Breakfast links: The (hazardous?) future of cars
Photo by kqedquest on Flickr.
This car really could hit a pedestrian:
The dreams of many a science fiction fan have been realized with the news that Google is piloting a driverless car
. Google engineers claim this technology will reduce crashes, but the article noted the driver
disengaged the "autopilot" when a bike
made a sudden turn
ran a red light in front of their vehicle. Soon reporters could accurately write about cars hitting pedestrians. Update:
As commenters have noted, the article also says that the car "seemed likely" to have avoided hitting the cyclist.
Not enough money for transit:
Alexandria is proposing higher density in the Beauregard corridor, but ongoing and future traffic problems in the corridor may kill it
. The city planned to use taxes from new developments, but currently the projected amount of new tax revenues from higher density is not enough to pay for transit improvements. (Froggie's Blog)
DC spares federal bike funding:
All states and DC had to return some transportation dollars to the federal government, and 28 states disproportionally cut ped and bike programs
. DC and nine states cut none of these. (Bike League)
More highways not the only choice:
WAMU's newly revised Metro Connection's transit segment presented a one sided argument for HOT lanes
, saying they are a win for everyone because they have a choice to either sit in traffic or pay the toll. Except they aren't a win for everyone, because people may prefer to spend that highway money on transit. (WAMU, ErikD)
Drill, baby, drill:
Gov. Bob McDonnell is continuing with his plans to open Virginia up to off-shore oil drilling, holding a meeting later this week
with oil proponent T. Boone Pickens. Sierra Club director Glen Besa told the AP, "He says everything is on the table, but the bottom line is his actions show a commitment to fossil fuels." (WTOP)
An IBM planet?:
IBM has a new SimCity-like game called CityOne
. However, "solutions" for each problem in the game are either IBM solutions or "do nothing." (Dave M.)
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