Hyundai’s self-driving system aims at affordability

Automaker Hyundai wants you to know that it’s also embracing the race to autonomous driving — but it’s also hoping to do so in a way that differs from the approaches of most automakers, in striving for tech that will both be available in vehicles owned by individuals, and that will actually be affordable for a good portion of car buyers.
Hyundai debuted its self-driving tech this week, with the first public rides provided on the streets of Las Vegas ahead of CES in January.

Intelligent Transportation News from CMU’s Traffic21 and T-SET UTC 2016-12-22 15:59:00

An ambitious plan to build a 500-acre specialty testing site in East Liberty, Ohio, for driverless cars and commercial trucks could go a long way toward cementing Ohio’s status as a key location for developing and proving the technology that looks to be a lock for the future of the automotive industry…
“The aim is that we’re going to be a hub for autonomous and connected vehicle research and development,” said Carla Bailo, assistant vice president, mobility research and business development at Ohio State University. “There’s no reason why we shouldn’t have that hub here in the Midwest instead of someplace else. We have a large number of automotive companies in the state, a large number of heavy truck companies in the state, and we can play a large role.”

U.S. DOT Leaders Select Winner of 2016 Innovation Challenge

Seven teams and a selection panel made up of U.S. DOT officials recently convened in Kendall Square to select the winner of Volpe’s fifth annual Innovation Challenge.
The Innovation Challenge, a Volpe staff competition that began in 2012, encourages multidisciplinary staff teams to develop and pitch creative ideas to improve some aspect of the transportation enterprise…
The 2016 Innovation Challenge winning team, Beyond Bike/Ped Assessment, proposes a new tool for gathering information about pedestrian and bicyclists’ experiences using streets and public spaces.

FTA Answers Questions and Seeks Input About Emerging Shared Mobility Services

Secretary Foxx has made clear that shared mobility has the potential to deliver better transit and paratransit service in a more efficient way – but recognizes the importance of balancing innovation with equity…
By clarifying how the U.S. Department of Transportation and FTA standards and eligibility requirements apply when FTA recipients work with providers of emerging shared mobility technologies, we hope to encourage the interaction between public transportation and these emerging services that create improved travel choices for all transit users.

Self-driving cars will be safer drivers than I am, but I’m still nervous in them

“Everybody uses different techniques, but you definitely need multiple examples to train off of. And the nature of machine learning is the more data you train with the better the performance generally is, which is one of the reasons why some of the companies like Google and Uber are exploring large scale, real-world tests so they can experience as much as possible and train their systems on as much variation as possible,” Aaron Steinfeld, an associate research professor at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon, told Business Insider.

The Big Bang of autonomous driving DARPA Challenge

You may have wondered: How in the world did all this start?
The answer surprises many great site.
There was a Big Bang on a Saturday in November 2007, and chances are you missed it.
“That was the moment,” agrees Red Whittaker, a leading robotics professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh who has spent his career exploring and patenting ways to automate mining, farming and industrial vehicles.

Microsoft to Build ‘World Graph’ IoT Index With TomTom and HERE

Microsoft wants to build a new “world graph,” an index of devices and objects, their locations, and how they are interconnected. Using the graph, the company envisions that internet of things (IoT), smart city and connected car technology providers will incorporate location-based data into their platforms, enabling a new generation of intelligent services with a sense of place.
To move the process along, it has partnered with leading mapping technology companies, namely TomTom, HERE and Esri the software giant announced.
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Will self-driving cars Make the Suburbs Great Again?

The future of urban life is the commuter belt. Or so says one economist, who believes technology and transport improvements will help us live better lives on the fringes of cities than we do in the middle of them.
“A city is a technical solution to a problem from the Industrial Revolution,” said Karen Harris, managing director of Bain & Company’s Macro Trends Group, at the Slush startup conference in Helsinki last week. “We needed to have lots of bodies clustered to run our cities… it was a genius solution.”

Feds back ambitious plan to speed up Northeast rail service

Federal rail regulators are endorsing an ambitious and costly plan to rebuild the congested Northeast Corridor over the next 30 years that they say will shore up crumbling infrastructure, increase service and speed up travel, with some trains eventually able to reach 220 mph on a stretch of the Washington-Boston route.
The Federal Railroad Administration’s plan unveiled Friday aims to cut down on delay-causing bottlenecks and increase capacity by upgrading outdated bridges and tunnels, including ones into New York City that are more than a century old, and realigning tracks to eliminate speed-restricting curves.

Uber did everything right in Pittsburgh with its self-driving cars — but is doing everything wrong in San Francisco

The arrival of a fleet of self-driving Uber vehicles in Pittsburgh earlier this year was the biggest transportation story of 2016.
Just like that, Uber went from being a replacement for taxis in big cities to offering a compelling vision of how autonomous cars would navigate their most difficult environment: the unpredictable urban landscape.
You could almost hear the auto industry’s collective jaw drop.
Rather than build on that radically uplifting success, however, Uber has reverted to its old, tried-and-true way of advancing its business: playing chicken with the regulations and laws of cities, states, and even entire countries.