This City Made Its Waze Data Actionable Moving to the Cloud

Louisville, Kentucky was the fifth city to join navigation app Waze’s Connected Citizens data-sharing program, when it launched two years ago, but unlike others, it’s actually using the information.

“It was easy for us to give that information because we were already collecting it,” Michael Schnuerle, Office of Civic Innovation data officer, told Route Fifty in an interview. “And we just put that on our open data portal, and they can collect it from there.” Historic traffic information is helpful, and new use cases are still being found. But Louisville still wanted to centralize its traffic-related data with Waze’s and run predictive analytics on it in real time to help with signal timing among other applications.

Smart partnerships pilot Pittsburgh’s renewable energy plunge

One of the collaborative SmartPGH projects that the City of Pittsburgh and the SmartPGH Consortium members took on with partners DLC, the state DOT and Carnegie Mellon was a roughly $12.4 million contract to convert some 36,365 streetlights to LED technology.

“These types of partnership conversations are the result of us setting the collaboration table and bringing everyone to it,” Ervin explained.

In addition to providing substantial energy savings of 60 percent (or about $650,000 a year), the streetlights LED conversion project also will provide a platform to support other SmartPGH initiatives.

An inside look at Ford’s $1 billion bet on Argo AI

When Salesky arrived at the National Robotics Engineering Center, a unit within Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, he found his true love. He was senior software engineer on the winning team in the 2007 autonomous vehicle challenge funded by DARPA. Chris Urmson, who would later head up Google’s self-driving project and recently co-founded self-driving car startup Aurora, was director of technology of that team.

Salesky made the leap over to the Google self-driving car project, where he eventually became director of hardware development. During his time at Google, he headed up discussions with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles that led to a partnership to produce self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans.
In short, Salesky held a golden ticket to a well-funded startup or a high-profile position at a major automaker or tech company. He chose option number three.

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Maven to expand on-demand short-term Gig rentals to 6 more U.S. cities

Maven Gig offers cars from its fleet of GM vehicles on a weekly basis, with no longer-term commitments required. Gig rolls in insurance (minus the deductible), unlimited miles and regular maintenance for one flat weekly fee, which start at $180 per week plus tax for vehicles like the Chevrolet Cruze.

The idea is that the freelance driving economy, including ride hailing as well as activities like grocery and package delivery, all require people to have readily available vehicles. Gig economy workers are often occasional, however, and work when they need to boost their spending but not necessarily on a consistent basis that would be best served by them owning their own vehicle.

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Maven to expand on-demand short-term Gig rentals to 6 more U.S. cities

Maven Gig offers cars from its fleet of GM vehicles on a weekly basis, with no longer-term commitments required. Gig rolls in insurance (minus the deductible), unlimited miles and regular maintenance for one flat weekly fee, which start at $180 per week plus tax for vehicles like the Chevrolet Cruze.
The idea is that the freelance driving economy, including ride hailing as well as activities like grocery and package delivery, all require people to have readily available vehicles. Gig economy workers are often occasional, however, and work when they need to boost their spending but not necessarily on a consistent basis that would be best served by them owning their own vehicle.

Argo AI has autonomous cars on the roads in Pittsburgh

Argo AI is currently testing Ford Fusion Hybrid sedans equipped with LiDAR technology around Pittsburgh.  The cars are currently collecting data and are still being driven by a human, according to the company.

Argo AI has autonomous cars on the roads in Pittsburgh

Argo AI is currently testing Ford Fusion Hybrid sedans equipped with LiDAR technology around Pittsburgh.  The cars are currently collecting data and are still being driven by a human, according to the company.

US cities are starting to expand transportation options for low-income residents

New urban mobility options must serve everyone. This approach would transform how people travel and enable them to reap the benefits of saved time and fuel. Car-, bike-, and ride-sharing programs could remove the dependence on single-occupancy vehicle trips in urban communities while reducing overall energy consumption. Safe and appealing environments for walking and biking could help, too.

A variety of pilot projects and programs peppered around the country are aiming to make transportation services that have typically targeted more affluent neighborhoods available to low-income communities. Most of these pilot efforts are focused on car sharing and bike sharing, but all have the same goals of changing mobility patterns, connecting underserved households to difficult-to-access job centers, and minimizing expensive commutes.

US cities are starting to expand transportation options for low-income residents

New urban mobility options must serve everyone. This approach would transform how people travel and enable them to reap the benefits of saved time and fuel. Car-, bike-, and ride-sharing programs could remove the dependence on single-occupancy vehicle trips in urban communities while reducing overall energy consumption. Safe and appealing environments for walking and biking could help, too.

A variety of pilot projects and programs peppered around the country are aiming to make transportation services that have typically targeted more affluent neighborhoods available to low-income communities. Most of these pilot efforts are focused on car sharing and bike sharing, but all have the same goals of changing mobility patterns, connecting underserved households to difficult-to-access job centers, and minimizing expensive commutes.

Tesla Developing Self-Driving Long Haul, Electric Truck

While established trucking companies and truck manufacturing startups have poured resources into electrifying local package delivery fleets, battery range limitations have largely kept the industry from making electric trucks that travel across swaths of the country. Lithium ion battery researcher Venkat Viswanathan of Carnegie Mellon University said electric long-haul trucking is not economically feasible yet.

“Your cargo essentially becomes the battery,” Viswanathan said of the massive batteries that would be needed to make range competitive with diesel.