A Cruise self-driving car got a traffic ticket—GM says it did nothing wrong

A car from GM’s self-driving car unit, Cruise, received a traffic ticket last week from a San Francisco police officer who said that a Cruise car drove uncomfortably close to a pedestrian. Cruise disputes the officer’s accusation, saying that the vehicle stayed more than 10 feet away from the pedestrian.

The incident was first reported Tuesday by Jackie Ward, a reporter for the local CBS station in San Francisco. She was tipped off by a viewer, Kevin O’Connor, who snapped the above picture of the car being pulled over just a day after a fatal Uber self-driving car crash in Tempe, Arizona.

“According to data collected by Cruise, the pedestrian was 10.8 feet away from the car,” Ward says. The car was in self-driving mode and “it began to continue down Harrison at 14th St. Shortly after the car accelerated, the officer pulled it over.”
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No driverless cars in California? Why April 2 won’t make history

Self-driving cars were supposed to make history on Monday, April 2, when for the first time, they were allowed to operate on California roads without any human vehicle assistants.

But, good luck finding any of the driverless cars on your local streets.

That’s because of the approximately 50 companies in the state said to be working on self-driving cars, not a single one has applied to the California Department of Motor Vehicles for the permits necessary to send a car without a driver, or assistant in the passenger seat, out onto the state’s roads. And it doesn’t appear that anyone in the self-driving car industry is in a rush to submit the paperwork that would let them put a fully autonomous car out among the 14.5 million automobiles that were registered in California as of 2016.
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ATRI lists Top 10 issues facing trucking

Also, appearing at number 10 on the list of concerns for drivers is the idea that autonomous trucks will take over, resulting in major job losses.

Though he pointed out several benefits of autonomous trucks, Murray said they would not be replacing drivers any time soon for one simple reason.

“Technology is here today, but it’s not the technology that is going to slow this arena down,” he said, pointing to social acceptance as the culprit. “The idea that there’s no driver and someone’s in the back or the passenger’s seat is going to be a problem.”

Murray said he believes autonomous truck technology will help attract more millennials to the industry, and that railroads would be in “serious trouble” if autonomous trucks began hitting the road.
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Google Backs Up A Startup Working On Remote-Controlled Autonomous Vehicle

Google-owned Artificial Intelligence focused company Gradient Ventures end up investing $6 Million in a startup developing autonomous vehicle systems. In the recent seed funding Scotty Labs, an interdisciplinary organization run by the students of Carnegie Mellon University raised a huge funding amount. Gradient Ventures led the seed funding round participated by, Hemi Ventures, Social+Capital, Horizons Ventures, Neuron.VC, Graph Ventures, and Gravity Ranch other than School Labs.

The startup works with the goal to take the autonomous vehicle technology up to the standard that people expected it to be. The nine people team at Scotty Labs works over a program that enables the drivers to remotely control their vehicle. Instead of letting the vehicle driving all by itself the Scooty Labs system makes it controllable from distance. The new technology works on “teleoperations’ which will now get a bigger exposure after Google’s support.
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Autonomous vehicles part of discussion at Southwestern Pa. Commission Workshop

“The next frontier in a lot of this technology is really looking at continuing this connected and automated vehicle technology research,” said Stan Caldwell, adjunct associate professor of transportation and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University. “Because right now, as we saw from the fatality in Tempe, (Ariz.,) there’s still a lot of technological challenges. We’ve got to make sure that this is being deployed safely.”

Caldwell was one of the speakers during a workshop of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, a regional planning agency covering 10 counties in the Pittsburgh region, held Monday at California University of Pennsylvania and titled “Forces of Change and the Future of Our Region.”

Caldwell is executive director of CMU’s Traffic21, a research institute whose “goal is to design, test, deploy and evaluate information and communications technology based solutions to address the problems facing the transportation system of the Pittsburgh region and the nation,”
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Einride’s autonomous trucks will be Nvidia-powered, and deliveries start this fall

Einride’s T-pod all-electric, self-driving transport vehicle will use the Nvidia Drive AI platform to provide its autonomous smarts, the Swedish technology company revealed today. Einride also announced that the very first customer deliveries of its production T-pod truck will begin this fall, meaning it could be making actual deliveries sooner rather than later.

The Nvidia Drive AI platform will allow Einride’s T-pods to operate autonomously for up to 124 miles, with path planning and intelligent environment sensing. The T-pod is designed for remote operations, too, and the company is initially planning a route connecting the Swedish towns of Gothenburg and Helsingborg, with a fleet of 200 vehicles traversing the distance.
In the video above, you can see the T-pod vehicle actually making a fully autonomous trip.
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Uber Reaches Settlement With Family Of Arizona Woman Killed By Driverless Car

Uber Technologies has reached a settlement with the family of the woman killed earlier this month in Tempe, Ariz., after one of the company’s self-driving test vehicles struck her as she was crossing a street.

Member station KJZZ in Tempe reports that an attorney for the victim’s family, Christina Perez Hesano, confirmed the settlement Wednesday night but provided few details.

“The matter has been resolved,” Hesano said, adding that the settlement was between Uber and the daughter and husband of Elaine Herzberg, 49.

The names of Herzberg’s daughter and husband were not disclosed and the attorney said there would be no further comment.
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Pennsylvania lawmakers to consider self-driving regulations this spring

Pennsylvania lawmakers could take up legislation aimed at regulating autonomous vehicles in the coming months.

State Sen. Randy Vulakovich, a Republican from Glenshaw who sits on the Senate Transportation Committee, said Wednesday that he has been assured by the committee’s chair that it will consider legislation this spring.

“Public safety and liability are at the forefront of our ongoing deliberations, and we will continue to evaluate the most effective measures to codify the testing of autonomous vehicles,” Vulakovich said in a statement sent to the Tribune-Review.
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Columbus, Ohio, wants you to test drive an electric vehicle at its experience center

Set to open this June in Ohio, the Smart Columbus Experience Center will offer the public an up-close look at the city’s tech-centric transportation plans.

The aim is to offer the public a hands-on experience to learn more about any mystifying technology. Visitors will be able to test drive a range of electric cars in hopes that it eases any concerns they have about the technology. The center will also showcase cutting edge and sustainable technologies. According to the Columbus website, the goal is to improve people’s quality of life, drive growth in the economy, provide better access to jobs, and foster sustainability.
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Dockless Scooter Company Wants to Start on the Right Foot With Cities

Park-‘em-anywhere electric scooters — i.e., adult versions of the Razor with a dockless twist — are now available on the sidewalks of San Francisco and San Jose, as well as Los Angeles and Washington D.C.

Santa Monica, California-based dockless scooter start-up Bird began offering their black-and-white two-wheelers in the Bay Area cities last weekend, the San Francisco chronicle reports. Waybots, another California start-up, rolled their scooters out in D.C. in February. And Limebike, a dockless bike-share operator, is also testing electric scooters in San Francisco.

To coincide with its Bay Area expansion, Bird released a pledge entitled “S.O.S.,” or “Save our Sidewalks,” addressed to the CEOs of four dockless bike-share start-ups, LimeBike, Ofo, Mobike and Jump.
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