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.
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.
Aurora has said that it has not ruled out working with other automotive manufacturers on self-driving cars; it also has partnerships with Hyundai and EV startup Byton.
“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.
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.
TV manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, LG, Toshiba, and Sharp are widely expected to show off 8K displays at CES this year; LG has even pre-announced what the company claims is the world’s first OLED 8K display.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Political and business leaders gathering in San Francisco for a major climate change summit have committed to moving towards what was once a fantastical thought – the demise of the internal combustion engine in cars, trucks and other vehicles.
Low-income people rely on an informal economy to survive.Three: “Rust Belt West”, a place dominated by anti-business sentiment, economic decline, and social inclusion, meaning politicians and institutions work hard to support workers, the middle class, and the poor.
Subway stations can feel like waiting rooms you just have to tolerate, but Chan argues these are places to be examined critically and thoughtfully, too.In-house WIRED physicist Rhett Allain calculates how fast a Tesla has to move to go airborne.Tesla Graph of the WeekTranspo editor Alex Davies set aside a chunk of time to go through Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s tweets.
Each company can operate at least 625 scooters, and permits will be finalized by October 15.Skip ScootersThe scooters are back in town.Three months after ejecting the networks of shared, sidewalk-cluttering vehicles from the city, officials with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency announced today the two winners of its e-scooter pilot sweepstakes: Scoot and Skip.The city chose the companies from a crowded field of 12, which submitted a collective 800 pages in proposals on their operations, safety, and plans to extend the scooter bounty to San Francisco's neighborhoods.
How could developed countries tweak their automobile policies to solve climate change?For Germany to meet emissions targets, “half of the people who now use their cars alone would have to switch to bicycles, public transport, or ride-sharing,” Heinrich Strößenreuther, a Berlin-based consultant for mobility strategies told YaleEnvironment360's Christian Schwägerl last fall.