Countries’ readiness for autonomous vehicles rated

Asserting that autonomous vehicles are poised to revolutionize both transportation and the way people live and work throughout the world, KPMG has developed a readiness index that evaluates 20 countries around the world according to four pillars. They include: policy and legislation; technology and innovation; infrastructure; and consumer acceptance. Each pillar is comprised of variables reflecting a wide range of factors impacting AV readiness, from the availability of electric vehicle charging stations, to AV technology R&D, to the regulatory environment and citizens’ acceptance of the technology. The countries with an overall ranking in the top 10 are:

Union gets House to remove trucks from autonomous vehicle bill

A House bill that would allow manufacturers to sell up to 100,000 self-driving cars each and bar states from restricting their operation passed both its subcommittee and the Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously last month. Concerned about potential job loss, unions representing truck drivers successfully lobbied the House to exempt commercial trucks from the “highly automated vehicle” definition the law affects for the time being.

Research highlights declining auto industry, manufacturing next?

In a recent post, the Brookings Institution’s Mark Muro raises concerns about the U.S. manufacturing sector’s health due to the leading indicators of slowed growth in both auto sector output and auto manufacturing employment. Muro contends that these slowdowns are driven by plateaued consumer demand and automakers investing billions in developing technologies necessary for electric and self-driving cars. Muro reports that the manufacturing sector is already seeing a slowdown in nearly 40 percent of the U.S. largest metros. Of the top 100 metros, Muro reports 39 have seen manufacturing growth turn negative from January of 2016 to March 2017.

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