The ITS Blog

August 20, 2018
Kara Macek
Governors Highway Safety Association

Autonomous vehicles promise to bring many mobility benefits and reduce traffic crashes enormously. However, there will continue to be crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving AVs, especially for the many years ahead when AVs share the road with vehicles driven by humans ...

August 15, 2018
Greg Brannon

As automakers and tech companies continue to race toward an autonomous future, many consumers are still grappling with the idea of giving up full control of their vehicle. In newer cars, many drivers are already using automated technology in the form of adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and lane keeping systems. While AAA's research has shown that experience with these systems can lead to increased levels of trust, that confidence can be easily shaken when systems fail to work as expected, particularly when crashes result in fatalities ...

August 08, 2018
Soraya Kim
American Center for Mobility

Despite concerns that a rise in automated vehicles (AVs) will displace significant numbers of truck drivers in the United States, only a modest number of truck driver jobs, if any, will be affected, according to a new report commissioned by the American Center for Mobility ...

July 31, 2018
Pete Goldin

Strategy Analytics has surveyed vehicle owners in the US, Western Europe, and China regarding their interest in automated parking and driving features. After several years of uniform increases and decreases, Strategy Analytics has found that interest in these varied features is now beginning to fracture ...

July 12, 2018
Pete Goldin

The Travelers Institute, the public policy division of The Travelers Companies released a white paper, “Insuring Autonomy: How auto insurance can adapt to changing risks,” presenting Travelers’ assessment of the existing auto insurance structure, both personal and commercial, in the context of resolving claims and providing fair compensation to accident victims as vehicles become more autonomous ...

May 07, 2018
Walter Brenner and Andreas Herrmann
University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Many reports implicitly assume that in the foreseeable future there will be vehicles that can drive completely independently, that can be ordered with an app and that can drive on their own in any traffic conditions. We have explored in depth what might be regarded more as "wishful thinking" than a realistic prospect ...

April 27, 2018
Walter Brenner and Andreas Herrmann
University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

If you discuss autonomous vehicles in today's professional or business environment, the following questions come up quickly: "When will we have autonomous vehicles?" and "Where will they be used first?" We can well imagine that autonomous vehicles will be first used as "robotaxis" ...

April 23, 2018
Deborah Hersman
National Safety Council

Road to Zero Coalition released a comprehensive report laying out strategies for ending roadway deaths in the United States by 2050. It is the first time in the nation’s history that so many organizations have collaborated to put forth a comprehensive plan to address motor vehicle fatalities. The Coalition, in a report written by the RAND Corporation, identified three main initiatives to reduce roadway fatalities ...

April 03, 2018
Paul Satchfield
Florida's Turnpike Enterprise

Recently approved legislation and ambitious projects developed by Florida's transportation agencies, in collaboration with a variety of stakeholders and partners, are creating a wide set of options for testing autonomous and connected vehicles in the Sunshine State. To meet the need for testing in a controlled environment, Florida's Turnpike Enterprise and its partners are creating a test facility, SunTrax ...

March 28, 2018
Pete Goldin

In 2017, New York City experienced its safest year on record with the fourth straight year of fatality declines, according to NYC's Vision Zero Year Four Report. Since 2014, the city’s traffic fatalities have declined 28 percent with a 45 percent decline in pedestrian fatalities — bucking national fatality trends, which have increased 15 percent over the same period ...