Thursday, May 5, 2016

Can Tesla Build Enough Electric Cars?

The company could be making 1 million total cars by 2020, he said.
If Tesla can deliver “a high-quality” Model 3 for $35,000, and one that gets its projected 215 miles per charge, “that opens up their market to a whole new segment of the car-buying public and further accelerate the transition to EVs,” said Costa Samaras, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

Pat Hassett from City of Pgh will talk about Greenfield Bridge Demo at MASITE lunch

MASITE Western Area
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Lunch starts at Noon DoubleTree Pittsburgh One Bigelow Square

“Planning for traffic without a bridge: The Greenfield Bridge Experience”
Patrick Hassett, Assistant Director, Bureau of Transportation and Engineering, City of Pittsburgh

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The driverless truck is coming, and it’s going to automate millions of jobs

A convoy of self-driving trucks recently drove across Europe and arrived at the Port of Rotterdam. No technology will automate away more jobs — or drive more economic efficiency — than the driverless truck.
Shipping a full truckload from L.A. to New York costs around $4,500 today, with labor representing 75 percent of that cost. But those labor savings aren’t the only gains to be had from the adoption of driverless trucks.

Governor, Mayor, County Executive Call For Decreased Uber Fine

Gov. Tom Wolf, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald are criticizing the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission for fining ride-sharing company Uber $11.4 million.
They said the hefty fine sends a message that the state is not a welcoming place for 21st Century businesses.

Google Inks Driverless Car Pact With Fiat Chrysler

Alphabet’s Google and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have inked a deal to collaborate, with Fiat Chrysler putting Google’s self-driving car technology into 100 of its Pacifica minivans, the companies announced Tuesday afternoon.
The Google Self-Driving Car Project and FCA called it a first-of-its-kind collaboration that will expand Google’s existing self-driving test program. This marks the first time that Google has worked directly with an automaker to integrate its self-driving system, including its sensors and software, into a passenger vehicle, the companies said.

MetroLab Network Announces 13 New City-University Partnerships

MetroLab Network is pleased to announce that 13 new city-university partnerships have joined its network, which now includes 35 city-university partnerships across the country focused on incorporating data, analytics, and innovation into local government programs. Members of the network will research, develop, and deploy technologies and policy approaches to address challenges facing the nation’s urban areas.  MetroLab Network was launched by 21 founding city-university pairings in September 2015 at the White House as part of the Obama Administration’s Smart Cities Initiative.

Automated Vehicles Symposium 2016* - Poster Session Abstracts Due May 18, 2016

TRB is co-sponsoring the Workshop on the Future of Road Vehicle Automation on July 19-21, 2016, in San Francisco, California. This event will focus on challenges and opportunities related to the increasing automation of motor vehicles as well as the environments in which they operate. The workshop will build on previous workshops providing updates on the state-of-the-art in road vehicle automation research. The workshop will feature two poster sessions. Submit abstracts for both poster sessions by May 18, 2016.

National contest challenges transportation students to improve roadway safety

The American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) today announced a "Traffic Control Device Challenge" in partnership with the National Academy of Sciences' Transportation Research Board (TRB), a program unit of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The challenge will focus on how America's roadway system must change to accommodate both human and "machine" drivers. The challenge is designed to promote innovation and stimulate ideas regarding traffic control devices with a goal to improve safety on the nation's roadways. Eligible participants are individual high school, community college, college, graduate students, and teams of students with an interest in transportation.

U.S. EPA Provides $30 Million to Create Research Centers at Three Universities

U.S. EPA Provides $30 Million to Create Research Centers at Three Universities
Carnegie Mellon, Harvard and Yale will study how to reduce air quality impacts on public health...
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Penn. to create the Center for Air, Climate, and Energy Solutions (CACES), which will improve current air quality models; develop new, faster, simpler models for evaluating policy options; and conduct detailed measurement studies in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and Austin to identify the factors influencing regional differences in air pollution concentrations.

Driverless Car Revolution May Happen in Pittsburgh

Have you ever been late to a party and found yourself right on time?
Mayor Bill Peduto was making exactly this case when he had his monthly interview on WESA-FM's "Essential Pittsburgh" last week.  Partly because our region dawdled in expanding light rail, he argued, we have more than 18 miles of busways that leave us uniquely poised to harness Uber brain power and make driverless vehicles commonplace here before the rest of the the world beats us to them.