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Vehicles of the Future will be Intelligent, Connected, Driver-Optional, and eventually Driverless

April 19, 2011

AUVSI and NDIA are pleased to present the inaugural Transportation Technology Transfer Initiative (T3I) Conference. Join us as leaders from the Department of Defense, Department of Transportation and industry share the latest developments in intelligent vehicle technology. Learn how collaboration among key interests can advance concepts leading to saving lives on the battlefield and on the nation’s highways. May 24-25, 2011 in Crystal City, VA.
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Leading Transportation Experts from Bombardier, IBM and Eaton to Share their Vision for Future Travel at Frost & Sullivan’s Flagship Event in London

April 19, 2011

‘Intelligence-on-the-go’ will be the focus of the track, providing an insight into fully integrated, multi-modal solutions and new business models for public transport, and specifically considering the role that High Speed Rail, mobility integrators, and hybrid powered buses can play in tomorrow’s transportation networks. The conference is a “Must Attend” for individuals and companies looking to generate, evaluate and implement actionable strategies in their market place.
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22nd Enhanced Safety of Vehicles Conference

April 19, 2011

The ESV Conference will be held in Washington, DC at the Gaylord National Hotel and
Convention Center June 13-16, 2011. The program is a global opportunity for exchanging

innovative vehicle safety research technologies and real world data to help save lives,

prevent injuries and reduce vehicle-related crashes. This event is one of the world’s

premier conferences in the field of vehicle safety research.
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Robots to invade Shaler’s sewer system

April 14, 2011

Kevin Creagh, township engineer, explained that RedZone Robotics Inc., of Carnegie Mellon University, has divided the township into eight areas and each year sends robotic cameras into a section of the sanitary sewer system looking for breaks, leaks, roots and other invaders that need to be terminated before they cause expensive damage. The automated technology has saved Shaler some serious money — at least $300,000 a year.

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Ford, GM, Tech Firms Driving To ‘Smart’ Car Era

April 14, 2011

Within a few years, increasingly autonomous cars will be able to brake and change lanes on their own to avoid collisions and smooth the flow of traffic. Cars could also become able to talk with one another, so when a driver is forced to make a sudden stop, the cars behind would automatically be alerted.
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Traffic sensors expected to help forecast backups

April 14, 2011

IBM, Caltrans and a UC Berkeley transportation research center this morning will announce the collaborative project to help commuters steer around congestion by warning them of anticipated troubles on the road and predicting trip times.
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How Smarter Parking Technology Will Reduce Traffic Congestion

April 14, 2011

Between 8% and 74% of traffic in congested downtown areas is caused by people cruising for parking, according to a report by UCLA professor Donald Shoup who synthesized studies from 70 years of research on the subject. The paper indicates that drivers in major cities — including San Francisco, Sydney, New York and London — spend between 3.5 and 14 minutes searching for a space each time they park.
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Analysis of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Concept of Operations in ITS Applications

April 12, 2011

The University of Minnesota’s Center for Transportation Studies has released a report that explores development of a framework for the design of concept of operations that use small uninhabited aerial systems to support intelligent transportation system (ITS) applications of highway and transportation infrastructure monitoring.
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Dynamic Travel Information Personalized and Delivered to Your Cell Phone

April 12, 2011

The Florida Department of Transportation has released a report that explores the development of technology that delivers dynamic, personalized traffic alerts only when the alert is relevant to the user’s real-time location or predicted next destination and departure time.
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FHWA R&T Now – March 2011

April 12, 2011

A news update of research, technology, and development from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

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NHTSA Vehicle Safety and Fuel Economy Rulemaking and Research Priority Plan: 2011-2013

April 12, 2011

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a plan that describes the projects the agency plans to work on in the rulemaking and research areas for calendar years 2011 to 2013. The list of activities in the plan is not exhaustive; it includes only programs and projects that are priorities or will take significant agency resources.
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TRB Webinar: Communicating the Value of Research: A Focus on Successful State DOT Practices and Case Studies

April 12, 2011

TRB will be conducting a web briefing or “webinar” on May 5, 2011, from 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. EDT that will explore practices that can assist research staff employed at state departments of transportation in communicating the value of research to their leadership. Registration is open to all, and participants must register to attend the event.
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ITS video competition “Bringing Intelligence into Mobility”!

April 12, 2011

The closing date for the submission of videos is 15 May 2011. The three most popular videos with the best average score after 1 June 2011 will be shown at the VIP dinner of the European ITS Congress in Lyon, which will also serve as the ERTICO 20th anniversary celebration. At the VIP dinner, the 250 guests will vote to select the winning video, which will be shown and celebrated at the Closing Ceremony of the European ITS Congress in Lyon.
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Invention – How the Superbus works

April 12, 2011

It is electric, so no fumes. It has a top speed of 250 kph/ 155 MPH. It really is more like a limousine than a traditional bus. The idea is to combine the vehicle with “intelligent routing” to provide a new form or transportation.

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Amsterdam and car2go go electric

April 11, 2011

car2go today announced to bring its innovative mobility program to Amsterdam before end of 2011 and decided to run one of the world’s first large scale carsharing fleets of pure electric vehicles there with 300 smart fortwo cars.
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Bombardier Redefines the Future of Urban Transportation at the 59th UITP World Congress in Dubai

April 11, 2011

Bombardier Transportation will showcase two of its most recent and major innovations in the field of urban mobility – the BOMBARDIER PrimoveCity e-mobility solution and the BOMBARDIER INNOVIA Monorail 300 system – at the 59th World Congress and Exhibition of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) in Dubai, April 11-14, 2011.
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‘Smart card’ electronic fare system to come to Philadelphia

April 11, 2011

The new system is “open,” according to SEPTA, in an effort to attract new riders. It will apply to trains, buses and trolleys and accept bank cards, mobile devices and other “smart” technologies.
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Siemens Revamps Its Industrial Business

April 11, 2011

  • Everything to do with power distribution and transportation equipment will become a new “Infrastructure and Cities” division. And the same goes for its building technology operations, which produce building automation, fire safety and security equipment.

The new arm will employ 81,000 people and generate approximately $23 billion in revenue. It will focus on tapping into fast-growing infrastructure demand around the world.’

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China must look within to drive development of smart cities

April 11, 2011

“China has few companies capable of challenging the multinational corporations that are pioneering smart city infrastructure, such as IBM Corp. and Cisco Systems Inc.”

In this month’s Telecom, Media, and Technology guest column, Zhang Shenwei and Xu Liyan, researchers at the Samsung Economic Research Institute in Beijing, talk to Interfax about the challenges China is facing in developing smart cities.
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Not driving much? Share your car.

April 11, 2011

Car sharing services use a bundle of new technologies including smart cards instead of keys, mobile apps for registration and smart tracking devices for security.
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ATMOS 2011 : Algorithmic Approaches for Transportation Modeling, Optimization, and Systems

April 11, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS 11TH WORKSHOP ON ALGORITHMIC APPROACHES FOR TRANSPORTATION MODELING, OPTIMIZATION, AND SYSTEMS (ATMOS)
September 8, 2011 Saarbruecken, GERMANY

Since 2000, the series of ATMOS workshops brings together researchers and practitioners who are interested in all aspects of algorithmic methods and models for transportation optimization and provides a forum for the exchange and dissemination of new ideas and techniques.
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Ford, GM, Tech Firms Driving To ‘Smart’ Car Era

April 11, 2011

Last week, U.S. Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Russ Carnahan, D-Mo., introduced a bill to accelerate a public-private “smart car” effort called Intelligent Transportation Systems. The bill calls for testing such systems in six communities. Big car companies and tech leaders such as IBM (IBM), Intel (INTC) and Qualcomm (QCOM) support the bill.
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Transit ITS Regional Workshop

April 8, 2011

Audience: This is an introductory level workshop. The content is geared for transit professionals including planners, engineers, and operations managers that will be involved in the planning, implementation, and ongoing management of transit ITS applications.

Description: The goal of this workshop is to increase awareness of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and how the transit core suite of technologies can be deployed to deliver safer and more efficient transit services.

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lToyota and Microsoft Hook Up To Make Automobiles the “Ultimate Mobile Device”

April 8, 2011

“This next step forward with Toyota is just one more way we are demonstrating our commitment to connect the devices and power the services that are important to consumers,” said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, in a statement. The two companies said they will develop and deploy telematics applications on the Windows Azure platform, starting with Toyota’s electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in 2012. Toyota says the cars will play a big part in “smart centers,” the onboard systems “capable of better managing overall energy consumption of cars and homes.”

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Intelligent Transportation Systems Video Challenge

April 6, 2011

The United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) wants you to grab your camera and show us how ITS technologies are making transportation better in your community. The ITS Video Challenge is sponsored by the U.S. DOT Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Federal Highway Administration, and Federal Transit Administration.’

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