Techstorm – June 2, 2011 Fairfax, VA

May 4, 2011

TECHSTORM is open to the technology transfer professionals and researchers from academic institutions and federal labs, corporate in-licensing executives, entrepreneurs, investors and others interested in contributing to the advancement of innovative technologies to market.
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Deeplocal to build Toyota’s Ideas for Good

May 4, 2011

Pittsburgh’s Deeplocal Inc., the East Liberty-based technology, art and engineering house, is working with Toyota on the automaker’s Ideas For Good campaign that will culminate in the firm building five completely new products based on technology developed for the Prius and ideas suggested by the public…

In addition to working with Deeplocal, there is a connection to Carnegie Mellon University. The school and Toyota are in talks to develop a class or some other project that will take the remaining 20 finalists and continue developing those ideas.
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TIMTC, USDOT TO SPONSOR WEBINAR ON WIRELESS ROADSIDE INSPECTION PROGRAMS

April 29, 2011

Trucking industry stakeholders are invited to participate in a free webinar to review preliminary findings for the Wireless Roadside Inspection (WRI) program. WRI is developing a comprehensive and, more importantly, coordinated roadside inspection program for trucks. Motor carriers must currently navigate a maze of Federal, state and local enforcement policies that utilize a variety of manual, semi-automated and advanced technologies.
Please visit the TIMTC website at www.freightmobility.org to register for the webinar or click here.

New app tells texters U R BZZY

April 29, 2011

New Hampshire’s largest Web development company has developed a new smart phone application intended to combat distracted driving – a “deadly epidemic,” according to the U.S. Department of Transportation secretary Ray LaHood. Portsmouth-based PixelMEDIA has developed “Bzzy,” an Android application that when activated automatically responds to texts to inform that the recipient is unavailable to text.

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TE-31 Dynamic Traffic Flow Modeling and Control

April 29, 2011

Course Description:
The design, analysis, and evaluation of many Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) requires a good working knowledge of traffic flow modelling and control techniques, and familiarity with powerful methodologies from the areas of optimization, control, networks and dynamic systems. This intensive 5-day course covers the basic theory and tools necessary for efficient design and evaluation of ITS on road and freeway networks.

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Top Korean firms hold roadshow

April 28, 2011

The Korea-Qatar ITS Roadshow 2011 was held yesterday to promote co-operation between Korean Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) companies and Qatari government institutions….
The delegate from Korea’s Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs showcased a number of technologies developed in Korea, including a system that can measure the speed of a vehicle, compare it to the amount of time before a traffic light changes, and warn the driver before a possible traffic signal violation.
The Korean government has spent billions on research and development in ITS technology, and expect to have fully deployed smart highway technology nationwide by 2020.

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Drive one way, by the minute, with new car-rental service

April 28, 2011

Unlike services such as Zipcar or Vancouver’s Modo – The Car Co-op, which offer rentals by the hour after which cars must be returned to their pickup location, car2go lets users take one-way trips. For example in Austin, cars can be reserved ahead of time or picked up on the spot and dropped off somewhere else, as long as its within the program’s operating area. Car2go is seen by some in the industry more as an alternative to taxis or bike-sharing programs than to traditional car sharing.

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Battelle to Perform $4.1 Million Project for Minnesota Department of Transportation

April 28, 2011

Battelle will conduct a $4.1 million demonstration project for Minnesota’s Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) that will use commercial off-the-shelf technology to determine the feasibility of replacing the gasoline fuel tax with a mileage-based user fee.
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IEEE Standards Association and SAE International Agree to Collaborate on Smart Grid and Vehicle-Electrification Standards

April 28, 2011

PISCATAWAY, N.J. and WARRENDALE, Pa., April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) and SAE International today announced that the two organizations have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a strategic partnership in vehicular technology related to the Smart Grid. In doing so, IEEE-SA and SAE International are striving to create a more efficient and collaborative standards-development environment for the industry participants that they serve.
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Apple, Google, IBM: Different Takes on Location Tracking

April 28, 2011

Let’s contrast the Apple and Google news in the headlines today with an announcement made a couple of weeks ago by IBM about a “First-of-a-Kind Collaboration to Analyze Real-Time Traffic Patterns and Individual Commuter Travel History to Forecast Faster and Safer Routes.”
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“Intelligent Transportation” Grabs the Attention of the World Traffic Safety Symposium in NYC

April 28, 2011

The World Traffic Safety Symposium, founded in 1990, was formed to address the growing concern of traffic injuries and fatalities on roadways. Now celebrating its 20th year, the Symposium is dedicated to bringing automobile manufacturers, law enforcement officials, public and private organizations, and the media together to share information and discuss innovative ways to make traveling safer for drivers and pedestrians.
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Analysis of Crash Data to Estimate the Benefits of Emerging Vehicle Technology

April 27, 2011

The Centre for Automotive Safety Research at the University of Adelaide, Australia, has released a report that explores the potential benefits of some of the safety technologies emerging for passenger vehicles, trucks, and motorcycles. The focus of the report is on systems that actively prevent crashes, but some passive safety features are also examined.
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TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program has issued a request for problem statements identifying research needed for TCRP’s FY 2012 program.

April 27, 2011

TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program has issued a request for problem statements identifying research needed for TCRP’s FY 2012 program. Research problem statements for the TCRP FY 2012 program are due June 15, 2011. These submittals form the basis for selection of the annual TCRP research program.
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Developing an ITS Technology Web Portal for Transit System Leaders

April 27, 2011

TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program has issued a request for proposals to develop content and structure for a web-based knowledge portal for transit system leaders that will be hosted on the American Public Transportation Association’s website. Proposals are due June 6, 2011.
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OnStar Chooses Winning App in Developer Challenge

April 26, 2011

In an effort to find the next original and compelling in-vehicle voice-enabled application, OnStar challenged students enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University, MIT, University of Michigan, University of Texas and University of Toledo to submit voice applications that would help provide a greater level of connectivity to OnStar subscribers.
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Wi-Fi service could hit Boulder bus routes by 2012

April 25, 2011

Information superhighway, meet the slightly slower U.S. 36. The city of Boulder is in preliminary talks with the Regional Transportation District to bring free, wireless Internet service to regional bus routes… Roskowski said the technology would rely on a satellite connection, which would be more stable and reliable than most 3G services that can lose their signal over the Davidson Mesa or other cellular “dead zones.”

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Pennsylvania DEP Announces Alternative Fuel Transportation Projects Grant Opportunity

April 22, 2011

The Department of Environmental Protection is accepting applications for projects to be funded by the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program (AFIG). The program makes available $4 million in grants to assist in funding eligible projects that use or produce biofuels, alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles, or that deploy fuel-saving technology in the transportation sector.
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Bike-Sharing System Coming to Boston

April 22, 2011

Renters will use swipe cards to use Hubway bicycles with costs of $5 per day, and free trips that are 30 minutes or shorter. There will be $85 annual memberships. Users will rent bikes from one station and return them at another across the city, with about 10 bikes available at each station.
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MBTA Hopes New Apps Ease Commuter Pains

April 21, 2011

A new application for smartphones will let riders find out when their bus or train will arrive. The service will soon be available for the commuter rail. “The train is late, and it just doesn’t fly when you’re working for corporate America,” one commuter said.The new technology can’t come soon enough for frustrated passengers, who were stranded or delayed as commuter trains struggled to make it through a tough winter.
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See 33 real time apps here

Highly automated driving takes shape

April 20, 2011

The HAVEit project is intended to make vehicles safer, more environmentally-friendly and fuel efficient by enhancing their level of automation. After more than three years of research work on intelligent driver assistance systems, seven vehicles demonstrating results will be presented in Borås (Sweden).
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Company to test technology on lab buses

April 20, 2011

When David Bruemmer left Idaho National Laboratory in 2009, his aim was to sell robots that detect bombs, make maps and help people stay out of car wrecks. But Bruemmer’s company, 5D Robotics, has branched into other disciplines. The same software that drives a mine-sweeping robot will soon prod INL bus drivers — and perhaps, someday, drivers throughout the world — to be more fuel efficient. In coordination with teams of INL and University of Idaho researchers, 5D will use INL’s fleet of worker-transport buses as guinea pigs for technology they believe will boost fuel efficiency for all kinds of vehicles.
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Zipcar Surges in First Day After Raising $174.3 Million

April 20, 2011

The company, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, raised $174.3 million in its IPO yesterday, after increasing the shares and pricing them above the range. The shares advanced $10 to $28 as of 4 p.m. in Nasdaq Stock Market composite trading, after climbing as much as 75 percent to $31.50.
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Coalition of Business, Highway, Transit and Environmental Leaders Urge Congress to Support Smart Technologies in Transportation Reauthorization Bill

April 20, 2011

Governor Rendell, U.S. Chamber, AAA, ITS America, Automakers, Retailers, other Innovation Leaders Tout Benefits of Intelligent Transportation Systems
A coalition of highway and transit organizations, automakers, safety and environmental advocates, and public and private sector leaders from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses joined forces today to urge Congress to invest in high-tech solutions in the surface transportation reauthorization bill to get the most from our nation’s infrastructure and limited transportation dollars.
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Sitronics Gets $220M to Fight Traffic

April 20, 2011

A source close to the Mayor’s Office (Moscow) said Sitronics would modernize the existing traffic light management system — called Start — through the purchase of new traffic lights, sensors and video monitoring systems, and modernize the management of the city’s mass transit by installing satellite navigation equipment in its rolling stock.
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FDOT sketches ‘smart’ system to untie traffic on Brevard roads

April 20, 2011

To combat congestion, Florida Department of Transportation engineers want to install video cameras and fiber-optic cable to computer-synchronize traffic signals along 10 crowded roadways.“That’s like having a deputy sheriff at every intersection that controls the lights. The light-range varies, depending on the oncoming traffic,”…
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