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Mattar Al Tayer, Commissioner-General for Infrastructure, Urban Planning and Well-Being Pillar and Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai, said that as part of the Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy RTA aims to transform 25 percent of the total transportation in Dubai to autonomous mode by 2030.

He pointed out that the RTA has made significant progress in its journey towards achieving the vision of the wise leadership to make Dubai the smartest city in the world, with the current percentage at 9.4 percent.

In a statement to the Emirates News Agency (WAM) on the sidelines of the World Governments Summit 2024 in Dubai, Al Tayer added that despite the major global challenges facing the self-driving transport sector, the RTA has continued with its schedule to achieve the Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy. The first trial run of the self-driving Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles was launched, making Dubai the first city in the world outside the US to operate the company’s self-driving vehicles.

Syracuse, New York, which claims that title, uses dozens of snow removal vehicles, plows, and no fewer than three software systems, the city’s operations professionals say. The team has a big job: The city receives an average of 127 inches of snow, or nearly 11 feet, every year.

Syracuse has been implementing Internet of Things and geographic information systems technologies for its snow removal since 2018, said Corey Driscoll Dunham, Syracuse’s chief operations officer. The overhaul of the system was prompted by a huge storm that January, she said.

“Between the mayor, the deputy mayor, our chief policy officer and myself, we spent the entire weekend driving around the city, getting messages through Facebook or text messages or phone calls or, you know, just chasing down complaints left and right about the roads,” Dunham said about the 2018 snowstorm, which lasted for 66 hours, according to news reports.

In recent months, self-driving cars have been traveling on Italian roads. Even on roads open to traffic. This is the experimental phase of a project by Autostrade per l’Italia, the first Italian concessionaire to allow the circulation of this type of vehicle… The first road tests – Aspi says in a note – started in July on the A26 where the self-driving car traveled 20 km, in a stretch where there were no tunnels…

“This experimentation projects us towards the future and revolutionizes the concept of road driving”, said the CEO of Autostrade per l’Italia, Roberto Tomasi. “Our Group is testing solutions that will allow autonomous vehicles to ‘read’ events in advance, thanks to the data transmitted by the infrastructure”, and adds: “This is another important step forward within the Program Mercury, Aspi’s plan dedicated to innovation.”

Clarience Technologies, which provides visibility and safety technology solutions for the trucking industry and other transportation, has made an acquisition that will expand its safety technology portfolio.

The company has brought Safe Fleet, which provides fleet vehicle safety solutions such as collision avoidance, video systems and more, under its umbrella, joining other Clarience companies including Truck-Lite, ECCO, Code 3, Pressure Systems International, DAVCO, Road Ready, Fleetilla, LED Autolamps, Rigid Industries and Lumitec.

This acquisition strengthens Clarience’s position in industry segments that include school transportation, transit, fire and emergency, law enforcement, waste, industrial and recreational vehicles. Safe Fleet’s platform serves fleets of every type, including commercial transportation and logistics.

This project is part of Iteris’ new Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Build Initiative that focuses on delivering specialized ITS installation services for Iteris traffic sensors as well as other ITS hardware. The benefits to agencies include a streamlined procurement process, accelerated implementation schedules and increased cost savings. The service is currently available only in California and Texas but is expected to be expanded to other markets.

“We’re excited to be working on this regional smart mobility, safety and sustainability project,” said Scott Carlson, general manager and vice president, mobility professional services at Iteris. “We have a long track record of successfully delivering signal priority projects of this nature, and we’re looking forward to working with International Line Builders and the City of Downey to deliver this one. It also signifies the ongoing growth of Iteris’ ITS Build initiatives on the West Coast, aiming to enhance the value, efficiency and robustness of the area’s current transportation infrastructure.”

The firm currently operates commercial robotaxi services in Phoenix, Arizona, and San Francisco, California, with new services planned in Los Angeles, California, and Austin, Texas.

But two accidents that occurred on the same day last year in Phoenix caused Waymo to issue a recall that could potentially involve 444 autonomous vehicles.

On December 11, a Waymo vehicle made contact with a backwards-facing pickup truck that was being “improperly towed”, according to a blog post from the firm.

Following contact, the tow truck and towed pickup truck did not pull over or stop traveling, and a few minutes later another Waymo vehicle made contact with the same pickup truck while it was being towed in the same manner.

Neither Waymo vehicle was transporting riders at the time, no injuries were incurred and the only damage was inflicted upon the vehicles involved.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg swiped at congressional inaction on a bipartisan rail safety bill Friday as President Biden is set to visit East Palestine, Ohio, to mark the anniversary of a 2023 rail disaster.

“It’s still waiting its turn in Congress,” Buttigieg said Friday at an event at the Meridian International Center in Washington, saying it was “frustrating” that the Railway Safety Act has yet to receive a vote. Buttigieg pointed to unnamed members of Congress who “had a lot to say in the immediate aftermath“ of the February 2023 derailment “but are nowhere to be found” on supporting the bill.

Ohio Sens. Sherrod Brown (D) and JD Vance (R) co-sponsored the legislation in the weeks after the East Palestine crash, which spilled cars containing toxic chemicals, including vinyl chloride. The bill would increase safeguards for trains carrying toxic materials and require two-person crews on cars. The senators have expressed confidence the bill would pass with a filibuster-proof majority if brought to the floor. Biden and former President Trump have called on Congress to pass it.

In the 18th century, the American economy thrived because of our Atlantic seaports. In the 19th century, canals, steam-powered boats, and railroads helped create mighty cities along the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes. In the 20th century, streetcars and subways brought people to downtowns and then highways spread out our homes, factories, offices, and stores.

New transportation projects and technologies shape how and where we live, and they are also important symbols of an interconnected, sprawling country. The transcontinental railroad, interstate highways, and the first trip to the moon were all great sources of national pride.

After reading about our presidents, you will be surprised, better informed, and have a different perspective about our country. We promise.

The Eno Center was founded in 1921 by William Phelps Eno, who had a passion for improving traffic safety. So too did the “father of our country.”

Motorists using General Motors’ Super Cruise driver-assistance technology can now go hands-free on more back roads across rural America.

Why it matters: The Super Cruise expansion comes amid pressing questions about the safety of self-driving cars following a series of high-profile incidents, including one in San Francisco that forced GM to ground its fleet of Cruise robotaxis…

What began in 2017 as hands-free driving capability on interstates is now available on up to 750,000 miles of roadways across the U.S. and Canada.
Super Cruise offers the largest hands-free operating zone in North America, GM says, with nearly six times the coverage of rival technologies…

How it works: GM uses high-precision lidar technology to map roadways in the Super Cruise network.

Even if the lines on a rural roadway are faded, Super Cruise-equipped vehicles understand the road and stay in their lane.

It’s a “hands-off, eyes-on” system that requires drivers to pay attention at all times. Various signals and lights alert users when they need to resume control.

A decade ago, New York became the first American city to adopt the “Vision Zero” approach to traffic safety, which looks to eliminate road deaths through infrastructure and enforcement changes that would slow vehicles to make crashes less common and less deadly.

The city is nowhere near achieving perfection: The same number of people died in traffic crashes in 2014, the first year of the program, as in 2023.

But at a time when traffic deaths in the rest of the country are up 30% from a decade ago, New York’s record stands apart…

The city was an early adopter of practices that are increasingly common in U.S. cities. Department of Transportation crews installed flex posts and bollards to slow drivers as they make left turns. They also reconfigured nearly 6,000 stoplights to give pedestrians a head start in crosswalks before vehicles can move. New York officials and advocates also lobbied state lawmakers to lower the city’s speed limit and install dozens of speed cameras.

Waymo has filed a voluntary recall notice with federal vehicle safety regulators for software that was previously used in their driverless cars, the company announced Tuesday, marking a first for Alphabet
’s self-driving vehicle unit.

In a company blog post Tuesday, Waymo said the company chose to do the voluntary recall after consulting with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and its internal review of two incidents which took place in Phoenix on Dec. 11, 2023, in which two robotaxis crashed into the same towed pickup truck within minutes of each other…

The NHTSA said in an email that it has “received Waymo’s recall filing and it will be posted after it has been reviewed and processed…”

The company updated the software when the cars were returned to Waymo depots for regular maintenance and recharging, not over-the-air or through remote software updates, Barna added.

The Volpe National Transportation Systems Center of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued a solicitation to obtain proposals from vendors with operationally ready complementary positioning, navigation and timing (CPNT) services to be used for testing and evaluation in the Rapid Phase of the DOT’s CPNT Action Plan.

The Volpe Center is seeking proposals from industry professionals to deploy PNT services with a technical readiness level (TRL) of eight or higher.

The evaluation conditions will include situations where GPS/GNSS service is disrupted or manipulated, and CPNT‐specific threat vectors are introduced. Proposals are encouraged to be tailored to critical infrastructure PNT user requirements with the expectation that Rapid Phase evaluation results will be shared with sector risk management agencies (SRMAs) through the Federal interagency process to drive CPNT adoption.

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