Thursday, March 5, 2015

Wanna Drive in Oregon? - Pay Per Mile Technology Now In Place

"We are seeing a growing trend in the number of electric and hybrid vehicles on our roads, which has led to a significant fall in critical gas tax revenues being collected for road maintenance," said Fran├žois Gauthey, President of Sanef ITS. "To improve and maintain America's roadway infrastructure, the transition from a gas tax to a distance-based road usage charge solution is a critical evolution. Moving forward, creating a sustainable but fair system for collecting revenues is essential for future sustainability of critical transportation networks. Sanef ITS America is delighted and looks forward to working with ODOT in contributing to the program with its road usage charging expertise."

Connected-car tech will allow hands-free pizza ordering

Visa and Pizza Hut are partnering on technology that will allow connected-car drivers to order food without the use of smartphone. Visa said the technology, which is relying on Accenture for system integration, could also be used for gas purchases and parking, among other things.

Bus meets bike: How the next wave of commuters is changing the urban landscape

In Pittsburgh, the main problem is safety. Things like bike lanes have drastically increased the safety of bike lane users and drivers alike; East Liberty Boulevard is an excellent example. But other neighborhoods still need assistance with access, and as developments change, the Complete Streets program will be there to make sure developers consider all road users, including cars, buses, bicycles, pedestrians, and people with disabilities who need accommodations such as level sidewalks, ramps, and walk signs.

Uber's first confirmed acquisition is a mapping company

Even though it has raised nearly $6 billion, Uber had somewhat boastfully never made an acquisition — until now. Mashable reports that the company has bought deCarta, a platform for location services including mapping. The company will become a subsidiary of Uber, continuing to offer products including local search and turn-by-turn navigation. Of the company's 40 employees, 30 will remain at Uber, including its CEO, Mashable reported.

Opinion: How bitcoin technology could power driverless cars

The one-car taxi service would be run by a smart software program plugged into an automated, electronic marketplace Hearn dubbed the Tradenet. There, prospective passengers could post ride requests and receive competing bids from multiple driverless cars. They would choose their preferred taxi based on fare, travel time, and model of car and could negotiate the route based on durations and fares that the service derived by bidding in a separate Tradenet “load space” market, where variations in traffic conditions would offer differing market-based toll-road prices for each route.

Best Cities for Electric Vehicles: New List Breaks Down the Top 10

A new list from ChargePoint -- the world's largest charging network for electric vehicles (EVs) -- has named the 10 friendliest metropolitan areas in the United States for EV drivers. The list, which accounts for population differences between cities, takes into account factors such as the number of EVs on the road and the total number of local charging stations.

Electric cars appeal to more Chinese than American buyers

“There is a potential for mainstream adoption of pure electric vehicles to happen in China first,” says co-author Jeremy Michalek, a professor of engineering and public policy and mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. “Last year we saw a surge in Chinese plug-in vehicle adoption – mostly pure electric vehicles produced by domestic manufacturers.”

Are Taxis Safer Than Uber?

"There's no way to search for that," said Neva Coakley, a spokeswoman for the Boston Police Department. "We wouldn't be able to speak to that because we don't have data to support it. We don't distinguish between what type of suspects they are." In other words, Boston doesn't track assaults by where they happen—in a taxi, in an Uber, or in someone's home—so there's no data to compare reports against Uber drivers versus taxi drivers or limo drivers. That's true in other cities, too. 

Analysis: Self-driving cars could have positive impact on environment

A projected 10% increase in the use of self-driving cars could save over 102 million gallons of fuel and increase efficiency as more vehicles become equipped to park themselves, according to researchers in the U.S. and the U.K.

Ford details parking tech, MyFord Mobile app

Ford has released mobile applications to increase vehicle efficiency and reduce fuel emissions. The Parking Spotter uses GPS technology and sensors to help drivers locate parking spaces more quickly, which reduces fuel and emissions waste, Ford's Mike Tinskey says. The company has also developed the MyFord Mobile app, which allows drivers to set and monitor climate and CO2 use in their vehicles.