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   Carnegie Mellon University

City Leaders Envision Future With Driverless Cars

Brooks Rainwater, director of NLC’s Center for City Solutions, told Route Fifty that many city leaders wanted to get in front of this issue after being surprised by the sudden popularity of services like Uber and Lyft.

“Many mayors and city councils, after they saw what happened with ride hailing, have been at the front end of this conversation,” Rainwater said.

While AV policy remains in its infancy, Pittsburgh and San Francisco have substantial pilots up and running, and some states have already preempted city authority to regulate self-driving vehicles.

For those reasons, NLC teamed with the Bloomberg Aspen Initiative on AVs to conceptualize four, city-first approaches to a driverless future. The report was released Thursday.

Pittsburgh, Ford announce challenge program to find mobility solutions

Mayor Bill Peduto and John Kwant, vice president of Ford City Solutions, announced Tuesday that Pittsburgh will be the first city to work with Ford’s City of Tomorrow Challenge. The new program calls on the public to identify and then offer solutions for mobility problems with the help of a team of private experts, with one or two ideas receiving a total of $100,000 to move ahead to a demonstration project…

Mr. Kwant said Ford’s decision to kick off the program here evolved after Ford’s announcement in February 2017 that it would invest $1 billion over five years in Pittsburgh-based Argo AI to develop technology for a self-driving vehicle. He called Pittsburgh “the ideal partner” because of its leadership in areas such as smart traffic signals through Carnegie Mellon University.

Qualcomm, Ford, Panasonic Team To Test C-V2X In Colorado

The new trial deployment will take place in designated roadways throughout Panasonic’s CityNOW headquarters in Denver before the system will be rolled out in select locations along the I-70 Mountain Corridor area later this year. The tie-up builds upon Pansonic’s existing partnership with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). As part of the alliance, Panasonic has tapped the help of external companies such as Kapsch TrafficCom and Ficosa to assist in the deployment. Kapsch TrafficCom for its part will supply the roadside units to CDOT’s V2X development program and Ficosa will provide the C-V2X onboard units. CDOT will also incorporate C-V2X devices powered by Ficosa’s CarCom platform into its current fleet of Ford cars, enabling those vehicles to communicate with other vehicles and infrastructures. Panasonic’s connected vehicle data platform will then work to transmit C-V2X data to roadway operators, which in turn will send safety information directly to vehicles.

Demystifying the future of connected and autonomous vehicles

To answer such questions, and understand future mobility, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory are deploying advanced modeling and simulation tools. And in a collaborative three-year project, supported by DOE’s SMART (Systems and Modeling for Accelerated Research in Transportation) Mobility Consortium, Argonne researchers are using these tools to predict the impact of CAVs on energy and mobility in metropolitan areas…

Argonne’s work advances the SMART Consortium’s mission to increase our understanding of the impacts that will arise from future mobility systems. Project collaborators include the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of New South Wales, Texas A&M University, the University of Michigan, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Washington, George Mason University, as well as multiple cities and planning agencies.

Are dockless bikeshare systems changing Washington’s biking culture?

The new dockless bike-share companies that have taken off in the District are attracting a different kind of customer than the traditional Capital Bikeshare system: Their riders are more racially diverse, slightly younger and less affluent, according to transportation officials and an academic review of the services.

A new study by Virginia Tech found that a good share of the bikes are taking trips to areas that are historically majority-minority, a clear distinction when compared to the share of trips made on Capital Bikeshare bikes, the city-sponsored system that is known for its distinctive red bikes and docking stations.

Alibaba Unveils A Driverless Delivery Bot

At the Cainiao Network 2018, Global Smart Logistics Summit, Alibaba announced two innovations in logistics: a driverless delivery robot and a storage locker with face recognition. The automated vehicle, called G Plus, is said to be easy to mass produce and could serve different purposes.

Compared to its predecessors, the G plus has extended stamina, allowing it to cover larger distances. It has loading boxes that can change size depending on the size of the package to be delivered.

It has a top speed of 9.3 miles per hour which reduces to 6.2 mph when it detects traffic. Its navigation system is based on LIDAR and helps create a 3D map to see the path.

Artificial Intelligence, Not Autonomy Could be in Your Next Car

Not to burst anyone’s bubble, but autonomous vehicles are still some years away. Sure, there are some semi-autonomous cars on the road today, but fully-driverless cars that don’t require steering wheels and pedals are well off in the distance. While it will be some time before you’re able to buy a self-driving car, having a vehicle that’s packed with artificial intelligence isn’t too far away.

Everyone might be focusing on making cars drive themselves, but artificial intelligence will play a large role in the future, as well. TechCrunch took a look at ways AI could be incorporated into cars and the list is a lengthy one with many possible avenues.

Methanol-Fueled Cars Could Drive Us Toward an Emissionless Future

For different reasons, Edward S. Rubin, a professor of engineering and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, also doubts methanol’s prospects. In a recent paper, he and several collaborators examined the extent to which converting CO2 to fuels—as CRI is doing—could mitigate climate change. Their conclusion: “While CCU [carbon capture and utilization] does have the potential to mitigate some CO2 emissions (provided that a continuous supply of carbon-free electricity is available), an alternative system employing CCS [carbon capture and storage] together with the same carbon-free electricity is a far more effective mitigation option.”

Who’s Winning the Self-Driving Car Race?

But the perceived stakes are so enormous, with the promise of transport businesses needing little in labor costs, that many players are racing to master the technology and put it to work. Without drivers, operating margins could be … more than twice what carmakers generate right now.

In the next three years, almost all of these contenders will be able show off cars capable of navigating city streets at casual speeds along firmly fixed routes. Most of the companies now building autonomous vehicles can already handle basic driving at low speeds. This can give an impression of parity and sameness. Yet despite being in its infancy, autonomous driving has leaders starting to emerge.

A homegrown revolution The next generation of wireless technology, 5G, is being developed in the U.S.—and is set to transform life as we know it.

“[5G] will be the vehicle for technical innovations on multiple fronts,” noted Swarun Kumar, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He expects the advancement to usher in a new era of creativity from American entrepreneurs. One area where he sees the potential for major improvements is in immersive tech and high-definition video, with applications that extend beyond gaming and entertainment. Imagine a future where an architect, wearing a VR headset, could see a building as it was being designed? Another sector ripe for innovation is the Internet of Things (IoT), which can benefit from the ability to connect more devices and crunch more data. Here the possibilities that arise from the availability of 5G infrastructure are vast—everything from highly-efficient smart power grids to hospital monitoring systems.

Ensuring Chip Reliability From The Inside

Monitoring activity and traffic is emerging as an essential ingredient in complex, heterogeneous chips used in automotive, industrial, and data center applications.

This is particularly true in safety-critical applications such as automotive, where much depends on the system operating exactly right at all times. To make autonomous and assisted driving possible, a mechanism to ensure systems are operating correctly in real time needs to be in place. Today, this typically is referred to as in-chip monitoring, runtime monitoring, in-system monitoring, and even built-in self-test.

Cities and States Pursue Smart Roads to Save Lives, Fuel

Thanks to sensors embedded in pavement and other vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technology, the Internet of Things is hitting the streets, literally, and enabling smart roads that can reduce emissions, relieve traffic and save lives.

Smart pavement is part of the growing list of intelligent transportation systems already at work in many cities, improving pedestrian safety and parking availability via sensors and other tech.

As Wi-Fi availability grows in cities and 5G sits on the horizon to offer the type of connectivity and speeds necessary to enable V2I solutions, intelligent pavement projects are becoming more widely piloted.

Are smart cities as safe as we think they are? Security experts say not yet

While city planners, smart city experts, and related organizations and constituents continue to struggle with security, these complex systems continue to evolve. The not-for-profit global initiative for securing smart cities has a good head start with guidelines and complex analyses of developing threats and solutions. But many experts say that more work in this area of smart city development is needed, with solutions that may include Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERT), more standardized Static Application Security Testing (SAST), and perhaps a regulatory body to ensure that only well-secured cities are able to invest in these technologies.

Waymo adds 62,000 vehicles for autonomous taxi service

Google-owned Waymo is adding as many as 62,000 Fiat Chrysler minivans to its autonomous fleet in an expanded collaboration announced by the companies on Thursday.
Delivery of the Chrysler Pacifica minivans was expected to begin later this year, with the automaker also exploring the potential to build Waymo technology into a self-driving car it might add to its model line-up for consumers.

“FCA is committed to bringing self-driving technology to our customers in a manner that is safe, efficient and realistic,” chief executive officer Sergio Marchionne said in a release.

“Strategic partnerships, such as the one we have with Waymo, will help to drive innovative technology to the forefront.”

Goodyear to test intelligent tire technology at Mcity

The Akron-based tire company announced on Thursday, May 31, that it will conduct testing at the Mcity Test Facility, a purpose-built proving ground in Ann Arbor, Mich., used to test connected and automated vehicles in simulated urban and suburban environments…

“To generate mobility solutions involving tires — and even beyond tires — we are actively working with key players to shape the future for autonomous vehicles and ride-sharing fleets, and the activity at Mcity will help get us there even faster,” Chris Helsel, Goodyear’s chief technology officer, said in the release.

Waymo shows off its self-driving car in first ad with Jimmy Kimmel [Video]

Widely regarded as the leader in autonomous vehicles, Waymo is slated to launch a public ride service later this year in Arizona. To build public awareness for the Uber/Lyft competitor and its technology, the Alphabet division appears to be embarking on an advertising campaign with the first ad going live today.

Tweeted by the official Jimmy Kimmel Live! account this afternoon, the over two-minute video features a hashtag labeling it as an advertisement. It is very much in the style of the late night comedian’s regular sketches and involves show personality Guillermo riding in a Chrysler Pacifica.

Uber talks driverless-car partnership with Waymo

Now Khosrowshahi says he’s looking to a competitor to get Uber’s program cruising along again by this summer.

“When we get back on the road, we have to be absolutely satisfied we’re getting back on the road in the safest manner possible,” Khosrowshahi said Wednesday during an on-stage interview at Recode’s Code Conference, which is taking place this week in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. ‘We’re having conversations with Waymo about putting their cars on our network. If something happens, great. If not, we can live with that, too.”
“I’d welcome Waymo to put cars in our network,” he said, calling the company an “incredible technology provider.”

Number of electric vehicles on roads reaches three million: IEA

The number of electric vehicles on roads worldwide rose to a record high of 3.1 million in 2017, but more research, policies and incentives are needed to drive further uptake, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said.
The number of electric cars, including battery-electric, plug-in hybrid electric and fuel cell electric passenger light-duty vehicles, increased by 57 percent compared with 2016, the IEA said in a report.
China accounted for 40 percent of the global total last year.

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