Autonomous Cars Are Driving on Our Streets. Welcome to 2018.
Take the Wheel Over the course of 2017, we saw some major steps forward when it comes to autonomous vehicles. This technology has been on the horizon for some time, but it’s finally hitting the streets in various forms.
In July 2017, a US House Committee gave its approval for the SELF DRIVE act, a groundbreaking piece of legislation intended to underpin the safe introduction of autonomous vehicles. The bill is set to allow automakers to field 25,000 such cars in their first year of deployment, up to an annual cap of 100,000 over three years.
While the SELF DRIVE act has passed the House, it is yet to pass the Senate — although the Senate has given its approval to other legislation that will influence the access autonomous vehicles have to our road networks. Still, various companies are gearing up to start testing their autonomous vehicles in coming years.
Autonomous vehicles seem poised to change the way we travel, and even impact the design of our urban spaces. However, there’s still some debate as to what kind of timeline we’re looking at.
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StateScoop — Four development teams have taken home top prizes in a competition for advanced infrastructure proposals, each securing up to $10 million in investment capital.
Zach Huhn, chief executive of the Venture Smarter technology collaborative, said that for the higher-tech aspects of automated travel, public agencies should let the automotive sector lead the way rather than risk getting stuck with expensive, but incompatible, systems.
The Knight Foundation is stepping directly into the smart cities and transportation arena with the award of more than $5 million to five cities.
Pedestrian safety is a serious problem in New Jersey. Last year alone, 184 people died in pedestrian-vehicle crashes, according to the New Jersey State Police.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) today published a Notice of Funding Opportunity for $15 million to fund two new University Transportation Centers (UTCs).
Columbus has been rapidly innovating since its Smart Columbus plan won the U.S. DOT Smart City Challenge in June 2016, and this new pilot adds to a growing list of steps the city is taking to become a leader in transportation technology and research.
The Safer and Smarter Arizona Roadways Initiative aims to foster safer roadway navigation and interaction by supporting intelligent decision making using data derived from an infrastructure-to-vehicle (I2V) communication platform.
I am convinced that most solutions are already here to address our biggest road safety problems. We only need the internal fortitude, the moral compass, and the strength of conviction to apply the tools at our disposal.
The city of Santa Monica has officially awarded Bird, Lime, Lyft and JUMP Bikes, which Uber acquired in April, permits to operate both electric scooters and/or bikes in the city as part of its 16-month pilot program beginning September 17.
BLACKSBURG — The town council narrowly passed a resolution Tuesday night backing a hefty funding request for the proposed connection of the Smart Road to Interstate 81.
Building off of the DVRPC Regional Streetlight Procurement Program model, the Greater Philadelphia Smart Controls Project will develop and implement a regional effort that enables all municipalities in southeastern Pennsylvania to effectively design, procure, and install wireless network controls.
Explosive population growth along with economic competition, rapidly advancing technologies and environmental concerns are challenging cities across the country to become more efficient, adapt to new expectations and be better stewards of the planet. The electric utilities serving those communities are confronted with a changing marketplace they must adapt to while driving solutions at the same time.
How about “light individual transport lane”? Sometimes, you just need a good chat on the bus to get a good idea. That’s what happened to two Portland transit gurus, Sarah Iannarone and Jarrett Walker, when they met on the Oregon city’s 10 bus this Tuesday.
BOONE COUNTY, KY. – U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Elaine L. Chao was joined today by Kentucky Secretary of Transportation Greg Thomas, Congressman Thomas Massie, and Boone County Judge Executive Gary Moore to announce $75 million in infrastructure grants, including both Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) and Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants, for the Northern Kentucky region.