Autonomous Cars: Ford and Tesla Have Big Plans - Market Realist

Ford (F) and Tesla (TSLA) are stepping up in the race to compete in the autonomous vehicles space. Both companies plan to launch a ride-sharing network with a fleet of autonomous cars. The vast potential market for self-driving cars is seeing automakers invest more in the space. However, Ford’s expectation that its autonomous cars will last four years has caused jitters in the industry Ford plans to produce its self-driving cars by 2021. The vehicles will be without a steering wheel, gas pedal, or brake pedal. They’ll also have geo-fenced areas for ride-sharing services. Ford Smart Mobility plans to tap the growing transportation services market. With Ford Smart Mobility, the company aims to

Google Maps now lets you pair transit directions with biking and ride-sharing - Venture Beat

It just became a whole lot easier to route-plan with Google Maps, Google’s cross-platform mapping service for mobile and the web. The Mountain View tech giant this morning announced that Maps will gain a feature that’ll let you string public transit directions together with biking and ride-sharing options. It’ll roll out in the coming weeks on Android and iOS in 30 countries around the globe, with more to join down the line. “Maps has always helped you get from place to place, whether you’re driving, walking, biking or taking public transit. And we know that transit journeys can be complex — often involving multiple modes of transportation to help you get around town,” wrote Google in a blog

Steering Autonomous Vehicles From Curse To Blessing Via Autonomous Bus Rapid Transit - Forbes

Autonomous cars are generating incredible hype, but whether they become a curse or blessing depends on how they are used. Car manufacturers are steering automatic vehicles (AVs) toward a curse for our crowded cities and our climate targets. Making empty cars drive around – to run errands or just to avoid expensive parking – could clog already crowded roads with even more vehicles. An autonomous bus rapid transit system, however, could help solve urban traffic woes, the decarbonization challenge, and the fight over expensive space in our cities. This concept combines the already successful bus rapid transit (BRT) model with the efficiency and flexibility of autonomous driving technology. In a

Seattle's 'microtransit' experiment drives people to light rail. Is it working? - Crossc

Four months in, ridership on the $3.2M Via service is reportedly exceeding expectations. If you’ve ridden light rail in the Rainier Valley in the past few months you’ve no doubt seen them: black vans with a blue Seattle skyline painted on the sides. Called Via to Transit, the vans look like they could be an Uber spinoff. In fact, passengers dial up the rides through an app similar to any ride hailing service. But as the King County Metro Transit logo emblazoned on the door indicates, the vans are part of a county-run experiment with on-demand “microtransit.” Launched in April, the service connects transit riders with light rail and bus lines. Southeast Seattle has little east-west bus servic

Scoot Aside E-Scooters, Rental Mopeds Are Zooming In - Route Fifty

The e-scooter empire spread into nearly every city in the country in the past year and a half, providing a fun way for people to zip around short distances, but also cluttering sidewalks and forcing city councils to create new infrastructure rules. But with top speeds capped somewhere between 10 to 15 miles-per-hour, and a (not always enforced) limit of one rider per scooter, the market has a hole for faster, roomier options. Enter the moped. Revel, a company that rents bright-blue electric mopeds, has appeared in two cities so far, first debuting in New York in June, and arriving this weekend in Washington, D.C. The 400 mopeds in D.C. just hit the city streets, but some have already raised

Car 101: the five Levels of autonomous driving - Stuff

Autonomous driving technology is a hot topic at the moment. Like many automotive technologies that are hot topics (electric power, airless tyres, flying cars) it's easy to think that it's happening right nowat high speed and will take over the motoring landscape before your next birthday. In reality, while there have been great strides in self-driving technology in the last decade, we're still on quite a long path. That path has steps that have been agreed upon by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), which has released an international standard that defines the six "Levels" of driving automation. That's good, because it means when carmakers and governments talk about autonomous technol

A Car-Centric City Makes a Bid for a Better Bus System - CityLab

On September 1, Indianapolis is set to unveil its first bus rapid transit (BRT) route. The speedy express bus is just the first piece of a much bigger transit improvement program that will roll out over the next five years. It’s built entirely around better buses. And for other low-density cities that are looking to boost mobility without investing in costly rail-based systems, Indy’s capital-efficient approach should be a model worth studying. Indianapolis, famous for its car race, is an extremely automobile-oriented city. Less than 1 percent of commuters in the metro area use transit to get to work, and it ranks sixth lowest among major U.S. metros in transit commuting. As local advocates

Tesla and convenience store chain Wawa are expanding to over 30 Supercharger stations - Electrek

Tesla has been partnering with specific companies in its Supercharger network expansion, and convenience store and fuel-station chain Wawa has been one of its biggest partners in the US. Now Wawa says that they are doubling their locations with Tesla Superchargers to over 30 stores. Tesla already has Supercharger stations at 16 Wawa stores on the east coast since they started installing the charging stations at their locations in August 2017: New Jersey: Florence Woodbridge Paulsboro Kearny Parsippany Barnegat Delaware: Lewes Claymont Dover Virginia: Chester Fredericksburg Florida: Pinellas Park Tampa Orlando Jacksonville Riviera Beach (West Palm Beach) That’s 16 Supercharger stations in two

Pop-up charging hub borrows the sidewalk instead of stealing it - Tree Hugger

Docked electric cars can be worse than dockless scooters for pedestrians, but the UEone is a step in the right direction. One of the problems we face in electrifying everything and getting off fossil fuels is that rooftop solar disproportionately favors people who own their own roofs, and electric cars favor those who own their own garages or driveways where they can plug in. Both tend to be found in suburbs. But there are many people who live in older and denser cities where houses often don't have driveways or garages, and where people park their cars on the public streets. Some cities have installed charging stations, but of course they place them in the sidewalk adjacent to the street pa

Transit Can Save the Environment, Just Not How We Expected - Bloomberg Opinion

As more and more of the world’s population shifts into cities, traffic congestion is becoming an ever-larger problem. The average American now loses around 100 hours a year sitting in traffic. Globally, congestion slows driving speeds, increasing emissions of carbon dioxide — more than 20% of which now comes from traffic. Some dream that self-driving cars may solve the problem by smoothing out people’s natural and often disruptive driving habits, yet self-driving cars are arriving much more slowly than enthusiasts expected. Ride-hailing services might also help by reducing car ownership, but a new study shows that in cities where Uber and Lyft have been introduced, traffic delays have gone u

Advanced traffic management is the next big thing for smart cities - GreenBiz

Traffic congestion is rising in cities around the world. Contributing factors include expanding urban populations, aging infrastructure, inefficient and uncoordinated traffic signal timing and a lack of real-time data. The impacts are significant. Traffic data and analytics company INRIX estimates that traffic congestion cost U.S. commuters $305 billion in 2017 due to wasted fuel, lost time and the increased cost of transporting goods through congested areas. Given the physical and financial limitations around building additional roads, cities must use new strategies and technologies to improve traffic conditions. The quest to solve traffic congestion Advanced traffic management technologies

You can now add money to your SEPTA Key using your phone - PhillyVoice

Within the last 24 hours, the SEPTA app has updated to allow users to add money and buy transit passes for their SEPTA Key accounts using their phones and mobile devices. The change means SEPTA Key holders will have another option in addition to the website to add new fare products to their cards. SEPTA Key management is currently available to anyone who uses the app, Andrew Busch, SEPTA's chief press officer told PhillyVoice on Tuesday. The soft roll-out of the updated SEPTA app preludes the official announcement slated for next Tuesday, Aug. 20. On Monday, a Twitter user tweetedSEPTA's social media team asking about the new SEPTA Key feature after noticing it. And a similar th

How Waymo is teaching self-driving cars to deal with the chaos of parking lots - Popular Science

If you drive a car, you know that some maneuvers are harder than others. For example, an unprotected left turn—one with no green arrow to tell you when to go—will always be trickier than a standard right-hand turn. Humans aren't alone in those struggles. Unprotected lefts are also a challenge for cars driven by computers, and so they train for them in simulation. Autonomous car company Cruise even published a video highlighting the 1,400 left turns its vehicles tackle in San Francisco in a day. A left turn is a tricky maneuver, but the driving environment itself is also a factor in what kind of obstacles the human—or the self-driving car—might encounter. A two-lane road on a sunny day with c

Construction on First Avenue Linear Park expected to begin in the fall - The Times Herald

UPPER MERION — With the latest inflow of funds, it won’t be too long before folks in King of Prussia will be enjoying those First Avenue Linear Park amenities that have been envisioned for years. It was recently announced that Gov. Tom Wolf and the PA Office of the Budget awarded nonprofit business advocacy group King of Prussia District (KOP-BID) a Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant in the amount of $1 million to support Phase 2 of the First Avenue Linear Park in Moore Park KOP. “We received $2.4 million for the first phase of the Linear Park several years ago,” noted Eric Goldstein, executive director of King of Prussia District. “We still haven’t moved that to construct

Why Speed Kills Cities - CityLab

U.S. cities are dropping urban speed limits in an effort to boost safety and lower crash rates. But the benefits of less-rapid urban mobility don't end there. “Slow the hell down.” That’s the message New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio delivered on Twitter as he announced the revival of the city’s speed camera program. The cameras went live in July with expanded hours, issuing hefty tickets to any driver who creeps above 36 miles per hour—that’s 11 mph above the city’s 25 mph posted limit—in 750 school zones throughout the city’s five boroughs. New York City, which has been struggling to get its Vision Zero safe-streets program back on track after a 2019 surge in cyclist deaths, has also been

For Struggling Legacy Transit Systems, New Mobility Options Present Challenges and Opportunities - F

Despite decades of ridership and revenue growth, the country’s busiest transit systems have struggled in recent years both at the turnstile and in the farebox, even as operating costs and unmet capital needs continue to grow. Metropolitan transit agencies serving New York, Chicago, Washington, DC, Boston and San Francisco, the country’s five largest systems, have all seen ridership declines in each of the last three years, and only the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) saw revenues increase, according to financial disclosures. Some of the decline can be attributed to service quality. But these systems are also challenged by competition from ride-hailing services like Uber and

SEPTA’s trolley tunnel closing for repairs, affecting more than 60,000 riders on nation’s largest sy

One of Philadelphia’s major transit arteries, the trolley tunnel from 13th Street to 40th Street, is closing for 10 days starting Friday for its annual makeover, affecting the bulk of the riders who use the nation’s largest trolley system. This is the seventh year SEPTA has closed the century-old, five-mile tunnel for repairs and preventative maintenance. Rather than complete the work intermittently, SEPTA opts to shut down the tunnel for a sustained period, which SEPTA spokesperson Andrew Busch said is “the most effective and efficient way to do a large portion of work in a relatively short period of time." SEPTA holds the “blitz” in the summer because schools are out and it’s peak vacation

Audi Takes On The Urban Electric Scooter Trend With The E-Tron Scooter - Forbes

Audi is pursuing the sporty urban rider with its latest concept. The Audi e-tron Scooter is a stylish electrically-powered transport promising a ride that evokes the free spirit of the skateboard. This latest idea joins what appears to be a booming market. Lately, I see more and more Londoners, male and female adults, some dressed in smart work outfits, zooming past on their little e-scooters. Yes some look a little smug, but equally the electric scooter feels fun and exciting and a thoroughly modern way to move around short distances. Audi has been at the forefront of electric cars for some time and we are beginning to see the first examples of its clean production cars branded under “e-tro

This Dashcam App Can Map Traffic in Near-Real-Time - CityLab

On the long, possibly dead-end road to fully automated driving, the promise of “connected” vehicles is something like a way station. When cars can communicate with one another over Wi-Fi and GPS, drivers should be able to anticipate hard stops, lane blockages, slippery pavement, and other kinds of unexpected terrain. Ultimately, connected robo-cars would be able to turn the untidy churn of human-driven traffic into a frictionless ballet of computer-controlled mobility. But for now, flesh-motorists can still benefit from such “smart” features: Many will soon be available in Ford’s lineup, for example. If you can’t shell out for a new ride, however, you’re out of luck. On the other hand, Nexar

Governor Wolf Awards $8.5 Million from Volkswagen Settlement to Reduce Transportation Pollution - My

HARRISBURG, PA — Governor Tom Wolf recently announced that 34 cleaner energy transportation projects will receive $8,489,844 in Driving PA Forward grants and rebates. Funded by Pennsylvania’s share of the settlement with Volkswagen Group of America for cheating on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions tests, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is committing funding for an extensive range of clean energy transportation projects on our roads, at schools, and at marine ports and airports. “The funding awarded from the VW emission cheating scandal is helping Pennsylvania reduce transportation pollution statewide and will help continue our efforts to improve air qualit


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