The Oregon Transportation Commission granted conditional approval on Thursday for a path forward to renovate and widen Interstate 5 through the Rose Quarter corridor, as well as cap the freeway and allow for redevelopment of the former Albina district.
The commission’s unanimous decision follows the recommendation of Gov. Kate Brown last month that the Oregon Department of Transportation pursues “hybrid option 3.” That plan would essentially tunnel the freeway and provide economic opportunity for the region’s Black community in an effort to reclaim the Albina district.
Members of ODOT committees such as the Historic Albina Advisory Board and other stakeholder groups have consistently voiced their opinion favoring a project that focuses on restorative justice. Supporters say the idea behind this project model is to remediate historic harm caused by the freeway’s original construction and displacement of community members.
Approval of the hybrid 3 model is contingent upon ODOT providing a thorough analysis of the project’s cost structure and funding sources by December. It would also require ODOT and its contractors to update its diversity and subcontracting plans, as well as to reevaluate the project’s initial environmental impact study.
The commission’s decision followed a brief update on the project’s progress and regional planning work by ODOT’s staff including Rose Quarter Improvement Project Manager Megan Channell.
Channell delved into the specific details of how hybrid 3 varies from the original concepts of the I-5 Rose Quarter expansion.
The largest difference is that the new model would produce a singular cap over the freeway instead of two separate caps proposed in the initial concept. Construction would be pushed back to begin in late 2023 with minor preparation work beginning earlier.
The cap would create a freeway tunnel through the Rose Quarter, relocate ramps to accommodate the cap and restore the street grid above. It would also remove some current pedestrian and bike links across the freeway and shift them to other streets.
The proposed cap would allow for light development on top of the freeway capable of holding buildings of up to three stories. It could be strengthened to accommodate up to six-story buildings.
“We heard that a successful highway cover design really is defined as one that brings investment into and provides long-term benefits to the Historic Albina community,” Channell said. “Also that access and safety would be provided for people walking, biking, driving and using transit for within and through the project area.”
The project’s cost has risen significantly from its initial price tag of between $715-795 million to upwards of $1.18 billion.
May saw a downpour of some cutthroat and drool-worthy automotive designs at Yanko Design. Each automotive was innovative, bringing to us something we had never seen nor experienced before. From killer speed to dashing good looks, to impenetrable safety standards, every automotive we featured at YD broke some design barrier for us, and hopefully, they did the same for you as well. And we’ve curated some of our absolute favorite automotive trends from the month of May for you – from a Cybertruck-inspired rover concept to a Honda electric pick-up truck concept, we’ve got some mean machines for you!
The Honda Ridgeline EV concept comes from the mind of California-based Rene Garcia, a concept designer at ILM who’s previously worked on The Mandalorian, Thor: Ragnarok, The Avengers, and the Transformers anthology. Garcia began designing the vehicle as a Dakar rally truck, but gradual iterations slowly turned it into a conceptual pickup truck for Honda. Designed to handle pretty much anything you can throw at it, the EV comes with its own winch-hook on the front, a frunk behind it, suicide-style rear doors that give you access to the car’s spacious interiors, and an expandable truck-bed on the back that even comes equipped with tools and emergency medical kits.
The Pandemax Concept by Radek Štěpán is unconventional, to say the least. It has a distinct Star Wars-inspired aesthetic and those all-terrain tires and that high ground clearance really implies the car could easily work on the roughest of alien terrain. Designed to be a sort of explorer vehicle or manned rover, the Pandemax comes with two seats that are at the absolute front of the vehicle, with a panoramic windshield that lets the explorers get a full view of the terrain and landscape ahead of them. Sure, there are a few questions that come to mind too, especially regarding driver safety and also the center-of-gravity, given that the drivers are sitting outside the car’s wheelbase. However, it’s a neat aesthetic exploration of an interplanetary vehicle if you ask us. I’m especially loving the Cybertruck vibe, and I’m sure the driver gets a hell of a view!
The Boat Tail, a coupé born from the patrons’ enduring love for the sea and taste for nautical design, was designed specifically to celebrate the hand-craftsmanship and relative history of yacht building. Three coupés inspired by nautical shipbuilding design have been built under the modern coachbuilding department at Rolls-Royce. Merging today’s advanced technology with the trusted bespoke coachwork of yesteryear, the Boat Tail’s hand-formed chassis cradles a 19-foot bonnet that covers the car’s 6.75-liter V-12 engine. The stone azure coat of the Boat Tail slopes to a wisped finish around the rear and borders the motorcar’s painted pantheon grille.
If Maserati builds a futuristic superbike, it would undoubtedly catch eyeballs, and this concept design truly deserves the Maserati badge. This superbike design by passionate motorhead Tomáš Klečka – a student from Brno, the Czech Republic – is certainly one that’s so ride-worthy. The electric
The Internet of Vehicle (IoV) market, valued at $66,075 million in 2017, is forecasted to reach $208,107 million by 2024. The reason for this growth can be attributed to rising demands, improvements, and vast upgrades in the automotive industry, the increase in connected devices, and the introduction of Logistics 4.0. Here is the growing internet of the vehicle market.
IoV is somewhat synonymous with the automation of vehicles or implementing IoT technologies in vehicles.
The IoV ultimately allows vehicles to communicate with drivers, other vehicles, management systems, pedestrians, and infrastructure, all in real-time. The improved safety factors related to both drivers and pedestrians that stem from this technology is another reason for its popularity.
The IoV technology can be broken down by the communication channels.
The vehicle can communicate with itself first (intra-vehicle), which results in an internal performance review. The vehicle can also communicate with other vehicles (vehicle-to-vehicle) through wireless communication, capturing information such as each vehicle’s speed and position.
The three structures are as follows:
Vehicle-to-infrastructure data supports communication between the vehicle and roadside units.
Vehicle-to-pedestrian systems gather and act on information such as people walking or cyclists near the vehicle.
Vehicle-to-cloud systems allow this information to be accessed through APIs. Combined, these systems are referred to as Vehicle-to-Everything.
The global IoV market, products, and key players are segmented by technology, region, software, and more. The market as a whole, however, is experiencing massive growth, partly because the driver can have much higher levels of safety, protection, communication, and information sharing.
The growth in demand for IoV
Vehicle-to-everything (also known as vehicle-to-X, V2X) technology has numerous benefits to the consumer, which has driven demand. This, coupled with increased investment and advancing technology, make the market positioned to skyrocket. Notably, consumers are honing in on key features of these vehicles.
V2X technology aids in decreasing traffic accidents caused by human error. Warning sensors, road hazard detections, and vehicle-to-pedestrian communication all make for a safer driving experience.
Technologies such as smart parking help drivers get off the road faster, reducing the amount of CO2 emissions. Mapping can also help get people to where they want to be faster, which reduces fuel usage. Traffic and congestion will also be reduced thanks to V2X technology.
Reducing traffic saves cities money, as does lower incidents of accidents. Intra-vehicle technology can optimize routes and make transport faster, as well. While these are time savers for drivers, ultimately, it is a cost-saver for cities.
Growth restrictions in the IoV market
A somewhat exciting relationship has evolved in the IoV market, which is that between automakers and software providers. Each plays a vital role in the developing IoV market, but this balance of power may not always remain stable.
Who, for example, owns the customer data and who takes control of customer experience? The data ownership problem is particularly crucial as breaches and hacking come into play. Who is at fault, and who must deal with the consequences of