Public transportation, traffic management, automation and connectivity, and data management are the primary ways cities are using smart technology, the US Department of Transportation reports. The biggest challenges facing the 52 cities surveyed by the DOT include funding, finding mature technology and coordinating efforts across departments.
Public/private partnerships could help autonomous transportation gain traction, and the US Department of Transportation's Michael Shapiro has noted the need for "collaboration within industry, between industry and government to kind of share these lessons learned and best practices so that everybody can evolve and learn, and bring this technology to market." Autonomous vehicle companies are flocking to places like San Francisco and Arizona that prioritize conversations about the future of transportation and adopt AV-friendly policies.
Toyota has purchased the high-definition mapping startup Carmera through its newly formed subsidiary Woven Planet Holdings. Carmera will become a part of Woven Planet, which explores innovative transportation applications, including autonomous driving.
Truck drivers may soon have more space inside their vehicles to display safety technology thanks to a rule change being proposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The change would expand the vehicle safety technology category and allow more windshield space to be used for the devices, something that is allowed now through temporary exemptions.
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New fuel economy standards are on the horizon from the Biden administration, and observers believe the revised target will be 51 mpg by 2026. The goal will serve as a key part of the president's pledge to halve overall CO2 emissions by 2030, with electrification of vehicles seen as the biggest element on the transportation front.
The trade association of the leading Autonomous, Crash Avoidance and Occupant Protection automotive safety suppliers. The mission of the Automotive Safety Council is to improve the safety of people through out the world through the development, production and implementation of the latest automotive safety equipment by preventing accidents, protecting occupants and pedestrians when in a collision and to notify emergency responders after the collision when necessary. The mission utilizes voluntary, regulatory and legislative directed use of these life saving products in order to make them available to the most people in the lowest cost manner to save the most people from injuries and fatalities.