Self Driving Cars

Pittsburgh has a track record of promoting emerging technology for their economic growth.

Regulators had often taken a hands-off approach when it came to directing commerce, and we see this same pattern of economic growth when we look at how Pittsburgh is adopting autonomous vehicle technology like Uber.

Leading The Autonomous Vehicle Industry

Even though Uber’s testing program is in its early stages,

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Self Driving Cars

With so many vehicles coming out with at least partially-automated features, many drivers are growing more comfortable with the idea of technology-assisted driving.

After all, it’s easy to see the benefits of technology you make use of everyday.

Cruise control keeps us from speeding; smart sensors and camera parking-assist systems take the fear out of parallel parking,

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Self Driving Cars

A Bump In The Road

Autonomous vehicles rely on various types of technology to allow them to navigate public roads. Ranging from sonar, video cameras, and beacons that communicate with traditional traffic equipment like safety cones, automated cars need technology to understand, interpret, and interact with their surrounding environment.

While this technology is advancing at an astonishing rate,

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Self Driving Cars

Though the automotive industry is notorious for being slow to implement new innovations, the race to a driverless future is evolving at a rapid rate – but this time, it’s tech companies and startups that are making the headlines.

Lots of tech companies are either partnering with automotive manufacturers or developing their own vehicles in the current trend towards autonomous cars,

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Self Driving Cars

Not Outlawed Means Legal

Almost a dozen vehicle manufacturers have committed to delivering autonomous vehicles for public road driving by 2020. The consequences of not having established regulations for advanced technologies that impact every civilian are severe.

Today, self-driving cars are legal in the United States, because they are not outlawed. If there is not an established law that says something is illegal,

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Driving Vehicle Automation Forward

The primary goal of vehicle automation is to produce cars and trucks that improve the safety of human drivers and its occupants. Having technology that allows a vehicle to communicate with other cars on the road is only valuable if that communication reduces the impact of human and property damages.

As technology is adopted by leading automobile manufacturers,

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Self Driving Cars

Autonomous cars haven’t been a new concept since at least Isaac Asimov, but this year the automotive industry and tech companies seem to have finally hit the throttle on making them reality. The industry is undergoing a shift that is likely to change the face of the marketplace and rewrite the rules of the road.

But are consumers aware of the potential effects of the coming disruption?

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Building The Dream Of Automated Driving Cars

Throughout the past decade, we have witnessed one of the greatest strides in automobile technology with the focus on autonomous cars.

Advancements have accelerated with the participation of the leading car developers including BMW, Ford, Audi, and most recently Google and Tesla entering the ring.

While you may only recently have heard about self-driving cars in the news,

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Self Driving Cars

Are you ready to trust computers and connected cars with your life?

That’s the question many consumers and manufacturers are considering now that autonomous vehicle technologies (self parking, emergency braking, lane change detection, etc.) are becoming more widespread.

Five Levels of Autonomy

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When we talk about autonomous vehicles, we aren’t just referring to self-driving cars.

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Infrastructure

If you’re considering greening your property, take a cue from Michael Bigness from Boy Scout Troop 11 of  Chittenango, New York.  His recent Eagle Scout project helped transform the parking area at his local library into a  Green Parking Lot — the kind of infrastructure that’s encouraged by the Environmental Protection Agency and Leadership in Environmental Design.Read More

Bicycle Advocacy

Williston Road in South Burlington, Vermont, is a quintessential car-centric conundrum: four vehicle lanes with no space for bikes and no sidewalk, yet it’s one of the city’s central links. Indeed, the thruway needs a full redesign, but money shortages, politics and red tape can quickly throw that vision into limbo.

Is there a way around these roadblocks?

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Bicycle Safety

On July 19th around 6 pm, transportation advocate and experienced cyclist, Charlie Hawkins, was fatally struck while walking his bike across a four-lane road in Warwick, Rhode Island.

The handful of local reports that surfaced provided little detail about the incident so Traffic Safety Store contacted Alex Krogh-Grabbe, Programs Director for the Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition,

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Distracted Driving

Winter, with its abundance of snow, ice and auto-mechanical failure, is certainly a precarious time for drivers. Yet, it’s summer that’s most deadly. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration consistently shows the highest number of traffic fatalities are in the third quarter (July-September) while the lowest are in the first quarter (January – March).

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Infrastructure

While many questions remain in the federal investigations of the May 12th Amtrak catastrophe, one thing seems certain: Technology could have prevented the crash.

That specific technology is called Positive Train Control (PTC) and it isn’t exactly cutting edge. These crash prevention systems were released over 25 years ago and have been included in The National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) “Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements” ever since.

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Bicycle Safety

The city of San Antonio, Texas, made a significant step towards realizing their ambitious Bicycle Master Plan. With the addition of 250 Zebra Lane Blockers (aka Armadillos), transportation officials are making a commitment to safe cycling that goes beyond a strip of white paint.

Like many progressive transportation strategies, the Master Plan, published in 2011, aims to push San Antonio from car-centric metropolis to multi-modal haven by integrating a variety of cycling facilities.Read More