Designing Self-Driving Cars for the Elderly (12-26-18)

The motoring world is set to witness a significant shift in the months and years to come, as autonomous vehicles begin to be used on public roads. Google has already revealed that it is trialing its automated technology in real-world situations, for instance, while both Lexus and Mercedes have confirmed that they are among the big-name vehicle manufacturers to be working on autonomous car technology. Across the Atlantic in the UK, Tesla has been putting its driverless Autopilot system through the paces too. There are also rumors that BMW and Apple are collaborating to create a vehicle which may well be automated.

A lot is going on when it comes to the topic of self-driving vehicles then. However, a lot of people are still skeptical about the technology. In fact, a survey by AAA suggested that around 75 percent of the public are currently fearful about riding in a self-driving car.

Various groups seen in our society could benefit from being able to use autonomous vehicles though, including senior citizens. This is especially apparent when considering the Surface Transportation Policy Project titled ‘Aging Americans: Stranded Without Options.’ This study revealed that 20 percent of Americans over 65 do not drive at all. Bearing all of this in mind, stairlift manufacturer Acorn Stairlifts has investigated exactly how self-driving cars have the capability to assist elderly people.

Read Full Story Here (via ECN)

Lyft’s Pilot Program In DC Will Offer Families Living In Food Deserts $2.50 Rides To Grocery Stores (12-21-18)

MarketWatch.com has posted an inspirational story about Lyft rideshare company offering discounted $2.50 rides to families living in communities that are considered food deserts. A food desert is a neighborhood that has little or no access to fresh and healthy foods. Therefore the residents are more prone to eating fast food, chips, soda, etc. This is one of the reasons that there is a growing obesity rate/poor health epidemic in the US.

Lyft’s new Grocery Access Program is set to launch in DC, where it has partnered with a non-profit by the name of Martha’s Table.

Read Full Story Here (via Buffalo Rising)

Uber Approved To Resume Autonomous Car Tests In Pittsburgh (12-18-18)

This March 17, 2017, photo shows an Uber self-driving Volvo in Pittsburgh. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has approved Uber’s request to resume testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads in the Pittsburgh area. The approval, effective Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, and lasting for one year, comes about nine months after one of Uber’s autonomous test vehicles hit and killed an Arizona pedestrian. Testing was suspended after March 18 crash in Tempe, Arizona. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has approved Uber’s request to resume testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads in the Pittsburgh area.

The approval, effective Monday and lasting for one year, comes about nine months after one of Uber’s autonomous test vehicles hit and killed an Arizona pedestrian. Testing was suspended after March 18 crash in Tempe, Arizona.

Uber can test throughout Allegheny County, where Pittsburgh is located. Its vehicles must have at least one human backup driver and two if the company plans to go over 25 miles per hour (40 kph), department spokeswoman Erin Waters-Trasatt said.

Seven Things To Know About Our Last Smart Cities Collaborative Meeting Of 2018 (12-12-18)

Last week in Atlanta, Georgia we wrapped up our second cohort of the Smart Cities Collaborative with the fourth meeting of 2018. Once again, staff representing cities, counties, transit agencies and other public sector agencies from 23 cities gathered together to share their experiences and learn how others are using technology and new mobility to become better places to live.

Here are seven things we learned or heard last week:

Read Full Story Here (via Transportation for America)