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Developer seeks voter approval for autonomous car facility | BenitoLink

developer seeks voter approval for autonomous car facility | benitolink

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On May 26, developer Newport Pacific Land Company LLC took the unusual step of filing an initiative in a bid to gain voter approval for an autonomous vehicle testing facility called the Strada Verde Innovation Park. A petition signature drive supporting the initiative will be launched and, if successful, the measure will appear on the November ballot.
The initiative was filed in counterpoint to another campaign, the Preserve Our Agricultural and Rural Lands Initiative, which would require voter approval for any zoning changes of agricultural or rural properties. Strada Verde (previously referred to as Strata Verde) is taking a similar approach by going straight to the public for approval. Should both initiatives appear on the November ballot and pass, the ordinance receiving the most votes would take precedence, in accordance with state law.
Strada Verde spokesman Scott Fuller, a developer and member of the San Benito County Business Council, said the project would still have to go through the normal steps of approval by the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors, as well as the requisite traffic and environmental studies. It first went before supervisors in March 2019.
The proposed autonomous vehicle facility would be located in north San Benito County between …

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Council Post: Pathways To Adoption For Autonomous Driving Infrastructure

council post: pathways to adoption for autonomous driving infrastructure

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It is commonly believed that level 5 autonomy is at least a decade away. But ADAS (advanced driver assist systems) with geofenced autonomous vehicles is on the horizon in the next two to three years. Hardware is advancing quickly, with the cost of LIDAR dropping and GPU capacity going up significantly over the last five years. Currently, the architecture of the autonomous vehicle is not converging, the public and private sector are working in a siloed manner, standards are not widely accepted, and infrastructure is well behind even present-day needs. All these things make it challenging for accelerated AV (autonomous vehicle) adoption.
During my management consulting days, I had the good fortune of working on a few strategies and operations in the autonomous driving arena, and I am summarizing some key findings from that life here.
Challenges With Autonomous Driving Adoption
There are several unsolved challenges to the mainstream adoption of AVs, ranging from sensing and identification to image processing and decision-making. Most of them are rooted in the evolution and integration of artificial intelligence with physical and technical infrastructure. Business models here have yet to evolve, stabilize and scale, so the mass adoption of ADAS will create more …

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Why Self-Driving Cars Might Make Traffic Worse

why self-driving cars might make traffic worse

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Self-driving cars have the potential to revolutionze the flow of people and goods. Car crashes could become much rarer, and trips made more efficient. For those who drive to work, daily commutes could become far more productive and fun.But for society, autonomous vehicles may come with significant downsides. As automotive players ranging from BMW to Uber look to develop self-driving cars and services, some studies have shown that they could make traffic jams worse.In one example, researchers in 2018 tried to mimic the way car owners would use self-driving cars by giving subjects in the San Francisco Bay area a free chauffeur-driven vehicle for a week. The results were hardly encouraging: The arrangement resulted in increases in vehicle-miles traveled and the number of trips, particularly in the evening hours. And a substantial portion of the trips were made on a ‘zero-occupancy’ basis, with no rider in the car.Lead author Mustapha Harb, of the University of California at Berkeley, told GTM that having a privately owned autonomous vehicle might not only encourage people to take the car for trips they would not have bothered with before, but could also lead to the rise of so-called ghost trips.“A bike …

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Comment: Fleet managers need to get to grips with autonomous vehicles

comment: fleet managers need to get to grips with autonomous vehicles

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Fleet managers need to get used to AVs as the new normal, says Michael Brooks legal director at Corclaim, as they represent not only the future of fleet but also employer responsibilities for driver safety and insurance.
Autonomous vehicles have big implications for fleet managers relating to employer responsibilities for driver safety and insurance
News this month that autonomous vehicles (AVs) will soon be able to send information about nearby hazards to other cars, as well as receive them, thanks to the advent of 5G technology, is just the latest in a continuous stream of developments underlining how self-drive cars are here to stay.
One of the biggest changes is summed up in the following question: when a car can drive itself, who is responsible when accidents do happen? In some instances it could be the manufacturer, for the way the car has been designed and put together – the classic product liability claim we have seen before. But today it could instead equally be the programmer, as modern cars are more akin to computers on wheels. And if an accident happens when the car is in self-drive mode, can it ever be the driver’s fault? Answer: yes if a …

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Nuro partners with CVS Pharmacy to deliver medicines using its autonomous vehicle

nuro partners with cvs pharmacy to deliver medicines using its autonomous vehicle

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JTA, FSCJ partner on education, autonomous vehicle testing

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Four autonomous vehicles are operating along a route in full autonomous mode without attendants or other people on board to transport COVID-19 tests from a drive-thru testing site to a processing laboratory on Mayo Clinic’s campus. (Courtesy: Mayo Clinic)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Transportation Authority and Florida State College at Jacksonville have agreed to expand JTA’s autonomous vehicle program with testing and educational initiatives on FSCJ campuses.JTA’s Board of Directors approved a memorandum of understanding last week with FSCJ that includes:The expansion of the Ultimate Urban Circulator (U2C) Test & Learn Program to FSCJ’s Commercial Driver’s License Test Track on the school’s Cecil Center CampusThe development of an autonomous vehicle deployment or “Agile Plan” on an FSCJ campusAnd the development of curriculum and educational initiatives relative to autonomous vehicles, and related technology“As we continue to develop our autonomous vehicle program, it is vital that higher education and the workforce of tomorrow is included in that conversation,” said JTA Chief Executive Officer Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. “Being able to access FSCJ’s test track and other facilities will also allow us to expand our testing program, as we push forward with the …

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