McKinsey on the transport transition – even low density cities will benefit from $2-3,000 per resident by making the shift

McKinsey.com, June 2017 Autonomous vehicles, electric powertrains, vehicle sharing, and other advances are transforming urban mobility. Planning ahead can help cities capture the benefits of the shift, from cleaner air to easier journeys. The way that  people get around cities is changing dramatically. Technological advances and new transportation services are making it possible for city dwellers to cross town ever more …

Autonomous Grocery Vans Are Making Deliveries in London: The vehicles can find their way along real roads in order to deliver bags of food to Greenwich residents.

By Jamie Condliffe, MIT Tech Review, 28 June 2017 (+ further down, grocery delivery visualized in Python, by Jeremy Stanley) Fire up an app, order some groceries, and get them delivered to your door. So far, so normal, thanks to the likes of Amazon Fresh and Instacart. But in one part of London, that kind of delivery is currently being made …

WSJ on the The End of Car Ownership: Ride sharing and self-driving vehicles will redefine our relationship with cars. Auto makers and startups are already gearing up for the change.

For auto giants, the new ownership models—whether for traditional cars or self-driving ones—constitute a major threat. ILLUSTRATION: R. KIKUO JOHNSON FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL By Tim Higgins, in the WSJ, 20 June 2017 Cars are going to undergo a lot of changes in the coming years. One of the biggest: You probably won’t own one. Thanks to ride sharing …

The shift is happening! Volvo announces ‘historic end’ to combustion engines – all cars will have electric engines starting in 2019 Hydrogen impractical. Lyft is committed to 100% renewably powered AV/EV rides

The Financial Times reports that every model produced by carmarker Volvo will have an electric motor from 2019. The firm is the first traditional carmaker to call time on vehicles solely power by combustion engines. Future models will include pure electric, plug-in hybrids and battery vehicles with gas petrol back-up engines on some models.  Volvo, which was bought by Chinese …

Tokyo plans to serve the 2020 Olympics with self-driving cars

By Cynthia Shahan, Clean Technica, 25 June 2017 The 2020 Olympics are around the corner and the Tokyo Olympics organizers plan to service the crowds and athletes with driverless cab service — full robot, no driver at all. “Japanese robotics maker ZMP Inc has partnered with a taxi operator in Tokyo, as part of its plans to launch a self-driving …

Test-driving AV features of a Tesla Model S with Hardware 1.0 package, on curvy California roads, by the ocean, and with bicyclists

Heather Knight, Computer Science Professor at Oregon State University, 27 May 2017 Tesla Autopilot Review: Bikers will die, Heather Knight, Roboticist on Medium.com My colleague and I got to take a TESLA Autopilot test drive on highways, curvy California roads, and by the ocean. In case you don’t live in Palo Alto (where the Whole Foods parking lot is full of these …

Colorado’s AV testing law

Excerpt from the Denver Post, May 2017 “We were very clear in writing the law that we’re not changing any of those other laws. Obviously, seatbelts is one of them. Turning indicators, moving aside for emergency vehicles — all of those laws still have to be followed,” Hill said. “If you get into a car and don’t fasten your seatbelt, …

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 …