Published on : Thursday, November 9, 2017
During the summer of 2017, the mechanical engineering department of many companies of Texas conducted a study in which they tried to find if autonomous vehicles could help disabled individuals navigate campus.
The results of the study are still being finalized, but the timetable for self driving cars becoming the norm is still a long way off, according to Robert Brydia, Texas A&M Transportation Institute senior research scientist.
On October 4, 2017, the United States Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee unanimously approved legislation allowing the automatic car manufacturers to sell 80,000 self-driving cars per year within three years.
The American Planning Association led the events around autonomous vehicle engineering and safety. For instance, they led a symposium titled “Autonomous Vehicles: Planning for Impacts on Cities and Regions” in October of 2017. The question of how often Americans will use shared versus private AVs was a talking point at the symposium. They also discussed how autonomous vehicles may change driving patterns.
The San Francisco Municipal Agency plans to incorporate transit planning and payment structure using data for its mobile app.