On September 19, 2016, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) is implementing policies to regulate and support the manufacturing and street readiness of automated vehicles. This giant leap forward comes after several meetings with industry professionals, public input forums and consultations with tech companies. Called the Federal Automated Vehicle Policy, the 116-page plan offers four key points of focus and a 15-point safety assessment that gives guidelines for manufacturers to follow. Unique preparation for a new world of automated vehicles This forward movement on automated vehicles is new for government.
When the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act passed in 2015, $305 billion was earmarked for innovative highway, motor vehicle and safety projects over the next four years. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) responded by funding several grants to move current and new transportation infrastructure plans forward. It is expanding the potential for passenger and freight travel while encouraging innovation on actual roads themselves. However, there are many parts and pieces to the new world of transportation beyond what is even outlined in the different documents available on DOT’s website.
Looking at a similar V2Gov system in Australia, Kelly Kimball questions how Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens will fare once stickerless car registration goes into effect. By Kelly Kimball, Chairman & Co-Founder, Motor Vehicle Software Corporation (MVSC) December 30, 2016 is the last day for Pennsylvania drivers to get actual registration stickers on their cars. By the next day, December 31, the state is eliminating the need for hard copies on automobiles. It’s smartly going fully digital with the introduction of Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) technology in its police vehicles and on the roads. This system electronically reads an automobile’s plate to determine whether it’s expired, among other things.
Getting driverless cars ready for the road is happening so fast that tech companies are projecting more aggressive dates for production and implementation. On September 1, 2016, Baidu, considered the Google of China, became the newest pioneering voice to join the fray. The internet giant announced its plan to put an autonomous fleet of public shuttle vehicles on the roads by 2018. Driverless cars for personal use follow soon after. In preparation for these upcoming events, California DMV issued Baidu a license that allows them to test their automobiles on West Coast roads in the coming months.
Automobiles account for over 27 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). What kind of green vehicle initiatives are federal, state, local and global leaders presenting to address this world-changing issue? When President Obama took to U.S. streets in 2010 to promote eco-friendly solutions to the climate issues facing the nation, he shared his goal of having 1 million plug-in hybrids on highways by 2015. Due to lower than anticipated fuel prices, only ¼ of the objective has been met.
As we settle into the digital age, accessing information “on the fly” through a computer or mobile device has become not only the norm, but expected. That includes the data managed by public agencies. Getting more visibility to decisions and legislation made by lawmakers and taking care of your personal, official business via a website in a fast, easy and efficient way has led to electronic government or eGovernment. You may have already heard the expression or even taken advantage of it, but what exactly does it mean and how does it affect you and the world around you? It may help to understand a bit of the history of eGovernment.
This comprehensive look at the connected car in history, today and in the future will explain everything you need to know and then some. From car insurance to Congress, the “connected car” is rapidly changing the automotive industry, car dealerships, eGovernment, transportation and business landscape. This begs a few questions, however. How will we get there? Will fully autonomous vehicles really bring about a virtually accident-free society?
You get ready for the day, hop in your car and off you go onto the expressway, highway, freeway, street and…crawl. Stop. HONK! You get an overwhelming urge to weep, scream and/or jump out and start pummeling the cars around you (and if you do, who could blame you?), because today, as with every day, you’ve encountered traffic congestion. Those two seemingly harmless words are no laughing matter.
Today’s drivers are connected to a constant stream of digital information. In principle, this is a good thing, allowing people to access information like turn-by-turn navigation, speed limit and real-time traffic updates quickly and efficiently. However, these same helpful tools can be a significant source of distraction to a driver—especially those without a heads-up display. Accessing digital information while driving is now the norm. In fact, Distraction.gov reports that, at any moment during the hours of daylight, as many as 660,000 drivers across America are actively using cell phones or other electronics.
Experts claim that self-driving cars won’t be practical for everyday use until 2050. For ride-hailing services, the projection is sooner. But weeks away? Really? Uber ready to autonomously roll Per an announcement by Uber on August 18, customers will be able to actually hail self-driving cars in Pittsburgh later this month.