Connecticut: Highway tolls move forward after committee vote

A plan to place tolls on the state’s highways moved a step forward Thursday when a key legislative committee voted to send several bills to the House and Senate for debate. The General Assembly’s Transportation Committee approved legislation to place tolls on interstates 95, 91, 84 and the Merritt Parkway. One bill requires a study and a formal proposal by the state Department of Transportation, and then a second vote by the Legislature next year, before tolls are authorized. “We need to do something here,” said state Rep. Tony Guerrera, D-Wethersfield, a committee co-chairman and sponsor of the so-called “two-step” toll bill.

Self-Driving Cars Are Here but We’re Not Ready Yet

After the tragic incident in Tempe, AZ, where a self-driving car hit and killed a woman, the need for sensible regulations on autonomous cars has been called to attention.

Akron, Ohio Seek Speed Trap Cash From Group That Profits From Tickets

The city council in Akron, Ohio, on Monday adopted an ordinance authorizing the mayor to ask the National Safety Council for $198,389 to pay for a speeding ticket blitz. This “Road to Zero” grant funding would be used to purchase new radar and laser speed guns and to pay police officers 150 percent of their regular salary while issuing those citations. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides $3 million in taxpayer funding for the National Safety Council’s grant program. Akron seeks such support because city leaders find themselves in such dire budgetary straits that they implemented a hiring freeze earlier this month to help plug a $1 million fiscal gap. Council members quickly latched onto possibility of having outside groups fund speed trap operations that could provide a quick infusion of cash.

Mayor says driverless cars are “future of the streets of San Francisco”

Days after a fatal self-driving-car collision in Arizona, six makers of driverless vehicles came to San Francisco on Thursday to demonstrate their technology — and emphasize its safety features — to city leaders and public-safety officers.   “Autonomous cars are the future of the streets of San Francisco and many other cities around the globe,” Mayor Mark Farrell said at a news conference during the daylong demonstration and roundtable at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The city has no jurisdiction to regulate robot cars; that happens at the state level. But Farrell said he wants to make sure the streets will be safe. The event was designed for automakers to inform police, firefighters, transit officials and others how their cars work and how they interact with first responders, especially when they have no driver at all.

Video suggests huge problems with Uber’s driverless car program

Uber executives know they’re behind Waymo in developing a self-driving car, and they’ve been pulling out all the stops to catch up. Uber inherited a culture of rule-breaking and corner-cutting from its founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick. That combination made a tragedy like this almost inevitable.