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Automotive Trade Groups Unite Against Trump Tariffs

The Driving American Jobs Coalition, a group representing many facets of the US auto industry, has formed a new coalition to oppose potential new tariffs on imported automobiles and motor vehicle parts. The coalition—involving eight major auto industry trade groups—plans to inform policymakers and stakeholders about the negative effects of imposing new auto tariffs, including massive...

Renting Out Your GM Car

General Motors has developed a peer-to-peer car-sharing platform for owners of its cars. The program will allow owners of GM cars and trucks to rent out their vehicles when they are not using them. This is an expansion of GM’s existing car-sharing service. For now, the new program is being tested in limited locations in the upper Midwest. Other companies are already in the peer-to-peer...

SoftBank Invests in GM’s Cruise Automation

The SoftBank Vision Fund will be investing $2.25 billion in GM’s Cruise Automation, its self-driving car division. The company will receive an initial investment at the close of the transaction, and the remaining $1.35 billion when GM deploys its self-driving cars for commercial use. (GM has claimed that it will mass-produce autonomous cars without steering wheels or pedals by 2019.)...

Study Finds Americans Still Wary of Autonomous Vehicles

In a recent Gallup poll, nearly 60% of the more than 3,000 survey participants said they would be uncomfortable riding in an autonomous vehicle. Survey participants were even more reluctant to share the road with driverless trucks, with nearly 70% stating that they would be uneasy. The responses varied by age, with those over 66 least likely to accept autonomous vehicles. Nearly 70% of...

Senate Commerce Committee Holds Hearing on Auto Innovation

This week, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a field hearing on “Driving Automotive Innovation and Federal Policies.” Chairman John Thune gave the opening statement, stating that automated vehicles and new business models, driven by technological advancements, are “poised to enable substantial growth.” Chairman Thune pointed to...

NHTSA Says Canadian Cars Meeting Canadian Safety Standards Can Be Imported to the US

The NHTSA recently issued a notice of a final decision to allow Canadian-made vehicles that comply with Canadian standards—but which do not comply with US safety standards—can be imported into the US. The decision applies to a variety of Canadian vehicles manufactured on or after September 1, 2017, and extends through September 1, 2022. The specific manufacturers or models have not yet...

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