Will driverless cars make our streets much safer?

One of the great promises of driverless cars is a huge reduction in the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads. This is because these vehicles will be able to stick to the road rules and react much faster than people can, avoiding the human error that is generally the cause of crashes and their resulting injuries or fatalities: Superhuman driving skills Once a computer model is created, then it’s loaded into the car’s brain and hooked up to the rest of the car’s sensors to create real-world model of the car’s environment.…
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Mt Eden bus improvements to go ahead

Earlier this year Auckland Transport consulted on what should have been a relatively straight forward change to improve buses along Mt Eden Rd. It involved adding some new bus lanes, extending the hours of operation of them, amending some parking on streets surrounding the town centre, and lengthening the bus stops in the middle of the village.…
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CRL May-18 Update

It’s been a while since our last update on the progress of New Zealand’s biggest singe transport project, the City Rail Link. Here are a couple of quick updates on progress so far, or lack of it in some cases. Construction Britomart Inside the former Chief Post Office (CPO), they’ve been busy transferring the building over to a supportive frame so that they can then start excavation for the tunnels.…
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Public feedback on the Regional Fuel Tax

Tomorrow the Council will make their final decision on whether to proceed with the Regional Fuel Tax – which is fundamental to delivering the ATAP transport programme by helping to fund the following projects: As part of the legislative requirements for introducing the fuel tax, the Council undertook consultation earlier this month on the proposal.…
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May-18 AT Board Meeting

Today is the latest Auckland Transport board meeting and as I do, I’ve been through the board papers to find the interesting bits. Closed Session There’s quite a bit in the closed session this meeting. Some of the items for decision/approval include: Matakana Link Road – Presumably this is AT staff asking the board to approve a 50km/h urban road that’s more expensive per km than most motorway projects.…
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