Japan’s betting on autonomous cars – for a unique reason

Autonomous cars, commonly known as self-driving cars, aren’t new in Japan — nor the automotive industry. But whilst the rest of the developed world is pushing for autonomous vehicles largely for reasons of safety and convenience for people in general, Japan’s a little different. It’s to compensate for its aging population…

Feds Want Self-Driving Data From All Manufacturers, Not Just Tesla

NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation sent letters to 12 automakers, trying to gather info on vehicles with Level 2 driver assistance systems. It wants to know the number of vehicles with L2 that have been manufactured, as well as the miles covered and the data logs of the most recent updates. NHTSA also wants all consumer complaints, field reports, crash reports and lawsuits…

Maryland audit reveals Transportation Authority overcharged drivers for tolls during COVID-19 pandemic

The Maryland General Assembly’s Office of Legislative Audits released a report Thursday that found several instances of the Transportation Authority overcharging drivers for tolls during the COVID-19 pandemic…

Pay-per-mile tolling systems are poised to hit highways

Electric vehicles might be good for the environment, but they’re terrible for state budgets, which depend on fuel taxes to pay for road maintenance. So states like Oregon and Utah are experimenting with new road user fees — known as “vehicle mileage taxes” or VMTs — that reflect changing mobility trends…

What you need to know about MTA public meetings on NYC congestion pricing

Borough residents looking to voice their support or opposition for the controversial congestion pricing program proposed for New York City will have their first opportunity to do so next week…