October 12, 2021
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Twenty-six roundabouts installed in Pennsylvania since 2000 are proving their worth by greatly reducing crashes and fatalities at the intersections where they've been built, according to the state Department of Transportation. "Though not the right option for every intersection, data shows that when installed, roundabouts save lives and reduce crash severity," says PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian.
Full Story: Roads & Bridges (10/4) 
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Long-life pavement markings in North Carolina have been found to reduce serious lane-departure accidents by 13%. The thermoplastic markings laid down along 400 miles of rural, two-lane roads offer greater visibility with tiny embedded reflective glass beads.
Full Story: Roads & Bridges (10/7) 
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Innovation and Technology
Ford is examining how neuroscience can help develop advanced driver assistance systems, using MRI scans and biometric data to track driver reactions during simulations at Germany-based institution Uniklinik RWTH Aachen. "We believe that by capturing this data we could one day be able to generate unique physiological driver fingerprints so that drivers of the vehicles of the future can be prepared to react and to intervene immediately in case it is required," explains Dr. Klaus Mathiak, an institution professor.
Full Story: Autonomous Vehicle International (UK) (10/6) 
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How IoV could change the automotive industry
The internet of vehicles market is expected to grow to $208,107 million by 2024, reports Allied Market Research, as more smart vehicles hit the road. Kihara Kimachia looks at the far-reaching ramifications for the auto industry when vehicles can communicate with each other and the traffic infrastructure in real time.
Full Story: IT Business Edge (9/30) 
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General Motors has announced Ultra Cruise, its next-gen hands-free system that will reportedly support hands-free operation on 2 million miles of roadways in North America. Ultra Cruise will be available on GM's premium models, while its mainstream models will be equipped with the Super Cruise driver-assist system, which first rolled out in 2017.
Full Story: Engadget (10/6) 
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Startup Renovo Motors has been acquired by Toyota's Woven Planet Holdings to help the automaker develop its autonomous vehicles. Renovo platforms support autonomous driving on the software side, and the company recently developed a system to monitor facial expressions of the driver, passengers and pedestrians.
Full Story: The Verge (9/28) 
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Safety Products in the News
Qualcomm to buy maker of automotive sensors, software
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Qualcomm is buying Veoneer, a Sweden-based maker of automotive software and sensors, for $4.5 billion, as part of its new expansion efforts. The purchase will help the company expand into autonomous-driving technologies and Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems.
Full Story: TechCrunch (tiered subscription model) (10/4) 
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Data collection from the many sensors on connected vehicles is seen as a key way to avoid the many deadly crashes at roadway work zones. The Indiana Department of Transportation is teaming with Purdue University and Wejo to learn how such data can be leveraged to enhance road work safety.
Full Story: For Construction Pros (10/4) 
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Policy News
Calif. OKs completely driverless taxis
Cruise has been given the green light to offer rides to passengers in fully driverless vehicles, without the need for a safety driver, by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. The department also permitted Waymo to offer robotaxi rides, but that permit requires a safety monitor on board.
Full Story: The Verge (9/30) 
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