Thursday, May 28, 2015


May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.

Electric-Car Future Is Coming, Just More Slowly Than Predicted: Consensus

Sales of plug-in electric cars in the U.S. (and around the world) will grow as battery costs fall steadily. At the same time, gasoline-vehicle prices will be rising to cover the increasing costs of technology that lets them use less fuel, to keep their makers in compliance with steadily higher corporate average fuel economy rules through 2025. Bloomberg reporter Jeff Green includes in his piece a quotation from Daniel Becker, director of the Safe Climate Campaign--which lobbies for regulations that require more-efficient vehicles. “The ground is being laid for an electric car future,” Becker told him. “But it’s not an electric car present.” Many observers, including this author, feel that the true "hockey stick" upswing in sales of plug-in cars won't come until they are roughly price competitive with gasoline vehicles in the same segment.

New Mich. group wants to take driverless-car mantle from Silicon Valley

The new group, MICHauto, unveiled an initiative today to promote Detroit and Michigan for development of a new generation of mobility, including self-driving cars. The coalition includes Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford and General Motors CEO Mary Barra. The effort is a response to Silicon Valley’s growing automotive influence as companies such as Google Inc. and Apple Inc. develop driverless vehicles alongside electric-car maker Tesla Motors Inc. Michigan led the U.S. last year in connected-auto projects with 45, to California’s 31, the group said.

Uber will set up headquarters at S.F.’s Mission Bay

Uber will start construction in the fall on its new Mission Bay campus, a corporate headquarters development that will eventually be able to accommodate more than 3,000 workers.

Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Deployment Coalition to host Public Workshop following ITS America's Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh

The newly formed Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Deployment Coalition will hold a workshop to form five technical working groups to focus on separate aspects of V2I deployment activities and increase stakeholder participation. The workshop is open to the public and will be held at the Omni William Penn Hotel on June 4 and 5 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Formed earlier this year, the V2I DC includes the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the Institute of Transportation Engineers and ITS America. 

Ford begins public testing of U.K. car-sharing service

Ford is asking 2,000 people to register for a free service in the next phase of testing of its GoDrive car-sharing service in London, England. The service offers one-way trip options in its fleet of zero-emission and low-emission Ford cars. Ford is reportedly also testing the service in the U.S., Germany and India.

Audi's self-driving "super car" tests future technologies

Audi's R8 e-tron "electronic super car," which debuted at CES Asia, features a suite of sensors that give the car the ability to drive itself. Audi calls the car a "high-tech mobile laboratory" intended to test technologies "that will eventually make it to production vehicles," Andrew Griffin writes.

Chevy to debut Apple, Google integration in 2016 models

Fourteen 2016 Chevrolet models will have Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto capabilities embedded in them as they roll out later this year, General Motors CEO Mary Barra said. She added that the technology will not be limited to luxury cars "because we want to make that technology available to everyone."

CMU, Pittsburgh's Surtrac program aims to ease traffic congestion

“At the city, we have to be careful about not putting something in that's not thoroughly tested,” Purcell said. “We have to make sure everything we put on the street is going to work all the time.” CMU's studies on the East Liberty intersections show vehicles spend 40 percent less time idling and reduce emissions by 21 percent. Other partners in the installation include the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission Regional Traffic Signal Program and CMU's Traffic 21.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The USDOT Seeks Applicants for an ITS Transportation Specialist

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is seeking a Transportation Specialist for the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office (JPO). The position is located in Washington, DC.  This position requires experience in analyzing and reviewing ITS policies and collaborating with public and private transportation stakeholders on the implementation, commercialization, and communication of ITS policies.