TRB: Scaling Up the Simulated Energy Savings of Connected and Automated Vehicles

The transportation sector (in general) is working on decarbonization a little bit. In relation to AVs Scaling Up the Simulated Energy Savings of Connected and Automated Vehicles Shams Tanvir, Center for Environmental Research & Technology, UC Riverside Wang, Chao, UC Riverside Peng Hao, UC Riverside Bingrong Sun, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Guoyuan Wu, UC Riverside Energy and Environmental Implications of …

Tesla AV and Robotaxi Fleets in 2020

Elon Musk described company advances that, by the middle of 2020, will improve Tesla’s autonomous system so much that a driver’s attention will no long have to be focused on controlling the vehicle. As part of that evolution, Tesla will introduce autonomous taxis in 2020 to certain US regions, and Tesla owners will be able to add their cars to …

Cameras instead of LIDAR, what Tesla Autopilot can see in a rainstorm, and more

Cornell researchers argue that cameras can rival lidar if they’re mounted properly. Lidar systems are designed to provide a 3D picture of a vehicle’s surroundings and the road ahead, which is why they’re often mounted atop a vehicle for the best vantage point. However, in a paper that will be presented at the upcoming Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, the …

The three challenges keeping cars from being fully autonomous: Technical, regulatory, and business obstacles are still in the way of safe, useful, and affordable self-driving vehicles.   by Karen Hao, in MIT Tech Review, Apr 23, 2019 Understanding where we are in the pursuit of self-driving cars can be as confusing as understanding where we are in the pursuit of AI. Over the …

Tesla says it will offer fleets of self-driving taxis, or “robotaxis,” by the end of 2020 in approving cities, where fleets of private vehicles don’t cover it

Smart Cities Dive Tesla CEO Elon Musk talked up the company’s autonomous vehicle (AV) technology at an event Monday and pledged to have a fleet of self-driving taxis, or “robotaxis,” available to the public next year. Speaking at the company’s first Autonomy Day in California, Musk said car owners would be able to add their vehicles to a Tesla ride-sharing app and allow …

Gig/automated driving with Teslas

Tesla is taking bold steps toward launching the Tesla Network, an Uber-like transportation service in which a self-driving Tesla will give you a ride. Recent research indicates that this could make big money for not only Tesla, but also Tesla owners who are willing to let their car participate in the Network while they’re not using it. But will it be profitable …

How autonomous shuttles are changing city transportation: Cities are rapidly embracing the technology to provide new options for residents and visitors to get around, with many already seeing the benefits

How autonomous shuttles are changing city transportation: Cities are rapidly embracing the technology to provide new options for residents and visitors to get around, with many already seeing the benefits. Chris Teale in Smart Cities Dive, April 3, 2019  As autonomous shuttle use grows, several cities that pioneered the technology are seeing effects on transportation and public perception, and learning how factors …

Snow, sweeping and garbage: How autonomy will transform city maintenance

Snow, sweeping and garbage: How autonomy will transform city maintenance: The rise of autonomous and connected vehicles isn’t confined to passenger vehicles and trucks. Jason Plautz, March 19, 2019 Imagine this: It’s Christmas Eve, when an unexpected storm starts dumping snow on the city. Streets and sidewalks have to be cleared, salt has to be laid down, but getting staff in the middle …

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 …