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Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Texas Forms Self-Driving Car Task Force

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The Texas Department of Transportation is moving forward with the formation of a Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) Task Force, made up of membership from state and local governments, academia, TxDOT staff and the autonomous vehicle industry.

Skip Descant | Government Technology
January 31, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

AAA Acquires Nation’s Largest Autonomous Vehicle Test Site

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The largest autonomous vehicle test site in the United States has been acquired by AAA of Northern California, Nevada and Utah, one of the most familiar car-club brands in the country.

Skip Descant | Government Technology
January 9, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Strong Growth Expected in EV Charging Stations

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Electric vehicle charging continues to surge, a move that will only hasten the adoption of electric cars and other vehicles such as commercial trucks. ChargePoint, which manages a network of EV charging locations worldwide, has pledged to build out 2½ million public charging ports by 2025, with roughly half of those in North America and half in Europe.

Skip Descant | Government Technology
September 18, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Home Charging Needed for Electric Vehicles to Gain Traction

A Nissan Leaf charges in Portland, Ore. A Nissan Leaf charges in Portland, Ore., on Interstate 5. (Rick Bowmer/AP)

The opportunity for easy overnight recharging may be one of the surest routes toward a wider adoption of electric vehicles in the United States.

Skip Descant | Government Technology
September 4, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous, TCA

Autonomous Vehicles Have Ability to Transform Society, Panelists Say

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It’s not just hands-free driving that self-guided cars may bring into reality. Autonomous vehicles could unleash new technological and economic development on a level not seen since the dawn of the space age.

Skip Descant | Government Technology
June 28, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Rhode Island to Explore Autonomous Shuttle Pilot

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The self-driving car wave could be headed to Rhode Island. The state’s Department of Transportation has released a request for proposals in its bid for a public-private partnership to test autonomous vehicles, likely in the form of small driverless shuttles in the Providence area.

Skip Descant | Government Technology
May 11, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Washington, D.C., Dips Its Toe Into Self-Driving Cars

Autonomous car company Torc completed an autonomous cross-country trip in 2017, from Washington, D.C., to Seattle. (Torc)

Washington, D.C., is preparing for a future with self-driving cars by inviting companies to test their autonomous vehicle technology in the District.

Skip Descant | Government Technology
February 22, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Safety Advocates Say Not So Fast on Driverless Cars

A self-driving shuttle in downtown Las Vegas was involved in a minor wreck Nov. 8, 2017, the first day of a yearlong trial period. (AP)

Highway safety advocates are urging lawmakers to pump the brakes on the development of driverless cars.

Skip Descant | Government Technology
January 17, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, TCA

Are Electric-Hybrid Trucks the Answer to California Port Pollution Problem?

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The sound — and smell — of thousands of idling trucks at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach could be fading if a new pilot project to convert them to part-time electric vehicles sticks.

Skip Descant | Government Technology
November 22, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Self-Driving Vehicles Raising Big Questions Around Drunk Driving, Seat Belts, Open Container Laws and More

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The idea of highways being filled with self-driving cars may be alluring, but it has highway safety experts raising numerous questions about common contemporary issues like drunk driving, seat belt use and how other motorists might react to a car without a driver behind the wheel.

Skip Descant | Government Technology
October 5, 2017

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