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 …

NACTO City Data Sharing Principles: Integrating New Technologies Into City Streets, also 10 rules for cities about automated vehicles,

There are a number of ways that cities will need to regulate AVs if they are to be a boon and not a bane, including owning the data, protecting transit, prohibiting empty (circling) trips, setting speed limits, and protecting traditional urbanism.  Traditional urbanism evolved over millennia to meet human needs. The adoption of AVs should not be allowed to replace time-tested …

Passenger economy estimated to be worth $7 trillion by 2050, with MaaS worth $3.7 bn and $2.9 bn in B2B MaaS including freight and delivery, and over $203 bn in pilotless vehicles services like mobile restaurants

A recent study from Strategy Analytics and Intel Auto manufacturers are currently focused on building fully autonomous connected vehicles, with the ambition to serve in a network of cars that no longer require human input. Autonomous technology and connectivity are intertwined, as a result, this will create a new technological dynamic to vehicle transportation and potential new revenue streams. If drivers are now …

Demand Oriented Mobility Solutions for Rural Areas Using Autonomous Vehicles

By Moritz von Mörner, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Institute for Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering This study was funded by Opel Automobile GmbH and DB Regio AG 1.   Introduction Conventional public transport in rural areas is facing major difficulties, especially in countries exhibiting demographic and societal changes. In rural areas in Germany demographic change and the accompanying decrease in population and pupil numbers endanger the already bristle …

AV symposium seeks to develop policy for cities and address mobility for all

How will driverless cars and other autonomous vehicle (AV) technology change the way we plan cities? On October 6, 2017, 85 of the nation’s top thinkers on AV gathered at the National League of Cities (NLC) headquarters in Washington, D.C., to discuss and plan for the impacts of AV on cities and regions. This event — a collaboration between APA, …

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 …