Autonomous Vehicles

Advocate Wants I-5 Converted into Corridor for Autonomous Vehicles

The idea of getting around Seattle in an autonomous car excites Tom Alberg. He'd much rather not be driving. "You recapture that lost time," Alberg said. "Even if it takes you the same amount of time to do something, it would be a better experience." Alberg is the founder of Madrona Venture Group and a big booster of driverless cars. Read More ›

Bellevue Bracing for Replacing Human Drivers

It’s perhaps the single-greatest transportation revolution since the Ford Model T. And Bellevue is among the cities who are at the forefront of the movement. The idealistic concept of autonomous vehicles has now become concrete discourses and brass-tacks negotiations. In the last year alone, the nation has seen more pointed efforts from companies like Tesla and Google. And in Washington state, Gov. Jay Inslee signed in June 2017 an executive order — right here in Bellevue — allowing for easier testing and operation of self-driving cars.

Driverless Future Looks Bright: State, Local Leaders are Planning for Technology that Could Ease Traffic Congestion

If you’ve ever found yourself stuck in traffic on a freeway surrounded by other drivers, know that it’s all because a computer isn’t driving your car. At least that’s the reasoning of proponents of autonomous, or driverless, cars — vehicles that are driven entirely by computers and can sense and respond to their surroundings without human guidance. Proponents of the technology, which now include the federal government and an increasing number of car manufacturers, argue that humans simply are not that good at driving. They say putting computers behind the wheel will cut down on congestion, pollution and accidents.

Curb appeal: This overlooked bit of urban infrastructure becomes a battleground for transportation innovators

Originally published at GeekWire. Not too far down the road is a transportation revolution that will prioritize creative ways of getting around over single-occupant cars. It’s happening fastest in cities, where environmental concerns tend to be acuter and traffic reveals a lot to be desired in traditional modes of transportation. New options — from Uber to Chariot — are just starting to emerge and already they have created an unlikely battleground for transportation innovators: the curb. Curbs have always been valuable in cities, initially for parking and public transportation. But they have become far more precious in a relatively short period of time. Seattle is one of the main fronts in the war for curb space as an early adopter Read More ›

Why Seattle’s neighbor, Bellevue, is winning the race toward self-driving cars

Originally published at GeekWire. Seattle is an innovation hub with transportation pain points aching to be solved. For those reasons, the city seems like the obvious choice to pioneer self-driving cars in Washington now that Gov. Jay Inslee has given the green light. But Seattle’s neighbor, Bellevue, is speeding ahead in the race to get autonomous vehicles on city streets. So says Bruce Agnew, director of the ACES Network, which stands for autonomous, connected, electric, and shared. Agnew says that Bellevue is prepared to put up the funding with a technology levy for transportation programs and develop the necessary infrastructure to begin testing self-driving cars. “The most promising project is the City of Bellevue, which has fully embraced the ACES Read More ›

WATCH: New push to make ride-share pickups safer in Downtown Seattle

Originally published at Kiro 7 News. SEATTLE – Drive through Downtown Seattle and you’ll see Uber and Lyft drivers, sometimes with hazard lights on, stopped in traffic lanes to pick up or drop off riders. It can block traffic and be unsafe for passengers getting in and out of the cars. “In an ideal world we wouldn’t do that, but sometimes there’s no choice,” said Michael Wolfe, a ride-share driver and leader of Drive Forward Seattle, a group founded by the industry to fight a unionization effort. ​The group sent a letter to city officials calling for dedicated pickup and drop-off zones. The group listed “pain points,” topped by the block of Union Street between Russell Investment Center and Target, Read More ›

WATCH: Bellevue Eyes Driverless Shuttle Technology Being Tested in California

On KIRO 7 News, the City of Bellevue’s Transportation Partnership Manager, Steve Marshall, considers how autonomous shuttles could benefit transit in Bellevue, WA. Ideas for Bellevue include a downtown circulator, a connection to offices in Eastgate and Factoria, or a route from Meydenbauer Bay through downtown, across I-405 to the Eastside Rail Corridor, as part of the city’s “Grand Connection” project.