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 …

Humans are terrible at taking back control from autonomous cars: when we’re authorized to not pay attention, we don’t, and shifting back is not so easy

CHARLIE SORREL 12.13.16 5:45 PM from FastCoExist One of the big safeguards for autonomous cars is a human backup driver. In most self-driving car trials, a human sits behind the wheel, ready to take back control if the car freaks out and doesn’t know what to do. But in practice, things don’t quite work out like that. Humans, says a …

Data: How is Google using machine learning?

Don Dodge works on the Google Cloud Technology Partner team. Don is a veteran of five start-ups including Forte Software, AltaVista, Napster, Bowstreet, and Groove Networks. Prior to Google, Don was Director of Business Development for Microsoft’s Emerging Business Team. You can follow Don on Medium, on Twitter @DonDodge or on Facebook Machine Learning will impact everything we do at …

Strategic action to deliver green, efficient and inclusive transport

Even conferences, academics and government staff are saying it:  action is now the priority. Much has been said, many studies have been launched, and numerous potential pathways have been identified. Now is the time for acting on what can make a difference in improving equitable and sustainable accessibility. This will require bold but straightforward decisions: for instance, if cities want …

GM Maven carsharing now in 13 cities: $8/hour for an SUV includes fuel, insurance. No application or membership fees.

GM Carsharing Service Maven Launches In Los Angeles, San Francisco, & Denver + existing Boston, Chicago, Jersey City (New Jersey), Baltimore, New York City, San Diego, Washington DC, Orlando (Florida), Detroit, and Ann Arbor (Michigan). Cross-posted from Clean Technica, November 20th, 2016 by James Ayre  GM’s carsharing service, Maven, has expanded into the Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Denver markets in recent …

The Military drives automated vehicles, and what new Teslas can do now

By Jeff McMahon, cross-posted from Forbes Seven unmanned military trucks photographed during a test of the Army’s autonomous mobility system. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) Elon Musk made the headlines this week announcing that new Tesla vehicles will have full self-driving capability, but there’s a more powerful force behind the development of autonomous-vehicle technology, a RAND Corp. expert said Tuesday. The U.S. Army and other world militaries …