The issue of driver attentiveness “is really a critical area,” said Bryan Reimer of MIT. “We are clearly picking up technology in the car, portable phones, et cetera, at rates that are far and above what should be socially acceptable.”
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers supports the decision saying that "vehicles need to remain affordable for consumers to replace older, less-efficient cars with newer ones."
The deal with Honda might include co-creating a vehicle from scratch rather than modify existing models, as it has done with Jaguar and Fiat Chrysler.
"Some competitors, not by name because there are several, they’re trying to race to be the first one to show autonomous driving. I’m not so sure what being first gets you,” said Jack Hollis, group vice president of U.S. sales for the Toyota.
The automobile manufacturer hasn't been able to retrieve data from the car and is working authorities to do so.
While the politics of California and China are a study in contrasts, both places are taking a top-down approach to combating climate change by forcing a shift in energy and transportation.