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Driverless Cars are Going to be More Than Just Cars

During my Monday morning commute, I’d love to take a driverless vehicle that includes a spinning class. On Friday evening, I’d love to take a four wheel drive driverless shared vehicle to Tahoe for skiing. And if I weren’t already … Continue reading

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Do Driverless Vehicle Companies Need Permission to Operate on Public Roadways?

Chris Urmson, the former Google executive who once led the company’s self-driving car project, said “one of the great things about American innovation” was that if the law “doesn’t say you can’t do it, then you can.” (source)  Google is … Continue reading

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Driverless Cars and Carpooling/Ridesharing

I would be remiss in not acknowledging the relationship between driverless cars and carpooling/ridesharing since a large portion of my current job is managing the Bay Area’s 511 Rideshare program. Carpooling is a small percentage of our overall commuting patterns … Continue reading

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Who is Developing Driverless Cars?

The most obvious answer to this question is Google, but they’re not alone.  In fact, just about every major auto maker has publicly announced when they plan to have driverless cars publicly available.  As shown here, the list is much … Continue reading

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When will driverless cars REALLY be here?

This is probably one of the top questions I get asked and it’s a tough one to answer.  I addressed this to some degree in an earlier post.  As shown in this Driverless Future blog post, just about every car … Continue reading

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To Share or Not to Share?

In recent months, there have been many news articles regarding the introduction of a new transportation mode: microtransit.  If there was a transportation mode spectrum between large, fixed route buses and single occupancy vehicles, microtransit would fall somewhere in-between. Mictrotransit … Continue reading

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What can the Government Learn from Uber and Lyft Regarding Driverless Cars?

Uber and Lyft, which are officially categorized as “transportation network companies,” or TnCs, started around 2009. At the time, their services were completely novel and, because of that, they were largely unregulated. That is, until 2013, when the California Public … Continue reading

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