Automated Vehicles

Automated vehicle ride-hailing service
News February 20, 2018
Waymo is preparing to launch a ride-hailing service similar to Uber’s, but with driverless cars.   The self-driving carmaker spun out of Google was approved on Jan. 24 to operate as a transportation network company (TNC) in Arizona. Waymo applied for the permit on Jan. 12. Its application contained...
Embark self-driving truck

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News February 07, 2018
An autonomous truck just recently completed a coast-to-coast trip from Los Angeles to Jacksonville, Fla., driving 2,400 miles from one end of the U.S. to the other.   This follows trucking company Embark‘s prior test route, which ran from L.A. to El Paso, and covers more than four times the...
Kirk Steudle
Article January 29, 2018
When it comes to connected and autonomous vehicles, you could say I was an early adopter. My interest in this technology dates back more than a decade, and while there are many benefits, none matters more than the potential to save lives.   At the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT),...
U.S. National Transportation Safety Board to investigate Tesla Autopilot crash
News January 25, 2018
In the second such crash-related investigation into Tesla’s Autopilot semi-autonomous driving mode, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has assigned two federal investigators to probe whether a recent crash may be linked to a driver-assist system.   The incident involved a Tesla Model S...
Caltrans to widen striping on I-5 in advance of autonomous vehicles
News January 24, 2018
The California Department of Transportation plans to begin putting 6-in. stripes on I-5 from Orland to the Oregon border during the first half of this year.   The new striping regimen will replace 4-in. striping presently in place with much brighter and more durable striping, allowing, according to...
Google’s Waymo to begin testing autonomous cars in Atlanta
News January 23, 2018
Waymo, the division of Google concerned with autonomous vehicle development, announced this week that it will introduce its testing program to the city of Atlanta, Ga.   While details at present remain sparse, the Alphabet-owned division began mapping city roads last week in advance of eventually...
automated vehicle infrastructure
News January 22, 2018
The road designs in Florida are expected to change within the next decade or so, as the state prepares its infrastructure to adapt to autonomous vehicles (AVs).   Some of the changes will include narrower lanes, flyover ramps at intersections, fewer public parking lots and more shortcuts through...
automated vehicle advancements
News January 12, 2018
Federal regulators are taking the first step toward creating a policy guiding the development of autonomous transportation beyond self-driving cars to include trucks, buses and other ground-based modes.   The U.S. Department of Transportation will soon publish four requests for public comment on...
driverless shuttle
News January 02, 2018
The nation’s first driverless shuttle for public use will be picking up passengers and driving along a short loop in Las Vegas when the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) comes to the city next week.   The autonomous vehicle, which launched in November, is limited to eight passengers as it travels...
Autonomous transit
News December 20, 2017
A bill before the Maine Legislature would help set the stage for putting self-driving buses on the streets of Portland and other communities in the state within the next five years.   The proposal, sparked by the Portland city manager’s interest in autonomous transit, is the first piece of Maine...
Michigan’s American Center for Mobility proving grounds open

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News December 18, 2017
Located on the 500-acre historic Willow Run bomber factory site in Ypsilanti Township, Mich., the American Center for Mobility (ACM) has opened a state-of-the-art proving grounds for connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) testing, with Visteon and the Toyota Research Institute conducting initial...
autonomous buses
News December 13, 2017
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), along with various partners, is testing out self-driving buses that could carry commuters on state roads.   Minnesota transit leaders introduced the autonomous shuttle bus to the media at MnDOT’s road research center in Monticello. Throughout the...
autonomous vehicles and alternative transportation
News December 12, 2017
Lawmakers in the state of Florida are proposing the creation of a “Statewide Alternative Transportation Authority” that would oversee developing transportation systems for things such as autonomous vehicles.   The authority would be within the Florida Department of Transportation and would receive...
Boston AV

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News November 29, 2017
A new partnership between autonomous driving startup Optimus Ride and real estate developer LStar Ventures will see self-driving vehicle access offered up to residents of a new urban development near Boston.   The partnership will see the Union Point neighborhood, which occupies 1,550 acres just...
Uber AV

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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...
automated vehicles
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...
autonomous vehicles
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...
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