Driving Economic Growth with Smarter Transportation Technology
“Autonomous vehicles are really just one key part of what we’re calling a connected place,” said moderator Brad Wright, of law firm Squire Patton Boggs, introducing a panel exploring “the nexus between autonomous vehicles and smart cities.”
An executive order from Arizona’s governor, Doug Ducey, in 2015 created the initial momentum around the adoption of autonomous vehicles, one that took into account public safety and governing but that also fostered exploration. Panelist Chris Camacho, president and CEO, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, said this position fits into the “narrative of a state that historically has had a limited regulatory, pro-business framework.”
Earlier this year, Ducey updated the order to permit driverless cars without anyone behind the wheel on any state road. In late January, Waymo, a unit of Google’s Alphabet, got a permit to operate as a Transportation Network Company, which allows Waymo’s fleet of driverless Chrysler minivans to pick up and drop off paying riders through a smartphone app or website. Although Lyft partners with a number of manufacturers, the company is developing its own self-driving system. Uber has ceased it’s driverless car testing in Arizona since a pedestrian fatality in March.
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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.
Smart Cities Dive — Four cross-jurisdictional teams took home the top cash prizes in the first Smart Infrastructure Challenge, hosted by smart city and technology strategy firm Venture Smarter.
Smart Cities Dive — Speakers in Columbus, OH, emphasized the need for cities to put people first, but the age gap between elected leaders and smart city proponents could be a hindrance.
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.
WASHINGTON – By the end of the 2018 fiscal year (FY 2018), the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) made available more than $63.9 billion in FY 2018 multi-modal discretionary and formula transportation investments and $1.6 billion in FY 2017 discretionary funds.
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.