Archinect - News 2016-10-21T22:10:55-04:00 The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-15T12:47:00-05:00 >2016-01-19T00:13:23-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the government would remove hurdles to developing autonomous vehicles and set further guidelines for them within six months. [...] The government&rsquo;s new support includes a request in President Obama&rsquo;s proposed budget for the next fiscal year for $4 billion, to be spent over 10 years, to finance research projects and infrastructure improvements tied to driverless cars.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This is the first time the federal government has actively engaged in the regulation and implementation of driverless vehicles. State governments had previously been putting forth their own standards &ndash; see this handy wiki from Gabriel Weiner and Bryant Walker Smith at Stanford University, "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Automated Driving: Legislative and Regulatory Action</a>".</p><p>More on the road (ahem) to driverless vehicles:</p><ul><li><a title="Think driverless cars will reduce traffic? Not so fast." href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Think driverless cars will reduce traffic? Not so fast.</a></li><li><a title='"In LiDAR We Trust" &ndash; Poking the subconscious of autonomous vehicles with special guest Geoff Manaugh, on Archinect Sessions #43' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"In LiDAR We Trust" &ndash; Poking the subconscious of autonomous vehicles with special guest Geoff Manaugh, on Archinect Sessions #43</a></li><li><a title="California Legalizes Driverless Cars" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Legalizes Driverless Cars</a></li></ul> The "Park Over the Highway" is now underway Justine Testado 2013-08-14T09:55:00-04:00 >2013-08-22T10:03:29-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Officials from the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the start of the aptly named&#8203; &#8203;"&#8203;Park O&#8203;ver the Highway" plan in St. Louis, Missouri earlier this month. The plan's objective is to connect the iconic Gateway Arch grounds and Downtown St. Louis by building a park over the Interstate-70, which has divided the city from the Mississippi waterfront for the past 50 years. Last month, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Missouri Department of Transportation </a>(MoDOT) awarded <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KCI Construction Company</a> $26.4 million to begin construction. The project is expected to be done by Fall 2015.</p> <p> As depicted in the rendering above, the extensive renovation project also involves re-routing roads, laying groundwork pedestrian and bike paths, and general enhancement of the landscape&#8203;.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Funds for the entire $380 million plan came from public sources like federal grants and a voter-approved local sales tax as well as private contributions from major supporters like the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CityArchRiver</a> foundation.</p> <p> <br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> U.S. Transportation ...</p>