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New York's Future is Driverless
"Daniel Ramot co-founded Via in 2012 as a shuttle service that relies on algorithms to pick up multiple passengers without taking them on detours or side trips. The service, which costs $5, has done such a good job of pleasing customers, it now makes a million trips per month in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens."
Get ready, self-driving cars are coming to more Boston roads
"After nearly four months of testing in a small segment of the Seaport District, Boston-based autonomous car company nuTonomy Inc. has received city approval to expand the test area across the Seaport and Fort Point neighborhoods."
- Boston Globe
Nvidia Goes Public With Self-Driving Truck Ambitions
"Around Silicon Valley, semiconductor giant Nvidia is best known for its graphics chips that power a wide range of video game technologies. But in recent years, the company’s growth has also been fueled by its investments in autonomous and connected car technologies."
AECOM launches £4.2 million driverless car trial
"American multinational engineering giant AECOM is leading a consortium to explore ways autonomous vehicles can be used in the public space. The company, along with 20 partner organizations, has secured more than £4.2 million of funding from Innovate UK and the Centre for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV), a joint policy unit formed by two government bodies, the Department for Transport and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy."
- Internet of Business
Global Design Sprints: How to Reimagine Our Streets in an Era of Autonomous Vehicles
"Technological advancement for autonomous vehicles accelerated in 2015 and, suddenly, everyone was talking about a future of autonomous and connected vehicles. At BuroHappold, we wanted to understand what it might mean for our cities. How will our cities be impacted? Will there be more or less traffic?"
Turnpike travelers will see semi-autonomous trucks on the road this year
NASA Helps Steer Effort to Create Self-Driving Cars
"NASA engineers have joined the effort to develop fully autonomous cars that will not only benefit drivers on Earth, but also improve the technology used for robotic vehicles surveying the surface of the moon, Mars and other bodies in the solar system."
A Startup’s Plan To Cut Air Freight Costs In Half With 777-Size Drones
"Commercial passenger jets fly at an altitude of around 30,000 feet or higher. Imagine sitting in a window seat of one of those giant aluminum tubes a few years from now as it makes its way across the Pacific Ocean. Picture looking down about 10,000 feet below. You just might see what one startup thinks could be the future of international cargo transport."
- Fast Company
In rare robotics gathering, ventures like Uber, Argo AI reflect on progress, competition
"In a crowded ballroom in the Pittsburgh Athletic Association, veterans of the robotics industry got a moment on Thursday evening to collectively catch their breath and reflect on how the whirlwind pace had changed the Steel City."
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Disrupter Series: Smart Communities
"The City of Pittsburgh is changing rapidly. Investments made by philanthropists and industrialists decades ago have helped position the city to be on the leading edge of revolutions in healthcare, technology, and advanced manufacturing."
- Testimony of Alexander Pazuchanics, Policy Coordinator for the City of Pittsburgh, during a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee
AV Survey Results
"Autonomous Vehicle (AV) companies have been testing autonomous vehicles, and even picking up passengers, on Pittsburgh streets since September 2016 without any high profile incidents. For the most part, citizens and public officials have greeted them (and the AV industry in general) with open arms."
Driverless Future: A Policy Roadmap for City Leaders
"The advancement of autonomous vehicle technology and its synergy with services such as Uber and Lyft will have profound impacts on public transit, parking, equity and inclusion, land use, and real estate development in our cities."
- Arcadis, HR&A Advisors, and Sam Schwartz
Can Self-Driving Cars Ever Really Be Safe?
"Analysts estimate that by 2030, self-driving cars and trucks (autonomous vehicles) could account for as much as 60% of U.S. auto sales. That's great! But autonomous vehicles are basically computers on wheels, and computers crash all the time. Besides that, computers get hacked every day."
- Advertising Age
US transportation secretary sees crash-avoidance technology at East Liberty site
"The U.S. transportation secretary made a trip to Ohio to see how cars can avoid crashes. Elaine Chao watched on Monday as government researchers showed how vehicles could hit the brakes on their own to avoid collisions with simulated pedestrians."
- The Columbus Dispatch
Will Self-Driving Cars Be Better Drivers If They Can Chat with Each Other?
"On the roads between Oxford and London in the U.K., a small group of autonomous cars will soon be chattering amongst themselves as they find their way between the cities. The hope is that sharing data in real time can make them better, safer drivers."
- MIT Technology Review
Uber launches first-in-the-U.S. electric vehicle program in Portland
As Pittsburgh courts self-driving technology, Ford's efforts at partnering give it an edge
"The first ride in a fully autonomous vehicle will most likely have ties to Pittsburgh, market researchers now believe. But they don’t expect that ride will come courtesy of Uber, which for more than two years has plugged away at autonomous cars in its Strip District facilities, sending test vehicles out onto the city streets to try driving over bridges, past pedestrians and maybe even through a tunnel."
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
IBM could have a solution to one of self-driving cars' biggest problems
"The dynamic between human drivers and autonomous vehicles is complicated, but researchers at IBM have patented a new cognitive system that could help determine if and when a person—or the self-driving system—should take control. It's based on a variety of indicators, including factors like human fatigue and emotional state, as well as the overall mechanical function of the vehicle."
- Popular Science
Mercedes-Benz is going to launch fully self-driving cars in three years
Study finds motorists think automated cars will end distracted driving
"Will self-driving cars end distracted driving sometime in the future? A survey of 3,000 licensed drivers from Erie Insurance seems to suggest so. Fifty-nine percent of those surveyed think that self-driving vehicle technology — which is being developed in Pittsburgh and tested on our streets — will make distracted driving a thing of the past once it is fully implemented."
- Pittsburgh Business Times
Israeli startup gets $30 million to build connected car chips as Microsoft and Intel battle for dominance
"So-called 'V2X' startup Autotalks bagged $30 million Series D funding round late last week in funding according to an announcement from the company. Their main physical product is an eponymously branded chipset that is built into vehicle models."
Reclaiming Streets in an Age of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles
"Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) are on everyone’s mind...While it is unclear how fast they are becoming business as usual, it is almost impossible to ignore that they will be a key mode of transport in the medium to long term."
The Driverless City
"The Driverless City Project will develop social scenarios, technical solutions, infrastructure prototypes, and model urban codes that transform city streets into twenty-first century human infrastructure. Research workshops, computer simulations, visionary drawings, physical models, and narrative videos will give shape to this future city."
- Illinois Institute of Technology
The Connected Mobility Initiative: Public-Private Partnerships to Help People Move
"Public transit systems in the world’s cities are falling behind as cities are getting bigger and more crowded, often plagued with crippling traffic. This is one of the key findings in the recent report, Now Arriving: A Connected Mobility Roadmap for Public Transport."
- New Cities Foundation
Huawei, Nokia look to the future of autonomous vehicles
- RCR Wireless News
US Department of Transportation establishes new federal automation committee
"On Wednesday, the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced the formation of a new federal committee focused on the impact of automation in transportation. The 25-member committee includes leaders in transportation and engineering, and will hold its first meeting on January 16, 2017."
Urban Mobility at a Tipping Point
- McKinsey & Company
Here’s How Self-Driving Cars Will Transform Your City
"Elon Musk says every new Tesla comes with all of the hardware needed for fully autonomous driving. He is hardly alone in trying to spare humans the tedium of car operation. Audi, GM, Google, and Uber are among the many companies working toward the day when autos do everything and you’re just along for the ride."