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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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California Air Resource Board Addresses Tampering with Vehicle Emission Systems The California Air Resource Board (CARB) sent a letter this week to automakers and other vehicle and engine manufacturers regarding unapproved hardware or software programs in vehicles that interfere with emission control systems. CARB encouraged automakers to disclose any defeat devices or undisclosed modifications designed…

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California Governor Calls for Ban on Gas-Fueled Cars by 2035   California Governor Gavin Newsom released an executive order yesterday requiring that by 2035, all new cars and passenger trucks sold in California will be zero-emission vehicles. In his press release, Newsom cited increased concern about the effects of pollution and climate change caused by…

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House Republican E/C Committee Members Introduce AV Legislation Bill Fails to Address Vehicle Data Access U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Members introduced, today, Autonomous Vehicle legislation which addresses numerous Automaker concerns relative to research and deployment of autonomous vehicles. The legislation is similar to legislation previously considered by the Committee. Unfortunately, the bill…

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U.S. DOT Launches AV Test Initiative Last week the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) held a series of webinars to launch the start of the Automated Vehicle Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing Initiative (AV Test Initiative). NHTSA Deputy Administrator James C. Owens stated that this is the first…

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IIHS Study Finds AVs Might Not Prevent All Crashes A new study released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that autonomous vehicles (AVs) would struggle to eliminate most crashes. Per IIHS, “Conventional thinking has it that self-driving vehicles could one day make crashes a thing of the past. The reality is not…

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NHTSA Examines FMVSS Options for Autonomous Vehicles Today, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a report highlighting options to work around 12 Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) that pose as barriers to deploying autonomous vehicles. Per Politico, “The report examined FMVSS regarding occupant protection, door locks, head restraints, transmission shifting and…

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