That’s because New York remains one of only five states where the primary state law enforcement agency is not equipped with dashboard cameras, according to a nationwide Associated Press survey. Four of those states — Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, and Massachusetts — are in the Northeast. Hawaii’s primary state law enforcement agency also does not have dashboard cameras, but it doesn’t have a state-level highway patrol so it has far fewer interactions with citizens.
The RADAR information the public gets comes from people who profit from traffic enforcement. Safety does not figure into their RADAR equation. If safety is the goal, the state legislature must pass a law setting all speed limits in Pennsylvania at the safest speeds. The safest speeds are the 85th Percentile Speeds, the speeds 85 percent of drivers routinely travel.
Imagine driving through Los Angeles in the year 2040. There’s a mix of self-driving and human-controlled vehicles on Santa Monica Boulevard. A serious collision slows traffic to a crawl. But then a special orchestration of traffic signals flips on, parting the sea of cars for an ambulance to throttle through the streets. This traffic engineering fantasy may be inching to reality, as companies such as IBM, Microsoft, Google, and HERE Maps develop what’s known as “digital twin” technology. The term describes a virtual simulacrum of something in the physical world—whether it’s a car engine, a casino floor, or the street network of a major city—that visualizes real changes as they occur, and is “smart” enough to model possible scenario outcomes. In the L.A. example, imagine that a downtown city worker viewed a traffic simulation seconds after the car crash and approved a recommended route for the ambulance, alerting all those connected self-driving vehicles to move aside.
French vehicle manufacturer Groupe PSA has partnered with Vinci Autoroutes – the motorway management division of construction firm Vinci Group – to trial the behavior of an autonomous vehicle in real-world motorway scenarios. The trials included assessing the vehicle’s ability to autonomously drive at cruising speed and pass through a tollgate; changing into autonomous mode in a traffic area temporarily altered due to roadworks; and performing a ‘safe stop’, which involves the vehicle driving to a safe place in the event that the driver does not take back control of the vehicle when prompted.
A new report by self-driving development organization Zenzic sets out the global standards for high-definition (HD) mapping when used in conjunction with autonomous driving. Published in partnership with Ordnance Survey (OS), the UK’s national mapping agency, the ‘Geodata report – analysis and recommendations for self-driving vehicle testing’ also calls for the creation of common data standards that promote collaboration and improve confidence in mapping data for self-driving vehicles.