As Rob Atkinson writes for Morning Consult, the Senate should embrace innovation and charge the Department of Transportation with establishing a national road user charging system.
February 3, 2018
If privacy advocates get their way, getting an oil change will involve as much legal paperwork as going to the doctor. As Alan McQuinn writes for The Hill, this is not the future most consumers want.
January 16, 2018
While there is much excitement about autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles hold much more promise over the next decade or so. However, absent proactive public policies, especially to enable infrastructure to “talk” to vehicles, the development and adoption of connected vehicles will be suboptimal.
December 8, 2017
Missouri has an opportunity to be a national “laboratory of democracy” for transportation funding policy if it uses its federal grant to demonstrate a vehicle-miles-traveled system for all heavy-duty trucks that travel in and through the state.
November 13, 2017
Fact of the Week: British Road Projects Have Raised Firm Productivity by up to 3 Percent for Every 10 Percent Reduction in Time Previously Wasted on Travel
A 10 percent reduction in travel times along British road networks increased the number of new firms and jobs surrounding these new networks by 3 to 4 percent, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
November 9, 2017
The emergence of hybrid infrastructure—infrastructure that integrates digital technology with physical infrastructure—will be more efficient and sustainable than the concrete roads and bridges of yesteryear. But the new technologies raise the question of whether to prioritize maintaining existing infrastructure or deploying innovative new infrastructure.
October 30, 2017
Fact of the Week: After Japan Opened a High-Speed Railway Line Between Tokyo and Nagano, Patenting by Businesses Along the Line Increased 5 Percent
After Japan opened a high-speed railway line between Tokyo and Nagano in 1997, patenting by businesses along the line increased 5 percent, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
July 27, 2017
It’s not cars, but freight transportation where there is the greatest near-term potential to reduce costs, increase efficiency, and improve safety—but only if regulators are careful to allow the technologies to progress, Joe Kennedy explains in Morning Consult.
June 12, 2017
Automating freight transportation can increase productivity and safety. Regulators should encourage technological advances by providing clearer standards.
June 5, 2017
As manned Dutch fuel stations were automated from 2005 to 2011, their fuel prices dropped by 1 to 2 percent, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
May 22, 2017
Massive 18-wheel tractor trailers cause significant pavement damage but don’t pay their full share of the costs for the nation’s highways, writes Rob Atkinson in The Hill.