What can government do about the coming disruption from automated taxi fleets?

Re-posted from John Niles, End of Driving, 3 Nov. 2017 Last week, an unusual report was released by the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO): “Ontario Must Prepare for Vehicle Automation: How Skilled Governance Can Influence its Outcome.”  What makes this report so unusual is that it proposes a solution to the uncertainty about the nature, timing, and diffusion of …

NCHRP AV research

NCHRP 20-102(06) [Active] Road Markings for Machine Vision [ NCHRP 20-102 (Impacts of Connected Vehicles and Automated Vehicles on State and Local Transportation Agencies–Task-Order Support) ]   Project Data Funds: $200,000 Staff Responsibility: B. Ray Derr Research Agency: Texas A&M Transportation Institute Principal Investigator: Paul Carlson Effective Date: 7/13/2016 Completion Date: 3/12/2018 OBJECTIVE The objective of the research is to develop information on …

Tom Price on Tony Seba: The Last Auto Mechanic: America’s transportation economy and landscape is about to be utterly transformed into a world beyond driving. Or drivers. Or even car mechanics. 

Let’s get right to the punch line: a very strong case can be made, and will be below, that within 15 years virtually all vehicular traffic in the US will be by autonomous electric vehicles (A-EVs). And that in turn will fundamentally change how our society works, largely for the better — if we don’t blow the transition, that is. Because that statement has …

KPMG researchers forecast that, thanks to transport-as-a-service, individual car ownership will see a “precipitous decline” in the coming decade.  “As costs for ride hailing drop, KPMG predicts that by 2030 many families will no longer need to own a sedan to get to work or do errands, but will hail a ride instead.  The result will be a “precipitous decline” to …

Ford wants to have a hand in every part of the self-driving-car industry, including the software that replaces the human driver, the platform that connects and controls the cars and the services that spring up around them

Excerpt from NYTimes.com 10 Nov 2017 …Ford wants to have a hand in every part of the self-driving-car industry, including the software that replaces the human driver, the platform that connects and controls the cars and the services that spring up around them. To that end, Ford has spent the past several years quietly snapping up tech talent. It struck …

Federal grant programs specifically for connected transportation and AV projects

Funding/financing Among the areas covered by the grants are connected vehicle technology (including systems for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications); dynamic signaling systems to reduce congestion; signage and design features that facilitate autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle technologies; cybersecurity elements to protect safety-critical systems, and many more. These programs include: Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA): INFRA is a $1.56 billion …

AVs need to start with transit. “Transit agencies need to be the first adopters of AV technology, or public transit dies in America”

How can AVs and microtransit be more than a distraction from the time- and work-intensive solutions needed to fix city travel ills, such as better payment systems, upgraded trains and vehicles, more frequent service, and road pricing schemes? https://www.curbed.com/2017/11/2/16593004/bus-autonomous-vehicle-electric-public-transportation MOD/MaaS may be impacting bus ridership. The continued adoption and expansion of Uber and Lyft have led many to begin thinking about the systemic impact of …

Former General Motors Executive: “We Are Approaching the End of the Automotive Era”

6 Nov 2017 by Kyree Leary, in Futurism,  Creative Commons Former General Motors VP Bob Lutz foresees the end of human-driven cars and the automotive industry as we know it. He expects self-driving cars to completely take over within the next 20 years, with human drivers legislated off the roads. Relinquishing the Driver’s Seat Saying that autonomous cars are slowly increasing in …

Las Vegas unveils the first driverless shuttle on public roads

8 Nov 2017, by Katie Pyzyk@_PyintheSky, Smart Cities Dive Today, Las Vegas will begin running the country’s first autonomous shuttle to operate on public roads. The vehicle — which is equipped with LiDAR technology — can carry up to eight passengers on its three-stop, half-mile loop along Fremont Street and Carson Avenue in downtown Las Vegas. Rides currently are free. AAA and Keolis partnered for the …