January 15, 2021
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Top Intelligent Transportation Scoop
Self-driving carmakers will be allowed to skirt certain requirements when it comes to making cars, such as including pedals or steering wheels, said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. According to the NHTSA, the rules are meant to improve vehicle safety and promote innovation.
Full Story: The Detroit News (free content) (1/14) 
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Rails, Roads & Vehicles
Initiative aims at smart, efficient roadways
Smoother travel and greater safety are the objectives of the new AIVIA Orchestrated Connected Corridors initiative that teams Ferrovial, Microsoft, 3M and others. This initiative aims to develop corridors with smart roads incorporating advanced monitoring, simulation and sensor technology to coordinate traffic that includes both conventional and autonomous vehicles.
Full Story: The Construction Index (UK) (1/13) 
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Travel Tech
Cadillac has unveiled its concept for a passenger-carrying electric-powered drone concept, an aircraft with vertical takeoff and landing capabilities. This is the company's first foray into the passenger drone market.
Full Story: DroneDJ (1/13) 
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Going Green
An unmanned vessel recently participated in a naval exercise and traveled, mostly autonomously, for more than 4,700 nautical miles. Control of the Ghost Fleet Overlord surface vessel was done remotely, though an onboard crew maneuvered the ship through the Panama Canal.
Full Story: Department of Defense (1/13) 
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Texas eyes fees for electric, hybrid cars
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Proposed legislation in Texas would set annual fees for hybrid and electric vehicles to offset the decline in gas taxes brought on by more efficient vehicles. The fees would go into the state transportation budget and could fund infrastructure improvements and transit programs.
Full Story: Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (1/15) 
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ITS America News
The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), in partnership with Reed Exhibitions, has announced that its 2021 Annual Meeting will be held Dec. 7 through 10 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C. The event, which brings together intelligent transportation community stakeholders from across the country, was previously scheduled for May 2021 in Atlanta. Given the current pandemic, the decision was made to move to later in the year to best enable success with the in-person event. Find out more.
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