SF Mayor Asks Companies to Agree to Voluntary Tests for Self-Driving Cars
“The City of San Francisco has no regulatory control over self-driving vehicles, which are governed by the CA Department of Motor Vehicles and California Public Utilities Commission.” Read the article.
By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, SF Examiner, March 7, 2018
Why Driverless Cars Will Mostly Be Shared, Not Owned
Why? Essentially because they, with Uber/Lyft, will get city dwellers into new habits. “…the sensors needed for a fully autonomous AV to sense its surroundings and figure out how to respond currently cost more than the vehicle itself. That is less of a problem for a shared robotaxi, however, which will be in use and generating revenue for several hours a day. (Private cars, by contrast, are used on average only about 5% of the time.)… The total number of vehicles on the roads could have halved by 2050.” Read the article.
Editorial, The Economist, Mar 5, 2018 by T.S.
Starsky, Uber Working on Long-Haul Driverless Trucks
No plan for electric vehicles here. “Many experts think a different type of autonomous vehicle may become commercially viable first: self-driving big rigs….Trucks move more than 70 percent of U.S. freight, but long-haul truckers are in scarce supply….Drivers [would] sit in a remote control center, using video-game-like controls to navigate trucks from distribution centers to highways and vice versa. The remote operators would also oversee the long-haul part of the trip, helping with lane merges and navigating between different roads, for instance.” Read the article.
By Carolyn Said, SF Chronicle, March 8, 2018
Blueprint for Autonomous Urbanism
The Blueprint for Autonomous Urbanism from the National Association of City Transportation Officials says: start working groups to plan for automated vehicles, stop expanding roads, dedicate some traffic lanes to transit and, perhaps most importantly, “avoid creating robo-route arterials with endless platoons of traffic.” The study also includes blueprints to redesign different types of streets for automated vehicles — while putting people first — and a timeline for developing policy and experimenting with new transportation solutions.
National Association of City Transportation Officials, Fall 2017