwide
Auto executives got more than they bargained for in lobbying Trump to ease fuel standard
The world’s auto companies are fast learning how risky it can be to seek a favor from President Trump. They asked the president to nudge California and the rest of the country toward looser fuel economy rules. What they got instead was a veritable declaration of war against the state, threatening to destabilize the industry, tarnish its public image and leave the companies tangled in years of litigation.
Consumers Union: Uber, Waymo Crashes Raise Safety, Transparency Concerns with Self-Driving Cars
Consumers Union, the advocacy division of Consumer Reports, today called on companies developing automated driving systems, including Uber and Waymo, to take a safe and transparent approach to the testing and commercial use of self-driving vehicles.
The Language of Self-Driving Cars Is Dangerous—Here’s How to Fix It
In my last column, I laid out why the language of self-driving cars is broken, and why I think the SAE Automation Levels need to be replaced. Short version: they are conceptually vague yet technologically restrictive, and people are dying as a result. That the SAE Levels were created by and for engineers is irrelevant; the media cite them, manufacturers use them, investors think in terms of them, marketers manipulate them. And end users suffer as a result. What’s the first step? Clarity. Language must answer itself accurately—a word or phrase shouldn’t raise more questions than it ultimately answers—not only on a technical level but a cultural one.
Latest Editorial and Opinion Pieces
- Highway Trust Fund is on fumes and time is running out
- Save lives with smarter, slower streets–Not self-driving cars
- Self-driving cars can earn driver’s trust with communication
- What will self-driving cars mean for cyclists?
- Why car sharing is good for California motorists
- Are 20 Percent of Americans Really Planning on Buying an Electric Car?
- The Brutal Reality of Why Ford Is Cutting Cars
This week’s Biggest Stories
- Apple’s self-driving car fleet grows to 55 in California
- Audi targets 800,000 electric and hybrid car sales in 2025
- Didi Chuxing will be the next to test self-driving cars in California
- Ford CEO: We’re ‘reinventing’ the car, not trying to kill it
- GM sees custom designs, personal ownership for self-driving cars
- GM May Also Exit the American Car Market, Morgan Stanley Says
- Insects Help Hyundai Heir Design Cars of the Future
- Waymo Filings Give New Details on Its Driverless Taxis
International, National, Local, and State
- Self-Driving Cars Find Clearer Paths in Asia
- Surrey, Vancouver look to construct Canada’s first collision-free corridors for driverless cars
- The War on Cars, Norwegian Edition
- New Zealand’s Socialist Government Mulls EV Aid
- Trump urges automakers to build more vehicles in U.S., blasts NAFTA
- How Microtransit Could Transform Cities
Local and State
- Self-Driving Vehicles Are Going to Dramatically Change LA’s Car Culture—and Soon
- Los Angeles Metro Will Test the Feasibility of Micro Transit
- Scaling Smart City Tech Could Help Clear Regional Obstacles in California
- Smart City Efforts Large and Small Take Shape in Denver
- University of Delaware researchers look at creating “smart cities” for driverless cars
- Debate over driverless car technology continues in Illinois
- Ohio wants to be the ‘Wild, Wild West’ for self-driving cars
- DriveOhio to Involve Cincinnati in Some Smart Vehicle Testing
- Robot Car Sees Beyond Fog and Snowy Conditions
- MIT built a self-driving car that can navigate unmapped country roads
- Country roads pose a particular challenge for driverless cars
- Self-Driving Cars Alone Are No Answer, Experts Warn
- Report: In 2017, Massachusetts had 64.8M ride-hailing trips
- Proposed Louisiana law for Uber and Lyft pulled to the curb in Senate
- NYC Cab Drivers Say City’s Failure to Regulate Uber Is ‘Killing Us’
- Uber will resume testing self-driving cars in ‘a few months,’ CEO says
- Sale of Connected Cars Hit the Brakes
- Connected Cars Don’t Necessarily Disconnect Previous Owners When Resold
Electric, Hybrids and Other Alternatively Fueled Vehicles
- Electric-Car Era Threatens Firefighters with New Roadside Risks
- Swedish road project could slash cost of EVs
- Anheuser-Busch Nikola Truck Order Puts U.S. on Hydrogen Highway
- More electric car charging stations coming to the NY State Thruway
- Colorado Department of Transportation offers EV charging stations to public at no additional cost
- This Startup Wants To Replace Cars (And Subways) With Elevated Pods
- Butler County, Ohio, Eyes Move to Alternative Fuel Transit
Flying Cars and Drones
- Uber Plans for Flying Future, but Earthbound Problems Remain
- Uber’s CEO says he’s willing to lose money on flying cars — at first
- Stadium and team owners see drones as major league threat
- Are Drone Deliveries Coming Near You? 10 States and Cities Picked to Test Them
- FedEx, Alphabet and Uber Win Drone Sweepstakes Lost by Amazon
- U.S. drone program taps Apple, passes over Amazon, China’s DJI
- Uber teams up with U.S. Army, NASA to develop flying taxis
- Graphene-infused concrete would be twice as strong, more water resistant than current mixes
- Electric-Powered Roads Start to Emerge
- San Francisco’s emerging mobility report calls for greater public-private cooperation
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