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Telsa previews Enhanced Autopilot technology in action

Electric-car manufacturer Tesla recently released this video of one of its Model X vehicles taking self-driving technology to the next level, a development that suggests traffic managers, regulators and lawmakers will have to continue playing catch-up with this emerging technology. Tesla vehicles on the road today can already use the company's Autopilot system, which allows semiautonomous driving features, such as automatic lane-keeping on major roads. This video proves that the technology is now capable of navigating more complex urban environments. Last Saturday (November 27) Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that rollout of the next stage of Autopilot will begin in "about three weeks, and it will get rolled out incrementally in monthly releases". Although it's unlikely that the level of autonomy in this video will be available to the public immediately, Musk's tweet combined with this video is leading to speculation that a Level 4 autonomous Tesla could be available by the end of 2017. Telsa has yet to confirm a specific timetable. When do you think it will be available? To vote in our exclusive poll just click here.

November 2016


 

 

New Jersey Turnpike Authority plans deployment of new traffic technology

In this extract from an interview with Bernie Wagenblast at Transportation Radio, Barry Pelletteri (pictured), CIO for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, reveals some of the new traffic technology that is being planned for deployment on the Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike, including the upgrading of digital signs, cameras and weather stations. He also discusses how traffic data can best be used to enhance working practices. Just click play for the extract. To hear the full interview click here.

November 2016


 

 

Diverging diamond interchange set to improve safety and traffic flow in Washington State

Washington State Department of Transportation will start the construction of the state’s first diverging diamond interchange (DDI) in early 2018. Cost effective DDI’s have been shown to smoothly move traffic through busy intersections and reduce congestion. They also lower the the number of potential conflict points from 26 to 14 and reduce collisions by 50%, ultimately improving safety for road users. These new road layouts are gaining in popularity, so traffic managers around the world need to be increasingly aware of how they work.

November 2016


 

 

Ford demonstrates new 'wrong way alert' technology

Traffic managers could soon have help dealing with one of the most dangerous incidents on any road, thanks to Ford's 'wrong way alert' technology, which is currently in research stages. The system uses a windscreen-mounted camera to identify 'no entry' and 'wrong way' traffic signs, and it then displays a warning to the driver before they become a risk to themselves and other road users. 'Wrong way alert' systems like Ford's have the potential to significantly improve road safety by reducing the number of incidents caused by wrong way drivers

November 2016


 

 

Oregon DOT abandons traffic signals at some intersections to improve safety

With intersections accounting for 25% of all traffic fatalities in the US, some state DOTs are looking to implement safer measures at major road junctions. Oregon DOT is improving safety for road users at high-risk intersections by implementing roundabouts, which are proven to increase the safety and efficiency of intersections, as well as the traffic flow. Unlike some busy signalized intersections, roundabouts can be used by all types of traffic, including freight vehicles and vulnerable road users (cyclists and pedestrians).

November 2016


 

 

Ford demonstrates V2V and V2I technology in Autodrive trial

Using two Mondeo hybrid models, car giant Ford is researching vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology that enables the vehicle to automatically stop when confronted with an obstacle such as another vehicle braking suddenly up ahead, and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technology that notifies the driver of the best speed to travel at if they want ‘ride the green wave’ at traffic signals. The research is part of Ford's UK Autodrive trial – the country’s largest connected car trial.

November 2016


 

 

CDOT aims to have 1.2m connected vehicles on its roads by 2025

As part of its RoadX initiative, Colorado DOT (CDOT) is investing in connected technologies to maximise the potential of the state's transportation data and infrastructure. With RoadX, CDOT could see road accidents reduced by 80%, the capacity of the state's highways quadrupled, and 1.2m connected vehicles on its roads by 2025. For RoadX, CDOT has partnered with Panasonic, who are installing smart transportation technology around the state as foundations for its connected future.

November 2016


 

 

How Minnesota DOT is using data to make local roads safer

Minnesota DOT is using the FHWA's new data-driven safety analysis techniques to make its local roads safer. With new software it is able to identify 'at risk' areas on its local road network that would previously have gone unnoticed. Then it can deploy relatively low-cost improvements that are proven to have dramatic effects on improving safety, thereby ultimately also saving money and keeping Minnesota's roads running more reliably.

November 2016


 

 

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