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NMA Car of the Future Story of the Week
Few carmakers submit self-driving car safety reports
The Trump administration has asked automakers to voluntarily outline how they are developing and testing self-driving cars on public roads. But only three companies have complied. Safety advocates say reports that have been submitted so far — by General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and the Google-affiliated Waymo, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — resemble slick marketing brochures instead of stringent regulatory filings.
House committee urges Senate to advance self-driving vehicle legislation
One year after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan SELF DRIVE Act, House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders called on the Senate to advance automated vehicle legislation. “After a year of delays, forcing automakers and innovators to develop in a state-by-state patchwork of rules, the Senate must act to support this critical safety innovation and secure America’s place as a global leader in technology,” a media release from the House committee states. The House passed the SELF DRIVE Act by voice vote Sept. 6, 2017. Companion legislation remains tied up in the Senate.
At CA Governor Jerry Brown’s climate summit, one deadline will overshadow all the others
The political leaders coming from around the world for Gov. Jerry Brown’s climate action summit this week will grapple with a lot of urgent deadlines to drive down emissions, but one date is especially exasperating. It is 2035 — the year advocates aim to kill off production of gasoline and diesel powered vehicles.
Cars Could Run on Hydrogen Made From Plastic
Chemistry department researcher Moritz Kuehnel says light-absorbing materials are added to the plastic before it is placed in an alkaline solution and then exposed to sunlight, which creates hydrogen.
Latest Editorial and Opinion Pieces
- If Farmers aren’t allowed to fix their own tractors, then how will the rest of us be able to fix our own cars?
- The Senate’s Driverless Car Bill Is Broadly Deregulatory and Promisingly Bipartisan. Naturally, It’s going Nowhere
- Economic Opportunity in the Sky
- The future of cars is ripe for coachbuilding
- Could driverless cars be the future of commuting?
- Could Volvo’s new car replace air travel?
- Volvo’s self-driving car concept is what our cities don’t need
- 18 Worst Concept Cars of the Last Couple of Decades
- Running the Numbers: Auto Ownership Is Still Way Cheaper Than Ride Hailing
This week’s Biggest Stories
- How Self-driving Supergroup Aurora plans to make robocars real
- Ford requests exception to electric-car noise rule for police cruisers
- GM’s Plan to Test Autonomous Cars in New York City Seems to Have Gone up in Smoke
- GM Safety Assessment on Self-Driving Cars Draws Criticism
- Mercedes-Benz Unveils Modular Self-Driving Vehicles for People or Cargo
- VW faces about $10.7 billion investor suit over dieselgate scandal
- Volkswagen Takes Big Step in 3D Printing
- Volvo proposes universal standard for self-driving cars to communicate with other drivers
- Waymo, Uber Driverless Projects Make Scanning Sensors Cheaper
International, National, Local, and State
- EU lawmakers back tougher CO2 emissions reductions
- Britain Could Ban Classic Cars from Roads in Next 30 Years
- Calgary, Canada pulls out all the stops for driverless shuttle
- Germany: Green activists win Frankfurt ban on older diesel, gasoline vehicles
Local and State
- FCC leader says Indianapolis leads way in 5G investment (needed for driverless cars), poised to become national model
- Fiat Chrysler invests $30M in autonomous vehicle testing facility at Chelsea Proving Grounds in Michigan
- Driverless vehicle programs see 3 accidents in 32,000 trips in Las Vegas
- Utah driver sues Tesla after crashing in Autopilot mode
- A Major Push to Use Blockchain to Link Autonomous Vehicle Development on Open-Source Network
- Driverless technology might actually add as many jobs as it destroys, but the new roles will be ‘the worst trucking jobs around’
- A New Doppler Lidar Solves Self-Driving Cars’ Need for Speed
- The Winners and Losers of the Future of Autonomous
Car sharing/Ridesharing Watch
- One Year In, the Real Work begins for Uber’s CEO
- Uber Plans to Check up on Idle Cars in New Safety Measures
- Drivers and autonomous vehicle to get help from Volkswagen IOTA partnership
- V2X will connect the car with the outside world (soon)
- Four Data Challenges Posed by the Connected Car
Electric, Hybrids and Other Alternatively Fueled Vehicles
- It’s a Great Time to Buy a Used Electric Vehicle
- For EVs to Really Get Traction, Home Charging Needs to Be an Option
- GM’s Barra: R&D Begun for 10-Minute EV Charger
Flying Cars and Drones
- U.S. start-up says its electric drone has longer flight time on single charge
- UK air-taxi Company takes flight, inspired by F1 racing advances
- Wake County, North Carolina, First to See Meds-By-Drone Delivery in US
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