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 …

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 …