Good morning from Quick Shift, your daily guide to the latest and greatest in mobility news. — Katie Burke
Your (test) robotaxi has arrived. The California Public Utilities Commission, which regulates transportation companies, has drafted a proposal that would let companies developing autonomous vehicles transport members of the public without a safety monitor. The California Department of Motor Vehicles has passed regulations letting companies test vehicles without a human supervisor in the driver's seat. The catch? Companies can't charge money for the high-tech rides.
Click here to subscribe. As more automakers tinker with subscription models, the sales model made popular by tech companies such as Netflix and Spotify could become the car buying service of the future.
- California may take legal action to stop the rollback of EPA emissions targets.
- Tech companies call for universal drone regulations.
- How legacy navigation company TomTom is bracing for an autonomous future
- MIT researchers weigh in on self-driving car regulations.
- A postmortem on New York's congestion pricing plan
- In the European Union, local Uber managers will face off with French authorities for running an illegal taxi service.
- Germany is ready to support EV battery makers.
- Local communities such as Nashville and Monrovia, Calif., look into subsidizing ride-hailing companies as a form of public transit.
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- Emergency sirens can be hacked, of course.
- Hmm. This bike subscription plan may not make financial sense.
- A proposal for fixing self-driving car regulations