Automated Vehicle Development

Walmart expands its driverless car delivery testing
News January 10, 2019
Walmart is now piloting a program to use Udelv autonomous-driving vans to deliver fresh groceries to its customers in Surprise, Az.   “We want to make sure we stay on the cutting edge of grocery delivery by exploring what’s new and next,” Tom Ward, senior vice president of Walmart’s digital...
The University of Arizona (UA) is partnering with state and local government agencies to form Smart Vehicles and Intelligent Transportation (SVIT), a P3 devised in effort to help Southern Arizona become an industry leader in smart-vehicle and intelligent transportation technologies.
News December 31, 2018
The University of Arizona (UA) is partnering with state and local government agencies to form Smart Vehicles and Intelligent Transportation (SVIT), a P3 devised in effort to help Southern Arizona become an industry leader in smart-vehicle and intelligent transportation technologies.   Partners in...
self-driving vehicle petitions
News December 20, 2018
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) this week announced its plans to speed up the process to review and approve automaker self-driving vehicle petitions, according to a report from Reuters.   The process allows the agency to determine whether or not automakers can deploy...
Uber AVs

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News December 19, 2018
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has approved the continued testing of Uber's self-driving vehicles in autonomous mode in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas for the first time since March of this year.   An Associated Press report indicates the ride-sharing company has been...
autonomous vehicle readiness
News November 08, 2018
This year, KPMG released its 2018 Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index (AVRI), a report which evaluates the preparedness of 20 countries globally for the introduction of self-driving vehicles, and highlights best practices to help countries accelerate AV adoption.   The AVRI examines where countries...
Autonomous vehicle guidance
News October 05, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) yesterday released new federal guidance for automated vehicles, advancing its commitment to supporting the safe integration of automation into the broad multimodal surface transportation system.    ‘Preparing for the Future of Transportation:...
autonomous vehicles
News September 19, 2018
Less than half of Americans (43%) are interested in utilizing autonomous vehicles, down from 53% last year, according to the fourth annual Sharing Economy Index released by Allianz Global Assistance.   The lack of interest is primarily attributed to safety concerns (71% in 2018, compared to 65% in...
News August 28, 2018
Toyota announced on Monday that it is investing $500 million in Uber and working more closely with the company to accelerate the development and deployment of self-driving vehicles.    Uber plans to retrofit Toyota Sienna minivans with its autonomous technology and begin real-world testing in 2021...
human operator in AV
News August 16, 2018
The Governors Highway Safety Association’s (GHSA) new report, Preparing for Automated Vehicles: Traffic Safety Issues for States, funded by State Farm, analyzes market trends and finds that most autonomous vehicles (AVs) for the foreseeable future will share driving responsibilities with humans,...
Autonomous vehicle research
News July 17, 2018
Purdue University is launching an autonomous vehicle innovation hub where students and faculty will research a range of issues related to the technology, including artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and public policy.   The new center—called the Innovation Hub for Connected and Autonomous...
Labor's Legacy in downtown Detroit, honoring the city's 300th anniversary in 2001.
News June 07, 2018
Once again, I missed more than I got to experience, but nonetheless there was much of interest. (Side note: Two members of the ITSA board visited the Traffic & Transit booth and I told them directly my dissatisfaction and concern about the number of concurrent sessions, and they did listen, so...
The first full day of the 2018 ITS America Annual Meeting in Detroit has come and gone, and with it some interesting stuff and also some undue frustration.
News June 06, 2018
Every annual gathering of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America is an excellent opportunity to engage in a condensed forum with a wide swathe of technological and operational issues and challenges related to developing smarter and safer modes of transportation. This year’s schedule is...
Uber AV tests Arizona
News May 24, 2018
Uber is shutting down its self-driving car tests in Arizona, where one of the cars was involved in a fatal crash with a pedestrian in March, the company said Wednesday.   According to a report from the Arizona Republic, the company notified about 300 Arizona workers in the self-driving program that...
Autonomous vehicles
News May 14, 2018
Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order Wednesday aimed at attracting more testing of autonomous-vehicle technology on Ohio's roadways.   The executive order also provides direction to both government and industry on how to regulate and stage such testing. Kasich also pitched autonomous vehicles...
Self-driving vehicles
News May 03, 2018
The Pentagon may deploy self-driving vehicles in combat zones to reduce the risk for military personnel attempting to deliver supplies to troops, according to a Bloomberg report.   At an April hearing on Capitol Hill, Michael Griffin, the U.S. undersecretary of defense for research and engineering...
PennDOT unveils policy action for automated vehicle safety measures
News April 10, 2018
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) unveiled a multi-step action plan this week to establish safety oversight of highly automated vehicles. PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards outlined the voluntary testing policy at the first day of a two-day Automated Vehicle Summit, held in...
New rules proposed for autonomous cars to pick up passengers in California
News April 09, 2018
The California Public Utilities Commission has issued a proposal that could potentially clear the way for companies engaged in autonomous vehicle development and deployment to offer rides to the general public without the need of a safety driver to be present in the vehicle. The Commission...
Uber AV Tempe

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News March 28, 2018
Uber will not renew its permit to test self-driving cars in California after one of its autonomous vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona last week.   Should Uber change its mind, the ride-hailing company would have to address findings from its investigation and analysis of the accident...
Brian W. Budzynski
News March 23, 2018
On Sunday, March 18, a woman was struck and killed by an autonomous Uber vehicle, at the wheel of which the human safety driver was engaged not with the road or operation of the vehicle but with his phone. This is believed to be the first AV-related pedestrian death in the U.S.   It is difficult,...
Embark self-driving truck

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News February 07, 2018
An autonomous truck just recently completed a coast-to-coast trip from Los Angeles to Jacksonville, Fla., driving 2,400 miles from one end of the U.S. to the other.   This follows trucking company Embark‘s prior test route, which ran from L.A. to El Paso, and covers more than four times the...
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