Ford tries AV deliveries in Miami, says the mixed-use model — transporting people and goods — offers a better chance of keeping its vehicles operating throughout the day and maximizing potential revenue

February 28th, 2018 by James Ayre in Clean Technica: Ford Launching Self-Driving Vehicle Delivery Programs In Miami (Domino’s + Postmates)  Ford has now launched a self-driving vehicle pilot delivery program in Miami (Florida) in partnership with Domino’s — to be followed by the launch there of a program with Postmates as well — the company’s Vice President of Autonomous Vehicles and Electrification, Sherif …

Excerpts from Bloomberg-McKinsey on preparing for AVs (2017)

New Markets AVs could unleash unprecedented new demand for automobile travel among three long-underserved groups: non-drivers, the elderly, and the disabled. For many people, the leap from partial to fully autonomous vehicles will open doors to vastly increased mobility. The most detailed look at how these groups (FIG. 12) could shape future demand for AV-based travel, a 2016 Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) study, holds some startling projections. If these three …

Budget constraints, security concerns and a lack of resources constrain “smart city” plans

Excerpt from Smart City Dive, Jan 2018 by Krisin Muselin “It is fair to consider whether the futuristic visions of hyper-connectivity and advanced livability, enabled by accessibility to vast streams of data, can withstand the very real concerns that municipalities cannot afford the technologies behind smart city projects,” wrote Fred Ellermeier, vice president and managing director of Connected Communities for …

What Is a City Street? And What Will It Become?

THE CITY NY Mag, Daily Intelligencer, 18 Jan 2018, by Justin Davidson http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/01/what-is-a-city-street-and-what-will-it-become.html Hey, that’s my block! In 2030 or so. Maybe. Photo-Illustration: Street Plans Collaborative/Carly Clark, via Streetopia The most essential designed component of New York is not a skyscraper or a station, but the street. That basic workhorse of public space carries people, freight, and vehicles on its surface; water, sewage, power, …

AV timelines pushed back

Wired magazine 2 Jan 2018 OH, THE UNTAINTED optimism of 2014. In the spring of that year, the good Swedes at Volvo introduced Drive Me, a program to get regular Josefs, Frejas, Joeys, and Fayes into autonomous vehicles. By 2017, Volvo executives promised, the company would distribute 100 self-driving SUVs to families in Gothenburg, Sweden. The cars would be able to ferry …

Grush Niles new book, End of Driving, due to be finished this month

By John Niles, finishing book in January 2018 ONE. Humans continue to demand motorized mobility There is much to laud about efforts to promote walkable and bikeable communities. Efforts to construct complete streets are to be commended. But the consumption of motorized automobility is a force that cannot be turned back. It has its own engine of growth and its …

Cities will need to fight zero-occupant miles with “TDM for autonomous vehicles”

By Howard Jennings – May 30, 2017 Mobility Lab 7 The advent of autonomous vehicles is fraught with uncertainty, especially when it comes to their impacts on traffic, travel choices, and the broader transportation system.They offer many potential benefits, but many potential negative impacts, depending in part on how they are deployed. While widespread adoption may still be decades away, significant numbers will begin to …

How AVs may affect private investment in new roads

Re-posted from John Niles on the End of Driving blog, 22 Sep 2017 Private-sector investors and their public sector counterparts should consider how autonomous vehicles might affect their investment in new transportation infrastructure. These $9 billion proposed P3 lanes would need to be tolled well beyond the multi-decade diffusion period of driverless cars. Maryland Proposes $9B Public-Private Partnership To Widen I-495, I-270, MD-295. …

What can government do about the coming disruption from automated taxi fleets?

Re-posted from John Niles, End of Driving, 3 Nov. 2017 Last week, an unusual report was released by the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO): “Ontario Must Prepare for Vehicle Automation: How Skilled Governance Can Influence its Outcome.”  What makes this report so unusual is that it proposes a solution to the uncertainty about the nature, timing, and diffusion of …