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
July 7, 2017 – Some of the reforms in the FASTLANE/INFRA grant program announced last week are are in the right direction, but unfortunately the revised program falls short of the reforms needed to ensure the program truly works for freight and gets the most out of limited federal dollars.
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.
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.
February 24, 2017 – Recent observations of how humans act behind the wheel of Level 2 autonomous vehicles, such as Tesla’s Autopilot feature, indicate that it is easy to lose focus.
February 17, 2017 – On February 15, Eno released a white paper that outlines how to best shape future federal discretionary grant programs. The paper uses the FASTLANE grant program, created in 2015 as part of the FAST Act, as a case study and suggests how Congress and the Administration can improve upon federal discretionary grants when creating new discretionary grant programs or upgrading the existing one.
While it is fun and sometimes productive to imagine potential scenarios, speculation about an unknown future dominate the conversations, and are crowding out discussion of some of the valuable things that these technologies can accomplish in the short term.
For years freight transportation shippers, carriers, and other interests have called for a federal discretionary grant program that can competitively allocate funding to major freight infrastructure projects that have national benefits.
March 17, 2016 – USDOT announced seven finalists for a “Smart Cities” challenge. The winner will get up to $40 million in Federal funds and another $10 million from Vulcan Inc., founded by Paul Allen, to one mid-sized U.S.
March 17, 2016 – A Senate hearing this week asked what Congress and the Federal government should do about self-driving capabilities. The hearing brought together some of the top technology companies in the industry to talk about where driverless technology is headed and how the Federal government can play role.
Technology has been rapidly changing society, the economy, and the way people live, work, and interact with each other. Driven in part by smartphones, a substantial increase in inexpensive computing power, and “the Internet of things,” technologies are fundamentally changing access to information and services.
The transportation world is changing rapidly, and it is in all of our interests to fully understand this change and respond with sensible policies that can be use to shape transportation for the decades to come.
After much anticipation, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has released the draft National Freight Strategic Plan (NFSP) for public comment and review.
Despite being a world leader in logistics, the United States currently lacks a comprehensive national freight policy.
Today, ubiquitous wireless network availability, an ever-growing array of mobile applications, Big Data, and societal/demographic changes have created an environment in which information systems, shared vehicles, and on-demand services play an increasing role in metropolitan transportation
Over the past decade, Houston has invested a significant amount of resources in public transit.
The United States currently lacks a comprehensive national freight policy. Over the past several years, there has been extensive discussion regarding the need to develop a national program of investment in freight and goods movement. Numerous organizations have weighed in on the need for a multimodal federal program for freight investments.
In December 2014, Eno released a detailed research report about the current and future prospects of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF).