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.

Roads that Pay for Themselves: Startup Nears Two Smart Pavement Pilot Project Contracts

Integrated Roadways wants to put sensors, phone and Internet connectivity and other hardware inside the surfaces society drives on. The company has been pitching the idea to governments since 2012, but unlike the nimble cloud startups that have flared in and out of existence in the interim, Integrated Roadways is dealing in one of the heaviest kinds of hardware possible for a tech company to lift. So until now, it’s been limited to exploring the idea in partnership with governments who might want to put high-tech roads in place in the future.

Finally, it has two pilot projects coming up where it intends to actually lay down pavement and prove its concept: One in Kansas City, Mo. and one in another state. Bob Bennett, Kansas City’s chief innovation officer, confirmed the location of the first pilot. Sylvester has yet to announce the location of the second.

Roads that Pay for Themselves: Startup Nears Two Smart Pavement Pilot Project Contracts

Integrated Roadways wants to put sensors, phone and Internet connectivity and other hardware inside the surfaces society drives on. The company has been pitching the idea to governments since 2012, but unlike the nimble cloud startups that have flared in and out of existence in the interim, Integrated Roadways is dealing in one of the heaviest kinds of hardware possible for a tech company to lift. So until now, it’s been limited to exploring the idea in partnership with governments who might want to put high-tech roads in place in the future.

Finally, it has two pilot projects coming up where it intends to actually lay down pavement and prove its concept: One in Kansas City, Mo. and one in another state. Bob Bennett, Kansas City’s chief innovation officer, confirmed the location of the first pilot. Sylvester has yet to announce the location of the second.

U.S. Maritime grant aims to find cleaner river towboat engine

Liquefied natural gas, with a simpler chemistry of just methane molecules, will burn cleaner than the complex hydrocarbon molecules that comprise diesel fuel. “When you burn something complex, you have lots of incomplete combustion,” said Gwen DiPietro, adjunct engineering professor at Carnegie Mellon University who studies towboats and is an EPA consultant. “With natural gas, it’s a simpler soup.” In 2010, she found that diesel towboat traffic in Allegheny County emitted 23 tons of tiny particulate matter smaller than 2.5 microns, known as PM 2.5, that year. To compare for scale, the Allegheny County Health Department recorded that all point sources in the county emitted a total of 1,026 tons of PM 2.5 in 2010. These fine breathable particles are smaller than the diameter of a human hair.
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U.S. Maritime grant aims to find cleaner river towboat engine

Liquefied natural gas, with a simpler chemistry of just methane molecules, will burn cleaner than the complex hydrocarbon molecules that comprise diesel fuel. “When you burn something complex, you have lots of incomplete combustion,” said Gwen DiPietro, adjunct engineering professor at Carnegie Mellon University who studies towboats and is an EPA consultant. “With natural gas, it’s a simpler soup.” In 2010, she found that diesel towboat traffic in Allegheny County emitted 23 tons of tiny particulate matter smaller than 2.5 microns, known as PM 2.5, that year. To compare for scale, the Allegheny County Health Department recorded that all point sources in the county emitted a total of 1,026 tons of PM 2.5 in 2010. These fine breathable particles are smaller than the diameter of a human hair.
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AI in cars could soon prevent Charlottesville-style attacks

Artificial intelligence could soon prevent car ramming attacks like the one Saturday in Charlottesville, the head of Carnegie Mellon University's campus in Australia told a newspaper there.  Emil Bolongaita said in an interview with the Herald Sun that technology that would stop cars from being driven into pedestrians could "explode in the decade."
"The research that my colleagues are working on is driven by the desire to if not totally eradicate, then reduce fatalities and accidents. That includes individuals who use vehicles as weapons," Bolongaita said.  "The goal is to manufacture vehicles with artificial intelligence in them so that they will refuse to crash and proceed when there is a human being in front of them. They will automatically stop and refuse to proceed."
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AI in cars could soon prevent Charlottesville-style attacks

Artificial intelligence could soon prevent car ramming attacks like the one Saturday in Charlottesville, the head of Carnegie Mellon University's campus in Australia told a newspaper there.  Emil Bolongaita said in an interview with the Herald Sun that technology that would stop cars from being driven into pedestrians could "explode in the decade."
"The research that my colleagues are working on is driven by the desire to if not totally eradicate, then reduce fatalities and accidents. That includes individuals who use vehicles as weapons," Bolongaita said.  "The goal is to manufacture vehicles with artificial intelligence in them so that they will refuse to crash and proceed when there is a human being in front of them. They will automatically stop and refuse to proceed."
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VIEW Transportation and the Challenge of Future-Proofing Our Cities

So how does a city manager, urban planner or elected local official plan for transportation's uncertain future? " I think the larger context for planning or governing of any kind is really the process of managing change," said Tregoning. "Certainly we all live in places that are in part the product of the most disruptive technology of the 20th century, the automobile."
If, as Shakespeare noted, the past is indeed prologue, then some serious work needs to be done to avoid turning our cities over wholesale to the autonomous car as we did with the automobile.
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VIEW Transportation and the Challenge of Future-Proofing Our Cities

So how does a city manager, urban planner or elected local official plan for transportation's uncertain future? " I think the larger context for planning or governing of any kind is really the process of managing change," said Tregoning. "Certainly we all live in places that are in part the product of the most disruptive technology of the 20th century, the automobile."
If, as Shakespeare noted, the past is indeed prologue, then some serious work needs to be done to avoid turning our cities over wholesale to the autonomous car as we did with the automobile.
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ARTBA Student Transportation Video Contest Expands Subjects, Deadline Aug. 29

There is still time for students from elementary to graduate level to submit their video for the 7th annual ARTBA Student Transportation Video Contest. The contest deadline has been extended to August 29th. ARTBA sponsors two video contests for current students. The winning entries in each contest will win a $500 cash prize and will have their videos screened at ARTBA’s National Convention.

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