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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NMA Car of the Future Stories of the Week
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.
Latest Editorial and Opinion Pieces
- Editorial: Navigating the Autonomous-Vehicle Liability Waters
- Should driverless cars be utilitarian or egalitarian?
- Sorry Elon Musk, there’s no clear evidence Autopilot saves lives
- How Important is it for Self-Driving Cars to be Electric?
- Is there such a thing as an ethical electric car?
- A Long, Litigious Road on Fuel Economy Is the Worst Outcome for All Stakeholders
- As the Number of Driverless Cars Increase, So Does the Need for Car Maker Transparency
This week’s Biggest Stories
- The Real Reason Ford Is Phasing Out Its Sedans
- GM Builds Driverless, Electric Future at MI Plant
- Nikola Motor sues Tesla, mentions staggering dollar amount
- Toyota Building Test Track for ‘Dangerous’ Self-Driving Car Tests in Michigan
- Volvo Cars to Come With Google Assistant, Maps, Apps Built In
International, National, Local, and State
- New Blockchain Initiative for the Automotive Industry Announced in Dubai
- Registration for Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport Is Now Open
- Germany overtakes Norway as Europe’s top market for electrified cars
- UK Ministers consider plan to ban all non-electric cars from Britain’s roads by 2040
- Trump Eyes Twice-Failed Legal Strategy to Fight California Regs
- NHTSA disputes Tesla safety claim, says it ‘did not assess’ Autopilot
Local and State
- San Francisco Will Be Ready for the Next Transportation Startup Craze
- Massachusetts releases report on ridesharing
- NCDOT tests out self-driving cars on Triangle Expressway
- Lyft to put fleet of driverless BMWs to work in Las Vegas
- Autonomous car ride-sharing service to launch in Texas
- Driverless cars being put through the paces in Virginia
- A New MIT Project Could Bring Driverless Cars to Rural Roads
- Why self-driving trucks will take over before self-driving cars
- Waymo’s self-driving van not at fault, in manual mode during May crash, police say
- Who’s Winning the Self-Driving Car Race?
- Harvard Forum Examining Safety of Self-Driving Vehicles
- This safety plan would ‘defeat the purpose’ of self-driving cars
- States, Cities Still Full Speed Ahead on Autonomous Vehicles
- New reports reveal self-driving cars struggling with software, highway overpasses, and even the sun
- How airports can act as testbeds for autonomous vehicles
- Self-Driving Car Pioneers Are Slowing Down After Crashes
- Fully Driverless Vehicles Will Likely See Battle before Public Streets
- Could Autonomous Vehicles Add to Congestion? Maybe, Say Planners
- Taxis Lose Fight over NYC Regulation of Lyft and Uber
- There were nearly 100,000 Uber and Lyft rides per day in Boston last year
- Lyft Will Offer Autonomous Rides in 3 Years if Urban Planning Improves
- Elon Musk offers more detail about Tesla’s ridesharing network
- Uber hires NTSB veteran to advise its safety efforts
- Fact vs. Fiction: Understanding the Future of Connected Car Security
- Sidewalk Labs’ New Tool Uses Smartphone Data to Model Changes in Transportation
Electric, Hybrids and Other Alternatively Fueled Vehicles
- VW Just Ordered $48 Billion in Electric Car Batteries. That’s About What Tesla Is Worth Right Now
- Metals shortfall to crimp electric-car battery supply, Moody’s says
- Ohio Regulators Green-Light Utility’s $10M Plan to Install More EV Charging Stations
- FedEx Rolls Out First Hydrogen-Fueled Delivery Van in New York
Flying Cars and Drones
- How Uber Plans to Get Flying Taxis off The Ground
- Mississippi DOT using drones to keep an eye on infrastructure
- Dream of Flying Drone Taxis Moves One Step Closer to Reality
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