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NMA Article: Car of the Future News Roundup

The NMA staff has recently noticed a tremendous uptick in connected/driverless car, hybrid/electric car and car/ride sharing news stories and editorials.   Because there has been a great deal of car of the future stories, we wanted to separate the current reality of our regular Driving News with the hyper-reality of the Car of the Future.  Here is a roundup of stories that might be of interest to you just from the last two weeks with regards to the Car of the Future.

Two International stories caught our interest:

By 2040, people will no longer be allowed to drive in Israel.  People make too many mistakes.

Helsinki, Finland plans to make car ownership obsolete by 2025. The ambitious plan is a new phenomenon of smart mobility, which is being motivated by cutting-edge technology. If successful, the Finnish authorities hope to roll out the non-car ownership to the entire country.

Driverless Cars

The media frenzy for the driverless car movement has been driven by the excitement of all the possibilities.  Now, reporters and editorialists are starting to come back down to Earth especially after the fatal Tesla crash.


The Los Angeles Daily News also ran an article, WHY RAISE FUNDS FOR MASS TRANSIT WHEN DRIVERLESS CARS IN OUR FUTURE? Near the end of the article, this quote is priceless,

But the future can’t please everybody. NTSB Chairman Hart was asked if the move toward driverless cars is facing pushback from city governments that rely on speeding tickets for revenue.”

In response to all the police shootings of motorists, The Washington Post ran a story on COULD DRIVERLESS CARS BE THE SOLUTION TO POLICE STOPS? The article points out that only the rich will be able to afford a driverless car, and traffic stops will probably increase for those folks who have to drive due to the expense of the autonomous technology (and for those of us who still want to drive).

Tesla has certainly been in the news with regards to the overall company and the first fatal crash of a driver who was using his Tesla’s autonomous feature. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration wants more information on Tesla’s autopilot feature. Tesla Founder Elon Musk says his company has no intention of discontinuing the autopilot feature.

At the end of this past week, a coalition of Auto Safety Advocates have a written a joint letter to President Obama and other officials asking to take the autonomous auto tech off the road for now.

Ridesharing / Carsharing

This business of on-demand mobility seems to be exploding all around us. The Market Realist Website recently ran a 7-part series on the topic of THE ON-DEMAND MOBILITY BUSINESS IS PICKING UP SPEED AND HERE’S HOW: This series is a great overview of the business of on-demand mobility.

Part 1: Should Automakers be afraid of the growing Car Sharing Industry?

Part 2: Why are Automakers jumping into the Car Sharing Business?

Part 3: Understanding Zipcar’s Business Model

Part 4: How is Daimler expanding its Car Sharing Business?

Part 5: What sets Uber’s Business Model Apart?

Part 6: How is Gett benefiting from Uber’s Surge Pricing?

Part 7: Understanding General Motors on Demand Mobility Service.

Electric/Hybrid Cars

With regards to Electric Cars, Autoblog reports that an immense EV Sales spike will need to occur in order to meet 2020 emissions limits.

Last but not least, PC World wrote an article about Honda called, HONDA’S NEW MOTOR FOR HYBRID CARS IS A REALLY BIG DEAL. The reason— Honda Motor has developed the world’s first electric motor for hybrid cars that doesn’t use heavy rare earth metals.

If you would like to keep up to date with any of these topics, please follow the following NMA curated magazines on Flipboard. We update these pages with new articles nearly every day.

Car Sharing/Ride Sharing Watch

Connected & Driverless Cars Watch

Electric Car Watch

Hybrid Car Watch

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