City unveils car-share program as a cure for Tel Aviv traffic

January 17, 2017 By Naomi Zeveloff In Tel Aviv, heavy traffic and a lack of parking can add hours to commutes. Now, the city municipality has taken a small step toward alleviating the road congestion with a new car-share program that will begin in the fall. Drivers will be able to rent from a fleet of 260 automatic Hyundai cars …

BMW’s ReachNow car-sharing service, transit supportive, hits 40K members, eyes self-driving car tech

By Nat LEVY on January 12, 2017, GeekWire As the headquarters for BMW’s ReachNow car-sharing service, Seattle will be one of the first places people get to try out BMW autonomous vehicles. Steve Banfield, CEO of ReachNow, said Thursday at the Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County annual Economic Forecast Conference that BMW will test out its eventual self-driving …

Las Vegas debuts the first completely autonomous, fully electric shuttle ever to be deployed on a public roadway in the U.S.

http://lasvegas.cbslocal.com/2017/01/10/las-vegas-rolls-out-nations-first-driverless-public-transit-shuttle/ The city of Las Vegas debuted the first completely autonomous, fully electric shuttle ever to be deployed on a public roadway in the United States Tuesday. The shuttle is being launched in the new Innovation District that was recently created by the city in downtown Las Vegas. Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman and other local officials were at …

Ford sees affordable EVs outnumbering gas vehicles. CEO says: “we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make people’s lives better by changing the way the world moves”

By Mark Shields, Ford CEO, 14 Jan 2017.  How Ford Will Electrify Vehicles to Make Them Better:  Ford is electrifying its most popular vehicles to make them even more capable, productive and fun to drive. Happy New Year!  As we kick off 2017, at Ford, we’re also looking further into the future. The era of more affordable electrified vehicles is dawning, …

Carlos Ghosn of Nissan shares his experience behind the wheel of an AV as it smoothly and safely negotiated the suburban streets, including intersections and dense traffic

Cross-posted from Clean Technica, 14 Jan 2017, by Cynthia Shahan   “We started at the beginning. We were seeing something that other people did not see. Now they are seeing it.” Carlos Ghosn explains that the Renault-Nissan Alliance has been a leader and continues as a catalyst in advancing autonomous vehicle technology, and it aims to continue that leadership. Enjoy watching Ghosn with his hands-free …

Business Insider series on AVs, Bloomberg, more

Business Insider recently launched a special series called “Autonomous World”that covers self-driving cars. It’s thorough!  Articles include: Uber has a plan to completely change your city But what if you live a town, village, township, or an unincorporated part of a borough, parish, or county? Self-driving cars are prone to hacks — and automakers are barely talking about it I haven’t read …

Ford to grow AV test fleet to 90 cars this year, toward fully autonomous vehicle for ridesharing and ride-hailing services in 2021

Ford’s new development vehicle brings Ford a step closer in its commitment to offer a fully autonomous vehicle in 2021 for ride-sharing and ride-hailing services. For now, the car still comes with a steering wheel and pedals — equipment our ride-sharing vehicles ultimately won’t include.  An expanded fleet is accelerating our real-world testing already taking place on the roads in Michigan, California …

The Independent: Driverless electric cars could ‘cut air pollution to almost zero and make parking lots obsolete within 10 years

‘We’re likely to see a huge shift in how our cities look and how transport is managed’  By Lynsey Bews, cross-posted from The Independent, Monday 26 December 2016 People look towards an autonomous self-driving vehicle, as it is tested in a pedestrianised zone, during a media event in Milton Keynes, UK Getty Self-driving electric cars could make car parks obsolete within the …

Self-driving vehicles could be a part of Rochester’s future transit options.

ROCHESTER, MINN.  The Post-Bulletin reports that First Transit Inc., the parent company of the Rochester Public Transit Operator, is partnering with driverless vehicle company EasyMile to pilot an autonomous passenger shuttle at an office park near San Francisco. The shuttle would connect riders to multiple Bay-area transit options by running a fixed route in the office park. The pilot will begin …