NMA Driving News Weekly Roundup for March 2, 2018

In this week’s Driving News Roundup:

–German Court says okay for cities to ban Diesel—
–CA allows driverless cars without human babysitters in April—
–Ridesharing Cars cause even more City Congestion, Who knew?—
–40 states reach Takata Airbag Scandal Settlements—

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NMA Driving News Story of the Week

Highway Trust Fund Casts Shadow Over Infrastructure Debate
Long-term uncertainty about the finances of a main federal account for funding highways and mass transit looms large as discussions continue here in the nation’s capital about the possibility of passing major infrastructure legislation this year. U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, a Pennsylvania Republican who chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, emphasized Wednesday that the five-year federal law currently keeping the Highway Trust Fund solvent will lapse in about two years and seven months.

In Germany’s Car Capital, the Unthinkable: The Right to Ban Cars
The star of Daimler shines bright over Stuttgart. The giant illuminated emblem of its most famous car, the Mercedes, towers above the main train station, greeting visitors. It is visible for miles. “As soon as you arrive,” said Manfred Niess, a retired teacher and local environmental activist, “you know who rules here.” Now, though, Daimler and other automakers in Stuttgart are facing a startling new reality: It may soon be illegal for some to drive a Mercedes in this city, where the local soccer club plays in the Mercedes-Benz stadium.

California Allows Driverless Car Testing Without Human Drivers
Driverless cars will be tested on California roads for the first time without a human being behind a steering wheel under new rules for the fast-developing technology. The regulations approved Monday are a major step toward getting autonomous vehicles onto the streets of California, the nation’s self-driving car hub.

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The NMA Driving News Roundup is a regular feature on the NMA Blog, where we highlight some of the most interesting driving news stories of the week. If you have a story for Driving News, send the url via email to nma@motorists.org. Every other Sunday, catch the Car of the Future Roundup blog post.

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