All in Connected Cars

Autonomous Vehicles Are Coming…But How Will A Nation of Car Lovers React?

This week marked the public opening of “NAIAS,” the North American International Auto Show, which is the grand and proper name for the Detroit manufacturers’ hometown show.  But while Detroit has emphasized investments in autonomous and connected vehicle technologies, including with a splash at CES earlier this month, you’d be forgiven for wondering where all the driverless tech was on the show floor itself.

DOT Shifts Gears to Consider Future Infrastructure Needs of Automated Vehicles

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released a request for information (RFI) on infrastructure and automated driving systems (ADS).  Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao signaled at CES that the agency would release four RFIs focused on accelerating development and consumer adoption of ADS, and this is the first of the series.  Comments are due March 5, 2018. 

V2V Announcement: Fact vs. Fiction

The Associated Press is reporting this week that the Trump Administration has decided not to pursue a mandate proposed by the Obama Administration that would have required automakers to install vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications technology in all new cars and trucks.  Is the Associated Press correct that the Administration is “jeopardizing one of the most promising technologies for preventing traffic deaths”?

Unmanned Aerial Voltage: Amazon Receives Patent for Roving UAS Car Chargers

Just when you thought there wasn’t anything that Amazon couldn’t deliver to its customers in increasingly short periods of time, it appears that the e-commerce giant has plans to deliver a new product: electricity.  This week in an exciting unmanned aircraft system (“UAS”) and connected car crossover, technology-focused media outlets are reporting that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted a patent to Amazon for UAS that can attach themselves to electric vehicles to charge them while the vehicle is moving