PHIA News Digest – Vol. 104

December 12, 2016

PDSITELOGO2Carnegie Mellon Awarded $14 Million from U.S. DOT for Mobility Research Center

Carnegie Mellon University will receive $14 million over the next five years from the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) to establish a new National University Transportation Center (UTC).

The UTC, which will be named Mobility21, will focus on safely and efficiently improving the mobility of people and goods in the 21st century by investigating and deploying novel technologies, incentives, policies, and training programs.

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to Crack Down on Toll Violators

A new state law will enact harsher penalties on drivers who fail to pay Pennsylvania turnpike violations.

Starting next year, the transportation department can suspend the vehicle registrations of scofflaws with six or more violations, the Associated Press reports. The law is an attempt by the department to collect some of the millions of dollars it’s owed in unpaid tolls.

Regulations for testing driverless vehicles are being floated in Pennsylvania

The testing of driverless vehicles will soon have some guidelines in Pennsylvania as engineers continue developing autonomous vehicle technology.

The Autonomous Vehicles Testing Policy Task Force has delivered recommendations to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation as it develops testing policies for driverless vehicles. The goal of the task force is to create a framework for testing driverless vehicles in Pennsylvania that balances public safety with innovation.

Smart Cars And Traffic Control And Assistive Technology, Oh My! DOT Taps CMU For 21st Century Tech

The U.S. Department of Transportation dollars will be rolled out over five years to establish Mobility21, which will focus on efficiently improving the mobility of people and goods in the 21st century. That work could include smart city technologies, connected and autonomous cars, improved access to disadvantaged neighborhoods, multi-modal transportation, traffic monitoring control systems and assistive technology for people with disabilities.

Uber wants Pennsylvania to delay rules for driverless cars

Ride-sharing company Uber wants the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to delay policy recommendations that govern the testing of driverless cars.

Uber, which has been testing the driverless cars in Pittsburgh for weeks, wants PennDOT to wait for legislation to be passed before it attempts to regulate such testing, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.

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