This Traffic Light Senses Bikes, Promotes Road Harmony

January 4, 2012

Cyclists have a new friend out there on the roads: microwaves. And the city of Pleasanton, California, is one of the first cities in the country to roll out this high-tech solution to help cars and bikes share the road.
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Six features you should find in your new car in 2012

January 4, 2012

Mark Phelan of USA TODAY and the Detroit Free Press compiled a list of five features to look for which we’ve expanded to six while adding the Torque News touch.
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Officials propose ride sharing for military employees

January 4, 2012

But this isn’t just your grandma’s carpool. The new program, called real-time ridesharing, will allow commuters to find rides from wherever and whenever they need using a smart phone app. Riders under the new program would be allowed to ride five times for free. After that they would pay drivers $1 per pick-up and 20 cents per mile using a cashless, automated system.
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Driving has lost its cool for young Americans

January 4, 2012

Amidst all the hand-wringing over distracted driving, a critical point is getting lost. The problem isn’t the texting — it’s the driving.
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20m Koreans to have NFC phones this year

January 4, 2012

Five million Koreans already have an NFC phone, says mobile network operator KT, and payments for bus, subway and taxi fares are the most popular NFC applications.
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Your Connected Vehicle Is Arriving

January 4, 2012

As our cars become networked—to the Internet and to one another—new trends in technology and society will redefine transportation. What’s certain: tomorrow’s automobiles will provide experiences that go well beyond driving.
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5 Ways The Smart City Will Change How We Live In 2012

January 4, 2012

Five predictions on how smarter buildings will impact daily life and efficiency of our cities, from IBM’s Smarter Buildings division.
A city’s infrastructure is comprised of a number of systems, including transportation (e.g. roads, bridges, public transportation, etc.), sewage, utility (e.g. gas, electricity, water treatment and delivery), and public and private buildings. Urbanization and proliferation of these systems are key to quality of life, but also create a significant toll on the sustainability, energy efficiency and capacity level of a city.
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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Red Light Running Camera Enforcement in Cedar Rapids

January 4, 2012

The Institute for Transportation at Iowa State University has released a report that assesses the safety effectiveness of the red light-running program that has been implemented in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
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Ignition Magazine: News from TRB’s IDEA Programs Fall/Winter 2011

January 4, 2012

The latest issue of Ignition, a periodic news magazine from TRB’s Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) programs, examines the automated computer-controlled image analysis systems and the asphalt binder cracking device that took the IDEA path to becoming American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials specifications, an innovative signal head vibration absorber, the transit data feeder, and more.
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Snow Site Lets Chicago See if Plows Are Really in a Rut

January 3, 2012

But this year, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration will announce on Tuesday, Chicagoans may test their theories about clout on their computers. Using GPS technology, a new city Web site, ChicagoShovels.org, will provide a map of Chicago’s approximately 300 snowplows, making their way in real time through the neighborhoods. Anyone will have a clear view of who gets what first, and whether plows really sweep more rapidly beside the homes of the mayor, powerful aldermen — or even just the neighbor everyone hates.
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Megabus is accelerating growth for intercity buses

January 3, 2012

For the longest time, travelers going from one city to another turned up their noses at buses, using them only if all other options were impractical. Now, driven by low-cost curbside operators like Megabus.com, city-to-city bus service has had a resurgence…

And many riders were pushed by a desire to use portable electronic devices like tablet computers, laptops and smartphones while traveling, which is not always possible when driving or flying. Ninety-one percent of riders surveyed said they intended to use portable electronic devices while on the bus; field observations revealed that at any given time, more than 40 percent were doing so.

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Beijing Improving Road Network Environment with “Intelligent Transportation”

January 3, 2012

Recently, Beijing Municipal Public Security Traffic Command Center was completed and put into use. The Center integrated 36 real-time online technological systems, forming an urban “intelligent transportation”system with functions of traffic detection, traffic control, command and control, and information services, which can precisely estimate and effectively control urban traffic operation.
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The 5 Most Intriguing Patent Applications of 2011

January 2, 2012

#1 Google Patent #8,078,349: Transitioning a Mixed-Mode Vehicle to Autonomous Mode

We are seeing quite a number of patents that could hint at autonomous vehicles, but there was one element of this patent that struck me and gives this invention substantial credibility. Besides the fact that Google has autonomous vehicles on California roads already, its inventors are particularly noteworthy. Among the listed inventors are Christopher Urmson and Nathaniel Fairfield, both who joined Google from Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute. Urmson is especially interesting because he was the technical leader of the Tartan racing team, which won the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge for the university.

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Eye tracking may enable researchers to determine the cause of crashes

January 1, 2012

Researchers at Montana State University’s Western Transportation Institute (Bozeman, MT, USA) are outfitting a new vehicle with eye-tracking sensors to help them understand why young drivers are unable to perceive road hazards.
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Tourniquets to Robots, Iraq War Innovations Finding Wider Use

January 1, 2012

The ground robots whose technologies were adapted from the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Grand Challenge program — it offered a $2 million prize for a vehicle to drive autonomously over 132 miles in the desert — may lead one day to autonomous cars, said Peter Singer, author of “Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century” and director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at the Brookings Institution in Washington.
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Phila. ranked among best at social media

December 31, 2011

The list of award winners was released last week by GovFresh, a website that says it “works to inspire government-citizen collaboration” and features, among other things, “the ideas and technology that are changing how government works.”…
ReRoute.it, which helps people make better transportation choices, was named the Best Transit App,…
and Septa.mobi, for the Best Transit App award…
All this activity allowed Philadelphia to tie Chicago as a runner up to New York for the City of the Year award and Williamson County, Texas, as a runner up to New York for the Best Use of Social Media award.
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Social Innovation: Car Sharing will be Big News in the U.S. in 2012

December 29, 2011

In 2012 car-sharing will become a popular social enterprise initiative in America as more states start to opt in – imagine a world with fewer cars, without traffic jams, and with less pollution. The actual concept of car-sharing is where members have access to a fleet of cars for short-term use throughout the day, which reduces the need for one or more personal vehicles. In California, which passed legislation last year, personal car-sharing is becoming very popular. Next to follow suit is Oregon, which will become the second place to let people rent out their cars.
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Transportation Department introduces Map App (AUDIO)

December 29, 2011

The Traveler Information App, better known as the “map app” is now available from the State Transportation Department. They have developed it to give people an idea of how clear the larger roads in the state are as the weather gets bad this winter. Department Spokesman Matt Hiebert says the application gives a map of the state, with all the major roads highlighted. They’re color coded to indicate road conditions or construction.
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Scott Belcher, Intelligent Transportation Systems America

December 29, 2011

Scott Belcher is the President and CEO, Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America). Belcher talks about ITS America and the transportation available in America. ITS America utilizes GPS, smartphones, connected vehicles to achieve intelligent means to make driving faster and safer. There are companies at ITS America that are creating different modes of transportation, on the road and in other means.
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MTA Responds and Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association Wants Red Light Cameras

December 29, 2011

This week, The Bay News reports on a bill in the Assembly in Albany, which would legalize red light cameras to catch speeders. The Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association (MBNA) supports the legislation and, if passed, is ready to petition Albany to install the cameras along Oriental Boulevard to curb speeding, although Community Board 15 voted to reject cameras for the district earlier this year.
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Ten Electric Cars Coming in 2012

December 29, 2011

The year 2011 was a landmark year for EVs. We witnessed regional launches of the Nissan LEAF and the Chevy Volt. These two plug-in cars were the start of a new era for electrified personal transportation. The current American car auto fleet, however, is enormous—and two models alone cannot create change on a large scale. During 2012, these two plug-in cars will have—depending how you look at it—either competition in the marketplace or help in the movement to electrify transportation.
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Unzipped: Car sharing takes a bite out of Americans’ drive time

December 29, 2011

Kids these days — they don’t like cars. What’s up with that? A new survey by the car-sharing company Zipcar finds that Millennials just don’t see cars as the ticket to freedom that their parents did. According to the survey, 55 percent of Millennials have actively made an effort to drive less, while 78 percent say that the high costs of gas and maintenance make owning a car difficult. That’s good news for Zipcar: The company says that Millennials make up more than half of its members.
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Faster forward: Imagining the future car of 2050

December 29, 2011

We already know that Google has tested autonomous vehicles in northern California. In a widely reported incident, one of the Toyota Priuses was actually in a fender bender, although Google claims the car was being driven by a human at the time. The idea makes perfect sense, though: The computer in a car can react faster and use more diagnostic data than a human ever could. When a deer jumps out on the road, a Lexus GX 460 can use powerful forward-facing sensors to track the object, scan to see if you are paying attention (based on the angle of your face and by tracking your eyes and mouth), alert you with a chime, and even brake automatically in a split second – much faster than a human could.
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Take tech route to track consignments

December 29, 2011

Mr Krishnan is a dealer in auto parts, based in Madurai. A few days ago, his distributor from Delhi had dispatched a critical auto part for one of his customers. Wanting to find out where his material had reached, he took out his laptop, logged onto the Web site of the transport company and entered the docket number. Immediately, he was made aware of the delivery status of his material; that it had left Bangalore and would reach him the next day.
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Beijing to test new GPS system

December 29, 2011

Beijin: Beijing plans to test its new Global Positioning System that alerts drivers to real-time road congestion and shows the quickest way to a destination. Next year, 12,000 drivers in the Wangjing area of Beijing will have their cars fitted with a free GPS device, operated by Beijing Palmcity Science and Technology Co., for the experiment that will last till October.
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