A new report from Germany takes the issue of AV ethics head on and provides clear guidelines for tough ethical situations. It also provides recommendations for how governments and private industry should approach them.
Eno Transportation Weekly
Data issues are the biggest challenge facing smart cities of today and tomorrow. By examining the USDOT Smart City Challenge Dataset, out of the 50 different challenges identified, the top two were data challenges.
Futuristic transportation modes would undoubtedly change the nature of transportation, but widespread implementation is not realistic. Too much attention on ultramodern technology in transportation distracts us from the mundane but crucial improvements that must be made to the existing system. It also leapfrogs over incredible advances in automated vehicles, a revolutionary technology that still needs time and attention before widespread operation on public roadways.
June 23, 2017 – Personal driverless cars, which require Level 5 (full) automation, could still be years, if not decades, away. Driverless shuttles, which get far less press coverage, deserve a closer look.
Eno’s latest report highlights the issues with the current U.S. aviation certification procedures and recommends key policy reforms.
The rise of urban freeways offers a number of lessons on how to manage new transportation technologies. AVs promise changes on a wide scale and, depending on how they are rolled out, could have positive or negative effects on communities and the environment.
June 1, 2017 – Since deregulation, consolidation through merger has been a dominant, though often misunderstood, strategy in the airline industry. The example of Republic Airlines is relevant.
June 1, 2017 – In the United States today, public transit is in crisis. From declining infrastructure in New York and San Francisco, to delays caused by needed repairs in Washington, to the loss of critical funding in Milwaukee, city after city is struggling with problems related to its bus and train systems.
May 11, 2017 – Maintaining America’s leadership in the development of automated vehicle technology is critical, and now is the time to develop a federal AV certification system.
An alternative to the conventional regulatory process, called negotiated rulemaking, has the potential to be a more viable and efficient rulemaking process that can speed up the development of new regulations for AVs.
Washington has not upgraded transport efficiency in decades, but permitting Twin 33s nationwide would be a great place to start.
Twin 33-foot trailers towed in tandem would not only further degrade our already- deteriorating infrastructure, but they also pose a direct threat to the safety of all road users.
While many many are already calling the Administration’s budget proposal “dead in the water” one item should not be dismissed: spinning off the nation’s air traffic control (ATC) system to an independent, nonprofit entity. Doing so would remove roughly $11 to $12 billion per year from the federal budget, and over 35,000 federal employees could be off the federal payroll.
In which a longtime author of NHTSA vehicle safety regulations explains the process by which federal regulations are developed.
It’s no accident that 34 of the world’s top 100 airports are either fully or partly privatized. If the Trump Administration is serious about attracting large-scale private capital to revamp and improve U.S. infrastructure, airport privatization is an ideal place to start.