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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NMA Car of the Future Stories of the Week
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.
Latest Editorial and Opinion Pieces
- Will EVs Be Ready for Ultra-Fast Charging?
- How to handle moral judgments for driverless cars?
- In race for self-driving cars, automakers turn tables on Apple, Google
- The Uber Accident, Waymo Technology and the Future of Self-Driving Cars
- Critics Contend EPA Can’t Keep Prior Fuel Economy Data in Its Blind Spot
- If we end up sitting around in self-driving cars watching ads, Google is going to make billions
This week’s Biggest Stories
- Report: Apple, VW to collaborate on self-driving car project
- Every Future Ford SUV Will Have a Hybrid Powertrain Option
- Tesla ‘Autopilot’ name is deceptive, two consumer groups tell feds
- Uber ends autonomous vehicle research in Arizona
International, National, Local, and State
- China slashes auto import tariffs in boost to German automakers, Tesla
- US National Security Investigation alarms German Automakers
- Madrid, Spain Moves to Boot Non-Resident Car Traffic out of Its City Center sometime next year
- Republicans in Congress Slam Trump Probe of Auto Imports
- Electric power and auto groups propose adding EVs to federal rulemaking notice
- Trump, Auto Officials Re-Affirm Goal of National Mileage Rules
Local and State
- California to Require Sharp EV Charger Growth by 2025
- California debuts ‘digital’ license plates. Here’s what they’ll cost you.
- San Francisco seeks driverless car data from state regulators to investigate traffic congestion
- Pittsburgh, PA to ask all self-driving companies to follow mayor’s new Uber rules
- Fear of Robot Rides Rises Following High-Profile Road Deaths
- What You Need to Know About the Future of Automated Trucks
- As Self-Driving Cars Hit Roadblocks, Autonomous Boats Could Take Traffic Off the Streets
- MIT team develops new lane-change algorithm for autonomous cars
- Race against Time: States Debate Autonomous Vehicle Legislation amid Aging Population
- After CNN report, lawmakers want answers from Uber, Lyft on sexual assaults
- More Lyft riders will get picked up by driverless cars this year, strategy chief says
- Partnership to provide education on seat belt safety
Electric, Hybrids and Other Alternatively Fueled Vehicles
- Toyota will build fuel cell stack plant in bid to ramp up sales of hydrogen-powered cars
- Most of us will be driving electric SUVs
- A new line for EVs: a lithium and sulfur battery
- What’s the Difference between a Hybrid and a Plug-In Hybrid?
- It’s Not EVs but Efficient Cars That’ll Be Worse for Oil
Flying Cars and Drones
- State DOTs selected for national drone experiment
- Drones May Need License Plates Soon
- Bosch Wants to Make Hybrid Passenger Drones That Fly Inside Air Balloons
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