Streetline Launches Smart Parking Program for University of Maryland

April 2, 2011

Streetline, Inc. today announced that the University of Maryland College Park has deployed Streetline’s smart parking solutions including its free smartphone app “Parker.” The new sensor-based system gives visitors real-time insight about open parking spaces in select areas throughout the College Park campus including information about the availability of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.
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INRIX 2010 Traffic Scorecard

April 2, 2011

Drawing on five years of trend data, this 2010 Annual Report documents that after three years of relatively modest traffic congestion, America is now back on the road to gridlock with a vengeance. The data tells congestion is on its way back, even with only modest urban area job growth. And traffic is particularly worst in areas and specific locations where congestion levels remained elevated even at the deepest depths of the recession.
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Internship Alert: 2011 SUMMER INTERNSHIP – Eno Transportation Foundation @ Washington, DC

March 31, 2011

The Eno Transportation Foundation (Eno) in Washington, D.C., is offering a summer 2011 internship opportunity beginning in May or June. This is a great opportunity to learn about the transportation industry and gain valuable experience and contacts. The candidate selected will assist Eno staff with our leadership development programs, public policy forums, and publications. In addition, the successful candidate will research key public policy issues, including current legislation in the U.S. Congress.
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Hyundai Motor Company: Hyundai to Showcase New Thinking at the 2011 Seoul Motor Show

March 31, 2011

Smart Connectivity System, which allows drivers to connect their smart phones and tablet PCs with the vehicle; Motion Sensor Moustick, which recognizes the driver’s hand movements through sensors to control the car’s audio and navigation system; Dynamic Cluster, an LCD gauge and information system that is driver-customizable; Car Browser System and Web Platform, a fully functional Internet terminal; and Multifunctional Safety Vision System, a four-camera, 360-degree view around the vehicle.
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CMU, Cranberry to team on traffic data, technology

March 31, 2011

“[The traffic signals] don’t have enough brains. It seems like they should, but they don’t,” said Duane McKee, Cranberry assistant township manager. Change is on the horizon, though, and Cranberry’s state-of-the-art traffic data collection systems will play a role. Cranberry is entering into an agreement with Carnegie Mellon University to further the efforts of the Traffic21 project, a university-wide research initiative aimed at integrating technology into public transportation projects.
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Study Finds Access to Real-Time Mobile Information Could Raise Status of Public Transit: Part III

March 31, 2011

A few months ago, Latitude Research (in collaboration with Next American City), asked regular drivers in Boston and San Francisco to go car-free for one week and to rely on other forms of transit instead. Participants shared their experiences and ideas for improvement, suggesting opportunities to redesign the experience of going car-free (e.g. not owning a car) so that it’s more convenient, personalized and enjoyable—largely through the help of mobile information technologies.
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TE-31 Dynamic Traffic Flow Modeling and Control

March 31, 2011

The design, analysis, and evaluation of many Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) requires a good working knowledge of traffic flow modeling 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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Groundwork being prepared for traffic monitoring system

March 31, 2011

Qatar will soon become the first country in the region to offer an indigenous key intelligent traffic monitoring system (ITMS) solution that will enable the development and introduction of new applications and services targeting transport, logistics and transit sectors.
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Young entrepreneur creates Speedbump safe driving app

March 31, 2011

There are various mobile apps that try and deter teenagers from texting and speaking on their cellphones while driving. But until this week I hadn’t come across any safe driving apps that were actually developed by one of the very teenagers who could theoretically benefit from such an app.
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SHRP 2 Research Report S2-S05-RR-1: Design of the In-Vehicle Driving Behavior and Crash Risk Study: In Support of the SHRP 2 Naturalistic Driving Stud

March 31, 2011

Design of the In-Vehicle Driving Behavior and Crash Risk Study provides a summary of the key aspects of the planning effort supporting the SHRP 2 Naturalistic Driving Study (NDS). SHRP 2 Safety Project S05: Design of the In-Vehicle Driving Behavior and Crash Risk Study (Study Design) designed the SHRP 2 NDS, which will collect data—on the order of 1 petabyte (1,000 terabytes)—on “naturalistic,” or real-world, driving behavior over a 2-year period beginning in fall 2010. The resulting data will 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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Honda Civic Gets A ChargeCar EV Conversion

March 30, 2011

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have debut their converted, all-electric 2002 Honda Civic. The converted vehicle is a production prototype for the ChargeCar Electric Vehicle Conversion Project. The ChargeCar project is part of Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute’s CREATE Lab, a program that works with local garages to develop necessary methods to convert 2001-2005 Honda Civics into all-electric vehicles. The project also recently converted a 2006 Toyota Scion xB.
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Ericsson, Cisco, GE Launch New Cities Foundation

March 30, 2011

The foundation is launching several task forces, each led by a founding member, to explore innovative solutions in pilot cities. Current task forces are focusing on mobility and transport, intelligent public buildings, waste management and e-health. Using a range of multimedia tools, these innovations will be widely shared, the organization says.
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Ten (Possible) Transport Innovations for America in 2012

March 30, 2011

Two weeks ago, the US Department of Transportation released its annual funding report and funding recommendations for 2012. The funding report is prepared by the Federal Transit Administration and issued by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Whilst not a huge document, in its 43 pages it details the funding allocations for projects that are ready and eligible for funding across the United States. Of particular interest are 10 proposed projects which are being recommended for funding. Six of these are Bus Rapid Transit Systems, eight are west of Texas, with one in Florida and the other in Michigan:
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Rogers, Carnahan Introduce Bill to Implement Smart Transportation Technologies

March 30, 2011

The Smart Technologies for Communities Act would create a competitive pilot program in up to six communities across the country to serve as model deployment sites for large-scale installation and operation of ITS technologies to improve safety, mobility and the environment. Examples of technology solutions include “connected” vehicles that avoid crashes, stress-sensing bridges, active traffic management to reduce congestion, electronic tolling systems to avoid the wait at the toll booth, and real-time traffic, transit, and parking information for commuters.
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Evaluation of the Potential Safety Benefits of Collision Avoidance Technologies through Vehicle to Vehicle Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC)

March 29, 2011

Austroads has released a report that explores the potential reductions in serious casualties in Australia from widespread adoption of dedicated short-range communication-based technologies that allow for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication. The report may be downloaded for free after registering on the Austroads website.
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Transportation Secure Data Center

March 29, 2011

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has launched a website designed to be a centralized secure repository for transportation data that may not have been able to be shared in the past because it includes personal information. Access to the data will be restricted, and users will need to complete an application process before receiving approval for controlled interaction with the data.
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HCM2010 Webinar Series: Application of the New Active Traffic Management Chapter

March 29, 2011

TRB is cosponsoring a webinar on April 14, 2011, from 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. EDT, which is being conducted by the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), that will explore the Highway Capacity Manual 2010’s (HCM2010) new chapter on active traffic management (ATM). The session will examine and evaluate the concepts of ATM strategies and their potential application to affect demand, capacity, and performance of highway facilities. Participants must register in advance of the webinar, space is limited, and there is a fee for non-TRB Sponsor employees.
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Technology key to road safety

March 29, 2011

You will be watched as you make your way home on your daily commute.
Or when you go to the mall this weekend.
Or head to the in-laws’ in a neighboring city.
In fact, drivers throughout Maricopa County typically are being monitored. But it’s not as scary as it seems. What sounds like “Big Brother” is actually SMART, an acronym for systematically managed arterials, which works to relieve traffic congestion on major commercial and metropolitan roadways.
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New Smart Phone App Will Block Distracted Driving — But Is It Practical?

March 29, 2011

Last week Sprint announced that later this year it will offer a smart-phone app, called Drive First, designed to minimize distracted driving. When activated, Drive First will lock the cell phone screen, redirect incoming calls to voice mail, block text-message alerts, and automatically tell incoming texters that, we’re sorry, but the number you are trying to reach is currently driving. The app will allow access to three emergency contacts and GPS navigation devices.
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Can Auckland’s traffic jams be solved by tech? International experts meet

March 29, 2011

Experts from Australia, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and New Zealand have arrived today to attend the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) summit, where they will discuss how technologies can improve road safety, reduce congestion and pollution, and make the best use of existing infrastructure while providing integrated transport, a release from host organization ITS NZ said today.
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I-75 in line for ‘smart’ upgrade

March 29, 2011

The Florida Department of Transportation plans to break ground early next year on an Intelligent Transportation System, or ITS, for the 59.7-mile stretch of I-75 between Interstate 275 near Parrish and the Sarasota/Charlotte county line. The system will include sensors embedded in the road, closed-circuit TV cameras mounted on poles, and overhead electronic signs installed at various locations, all linked by fiber-optic cable, officials said. Its goal: to better monitor and improve traffic flow, give drivers real-time information on traffic and weather conditions, help emergency crews respond quicker to crashes and make hurricane evacuations more orderly.
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Panelists: Highway bill needs innovation funding

March 29, 2011

SCRANTON – City Hall hosted one of the final information-gathering sessions of the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Friday, as panelists offered suggestions on the nation’s future plans to three committee members. U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta listens during transportation hearing Friday in City Council chambers at Scranton City Hall. The message Friday was clear: A new highway reauthorization bill and infrastructure plan must include funding for innovation and investment into research and training.
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Majority of Europeans Willing to Compromise to Embrace Green Travel

March 29, 2011

Vice-President Siim Kallas, Commissioner responsible for transport, said: “These results are a great boost to the EU’s efforts to make transport more sustainable. It shows people understand the stakes and are willing to do their bit to reduce their impact on the environment. Smart initiatives such as pay-as-you-drive schemes and a single ticket covering all possible transport modes make use of the latest technology and enable people to make a well-informed choice about how they choose to travel.”
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On a tech drive

March 29, 2011

India needs to focus on more innovative ways to implement IT for applications other than Electronic Toll Collection in order to fully exploit the benefits of Intelligent Transport Systems.
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Telvent to implement its SmartMobility system on Spain’s Las Pedrizas Highway

March 29, 2011

Telvent’s SmartMobility Road Suite, operators will have real-time information of traffic conditions inside the two tunnels as well as on the highway, enabling them to respond quickly and effectively to any emergency. The SmartMobility platform will also provide drivers with real-time information on highway conditions, alerting them to accidents, traffic jams, and adverse weather conditions, in order to improve road safety. Additionally, it will enhance the efficiency and accuracy of toll operations, reducing travel times and minimizing drivers’ inconvenience.
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