A community built for cars of the future

By Katie Burke : autonews – excerpt

Bosch teams up with developer on San Francisco connected neighborhood

SAN FRANCISCO — In the tech industry’s backyard, the neighborhood of the future is growing without the local industry.

Real estate developer FivePoint is working with German supplier Robert Bosch to build a residential and commercial neighborhood that has connected infrastructure for autonomous and electric vehicles on land formerly occupied by the San Francisco Shipyard naval base and Candlestick Park stadium.

FivePoint said it chose Bosch after local tech companies would not agree to a mutually beneficial partnership…

As part of the joint venture, Bosch supplies technology, including connected parking sensors and home appliances. It also acts as a go-between, gathering specifications from its affiliates developing products for the project to make sure the infrastructure is built with their needs in mind…

The companies plan to run an autonomous shuttle from the edge of the neighborhood inward, and eventually operate a self-driving vehicle on a bridge between the shipyard and Candlestick areas, which are separated by a small waterway… (more)

 

California’s Bay Area Prepares for a Driverless Future

by Erin Baldassari : mercurynews – excerpt

Six cities in the region are getting $5 million to fund pilot programs aimed at integrating autonomous vehicles and solving general traffic congestion problems.

(TNS) —  SAN FRANCISCO — Within two to three years, bicyclists in Emeryville and Los Gatos will be able to download an app to get more green lights at intersections. Patients at the Veterans Administration Palo Alto Medical Center will be hopping on an autonomous shuttle for appointments. And, within a few more years, BART riders in Dublin will have a driverless vehicle picking them up and dropping them off at the station.

It’s all part of an effort to prepare the Bay Area for a future with self-driving cars, said Robert Rich, a planner at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the region’s transportation planning agency. When that future comes, cars will be expected to communicate not just with each other, but also with traffic signals and other infrastructure, he said… (more)

Companies Will Likely Have First Dibs on Fully Autonomous Vehicles

by JC Reind : govtech– excerpt

Top automakers say the first generation of the technology will be used for commercial purposes, not by the general public.

(TNS) — LAS VEGAS – Auto companies at this week’s CES tech convention affirmed plans to have their first true self-driving cars in production by 2021 — or in some cases earlier.

But don’t expect to see these vehicles on any dealership lots.

This first generation of autonomous vehicles will, in most cases, not be offered for sale or lease to the general public, but instead would be reserved for commercial use by ride-hailing fleets and delivery services… (more)