California sues EPA over Trump’s emissions rollback

8 Apr
Exhaust emissions from tailpipe [photo: Simone Ramella, 2005, used under Creative Commons 2.0]The battle between California and the federal government escalated last week. The state filed a lawsuit against the NHTSA and the EPA over the Trump administration's proposal to freeze fuel efficiency and emissions regulations at 2020 levels. The proposal would also end California's ability to set stricter standards. Reuters reported on the...

LA area floats possible congestion charge to reduce traffic in parts of city

3 Apr
Rush hour traffic in Washington, D.C. (photo by Flickr user haddensavix)One of the most congested metropolitan areas in the U.S. is considering charging drivers around $4 to enter one of its busiest neighborhoods. A group of governments in the Los Angeles area conducted a study about implementing a congestion charge for drivers in and around Santa Monica, The Los Angeles Times reported last week. The study looked at a...

Uber’s bikes proving more popular than its cars

28 Feb
Uber-owned Jump electric bike-shareOne U.S. city actually prefers Uber's eBikes to traditional ride-hailing, and the results came as a shock to the company itself. Sacramento, California, residents are more likely to rent Uber's Jump bikes than hail its cars by a 53 to 47 percent margin, The Sacramento Bee reported Monday. Uber said it always assumed the Jump bikes service, which...

California senator aims to remove speed limits to build America’s autobahn

22 Feb
California state capitol, SacramentoCalifornia could do away with speed limits in certain situations if a new bill introduced by an Orange County-area senator moves forward. State Sen. John M. W. Moorlach proposed Senate Bill 319 that would not only add two lanes to Interstate 5 and State Route 99, which connect the Los Angeles area to the Bay Area, but also would eliminate speed...

California car dealers take on Volvo over subscription service

5 Dec
2019 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD R-DesignCalifornia new-car dealers have asked Volvo to cease its Care by Volvo subscription service and allege the program violates the law. According to a letter from Brian Maas, President of the California New Car Dealers Association, the service may illegally engage in the practice of "payment packing" for consumers. Automotive News (subscription...

Colorado adopts California vehicle emissions standards

23 Nov
Colorado license platesLast week, Colorado became the 13th state to adopt California's stringent vehicle emissions standards, which may make the Centennial State ready for a showdown with the Trump administration. The state's Air Quality Control Commission approved the California standard to begin for the 2022 model year. The commission claimed that the new regulations...

Study: Uber, Lyft have made traffic worse in San Francisco

8 Nov
Lyft car with trademark pink mustache (via Wikimedia) Ride-sharing services Lyft and Uber may appear to make travel more convenient in big cities, but San Francisco says they've actually made traffic worse. A study conducted by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority showed average speeds during morning hours decreased by 26 percent since 2009. In the evening, traffic speeds dropped 27...

Google’s Waymo gets approval to test self-driving cars on California roads

2 Nov
Waymo Jaguar I-PaceCalifornia granted Waymo a-driving car division a permit to test its driverless cars on public roads without a driver present, according to a post by the Google subsidiary Tuesday on Medium. Waymo is the first company to receive a permit of this kind from the California Department of Motor Vehicles, and comes as a result of new regulations passed...

California’s new $700 digital license plates can relay messages to other drivers

2 Jun
California digital license plateFuture license plates in California may be powered by the same technology used in Amazon’s Kindle e-reader—but not as a touchscreen device, of course. The state of California said Monday that it will test the nearly $700 digital license plates on 24 state-owned vehicles before approving them for public use, reported The Sacramento Bee...

California DMV reveals more hurdles ahead for self-driving cars

3 May
AutonomouStuff self-driving prototype running Baidu Apollo 2.0 softwareThe California Department of Motor Vehicles explained on Monday one of the reasons why self-driving cars aren't buzzing around the Golden State's roads: human drivers still have to take over too often. In response to a request from the DMV, eight companies intent on putting driverless cars on California's roads submitted annual "disengagement...