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New York’s future is as a ‘smart city’

If you can imagine New York City in 25 years, what would it look like? Start by envisioning a super- connected and efficient metropolis. Your morning commute begins by walking to your curb where an underground waste disposal is hidden by manicured grass. Sensors trigger a notification that your bin is full and needs to be picked up. As you walk to the corner, a self-driving electric...

Siemens Unveils Simulation Tool for Testing of Autonomous Vehicles

Siemens AG last week rolled out a simulation tool that could help automakers reduce the vast number of physical test miles required for the validation of autonomous vehicles. Known as PAVE360, the new tool allows developers to design and test an autonomous vehicle System-on-Chip (SoC) and its surrounding electronic components in a completely virtual environment. The new product...

NHTSA and FMCSA open comment period for proposed rules

On May 22, 2019 the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued Advance Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on the removal of unnecessary regulatory barriers to the safe introduction of Automated Driving Systems (ADS) vehicles in the United States. NHTSA and FMCSA are seeking...

Post Office to test autonomous semi-trucks for hauling mail across state lines

The US Postal Service is testing its first long-haul self-driving delivery truck in a two-week pilot program that will use an autonomous tractor-trailer to deliver mail between distribution centers in Phoenix and Dallas. TuSimple, a self-driving truck company, is providing the vehicle and will have a safety engineer and driver in the cab to monitor its performance and take control if...

Nine major opportunities for electric buses and trucks

In 2016 The Greenlining Institute joined forces with The Union of Concerned Scientists to analyze the growing electric truck and bus industry, producing the report “Delivering Opportunity: How Electric Buses and Trucks Can Create Jobs and Improve Public Health in California.” While they focused on California, where electric buses and trucks are taking off rapidly, what they...

Lawmakers introduce bill to repeal Federal Excise Tax on new trucks

Two members of the US House of Representatives recently introduced legislation aimed at repealing the 12% federal excise tax on certain heavy-duty trucks, tractors and trailers. Reps. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.) and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) led a bipartisan effort on April 29 to unveil the Modern, Clean, and Safe Trucks Act of 2019, which would repeal the tax. The lawmakers emphasized in...

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