Automated Vehicles

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...
News June 20, 2017
A U.S. House Republican proposal revealed last week would bar states from setting their own rules about the designing and testing of self-driving vehicles.   The proposal also would block federal regulators from demanding pre-market approval for autonomous-vehicle (AV) technology.   The draft...
News June 19, 2017
Visit our homepage and take this week's poll question, which discusses principles laid out for bipartisan legislation on self-driving vehicles.
News June 14, 2017
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will soon begin testing the use of autonomous buses.   The department will be issuing a request for proposals seeking technology partners to help safely demonstrate how autonomous technology works in a colder climate.   Testing will start with warm...
News June 07, 2017
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) began installing 35 miles of fiber-optic cable underground this week along U.S. Rte. 33 to aid in the testing of smart vehicles.   The $4.8 million project, which is to run between Dublin and East Liberty, is slated to be finished by October, and most of...
News June 05, 2017
U.S. military-style vehicles will cross over the Blue Water Bridge in the eastern part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula this coming September and October as part of autonomous-vehicle testing.   The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) signed an agreement...
News May 11, 2017
Gov. Cuomo announced Wednesday that the state of New York is now accepting applications for companies that are interested in testing autonomous vehicles on public roads.   A measure to allow the testing and demonstration of self-driving vehicles was included in last month's state budget. Testing...
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