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ASA Urges the U.S. Congress to Pursue Autonomous Vehicle Legislation Today, the Coalition for Future Mobility (CFM), a group that includes the Automotive Service Association and 44 other auto industry stakeholders, sent a letter to the U.S. Congress encouraging the support of autonomous vehicle (AV) legislation this year. In the letter, CFM urged the U.S.…

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NHTSA Finalizes Rule to Modernize Driverless Vehicle Safety Standards The National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA) published a final rule today that is intended to streamline innovation of autonomous vehicles by making it easier to manufacture and test new vehicle technology. The final rule clarifies some ambiguities within the agency vehicle safety standards, such as…

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NHTSA Releases Updated Cybersecurity Guidelines for Modern Vehicles Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a draft version of “Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Safety of Modern Vehicles”. This document is an updated version of a 2016 document of the same name and provides guidelines and recommendations from NHTSA to the automotive industry…

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Department of Transportation Releases Plan for Autonomous Vehicles The Department of Transportation (DOT) released today a comprehensive plan for autonomous vehicles. This document builds on previous work from DOT to regulate autonomous vehicle production and is organized into three main goals: promote collaboration and transparency, modernize the regulatory environment, and prepare the transportation system.  …

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NHTSA Allows Domestic Vehicles to Apply for Research Exemptions– AV Rule Does Not Contain Vehicle Data Access Pathway NHTSA has recently released an interim final rule that would allow manufacturers in the United States, particularly those manufacturing autonomous vehicles, to obtain permission from NHTSA to manufacture and test vehicles that do not currently comply with…

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Alliance for Automotive Innovation Releases 4-Year Policy Roadmap for AV Innovation The Alliance for Automotive Innovation released today the “Policy Roadmap to Advance Automated Vehicle Innovation: A four-year plan to revolutionize transportation”. This roadmap contains 14 specific recommendations organized into three main pillars: reform regulations to allow for AV deployment at scale, harmonize federal, state,…

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General Motors Announces Increased Investment in Electric Vehicles General Motors (GM) announced plans this week to invest $27 billion on electric and autonomous vehicles through 2025, $7 billion more than the amount they promised before the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, GM will launch 30 electric vehicle models by 2025 around the world, with over two thirds…

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New Lobby Group Sets Goal of All Electric Vehicle Sales by 2030 This week, the Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA) announced their organizational goal of 100 percent electric vehicle sales by the end of the decade. ZETA is a coalition of 28 businesses across the United States, including utility groups like Pacific Gas and Electric,…

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U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee Includes NHTSA Stakeholder Telematics Language The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has released their bill for the FY 2021 budget. This bill allocates $25.6 billion for the Department of Transportation in discretionary budget authority. In the following explanatory document for this bill, the committee…

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Massachusetts Passes Right to Repair Ballot Initiative Last night, Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly passed Question 1 “Right to Repair” ballot initiative, 75 percent to 25 percent. This proposal expands upon the previously passed Right to Repair initiative. expanding the scope to include telematics information.   This was a hotly contested initiative, and both sides spent millions…

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