The City of Bryan will introduce two electric self-driving trolleys to Downtown Bryan this October in partnership with the Texas A&M College of Engineering, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), and Governor’s University Research Initiative (GURI). In contrast to other programs, the Downtown Bryan location provides a pedestrian rich environment […]
Even Self-Driving Cars Need Driver Education
By Johanna Zmud Texas A&M Transportation Institute What do self-driving cars and teenage drivers have in common? Experience. Or, more accurately, a lack of experience. Teenage drivers – novice drivers of any age, actually – begin with little knowledge of how to actually operate a car’s controls, and how to handle various quirks of the […]
Study Suggests Ride-Hailing Customers Will Help to Shape Self-driving Car Use Patterns
The latest research on consumer attitudes of automated travel suggests that frequent users of ride-hailing services are more likely to also use self-driving cars as they become more available, though many aren’t necessarily planning to own one. The findings are instructive for emerging industries, researchers say, because the size of the ride-hailing market in a […]
Roadway Deaths are Rising, and Self-driving Cars Don’t Yet Make a Difference
By Gregory Winfree and Robert Wunderlich Published in TribTalk, a publication of the Texas Tribune on April 3, 2018 Roadway crash deaths, after a brief but sharp drop several years ago, are rising again. Equally troubling is the likelihood that this trend may continue. And before we jump on the self-driving bandwagon, let’s remember that […]
Are Self-driving Cars the Future of Mobility for Disabled People?
Texas A&M University Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Srikanth Saripalli recently published an article in The Conversation newsletter titled “Are Self-driving Cars the Future of Mobility for Disabled People?” The article examines how self-driving cars could revolutionize how disabled people get around their communities and even travel far from home. Read the full article
Cyber Campers Hear from the Experts: Opportunities Abound in Self-Driving Vehicle Research
Despite the belief that fully autonomous cars and 18-wheelers will be commonplace by 2025, a researcher with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) told high school students attending a technology and engineering camp that concerns over liability and policy could delay the widespread implementation of self-driving vehicles. “I don’t think it will happen in my […]
First Texas A&M Self-driving Shuttle Recruits Volunteer Passengers
Come ride along and tell us what you think As part of the Campus Transportation Technology Initiative, the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI)—in partnership with Texas A&M Transportation Services and Texas A&M University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering—is testing a self-driving shuttle to improve campus mobility. TTI invites students, the local community and members of the […]
Study Suggests Austin Residents are Evenly Split on Using Self-driving Cars
How likely might Austin-area residents be to use a self-driving vehicle, which could be on Texas roadways within several years? In a recent TTI study sponsored by the Transportation Policy Research Center, 50 percent of those interviewed said yes to the idea, and 50 percent said no, each group offering a variety of reasons for […]
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