Q: The other day I saw an autonomous vehicle delivered to the San Jose International Airport. The next day I saw it sitting in the yard near the economy lot. It’s a Transdev Easymile. Apparently, they’re rolling out pilot programs in North America after similar deployments in Europe. Could you find out if the airport’s planning to experiment with it?
A: Testing is underway. The airport is now evaluating autonomous vehicles and how they can transport customers within its parking lots. This is being done with Transdev, the current on-airport shuttle operator. A few important points about this vehicle:
- It is a prototype and is not in use at any other airport.
- It is technically rated for 12 passengers but could be used in an airport setting for 8-9 passengers with luggage.
- The prototype is for demo purposes only and is not completely ADA compliant.
- The vehicle is being tested in a vacant area (a previous parking lot) located on the airport’s west side.
- The autonomous vehicle is not currently parked in nor will it be tested in SJC’s economy lot.
Q: Are there any mile markers signs left on Bay Area highways where we could check our speedometer distances? I use to see them all over but I haven’t found one. I want to check my car to see if its speedometer setting matches the tire size.
A: There are no longer any milepost markers on California highways. A few were installed on Kern County freeways about 10 years ago but they were recently removed. They created confusion when it came to responding to roadway incidents.
There are no plans to add milepost markers because the state has so many miles of freeways it would be very expensive to install and maintain them. But the state continues to place exit numbers at freeway interchanges; these numbers are based on mileposts and are probably about as close as we’re going to get to having a statewide mileage tracking system.
Q: What are the roadside devices with a round top supported by four legs, with an adjacent solar panel. One is located south of Bailey Avenue on Highway 101 in Coyote Valley.
A: Solar panels and other equipment provide earthquake warnings of shifting ground underneath.
Q: My hair used to be blond according to the DMV. Now it’s none!
A: Problem solved!
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