Automated Vehicles

TuSimple self-driving truck tests for USPS

Image: TuSimple via Twitter

News May 21, 2019
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) this week began a two-week trial to transport mail across three Southwestern states using self-driving trucks.   According to a report from Reuters, the postal service is working with San Diego-based startup TuSimple, which is using its self-driving truck fleet to...
autonomous vehicles; self-driving trucks
News May 14, 2019
Testing of autonomous trucks is occurring this week along the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway in Tampa, Florida.   The self-driving trucks will be tested on the elevated reversible lanes of the expressway from Monday through Wednesday of this week between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day, according to a...
connected and automated vehicles on I-270 in Maryland

There is a high-occupancy vehicle (HOV)-only lane on Maryland’s I-270 corridor in both directions that is operational during peak periods.

Article May 08, 2019
There is a transformation taking place in the transportation industry with regard to safety, mobility and the environment, similar to what happened at the turn of the last century with the invention of the automobile. The impacts of connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) as well as commensurate...
MnDOT AV tests for winter weather

MnDOT selected EasyMile to provide a level 4 automated shuttle, the EZ10, for winter condition testing and public demonstrations from November 2017 to April 2018.

Article May 08, 2019
Automated vehicle technology is rapidly advancing and has the potential to revolutionize the transportation industry.   Significant work is being done around the country to research, test and deploy automated vehicles. However, much of this effort is taking place in warm-weather, ideal-climate...
autonomous driving
News April 17, 2019
Driverless vehicles are inching closer to the possibility of cruising down Iowa highways, as the state House of Representatives recently joined the Iowa Senate in approving legislation to allow vehicles with driverless capabilities to operate without a human driver on state roads.   According to a...
automated vehicles; light-duty autonomous delivery trucks
News April 15, 2019
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) recently released a set of proposed regulations to establish a path for companies to test or deploy light-duty autonomous delivery motor trucks on public roadways within the state.   The unveiling of these regulations marks the start of a public...
autonomous vehicles; safety and testing of AV systems
News April 05, 2019
Three prominent automakers announced this week the formation of a partnership to help create regulations and safety standards for autonomous vehicles (AVs) in the U.S.   GM, Ford and Toyota are partnering with the automotive engineering group SAE International to launch the Automated Vehicle Safety...
Nicole Nason
News April 01, 2019
By a vote of 95 to one, the U.S. Senate confirmed Nicole Nason to lead the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on March 28.   Nominated by President Trump on Jan. 3 as the next FHWA administrator, Nason emphasized in her confirmation testimony that she plans to pay particular attention to...
autonomous vehicle simulator
News March 28, 2019
Chinese and American researchers have developed a data-driven simulator that could improve autonomous vehicle safety before conducting road testing.   In a study published this week in the Science Robotics journal, the new research showed that the new photo-realistic system provided a more...
autonomous vehicles
News March 20, 2019
President Trump has expressed skepticism on multiple occasions about the shift toward autonomous vehicles (AVs), according to an Axios report.   The media outlet cited four sources who have heard the president discuss the subject. The report indicates that Trump has said he would never let an AV...
Figure 1. Virtual reality based driving simulator

Figure 1. Virtual reality based driving simulator

Article March 19, 2019
With the continued integration of automated vehicles onto the roadways, the interaction between human-driven vehicles and automated vehicles is extremely important. Mixed traffic behavior is imminent, as technology and auto-manufacturing companies are publicizing their autonomous technology as we...
5G autonomous vehicle testing Seoul
News March 13, 2019
LG Uplus and Hanyang University in South Korea have successfully trialed a 5G-connected autonomous vehicle, which rode on the streets of Seoul alongside regular cars, the two groups have announced.   According to ZDNet, the 5G autonomous vehicle, dubbed the A1, rode through Seoul roadways with...
Aurrigo driverless pod for visually impaired

Image: Aurrigo

News March 07, 2019
Aurrigo, a Coventry-based autonomous vehicle specialist, is set to test its autonomous technology by conducting trials of their driverless pods involving blind veterans in Brighton, England, U.K.   The company plans on having blind veterans be the first to test the driverless pods ahead of plans to...
Road and bridge construction podcast

Logo Images: Trifonenko Ivan / SkyLine / stock.adobe.com

News March 01, 2019
In a fully loaded Infrastructure Insider, we go over the recent bridge troubles in Chicago and the Chicagoland area. Associate Editor Tim Bruns talked with the Chicago DOT after bridge cracking was discovered on Lake Shore Drive (5:45). The I-80 bridge in Joliet also is in trouble. We talked to...
Rhode Island DOT begins testing autonomous vehicle technology
News February 21, 2019
Rhode Island DOT (RIDOT) Director Peter Alviti, Jr., along with state and local officials, this week hosted a demonstration of autonomous vehicle technology at the Quonset Business Park in North Kingstown. The vehicles being tested on low-volume roads in the Park are the initial phase of a pilot...
autonomous vehicle task force NJDOT
News February 04, 2019
Legislation to create a task force to evaluate autonomous vehicles was approved last week by the full New Jersey General Assembly.   The measure would create the New Jersey Advanced Autonomous Vehicle Task Force, comprised of eight members. The group would be responsible for conducting a study of...
Brian W. Budzynski
Article February 01, 2019
Corporations protect their investments. Seems obvious, doesn’t it?   In fact, it seems­—to me at least—so obvious that my default attitude toward any corporation is one of suspicion. To wit: I do not believe there is a company in the world with my human interest at the fore of its mission or...
I-35W near Highway 62

This stretch of I-35W near the Highway 62 merge was chosen for the pilot study due to its high traffic congestion during peak drive times.

Article February 01, 2019
A pilot test on the functionality of using existing freeway lanes as autonomous vehicle lanes was completed to quantify the effects that connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) would have on the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul) metro freeway system in Minnesota. With the current progress of...
Patrick McPharlin
Article February 01, 2019
Insurance is in the early stages of disruption at each point in the value chain due to technology and innovation, similar to the impacts of technology on the banking industry in the early 2000s. Autonomous vehicles also are a force beginning to impact the insurance industry. What is the future...
Autonomous vehicle manufacturing Michigan Waymo
News January 29, 2019
Waymo, Google's autonomous vehicle developer, recently announced plans to build a manufacturing plant for its self-driving cars in the state of Michigan.   This comes as a result of receiving approval from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), which voted to approve Waymo's plans to...
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