Inside Unmanned Systems

FEB-MAR 2017

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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LETTER 37 unmanned systems inside February/March 2017 DOT PICKS 10 AUTOMATION TECH PROVING GROUNDS On January 19, The Department of Transportation announced its choices for 10 proving ground sites to support the testing of automated vehicle technology. Chosen from more than 60 applications, the 10 organizations are to share best practices and develop insights into the optimal use of big data, forming a "Community of Practice," then-Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx said. • City of Pittsburgh and the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute • Texas AV Proving Grounds Partnership • U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center • American Center for Mobility at Willow Run, Mich. • Contra Costa Transportation Authority & GoMentum Station • San Diego Association of Governments • Iowa City Area Development Group • University of Wisconsin-Madison • Central Florida Automated Vehicle Partners • North Carolina Turnpike Authority Source: The Department of Transportation COMMENTS SOUGHT ON V2V COMMUNICATIONS STANDARDS The National Highway Traffi c Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking feedback on a proposal to mandate vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications for new light vehicles and to standardize the message and format of V2V transmissions. Comments are due April 12. More information can be found at regulations.gov. The Docket number (Docket ID) is NHTSA-2016-0126. Source: regulations.gov the mayor of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Eric Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles, California. Garcetti, whose city is legendary for its traffic, is one of ACAT's two co-chairs. On the Front L ine Mayors will likely have a huge role in fueling— or hampering—the adoption of automation and driverless cars because urban areas, experts say, will be among the technology's earliest and big- gest adopters. "Autonomous vehicles' initial application will re- ally be in the cities," said Bill Ford, the executive chairman of Ford Motor Company, "because this is where you have huge congestion problems." It was these local politicians who Ford addressed at the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors just two days after the ACAT gathering. He was interviewed during a plenary session by Cornett, who is not only an ACAT member but also the head of the confer- ence—a position he has been using to educate his colleagues about the possibilities and potential pit- falls of driverless cars. "One of the topics I wanted to get deep into this year as your conference president is the introduction of autonomous vehicles," Cornett told the packed ballroom as he introduced Ford. Pros and Cons Ford described how autonomous technologies could change future cities, including making them more open because there'd be less need for parking. "You'll see drones going overhead," Ford said. '"Wearables—we will all be wearing things that will monitor how we're moving and where we're going to. Everything will be on one network, pedestrians, all forms of transport—all talking to each other. You'll have charging hot spots all over the place." If we get this right, he said cities will have better air quality and be much greener as well as safer for people and vehicles. And people will still be able to get around. "A clean traffic jam is still a traffic jam," he said. "We could clean everything up and still not be able to move. The goal is to do both."

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