Henry Hillman Remembered for Intellectual Curiosity, Moving Pittsburgh into Future

Among Hillman's interests was harnessing technology to improve Pittsburgh's competitiveness with other cities, Roger said. A recent example was his investment in Traffic 21, a research institute at Carnegie Mellon University that aims to use new technology to improve transportation and traffic flows. The institute installed smart signals that adjust to traffic in real time and have reduced traffic backups by 25 percent at Baum Boulevard and Center Avenue and at Penn Circle, Roger said.

Bosch in Self-driving Tie-up with China’s Baidu, AutoNavi

Germany's Robert Bosch will collaborate with Chinese internet giant Baidu Inc and domestic mapping firms AutoNavi and NavInfo Co Ltd on automated driving projects, the engineer said in a statement on Wednesday. The deal marks a push by the firm in China's autonomous vehicle market and follows a self-driving tie-up it made with Daimler AG's (DAIGn.DE) Mercedes aimed at accelerating the production of "robo-taxis" last month. China issued a self-driving "roadmap" late last year, with the aim of having highly or fully autonomous vehicles on sale in the world's biggest auto market by as early as 2021.

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Bosch in Self-driving Tie-up with China’s Baidu, AutoNavi

Germany's Robert Bosch will collaborate with Chinese internet giant Baidu Inc and domestic mapping firms AutoNavi and NavInfo Co Ltd on automated driving projects, the engineer said in a statement on Wednesday. The deal marks a push by the firm in China's autonomous vehicle market and follows a self-driving tie-up it made with Daimler AG's (DAIGn.DE) Mercedes aimed at accelerating the production of "robo-taxis" last month. China issued a self-driving "roadmap" late last year, with the aim of having highly or fully autonomous vehicles on sale in the world's biggest auto market by as early as 2021.

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Henry Hillman Remembered for Intellectual Curiosity, Moving Pittsburgh into Future

Among Hillman's interests was harnessing technology to improve Pittsburgh's competitiveness with other cities, Roger said. A recent example was his investment in Traffic 21, a research institute at Carnegie Mellon University that aims to use new technology to improve transportation and traffic flows. The institute installed smart signals that adjust to traffic in real time and have reduced traffic backups by 25 percent at Baum Boulevard and Center Avenue and at Penn Circle, Roger said.

AAA Is Planning For A Future Where We Don’t Own Cars–Starting With A Car-Share

Gig is the first service to come out of AAA’s new innovation lab, called A3 Ventures, which is dedicated to finding new ways to serve the organization’s members as transportation changes. The service aims to fill a gap in local transit options, beginning in Oakland and Berkeley. Unlike other car-sharing services in the area, it’s designed to be one-way; you don’t have to return it in the same place you pick it up. Instead, through an agreement with local government, the cars can be parked in almost any parking space in both cities.

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AAA Is Planning For A Future Where We Don’t Own Cars–Starting With A Car-Share

Gig is the first service to come out of AAA’s new innovation lab, called A3 Ventures, which is dedicated to finding new ways to serve the organization’s members as transportation changes. The service aims to fill a gap in local transit options, beginning in Oakland and Berkeley. Unlike other car-sharing services in the area, it’s designed to be one-way; you don’t have to return it in the same place you pick it up. Instead, through an agreement with local government, the cars can be parked in almost any parking space in both cities.

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For People of Color, Barriers to Biking Go Far Beyond Infrastructure, Study Shows

New research from New Jersey shows huge gaps in the conventional wisdom about how to make biking useful to more people.It’s one of the most rigorous explorations of the fact that the assumptions and practices of biking advocacy have been disproportionately shaped by the white and the well-to-do.Moreover, people of color report barriers to biking that are discussed far less often by bike-promotion pros. After fear of traffic collision, the most common was “fear of robbery/assault,” with 30 percent listing this as a barrier. Another 20 percent listed the related “fear of being stranded,” enough for it to rank fourth.

For People of Color, Barriers to Biking Go Far Beyond Infrastructure, Study Shows

New research from New Jersey shows huge gaps in the conventional wisdom about how to make biking useful to more people.It’s one of the most rigorous explorations of the fact that the assumptions and practices of biking advocacy have been disproportionately shaped by the white and the well-to-do.Moreover, people of color report barriers to biking that are discussed far less often by bike-promotion pros. After fear of traffic collision, the most common was “fear of robbery/assault,” with 30 percent listing this as a barrier. Another 20 percent listed the related “fear of being stranded,” enough for it to rank fourth.

Ride Hailing In Rural America: Like Uber With A Neighborly Feel

Petrie is the mobility manager of the seven-county Area Agency on Aging. Her job is to find transportation options in Van Wert, which has no buses, one cab and a lot of needs. So Petrie helped recruit Liberty Mobility Now to Van Wert. The startup began in Nebraska about two years ago and has expanded to Texas and Ohio. It's also on its way to Colorado.

Founder Valerie Lefler grew up on a dairy farm and worked on rural transportation issues at the University of Nebraska. She created Liberty as a business, but she talks about it as a mission — one requiring drivers to do more than leave customers at the door. "We really look for folks who are altruistic, that would want to do this anyway because that's what they would do for their best friend or their own mother," Lefler says.

Ride Hailing In Rural America: Like Uber With A Neighborly Feel

Petrie is the mobility manager of the seven-county Area Agency on Aging. Her job is to find transportation options in Van Wert, which has no buses, one cab and a lot of needs. So Petrie helped recruit Liberty Mobility Now to Van Wert. The startup began in Nebraska about two years ago and has expanded to Texas and Ohio. It's also on its way to Colorado.

Founder Valerie Lefler grew up on a dairy farm and worked on rural transportation issues at the University of Nebraska. She created Liberty as a business, but she talks about it as a mission — one requiring drivers to do more than leave customers at the door. "We really look for folks who are altruistic, that would want to do this anyway because that's what they would do for their best friend or their own mother," Lefler says.