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Editorial/Commentary Article June 12, 2017
Roadway construction already is a dangerous working environment with over 700 fatalities annually in work zones alone. With connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) beginning to launch on our roadways, workers and motorists will have even more dangers facing them each day. Because the majority of...
Michigan DOT partners with 3M on nation's first connected work zone on I-75
Safety News May 23, 2017
Today, 3M and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced they are partnering to utilize connected-vehicle technologies along more than three miles of I-75. Using roadway solutions from 3M, the current I-75 work zone in Oakland County will be transformed over the course of four...
Rhode Island rolls out 'talking' buses aimed at safety
Traffic Safety News April 13, 2017
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) is rolling out a fleet of “talking” buses to serve the state’s communities.   The new technology allows the buses to alert pedestrians and motorists with an automated announcement through a “Safe Turn Alert” system that voices messages such as “...
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News March 28, 2017
Following a crash involving one of it’s self-driving ride-share vehicles this past Friday, Uber has lifted its temporary suspension of self-driving activities in both Pittsburgh and Tempe, Az., and put its autonomous test fleet back into service.   The Volvo SUVs are now back into rotation with the...
Despite police statement that other vehicle was at fault, company is cautious
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News March 27, 2017
Uber has announced that it will suspend its self-driving car program after one of its autonomous vehicles was involved in a high-impact crash in Tempe, Az. The ride-hailing company is suspending its autonomous tests in Arizona until it completes its investigation and pausing its Pittsburgh...
German researchers are working with Deep Learning technology to teach driverless-vehicle software to recognize work-zone traffic patterns
Autonomous Vehicle Systems News March 02, 2017
A new system is currently under development that seeks to improve the real-time interpretation of traffic information on construction sites by autonomous vehicles.   Driverless cars have to be able to accurately detect traffic signs, but current technologies are facing difficulties when presented...
Researchers at New York University (NYU) are developing artificial intelligence (AI) technology that will allow self-driving vehicles to navigate with centimeter precision using Here’s cloud-based HD Live Map system.
Autonomous Vehicle Systems News February 24, 2017
Researchers at New York University (NYU) are developing artificial intelligence (AI) technology that will allow self-driving vehicles to navigate with centimeter precision using Here’s cloud-based HD Live Map system.   For autonomous vehicles to deliver their expected societal and consumer benefits...
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News January 20, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) announced ten automated vehicle proving ground test sites that will form a Community of Practice with the goal of advancing autonomous and connected vehicle technology.   The proving ground designees were announced Jan. 19 and include: Pittsburgh and...
connected and automated vehicle technology
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News January 19, 2017
The Smart Belt Coalition, which includes both the Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan transportation agencies as well as various academic partners, aims to support research, testing, policy, funding pursuits and deployment, as well as data sharing, for connected and automated vehicle technology, and in...
The vehicles will only be connected to other traffic and infrastructure when necessary
Autonomous Vehicle Systems News January 12, 2017
Google has confirmed that it is to disconnect its fleet of self-driving cars from the internet unless absolutely necessary to prevent their technology falling prey to hackers, according to the chief executive of its driverless car program.   The dramatic move has been made possible by the fact that...
DOT states corridor is ideal for bringing state into the driverless vehicle world
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News December 23, 2016
Driverless cars could be coming to I-95 if Maryland transportation officials have their way.   The Maryland Department of Transportation announced this week that it has asked the U.S. Department of Transportation to use the I-95 corridor to test autonomous vehicles.   Federal officials are looking...
The transportation company’s response surprised few in the industry, given the company's history of challenging restrictions
Autonomous Vehicle Systems News December 22, 2016
Uber has decided to pull its self-driving cars from California roads after state regulators moved to revoke those vehicles’ registrations. The move comes after a week of talks between the ride-hailing company and state regulators failed.   Just hours after Uber launched the service in its home base...
The startup is financed by Ford Motor Company chairman venture fund
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News November 21, 2016
Startup company nuTonomy, which has already hit public streets with robot taxis, will begin trying out autonomous vehicles in the city of Boston by year’s end.   The company, financed in part by Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford’s venture fund, announced a deal with the city of Boston and...
While fully autonomous driving technology will be installed in all its vehicles, the company is awaiting futher testing of the system to start it up
Autonomous Vehicle Systems News October 20, 2016
Tesla Motors said on Wednesday that it would equip all of its new vehicles with technology that enables fully autonomous driving, but would not activate the system until it undergoes further testing.   In a blog post, the maker of electric cars said the new hardware included cameras, sensors and...
Iowa DOT to take stretch of I-380 into self-driving future
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News October 11, 2016
The Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) will partner with mapping venture Here, the mapping business, to transform a nearly 30-mile stretch of I-380 into a corridor adaptable for self-driving cars and trucks.   Here will use its open location platform, including real-time and predictive...
TxDOT research team tests Vision Zero collision avoidance system
Autonomous Vehicle Systems Article October 07, 2016
Across the globe, over 600,000 road users are killed every year in road incidents, many of which involve collisions with larger vehicles.   From time to time, such collisions occur between transit buses and pedestrians or other road users, transpiring more often than not as a result of blind spots...
Autonomous Vehicle Systems News September 14, 2016
The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) announced this week that it had received a grant to continue its deployment of connected vehicle technology, which the agency will use to help prevent crashes on the Interstate 80 corridor.   The technology uses short-range communication, and...
The Sweden-based companies will develop ADAS and AD systems for use in Volvo cars
Autonomous Vehicle Systems News September 07, 2016
Chinese-owned Volvo Car Group and auto safety group Autoliv said on Tuesday they would form a joint venture to develop autonomous driving software.   The two Sweden-based companies said in separate statements the new company would have an initial work force of about 200 staff taken from both parent...
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News September 06, 2016
Having completed the first phase of its Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) has now launched the second phase, which will see the technologies deployed and tested at the three pilot sites.   U.S. DOT has awarded three...
Rides in a self-driving Volvo will be available to the city's Uber customers this month
Autonomous Vehicle Systems News August 19, 2016
Uber will offer customers in Pittsburgh rides in self-driving vehicles starting this month, according to a report from Bloomberg yesterday.   Customers in the city's downtown will be randomly matched with one of the company’s self-driving cars, a modified Volvo sport utility vehicle, when they hail...
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