December 1, 2020


Electric automaker Rivian will makes its hands-free driver assistance system standard in every vehicle it builds, including its first two vehicles — the RT1 pickup truck and R1S SUV — that are coming to market in 2021.

Details about the system, which is branded as Driver+, was just one of numerous new bits of information released Wednesday on its website, including prices and specs on its R1T pickup truck and R1S SUV.

Rivian said the driver assistance system will automatically steer, adjust speed and change lanes on command. The capabilities of the system that Rivian describes suggests it is a Level 2 system as designated by SAE International. Level 2 means the system can perform two or more parts of the driving task under supervision of the driver. To support this level of driving, the system will be powered by two redundant compute platforms, 12 ultrasonic sensors, 10 exterior cameras, five radars and high-precision GPS. This essentially gives the vehicle 360-camera and radar visibility. It’s robust suite of hardware that exceeds what Tesla uses for its driver assistance system. The hardware suite is similar to GM’s hands-free Super Cruise system with the exception that Rivian appears to have more cameras.

Rivian is also placing driver-monitoring system that includes a cabin-facing camera in its vehicles to ensure that drivers keep their eyes on the road when the system is engaged. Initially, the hands-free system will only be available on select highways and then expand over time — improvements achieved via over-the-air software updates — to include a broader geographic area and more road types. This is similar to GM’s approach with its hands-free Super Cruise system, which was initially limited to certain divided highways and eventually expanded.

While there are a number of automakers with Level 2 systems, they vary in capability. GM’s hands-free Super Cruise and Tesla’s Autopilot systems are considered some of the most capable and easy to use, per a recent Consumer Reports evaluation of driver assistance systems. However, Tesla’s system scored lower overall because it lacks a driver monitoring system that makes sure the driver is alert and paying attention to the road.

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You may need help or transportation to get to medical appointments, shopping for
food or other necessities, or for social activities. The Maryland Department of
Transportation (MDOT) provides several transportation programs and services for
senior citizens and individuals with disabilities.There is also local transportation
available through your county or community that may provide transportation. Assistance
options presented on this page include: Mobility/Paratransit,
the Reduced Fare Card Program,
, the MTA Call-A-Ride,
Local Transportation
options, and Driver Safety


A specialized, curb-to-curb service for people with disabilities who are not able
to ride fixed-route public transportation (the term “fixed route” refers to a regular
bus, light rail or subway route). MobilityLink service is provided within
three-quarters of a mile of any fixed-route service in Baltimore City and Baltimore
& Anne Arundel counties. There is a cost to mobility service: The one-way cash fare is $2.00 as of August 2018.

Call 410-764-8181 for more information or go to the web site at

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Reduced Fare Card Program

Senior citizens, 65 years and older, can ride local Bus, Light Rail and Metro Subway
for approximately one-third the regular fare, and approximately one-half the regular
fare on MARC Train service. To participate in the reduced fare program, you must
show valid photo ID that you are age 65 or older; show a disablity ID from a transit
agency and government issued photo id; or show a Medicare card and government issued
photo ID. Call 410-767-3441 or use the web site to find out where you can apply.

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MDOT publishes a list of full service gas stations by county in Maryland for citizens
who need assistance pumping gas. The list includes name and address of station,
phone number and gas brand name. Full service gas stations are available in twenty-two
(22) counties and Baltimore City (only Wicomico County does not have a station on
the latest list). There are over 100 gas stations on the list which can be found
at this link:

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MTA Call-A-Ride Service

The MTA Call-A-Ride Service is available to MTA-certified Mobility customers who
meet the eligibility requirements. Call-A-Ride Service is not part of MTA Mobility
Service, but rather a separate and distinct MTA service provided under contract
with participating area taxicab and sedan companies. Click here for program facts or visit the web site located at:
The MTA Call-A-Ride certification office telephone is 410-764-8181.

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Local Transportation

Some locations in Maryland particularly rural counties may have limited public transportation.
Look for your city or county government web page for local transportation information.
The link that follows will take you to a list of county web pages in Maryland:

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Senior Driver Information

Today, there are more than 18.9 million licensed drivers in the U.S.


The CVA Program is open and accepting applications.  Click here to learn about changes and possible delays during the evolving health and economic crisis.


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Grants and loans for income-qualified Californians

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The Clean Vehicle Assistance Program provides grants and affordable financing to help income-qualified Californians purchase or lease a new or used hybrid or electric vehicle. Our goal is to make clean vehicles accessible and affordable to all who qualify.

The Clean Vehicle Assistance Program is funded by California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities.

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What Vehicles
are Available?

Grants are for new or used clean vehicles. You can get a grant for a hybrid vehicle, a plug-in hybrid, or an electric vehicle. Battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids can also include a home charging station with installation support, up to a $2,000 value.

Learn more about clean vehicles.

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How Do Grants Work?

When all program requirements are met, grants do not need to be repaid. To get a grant, you must receive an Approval Packet prior to purchasing the vehicle and comply with all program requirements throughout the program term.  The grant will be given to the dealer to lower the overall cost of the new or used clean vehicle.

We give grants, not rebates.

To secure a grant, you must receive an Approval Letter BEFORE you purchase a vehicle.

What makes a grant different?

When all program requirements are met, grants do not need to be repaid.

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