Eno Transportation Weekly

Articles by Greg Rogers
Autonomous Vehicles, House Energy & Commerce Committee, NHTSA
House Panel Examines NHTSA’s Automated Vehicle Initiatives

February 15, 2018 A lot can happen in a year. Last Valentine’s Day, House Energy & Commerce’s Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection (DCCP) Subcommittee convened a hearing with industry experts to discuss the regulatory challenges for aut… Sorry – you don’t have access to this item.

Autonomous Vehicles, NHTSA, USDOT
USDOT Accelerates Work on Automated Vehicles 3.0

February 15, 2018 – USDOT is moving forward with the next iteration of its federal policy document on automated vehicles (AVs), titled Automated Vehicles 3.0, with a flurry of requests for comment and two public meetings.

Autonomous Vehicles, NHTSA
Understanding NHTSA’s Voluntary Approach to Automated Vehicles

February 2, 2018 – Autonomous vehicles present an entirely new challenge for automotive regulations, which are typically prescriptive in nature. AV developers must incorporate a wide variety of sensors, computer systems, software, and communications technologies in their vehicles – and each of them tend to take a vastly different approach to enhancing the safety of their systems. And it is still unclear what the best method of ensuring safety is, since AV technology is not yet mature.

Senate Commerce Committee, Transportation Security, TSA
Senate Commerce Discusses Emerging Threats to Surface Transportation

January 31, 2018 – As a response to the rise in international terrorist attacks involving multiple surface transportation modes, a Senate subcommittee held a hearing on January 23 to review transportation security initiatives at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and, in particular, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Autonomous Vehicles, Senate Commerce Committee
Senate Commerce Convenes Field Hearing at Washington Auto Show

January 26, 2018 – On January 24, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a field hearing at the Washington Auto Show to discuss emerging technologies in the automotive industry, with a particular focus on automated vehicles (AVs).

Autonomous Vehicles, Senate Commerce Committee
Senate Inches Toward Unanimous Consent on AV START

January 26, 2018 – The legislative logjam preventing the Senate’s autonomous vehicle policy legislation from going to the floor is lifting. Now just two “holds” remain: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

Highways, NHTSA, Safety, USDOT
USDOT Launches New Data Initiative to Predict (and Maybe Prevent) Fatal Crashes

January 19, 2018 – On January 8, Derek Kan, the Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy, announced a new USDOT safety data initiative intended to merge 21st century data sets with the data that the department has been collecting for generations. If successful, this will break down the silos between its data sets to understand the factors that lead to fatal crashes and, in the process, learn how to predict and mitigate risks ahead of time.

Autonomous Vehicles, USDOT
Chao Reflects on Challenges for AVs at Detroit Auto Show

January 19, 2018 – In contrast to the full-throated support of autonomous vehicles from some legislators and her colleagues, Transportation Secretary Chao presented a rather nuanced view of the technology during her keynote speech at the Detroit Auto Show on January 14.

Digital Cities, Shared-use mobility
Ahead of the Curb: The Case for Shared Use Mobility (SUM) Zones

January 18, 2017 – TNCs do not have a home on our streets, and freight vehicles do not have enough commercial loading zones and parking places to accommodate booming ecommerce. Enter Shared Use Mobility Zones (SUM Zones), a flexible curb management tool that can help cities reduce congestion, meet their mobility goals, adapt to emerging technologies, and even increase their revenue.

Freight, Highways, Rail, Senate EPW Committee
Senate Committee Examines Freight Movement Challenges

December 20, 2017 – On December 20, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing to review the state of freight movement in the United States across every mode and the need for further investments in infrastructure.

Congress Launches Push to Harmonize CAFE Standards

December 20, 2017 – Last week, the House Energy & Commerce Committee (E&C) launched its newest initiative in vehicle regulations with a December 12 hearing, titled “Update on the Corporate Average Fuel Economy Program (CAFE) and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Motor Vehicles.”

NTSB, Safety, Senate Commerce Committee
Senate Commerce Advances NTSB Reauthorization Bill

December 20, 2017 – At an executive session on December 13, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee approved a bill to reauthorize the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).