Minnesota DOT to test use of autonomous bus in cold weather climate

Metro Magazine, Posted on June 13, 2017  The Minnesota Department of Transportation will begin testing the use of an autonomous bus in a cold weather climate.  “There’s not been much research done in the northern climates,” said Jay Hietpas, MnDOT state traffic engineer and director of the agency’s office of safety and technology. “Minnesota is the perfect state to test …

Smart Cities of the future will need an “integrated multi-modal transportation system” that will allow cities to manage, monitor, and optimize across both public and private modes of transportation. And building an efficient multi-modal transportation system will require technology that is on-demand, integrated and autonomous.

Building an efficient multi-modal transportation system with technology that is on-demand, integrated and autonomous: Is Ridecell a tool that will allow cities to manage, monitor, and optimize across both public and private modes of transportation, switching between on-demand and fixed route services? Remember when the primary way we’d get music was to go to a store and buy a CD? …

Lyft aims for 100% renewable energy & self-driving Bolt fleet

By Steve Hanley on Clean Technica June 16th, 2017. Originally published on Gas2. General Motors makes the Chevy Bolt, a fully electric car. General Motors also has a half billion dollar investment in Lyft, the on-demand taxi service that competes head to head with Uber. In the future, the Chevy Bolt may be the backbone of Lyft’s fleet of autonomous …

Driverless bus line coming to Helsinki this fall as regularly scheduled service

By Patrick Sisson on Curbed, 14 June 2017 Finland is ready for robot buses. After a series of trials, Helsinki will debut regular autonomous bus service this fall, according to a statement by city transportation officials. As Curbed reported last August, the city began trials last summer with a pair of electric-powered EasymileEZ-10 vehicles, which carried up to 12 public …

95% of U.S. Car Miles Will Be Traveled in Self-Driving, Electric, Shared Vehicles by 2030

Business Wire, May 4, 2017 LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A historic revolution in transportation will end over 100 years of individual vehicle ownership and reshape the world’s energy economy in the process. That’s according to a groundbreaking new research report, Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030: The Disruption of Transportation and the Collapse of the ICE Vehicle and Oil Industries.   Assuming existing …

Volvo trucks and Renova testing autonomous garbage trucks

By James Ayre, Clean Technica, May 17th, 2017  Volvo Trucks and the Sweden-based waste management company Renova have begun testing autonomous refuse/garbage trucks, with the intent of improving the safety of such vehicles, according to a new press release from the companies. The autonomous vehicle tech systems being tested now are the same ones (for the most part) that have …

Proterra, Fraunhofer, Nevada and cities there beginning “industry first” autonomous bus program

By James Ayre on Clean Technica, 3 May 2017 The US-based electric bus pioneer Proterra has now begun what it has described as the industry’s “first” self-driving bus program. Its partners include the University of Nevada–Reno and the company’s Living Lab Coalition partners — amongst which are the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, the Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI, …

Ezra Silk’s take on the new 100% bill: pick up the pace!

Ezra Silk of The Climate Mobilization has taken an unpopular position on the April 17th draft of the 100% by 2050 bill, saying it is too incremental and insufficiently comprehensive.  Most of all it is not what we need to meet the challenge of this historic moment.  Let’s draft what we need, what youth are calling for! #1: Let’s have a …