Automated Vehicles

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...
autonomous public transit
News August 23, 2018
Arlington, Texas, city leaders say they have approved a contract with a California-based self-driving car company for a one-year pilot program to run autonomous public transit within the city's entertainment district beginning this fall.    Beginning Oct. 19, the city and Drive.ai will roll out...
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,...
self-driving car tests
News August 08, 2018
Self-driving cars have been found to not stop for certain obstacles or have presented other dangerous situations unless a driver took immediate manual control, according to a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).   During a sequence of on-road and track tests for BMW,...
autonomous vehicles
News August 08, 2018
Despite concerns that a rise in automated vehicles (AVs) will displace significant numbers of truck drivers in the U.S., only a modest number of truck driver jobs, if any, will be affected, according to a new report commissioned by the American Center for Mobility (ACM), led by Michigan State...
Uber self-driving trucks

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News July 31, 2018
Uber has announced it is shutting down its self-driving trucks unit, the company saying Monday that it has decided to refocus its self-driving efforts on cars only.   Uber said it notified the unit's workers on Monday of the change and plans to assign them to other relevant teams. Another part of...
Bosch road condition alert service

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News July 27, 2018
This week, Bosch introduced a predictive road condition service that can help make sure self-driving vehicles remain safe even on wet and icy roads.   The technology takes multiple possible weather forecast scenarios from Finnish company Foreca into consideration, so a vehicle that uses it knows...
autonomous vehicles
News July 24, 2018
Waymo’s test fleet of self-driving cars recently reached 8 million miles driven, and is now covering 25,000 miles a day, CEO John Krafcik said on Twitter.    The Waymo fleet continues to rack up mileage on public roads as the Google division works toward launching a commercial ride-hailing service...
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...
autonomous shuttle
News July 06, 2018
Self-driving shuttles are expected to ferry passengers in the downtown streets of Columbus, Ohio, by the end of the year.   The Ohio Department of Transportation, the city of Columbus and Ohio State University (OSU) are seeking proposals from companies to operate and maintain low-speed, self-...
autonomous vehicles
News June 19, 2018
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation issued an updated transportation strategy on June 14 that seeks to integrate autonomous vehicles and other technologies into its future plans.   The city's updated planning document—dubbed the Urban Mobility in a Digital Age Strategic Implementation Plan...
autonomous and connected technologies
News June 15, 2018
Gwinnett County and the city of Chamblee in Georgia were among the recent winners of a “smart communities challenge” led by Georgia Tech.    The communities will get seed funding and help from a Georgia Tech researcher for their winning projects, which involve exploring connected vehicle and...
UAV testing
News June 11, 2018
DriveOhio will use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to understand how to manage traffic, roadway incidents and roadway conditions along the 33 Smart Mobility Corridor beginning July 1.   The three-year $5.9 million project is intended to complement autonomous and connected vehicle tests along the 35...
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...
Autonomous vehicle survey
News June 05, 2018
Americans expect self-driving vehicles will routinely travel American streets and highways in the not-too-distant future, according to the findings of the latest HNTB America THINKS national public opinion survey.   The survey also identifies expected benefits and uses of these vehicles, and...
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 car service
News May 08, 2018
The city of Frisco in the North Texas region is reportedly set to get the nation's first self-driving car service.   The service will first be accessible in July for roughly 10,000 employees working in a cluster of corporate offices located less than a mile away from The Star, a retail and dining...
autonomous transit
News May 07, 2018
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) last week announced that it is accepting proposals from companies who can test and eventually deliver an automated vehicle service to fill a transportation gap between downtown Providence and Olneyville via the Woonasquatucket River corridor.  ...
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...
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