Car of the Future Weekly Roundup for May 9, 2018

In this week’s Car of the Future Weekly Roundup

–Safety Advocates want the Senate to apply brakes on the AV Start ACT—
–17 States sue Feds over vehicle emissions—
–Automakers tell Trump Admin that they don’t want roll back on vehicle emissions—
–UK lawmakers are considering a ban on all non-EVs by 2040

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Safety Groups Ask Senate to Apply Brakes on Autonomous-Vehicle Bill
A coalition of safety advocates, transportation officials, and urban planners are urging that the U.S. Senate apply the brakes to pending legislation that aims to accelerate the widespread adoption of self-driving vehicles. There were more than 40 signatories to a letter sent to congressional leaders last week asking them to hold off on the legislation until more information emerges from ongoing federal safety investigations into three recent crashes involving autonomous technology. With Congress back in session this week after a hiatus, members of the coalition fear the American Vision for Safer Transportation through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies (AV START) Act could be attached to another bill related to the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration and not receive much scrutiny.

17 states sue Trump administration over vehicle emissions
California and a group of 16 other states on Tuesday challenged the Trump administration’s decision to revise strict U.S. vehicle emissions and fuel efficiency rules put in place under former President Barack Obama. The 17 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision in April to declare U.S. vehicle emissions and fuel efficiency rules through 2025 “not appropriate.”

Automakers believe EPA boss Pruitt went too far with CAFE slash
Now with a massive lawsuit pending against the EPA, automakers say that they only wanted a more gradual ramp to the original Obama-era CAFE requirements for 2025.

Uber Self-Driving Car ‘Detected’ Pedestrian Killed In March Crash, But Decided It Didn’t Need To Stop
Uber has concluded the likely reason why one of its self-driving cars fatally struck a pedestrian earlier this year, according to tech outlet The Information. The car’s software recognized the victim, Elaine Herzberg, standing in the middle of the road, but decided it didn’t need to react right away, the outlet reported, citing two unnamed people briefed on the matter.

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