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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ITS America launches Technology Scan report series

April 6, 2011

The first of several Technology Scan reports is now available. The series assesses emerging, converging and enabling technologies outside the domain of mainstream transportation research. ITS America is surveying technologies that will potentially impact state-of-the-art or state of the practice in ITS deployment over the next decade, with an emphasis on the “connected vehicle.”
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How to Hail a Passenger

April 6, 2011

5 April 2011—Sure, your smartphone can help you find a cab, and it probably uses GPS to do it. But now that most taxi drivers are also equipped with GPS, what kinds of smart applications are helping them find you? The millions of taxi GPS devices are creating huge stores of data that researchers are mining to solve routing problems, improve dispatch operations, and shake up the economics of transportation.
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Cell Carriers To Roll Out “Mobile Wallets” In Utah

April 6, 2011

A joint venture between three of the nation’s four largest cell phone carriers will soon offer the United States’ first commercially available mobile fare payment program to a public transportation system. Isis, a mobile commerce joint venture between AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, announced Tuesday it will roll out the pilot program in Salt Lake City in 2012, offering an alternative to credit and debit cards for Utah Transit Authority fare payments.

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Pennsylvania drivers could be taxed on miles traveled, not gas usage Read more: Pennsylvania drivers could be taxed on miles traveled, not gas usage

April 6, 2011

Taxing motorists on the miles they drive — rather than the gas they use — could provide a more stable source of funding for transportation, the chairman of the state House Transportation Committee said yesterday…
So state Rep. Rick Geist, R-Altoona, said a proposal to study a possible vehicle-mileage tax will be included in the transportation funding package for the next fiscal year. He characterized such a tax as a “user fee.”
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Pennsylvania Lawmakers Explore Mileage Tax

April 6, 2011

There’s a number of technologies, one is a transponder in your car that would go to a central monitoring facility that would monitor the miles you drive and then you’d be billed as a result of those miles,” McGeehan said on NewsRadio 1020 on Tuesday, adding that he was only explaining the proposal, not advocating it.
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Fly Ruby – New App Reviewed

April 6, 2011

FlyRuby helps user find available private jet flights. The application goes beyond a simple airfare search. It operates based on an artificial intelligence scheduling technology developed by Dr. Stephen Smith…
FlyRuby was founded in 2011 by CEO Michael Leek. Leek had a good idea, but needed assistance to get it off the ground. With the help and technological developments of Dr. Smith (who is also the company CTO), they were able to get things started. The founding of the application was secured through an exclusive license provided by the Carnegie Mellon University.
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Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Crash Fatalities in 2010

April 6, 2011

The U.S. Federal Highway Administration has released a traffic safety facts sheet that that estimates that 32,788 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2010. This represents a decline of about 3 percent as compared to the 33,808 fatalities that occurred in 2009.
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Design of the In-Vehicle Driving Behavior and Crash Risk Study: In Support of the SHRP 2 Naturalistic Driving Study

April 6, 2011

The resulting data is expected to provide a wealth of information regarding driving behavior, lane departures, and intersection activities, which is anticipated to be of interest to transportation safety researchers and others for at least 20 years.
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Mark Your Calendar for Driving Assessment 2011!

April 6, 2011

TRB is cosponsoring the 6th International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training, and Vehicle Design on June 27-30, 2011, in Olympic Valley – Lake Tahoe, California. The symposium is designed to provide an interdisciplinary forum for scientific exchange between users of driving assessment tools, applications, and technology. Attendance will be limited, so you are encouraged to register early. Early bird registration expires May 15, 2011. Full-time student reduced registration fees are available.

Talking Trains (Again) With IBM’s Head Of Rail Innovation

April 5, 2011

I think connecting all of those things is information technology. The ability to seamlessly integrate that travel experience and provide all that information on the mobile device becomes very important. So if you’re arriving 15 minutes early, and if you wish to catch the earlier train, this is the information that’s pushed to you based on you opting-in to receive that information [on your phone]. You can then look at social media, like some of these coupon-based programs, so when you arrive at a certain location you get a special from the local small businesses in this area, whether that’s a restaurant or retailer. All of that information can be pushed to you, spurring economic activity around these nodes.
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GM Woos Google: Collaboration Would Compete with Ford/Microsoft’s Sync Read more: http://wot.motortrend.com/gm-woos-google-collaboration-would-compet

April 5, 2011

General Motors is negotiating with Internet search behemoth and new smartphone marketer Google to develop in-car telematics to compete with Ford and Microsoft’s Sync/MyFord systems, sources say. One says Google would sell its Android operating system for in-car use. The operating system supports Google’s Android smartphone, the new competitor to Apple’s iPhone.
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A Green and Intelligent Paradigm for the Auto Industry

April 5, 2011

IT Times was able to get some time with Choi Joong-Kyung, Minister of Knowledge Economy, to ask him questions about this Seoul Motor Show 2011. The following are excerpts from the interview with him – Ed.
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New Video: Guangzhou’s Bus Rapid Transit System

April 5, 2011

Streetfilms, in collaboration with the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), recently released a video highlighting Guangzhou, China’s bus rapid transit (BRT) system, which we covered here on TheCityFix back in January. Guangzhou’s BRT system won the 2011 Sustainable Transport Award for making great strides in increasing mobility, reducing greenhouse emissions and air pollution, and improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
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ITS America Webinar with RITA Administrator Peter Appel

April 2, 2011

ITS America’s Spring Webinar lineup kicked off on Wednesday with a special presentation by U.S. DOT’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) Administrator Peter Appel and Deputy Administrator Robert Bertini. View Webinar Here

Fewer Traffic Headaches in Downtown Chattanooga?

April 2, 2011

This is just the start of a much bigger project. After the signals are replaced, then comes the regional ITS, or intelligent transportation system. Van Winkle compares it to T-DOT’s current interstate system, which has cameras and message boards warning drivers of traffic issues.
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Car2go carsharing service is a great idea that deserves to grow

April 2, 2011

Daimler has placed 300 special Smart ForTwos into downtown Austin. Anyone who wants to can pay a $35 fee (not an annual fee) and then use their membership card to unlock the doors of any unused Fortwo parked anywhere. Once you’re inside the car, you type in your PIN (this step prevents someone from absconding with a vehicle in your name if you lose your card) and then drive to where you want to go.
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BMW to Set Up Tech Incubator in NYC, Looking for App Developers

April 2, 2011

BMW yesterday announced it will set up a tech incubator in New York City and is prepared to invest as much as US$100 million in start-ups developing location-based smartphone apps. The fund, which will operate under the auto maker’s iVentures platform, hopes to seed innovative apps that will “improve personal mobility in urban areas and deliver extra comfort or smart advantages”, BMW said.
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