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One of two fully autonomous Navya Arma vehicles that will shuttle students beginning this fall. They will be constructed in NAVYA's new Saline plant.
Tyler Scott / Michigan Radio

 


Domino's and Ford have started testing driverless-car pizza delivery in Ann Arbor. MCity will test a driverless shuttle around the University of Michigan’s North Campus starting this fall.

No doubt about it, driverless cars are coming. And with that comes a new challenge: how to make those driverless cars safe for pedestrians.

A SMART bus
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The plan to link four Southeast Michigan counties with one regional transit system failed at the ballot box last November. It was rejected by some by 18,000 votes.

That has the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan thinking of ways to make the plan more appealing to more voters.

illustration of trail
City of Detroit

Cyclists and pedestrians will soon have an easier time getting around Detroit.

What was once abandoned railroad track will become 7.5 miles of paved trails for biking and walking. The city used $4.3 million in state grants to purchase 76 acres of land from the Conrail railroad company.

The new trail will help fill the biggest gap in the city’s Inner Circle Greenway, a 26-mile loop of bike lanes and trails encircling the city. 

Map showing the top 100 travel patterns based on trips taken in 2010.
RTA of Southeast Michigan

In the November election, voters in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties must vote on whether to approve a tax that would fund new transportation between the four counties. 

When you walk into the voting booth, this is the language you will see on your ballot.

Some of you may already know exactly how you're voting, but for those of you looking for more information about the proposal, we've got you covered.

What transportation is being proposed

Paige Pfleger / Michigan Radio

A bus company in Detroit sees a future for the city where every kid can get a ride to their after-school programs, and then back to their door for free. 

A new study suggests that Detroit is the most dangerous city in the Midwest for pedestrians.

The study comes from the National Complete Streets Coalition, a non-profit that advocates modifying streetscapes to accommodate more than cars.

It calculated a “Pedestrian Danger Index” that ranked Detroit the 11th most-dangerous metro area in the country—and the most dangerous outside the South.

The Spoke Folks, a Grand Rapids non-profit, wants to put "More Butts On Bikes" and help people maintain them.
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Changes are happening in the way we've relied on cars and trucks to get us where we want to go. But can people really get around without cars? 

Micki Maynard has founded a new journalism project called Curbing Cars. Part of this project is her e-book, Curbing Cars: America's Independence from the Auto Industry, which was published by Forbes. She joined us on Stateside. 

*Listen to the full interview above.

U-M sets goal of driverless car network by 2021

Nov 10, 2013

The University of Michigan has announced a collaboration with government and business to make its hometown of Ann Arbor the first American city with a shared fleet of networked, driverless vehicles by 2021. 

The school says its Mobility Transformation Center is pursuing the goal of having a driverless vehicle system in operation within eight years.

Detroit Bikes Facebook Page

A  Detroit-based bike manufacturer is holding its grand opening event tonight. Detroit Bikes is part of a mini-trend of companies like AutoBike and Detroit Bicycle. But it's the only company making bike frames in the city.