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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 »

A good explanation of what that “driverless” car was doing in Arlington, Va. – TechCrunch

There was recently a wacky story in the news about pedestrians and others in Arlington spotting a driverless car roaming the streets. Turns out, it wasn’t truly driverless. There was a person hidden in the driver’s seat and it was not a trick, but part of an experiment being run by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute… 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 »

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 »

5 ways cities and counties can make sure autonomous vehicles and bikes mix safely

This is the second of a three-part series on how bicyclists and autonomous vehicles can cohabitate. Part 1 is here. The suggestions in this series were originally developed in January at a planning session sponsored by the Eno Center for Transportation that the author designed and facilitated with fellow Mobility Lab contributor Lisa Nisenson. Eno will… Read more »

Speedy adoption of autonomous vehicles could be disastrous

The smart-growth and transit revolution of the last decade or two has had only partial success. Despite some revitalized cities and some new transit, sprawl remains dominant in America. On the heels of this incomplete revolution comes a new one: automated vehicles (AVs) that are certain to alter land use and transit. As the predominance… Read more »

Why it’s so difficult for autonomous vehicles to see bikes

This is the first of a three-part series on how bicyclists, pedestrians, and autonomous vehicles can cohabitate. When I’m pedaling down North Pershing Drive in Arlington, Va., dodging cars or car doors or trash and delivery trucks, Mobility Mama wonders how her kids ever make it anywhere incident free. “We never ride on Pershing, we… Read more »

Ford and Domino’s use self-driving cars to deliver pizza in Ann Arbor – WIRED

Some people love self-checkout lanes at the grocery store. And for the next few weeks in Ann Arbor, Mich., those same kinds of people will likely love that Domino’s will deliver pizzas in a Ford driverless vehicle. It’s a really clever way these two companies are marketing themselves while at the same time beginning the… Read more »

Demand questions are the elephant in the room with autonomous vehicles

Say you live 1.3 miles from a subway station or a bus route that would offer you direct access to your job. Then picture an autonomous vehicle looping through your neighborhood every 20 minutes or so to take you and your neighbors straight to that access point. All of a sudden, you would be pretty… Read more »