Automated Vehicles

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...
SunTrax AV test track

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News December 04, 2018
New renderings released during this week’s Florida Autonomous Vehicle Summit in Tampa reveal the latest vision for SunTrax, the new center for transportation advancement in Florida.   Situated on 475 acres in Polk County, SunTrax is composed of a 2.25-mile-long, high-speed oval test track around a...
GAToRS bus stops
Article November 27, 2018
The implementation of connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies at the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), as part of the Florida Connected and Automated Vehicle Initiative (Florida-CAVI), has led to a collaboration with the University of Florida to create a test bed called the I-...
smart shuttles
News November 13, 2018
A new line of low-speed, self-driving shuttle buses will begin operating in Columbus, Ohio, starting in December as part of citywide efforts to improve transportation.   The project comes from the combined work of DriveOhio, a new initiative within the Ohio Department of Transportation; Smart...
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 vehicles
News October 31, 2018
Waymo has obtained a driverless testing permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the company announced Tuesday.   It is the first company to receive a fully driverless permit in the state, and it gives the Google spinoff the green light to test its self-driving Chrysler...
driverless shuttle
News October 23, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ordered a transit operator last week to immediately stop transporting school children in Southwest Florida on a driverless shuttle.   The NHTSA on Friday issued a letter to Transdev North...
V2V systems Ford
News October 17, 2018
Ford believes future connected cars could coordinate their movements in order to pass through intersections without stopping.   The company is testing the idea in the U.K., and believes it could save time and reduce crashes. Ford’s experimental “Intersection Priority Management” system is currently...
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...
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...
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