New York City Unveils Real-Time 311 Request Map

February 24, 2011

New York City has launched a new map to track citizens’ complaints and requests in real time as they’re entered through the city’s 311 service request program.The New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications says that in addition to promoting transparency, the map has the potential to be an important tool for intelligence gathering.
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ITS Japan News: Governments Encourage Clean Energy Vehicles, Industry Gears Up For EV

February 24, 2011

As next-generation cars, Electric Vehicles (EV) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) are integral to advanced mobile societies with ITS technologies, including a re-charging facilities network. Our article focuses on the latest approach of our government and auto-manufacturers to EVs and PHEVs.
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U.S. Department of Commerce Infrastructure/Multimodal Business Development Mission to Qatar and U.A.E.

February 24, 2011

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke will lead a Infrastructure/Multimodal Business Development Mission to Doha, Qatar and Abu Dhabi and Dubai, U.A.E. that will highlight export opportunities for U.S. businesses that have products or services that support the multimodal transportation and infrastructure sectors. This mission advances President Obama’s National Export Initiative which aims to double U.S. exports within five years, support economic growth and create jobs.
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Systems, Not Technology, May Propel the Transportation of Tomorrow

February 24, 2011

Technology is certain to change the way we move in the coming years. But the limiting factor facing the development of American transportation probably isn’t a technological one, but rather a psychological one. In the United States, more than anywhere else, people see their cars as extensions of their personality. The key to more efficient travel tomorrow, in the eyes of the panelists, is to shift behavior away from a single-car model to a systems model — whereby multiple modes of transportation carry a person from door to door.
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Highway Safety Information System Brochure

February 24, 2011

The Federal Highway Administration has released a brochure that describes the Highway Safety Information System, which is a roadway–based system that provides data on accident, roadway, and traffic variables. The data are acquired annually from a select group of states, processed into a common computer format, documented, and prepared for analysis. HSIS is used in support of the FHWA safety research program and provides input for program policy decisions.
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Human Performance, Simulation, and User Information Research

February 24, 2011

TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2185 contains 10 papers that explore driver response to adaptive lane departure warning system, changes in spatial attention with dual-task driving, characterization of longitudinal driving behavior, characterizing individual driver response to yellow change interval at signalized intersections, driving simulator study of steering adaptation patterns, simulator fidelity and validity in a transfer-of-training context, effect of simulator motion cuing on steering control performance, safety effectiveness of advance street name signs, roadway guide signs at an international airport, and modeling travelers’ responses to incident information provided by variable message signs.
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CMU pushes conversion kit for gasoline cars

February 21, 2011

Illah Nourbakhsh’s dream is for Pittsburgh to become the electric car capital of the country.
The Carnegie Mellon University robotics professor and a team of CMU colleagues, with help from an Oakland auto repair shop, have developed a process for converting family gas guzzlers into battery-powered electric cars with a fraction of the operating and repair costs of a new electric car. They call it the Charge Car.
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Infrastructure Summit: Transportation’s Primed for Change

February 21, 2011

The future of American transportation has long been a subject for speculation and political debate. But now that EVs have blasted into the mainstream and captured national attention, the conversation has moved from conjecture to reality. Specifics — from “connected” cars to dashboard parking systems to single-occupant “bubble” vehicles — were the name of the game at “Super Highway: Transport in the Twenty-First Century,” a panel at the Economist’s Intelligent Infrastructure conference, held yesterday in New York City.
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Institute of Transportation Engineers – Call for Nominations for ITS Award

February 18, 2011

Each year, the Institute of Transportation Engineers sponsors an awards program to honor outstanding achievement in transportation engineering and distinguished service to ITE. The awards bestow international recognition upon the recipients and increase the public’s awareness of the role and responsibilities of the transportation engineer. Below is the current call for nominations for the ITE Management & Operations/Intelligent Transportation Systems (M&O/ITS) Council: The ITE M&O/ITS Council is seeking nominations for the ITS Project of the Year Award. Each year an award is presented for the development and/or implementation of a notable project that demonstrates the use of ITS technologies to improve the efficiency and/or safety of transportation facilities. Click below for the application.
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International Transportation Economic Development Conference (I-TED) 2011 – May1-3 @ Charleston, WV (USA)

February 17, 2011

I-TED 2011 will be the fourth international conference to concentrate on the link between transportation and economic development. This conference will focus on issues and challenges related to the economy, global concerns and financial constraints. Participants will discuss and address the emerging transportation needs of business and economic development communities at local, regional, state, national and global levels. Subjects and perspectives will include public and private sectors; academic, practitioner and policy issues; theory, concepts and operational tools; and, all transportation modes and their relationship to economic development.
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Ford Intelligent Vehicles Coming Soon Announces Fresno Ford Dealer

February 17, 2011

Visalia Ford, a leading Fresno Ford dealer, is happy to announce to its customers that Ford is aggressively moving its commitment forward to wirelessly connected intelligent vehicles, known as vehicle-to-vehicle communications, becoming the first automaker to build prototype vehicles across the U.S. “Ford believes intelligent vehicles that talk to each other through advanced Wi-Fi are the next frontier of collision avoidance innovations that could revolutionize the driving experience and hold the potential of helping reduce many crashes,” said Sue Cischke>
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Why Are Americans Driving Less?

February 17, 2011

Over the years, car ownership and driving mileage have tended to increase with great regularity. But logic suggests that this march toward complete motorization would eventually plateau — and that’s exactly what transportation scholars have begun to notice. A new study (pdf) by Adam Millard-Ball and Lee Schipper looked at driving behavior in several countries, including the United States, and found some compelling evidence that America has reached a “saturation point for vehicle ownership and travel”.
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Kista Science City seeks Intelligent Transport Solutions

February 17, 2011

We in Kista Science City welcome anyone wishing to explore and develop Intelligent Transport Solutions that are innovative, customer-oriented traveler services aiming to support mobile shift, from car to Public Transport and for biking and walking.
Kista Science City has got an IT infrastructure known as best practice, we do have a comprehensive network of hundreds of innovative companies in ICT as for example Ericsson, Oracle, Microsoft, IBM and here are two universities and about one thousand researchers in several ICT research institutes. We are developing Kista into a testbed for Intelligent Transport Solutions that combines modern technologies with social entrepreneurship, co-creation, crowdsourcing and open innovation.
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ITS Canada is now organizing its 14th Annual Conference & General Meeting

February 17, 2011

to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, from June 12-15th, 2011. The Conference and Annual General Meeting will be held at the venerable Fairmont Hotel Vancouver in downtown Vancouver, within walking distance of the harbour and the new Canada Line rapid transit facility that will carry delegates quickly and efficiently from the Vancouver International Airport. The hotel boasts the largest convention space on a single floor in the city. The overall conference theme is “Investing in the Future … Now!”
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ITS AMERICA’S WEBINAR SERIES

February 17, 2011

By logging on once a month to our webinar series, you will stay up to date with intelligent transportation systems research, deployment, and policy from industry leaders and high-ranking government officials from around the world. Each webinar will close with a Q&A session: submit your questions online throughout the webinar via chat and session moderators will pose the top questions to the featured presenter.
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Call for Papers – 2011 IEEE International Conference on Vehicular Electronics and Safety

February 16, 2011

The International Conference on Vehicular Electronics and Safety (ICVES’11) is an annual forum sponsored by the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Society. It brings together researchers and practitioners to discuss vehicle electronics, and safety systems research and practice. ICVES’11 welcomes papers dealing with any aspect of vehicle electronics and safety systems.
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FHWA R&T Now – January 2011

February 15, 2011

The U.S. Federal Highway Administration has released the latest issue of its Research and Technology (R&T) Now news update. The update reports on research, technology, and development activities taking place within the U.S. Department of Transportation.
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Synthesis of Congestion Pricing-Related Environmental Impact Analyses

February 15, 2011

The U.S. Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Operations has released a report that summarizes the state-of-the-practice and presents a recommended framework for before-after evaluations of the environmental impacts of congestion pricing projects, such as high-occupancy toll lanes and cordon for area pricing schemes.
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Information Systems, Geographic Information Systems, and Advanced Computing 2010

February 15, 2011

TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2183 contains 14 papers that explore origin-destination matrix generation; a household travel data simulation tool; an urban travel route and activity choice survey; augmenting transit trip characterization and travel behavior comprehension; improving data quality, accuracy, and response in on-board surveys; and assessing the quality of origin-destination matrices derived from activity travel surveys.
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IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society January 2011 Newsletter

February 15, 2011

This newsletter highlight lots of good ITS conferences and calls for papers for 2011.
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On-Line Network-Enabled Intelligent Transportation Systems provide powerful new tools to reduce traffic congestion and improve transportation

February 15, 2011

One of the world’s most advanced networking facilities for solving traffic congestion and urban transportation issues was officially launched today, giving researchers and planners tremendous new capacity to tackle traffic congestion and complex traffic management tasks. Core funding of C$700,000 was provided by CANARIE – Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network (www.canarie.ca), and the system relies on CANARIE’s ultra high-speed, high-bandwidth capabilities to enable real-time solutions to multifaceted transportation problems.
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GM Foundation Gives $70,000 to Carnegie Mellon University

February 15, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The General Motors Foundation today announced a $70,000 donation to Carnegie Mellon University, a collaborator with GM and the Foundation on award-winning autonomous driving projects. GM Executive Director of Research and Development Walt Dorfstatter made the award on behalf of the Foundation at the Pittsburgh Auto Show. GM’s partnership with Carnegie Mellon dates to 1977.
“Our support of Carnegie Mellon is guided by the belief that investment in science and technology education will help shape the automotive future and strengthen the nation’s global competitiveness,” Dorfstatter said. “Automotive companies are making great strides in developing and adopting new technologies and Carnegie Mellon’s exceptional programs foster a new generation of talent that can significantly accelerate the pace of automotive innovation.”
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Wireless Innovation Forum Announces New “White Space” Communications Initiatives

February 15, 2011

Groups seeking inputs for the development of new specifications and use cases

The Wireless Innovation Forum (SDR Forum version 2.0), a non-profit organization dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, announced today the formation of two new groups focused on “white space” communications.
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Over the Bars in Milwaukee

February 14, 2011

Yesterday Tom Held of the Journal Sentinel reported that Milwaukee’s Mayor Tom Barrett thinks bike sharing might be a good fit for Milwaukee. Madison recently approved a B-cycle/Trek sponsored bike sharing system that will launch later this year. Washington, D.C. recently announced it is expanding it’s Capital Bike-share. New York City put out a major RFP to get bike share program in Gotham City. From New York to Portland and many places in between like Louisville and Des Moines, bike sharing is taking off in the United States.
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ITS JPO Announces Test Data Sets Request for Procurement

February 14, 2011

The Real-Time Data Capture and Management Program Announces a Test Data Sets Request for Procurement (RFP) and Request for Applications (RFA), issued by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on 2/5/11 with the proposal due date of 4:00 PM EDT on 3/15/11.
An initial offering to “Clean-up of Existing Data Sets to Support Dynamic Mobility Applications Development,” was issued on 2/5/11 with the proposal due date of 4:00 PM EDT on 3/15/11. As a result of this solicitation, FHWA anticipates collecting multiple “cleaned up” research-ready data sets that meet the minimum requirements of this solicitation and program objectives, within available resources.
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