Government
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Texas Official Wants Driverless Lanes on Interstate 35

Aurora

Bexar County, Texas, Commissioner Kevin Wolff believes that a meeting he had last month in Washington with federal transportation officials could lead to construction of lanes for driverless automated vehicles on the Austin-San Antonio section of Interstate 35.

Bruce Selcraig | San Antonio Express-News
February 21, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Analysis: Self-Driving Cars Need Standardized Software to Avoid Crashes

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Fans of self-driving cars will have breathed a sigh of relief at the news that Uber and Google’s Waymo, two giants in the industry, have settled their intellectual-property lawsuit. This removes a huge distraction for companies, and freeing them up to focus on their own research.

Noah Smith | Bloomberg News
February 21, 2018
Government, Business

Lawmakers Commence Fiscal 2018 Funding Bill Negotiations

Trucker eating meal in cab A truck prepares to eat a meal in his cab (Big Truck Talk via YouTube)

A fiscal 2018 funding bill being negotiated is expected to provide a viable vehicle this year for advancing a meal and rest break provision for truckers which proponents argue would improve safety and efficiency.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
February 21, 2018
Government, Business

Idaho Hack Less Severe Than Projections Indicated

Idaho Department of Transportation spokesman Vince Trimboli Trimboli by 6 On Your Side via YouTube

A recent cyberattack targeting the Idaho Transportation Department did not jeopardize as many truckers’ personal information as originally feared, according to an agency spokesman

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 21, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Port Authority of N.Y., N.J. to Dedicate $44 Million to Hudson River Tunnel Project

Tunnels North River Tunnel (New Jersey Transit)

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey voted on Feb. 15 to dedicate $44 million to the multibillion dollar Hudson River tunnel project.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 21, 2018
Government

Caltrans Announces $173 Million for Local Transportation Projects

I-5 in Laguna Hills Ken Lund/Flickr

The California Department of Transportation recently awarded a series of grants to local and regional agencies through the Road Repair Accountability Act of 2017.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 20, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel

Diesel Price Declines 3.6¢ a Gallon

Trucks fuel up at a Pilot Flying J John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The U.S. retail diesel average declined 3.6 cents to $3.027 a gallon, the Department of Energy reported Feb. 20.

Staff and Wire Reports
February 20, 2018
Government, Business

Elaine Chao to Headline AASHTO Meeting, Senate Hearing

Elaine Chao Jin Lee/Bloomberg

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao will maintain the national conversation on infrastructure funding with a pair of high-profile events next week.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
February 20, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment

Tennessee University Investigating Possible Research Misconduct in Glider Vehicle Testing

Fitzgerald glider kit A Fitzgerald glider kit on display at the 2017 Mid-America Trucking Show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Officials at a Tennessee university are investigating allegations of possible research misconduct in connection with a glider vehicle emissions study that concluded glider vehicles with remanufactured engines do not pollute the air any more than heavy trucks with new engines.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
February 16, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

How Cities in the San Francisco Bay Area are Paving the Way for Our Autonomous Car Future

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SAN FRANCISCO — Within two to three years, bicyclists in Emeryville and Los Gatos will be able to download an app to get more green lights at intersections. Patients at the Veterans Administration Palo Alto Medical Center will be hopping on an autonomous shuttle for appointments.

Erin Baldassari | East Bay Times
February 16, 2018

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