Waymo gets into to fleet management as it is about to start charging for its self-driving trips

By Andrew J. Hawkins@andyjayhawk  Aug 21, 2018, on the Verge.com In a nondescript depot in suburban Arizona, the future of transportation is getting a tune-up. This is where Waymo, the self-driving unit of Google parent Alphabet, houses its growing fleet of self-driving cars: hundreds of Chrysler Pacifica minivans fitted with highly advanced hardware and software that enables them to safely ride on …

Riding the world’s first autonomous shuttle in regular route public transportation

For Intelligent Transport, Paul Comfort of Trapeze Group details the processes Switzerland took to introduce an autonomous shuttle into the regular public transport system in Neuhausen Rheinfall. One of the most promising developments in the public transportation sector is the use of driverless or autonomous shuttle buses. Much has been made of recent tests of these vehicles in places like Las …

EV updates June-July 2018. UPS Orders 950 American-Made Workhorse Electric Delivery Trucks, Tesla now a top 10 most popular vehicle in the US, dominates small and midsize luxury market

June-July EV highlights from Clean Technica’s Zach Shahan. Aug 2018 UPS started testing electric heavy-duty trucks from Californian startup Thor. UPS also placed an order for a whopping 950 Workhorse N-GEN electric delivery vans. I just had to double check, but that’s right — 950! Kia Niro EV now on sale in South Korea. Maybe we’ll see it in California and Alabama soon. Or …

Cities shifting to better and more walking and biking. Drivers likely to shift roles into more of “ambassadors” that assist commuters and others needing rides.

June 06, 2018 Brian Straight, managing editor of Freightwaves: A sea change is about to transform the way people and goods move through cities The world of transportation is changing and changing fast. After decades of little innovation, the past five years or so have ushered in a sea change and it will profoundly impact the way people and goods move, said Timothy …

A limited, controlled experiment in Texas charts a path forward for AVs

By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  Updated May 9, 2018 HMI.  Drive.ai There’s been a string of stories in the past year or so about fatalities involving self-driving cars. The latest, from March, was about a pedestrian run down in Arizona by a self-driving Uber vehicle, which apparently saw her but deemed her a “false positive” (shudder). Of course, as fans of the technology will rush to tell you, none of the vehicles …

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, …