New DC Signs Banning Right Turns On Red To Go Up Starting Feb. 19 (2-11-19)

WASHINGTON — “No right turn on red” signs will start going up in dozens of new D.C. locations starting Feb. 19, as long as weather permits.

The District Department of Transportation is banning right turns on red at about 100 new intersections throughout the city, and the signs will be installed over the next six months by the end of July.

The effort supports Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Vision Zero Initiative that was launched in 2016, aimed at eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries in the nation’s capital by 2024.

“We have taken a number of approaches to make intersections across the District safer, and banning right turns on red in over 100 intersections is one of those approaches,” DDOT Director Jeff Marootian told WTOP.

Could AI-Powered Traffic Cameras Finally Stop Distracted Driving? (2-3-19)

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The other evening as I worked in a coffee shop on a busy intersection at rush hour in Washington, DC, I was struck by the sheer magnitude of the number of drivers passing by that were looking down at their phones. Over the hour I watched, at least half of the drivers who were stopped at the red light looked down at their phone screens at least once, hurriedly scrolling and typing away, entirely oblivious to the fact that the light had turned green until they received a helpful honk from the car behind. When the light was green at least a quarter of those passing through were glancing down at their phones or fixated on some knob or dial on their console, glancing up only sporadically to see if the car ahead was braking. While driverless cars may eventually free us to spend our commutes entirely on our phones, in the meantime, could AI-powered traffic cameras finally rid of the dangers of distracted drivers?

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Ford’s Self-Driving Cars Are Really Good, But Are They Good Enough To Win? (11-15-18)

It was a humid, overcast day in Miami, and I needed to get from the city’s crowded downtown to the trendy, mural-splashed neighborhood of Wynwood. I pulled out my phone, tapped an app, and hailed a self-driving car. A few minutes later, a Ford Fusion crowned with cameras and high-powered sensors crawled up to the curb. The street sign above me read “No Parking: Autonomous Vehicles Only.” Good thing: I got in, buckled up, and away we went.

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EV Sharing Program Comes To Fruition In Sacramento (11-5-18)

Envoy Technologies, a provider of shared, on-demand, community-based electric vehicles (EVs), has announced the first wave of live sites and vehicle deployments in Sacramento, Calif., under the Electrify America Green City initiative.

Envoy and Electrify America recently joined Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg at an event to unveil the EVs and outline the vision for future development. Electrify America is a Volkswagen subsidiary created to help fulfill funding requirements under the automaker’s Dieselgate settlement.

Under the Sac-to-Zero initiative, more than 20 Volkswagen e-Golf vehicles are now available across Sacramento at over 10 multifamily properties, each with an accompanying Level 2 charging station. The majority of these sites are in disadvantaged communities. Drivers can use the “Envoy There” mobile app to use vehicles for a myriad of uses.

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Uber-ing With A Child: Site Details Various Seat Laws Around DC, Nation (11-1-18)

The advent of ride-booking services like Lyft and Uber has raised questions about how parents can get around with their little ones safely and legally. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/MementoImage)

WASHINGTON — The advent of ride-booking (or “ride-sharing”) services, such as Lyft and Uber, has revolutionized how people earn money and, of course, how they get from point A to point B.

The answers, unfortunately, are not abundantly clear: Child-restraint guidelines vary nationwide.

“It can be a challenge to figure out what the rules are for transporting kids in a ride-share vehicle, as the laws vary from state to state,” said Justin Owens, a research scientist at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute’s Center for Vulnerable Road User Safety.

“Where the confusion comes in is that in most of those states, it is unclear whether those laws also include ride-share vehicles — if ride shares are counted as taxis or not.”

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