Transportation & Infrastructure

Chinese Company Develops Autonomous Truck Technology In Tucson

Via “TuSimple’s new office in Tucson has two missions: to develop the world’s first autonomous truck fleet in Tucson, and to accelerate local economic growth with the adaptation of autonomous driving,” stated Xiaodi Hou, chief technology officer and co-founder of TuSimple. “These ambitious missions would not be possible without the kind support from the State of Arizona, Pima County and City of Tucson, as well as local companies such as Sun

Autonomous Technology Heats Up In Arizona

Via Arizona is hot enough as it. But the Grand Canyon state is heating up as a hotbed of autonomous vehicle development as well, according to a report by Wired magazine. According to the story, autonomous systems developer Mobileye, fresh off its acquisition a couple of weeks ago by software giant Intel, has announced it will build a fleet of 100 autonomous vehicles and test the first of them

ADOT Hopes High-tech Checkpoints Will Keep Truckers Rolling Along

Via The Arizona Department of Transportation will soon roll out sensor technology at seven commercial trucking checkpoints designed to keep the state’s trucking industry rolling along. Traditionally, ADOT has relied on inspectors to evaluate the weight, credentials and safety status of trucks entering the state. During the next month, the department will begin using a system called Drivewyze Preclear, which uses cameras and sensors embedded in the roadway to scan

Arizona Targets Wrong-way Driving With Unique Tech Program

Via PHOENIX –  Arizona transportation officials are moving forward with a first-in-the-nation pilot program that will use thermal camera technology to curb the wrong-way driving problem plaguing the state. The detection system will illuminate a sign that notifies the wrong-way driver and alert authorities. Transportation officials will update message boards along the highway, warning other drivers of a wrong-way vehicle. The technology will be installed on a 15-mile (24-kilometer)

Tucson Airport Loses Its Only Flight To Mexico

Via Less than a year after entering the Tucson market, Mexican airline Aeromar abruptly announced the cancellation of service to Hermosillo, Mexico, on Monday. Flights between Tucson and Hermosillo began in October four times a week; Aeromar added a fifth day in May. But opportunities to pick up regional routes in Mexico led the airline away. “The Tucson Airport Authority is disappointed but understands Aeromar’s decision to refocus its

Improved Border Safety Brings More Arizona Business

Via PHOENIX – Just a year after beginning a study to determine how to improve efficiency and consistency at Arizona’s three primary international ports of entry, Arizona Department of Transportation officials already are seeing improvements that make the state a more attractive route for commercial carriers. “While safety remains our No. 1 goal, we want to be as efficient as possible at helping commerce move across the border and

Arizona DOT Strengthens Two Bridges In Phoenix With Composites

Via The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) recently announced it has used carbon fiber strips that are “coated and strengthened with a reinforcing polymer” to fix girders on state highway bridges in Phoenix. According to ADOT, one of those bridges is no longer listed as structurally deficient as a result. As ADOT explains, the term “structurally deficient” doesn’t mean a bridge is unsafe to use. It means certain repair

Phoenix Wants To Buy Million-dollar Van For Road Projects

Via The City of Phoenix is in the market for a million-dollar vehicle you probably won’t see driven by the rich or the famous. “This is really our most valuable tool,” said Ryan Stevens, a civil engineer with the city. City council will decide Thursday morning whether to approve spending up to $1.15 million on a new ARAN van, short for Automatic Road Analyzer, for the public works and

Maricopa Working To Expand Connected Car Test

Via A high-tech system that has cars talking to traffic lights – and each other – is being tested in Anthem. “Last year 34,000 people died on our roadways,” said University of Arizona Professor Larry Head. “Let’s have zero fatalities. Let’s get to the point where we don’t kill unimpaired people on the road.” Head represents the University in a partnership with the Maricopa County Department of Transportation, Arizona

Siemens To Deliver 11 LRVs For Phoenix Valley Metro Rail

Via Siemens has been contracted by urban transport company Phoenix Valley Metro Rail to deliver 11 new S70 light rail vehicles (LRV). The vehicles will be built at the Siemens’ manufacturing plant in Sacramento, California, and are set for deployment in Phoenix, Arizona. The initial contracted order for 11 units is valued at nearly $57.9m, which also includes the option for up to 67 additional LRVs. Siemens Urban Transport CEO Sandra Gott-Karlbauer said: “Phoenix