General Motors is set to unveil Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving technology in its Cadillac CT6 in 2017. General Motors CEO Mary Barra said the technology will meet federal regulations and make driving safer.
Malaysia and Singapore are building a high-speed rail line to connect Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, with six stations planned between the cities. Work on the line, which will cover about 217 miles in 90 minutes and serve up to 1,000 passengers, will begin in 2018, and it is expected to be operational in 10 years.
Deutsche Post AG's DHL package division will begin testing delivery using smart cars in Germany. Through the test, Daimler AG's Smart model vehicle owners will be able to have parcels delivered to the trunks of their parked cars in Stuttgart, with plans to expand the service to seven cities.
Cybersecurity has become a major focus of General Motors and other automotive companies as they seek to prevent hackers from gaining control of connected and autonomous vehicles and other shared mobility options. "At GM we are taking significant action internally to deploy defensive measures in layers, monitoring detection and the ability to respond before we actually have a bad actor in our environment," says Jeff Massimilla, GM's global chief product cybersecurity officer.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk's latest update of the company's master plan continues its focus on electric cars and the development of self-driving features but also envisions building autonomous, battery-powered trucks and buses. "As the technology matures, all Tesla vehicles will have the hardware necessary to be fully self-driving with fail-operational capability, meaning that any given system could break down and your car will drive itself safety," Musk wrote.
The Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project was originally budgeted at $3.1 billion, but Washington state transportation officials say numerous delays have caused the project to go $223 million over budget. Much of the delay was caused by a 2013 malfunction of the tunnel-boring machine, and a lawmaker says increased toll rates might be needed to recoup the added costs.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation says it has scrapped plans to build a bridge over the Tennessee River, because residents were unwilling to pay tolls at the level necessary to fund the project. Officials also cited lower population projections in their decision.
The US Transportation Department has established the Build America Bureau to help address the country's aging infrastructure. The bureau wants to help facilitate private investment in infrastructure projects.
Speakers at a conference on autonomous vehicles discussed the challenges that arise in developing a self-driving vehicle, including the potential of electrical failure and differences in cultures. "We need to create vehicles that can drive in San Francisco and Tehran," said Maarten Sierhuis, who leads Nissan's Silicon Valley research center.
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