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On the agenda at budget hearings this week will be energy innovation, the proper size of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), offshore drilling, and oil production on public lands.
Amid the push among cities to reduce emissions and the impetus to lower costs for fuel, the electrification of the bus fleet is set continue, even if the U.S. may take a while to catch other economies, most notably China.
One of the biggest issues for the next Secretary of Transportation will be designing a flexible regulatory framework for autonomous vehicles in which the federal government leads while allowing both industry innovation.
As winner, Columbus will focus on applying a state-of-the-art transportation system towards driving employment and economic growth, while accelerating adoption of electric and autonomous vehicles.
The winners of the Smart City Challenge, which will be announced later this month, will go a long way in coming up with solutions to the many transportation challenges ahead.
Self-driving cars have the potential to bring extraordinary benefits to consumers and society as a whole, but technology is moving faster than policymakers can keep pace with. In order for self-driving vehicles to reach their potential, there needs to be a federal regulatory environment that allows for flexibility and accelerated development.
The announcement, which has been seen as unusually proactive for a federal agency, focuses on a collaborative approach towards creating a “flexible framework,” that can enable driverless car technology to move forward.
A BNSF train derailment and oil spill in northeastern Montana last week brought to light once again the inherent risks in transporting crude throughout the country.