July 24, 2017
The Competitive Enterprise Institute is hosting an event later today where a proposal to require all new cars in the United States come outfitted with vehicle-to-vehicle communications (V2V) technology that relies on a protocol called dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) will be discussed. The rule was proposed in mid-January 2017. In response, CEI urged Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao to temporarily suspend the V2V rulemaking and later submitted...
July 19, 2017
Today, CEI released my report, Authorizing Automated Vehicle Platooning: A Guide for State Legislators, 2017 Edition. This is an update of the 2016 edition. Platooning refers to a specific application of vehicle automation technology that allows vehicles to travel safely in close formation on the highways. A video below provides a fun overview of what this is:
In the future, automated platooning will allow roadway capacity enhancements without costly physical roadway expansions. Right now, interest in an early application has come from...
July 7, 2017
The following is an excerpt from remarks delivered by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao at CEI’s Annual Dinner & Reception held on June 7, 2017. The theme of the event was "Through the Looking Glass."
Thank you so much. When I was first in Washington, the President of CEI was Fred Smith. And I just saw him over there. I’m going to give a great shout out to Fred Smith. And I’m so excited to meet the new president, Kent Lassman. He is so inspiring. So full of energy. Kent thank you so much for what you so. And also I’m so excited to meet tonight’s awardee Pierre Desrochers.
In Lewis Carroll’s beloved tail, Alice wonders what life...
July 2, 2017
“GOP chairman may join Dems to preserve Obama auto regs,” E&E News reported this week. Reporter Camille von Kaenelle explains:
“At least one top Senate Republican is working with Democrats hoping to safeguard Obama-era fuel economy standards from Trump administration rollbacks.
Senate Democrats—led by Sens. Tom Carper of Delaware and Ed Markey of Massachusetts—have been courting GOP lawmakers in their bid to urge President Trump to preserve the government's fuel economy program for cars, sources told E&E News.
They've gotten the attention of Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, who has worked on drafts of the letter....
June 20, 2017Reuters that Amazon’s profit-driven...
May 25, 2017
Today, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) introduced the Revamping American Infrastructure Act of 2017 (H.R. 2714), which aims to “facilitate the use of outcome-based performance standards by the Department of Transportation.” It is cosponsored by Reps. Jason Lewis (R-MN), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Mark Sanford (R-SC), Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Ted Budd (R-NC), Dave Brat (R-VA), Raul Labrador (R-ID), and Gary Palmer (R-AL). Americans for Modern Transportation supports the bill.
Earlier this year, CEI published my report on the problems with the Department of...
April 25, 2017
April 12, 2017
March 14, 2017published its proposed testing and deployment rules for automated vehicles. An earlier testing rule...
March 7, 2017panel discussion on...