October 30, 2018

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) will undoubtedly improve road safety, with computers able to avoid collisions humans cannot. But when AVs face an inevitable crash, how do they decide whether to stay in the lane – and hit a person walking in the crosswalk – or swerve, hitting someone on the sidewalk?

This question – how to incorporate morality in AVs’ algorithms – w...

October 16, 2018

According to a new report from the United Nations’ scientific panel, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), humanity has about 12 years to avoid the most dire consequences of climate change. To avert catastrophic sea level rise, food shortges, and widespread drought and wildfire, emissions must be reduced by 45 percent from 2010 levels, and by...

August 14, 2018

Something like this could be on the roads by 2022.

TreeHugger has said it many times before, but fully autonomous cars probably won't look much like cars anymore. And still, cars are so ingrained in our popular consciousness that I, personally, have a hard time picturing what comes next.

Fortunately, the automotive industry is beginning to explore concepts tha...

June 20, 2018

While electrifiying the U.S.’s ride-hailing fleet could have a tremendous impact on reducing emissions, operating an electric vehicle on today’s streets is challenging for drivers. A new program at Uber wants to make it easier for its drivers to go electric—and get more EVs on the road.

“What we’ve learned from drivers is that they love not paying for gas and...

June 8, 2018

I recently attended the 2018 PA TMA Summit in Pittsburgh. The Transportation Management Association (TMA) Summit is an annual event where Pennsylvania TMA’s come together for discussions focused on all aspects of Transportation Demand Management (TDM).
This year, the Summit was hosted in Pittsburgh by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Oakland Transportati...

April 18, 2018

From ushering in an era of decreased car ownership, to narrowing streets and eliminating parking lots, autonomous vehicles promise to dramatically reshape our cities.

But after an Uber-operated self-driving vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona on March 18, 2018, there are more questions than ever about the safety of this technology, especi...

February 12, 2018

Pittsburgh Mayor William (Bill) Peduto, who just began his second term this year, has presided over a historic era of change in that city. Back in 2002, I wrote my book The Rise of the Creative Class while living in Pittsburgh and teaching at Carnegie Mellon. I dubbed the city my “base case” in the transition from an industrial to a knowledge-based economy....

January 4, 2018

Aurora, a startup company led by three veterans of Google, Tesla, and Uber, has signed deals with both Volkswagen and Hyundai with the goal of putting autonomous vehicle technology on the market within three years — and doing so "quickly, broadly and safely."

The partnerships will pair Aurora's sensors and software — its machine learning and artificial intell...

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