Learning from early adopters in smart mobility: ID your city’s unique needs, be bold, focus on broad scale deployment

25 Sept 2017 Smart Cities Dive, Excerpt Getting started with lessons learned from early adopters Lesson 1: Identify your city’s unique needs Different cities, states and local municipalities will have different needs and goals when it comes to digitizing their transportation systems. Therefore, no one approach can be considered a panacea for all cities. For example, cities that only became …

Notes on CVs, CAVs and Measures of Effectiveness

In contrast with automated/autonomous vehicle technology, capable of sensing its environment and navigation without human input, to fulfill the transportation needs of a traditional vehicle (through sensing technology – radar, LiDAR, computer vision and sonar), CV entails communication with the surrounding environment.  Connected Vehicles (CV) communicate with nearby vehicles and infrastructure, wirelessly (e.g., between vehicles (V2V), between vehicles and Infrastructure …

Solving the issues around self-driving cars: China’s search engine wants to catch up with US rivals

Chinese internet search engine Baidu sets up $1.5bn self driving car fund By Cate Cadell, The Independent Online, Sept 2017 Baidu autonomous vehicles have already been road tested in China REUTERS Chinese search engine Baidu announced a 10bn yuan ($1.1bn) self-driving car fund on Thursday as part of a wider plan to speed up its technical development and compete with US rivals. The “Apollo …

City and state preparations for AVs

Kansas City, MO–based startup Integrated Roadways is piloting two projects that would bring sensors as well as phone and internet connectivity to those cities’ roads, according to Government Technology. One of the projects will be located in Kansas City and the other in a yet-to-be-named city outside of Missouri. The combined 1.5 miles of pavement should be completed by August 2018. Using …

State DOTs Start Upgrading Roads in Preparation for AVs: Here’s what some places are already doing to accommodate self-driving and connected vehicles.

By Daniel Vock, in Governing Magazine, March 2016 (AP/Tony Avelar) The cars of the future may not need drivers, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be self-sufficient. In fact, they could force states and cities to upgrade their roads and other infrastructure. What kind of infrastructure tomorrow’s vehicles will require, of course, depends on which technologies become commonplace. “Connected” vehicles that communicate with …

Financial Times talks about what is coming: “As private cars start fading out”

“Why Paris will be the first post-car metropolis” by Simon Kuper in The Financial Times In Lima next Wednesday, the International Olympic Committee will rubber-stamp Paris as host of the 2024 Games. By the time the Games begin, Paris will be transformed. “Vehicles with combustion engines driven by private individuals” could well be banned from the city by then, says Jean-Louis …

Paris may be the first city where combustion vehicles are banned, choosing driverless taxis, shuttle buses, bikes, walking and clean air instead

“Why Paris will be the first post-car metropolis” by Simon Kuper in The Financial Times In Lima next Wednesday, the International Olympic Committee will rubber-stamp Paris as host of the 2024 Games. By the time the Games begin, Paris will be transformed. “Vehicles with combustion engines driven by private individuals” could well be banned from the city by then, says …

Cruise and GM have designed a car that’s fully capable of driving itself while also being easily manufactured on a massive scale, available for immediate deployment in fleets

September 11th, 2017 by James Ayre on Clean Technica GM & Cruise Automation now have a design ready for a mass-production self-driving vehicle, the world’s first according to Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt. (Edit: As commenters have noted, this is a little confusing since the Tesla Model 3 also has a design ready for mass production and full self-driving capability. It’s actually already being …

The data ecosystem of AVs are offering new paths to profit for carmakers

Carmakers have regained some of the upper hand in self-driving: Businesses once thought to be on the path to extinction are calling the shots when it comes to self-driving partnerships. BY JOHANA BHUIYAN@JMBOOYAH  AUG 7, 2017 Johannes Simon / Getty In 2014, Uber and Lyft were the future. Automakers like Ford and GM were under pressure as these fledgling startups threatened to …

Look for network effects in the software that enables a car to safely navigate the roads, in optimization and routing enabling automation as a city-wide system, and in the on-demand fleets of robotaxis that will ride on top of these software layers

By Charles Morris, on EVANNEX, 10 Sept 2017 We all know that, when a new technology becomes established, there are winners and losers. However, the picture is more complex: some companies will be small winners and others will be big winners. Where a particular company ends up depends not only on the quality and popularity of its products or services, but …