Airports are increasingly turning to cutting-edge technologies to meet their daily operational needs. These initiatives serve as real-world tests and economic drivers in the communities the airports serve.
Technology and transportation experts weighed in on the autonomous, drone and electrification technologies potentially needed to power the package deliveries of the near and distant future.
After their success in other locations, Waymo has announced their plan to bring their robotaxi service to Los Angeles. The company has been mapping the roads since 2019 but does not know when the service will be available.
Earlier this week, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced that it had begun a three-day demonstration period to test the use of electric autonomous vehicle shuttles at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The rural northern community of Grand Rapids is now being served by Minnesota’s Autonomous Rural Transit Initiative, an 18-month pilot program to explore the use of self-driving on-demand microtransit.
The CEO of Zoox, Amazon.com Inc.’s self-driving unit, says that the company’s technology could be on city streets “sooner than people expect” during the Bloomberg Technology Summit in London this week.
A study by Carnegie Mellon University found that if at least 20 percent of cars are autonomous vehicles, traffic systems may start to see the operational improvements these vehicles are expected to bring.
The Urban Institute’s new report around autonomous vehicles advises they have the potential to greatly improve the transportation systems in the United States, with the proposed set of regulatory controls and incentives.
The autonomous transportation projects being lead by the Minnesota Department of Transportation are testing not the technology, but the use cases these new forms of mobility can serve.
Tesla, under federal investigation and facing a California DMV complaint over driver-assistance technology, is accused of deceiving buyers and the public with claims about its "Autopilot" and "self-driving" systems.