The Alliance for Automotive Innovation, a trade association that represents most major automakers in the U.S. as well as some suppliers and tech firms, applauded the bipartisan effort Tuesday, pointing to the $7.5 billion included for EV charging that can “certainly help jumpstart” public investment in a nationwide charging network.
“While today’s action represents a strong first step, collaboration on a comprehensive strategy will be key moving forward,” John Bozzella, CEO of alliance, said in a statement Tuesday.
Many of the group’s members are working to meet a voluntary goal outlined by the White House for zero-emission vehicles to make up half of all new passenger vehicles sold in 2030. By 2025, the auto industry will have invested $330 billion in EVs, including plug-in hybrids, battery-electrics and fuel cells, according to the alliance.
“We are working with Congress to craft the additional complementary policies necessary to further boost investment in the domestic EV supply chain and incentives that encourage consumer adoption of EVs,” Bozzella said. “Realizing these necessary conditions for a successful EV market will be critical to boosting EV sales from just over 2 percent of vehicle sales now to achieve a goal of 40 to 50 percent EV penetration by the end of the decade.”
Safety advocates argue many of the bill’s vehicle safety provisions cater to industry demands by not setting enough compliance deadlines or mandating regulatory action by NHTSA.
The legislation sets deadlines for the U.S. Department of Transportation to issue rules on automatic shutoff for keyless ignition systems, updated headlamp standards and a requirement for new vehicles to be equipped with drunken and impaired driving prevention technology.
The bill also calls for a rule that sets minimum performance standards for crash-avoidance technology and requires all vehicles sold in the U.S. to be equipped with forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking systems as well as lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist systems, though it does not specify a rule deadline or compliance date.
“Firm deadlines for agency actions have been detoured with needless studies, insufficient requirements or not included at all,” Advocates President Cathy Chase said in a statement.
The Center for Auto Safety said the bill is “flashy, took a lot of effort to build and includes some new praiseworthy features, but it remains an unfinished product in terms of making an immediate impact on the 40,000 annual crash deaths in our country.”
The center said it looks forward to seeing a combined version of the Senate legislation and the House’s Invest in America Act sent to the president that includes “the best consumer protection provisions” from both.
Back to the House
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, under pressure from progressives who want their priorities addressed, has said she will not allow a vote on the bipartisan package until the Senate has passed the broader economic plan. Moderates, meanwhile, are clamoring for the House to take up the bill sooner than that. The House may also seek changes to the infrastructure bill.
Qualcomm and mobility safety platform Spoke are working together to bring Cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) tech to bicyclists and other “light” road users, like scooters – to receive and send information and alerts with connected vehicles and infrastructure on the road.
Expected in 2022, Spoke’s portfolio using Qualcomm C-V2X tech could give cyclists and drivers more awareness about each other, helping to increase safety.
The hardware and software suite from Spoke leverages Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 2150 and 9150 C-V2X platforms, with direct communication via the 5.9 GHz band. They’re the same chipsets being deployed by some automakers. In November, 30-megahertz of 5.9 GHz band was allocated by the FCC in the U.S. for road safety applications specifically using C-V2X technologies (the remaining portion was allocated for Wi-Fi, a decision that’s come under fire from some auto groups that are challenging the regulator in court).
RELATED: FCC votes to open 5.9 GHz for Wi-Fi, C-V2X
Dubbed “vulnerable road users” (VRUs), the Spoke platform is adapted for cyclists, scooterists and others to use the same kind of tech that connected cars employ. The aim is to give riders information about cars, infrastructure and other potential hazards around them, and vice versa.
“An important application is that it also alerts vehicles about bikes that they cannot ‘see.’ This will now allow cars to see bikes and their intentions (turning left, turning right, stopping, wavering in bike lane, etc),” said Praveen Singh, director of Business Development at Qualcomm Technologies, via email.
According to Singh, there will be a few different types of products available. One is integrated directly into bicycles, which he said the companies are currently working on with multiple bicycle OEMs that will be announced later. Another product would be sold separately and could be fixed on any mobile device or put in a rider’s pocket when they hop on a bike or scooter.
A separate screen display device would be placed on handlebars and show a rear-facing camera and safety alerts to the rider, he noted.
In addition to the 5.9 GHz band, there will be another cellular connection “to backhaul data and provide other non-safety information to riders,” Singh said.
RELATED: Movandi demos 5G mmWave repeater tech for C-V2X
Qualcomm noted C-V2X can offer direct communications between VRUs, vehicles and roadside infrastructure using 5.9 GHz spectrum, without the need for a cellular network.
Spoke is launching a portfolio with bicycle, scooter and motorcycle OEM partners in 2022.
“This is game-changing connectivity for both safety and for the mobility experience overall,” said Jarrett Wendt, Spoke CEO, in a statement. “For the first time, Spoke will provide dedicated hardware and software, what we refer to as vulnerable road user-to-everything (VRU2X), to unlock V2X communication to the most vulnerable users. VRU2X unlocks location accuracy through direct digital communication that connects all users anonymously to each other and to the infrastructure.”
RELATED: Qualcomm says C-V2X ‘ready to go,’ urges swift access to 5.9 GHz
Qualcomm, a leading chipmaker for mobile devices, has been a proponent working
Video posted online shows someone firing a gun as a driver does doughnuts at Hennepin and Lagoon in Uptown. (FOX 9)
MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – Concerns over safety in Minneapolis’ Uptown neighborhood are growing louder after a video from overnight shows people firing weapons during a car sideshow.
The video posted to Facebook shows a vehicle doing doughnuts at the intersection of Hennepin Avenue and Lagoon Avenue, not far from the parking ramp where Winston Smith was killed.
Minneapolis leaders, community address Uptown car sideshow concerns
Incidents of cars doing donuts in the streets of Uptown in Minneapolis and increased crime is drawing concern from Minneapolis leaders and the community.
The area has been the site of ongoing protests since Smith’s shooting along with the death of protester Deona Marie Erickson. Thursday, Minneapolis police say they are looking for suspects as a lot of people asking what can be done to make it stop.
Vehicle sideshows and street racing have been a growing problem in the city but, in addition to that, overnight it was raining bullets as some of those involved fired guns while spinning doughnuts at the intersection of Lagoon and Hennepin avenues in Uptown.
“We have had homicides occur because of reckless discharge of firearms at these particular types of events,” said Minneapolis police spokesperson John Elder. “It is an extremely dangerous situation and a severe threat to public safety.”
Uptown has seen crime on the rise since Winston Smith was killed by members of a U.S. Marshals Task Force. Wednesday night was no exception as, according to police, the problems started hours before the street race and they’re the same crime they’re seeing week after week.
Those holding space at the Wince Marie Peace Garden did not want to go on camera but did say they don’t tell anyone how to protest — whether that’s gunfire, street racing, or setting fires. They did say those involved in Wednesday night’s incident are in support of the protests.
Mayor Jacob Frey says there have been over 100 arrests since the Uptown unrest began. He also says if the Minneapolis Police Department was staffed appropriately, there would be a presence that could help prevent the problems. In the meantime, he’s looking to partner with other jurisdictions.
“Are there elements of safety beyond policing, of course there are,” said Mayor Frey. “But you also need police. You need the police to be able to arrest the perpetrators of some of these crimes. And you need to make sure that those same individuals don’t get back out to continue doing the same thing that they’ve been doing.”
Councilmember Lisa Bender, who represents the Uptown area, said in a statement: “The drag racing incident in Uptown is and unfortunate example of this problem which has increased in the Twin Cities. MPD is responding to these incidents and has been setting up road barriers on weekends as a deterrent. Specific questions should be directed to the mayor’s office as the mayor has
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Bicycles are a type of vehicle—when you ride a bicycle on a Queensland road, you have rights and responsibilities like all other road users.
When you ride a bicycle, you must obey the general road rules the same as other motorists as well as the specific road rules for bicycle riders.
Riding a bicycle
When you ride a bicycle, you must:
- have 1 leg on each side of the seat
- face forwards
- keep at least 1 hand on the handlebars.
You can carry another person if:
- the bicycle is designed to carry more than 1 person and has a passenger seat
- each person is wearing a helmet.
You must use a hand signal when you turn right. To do this, extend your right arm out horizontally—at a right angle from the right side of the bicycle. Your hand should be open, with your palm facing forward.
You must not:
- ride a bicycle that is being towed by another vehicle
- hold on to a moving vehicle while riding a bicycle
- lead an animal while riding a bicycle.
You can tow a child in or on a bicycle trailer if:
- you are 16 years or older
- the child is under 10 years old and is wearing an approved helmet that is securely fitted and fastened
- the bicycle trailer can safely carry the child.
You must keep at least 2m between you and the back of a vehicle when you follow that vehicle for over 200m.
You must avoid being a traffic hazard—do not ride into the path of a driver or pedestrian.
When you ride, you must:
- ride as close as possible to the left side (or on the road shoulder) on a single lane road. Or, you may take up any position within the lane on a multi-lane road
- ride to the left of any oncoming vehicle
- not overtake another vehicle on the left if that vehicle is indicating and turning left
- not overtake another vehicle on the left if it is not safe
- not ride with more than 2 riders side by side unless you are overtaking another rider
- ride no more than 1.5m apart, if travelling beside another rider.
When you ride a bicycle or an electric powered wheeled recreational device or a personal mobility device like a rideable, you must wear an Australian Standard (AS) approved bicycle helmet. You must securely fit and fasten it. An approved bicycle helmet means a helmet that complies with AS 2063 or AS/NZS 2063.
You may only carry passengers on your bicycle if the bicycle is designed to carry passengers. If you carry a passenger on your bicycle, they must also wear an approved helmet, securely fitted and fastened. However, if they are a paying passenger on a 3 or 4 wheeled bicycle, they do not have to wear a
HDOT COVID-19 update: Identification credentials, safety checks, and vehicle registrations
Posted on Apr 30, 2020 in Highways News, Main, News
HONOLULU – In consideration of Governor Ige’s 6th supplementary emergency proclamation through May 31, 2020, the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) provides the following updates on identification credentials, Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspections (PMVI or Safety Checks), and motor vehicle registrations.
Identification Credentials (Driver’s Licenses, State Identification Cards)
- Driver’s licenses, instruction permits, and State Identification cards that expire between March 15 and May 31, 2020, are granted a 90-day waiver. All State-issued credentials expiring during this date range will be considered valid for an additional 90-days from the end of Governor Ige’s 6th supplementary emergency proclamation on May 31, 2020. This extension is to provide enough time for the public to obtain or renew credentials once face-to-face government services are reopened.
- Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders with a CDL that expired between March 16, 2020 thru May 31, 2020, are allowed an extension of up to 90-days but the 90 days cannot go past June 30, 2020. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has set June 30, 2020, as the last date that an extension may be granted. Please review HDOT’s frequently asked questions section at https://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/faq/covid-19-cdl-faqs/
- As previously announced by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), expired driver’s licenses or State IDs that expired on or after March 1 can be used at TSA checkpoints. HDOT has also sent memorandum to the county police departments informing them of the previous expiration extension and will update this memo to minimize potential misunderstandings.
Safety Checks (PMVI)
- Safety check certificates and stickers expiring on or before May 31, 2020, will remain valid until August 31, 2020. All other safety checks that expire in 2020 will be valid for an additional 3 months after the 2020 expiration date. Please review HDOT’s frequently asked questions section https://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/faq/covid-19-safety-check-faqs/
- After careful consideration and discussion with Governor Ige and the Counties, HDOT is extending the safety check waiver to minimize unnecessary face-to-face interactions and to provide enough time for PMVI stations, Counties, and the public to conduct and process safety checks once the stay-at-home order ends. HDOT fully supports the continued opening of stations for vehicle maintenance and repair, as these actions are critical to keep essential travel moving.
- The safety check extension does not impact the validity of the motor vehicle registration. The motor vehicle registration must still be unexpired to be valid.
Motor Vehicle Registrations
- Motor vehicle registrations are still being conducted by the Counties, see below for information by County:
City and County of Honolulu – Offers renewals by mail, by DMV NOW kiosks, and online.
County of Maui – Offers renewals by mail and online.
County of Hawaii – Offers renewals by mail, kiosks, and online.
County of Kauai – Offers renewals by mail and online.
- Motor vehicle registration fees and any applicable penalty fees for late registration have not changed. These funds are necessary to meet the local share of upcoming stimulus projects
The Fundamentals – Hand Signals – Hazard Recognition – Tips to Avoid Collisions
Even if you are an experienced cyclist, it’s a good idea to review the fundamentals periodically. You may also want to review them with younger cyclists in your family.
The best guideline is: Be Alert. Be Wary. Be Seen.
Be Alert Scan ahead, center, left and right.
Be Wary Pay attention to vehicles, pedestrians and others on the road.
Be Seen Use your horn, hand signals and light to be seen by others on the road.
10 Tips for Safer Cycling
- Wear your helmet. Follow this simple rule and you reduce your risk of serious injury by as much as 85 percent.
- Keep your head up and look ahead, not at the ground. You need to see what is coming up so you have time to react and maneuver.
- One person per bike. Riding with unsecured passengers puts you at risk for injury to yourself and others.
- Ride in single file with space between bikes.
- Ride on the right side of the road, never against traffic. Otherwise, you are at risk for an accident – or a ticket.
- Plan ahead if you will ride in a group. Agree on the route ahead of time. Have a plan on what you will do if separated by traffic.
- If you will be riding in an unfamiliar area, check out local laws and rules first.
- Avoid busy roads and peak traffic times on your route.
- Before riding at night, ask someone to help you check your visibility to motorists.
- Maintain the bikes in your household. Keep chains clean and lubricated and periodically inspect brake pads.
Communicate your intention to turn, stop, and change lanes using recognized hand signals.
What is a Hazard?
Both road and weather conditions can be dangerous to riders. Identifying potential hazards and paying attention to your surroundings will keep you safer.
Hazards on the road
- Uneven, rough surfaces can cause falls.
- An object in the road can cause a flat tire, loss of balance or unsafe maneuver. Avoid riding across unknown objects.
- Slippery surfaces create a loss of traction which may cause you to lose control of your bike. Slow down or walk your bike across slippery surfaces.
Make safe choices
- Do not wear headphones while riding.
- Keep both hands on the handlebars, except when signaling.
- Keep both feet on pedals.
- In a group, ride single-file, with the flow of traffic.
- Wear a brightly colored helmet and retro-reflective material on your clothing.
- Use the correct hand signals.
- Before entering a roadway: Stop. Look left. Look right. Look left.
Avoid riding at twilight or in the dark, especially on narrow roads and roads with speed limits that exceed 35 mph.
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