10/03/2017

 

 



  UC San Diego to test driverless vehicles on campus

From The Guardian - U of CA:

UC San Diego will be conducting a study of self-driving cars on campus coming this January. The study will be led by the Contextual Robotics Institute and will consist of testing self-driving cars to deliver mail around campus. The institute hopes to overcome the issue of students coming to the center of campus to pick up their mail.

Henrik Christensen, the founding director of the Contextual Robotics Institute, leads the research for the self-driving cars on the UCSD campus and aims to start the study with the delivery of mail to perfect the timing of the system.

UC San Diego will be conducting a study of self-driving cars on campus coming this January. The study will be led by the Contextual Robotics Institute and will consist of testing self-driving cars to deliver mail around campus. The institute hopes to overcome the issue of students coming to the center of campus to pick up their mail.

"The reason why we started with mail delivery rather than doing person delivery is that if mail is 10 minutes late, it is all OK. If people are 10 minutes late for class, it is not OK," Christensen said in a statement to the UCSD Guardian. "We are starting out where disruption in the system of 15 minutes is OK and, as we make this very robust, then we will slowly upgrade it."

The self-driving cars will do more than just deliver mail. The cars may also act as a resource to facilities management.

"These cars will actually be able to determine what is the quality of the road. I can deliver a map to facilities saying here are all the potholes on campus," Christensen said. Christensen hopes to upgrade to a transportation system after the mail delivery system has been smoothed out. The self-driving cars at UCSD will be almost like a personal Lyft or Uber service for students.

Mohan Trivedi, a professor of electrical & computer engineering at UCSD, has also been working on the research for self-driving cars on the UCSD campus. Speaking on behalf of Trivedi, Doug Ramsey, the Director of Communications for the Jacobs School of Engineering  who has worked closely with Trivedi on this study, told the Guardian that Trivedi believes that UCSD is the perfect place to conduct a study like this because it is a "microcosm of a city, and it is a good idea if you are going to start doing such testing to do it in a confined area," but it is still important to approach this study "very carefully and very slowly."

According to Albert Pisano, the Dean of Engineering at UCSD, it is important...  READ MORE >

 

  Martinez nominated to lead FMCSA

Raymond P. Martinez has been nominated by the President to serve as Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Raymond P. Martinez has been nominated by the President to serve as Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

In his new role, Martinez will lead a 1,000-person federal agency responsible for preventing commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities, injuries, and ensuring safety in motor carrier operations.

Martinez is currently the chairman and chief administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission and a member of the New Jersey State Planning Commission. He manages a state agency with over $1 billion in annual revenue and an operating budget of approximately $330 million.

The agency is charged with the licensing of nearly six million drivers and the titling, registration, and inspection of over six million vehicles.

He previously served as the New York State Commissioner of motor vehicles and chairman of the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee as well as deputy chief of staff and special counsel to the New York State Attorney General. Martinez has twice served on the board of directors of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators.   READ MORE >

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  NAPT Launches New Survey on School Bus Driver Shortage

From School Bus Fleet:

The National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) is conducting another survey to gauge the severity of school bus driver shortage.

The association is asking transportation directors and others responsible for school transportation personnel issues to fill out the new survey here. Those who complete the questionnaire on or before Tuesday, Oct. 10, will be entered to win one of 10 $50 Amazon gift cards.

Last year, NAPT and School Bus Fleet conducted a survey that found, among other results, that the school bus driver shortage was either severe or desperate for more than one-third (37%) of respondents.

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The association is asking transportation directors and others responsible for school transportation personnel issues to fill out the new survey here. Those who complete the questionnaire on or before Tuesday, Oct. 10, will be entered to win one of 10 $50 Amazon gift cards.

 


 

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