Vehicles and Transportation

Friday, July 17, 2015

UM set to open driverless-car test site Mcity on Monday

Crain’s Detroit

The University of Michigan will officially open its new testing site for connected and driverless cars on Monday. The 32-acre testing grounds, called Mcity, are designed to simulate urban and suburban roads with a network of controlled intersections, traffic signals, streetlights, sidewalks, construction obstacles and more, the university said in a release. The $6.5 million test track is operated by UM’s Mobility Transformation Center.

Jul
22
(All day)

This one-day conference hosted by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute develops a forward-looking fifteen year technology roadmap for powertrains and powertrain components for the US, European, and Asian markets.  

Friday, June 19, 2015

Beware Casting Pope Francis as a Caped Climate Crusader

New York Times

All eyes are on the Vatican after an Italian news magazine leaked what is very likely the final text (the Italian translation) of Pope Francis’s forthcoming encyclical letter on humanity’s obligations to protect the environment, avoid dangerous climate change and overcome poverty and inequity. 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Is there a renaissance in US manufacturing? Numbers don't add up

CNBC

Sridhar Kota is a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan and a board member of the coincidentally named Manufacturing Renaissance, a Chicago-based nonprofit champion of advanced manufacturing. He also served from 2009–12 in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he helped establish the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership and its signature Manufacturing Innovation Institutes.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Transportation lab revs up for role in climate crackdown

E&E News

U.S. EPA’s National Fuel and Vehicle Emissions Laboratory – a big player in early Clean Air Act crackdowns on tailpipe pollution– is getting a makeover for the battle against global warming.

A five-year, $50 million overhaul is adding a hangar where big rigs and buses can be taken on treadmill rides at speeds of up to 90 mph, providing emissions data in a day instead of the month or more it takes now.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Key clean air figure Margo Oge visited Ann Arbor this Earth Day to promote her new book, “Driving the Future: Combating Climate Change with Cleaner, Smarter Cars.” Oge served at the US Environmental Protection Agency for 32 years, 18 of them as Director of the Office of Transportation Air Quality.

Oge led the Obama Administration’s landmark 2012 deal with automakers, the nation’s first action targeting greenhouse gases. This regulation should double the fuel efficiency of automakers’ fleets to 54.5 mpg and aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2025.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Key Clean Air Act figure Margo Oge is visiting Ann Arbor this Earth Day to promote her new book, “Driving the Future: Combating Climate Change with Cleaner, Smarter Cars.” Oge served at the US Environmental Protection Agency for 32 years, 18 of them as Director of the Office of Transportation Air Quality.

Apr
16
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

The University of Michigan STTP and CLOSUP Programs invite you to:  The Transportation Transformation and its Policy Implications.  What’s ahead at UM, in Ann Arbor, in the US? Will future vehicles be public or private? What policy challenges arise from these transformations?

Apr
22
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Please join us for a very special lecture about what it takes to pass historic air quality legislation. Margo Oge served at the US Environmental Protection Agency for 32 years, the last 18 of which she directed the Office of Transportation Air Quality. Ms. Oge led the Obama Administration’s landmark 2012 Clean Air Act deal with automakers, which will double the fuel efficiency of automakers’ fleets to 54.5 mpg and cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2025. In Driving the Future: Combating Climate Change with Cleaner, Smarter Cars Margo Oge will provide the ultimate insider’s account of the science, politics, policy, legal battles and, most importantly, the people who made this regulation possible. She then describes transition technologies and the ultimate future that will enable a global market for super-efficient, zero carbon-emitting vehicles and other sustainable personal mobility options.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Feature article written for the introduction to the January 2015 issue of Scientific American Classics: The Rise of the Automobile. 

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