Thursday, March 5, 2015
"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 François 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."
Posted by Courtney Ehrlichman at 2:28 PM
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.
Posted by Courtney Ehrlichman at 2:19 PM
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.
Posted by Courtney Ehrlichman at 2:10 PM
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.
Posted by Courtney Ehrlichman at 2:08 PM
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.
Posted by Courtney Ehrlichman at 1:45 PM
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.
Posted by Courtney Ehrlichman at 1:42 PM
“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.”
Posted by Courtney Ehrlichman at 1:41 PM
"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.
Posted by Courtney Ehrlichman at 1:23 PM
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.
Posted by Courtney Ehrlichman at 12:43 PM
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.
Posted by Courtney Ehrlichman at 12:42 PM