Digging Into Self-Driving Data and More Car News This Week This week, the California DMV released the disengagement reports every self-driving developer testing in state must file to the DMV.
It even produced a study called “Trailer truck trajectory optimization: the transportation of components for the Airbus A380.” That’s just to build the thing—actually flying it required rejiggering airport infrastructure .
And while Uber and Lyft have grabbed headlines for convincing people to abandon transit in big cities like New York and Chicago, the TransitCenter advocates argue that the effects of those services are limited to just a few dense, urban places.
Suggestions of specific policies that would enable a Green New Deal to address land use have already emerged: We could, simply, measure greenhouse gases from our transportation system or build more housing closer to jobs centers.
Amazon's Self-Driving Bet and More Car News This Week Self-driving car developer Aurora bagged a $530 million Series B funding round this week, which doubled as Amazon's biggest step to date into the autonomous driving industry.
And indeed, the resolution’s transportation recommendations are sweeping: that the country invest seriously in zero-emission vehicle infrastructure and manufacturing, in “clean, affordable, and accessible” public transit, and in so much high-speed rail that air travel is no longer necessary.
SpaceX's Starship, Meant for Mars, Prepares for a First Hop SpaceX Last Sunday, as much of the country tuned into the Super Bowl, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and a crew of engineers were gathered in McGregor, Texas, the small city where the company maintains a rocket test site.
If Uber, Lyft, Via, and Juno want to keep operating in the city, they’ll have to provide the TLC with even more finely detailed data than they do now: the date, time, and location of pickups and drop-offs (at least down to the intersection), the vehicle’s license number, the trip mileage, itemized trip fare, route (including whether the vehicle entered traffic-choked Midtown), and how much the driver was paid.
The city of Centennial, Colorado, ended a one-year pilot offering riders on-demand Lyft trips to transit in late 2017, after finding that the service cost twice as much as its old call-a-ride option and provided only about 10 trips a day.
And of the women who said they wouldn’t use the nearby transit option, 20 percent said they were avoiding the line for fear of harassment or for their safety—on the train, at the station, or on the walk to and from it.
“There are liberals or progressives who oppose climate change, but they definitely don’t want that multifamily apartment building to go up next to transit if it’s in their neighborhood.” That’s what Wiener says he found in his initial efforts to link development and transit in California last year.
Butt Sensors, Flying Taxis, and More This Week in Car News Bell unveiled its 6,000-pound Nexus craft at CES. The lidar company AEye's CES display came with Nerf guns.
When Chariot launched in 2014, it joined a wave of Uber-inspired "microtransit" tech companies hoping to disrupt transportation services by providing faster, more efficient options for riders sick of—and underserved by—traditional public transit.
Required Reading News from elsewhere on the internet In the Rearview Essential stories from WIRED’s canon Back in 2016, WIRED explored how the internet got all wrapped up in city transportation systems.
New York City's plans to dodge transit disaster during the L train shutdown included building more infrastructure for cyclists, bus riders, and walkers.
Robocars, Elon, and More This Year in the Future of Cars Our review of 2018 includes usual suspects like Elon Musk, along with mathematicians willing to chat airplane peeing, clock-watching RAF pilots, and a whole lot of transportation planners.
To illustrate this, let’s look at three countries that did take concrete measures to cut carbon emissions from transport but opted for three different options: France, Luxembourg, and Norway.
As we gather contributions from public and private stakeholders around the world, here’s where the conversation on transport and climate stands so far: Waste-to-energy technologies offer a promising alternative to more traditional renewable energy.
A city-by-city diagnostic that compared life cycle costs and GHG emissions of technologies ranging from clean diesel (Euro VI equivalent) and compressed natural gas (CNG) to battery-electric (BEB) and hydrogen buses was completed.
A reduction in transport-related GHG emissions will only be made possible by reducing transport’s dependency on fossil fuels and increasing its reliance on alternative energy technologies. Focusing on alternative energy technologies for vehicles, it is no surprise that they make up only 1/9 of the total revenue generated by the transport market.
We had in mind three main ideas: (i) let’s understand how flooding impacts transport services; (ii) let’s compare how people move different in rainy season and out of rainy season (comparison of mobility patterns); and (iii) let’s analyze the changes on accessibility due to climate impact.
At San Francisco International, companies like Uber and Lyft now account for 75 percent of commercial ground transportation, says airport spokesperson Doug Yakel.
“It got me thinking about the day-to-day issues that women face in major cities.”The survey suggests that those experiences on public transit led to many women to make a different set of transportation choices from those made by men.
Waymo Drops the Driver, Plus More This Week in the Future of CarsThe all-electric eCOPO Camaro concept should run the quarter mile in the 9-second range, which just might be fast enough to get Vin Diesel to change his name to Vin Voltage.ChevroletIt was sneakily a big week for driverless cars.
When It's Time to Evacuate, Cities Struggle to Help Those Who Can't DriveAs Hurricane Florence bears down on the mid-Atlantic coast, emergency managers are painfully aware that not everyone in the region can drive to safety—and they're working to help them out.Randall Hill/ReutersEvery hurricane season, news reports divide the country’s coast into two camps.
The next year might be lower, but that doesn’t mean the trend will continue in the years that follow.What C40 found was that 27 of their member cities have hit that mark, meaning all sorts of initiatives—be they investment in public transport or renewable energy or green building practices—have been working.But the economies!