Car of the Future Weekly Roundup for May 30, 2018

In this week’s Car of the Future Weekly Roundup

–The driverless mode Uber car that crashed and killed into the Arizona woman in March according to the NTSB—
–EPA wants to put dirtier trucks on the road but CA lawmakers fight back—
–Madrid plans to boot all non-resident cars out of the city center next year—

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Self-driving Uber did not have emergency braking turned on when it hit pedestrian, NTBS says
The self-driving Uber that struck and killed a pedestrian in March initially misidentified the woman as a vehicle and was deliberately put on the road without its emergency braking system turned on, federal investigators said Thursday. “According to Uber, emergency braking maneuvers are not enabled while the vehicle is under computer control, to reduce the potential for erratic vehicle behavior,” according to a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board.

EPA used disavowed research to justify putting dirtier trucks on the road: CA Lawmakers fight back
At a time when acts of defiance against the Trump administration are ​​​​routine in Sacramento, the rebuke that breezed through the California Assembly this month still came as a jolt. Even Trump loyalists in the chamber joined in. The message to the administration was clear: Forget about your plan to unleash on freeways a class of rebuilt trucks that spew as much as 400 times the choking soot that conventional new big rigs do. Getting caught behind the wheel of one of these mega-polluters in California would carry a punishing $25,000 minimum fine under the measure that lawmakers passed 73 to 0. It had the support of 25 Republicans. “This was a reaction,” said Chris Shimoda, vice president of government affairs for the California Trucking Assn., which sponsored the legislation. “A lot of people have made the investments to clean up their trucks. They don’t want to see an obvious loophole that allows others to be gross polluters and undercut them.”

Senators Markey, Blumenthal Begin Investigation into Safety Protocol for Driverless Car Testing On Public Road…
In February, a self-driving Uber test vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. This week, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its initial findings, which has raised many questions about the processes that self-driving car makers have in place to guard public safety when testing their vehicles on public roads. Earlier this week, Senators Edward J. Markey and Richard Blumenthal wrote to major autonomous carmakers, asking them to explain in detail the safety measures they take while test-driving their vehicles.

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