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Ford CEO makes key announcements focusing on mobility services

Ford Motor Company CEO, Mark Fields, used his keynote speech at this week’s (ends 26 February) Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, to make some key announcements about his company’s continued evolution from being purely an auto manufacturer to becoming an all-round mobility provider. In these highlights from his speech he announces the expansion of Ford’s carsharing service GoDrive, the launch of GoPark – a predictive parking service – and the launch of FordPass, a new mobility brand and rewards scheme available to any road user. He also promises that Ford autonomous technologies will continue to be mass market, and not reserved purely for luxury models. To read our full report click here.

February 2016


 

 

French government to install solar panels in roads

The French government has announced its intention of paving 624 miles (1,000km) of road with solar panels, which can provide uninterrupted power for all roadside infrastructure, with energy to spare. The procedure will involve affixing Colas Wattway cells, shown in this video – which are able to absorb solar energy while withstanding the weight of vehicles – to the surface of the road. According to Ségolène Royal, France’s minister of ecology and energy, 0.6 miles (1km) of the 7mm-thick photovoltaic panels, will be able to power the homes of 5,000 people (excluding heating). "The maximum effect of the program, if successful, could be to furnish five million people with electricity, or about 8% of the French population," says Royal. The Colas system is a rival to Solar Roadways, which are being developed in the USA by Scott Brusaw, who was interviewed in Traffic Technology International in 2014, to read that interview
click here.

February 2016


 

 

AASHTO president calls for state DOTs to take more risks

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has just released this video containing edited highlights of an address its president Paul Trombino gave last month, to the Transportation Research Board's (TRB's) Annual Meeting in Washington. In his remarks, which opened a round table discussion on bringing more innovation into state DOTs, the director of Iowa DOT called for strong leadership, creativity and risk taking. He also detailed some of the innovative new solutions his organization has developed to different transportation challenges.

February 2016


 

 

USDOT celebrates its 50th anniversary

As the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) celebrates 50 years since it was founded, transportation secretaries from the last five decades gather together to deliver messages of congratulations, and give their views on the importance of the work done by the department.

February 2016


 

 

ITS World Congress review

ERTICO – ITS Europe has just released this video rounding up some of the highlights of last year's World Congress in Bordeaux. Packed with familiar faces, it serves as a fantastic reminder of all that was achieved there, and how much there is to look forward to as planning begins for this year's key events: the ITS European Congress in Glasgow, ITS America 2016 San Jose and of course the World Congress in Melbourne. For more details of these and other upcoming events visit our events page: click here.

February 2016


 

 

How Move_UK will help autonomous cars to drive like humans

As the Move_UK gets underway in London, some of the main contributors to the research describe how the project will provide data that will enable autonomous vehicles to drive in a 'human like' fashion, thereby increasing confidence in these systems. For our full report on the launch of Move_UK click here.

February 2016


 

 

Lapland's ITS testing 'ecosystem' open for business

Finnish Lapland is positioning itself as the world's test 'lab' for new transportation technologies. Everything from weather warning systems to autonomous vehicles and Mobility as a Service will be tested, both on dedicated tracks and on public roads, as part of the new Aurora Snowbox project. This video gives a brief overview of the facilities available, for our full report just click here.

February 2016


 

 

OPINION: Fighting for the right to be ruled by machines

Bitcoin developer Mike Hearn has a unique vision of the future of self-driving cars, in which he sees them using virtual currency and basic artificial intelligence to become fully autonomous 'robot businesses'. Here, at a talk given at The Conference in Sweden, he describes how this might come about due to a desire to make transportation services completely independent of political control and sanctions. For more from Hearn don't miss The Big Debate in the latest issue of Traffic Technology International magazine, just click here.

February 2016


 

 

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