August 8, 2016Rent seeking” occurs when companies secure government benefits for actions that do not otherwise create wealth.
An example of rent seeking is California’s subsidy program for zero emissions vehicles (ZEVs)—primarily electric vehicles. Under the state’s ZEV credit program, automakers that...
July 28, 2016
I recently attended the annual Automated Vehicle Symposium in San Francisco. More than 1,000 attendees from around the world from industry, academia, government, and NGOs came together to meet and discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by automated vehicle technology.
In addition to the personal mobility benefits of robocars—think Google’s Self-Driving Car project—they promise to greatly improve safety, as driver error is the critical factor in 94 percent of crashes. This means technology that reduces human involvement—and thus human error—in the operation of a vehicle has the potential to save tens of thousands of lives in the United States per year. And one...
July 21, 2016
Editor’s note: Open Market is publishing a new blog series this week on pressing issues in administrative law and regulatory policy, which we’ve titled “Worst Procedural Abuses of the Obama Era.” It will also include contributions by Marc Scribner, Trey Kovacs, and Ryan Radia.
Since Obama took office, the Environment Protection Agency’s grossest procedural violation was so outrageous that the agency voluntarily reversed course after it came to light. In the summer of 2015, the agency tried and failed to get away with a secret rulemaking.
On July 23, 2015, the EPA...
July 13, 2016
June 22, 2016targeting home-share listings in New York, the governmental response to the sharing economy’s disruption is reportedly poised to go global. Officials from top tourist destinations like Paris, Barcelona, and Athens are talking to their counterparts in New...
June 17, 2016
January 14, 2016
Today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced new initiatives on automated vehicles, commonly referred to as driverless cars, self-driving cars, or autonomous vehicles. Foxx, joined by representatives from Google, Tesla, the Big 3 automakers, and Tier 1 supplier Delphi, discussed the Obama administration’s plan to pump $4 billion over 10 years to “accelerate” the development and deployment of automated vehicles. How they exactly plan to do so—and to ensure these requested funds won’t be squandered on pet projects or on initiatives that delay development and deployment—remains to be seen.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has also...
January 7, 2016
Last year, the Federal Aviation Administration’s two drone rulemakings got a lot of attention: their strange attempt to implement Congress’s airspace integration mandate and their unlawful drone registration mandate. CEI submitted comments in both (see here and here).
With 2016 being the final year of Obama’s presidency, we can expect a flurry of rulemaking activity—some good, but mostly bad....
Automated Vehicles Update: California DMV Releases Draft Rules and Some Notes about that Crash StudyDecember 18, 2015
CALIFORNIA DMV AV OPPS RULES PROPOSED: On December 16, the California Department of Motor Vehicles released its draft licensing and operations rules for consumer automated vehicles, or “autonomous vehicles” as defined in California statute (CA Veh Code § 38750). The draft rules were supposed to have been released in August 2014, so California DMV is more than a year late. California DMV summarizes the rules here. AV consultant Brad Templeton provides a critical summary of the provisions ...
December 10, 2015
Last Friday, December 4, President Obama signed into law the FAST Act, which reauthorizes federal surface transportation programs through Fiscal Year 2020 to the tune of $305 billion (about $61 billion annually). AASHTO has a detailed funding table here. You can see how much your state will receive for its highways here.
On funding, CEI has long urged Congress to adhere to the users-pay/users-benefit principle and to reject general fund bailouts of the Highway Trust Fund. The Highway Trust Fund traditionally funds the lion’s share of surface transportation....