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California PATH Rolls into Action at ITS America

California Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology made a big impression at the June ITS America meeting in in San Jose, Calif. by bringing along three Class-8 truck tractors for Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control demonstration rides.

“This was a great opportunity to raise the level of awareness about our truck platooning effort, our partnership, and our organizations in a significant way,” says PATH Co-Director Tom West.

US car sharing service kept 28,000 private cars off the road in 3 years

 Nearly 90% of Americans own cars, making the country a leader in traffic jams and pollution and costing the economy $124bn. Car sharing presents a good antidote to decongesting our roads – it gives people the freedom to drive whenever they want without the cost of maintaining and parking their cars.

According to new research released this month, each vehicle used for one-way car sharing, in particular, can eliminate as many as 11 cars from plying the streets and cutting greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 13 metric tons a year.

How car-sharing is already helping cities with their transit issues

 A new study found that cities that turn to a flexible type of car-sharing stand to benefit from less pollution, less traffic and more parking. Researchers at the University of California-Berkeley's Transportation Sustainability Research Center focused on the impact of car2go, which is different from car services like Zipcar and GM's (GM) Maven. With car2go, drivers paying a one-time $35 membership fee and can rent a vehicle parked on a nearby public street and leave it elsewhere in the city. There's no need to reserve a vehicle ahead of time, or return it to a designated parking lot.

Automated Vehicle Experts Say Future Could Be Bright—Or Dystopian

 At the annual Automated Vehicles Symposium on Tuesday, speakers in San Francisco emphasized that the decisions of human beings—as regulators, executives and consumers—are going to determine how bright, or how dark, the future of self-driving cars will be. ITS Professor Joan Walker, highlighted the example of “zero-occupancy” vehicles that could be clogging up residential streets as people summon them for on-demand home deliveries.

Study: The Serious Environmental Potential of Car-Sharing

 While a landmark study on Uber and Lyft remains forthcoming, Transportation Sustainability Research Center Co-Director Susan Shaheen is publishing her team’s assessment of one-way car-sharing company Car2go on Tuesday. “We had access to an unprecedented data set where we were really able to ask all the questions we wanted to ask,” she says, like what people were doing to get around before they started using the service and how it has changed their behavior since then.

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