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Waymo Calls On NHTSA To Scrap Standards For Autonomous Vehicles



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Waymo is tired of impossible standards, the trade was might kill the planet, and Toyota is making global moves. This is Morning Shift for Friday, August 30, 2019.

1st: Waymo Says Get Rid Of AV Standards

When it comes to automaker wants to make a full self-driving car, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration currently requires that automaker to meet 75 different car safety standards. Those standards are outdated according to Waymo, Automotive News reports, and it's all because they are tired of the wheel.

Requiring a licensed driver sit in the driver's seat. NHTSA standards complicates design.

More from Automotive News:

"NHTSA should move promptly to remove barriers while ensuring safety, "Waymo said in a letter posted on Thursday after the car safety agency in May" on the removal of unnecessary regulatory barriers to the safe introduction of automated driving systems. "

NHTSA should first work on addressing those safety

That's "enable the timely deployment of vehicles without manual controls, Waymo added."

General Motors Co. in its comments said "It is imperative that NHTSA continue to drive this dialogue with a sense of urgency advancing technology. "

It's a pretty big call to action that would require a serious rethink in the way we as a society consider the act of vehicular transportation. Changes in rules will not be quick in coming:

NHTSA does not plan to begin writing on seating positions until March 2020. That involves revising crashworthiness standards to address occupants facing the rear or side in fully self-driving vehicles , New seating positions are not vital to the development or deployment of AVs.

Comments filed by automakers may at least 2025 to complete a comprehensive rewrite of various safety standards .

NHTSA is also safe to use and where to test self-driving cars. The agency is considering whether to use simulation or external remote controls in testing.

It sounds like NHTSA has a hell of a lot on its plate.

2nd: China's CO2 Targets To Suffer Because Of Trade War

Ah , yes, the good ol was China-US trade. Just when you think it can not get any worse, we find it a way to make it happen! China, a heavily coal-powered country, is now going to be unlikely to meet its greenhouse gas emission targets because of it, as per Reuters.

The world's biggest producer of climate-warming

It promised in June to show the "highest possible ambition" when reviewing its climate policies next year, raising hopes it would be more stringent targets in its 2021-2025 five-year plan.

However, Li [GaoheadoftheclimatechangeofficeattheMinistryofEcologyandEnvironment)briefingreportersaheadofaUnitedNationsclimatesummitinNewChinanextmonthshowingthecoldwaterontheideaChinawouldbeabletomakesignificanteffortstobringemissionstoapeak

"Do not underestimate the determination and confidence of the Chinese government, but at China is facing, "he said at the press, adding," China is not ready to meet the goal many years ahead of schedule. "

Basically, China's economy is set to

Li said the environment would be focus on climate Financing in the future and working with the central bank and China's top planning for carbon reduction projects throughout the country, including renewables and electric vehicles.

But still, China still relies on fossil fuels and it was difficult to

Li thus said China was not able to meet a major requirement of the Paris climate agreement

Is it just me, or are we just as a global society?

3rd: Tesla Exempt From China Taxes

China has been offering at exemption from ten percent automotive sales tax on domestic EV manufacturers. Tesla to that list, Bloomberg reports.

The exemption … affects all Tesla models sold in China, the nation's industry ministry said Friday on its website. The electric car maker's shares jumped 3.7% before the start of regular trading in New York.

This coming after Elon Musk paid a visit to the country for the two-day World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai.

Interestingly, though, Tesla also raised the prices of its vehicles China's economy was

The price of a basic level model 3 sedan went up more than 2% to 363,900 yuan ($ 50,900), Tesla's website showed Friday. Prices for basic level Model S sedans and Model X models have been reduced to 793,900 yuan and 809,900 yuan, respectively.

It's an interesting dichotomy here, one that highlights the complicated relationship between attempts to be eco-friendly

4th: Toyota Will not Build UK Cars The Day After Brexit

What, exactly, is a global automotive company? from the greater European Union? If you guessed 'take a day off and let the chaos settle,' you would be correct. Toyota wants to do just that, Reuters reports.

Toyota built just over 8% of Britain's 1.52 million cars last year at its Burnaston factory in Derbyshire and started producing its new Corolla model earlier this year

"We will have a production break on the first day of Brexit, which is Friday 1st, and … then we will start production on Monday and Tuesday," said a spokesman.

"We do not know what the actual situation will be like. We've already pulled out a couple of days ago, which we'll use on the Monday and Tuesday and we'll have to see what the situation is after that, "he said.

Basically, there are a lot of unknowns here. Brexit, because it would just require more tariffs, border delays, and bureaucracy than if they could just be shipped from a sister country to the next. Toyota is definitely one of them.

Toyota says it will not loose any volume of output.

5th: But Toyota Will Expand Into Africa

When the rest of the world is collapsing and everything is stagnating, it's time to move. At least, that's what Toyota and a few other manufacturers have come up with.

Here's more from Automotive News:

Ivory Coast's government signed an agreement on Thursday with Toyota Motor Corp. Amadou Gon Coulibaly said in a statement

Thursday's agreement was signed at a Japan-Africa development conference in Yokohama, Japan, by Gon Coulibaly and Ichiro Kashitani, CEO of Toyota Tsusho, a unit of the automotive and industrial group.

Toyota Tsusho acquired French automobile retailer CFAO, which operates in 35 countries in Africa, in 2016. Toyota already produces cars in South Africa, which has a well-developed auto industry.

VW and Nissan have set up operations in Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana or have pledged to do so. Honda and Peugeot have launched assembly plants in Nigeria and Peugeot has done the same in Kenya.

Toyota's production will look like it, but it's a promising start for the agreement.

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