Imagine a world without stoplights; IIHS says roundabouts may be safer than intersections

22 Jul
Traffic roundabout Photo: IIHSRoundabouts, traffic circles, rotaries, whatever they're called, the IIHS has delivered good news: they may create safer roads for drivers. A new study from the insurance industry-funded safety group found roundabouts not only helped reduce crashes in areas that would typically employ a traditional intersection but also they nearly eliminate the...

Electrified aircraft could make flying cars a reality

11 Apr
Lilium Jet VTOL conceptThose 1950s magazine covers with stylized flying cars zipping around may have been onto something after all. Ford Motor Company and the University of Michigan released the results of a study on Tuesday that suggests vertical take-off and landing contraptions—think cars with wings—may make some sense as an eco-friendly alternative to...

Philadelphia looks at adding a congestion fee

9 Apr
Traffic in Atlanta, Georgia during rush hour (via Wikimedia)Philadelphia may follow in New York City's tire tracks by adding a traffic congestion fee in busy parts of the City of Brotherly Love. Local NBC News affiliate NBC 10 reported last week that there are no proposals or timelines on the table, but the Philadelphia mayor's office is considering a congestion price table to charge drivers entering the...

Uber spent $2M to champion NYC’s new congestion charge

4 Apr
Uber appRide-share giant Uber reportedly spent $2 million in an effort to keep cars out of New York City. The Financial Times (subscription required) reported Wednesday that Uber dug deeper into its pockets than anyone else to lobby New York lawmakers to support a new congestion charge set to fall into place over the next few years. Uber's efforts are an...

LA area floats possible congestion charge to reduce traffic in parts of city

3 Apr
Rush hour traffic in Washington, D.C. (photo by Flickr user haddensavix)One of the most congested metropolitan areas in the U.S. is considering charging drivers around $4 to enter one of its busiest neighborhoods. A group of governments in the Los Angeles area conducted a study about implementing a congestion charge for drivers in and around Santa Monica, The Los Angeles Times reported last week. The study looked at a...

Lidar tech could help make winter road de-icing more effective

19 Dec
Lidar-equipped de-icer truck in Knoxville, TennesseeLidar is a technology that helps self-driving cars "see" the world around them, but researchers in Tennessee s a boon to help treat snow and ice covered roads more effectively. According to a Digital Trends report last week, the city of Knoxville, Tennessee, has introduced a lidar-equipped de-icer truck to test the new technology. The Department...

US DoT grants $25M to help BMW’s South Carolina plant

13 Dec
BMW X7 pre-production at plant in Spartanburg, South CarolinaA new grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will directly benefit logistics at BMW's South Carolina production plant. Automotive News (subscription required) reported on Wednesday that $25 million will be funneled into an intermodal project in Greer, South Carolina, to expand the Port Authority's lead railroad tracks and extend rails...

Infrastructure study: Cold weather states are falling apart

14 Aug
Volvo on pothole - flickr user comedy_noseIf there’s one thing almost every American can agree on, it’s this: our roads, bridges, tunnels, and dams need some serious renovation going forward. That’s why President Donald Trump proposed a $1 trillion plan to improve the country’s aging infrastructure, though funding the project has proven difficult given the...

Drones could someday fix potholes overnight

15 Jun
Volvo on pothole - flickr user comedy_noseA new technology under development in the U.K. makes use of drones and 3-D printing to quickly repair potholes. Wait, what? The process involves a pair of drones, one that searches for cracks and potholes overnight and another dispatched by the first drone to patch the roadway with 3-D printed asphalt. The Telegraph reported Monday that some fixes...

Trump administration scraps infrastructure advisory council

19 Aug
New York City's Manhattan Bridge (photo by Ludovic Bertron)Following the high profile dissolution of both the American manufacturing council and the strategic and policy forum, President Donald Trump is abandoning plans to form an infrastructure advisory council tasked with tackling the country’s crumbling roads and bridges. The council, which was created via executive order last month, was charged...