In this week’s Car of the Future Weekly Roundup
–National Survey shows Americans have increased their fear of AVs—
–AV backers push for federal framework—
–AAA survey says drivers are distracted by in-car tech—
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NMA Car of the Future Story of the Week
National survey shows increasing fear of driverless vehicles
There’s a growing distrust of driverless vehicles similar to an autonomous bus that crashed on its first day of testing in downtown Las Vegas, according to an AAA national survey set for release Tuesday. About 73 percent of drivers said they would be too afraid in a fully self-driving vehicle, according to AAA’s poll of 1,014 adults across the United States between April 5 and April 8. That figure is up from 63 percent of drivers who said they were afraid in a survey by AAA released in January, possibly driven by the high-profile story of a woman who was fatally struck in March by an autonomous vehicle operated by Uber on a street in Tempe, Arizona. It was believed to be the first pedestrian death caused by autonomous technology, prompting Uber to suspend testing in other cities.
Self-Driving Vehicle Backers Push for ‘Federal Framework’
Connected automation has shifted the traffic safety discussion from surviving crashes to avoiding them, but local deployment of self-driving vehicles is hindered by the lack of a national framework for testing and operation, said Alison Pascale, Audi of America senior policy strategist, at a Thursday briefing in the nation’s capital.
Latest Editorial and Opinion Pieces
- Intel’s Mobileye wants to dominate driverless cars—but there’s a problem
- The real reason we get freaked out by self-driving car accidents
- Editorial: Teslas may be safe, but what about the rest of us?
- The Problem Isn’t Media Coverage of Semi-Autonomous Car Crashes
- Our ‘Hands-Off’ Federal Government Is Killing American Autonomous Cars
- Editorial: Uber won’t give up congestion pricing in NYC
- What Does The Next 20 Years Hold for Electric Cars? – Expert Opinions (NMA included)
This week’s Biggest Stories
- There’s an aspect of self-driving car testing that isn’t dominated by Apple or Google
- Drive.ai demonstrates a truly driverless taxi in Texas
- GM Patents Autonomous Co-Pilot for Autonomous Vehicles
- GM imagines real Transformers with shape-shifting car design patents
- Intel Mobileye signs European deal for 8 million semi-autonomous cars
- Why Intel’s Mobileye Blew a Red Light While Showing off Its Ride
- The contrast between Tesla and the rest of the auto industry is terrifying
- EVs Easing into Toyota’s Mostly-Hybrid Portfolio
- How gaming company Unity is driving automakers toward virtual reality
International, National, Local, and State
- German cities can ban older diesel cars immediately
- The government’s 2040 target won’t kill hybrid cars in the UK
- AAA study finds drivers getting distracted by in-vehicle technology
- Americans Expect Driverless Cars to Be Common in 10 Years
Local and State
- Chandler, AZ first in US to consider parking regs for self-driving vehicles
- Driverless buses are coming to University of Florida
- Savannah, Georgia Looks for On-Demand Transportation Services Downtown
- Multiple partners working to solve Detroit’s mobility issues
- Ohio police chief questions who’s to blame if self-driving cars break the law
- Nevada Regulators approve rules for EV charging despite criticism from consumer advocates
- Rhode Island to Explore Autonomous Shuttle Pilot
- Self-driving vehicle service in Frisco, Texas, to start in July
- How Autonomous Cars See the World
- The self-driving car revolution needs . . . rental car companies?
- Cops have lots to learn when it comes to autonomous-car emergencies
- Users of Lyft or Uber Likely to Embrace Autonomous Vehicles
- Think Uber and Lyft Are Killing Transit? Think Again
- Houston council delays car-sharing expansion
- New Jersey: Ridesharing programs launched by state’s largest health networks
- Powering AVs and Smart Cities to Realize Their Full Potential
- What Do Self-Driving Cars Have to Do with Machine Learning for Cybersecurity?
Electric, Hybrids and Other Alternatively Fueled Vehicles
- Are electric cars worse for the environment?
- Toyota Introduces Production Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus Sora
- Nidec Unveils Advanced Ultra-Fast Charger for EVs
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