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10 questions on how bicyclists and pedestrians will interact with autonomous vehicles

Mobility Lab recently participated in a Twitter chat hosted by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center of the University of North Carolina. It was a fun way to synthesize the latest thinking from other key players who took part, including America Walks, SAE International, Walk Friendly Communities, the Vision Zero Network, the National Association of City… Read more »

Tech may be the cure for collisions between buses and people biking and walking

Uri Tamir of Intel’s Mobileye and Mobility Momma last discussed how vehicle cameras can now eliminate blind spots, warn drivers about bikers and walkers, and map bike and pedestrian hot spots. While the brains of automated vehicles may not be able to predict cyclist behavior, Tamir said that Mobileye’s Shield+ technology can still help protect… Read more »

No need to wait for AVs: Vehicle cameras can already detect bicyclists, pedestrians

Another day on Pershing Drive in Arlington, Va., and another near miss for Mobility Momma on her bike. Yes, “Motor City Maniac Dear Son,” age 14, and “Blown-the-Coup Bike-Only College Kid,” 18, did warn me to stick to roadways with bike lanes or, better yet, stay on the bike path. I thought the vibe would… Read more »

MobilityScore helps people think more consciously about transportation options

Driving alone is simply a bad habit that many people don’t think often about changing. But when it comes to initially choosing where they want to live or work, it appears they truly give transportation a little more thoughtful consideration. For example, according to research Mobility Lab will soon release, nearly two-thirds of residents in… Read more »

Getting a glimpse at how an AV Cadillac sees the world

“Guess what car I got to ‘drive’ today,” I greeted my V-8 engine, Motor-City maniac, lover of super-charged cars teenager (aka Dear Son). “What, Mobility Momma? Autonomous roller blades or a matronly autonomous-vehicle riding lawn mower, or something more dignified?” replied my automotive wise man. “Guess.” Dear Son, who actually is interested and a favorite… Read more »

Virtual currencies like Bitcoin could make transit faster and more secure

Over the past 20 years, innovations previously undreamed of have appeared left, right, and center. Most recently, automated technology and artificial intelligence are revolutionizing a range of industries and sectors, from health care to transport. Cryptocurrencies are another technological revolution taking us by storm. The digital currencies are created and used online, with some, such… Read more »

Autonomous vehicles will improve transportation options for older Americans and people with disabilities

Imagine you are the adult child of a senior-citizen parent who is mentally sharp and active but whose reflexes and eyesight are not what they used to be just a few years ago. The ability to go to the grocery store, visit family and friends, or make a trip to the doctor’s office is important… Read more »

DC Commute Times hopes to build a transportation community

We are in a period rife with experiments in transportation, from the top down, from the bottom up, from government, large corporations, and individual entrepreneurs. One fresh effort is DC Commute Times, started by Jeff Wong in October of 2016 to integrate information about a regional transportation system many perceive as broken. Wong’s site includes… Read more »

House bill designed to speed deployment of autonomous vehicles, more work to come

This week, after months of wrangling and contentious hearings over the future of autonomous vehicles, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved H.R. 3388 – also known as the SAFE DRIVE Act. While the House generally agrees about the potential for AVs to save lives, consumer groups remain skeptical that the public will be protected… Read more »

3 reasons autonomous vehicles need your city’s data (and how to offer it)

How will driverless cars safely navigate the roads of all American cities, avoiding crashes and injuries, where sensors have never been and for which telematics data are not robust? Answering this fundamental question is essential for widespread adoption of autonomous vehicles and also very valuable for that industry – including car manufacturers, carsharing companies, and shipping and delivery companies –… Read more »