Autonomous Vehicle Systems

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...
May Mobility
News May 01, 2018
The Ann Arbor-Detroit region is emerging as a global cluster for hundreds of mobility startups, particularly as a result of University of Michigan spin-offs, the entrepreneurial ecosystem, support services available in Ann Arbor, and the recently opened American Center for Mobility where OEMs and...
PennDOT unveils policy action for automated vehicle safety measures
News April 10, 2018
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) unveiled a multi-step action plan this week to establish safety oversight of highly automated vehicles. PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards outlined the voluntary testing policy at the first day of a two-day Automated Vehicle Summit, held in...
New rules proposed for autonomous cars to pick up passengers in California
News April 09, 2018
The California Public Utilities Commission has issued a proposal that could potentially clear the way for companies engaged in autonomous vehicle development and deployment to offer rides to the general public without the need of a safety driver to be present in the vehicle. The Commission...
Brian W. Budzynski
News March 23, 2018
On Sunday, March 18, a woman was struck and killed by an autonomous Uber vehicle, at the wheel of which the human safety driver was engaged not with the road or operation of the vehicle but with his phone. This is believed to be the first AV-related pedestrian death in the U.S.   It is difficult,...
Calif. tests first fully autonomous shuttle on state roads
News March 07, 2018
The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) and GoMentum Station have announced that permission was granted and testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads will begin at Bishop Ranch, the largest mixed-use business community in Northern California, located in the city of San Ramon. This is...
autonomous transportation
News February 13, 2018
Next Transportation, which recently launched at the World Government Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, introduced a new form of autonomous, electric transportation that uses swarming modular pods that connect and disconnect while transporting passengers, organizing riders based on upcoming...
traffic technology at intersections
News February 02, 2018
A team of University of Wisconsin (UW) researchers is developing a corridor along Park Street around the campus in early 2018 to test autonomous and connected vehicles.   The U.S. Department of Transportation selected Wisconsin as one of 10 “proving grounds” for autonomous vehicle technologies back...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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