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Implementing Technology to Improve Public Highway Performance: A Leapfrog Technology from the Private Sector Is Going To Be Necessary

Implementing Technology to Improve Public Highway Performance: A Leapfrog Technology from the Private Sector Is Going To Be Necessary | Autonomous Vehicle Impacts | Scoop.it
Driverless cars are key to improving the nation’s highways, and their implementation would improve travel speeds, reliability, safety and reduce taxpayer costs write Clifford Winston and Fred Mannering. The authors argue that while the government is looking to mandate private sector auto technology, it is doing little to allow technology that would improve the nation’s public highways.
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"“In the case of highways, we conclude that it is likely that the private sector will eventually implement driverless car technologies, and that those technologies will benefit motorists by leap frogging the technological advance that the public sector has put on hold. If this innovation is not impeded by government regulations and does succeed, social welfare could possibly increase further by exploring privatization of the road system so that it could operate at the same level of technological sophistication as the vehicles that are driven on it.”

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Autonomous Vehicles: A Disruption Case Study

Autonomous Vehicles: A Disruption Case Study | Autonomous Vehicle Impacts | Scoop.it
At a recent news conference, U.S. federal transportation officials described Talking Cars and their ability to avoid deadly crashes by seeing it coming before you do. The U.S. government will likel...
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A thought provoking blog on the disruption that automated vehicles might cause - on a VERY large scale.  This backs up what many of us have been writing about and many of the studies by the likes of Morgan Stanley and KPMG have been intimating.  Get ready world - there will be massive socio-economic collateral damage and the only defence is proactive action sooner, rather than later.

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Self-driving cars are coming, and they could change everything we know about cities

Self-driving cars are coming, and they could change everything we know about cities | Autonomous Vehicle Impacts | Scoop.it
Autonomous, self-driving vehicles are getting more attention from the media, but little from transportation planners. Given the technology's potential impacts on our transportation network, it's time for planners to start thinking about it.
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It may come as a surprise to the author of this piece but some of us have been trying to get the attention of the planners on the subject of automated vehicles (AVs) for several years.  The good news is that more and more people now recognize the dicsonnect between governmental policies and projects and the potential impacts of AVs.  But the planners really should be taking the lead - because we currently are making decisions worth many billions of dollars, that might be very different if we were doing our due diligence on AVs.

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VW draws nearer to driverless cars

VW draws nearer to driverless cars | Autonomous Vehicle Impacts | Scoop.it
Volkswagen continues to be the driving force toward automated driving, with the launch the AdaptIVe (Automated Driving Applications & Technologies for Intelligent Vehicles) research project on safe and efficient driverless motoring.
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More public money is being put into automated vehicle research in Europe - although tied-in with connected vehicle research which was won the huge majority of public funding thus far.  Meanwhile Google power ahead with their own automated vehicle development that is possibly 3 years or more ahead(?). So is this latest research announcement a wise spend of public money?  It might be worth an informed discussion on the subject?

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Tesla completes its cross-country world record attempt

Tesla completes its cross-country world record attempt | Autonomous Vehicle Impacts | Scoop.it
A pair of Tesla Model S electric vehicles have crossed the US from Los Angeles to New York City in 76 hours. The journey was completed as part of an attempt to break a Guinness World Record for...
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With Tesla pushing the boundaries of what electric vehicles can do it bodes well for the future automation of vehicles and electric being the propoulsion system of choice for many.

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Selmon Expressway becomes testing ground for automated vehicles

Selmon Expressway becomes testing ground for automated vehicles | Autonomous Vehicle Impacts | Scoop.it
TAMPA — One day in the not-so-distant future, cars without drivers could start cruising down the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway.
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"The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority said Friday the Selmon Expressway has become one of 10 sites nationwide where researchers can study the safety and performance of automated vehicles."

 
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More on DeepMind: AI Startup to Work Directly With Google's Search Team - Re/code

More on DeepMind: AI Startup to Work Directly With Google's Search Team - Re/code | Autonomous Vehicle Impacts | Scoop.it
More on DeepMind: AI Startup to Work Directly With Google's Search Team Re/code Google has been buying up companies and hiring leading researchers in the artificial intelligence space for years, including Ray Kurzweil, Sebastian Thrun, Peter Norvig...
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An insightful article on Google and their recent Artificial Intelligence acquisitions and how it might fit into the bigger picture.  Having trained a sytem to teach itself basic games the could DeepMind's technology translate to a self-driving car and its ability to learn and improve?

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Are Driverless Cars in Houston's Future? | Houston Matters

We discuss the legal, ethical, and practical implications with David Crossley, President of Houston Tomorrow…Peter Bishop, Professor of Future Studies in Commerce in the Department of Human Development and Consumer ...

Via CEC Houston
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This 34 minute radio discussion is a fascintaing insight into what Houston thinks about driverless cars.  Given that Houston is reported to be about 30% parking lot when viewed from the air, I think the impacts on quality of life in Houston could be amazing.  Unfortunately this was not the most well-informed converstaion - which is a shame as the Texas Transportation Institute and the Texas Toll Authority both have people that know a great deal about this subject, but weren't participating in this discussion.

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Ford says more cars are not the answer to cities’ problems - FT.com

Ford says more cars are not the answer to cities’ problems - FT.com | Autonomous Vehicle Impacts | Scoop.it

"Ford Motor, which pioneered the affordable mass-produced motor car, is looking to play a bigger role in building public transport vehicles or integrating cities’ transport systems as it grapples with the growing challenge of helping people move around the world’s traffic-choked cities."


Via John Niles
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I think that maybe Ford realize that the fully automated vehicle, capable of unmanned driving will see very significant changes in human-driven car sales - and less profit.  With the future of surface transportation likely to lie in shared automated vehicle fleets, then Ford moving into the arena of 'public transport' vehicles could be a very smart move.  (If you hit a paywall with a link, then do an internet search for the title of the article). 

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John Niles's curator insight, January 22, 2014 12:14 AM

Driverless cars are not mentioned, but Ford is working to bring them to market.

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Google patents ad-powered taxi service that would offer free rides to shoppers

Google patents ad-powered taxi service that would offer free rides to shoppers | Autonomous Vehicle Impacts | Scoop.it
Advertisers would pay for your transportation in the hope that you buy something.
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Google patents a way of supplying transportation-as-a-service (TaaS) and reducing the cost of transportation to the average person. It would seem to fit in very well with the Self Driving Car shared fleet model as well as their possible plans with Uber?....

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Carmakers: Driverless cars need legal framework - Record-Searchlight

Carmakers: Driverless cars need legal framework - Record-Searchlight | Autonomous Vehicle Impacts | Scoop.it
Carmakers: Driverless cars need legal framework
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QNX technology concept car for acoustics based on a modified Kia Soul is showcased at the International Consumer Electronics Show(CES) on Tuesday, Jan.
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Background to some of the autonomous vehcile work presented at the CES.

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ServiceOntario: Making It Easier - Government of Ontario, Canada

ServiceOntario (The Ontario Ministry of Transportation is proposing a pilot project to test autonomous vehicles.
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Ontario wants feedback on its proposal to safely test automaed vehicles on the Province's roads.  This is the first public indication of interest by any Canadian Province or Territory in this tech.

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http://mashable.com/2014/01/06/navia-driverless-shuttle/?goback=%2Egde_4394255_member_5827690114041532418#%21

RT @tracyacorley: World's First Commercially Available Self-Driving Car Launches http://t.co/0UIzKiRCp7
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The Induct Navia is the first truly self-driving and passenger carrying commercial product available in the US.  This article provides some insights into the Induct business plan and the cost savings that users could experience with this product.  I think it opens up the door for some services that have not been contemplated before - and should not be restricted to our thinking constrained by the current paradigm. I can see shopping malls benefitting form this technology - it may be expensive, but it could be viewed as an attraction that will get additional people through the doors.

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On The Road To The Self-Driving Car

On The Road To The Self-Driving Car | Autonomous Vehicle Impacts | Scoop.it
Now cars talk to each other. Next they'll drive themselves. We'll look at the road ahead.
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An excellent radio discussion with some very clued-in guests.  I was jumping up and down wanting someone to challenge the automakers and ask 'Do automakers really want fully self-driving cars when they will more than likely upset your business model of selling everyone at least one car, and reduce your profit margins?'.  I wrote about this on my blog post: http://autonomous-vehicle-impacts.blogspot.ca/2013/10/why-fully-self-driving-isnt-automakers.html

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Osaka likely to OK Google test of autonomous car

Osaka likely to OK Google test of autonomous car | Autonomous Vehicle Impacts | Scoop.it
OSAKA—Google Inc., which has been developing a car that can automatically travel to a destination without being operated by a driver, likely will be invited to test the car on public roads in the Osaka bay area.
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Google to test their seIf-driving cars on the public roads of Osaka, Japan. I look forward to the official confirmation from Google.

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AUVSI Unmanned Systems: Mission Critical - Focus on Automated Vehicles

AUVSI Unmanned Systems: Mission Critical - Focus on Automated Vehicles | Autonomous Vehicle Impacts | Scoop.it
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Good general coverage, but not much depth.  Ifyou are new to the subject of automated vehciles then this is a great easy to read compilation of articles and analysis. 

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The Car As You Know It Is Dead

The Car As You Know It Is Dead | Autonomous Vehicle Impacts | Scoop.it
Goodbye motoring. Hello mobility. John Edson of Lunar explains why the future of cars is about experience versus ownership.
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"Goodbye, motoring. Hello, mobility. John Edson of Lunar explains why the future of cars is about experience versus ownership."  The automakers should take note - there's a lot of us wiriting in a similar vein and sounding the warning that disruption could well be on its way.

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John Niles's curator insight, February 13, 2014 5:19 PM

Informed speculation about the future of cars and mobility.

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Future Disruptions in Transportation—2014 and Beyond

Future Disruptions in Transportation—2014 and Beyond | Autonomous Vehicle Impacts | Scoop.it
How same-day delivery, 3D printing, and autonomous vehicles will affect the sector. (What do #samedaydelivery, #3dprinting & autonomous commercial vehicles have in common?
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Anyone notice how there can be direct convergence between these three highlighted disruptions. Autonomous vehicles can be built by additive (3D) printing (ref. zoox) and they will probably be the most cost effective answer to same day delivery (ref. Google delivery rumours). 

These 3 trends may not change the transportation sector in 2014, but from 2017 onwards they are going to arrive with a 'bang' and trend upwards very rapidly. Those without these technologies and capabilities could well be left behind.

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No, Self-Driving Cars Won't Replace Public Transportation - FrontPage Magazine

No, Self-Driving Cars Won't Replace Public Transportation - FrontPage Magazine | Autonomous Vehicle Impacts | Scoop.it
FrontPage Magazine No, Self-Driving Cars Won't Replace Public Transportation FrontPage Magazine Even assuming that we do have a future of self-driving cars to look forward to (flying cars have existed for a while, but have never taken off) it's not...
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It's a shame the author of this article didn't consider the impacts of shared fleets of automated taxis - that would increase the current lamentable vehicle occupacy from around 1.1 upwards.  We only need minor improvements in ride-sharing of automated taxis to begin to see the benefits on our road networks.  Prof Alain Kornhauser has synthesized 32 million daily trips in New Jersey and in peak flows he found that it was possible to get average vehicle occupancy to around 2.7 in his model. Even modest ride-sharing gains will improve the road netwrok efficiency and could potentially challenge transit operational and business models.  I think the author needs to review his argument.

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Chinese firm, Singapore institute to develop smart cars - Economic Times

Chinese firm, Singapore institute to develop smart cars - Economic Times | Autonomous Vehicle Impacts | Scoop.it
Channel News Asia Chinese firm, Singapore institute to develop smart cars Economic Times The Agency for Science, Technology and Research, the parent organisation of the Institute for Infocomm Research, said it would contribute its expertise in...
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"BYD and Singapore's Institute for Infocomm Research have signed an agreement on a joint laboratory to develop electric cars with autonomous vehicle sensors."

 

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The Biggest Hurdle for Self-Driving Cars: Congress

The Biggest Hurdle for Self-Driving Cars: Congress | Autonomous Vehicle Impacts | Scoop.it
Engineers are getting past the technical hurdles needed to turn today's cars into the stuff of science fiction, but lawmakers are making little progress in updating the rules.
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It does seem that unless governments find out more about fully automated vehicles and their impacts, then they are less likely to realize that the window of opportunity for being proactive is possibly already starting to close.  This technology is coming whether we are ready or not - and the socio-economic collateral damage could be significant if we don't plan and prepare properly.

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Why Google’s Driverless Car Is Evil

Why Google’s Driverless Car Is Evil | Autonomous Vehicle Impacts | Scoop.it
We've surrendered out digital lives to Google. Next up: Our spare time while commuting.
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Some interesting arguments around the ways that fully automated vehicles could be used to suit Google's purposes.  On the counter side of this argument the author doesn't explore the magnitude of the potential safety and time saving benefits.  I still think the benefits are well worth the downsides - but do note the concerns that this article raises.

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"Automated Vehicles will operate autonomously, without needing communication with each other or the infrastructure" by Professor Alain L. Kornhauser, Princeton University


Via John Niles
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Notes for Prof Alain Kornahuser (Princeton) for a debate at the TRB 2014 annual meeting on whether or not automated vehicles require communication connectivity.  The naser is fo course 'No' - as witnessed by the DARPA challenges.  At some point the roads will benefit from AVs talking to each other, but that will come in good time.  Until then, let's not delay deployment because we 'require' them to talk to each other.

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John Niles's curator insight, January 19, 2014 12:49 AM

Well-stated viewpoint that the development of driverless vehicles does not require car-to-car communication.   Read this PDF

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TARDEC demos autonomous vehicles - News - Fort Hood Sentinel

TARDEC demos autonomous vehicles - News - Fort Hood Sentinel | Autonomous Vehicle Impacts | Scoop.it
@TARDEC_PAO demos #autonomous vehicles http://t.co/5ukOovjnMD
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The latest demonstration of autonomous military vehicles by TARDEC at Fort Hood.

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Driverless car trial sparks local authority interest in transport benefits | TXNews | Transport News

Driverless car trial sparks local authority interest in transport benefits | TXNews | Transport News | Autonomous Vehicle Impacts | Scoop.it
RT @driverlesstrans: The Daventry District Council in the UK considers bidding on a #Driverless car trial: http://t.co/oTl4QggqZb
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Daventry, as small town in the UK, is considering bidding to be a test site for the UK driverless vehicle project. 

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