Does Airport Privatization Have a Future in the U.S.?
President Trump included airports in the brief infrastructure portion of his Feb. 28th speech to Congress. He has often referred to U.S. airports as being of Third World character, which is certainly an exaggeration. Yet when Skytrax released its 2016 list of the World’s Top 100 Airports, only 13 U.S. airports were included. And you had to get all the way down to #28 before finding any U.S. airports on that list. Most failed to make the list at all.
VMT Hits Nominal High, Approaches All-Time Per Capita Mark
The Federal Highway Administration announced this week that in calendar year 2016, the total number of miles traveled by vehicles on all U.S. roads reached another all-time high of 3.218 trillion, above 2015’s 3.130 trillion, which itself was the highest since 2007’s 3.031 trillion. (The Great Recession and a variety of other factors caused an eight-year lag from 2008-2014 in the previously-inexorable increase in total VMT.)
Self-Driving Cars and Hot Potatoes Have Something in Common
When it comes to describing automated vehicles, the exact definition is actually a sliding scale. In 2014, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) created a classification of six levels and supporting definitions. This system, since adopted by federal regulators, serves as a guide to clarify the roles of human drivers and computer system in an increasingly automated world. But these classifications are posing problems about how to assign responsibility in the case of a crash.
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