Friday, July 31, 2015

2015 IEEE 82nd Vehicular Technology Conference: VTC2015-Fall 6–9 September 2015, Boston, USA

The 2015 IEEE 82nd Vehicular Technology Conference will be held 6–9 September 2015 at the The Westin Boston Waterfront, in Boston, USA. This semi-annual flagship conference of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society will bring together individuals from academia, government, and industry to discuss and exchange ideals in the fields of wireless, mobile, and vehicular technology. The conference will feature world-class plenary speakers, tutorials, and technical as well as application sessions.

Launch of BestMile mobile App for on-demand mobility

BestMile, based in Lausanne, Switzerland, has announced a mobile app for on-demand mobility, and especially for requesting an fully-autonomous shuttle operating on the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) campus. The shuttles are low-speed, electric, fully autonomous mini-buses such as those marketed by Navya and and Robosoft. The new app is available for iOS and Android smartphones.

Uber has announced a partnership with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)

SmartRail World reports that Uber has announced a partnership with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) to help solve the challenge of passengers getting to or from the station or bus stop. Uber is offering Atlanta residents who are new to the service to sign up get their first trip free, up to a $20 value. MARTA CEO Keith Parker speaking to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution acknowledged that Uber can help complete journeys for passengers using mass transit in Atlanta; “There are places that don’t make sense for us to add new bus or train service. This Uber partnership is to take care of that last mile of service.” For us at CAVCOE, this is an excellent example of how Uber -- and the AV version in the future -- can be complementary to traditional transit services. Any city seeking to ban Uber and similar services could well be, without realizing it, having a negative impact on a service that can actually help transit..

Google Self-Driving Car Project Monthly Report

This month we kicked off the next big phase of the project: testing our prototype vehicles on public streets. We’re still all about learning; now we want to know how the community perceives and interacts with these vehicles, and what operational challenges are unique to a fully self-driving vehicle. We’re continuing to test with our Lexus vehicles and we’ll gradually introduce more prototypes to the streets over the coming months.

Connected cars: For Apple, Android, it's win one, lose one

Toyota has tapped Telenav's Scout GPS Link as the operating system for its line of connected cars rather than Apple's CarPlay or Google's Android Auto platforms. Separately, Volkswagen said its second-generation infotainment system will support Apple, Android and MirrorLink. Toyota reportedly wants to retain control over the telematic software.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Pennsylvania bills tap cameras, stiff penalties to address work zone safety

State lawmakers in Pennsylvania are pursuing changes that they believe would improve safety in active work zones throughout the state.
In 2014, there were 1,841 crashes that resulted in 24 deaths in work zones throughout Pennsylvania.
Automated enforcement cameras would be used to detect drivers exceeding the posted speed limit by at least 11 mph when workers are present. Registered owners of vehicles found in violation would receive $100 fines in the mail. No points would be added to a driver’s record. 

Can the Insurance Industry Survive Driverless Cars?

The industry is bracing for upheaval. Allstate Chief Executive Officer Tom Wilson’s futuristic worst-case scenario for the business—he calls it The Jetsons—has automation cutting the costs of accidents dramatically. The number of vehicles on roads drops, too, because people sign up for car sharing or other transportation services instead of owning their own set of wheels. Auto insurance premiums plateau for a decade, then decline precipitously. “There will be fewer cars. There will be fewer accidents. And it will be safer,” he says. “When you’re as big as we are and insure 16 million households, it doesn’t take much of a degradation to be a real revenue issue for you. So we are focused on it.”

Would you want a driverless car? 75% of the UK population don’t!

This week the [UK] government announced plans to put £20 million into the research of driverless cars. Thanks to this funding, autonomous cars are set to be trialled in the UK by the end of the year. With this in mind, OSV Ltd spoke to the UK population to find out if they wanted driverless cars. Surveys have previously been carried out when the conception of autonomous cars was first released. OSV wanted to find out if people’s opinions about driverless cars have changed now the research has developed. The results from the survey carried out by OSV Ltd were overwhelming! 75% of the UK population said they did not want an autonomous car. People from England are even more against driverless cars with 82% saying they wouldn’t want one. People from Scotland are slightly more keen than other countries in the UK with 26% admitting they would want a driverless car.

L.A.'s Bold Plan to Bring Car-Share to the Poor

L.A. is known as a driving city, but public transit has drastically expanded there in recent years. That same transit expansion has had the unfortunate effect of pushing low-income residents out of the improved areas as property values rise, says community organizer Sandra McNeill. As executive director of T.R.U.S.T South L.A., she works to stabilize housing and transportation for the communities getting displaced by new development. She supports car-sharing as a way to keep down costs of living so low-income residents avoid being displaced. “If they can then defer purchase of a vehicle or sell off a vehicle, there can be tremendous savings that can help stabilize a family,” McNeill says.

Foxx: Volpe Center is transforming transportation

The team at Volpe, the National Transportation Systems Center, is working to provide solutions for a range of transportation issues facing the U.S., Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx writes. Volpe is collaborating with DOT organizations on crash avoidance system research and developing "smart cities" with more efficient transportation solutions, he notes.