PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION: CONNECTED VEHICLES AND ITS
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For the past decade, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has been researching and testing a system of vehicles that can sense the environment around them and communicate with other vehicles and with infrastructure. This vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications will enable safety, mobility, and environmental advancements that current technologies are unable to provide. The technology is expected to reduce unimpaired vehicle crashes by 80 percent, while also reducing the 4.8 billion hours that Americans spend in traffic annually.
Report of 14th ITS Asia-Pacific Forum
By Xiaojing WANG, Executive Chairman Organizing Committee
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United States: Autonomous Freightliner Inspiration Truck introduced, granted licence to operate on public roads
Daimler Trucks North America announced yesterday that its Freightliner Inspiration Truck has been granted the first licence for an autonomous commercial truck, in the US state of Nevada, and then revealed the truck at the Hoover Dam, a US landmark and hydroelectric power generator. The Nevada state governor officially granted the licence for the Freightliner to operate on an open public highway. The Freightliner Inspiration Truck operates at a Level 3 automation, based on Freightliner Cascadia Evolution, with Highway Pilot sensors and computer hardware, including camera technology, radar systems with lane stability, collision avoidance, speed control, braking, steering, and other monitoring systems, according to a company press release. Two trucks currently exist with this equipment. Daimler was issued the licence after supplying state officials with information on the truck’s safety systems and the driver training program. Nevada is one of four US states with legislation regulating testing and operation of autonomous vehicles. Daimler reiterated that the truck is not about replacing the driver, saying that “the driver is a key part of a collaborative vehicle system”.
Significance: Daimler displayed its autonomous technology first at the 2014 IAA truck show (see Germany: 23 September 2014: IAA 2014: Mercedes-Benz Trucks to showcase Future Truck 2025 at IAA, company to meet full-year targets), although it has been researching the technology since the 1990s. Daimler and others see level 3 technology as particularly well suited for on-highway applications for long-haul commercial trucks. Level 3 is defined by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at which vehicles enable the driver to cede full control of all safety-critical functions under certain traffic or environmental conditions and rely on the vehicle to monitor for changes in conditions requiring transition back to driver control. Other countries and companies are looking at autonomous technology for the truck industry as well (see United Kingdom: 6 March 2015: UK government committee recommends that minister should back autonomous vehicle technology, Russia: 9 March 2015: KamAZ to start trialling automated driving prototype, and Netherlands:17 June 2014: Dutch initiative targets driverless trucks within five years).
Intelligent Transportation Society of America Names Regina Hopper President & CEO
Washington, D.C. (April 27, 2015) – The Board of Directors of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), the nation’s leading high-tech transportation association, has named Regina Hopper President and Chief Executive Officer effective May 18, 2015.
Motor Vehicle Standards Review—Safer roads and better cars
16 April 2015
The Australian Government is getting on with delivering safer roads and better vehicles for motorists as part of our detailed review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act (MVSA).
The MVSA delivers national vehicle standards for new motor vehicles and regulates the first supply of imported vehicles to the Australian market. Read More
Transurban CEO Scott Charlton discusses the critical need to reform our road infrastructure funding model and move to a fairer and more sustainable system before the liveability of Australia’s major cities is put at risk.
Google visit spurs SA’s driverless car push
InDaily (Adelaide Independent News) 19 March 2015
ADELAIDE | Driverless cars are no George Jetson joke – they’re already working impressively, as Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan and his departmental chief Michael Deegan saw for themselves recently.
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Crowds and motion
Future Tense program Interview ABC RN with Guest Susan Harris, Chief executive ITS Australia (Intelligent Transport Systems Australia)
We might not give it much thought, but how we move is naturally predetermined. Left to our own devices we don’t usually walk in straight lines or make 90 degree turns, so why do so many architects and urban planners still favour grids and sharp angles?
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TCA today reminded interested parties that proposals for the Industry Framework for trialling road freight Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and associated technologies must be submitted by 8 April 2015.
“There has been a strong level of interest from the freight and telematics sectors in this new initiative since the announcement by the Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports, the Hon Luke Donnellan MP,” said TCA Chief Executive Officer Chris Koniditsiotis.
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