Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Self-Driving Electric Shuttle Buses Will Be Introduced at University of Michigan

Navya Vehicle (Navya)

A pair of self-driving shuttle buses should begin motoring around Ann Arbor, Mich., later in April in an ambitious test of the new technology.

Mark Phelan | Detroit Free Press
April 13, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Peter Thiel-Backed Autonomous Car Supplier Slashing Costs, Scaling Up

Luminar's Lidar Luminar lidar by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Luminar Technologies Inc., the sensor startup backed by billionaire Peter Thiel, is rolling out a cheaper-to-make version of its laser technology and ramping up production to supply the key component for autonomous vehicles.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
April 13, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Podcast Debut: ‘RoadSigns’ Tackles Autonomous

RoadSigns podcast

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Transport Topics' new podcast: RoadSigns. Our debut episode focuses on how the trucking industry’s steady and ongoing development of autonomous technology may someday affect truck drivers. Click to listen!

Transport Topics
June 11, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Hyperloop Could Provide ‘Resilient Solution’ for Transportation, Expert Says

Hyperloop Hyperloop concept drawing. (Hyperloop Transportation Technologies)

The high-speed Hyperloop transit system entrepreneur Elon Musk proposes to build on the East Coast has the potential to withstand the impact severe weather may have on older infrastructure.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 12, 2018
Technology, Autonomous

IEEE, ACM to Collaborate on Autonomous Vehicle Standards

Aurora autonomous car Aurora

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the American Center for Mobility to help accelerate development and deployment of voluntary technical standards for connected and autonomous vehicles.

Transport Topics
April 11, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Driver Engagement Critical Issue for Cars That Steer Themselves

Tesla Model S Tesla Model S by Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg News

After partially faulting Tesla’s automation system for a 2016 fatal crash, U.S. safety investigators in 2017 called on carmakers to do more to ensure drivers stay engaged as next-generation cars start to steer themselves.

Bloomberg News
April 11, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

PennDOT Chief Outlines Temporary Rules for Testing Self-Driving Cars

Uber Self-Driving Volvo Uber Self-Driving Volvo (zombieite/Flickr)

Pennsylvania will ask Uber Technologies Inc. and any company developing self-driving cars with the same technology onboard to immediately stop testing.

Aaron Aupperlee | The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
April 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

TomTom Bets It Has Found a Way to Deal With Slow Death of Sat-Nav

Goddijn Goddijn at the 2016 Noah technology conference in Berlin. (Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg)

Self-driving cars may not be on the road anytime soon, but that isn’t stopping Dutch navigation device maker TomTom NV from investing in high-definition maps needed when autonomous driving becomes the norm.

Wout Vergauwen and Joost Akkermans | Bloomberg News
April 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Opinion: Driverless Cars May Make Traffic Worse, Not Better


One of the more puzzling questions arising from the revolution in autonomous vehicles and on-demand services is what impact it will all have on cities.

John Gallagher | Detroit Free Press
April 6, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Microsoft Joins Self-Driving Vehicle Development at Michigan Test Center

American Center for Mobility grounds American Center for Mobility grounds via PlanetM/YouTube

On a blustery spring day that showed exactly why Michigan’s range of weather is perfect for testing self-driving and connected vehicles, the American Center for Mobility formally opened and announced a far-reaching deal April 4 with Microsoft.

Mark Phelan | Detroit Free Press
April 5, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Houston Joins Smart Cities Program to Prepare for Autonomous Vehicles

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Houston will join 21 other cities in a national partnership aimed at addressing persistent transportation challenges as technology and mobility choices have planners rethinking how streets, sidewalks and private spaces interact.

Doug Begley | Houston Chronicle
April 5, 2018