Automated Vehicles

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News November 21, 2017
Swedish carmaker Volvo has agreed to supply Uber with vehicles for use in the company’s planned autonomous car ride-hailing service.   According to Volvo’s Nov. 20 announcement, the car company will sell tens of thousands of autonomous driving compatible base vehicles to Uber from 2019 to 2021.  ...
The Downtown Tampa Autonomous Transit Project will be funded by the Florida Department of Transportation
News November 14, 2017
The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) recently selected the Stantec/Coast Autonomous team to provide autonomous mobility services for the Marion Street Transitway. HART is a regional transportation authority charged with planning, financing, constructing and operating public...
Autonomous vehicle systems
News November 07, 2017
Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has signed an agreement with GoMentum Station to test autonomous vehicle technology at the 5,000-acre autonomous vehicle proving grounds located in Concord, Calif.   Managed by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA), this partnership enables TRI to expand...
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News October 31, 2017
The National Highway Traffic-Safety Administration (NHTSA) has asked for feedback on the state of autonomous vehicles and how current U.S. regulations can be refined to promote research and deployment.   The NHTSA released a report on potential rule changes on Friday, which states the agency is...
Brian Budzynski
Article October 12, 2017
Recently U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced a series of updated federal guidelines aimed at smoothing the path toward getting more autonomous vehicles on the road for testing and deployment. The guidelines were designed to preclude what Secretary Chao characterized as a “patchwork...
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News October 10, 2017
The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee quickly approved a bill last week to clear the way for testing and deployment of automated, light-duty vehicles, after first amending it to deal with states' concerns about letting federal agencies block traditional state powers to regulate...
autonomous vehicles
News October 05, 2017
The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) in California received permission from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to test shared autonomous vehicles (AVs) on public roads within the 600-acre Bishop Ranch business park.   The park is where CCTA is leading a pilot...
Intel Corp. partnered with Waymo on self-driving computer platform
News September 19, 2017
Intel Corp. this week announced a collaboration with Alphabet’s Waymo self-driving unit, saying it had worked with the company during the design of its computer platform to allow autonomous cars to process information in real time.   The computer chipmaker said its Intel-based technologies for...
automated and connected vehicles
News September 12, 2017
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is expected to unveil streamlined safety guidelines for automakers that want to deploy self-driving vehicles today.   The new Transportation Department policy is expected to offer the lighter regulatory touch that automakers have pushed for. For example,...
automated and connected vehicles
News September 08, 2017
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan driverless car bill on Wednesday, advancing what could become the first set of federal laws for the emerging industry.   The “Self Drive Act” was unanimously approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee in July, before Congress left for...
Construction on American Center for Mobility in Michigan
News August 22, 2017
Self-driving cars will begin taking test laps this December on the site of a famous World War II airplane factory in Michigan where B-24 Liberator bombers were produced every hour more than seven decades ago.   Driverless cars—some without steering wheels, accelerators or brake pedals—will race at...
city autonomous vehicle mapping
News August 17, 2017
On August 10, authorities for the city of Jaworzno, located in southern Poland west of Krakow, signed a letter of intent with Comtegra and the Polish Ministry of Transport to begin mapping the entire city so that autonomous cars can operate there.   Thanks to an ongoing City of Ideas process,...
Texas A&M RELLIS campus
Article August 16, 2017
It has been 100 years since our industry started using pavement markings to separate travel lanes and provide delineation; in 1917, a center line was painted to increase safety along a sharp curve in Marquette County, Mich.   Since that time, pavement markings have been designed, specified and...
Automated vehicles
News August 16, 2017
Waymo was granted a patent last week for cars that will soften on hitting pedestrians so that minimum damage is caused in case of an accident.   How the system will work is that the cars will have sensors, which combined with object detection using technology such as LIDAR (light detection and...
Mcity at University of Michigan
Article August 15, 2017
Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are expected to offer extraordinary improvements to both the safety and efficiency of existing roadways and mobility systems. Although in all likelihood it will be several years before a wide-scale adoption of AV technology reaches all aspects of our transportation system...
Intelligent transportation systems and automated vehicles
News August 11, 2017
By 2040, at least a fifth of the traffic on I-80 in Iowa will be highly automated, a new Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) study says.   The study, which is part of a larger Iowa DOT analysis aimed at positioning rural parts of I-80 for the future, says the higher levels of automation...
News July 18, 2017
Connected and autonomous cars are set to run through the 95 and 495 Express Lanes in northern Virginia for the next three years, including while regular toll-paying drivers and carpoolers are in the lanes.   Virginia’s Commonwealth Transportation Board is set to approve a three-year agreement...
News July 13, 2017
U.S. House Republicans expect to introduce bills later this week that would bar states from setting their own rules for self-driving cars and take other steps to remove obstacles to putting such vehicles on the road.   Last month, a U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce subcommittee...

A bird’s-eye view of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which will connect Maine to New Hampshire.

Article July 05, 2017
MAINE: Up in salmon countryby Brian W. Budzynski, Managing Editor   “Engineering used to be about mobility, but now it’s more about reliability and safety. Speed is not a primary concern for us.”   “Us” being the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT), as exemplified by Chief Engineer Joyce...
News June 27, 2017
Gov. Greg Abbott recently signed a bill that allows the testing of self-driving cars on Texas roads and highways without a driver behind the wheel.   There was nothing in existing law that banned autonomous vehicles from Texas roads. Google has been testing them since 2015 in Austin, and Arlington...
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