MnDOT chooses EasyMile for AV Shuttle Bus Project

MODE, MULTIMODAL, PUBLIC TRANSIT, RESEARCH ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportationchose EasyMile, a France-based company specializing in driverless technology, to lead its autonomous shuttle bus pilot project. MnDOT announced in June it will begin testing the use of an autonomous shuttle bus in a cold weather climate. “We’re excited to partner with EasyMile to help MnDOT test autonomous technology,” said Jay Hietpas, MnDOT state …

AVs — Waymo Moves To Detroit, first commercial ridehailing service featuring driverless cars could begin operations before the end of this year. NVIDIA Claims Full Autonomy In 4 Years

The Information reports Waymo’s first commercial ride hailing service featuring driverless cars could begin operations before the end of this year.   NVIDIA is a leader in making computers for self-driving vehicles. According to Reuters, CEO Jensen Huang told an audience in Taipei recently, “It will take no more than 4 years to have fully autonomous cars on the road. October 31st, 2017 by Steve Hanley  Waymo …

City resolution on preparing for shared, autonomous, electric vehicles

Generic version adapted from one model.  Also see this 2017 guide on Writing Effective Resolutions Preparing for the New Mobility WHEREAS, the City is recognized as an innovative, pioneering, and technologically savvy Smart City, that is creative, compassionate, and economically vibrant; and WHEREAS, the City is challenged with increasing congestion associated with its growing population, leading to increasing vehicle miles traveled, longer …

More compact cities may be where AVs start. INRIX identifies cities with most amenable travel patterns and urges officials to start planning for AVs

By Mike Maciag, Governing Magazine, 16 March 2017 It’s widely assumed that it’s only a matter of time before fleets of autonomous vehicles begin crisscrossing America’s roadways. Some urban areas, though, make better markets for the new technology than others. Driving conditions, traffic patterns and demographics are just a few of the factors determining how ideal a city is for …

Land use change in cities with AVs, new tech and TNCs. The importance of names for small neighborhoods, and more

In Futurism, The Conversation, 16 Oct 2017 by Tan Yigitcantar et al.  Smart City Solutions The convergence of technology and the city is seen as a possible remedy for the challenging issues of urbanisation. Autonomous vehicles are among the most popular of many smart city solutions. Also known as driverless car technology, it could reshape our cities. One recent prediction is that by 2040 these vehicles …

Daimler self-driving snow removal trucks built for plowing at airports initially

October 19th, 2017 by James Ayre on Clean Technica As part of its embrace of self-driving vehicle tech, and following earlier demonstrations of self-driving semi trucks, Daimler has now demonstrated fully self-driving snow removal trucks on the site of the former Pferdsfeld airbase. The demonstration follows a specific customer request for self-driving snow removal trucks to be used for the clearance of airfields …

10 questions on how bicyclists and pedestrians will interact with autonomous vehicles

By Paul Mackie – October 4, 2017 Mobility Lab recently participated in a Twitter chat hosted by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center of the University of North Carolina.  It was a fun way to synthesize the latest thinking from other key players who took part, including America Walks, SAE International, Walk Friendly Communities, the Vision Zero Network, the National Association of City Transportation Officials, the National Safety Council’s Road to Zero, …

Deutsche Bank thinks GM could launch commercial autonomous-ride service within next few quarters, well ahead of competitors and disrupting Uber and Lyft

In a research note this month, Deutsche Bank analyst Rod Lache said he believes GM could launch a commercial autonomous-ride service — without anyone at the wheel — “within the next few quarters, well ahead of competitors.” Citing recent briefings with company officials, he thinks GM will offer its own service that could be “highly disruptive” to ride-hailing giants Uber …

One quarter of the US driving population might be better off using ride services rather than owning a car

Up to one-quarter of all U.S. drivers might be better off using ride-sharing services instead. SHARE from CityLab Every day there’s more news about the inevitable arrival of autonomous vehicles. At the same time, more people are using ride-hailing and ride-sharing apps, and the percentage of teens getting their driver’s license continues to decline. Given these technologies and social changes, it’s worth asking: Should Americans stop …

The Kaohsiung Strategies for the Future of Urban Mobility

The Kaohsiung Strategies for the Future of Urban Mobility Final draft as of 21 September 2017.  Announced 2-4 October 2017 We, the representatives of cities and entities that support implementing sustainable urban mobility, assembled in Kaohsiung on 2-4 October 2017 for the Third EcoMobility World Festival and EcoMobility World Congress 2017.  Following the Congress themes of liveable, shared, and intelligent, …