Autonomous vehicles

Inside the Waymo world of self-driving vehicles
Transportation
Jimmy Moore July 14, 2021
waymo car on the street

Waymo autonomous vehicles are ubiquitous on the streets of San Francisco as the technology is tested with an eye toward the future of transportation.

Feds release automated vehicles plan
Transportation
Mark Prado January 12, 2021

The U.S. Department of Transportation this week released its Automated Vehicles Comprehensive Plan.

Look ma, no hands! Self-driving cars part of state's future
Transportation
Mark Prado August 23, 2019
By Mark Prado
Self-driving car

A recent Cal Matters piece highlighted the future of self-driving cars in the state, and while the technology is promising, there are still hurdles.

NYT opinion piece: Bring back the stick shift for safety
Transportation
Mark Prado April 1, 2019
By Mark Prado
Stick shift

A recent New York Times opinion piece says technology can be the enemy of safety and it urges the return of the stick shift in automobiles.

Cities' scooter policies among the focuses of new transit group
Transportation
Mark Prado January 15, 2019
By Mark Prado
Scooter

A new transportation group that will look at technology-driven, new modes of transportation and how they fit into the urban landscape has launched.

What Will 2019 and Beyond Hold for Transportation?
Transportation
Mark Prado December 31, 2018
By Mark Prado
Self-driving car
Meetings

Preview of 6/8 MTC Standing Committee Meetings: Autonomous Vehicles, Primary Election Results, and Much More

By Julie Teglovic
The exterior entrance of the Bay Area Metro Center in San Francisco.

Update: Video recordings of these meetings are now available. 6/9 MTC Planning Committee: Video Recording 6/9 MTC Operations Committee: Video Recording 6/9 MTC Legislation Committee: Video Recording Three of MTC’s standing committees will meet starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 8, at the Bay Area Metro Center. Highlights include a preview of a new report on autonomous vehicles, proposed action on two pieces of housing-related state legislation, updates on this week’s state primary election, and federal legislation and funding updates. Read on for links to everything, and tune in live to the Read More

MTC and ABAG Release First-Ever Joint Annual Report to Congress
MTC-ABAG
Chirag Rabari March 20, 2018
By Chirag Rabari
Annual Report to Congress

MTC and ABAG have released their first-ever joint annual report to Congress for 2018, urging lawmakers in Washington D.C. to honor long-standing bipartisan commitments to transportation, housing and disaster relief. The report, Accelerating Progress: Strong Partnerships Move the Bay Area Forward: Provides an overview of the Bay Area’s policy and funding priorities, including priorities for a national infrastructure and a response to the Trump Administration’s budget proposal Discusses the region’s major capital investment grant requests, including Caltrain modernization and the Bay Area’s next

Self-Driving Trucks and the Demand for Truckers
Transportation
Chirag Rabari February 5, 2018
By Chirag Rabari
Cordelia Truck Weigh Station

Whenever self-driving vehicles come up, the question of long-term employment effects is never far behind: What happens to the millions of people who drive for a living? Although this jumps over a lot of feasibility issues in terms of how likely autonomous and connected vehicles really are, it’s a crucial consideration. The impacts on industries and people’s livelihoods will have all kinds of implications, whether economic, political, regulatory, social or technical – and these will all have feedback effects in determining whether, when and how the driverless utopia happens. Over at The

Beyond the Headlines: Reading Recommendations from the MTC-ABAG Library, with a Spotlight on Housing
MTC-ABAG
Julie Teglovic February 1, 2018
By Library
Hands hold a tablet with text on it; a large book is below the tablet. A cup of coffee and a croissant are in the background.

Love our daily news headlines but craving some deeper knowledge? Settle in for some in-depth reading on the important issues affecting our region. This month we highlight some publications that contextualize and illuminate the regional housing crisis, including this thorough literature review from CASA and a handy summary of the significant housing bills passed in California in 2017. Other topics included in this month’s reading list include Regional Measure 3, local Bay Area transportation projects, transit ridership, automated vehicles, and climate change.