Tech Trends for Cities and States
Smart cities technology is well behind schedule, but the technology industry hasn’t given up on new digital solutions, self-driving cars, curb management, and AI-powered systems.
Tesla Banned From Using ‘Full Self-Driving’ Name in California
On the heels of multiple crashes and a federal investigation, a state law bars the company from calling their software Full Self-Driving to avoid misleading consumers about the need for driver assistance.
Feds Launch Investigation Into Autonomous Vehicle Safety
With self-driving vehicles allowed on public streets in 20 states, federal regulators are beginning to scrutinize the industry for safety concerns.
Grand Rapids Tests First Rural Autonomous Shuttle
The town launched a five-vehicle fleet aimed at improving mobility for residents in the rural community.
Opinion: Regulation Must Precede the Mass Rollout of Autonomous Cars
The time to craft a comprehensive set of regulations governing safety, privacy, accessibility, and equity is now.
Autonomous Vehicle Industry Hits a Bump in the Road
Slashed budgets, executives heading for the exits, and delayed dreams—the autonomous vehicle industry is taking longer to get on the road than industry supporters expected.
Waymo Wants to Bring ‘Robot Taxis’ To L.A.
After launching pilot programs in San Francisco and Phoenix, the company says it is ready to begin deploying its autonomous vehicles on Los Angeles streets.
Study: Many Driver Assist Users Consider Their Cars Self-Driving
Almost half of drivers using Tesla and GMC driver assist technology report feeling comfortable treating their cars as fully autonomous.
Minnesota Uses Autonomous Shuttles To Improve Mobility
A pilot program will provide free rides to help rural and elderly residents reach more destinations.
NACTO Fights Autonomous Vehicle Safety Exemptions
Two major automakers have petitioned for the right to test thousands of vehicles without major safety features such as brake pedals and steering wheels.
Will Autonomous Cars Live Up to Their Potential?
A new report details the promise and perils of the growing autonomous vehicle industry.
Skepticism for an Auto-Dependent Future
A new book makes the case that the promises of the transportation technology industry will fall short of the needs of cities and the planet.
Jacksonville To Replace Monorail With Autonomous Shuttles
The city’s aging monorail system will be repurposed as part of an expanded 10-mile shuttle system.
Keep Calm. Carry On. AVs Are Just the End of Parking.
Opinion: As autonomous vehicles continue to appear on roads around the world, planners and engineers must be proactive in devising new and creative uses for soon-to-be-obsolete urban parking.
The Marriage of Technology and Road Infrastructure
The future of road infrastructure likely includes wireless electric charging, innovative construction materials, and more data collection. Will cities remember to prioritize pedestrian safety, too?
Opinion: Stop Trusting Elon Musk—on Tunnels, on Teslas, on Everything
Musk has leveraged social media intrigue and a hot streak on the market to become the standard bearer for autonomous vehicle technology. Trust Tesla at public peril, argues James Brasuell in this opinion piece.
Federal Agency To Launch Anti-Speeding Initiative
With traffic deaths rising around the country, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is moving to address speeding and regulate autonomous vehicles.
How Safe Are Autonomous Vehicles?
Federal regulators are just starting to gain an understanding of how vehicles with automation systems impact traffic safety.
States Have the Power To Regulate Autonomous Vehicles—But Most Don’t
States tend to default to national standards for regulating AVs, but federal officials have been slow to implement rules directed specifically at autonomous vehicles.
Uber and Lyft: A Tale of Two Companies
After years of resisting efforts by cities to regulate their business and constant—but unprofitable—growth, Uber and Lyft are homing in on their unique strengths.
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