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More than 40 Cities Globally are Using Self-Driving Cars

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It’s nice to see the development of the “Cars of the Future”. The idea of autonomous vehicles, or cars that drive themselves, has become so popular that almost four dozen cities around the world are experimenting with them.

Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Aspen Institute have compiled a list of all the cities testing or developing AVs by interviewing and surveying public officials as well as media reports and public documents.

The list includes 47 cities that are hosting pilot programs or have committed to doing so. An additional 22 cities have begun considering the regulatory, planning, and governance implications of AVs but have not yet agreed to trial them. The list will be updated continuously as Bloomberg and Aspen learn about new initiatives.

This has been going for a while too, as for a survey conducted to various cities shows. The chart you’ll see shows that a lot of cities have been planning to use Autonomous Vehicles from 12 to 36 months ago. Meaning that a quarter of the surveyed cities began their projects within last year.

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Of the 30 cities who responded to questions about the obstacles they face developing autonomous vehicle projects, a lack of money and expertise ranked highest. A few cities also lack clarity or consensus on specific actions for moving forward, and a handful face regulatory hurdles from higher levels of government.

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This is a great development for autonomous cars everywhere. Let’s remind the readers about Toyota’s jump into the AV Bandwagon and the fact that other futuristic cars such as Electric and Hybrid have been pushed as well.

It can’t be denied that there might be some downsides to using AV, such as exploits that can be used to crash vehicles into one another. However, with proper security measures, these issues can probably be addressed sooner than anyone expects.

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BMW predicts a drop in sales as rising prices reduce consumers’ purchasing power

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FRANKFURT — BMW’s quarterly net profit increased 23 percent to 3.18 billion euros ($3.1 billion), largely due to high car prices, but the company cautioned that rising inflation and interest rates will start to impact on sales in the coming months.

Increased profits are being seen despite decreased sales volumes caused by problems in the supply chain, such as the lack of semiconductor chips, which has slowed production for automakers throughout the world.

CEO Oliver Zipse stated in a statement that the company was on track to reach its annual goals because “our outstanding third quarter results highlight that flexibility fosters resilience.”

BMW and other automakers have been able to hike prices because to robust demand and low inventories, but economists believe that consumers will begin to rein down significant purchases as recession chances increase and central banks raise interest rates.

BMW predicted that its above-average order books will “normalize, especially in Europe” in the coming months as a result of rising inflation and interest rates, which would reduce the purchasing power of consumers.

BMW’s finance director Nicolas Peter, though, said the company anticipates its “good momentum” to carry over into 2023, despite full-year sales being somewhat lower than in 2021 and sales of full-electric vehicles expected to treble.

The company said that it expects an operating margin of between 7% and 9% for the full year.

However, the manufacturer saw a 35% increase in revenue to 37.18 billion euros ($36.49 billion) in the third quarter despite global sales falling 9.5% from the same period last year.

BMW’s pretax profit of €4.1 billion was higher than the consensus estimate of €3.4 billion.

Higher costs for raw materials and energy, as well as the price of gaining control of the Chinese joint venture Brilliance, contributed to the 2.7 billion euro increase in costs reported by the firm compared to the same time in the previous year.

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By 2035, all new car sales in New York and California will be hybrid or electric vehicles.

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According to Governor Kathy Hochul, New York will follow California’s lead and require that all new automobiles, trucks, and SUVs sold in the state be either electric vehicles (EVs) or plug-in hybrids. By 2026, 35% of new cars must be zero-emission vehicles, and by 2030, 60% must be. By 2035, all new school buses must have zero emissions. The rules won’t go into effect until after a public hearing. According to Governor Kathy Hochul, New York will follow California’s lead and require that all new automobiles, trucks, and SUVs sold in the state be either electric vehicles (EVs) or plug-in hybrids. By 2026, 35% of new cars must be zero-emission vehicles, and by 2030, 60% must be. By 2035, all new school buses must have zero emissions. The rules won’t go into effect until after a public hearing.

Hochul directed the state’s environmental agency to establish regulations resembling those imposed by California, which bans the sale of all vehicles powered only by fossil fuels by the year 2035. These regulations, which went into effect this month, with the goal of selling 9.5 fewer internal combustion engine (ICE) only vehicles by 2035 while reducing passenger vehicle pollution by 25% by 2037.

“We had to wait for California to take a step because there’s some federal requirements that California had to go first — that’s the only time we’re letting them go first,” in a press conference yesterday, the governor said.

 

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Self-Driving To Be Standard In The 2020’s

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Technology in vehicles has seen amazing leaps in the past several years. Only eight years ago things like Bluetooth or WiFi in vehicles were not standard. These amenities were only reserved for luxurious vehicles are standard in even the most economical model of cars now. Companies like GM and Ford purchasing self-driving startups and expecting to release new vehicles in the next few years with self-driving capability.

Companies like Tesla have had self-driving vehicles for a few years. And even Google has experimented with self-driving technology. There have been some hiccups and a few other misuses of the technology. This should not stop the progress of the technology. The technology is still in its early stages but I would expect the minor things to be fixed within the next few years. Many other major car manufacturing companies are predicting to have a self-driving vehicle within the next few years.

While its too soon to tell how this technology will affect future traffic laws, it is likely to make some marvelous changes in the future. Road trips will definitely change with such advances. It can only be hoped that it positively affects us more than any harm it might cause in the future.

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