Thursday, November 20, 2014

CMU Celebrates 30 Years of Driverless Car Technology

At Carnegie Mellon University's Pittsburgh campus, the birthplace of autonomous vehicle (AV) technology, self-driving cars are revving up to revolutionize transportation worldwide in the next decade. "The evolution of AV technology at Carnegie Mellon is a remarkable success story that epitomizes how innovation advances when engineers, roboticists and computer scientists collaborate," said Farnam Jahanian, CMU's vice president for research.

CMU Spinoff Builds A System That Any Automaker Can Use to Build Self-Driving Cars

That marriage has come through a partnership with Ottomatika, a company spun out of Carnegie Mellon’s autonomous vehicle research efforts to commercialize its technology. Delphi provides the organs—the sensors and software for controlling the car. Ottomatika adds a central brain and nervous system—the control algorithm to bring all the data from sensors into one place and tell the car what to do. The result is Delphi’s Automated Driving System, a name so boring you’ve likely already forgotten it.

SFMTA approves plans for city's first BRT line

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has given the go-ahead to build the city's first bus rapid transit line. Officials say the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit project will convert existing traffic lanes and remove some parking spaces to accommodate the new corridor, but will provide passengers with 10 stop options. It will also help expedite Golden Gate Transit. SFMTA says the $125 million project will cut travel time by at least 30%.

Webinar: Carnegie Mellon's Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) Resilience Management Model

When: Tuesday, December 9 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET
Speaker: Dr. Nader Mehravari, Carnegie Mellon University
The CERT® Resilience Management Model (CERT®-RMM) is an innovative and transformative way to approach the challenge of managing operational resilience in complex, risk-evolving environments. It is the result of years of research into the ways that organizations manage the security and survivability of the assets that ensure mission success: people, information, technology, and facilities. It incorporates concepts from an established process improvement community to create a model that transcends mere practice implementation and compliance – one that can be used to mature an organization’s capabilities and improve predictability and success in sustaining operations whenever disruption occurs.

FACT SHEET: Growing the United States Electric Vehicle Market

The Obama Administration is committed to taking responsible steps to combat climate change and reduce our dependence on oil. That is why today, the White House and the Edison Electric Institute, which represents investor-owned electric utilities, are announcing new commitments by more than 120 businesses, non-profits, and schools, including more than 70 Edison Electric Institute utility companies, to purchase electric vehicles and technologies and to install workplace charging stations.

Fuel-cell cars gain momentum with Toyota Mirai

In a video, Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda announced the 2016 Toyota Mirai, the model name meaning 'future' in Japanese. Few details were offered on the car, other than its range of 300 miles on a full tank of hydrogen and its five-minute refueling time.

This Is What Mobility Will Look Like In 15 Years

It's a Tuesday morning in 2025, and you're running late, but your car—self-driving, naturally—senses you coming and gets ready to pick you up. Once you're inside, it syncs with your mobile devices, calculates the least congested route, and finds someone else heading in the same direction, so your cars can link up to save space on the road. As the car drives, you catch up on email.

Hydrogen Cars Join Electric Models in Showrooms

The hydrogen car, it appeared, had died. And many did not mourn its passing, particularly those who regarded the auto companies’ interest in hydrogen technology as a stunt to signal that they cared about the environment while selling millions of highly profitable gas guzzlers. Except the companies, including General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Daimler and Hyundai, persisted. After many years and billions of dollars of research and development, hydrogen cars are headed to the showrooms.

Ford To Make Electric Cars 'Attainable To The Masses;' CEO Denies Rumors Ford Is Interested In Tesla

Mark Fields, president and CEO of Ford Motor Company, said on Monday that it intends to mass-produce affordable electric vehicles. Fields, in an interview with Yahoo Finance, emphasized that Ford has the capability to make electric cars with a strategy different from that of Tesla Motors.

Portland expands transportation app list, adds multi-use paths, demographics

The Portland, Ore., Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has expanded its Comprehensive Map App to include two more websites, the Map App Explorer and the Proposed Draft Map App. Officials say the new sites allow users to view multi-use bike paths, demographic data and proposed transportation projects around the city.