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FutureStructure

Coverage of efforts to develop smart, connected and integrated infrastructure that makes more efficient use of resources and improves citizen quality of life. This includes topics like connected infrastructure and self-driving cars, as well as the policies that surround them.

A bill touted to help companies that are developing self-driving cars test the vehicles in Pennsylvania without an emergency driver available could be facing serious opposition, in part from the city.
Roughly half the funding from the federal infrastructure package will be dispersed through the U.S. Department of Transportation, handing the agency a once-in-a-generation opportunity to rethink the U.S. transportation system.
As momentum builds for this newer form of mobility, cities, counties and states will face increasing pressure to craft policies for flying taxis. A pilot involved in the effort maps out the challenges to come.
Waymo and J.B. Hunt have formed an alliance to integrate autonomous trucks with the commercial company’s logistics platform. The companies will conduct multiple pilots to move freight along I-45 for J.B. Hunt’s clients using Waymo software.
Three pilot projects using small electric shuttles in Austin, Texas, neighborhoods demonstrated various uses for the vehicles, which can provide last-mile service to transit as well as make transportation more equitable.
In a partnership with Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana, Michigan will create an electric vehicle circuit around Lake Michigan. The roughly $4 million project aims to help ease EV owners’ “range anxiety.”
With a new bill to allow testing of self-driving vehicles without a human driver to take over in an emergency, Pennsylvania took an important step last week to bolster the development of the industry there.
How automated garages work: you drive up, you or a worker push a few buttons into a keypad or smartphone app, and mechanical arms and other devices take your car to a spot within the garage.
Los Angeles and Rancho Cucamonga will get the first electric fire trucks in North America, with L.A. intending to put one in Hollywood this year, and Rancho aiming to base one in a new fire station in late 2023.
Pennsylvania legislators introduced bipartisan legislation yesterday that would allow an autonomous vehicle to be tested without a human behind the wheel. Officials believe the law could attract companies to the state.