Ohio’s first autonomous shuttle will start accepting passengers

December 12, 2018
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Passengers can ride Ohio’s first self-driving shuttle along the Scioto Mile starting Monday.

Smart Circuit will operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week at no charge to riders. Smart Columbus and DriveOhio, in partnership with Ohio State University, are leading the initiative. The shuttles are operated by May Mobility, a Michigan-based startup. The Ohio Department of Transportation’s DriveOhio is the state agency devoted to autonomous-vehicle research.

“Smart Circuit gives us an opportunity to learn more about self-driving technology in real time as we work to improve our city’s transportation ecosystem,” Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther said in a news release.

The shuttle, which reaches a maximum speed of 25 miles per hour, will make four stops along the 1.4-mile route along the Scioto Mile at COSI, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, Bicentennial Park and the Smart Columbus Experience Center.
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GHSA Visits CMU for AV Tour

December 11, 2018
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December 11, 2018

The Government Highway Safety Association visited Carnegie Mellon University to learn more about Mobility21’s policy, technology, people in autonomous vehicles. They spent time learning more about the AV’s here on campus and visiting the Navigation Lab where a lot of AV research is done.

Mobility21 Program Manager Attends PAIC Groundbreaking

December 6, 2018
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December 6, 2018

Mobility21 Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, joined Carnegie Mellon’s Chief of Staff and Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Daryl Weinhert at the Pittsburgh Airport Innovation Campus (PAIC) Groundbreaking. The PAIC will provide space at the airport for innovation testbeds for aviation and customer service technologies.    

Elsie Hillman Honors Scholar Presents Research at PennState

December 6, 2018
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December 6, 2018

Teresa Leatherow, an Elsie Hillman Honors Scholar working with Traffic21, presented her semester’s research on automation and long-haul trucking at the Pennsylvania State University Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference. Other topics that were presented on by students include dedicated bus lanes, network resilience, and parking demand models for urban areas. Conference attendees were able to participate in various breakout sessions on safety, operations, planning, design, and technology and had the opportunity hear from Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation Leslie Richards!

PlanetM awards more than $224,000 to three mobility startups to launch pilots in Michigan

December 6, 2018
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PlanetM awarded grants to HAAS Alert, Humanising Autonomy and RoadBotics to launch pilots that address real-world transportation challenges throughout Michigan as part of the PlanetM Startup Grant program. One of the first of its kind, the PlanetM Pilot Grants provide mobility startups funds to deploy and validate their technologies in Michigan…

An infrastructure technology company, RoadBotics specializes in using artificial intelligence (AI) to generate automated pavement condition data. RoadBotics will use the grant to implement its AI pavement inspection technology into Detroit’s roads to analyze the condition of the City’s 2,600-mile road network and build a robust data-driven pavement management strategy for the City of Detroit.
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Two CMU Students Selected as 2018 Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program Awardees

December 5, 2018
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December 5, 2018

Matt Battifarano and Rick Grahn, both PhD students in Carnegie Mellon University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department were selected as prestigious Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program awardees.

Matt Battifarano
Matt Battifarano

Before starting his coursework at CMU, Matt Battifarano spent three years as a data scientist at Bridj, a smart urban transportation startup where he built models of transit demand within a city and methods to optimize vehicle routes to meet that demand. He received my Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with a minor in Computational Neuroscience from the University of Chicago in 2012.

Rick Grahn
Rick Grahn

Rick Grahn worked as a structural engineer and obtained his Professional Engineer certification in the State of California before enrolling in CMU.  He also served a year with Americorps providing affordable housing to residents in Oakland, CA. He has a BS in Civil Engineering (2009) and MS in Structural Engineering (2011) from the University of New Mexico.

The mission of the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program is to attract the nation’s brightest minds to the field of transportation and advance transportation workforce development. The DDETFP is managed by Technology Partnership Program, Federal Highway Administration. The DDETFP encompasses all modes of transportation.

The DDETFP awards are fellowships to students pursuing degrees in transportation-related disciplines. This program advances the transportation workforce by helping to attract the nation’s brightest minds to the field of transportation, encouraging future transportation professionals to seek advanced degrees, and helping to retain top talent in the U.S. transportation industry.

From its initial support of graduate research fellowships in 1983, to the current program’s inception in the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991, the DDETFP has awarded over $50 million to the brightest minds in the transportation industry. From this investment, fellows have pushed for innovative change in multimodal areas from highway infrastructure to aviation to maritime, making the industry more effective and efficient. Fellows pursue careers in academia, private industry, and public service, becoming leaders across the nation.

DDETFP awards are merit-based and generally result in 150-200 grants annually, subject to the availability of funds.

[Source: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovativeprograms/centers/workforce_dev/post_secondary_education.aspx]

Congratulations to Matt and Rick for being selected as 2018 Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program Awardees!

Traffic21/Mobility21 Director participates in Paving the Way for AV hosted by Babst Calland

November 27, 2018
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November 27, 2018

Stan Caldwell, CMU Executive Director of Traffic21 and Mobility21 participated with Justine Kasznica of law firm Babst Calland’s Mobility, Transport and Safety practice on the panel Paving the Way for Autonomous Vehicles hosted by Babst Calland.  The presentation included a discussion about autonomous vehicles in the broader context of infrastructure design and development, and issues related to urban infrastructure and research and advancements in mobility technologies.

Ohio State helps introduce new smart shuttles to Columbus

November 21, 2018
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November 11, 2018

Engineers from Ohio State’s Center for Automotive Research are playing a key role in a new line of self-driving shuttles expected to debut in Columbus next month. Maryn Weimer, senior associate director of CAR, said DriveOhio goes to CAR for research purposes to make sure safety and efficiency goals are met.

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Smart car technologies save drivers $6.2 billion on fuel costs each year

November 21, 2018
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On one of the busiest traveling holidays of the year, drivers may be focusing on getting to grandma’s house for Thanksgiving dinner, not on what smart car technologies are saving them in fuel costs. But in the first study to assess the energy impact of smart technology in cars, researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology have put a number on the potential fuel-cost savings alone: $6.2 billion.

“That’s not insignificant,” said Yeganeh Hayeri, an assistant professor at Stevens whose work lies at the intersection of civil and environmental engineering and public policy. “That translates to between $60 and $266 in the pocket of car owners every year, not to mention additional savings created for each driver due to more smoothly-flowing traffic, fewer accidents and aerodynamic efficiency of all other vehicles on the road.”…

To figure out the impact of these technologies on fuel-saving cost, Hayeri and her colleagues at Stevens, including Saeed Vasebi, a graduate student in Hayeri’s lab, and Carnegie Mellon University conducted a comprehensive review of the literature on the energy and safety impacts of automated features, providing precise data for predicting how these features would affect fuel consumption nationwide.

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Ohio State helps introduce new smart shuttles to Columbus

November 20, 2018
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DriveOhio’s new shuttles will operate along the Scioto Mile, allowing passengers to travel to the Smart Columbus Experience Center, COSI, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, and Bicentennial Park…

The project comes from the combined work of DriveOhio, a new initiative within the Ohio Department of Transportation; Smart Columbus, an initiative focused on improving economic growth and quality of life through technological advancements; and Ohio State University….

Engineers at Ohio State’s Center for Automotive Research, or CAR, have played a key role in making this project possible. Maryn Weimer, senior associate director of CAR, said DriveOhio goes to CAR for research purposes to make sure safety and efficiency goals are met.

Weimer said while this is the first major project CAR and DriveOhio have collaborated on, but that CAR already had a dedication to smart mobility and vehicle autonomy in its recent projects.
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CCAC Presents Mission Critical: Filling Tomorrows Jobs

November 15, 2018
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November 15, 2018

CCAC hosted an event titled “Mission Critical: Filling Tomorrow’s Jobs” where they discussed how business and labor can collectively address the rising challenges of the growing skills gap and anticipated worker shortage.

Mobility21 Exec. Director Gives Lecture at Osher

November 15, 2018
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November 15, 2018

Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell provided a guest lecture at the Urban Planning Choices course of the Carnegie Mellon University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.   He presented Mobility21 research and highlighted the policy implications of new technologies disrupting transportation and urban planning.

UTC Professor’s Group Published 6 Papers for ITSC Conference

November 14, 2018
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November 2018

Two CMU PhD students, Mansur Arief and Jiacheng Zhu, from Mechanical Engineering ME presented at the ITSC conference. UTC Professor, Ding Zhao and his group published 6 papers in this conference, which is considered to the top conference in the autonomous vehicles field.

Mansur Arief, Peter Glynn, Ding Zhao, ”An Accelerated Approach to Safely and Efficiently Test Pre-production Autonomous Vehicles on Public Streets,” Proceedings of the IEEE 20th International Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference (ITSC), Hawaii, USA, November 4-7, 2018.

Jiacheng Zhu, Wenshuo Wang, Ding Zhao, ”A Tempt to Unify Heterogeneous Driving Databases using Traffic Primitives,” Proceedings of the IEEE 20th International Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference (ITSC), Hawaii, USA, November 4-7, 2018.

Xun Gong, Yaohui Guo, Yiheng Feng, Jing Sun, Ding Zhao, ”Evaluation of the Energy Efficiency in a Mixed Traffic with Automated Vehicles and Human Controlled Vehicles,” Proceedings of the IEEE 20th International Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference (ITSC), Hawaii, USA, November 4-7, 2018.

Zhiyuan Huang, Mansur Arief, Henry Lam, Ding Zhao, ”Synthesis of Different Autonomous Vehicles Test Approaches,” Proceedings of the IEEE 20th International Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference (ITSC), Hawaii, USA, November 4-7, 2018.

Yan Chang, Weiqing Yang, Ding Zhao, ”Fuel Economy and Emission Testing for Connected and Automated Vehicles Using Real-world Driving Datasets,” Proceedings of the IEEE 20th International Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference (ITSC), Hawaii, USA, November 4-7, 2018.

Songan Zhang, Huei Peng, Eric Tseng, Ding Zhao, “Accelerated Evaluation of Autonomous Vehicles in the Lane Change Scenario Based on Subset Simulation Technique,” Proceedings of the IEEE 20th International Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference (ITSC), Hawaii, USA, November 4-7, 2018.

Lisa Kay Schweyer speaks at Association for Commuter Transportation’s Transportation Demand Management Summit

November 13, 2018
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November 13, 2018

Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager for the Carnegie Mellon University Traffic21 and Mobility21 University Transportation Center (UTC) spoke at the Association for Commuter Transportation’s Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Summit in Nashville, Tennessee.

As part of the “Partnering with Students to Advance TDM on Campus” panel, she explained that after almost 15 years working for the regional metropolitan planning organization managing the regional commuting options organization, she moved over to Carnegie Mellon University to work on the Traffic21 Transportation Research Institute and its University Transportation Center, Mobility21.

She shared that in her new role, she was surprised to learn the extent to which the federal department of transportation provided funding for academic institutions to do transportation research through the University Transportation Center program.

And she cautioned the attendees who would say, “research does not relate to me” — to think again. Lisa Kay explained that research centers across the country, like Mobility21, are looking to connect with people (like those at the conference) who can provide real world feedback and perspective on what the transportation needs are.

For example, the Mobility21 engagement includes the center’s Deployment Partner Consortium. This 80+ member group of community, industry and government partners is utilized for identifying real-world transportation needs, research project development and deployment, technology licensing and commercialization, student recruitment for jobs and internships, class and capstone projects.

Lisa Kay is looking to continue to her efforts to promote the work of the UTCs and engage the TDM community by developing a conference workshop session for the Association of Commuter Transportation’s annual international conference to be held in the summer of 2019 in New York City, New York.

Engaging the Experts: Mobility21 National UTC Advisory Council Weighs In

November 8, 2018
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On Thursday, November 8, 2018, a talented group of national leaders attended the Carnegie Mellon University Traffic21 Institute and Mobility21 National University Transportation Center (UTC) Advisory Council meeting, held on CMU’s campus.

CMU Interim Provost, Laurie R. Weingart welcoming the Advisory Council to CMU.

The group was welcomed by CMU Interim Provost, Laurie R. Weingart.  She shared her thoughts on the role of education, research, innovation and technology transfer happening at university.  She also talked about the importance of the advisory council and thanked the council for their role in the work being done through Traffic21 and the Mobility21 UTC.

Mobility21 UTC Director, Raj Rajkumar and Traffic21 Director, Chris Hendrickson then provided an overview of update of activities and plans at the centers.  The day continued with Traffic21 and Mobility21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell leading a discussion on technology transfer and plans for the upcoming National UTC Mobility Summit scheduled to be held in Washington, DC on April 11, 2019.  Advisory Council members shared their expertise and ideas on workforce demand, technology trends, research needs,  and new funding opportunities to advance the missions of Traffic21 and Mobility21.

One of the members reflected on the experience and reported the meeting was a “Great opportunity to meet with CMU leaders and Advisory Council members with whom I don’t normally interact with in the transportation industry.”

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The Mobility21 team is a tight collaboration among Carnegie Mellon University (Lead), the University of Pennsylvania, the Ohio State University and the Community College of Allegheny County, and brings to bear the reach and scale of all four institutions.

Tackling the multi-faceted nature of Traffic21 and Mobility21 objectives requires coordinated research, education, workforce development and technology transfer.  This work is supported by researchers spanning multiple disciplines such as engineering, computer science and robotics, public policy, urban design, information systems and data analytics.

The distinguished Advisory Council of national leaders provides strategic guidance and counsel.  Advisory Council members include:

  • Raymond T. Betler, President and CEO of Wabtec Corporation
  • Rebecca M. Brewster, President and Chief Operating Officer of the American Transportation Research Institute
  • Robin Chase, Co-founder Zipcar, Veniam, NUMo
  • Ty Gourley, Vice President of the Hillman Family Foundations
  • Charles L. Hammel III, President and owner, PITT OHIO Express
  • Ashley Hand, Co-founder CityFi; formerly Transportation Technology Strategist Fellow for Los Angeles
  • Katharine Kelleman, Chief Executive Officer at Port Authority of Allegheny County
  • Jane Lappin, Director, Public Policy & Government Affairs, Toyota Research Institute
  • Ken McLeod, Policy Director at The League of American Bicyclist
  • James A. Misener, Senior Director, Technical Standards at Qualcomm
  • Leslie Richards, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
  • David Roger, President of the Hillman Family Foundations
  • Paul Skoutelas, President and Chief Executive Officer of The American Public Transportation Association
  • Kirk Steudle, Director of Michigan Department of Transportation

Learn more about the Advisory Council members here.

The next in person meeting of the Advisory Council will be in November 2019.

USDOT Shines Its “Spotlight” on Mobility21 UTC

November 6, 2018
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November 6, 2018

#AmazingUTCs Spotlight shines on @CarnegieMellon @Traffic21CMU @Mobility21 and the Surtrac – smart adaptive traffic signal system. https://www.transportation.gov/utc/surtrac-people-upgrading-surtrac-pittsburgh-deployment-incorporate-pedestrian-friendly … 

 

Traffic21 Director, Chris Hendrickson, Presents to NAIOP

November 5, 2018
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November 5, 2018

Chris Hendrickson presented Traffic21 research to NAIOP, Commercial Real Estate Development Association Nashville Chapter during their visit to Carnegie Mellon University.

Traffic21 Spin-Off is Tied to Smart City Award in Alabama

November 2, 2018
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November 2, 2018

Mobility21 faculty Christopher Mertz was a driving force in Montgomery, Alabama being recognized nationally as one of the most technologically advanced cities in the country. The City of Montgomery was awarded the 2018 Digital Cities Survey from the Center for Digital Government. This was due in large part to a Mertz’s company RoadBotics. RoadBotics is a Traffic21 spin-out founded by Professor Mertz, which analyzes roads around the world to give cities deep insight into the condition of their paved roads.

Read more about Montgomery’s Smart City Award

Mobility21 Elsie Hillman Honors Scholar, Teresa Leatherow, wins first prize for poster

November 2, 2018
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November 2, 2018

Mobility21 Elsie Hillman Honors Scholar, Teresa Leatherow, won first prize for her poster at the 2018 Supply Chain Management Symposium.  Her poster titled “Automation and Long-haul Trucking: Challenges and Opportunities for Logistics Solutions Providers in the Digital Age” described the purpose of this research is to understand the ways in which autonomous vehicles will impact areas of efficiency, suitability, and affordability of transportation and logistics solution providers.

Honda partners with universities to investigate human-like AI

October 26, 2018
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Artificial intelligence (AI) that reasons like a human remains elusive, but Honda hopes to make inroads. The Tokyo company’s U.S.-based Research Institute today announced a collaboration with three academic institutions — the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), and the University of Washington — to advance the field of artificial cognition.

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (CSAIL) lab, in partnership with Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science and the University of Washington’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, will develop prototypes, working examples, and demonstrations of what Honda calls the “mechanisms of curiosity.” Specifically, MIT CSAIL will focus its efforts on systems capable of predicting future percepts — concepts developed as a consequence of perception — and the effect of future actions, while Penn’s engineering department and the Paul G. Allen School will develop perception models informed by biology and robots that can work safely in human environments.
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Ohio State EcoCAR Team Competes in EcoCAR Challenge

October 26, 2018
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October 26, 2018

The defending champion Ohio State EcoCAR team has once again been selected to participate in the next EcoCAR competition where they will be challenged to re-engineer a 2019 Chevy Blazer. EcoCAR Challenge

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The U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors and MathWorks Launch EcoCAR Mobility Challenge

October 25, 2018
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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), General Motors and MathWorks today announced the launch of the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge, the latest DOE-sponsored Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) revealing the 12 competing universities and the Chevrolet Blazer as the vehicle platform selected for the competition.

The headline sponsors are the U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors, and MathWorks, and the challenge is managed by Argonne National Laboratory, making EcoCAR the ultimate training ground for future leaders in the automotive industry…

The participating universities include:

Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO)
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach, FL)
Georgia Tech (Atlanta, GA)
McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)
Mississippi State University (Starkville, MS)
The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)
University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL)
University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Knoxville, TN)
University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)
Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA)
West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV)
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OSU Participates in Smart City, Smart Mobility in China

October 23, 2018
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October 23, 2018

The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research, as well as Ohio State alumni, faculty and academic and corporate partners participated in “Smart City, Smart Mobility,” the first Ohio State Pan-Asia Forum held October 22- 23 in Shanghai, China.

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Rail-Volution 2018 Comes to Traffic21

October 22, 2018
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October 22, 2018

Rail-Volution, a national transit-orientated conference, hosted in Pittsburgh, included a “Walkshop” that featured several of Mobility21’s projects and researchers including Steve Smith with Surtrac. The walkshop included a visit to Smart Traffic Lights and presentations by Mobility21.

Heinz College Attends MetroLab Network Summit

October 16, 2018
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October 16, 2018

Carnegie Mellon University was represented at the MetroLab Network Summit where Heinz College Dean Ramayya Krishnan, Metro21 Exec. Director, Karen Lightman and Distinguished Fellow, Rick Stafford attended as speakers.