TRB Webinar: A Look at the Legal Environment for Driverless Vehicles

TRB will conduct a webinar on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 2:00PM to 3:30PM ET that features research from the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP)’s Legal Research Digest 69: A Look at the Legal Environment for Driverless Vehicles.

This webinar will explore legal policy issues that may be associated with driverless vehicles. Presenters will provide an introduction to the legal qualifications of driverless vehicles, and how civil and criminal liability may apply to them. They will also discuss how these vehicles are likely to become subject to prevailing automobile insurance laws, and the how these advent of driverless vehicles may change these laws.

CMU’s 3rd Annual National Safety Summit of USDOT University Transportation Centers, April 6th, DC.

This annual summit brings together University Transportation Center researchers with government, industry and community transportation safety practitioners to achieve the following goals:
  • Highlight research, education and technology transfer activities of safety-themed US DOT UTCs. 
  • Align UTC efforts with current and emerging “real-world” transportation safety needs.
  • Develop public and private partnerships. 
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CMU’s 3rd Annual National Safety Summit of USDOT University Transportation Centers, April 6th, DC.

This annual summit brings together University Transportation Center researchers with government, industry and community transportation safety practitioners to achieve the following goals:
  • Highlight research, education and technology transfer activities of safety-themed US DOT UTCs. 
  • Align UTC efforts with current and emerging “real-world” transportation safety needs.
  • Develop public and private partnerships. 
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WEDNESDAY: Traffic21 Faculty Seminar/webinar with Dr. Erick Guerra

Wednesday, March 29
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hamburg Hall 1206

Dr. Erick Guerra, an assistant professor of city and regional planning at the University of Pennsylvania, will give a talk entitled Electric Vehicles, Air Pollution and the Motorcycle City: Consumers' willingness to adopt electric motorcycles in Indonesia.

If you’re able to join us in Hamburg Hall on campus, we’ll have lunch for you. Otherwise you can view the livestream beginning at noon at this link:


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In Rare Robotics Gathering, Ventures Like Uber, Argo AI Reflect on Progress, Competition

Argo, an artificial intelligence firm founded late last year by engineers formerly of Uber, Google and Carnegie Mellon, is helping Ford Motor Co. develop a virtual driver system for a self-driving vehicle the automaker hopes to launch in 2021.

Since Ford announced a commitment of $1 billion in funding to Argo AI in February, Argo has started hiring. It hopes to hire 200 people by the end of this year.

While Mr. Rander said he wanted to hire only local Pittsburghers, he and chief executive Bryan Salesky agreed that was “a little unrealistic.” In addition to its Pittsburgh headquarters in the Strip District, Argo’s employees will be spread among hubs in Detroit and San Francisco.

In Rare Robotics Gathering, Ventures Like Uber, Argo AI Reflect on Progress, Competition

Argo, an artificial intelligence firm founded late last year by engineers formerly of Uber, Google and Carnegie Mellon, is helping Ford Motor Co. develop a virtual driver system for a self-driving vehicle the automaker hopes to launch in 2021.

Since Ford announced a commitment of $1 billion in funding to Argo AI in February, Argo has started hiring. It hopes to hire 200 people by the end of this year.

While Mr. Rander said he wanted to hire only local Pittsburghers, he and chief executive Bryan Salesky agreed that was “a little unrealistic.” In addition to its Pittsburgh headquarters in the Strip District, Argo’s employees will be spread among hubs in Detroit and San Francisco.

America’s Newest Bikesharing Program Lets You Drop Off Bikes Basically Anywhere

"It's really about converting car trips to bike trips," Ko says. "Every additional bike trip in place of a car trip will improve congestion; it'll improve health; and it'll improve pollution. And that to us is a great mark of our system working."

"This is a completely new model," he says. 
"There's this sentiment that people don't like to own things, and bikes are definitely one of them," Ko says. "And thanks to ridesharing, people are very used to their mobile phone as their gateway to transportation."

America’s Newest Bikesharing Program Lets You Drop Off Bikes Basically Anywhere

"It's really about converting car trips to bike trips," Ko says. "Every additional bike trip in place of a car trip will improve congestion; it'll improve health; and it'll improve pollution. And that to us is a great mark of our system working."

"This is a completely new model," he says. 
"There's this sentiment that people don't like to own things, and bikes are definitely one of them," Ko says. "And thanks to ridesharing, people are very used to their mobile phone as their gateway to transportation."

Requesting Female Driver Now an Option With Boston’s ‘Safr’ App

Safr launched this month and accommodates rides that originate in Boston, Cambridge and Brookline. The service is focused on women and puts the emphasis on safety. Safr does extensive background checks for all drivers, including face-to-face meetings and mentor sessions.

"There is an obvious need for something like this," PR manager for Safr Joanna Humphrey Flynn said. "I don't need to talk about the headlines that are out there, and that's just one of the reasons we created it."

Requesting Female Driver Now an Option With Boston’s ‘Safr’ App

Safr launched this month and accommodates rides that originate in Boston, Cambridge and Brookline. The service is focused on women and puts the emphasis on safety. Safr does extensive background checks for all drivers, including face-to-face meetings and mentor sessions.

"There is an obvious need for something like this," PR manager for Safr Joanna Humphrey Flynn said. "I don't need to talk about the headlines that are out there, and that's just one of the reasons we created it."