New study finds AV tech less likely to detect darker-skinned pedestrians

By Marybeth McGinnis Clarification: This article should have made clear that the study “Predictive Inequity in Object Detection” examines camera-based machine-learning object detection systems, which are one component of full camera-lidar-radar based detection systems. In addition, the paper

How might travelers behave with privately-owned AVs?

By Michael Brenneis In many ways, we can only speculate about a future with autonomous vehicles on the road. The effects on vehicle miles traveled are expected to be very different if AVs are privately owned versus shared. A recent post by Aaron Gordon on Jalopnick drew our attention to a

Auto-braking is becoming more common, but the tech is still evolving

By Eric Sundquist One hope for reversing the growing death toll among pedestrians and cyclists lies in technology that senses crashes before they happen and avoids them. In 2015, NHTSA, with support from the insurance industry, reached an agreement with most automakers to ramp up installation of

Autonomous boat “bridge” proposed in Amsterdam

By Michael Brenneis A group of autonomous vessel developers is proposing a new way to move people through the unique urban-aquatic environment of Amsterdam. The Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions has teamed with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to push the limits of

Why cities aren’t preparing for autonomous vehicles

by Rayla Bellis A study evaluating municipal planning for autonomous vehicles found that an overwhelming majority of cities have done little to prepare for their arrival. At the same time, many of those cities have concerns about the negative impacts AVs could bring along with the substantial

AVs: Some intersections may get more dangerous before they get safer

By Michael Brenneis Many imagine a future with fleets of autonomous vehicles seamlessly traversing road networks, wirelessly connected, perfectly aware of their surroundings and other vehicles, expertly avoiding conflicts. But what happens during the transition from manually-driven to

The hype cycle of autonomous vehicles

By Rayla Bellis Several recent articles have addressed a significant shift in public perception toward autonomous vehicles over the course of 2018. In late 2017, industry leaders like Waymo, Uber, and Tesla were testing fully driverless cars and preparing for commercial launches of driverless

Tolling strategies may mitigate the impact of AVs on VMT and congestion

By Michael Brenneis The anticipated shift to autonomous vehicles raises several concerns, among them are whether AVs will increase total vehicle miles traveled, exacerbate congestion, or replace the use of transit and active modes. A new study focused on Austin, TX, models the effects that two

Connected cars and data sharing to improve road safety?

By Saumya Jain Wide scale advancements in technology and data sharing has brought about a change in the decision-making process of many sectors. The healthcare, finance, and entertainment industries all depend on a steady feed of information in order to make business decisions. But data sharing

Will advances in autonomous technology degrade job quality in the trucking industry?

By Michael Brenneis While advances in autonomous technology may net additional jobs in the trucking sector, without thoughtful public policy and a commitment to equitable private practices, they may end up being some of the worst the industry has to offer, and come at the expense of jobs at the