Friday, September 23, 2016


In 2015, 14.77 million gallons of E85 were sold in California, with Propel selling 9.3 million of those gallons, or 63% of the market, according to California Air Resources Board data. Previously, ethanol production leaders Minnesota and Iowa led the nation; according to revenue records these states sold 13.1 million gallons each in 2015.

Propel’s study is a comprehensive survey of the state’s low carbon fuel customers and was conducted at the pump while customers filled up. More than 970 surveys were completed at 11 Propel locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Fresno, Inland Empire and San Diego.

Mercedes-Benz Reveals Electric, Autonomous Trucks and Commercial Vehicles

“We are presenting our vision of urban transport. Just like with long-distance haulage, our goal is to achieve more safety and efficiency than ever before – and also to be free of local emissions,” said Wolfgang Bernhard, who heads Daimler Trucks. “This will make our cities even more pleasant to live in, despite rising populations and an increased need for transportation.”

“Against the background of urbanization and digitalization, the transport of the future needs to be made more intelligent, flexible and sustainable,” said Volker Mornhinweg, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans. “In the future customers will need more than a van on four wheels. They’ll need intelligent system solutions precisely tailored to their needs.”

For example, the company is introducing its PRO Connect for vans web-based service. It allows fleet supervisors to manage maintenance in real-time and receive notifications concerning needed repairs before costly breakdowns occur.

Uber Rival Grab Partners with Self-Driving Car Startup NuTonomy

Grab said its data showed drivers in Singapore are less likely to accept a passenger booking request originating from or destined for remote locations, highlighting the need for robo-cars that can meet transportation needs in far-flung areas.

“Our view of self driving vehicles is it’s a supplementary solution to some of the issues that we are unable to solve with existing supply,” Lim Kell Jay, head of Grab Singapore, told reporters.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Self-driving Uber vehicles spotted on the streets of San Francisco

These self-driving cars seen in downtown SF seem to be the same as those used in Uber’s self-driving pilot program in Pittsburgh. Uber recently deployed a fleet of 14 Ford Fusions equipped with radar, cameras and other sensing equipment developed by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University’s robotics center.

Get Ready for Freeways That Ban Human Drivers

“Behind the wheel, we are only human and we are expected to screw up,” said Raj Rajkumar, co-director of the General Motors-Carnegie Mellon Autonomous Driving Collaborative Research Lab in Pittsburgh. “There will come a point in time where we should not be allowed to drive.”

US DOT unveils 'world's first autonomous vehicle policy,' ushering in age of driverless cars

"Today, we put forward the first federal policy on automated vehicles," said US Department of Transportation's Secretary of Transportation, Anthony R. Foxx. "The most comprehensive national, automated vehicle policy that the world has ever seen."

The highly-anticipated policy for autonomous vehicles focuses on what the department calls "highly automated vehicles," in which a driver is able to regain control—like Tesla's Autopilot. The guidelines also set performance standards for self-driving cars and offers guidelines for how states can legislate autonomous vehicles.

Carnegie Mellon's Driverless Cadillac was featured at the event. 

Barack Obama Pens Op-Ed in Pittsburgh PG: Self-driving, yes, but also safe

That’s why my administration is rolling out new rules of the road for automated vehicles – guidance that the manufacturers developing self-driving cars should follow to keep us safe. And we’re asking them to sign a 15-point safety checklist showing not just the government, but every interested American, how they’re doing it.

We’re also giving guidance to states on how to wisely regulate these new technologies, so that when a self-driving car crosses from Ohio into Pennsylvania, its passengers can be confident that other vehicles will be just as responsibly deployed and just as safe.

Regulation can go too far. Government sometimes gets it wrong when it comes to rapidly changing technologies. That’s why this new policy is flexible and designed to evolve with new advances.

CMU's Jon Peha Solving the Money Gap of Connected Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment

Jon Peha, T-SET UTC researcher at Carnegie Mellon and professor of electrical and computer engineering and engineering and public policy, discusses communication between cars and infrastructure and the roles of government and the telecommunications industry in the connected space.

Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson on CAV Policy and Implications; 9/29 LIVESTREAM

Connected and Automated Vehicles in Pennsylvania: Demonstrations and Public Policy Challenges
September 29, 2016

Live cast here:

This talk will discuss initiatives to demonstrate connected and automated vehicles in Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh remains a worldwide leader in such demonstrations with Carnegie Mellon's Traffic21 Institute activities, the City of Pittsburgh's p4 Initiative, the Uber Advanced Technologies Center, and new legislation for on-road autonomous vehicle demonstrations. Public policy challenges will also be discussed, including issues of technology transition, vehicle regulation and liability.


TransportationCamp Pittsburgh 2016

An Unconference
Date: November 19, 2016, 8am - 5pm
Place: Carnegie Mellon University, Porter Hall
Childcare provided by Whetstone Workgroup

If you’re into transportation, now’s the time to engage, and the TransportationCamp PGH unconference is the place to do it. Bring your ideas and lead a session! Be a part of shaping the explosive pace of change in technology, shared use mobility, the integration of transportation and the built environment, and a host of other issues. Join us November 19.
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