UA engineers and Maricopa County DOT test smart traffic systems to reduce first responder deaths

March 24, 2011

The traffic control system can simultaneously communicate and give traffic signal priority to multiple emergency vehicles converging at the same time at the same intersection. This experimental vehicle communication technology can help prevent emergency responders from colliding with one another at strategic intersections.
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IBM drives smart transport centre

March 24, 2011

A software system which has cut Stockholm’s gridlock by 20 per cent, and emissions by 12 per cent, is one of the assets provided by IBM to the newly established Smart Transport Research Centre, which has been formed to grapple with Australia’s growing transportation problems.
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Wireless Data Collection System for Real-Time Arterial Travel Time Estimates

March 22, 2011

The Oregon Department of Transportation has released a report that explores the implementation and testing of a Bluetooth-based system to collect travel time data.
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CONFERENCE CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

March 22, 2011

The Transportation Research Board’s
International Conference on Emerging Issues in Safe and Sustainable
Mobility for Older Persons

August 30 – September 1, 2011
Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Washington, DC
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Video Drives Traffic Management Systems

March 22, 2011

Video cameras are an essential element of “Intelligent Transportation Systems” (ITS); the modern monitoring and active traffic management systems in use around the world today. Houston TranStar’s deployment is what most people think of when they hear about traffic cameras. Those cameras collectively give TMC staff a real-time view of how traffic is flowing. Once carefully guarded by government agencies, such video is now made freely available to the media and public alike through video websites. This allows the media to tell motorists what areas to avoid, thus improving traffic flow in general, and lets drivers make those decisions before taking to the road.
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SMARTwheel invention may prevent distracted driving

March 22, 2011

The SMARTwheel, a steering wheel cover invented by six whiz kids from Londonderry, N.H., who call themselves the Inventioneers, was awarded the champion’s award at the First Lego League robotics competition. But what’s perhaps more impressive is that the invention has recently earned them recognition from the Obama administration’s Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood as well as props from the President himself.
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Moble Tattletale Addresses Distracted Driving Issues Amongst Teen Drivers

March 22, 2011

Mobile Tattletale’s patent pending technology functions with the GPS on a smart phone. When the user of the phone reaches a certain speed, predetermined by the parent, texting functions on the phone are blocked until the speed is reduced below the speed setting.
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Carnegie Mellon University seeks to expand research programs into N.Y.

March 22, 2011

Carnegie Mellon has developed partnerships with New York University, the University of Toronto, City University of New York, and IBM…
Carnegie Mellon’s interests are in two areas: a digital media program and a “Smart City” program that will be led by New York University. The proposed media program will be aimed at building upon entertainment technologies while the “Smart City” program, though led by New York University, will be strengthened by Carnegie Mellon’s research in intelligent transportation systems as well as smart infrastructure.
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Mobile Mesonet

March 21, 2011

A mobile mesonet is a network of mobile platforms (vehicles, trucks, buses, trains, ferries, people, etc.) that have onboard sensors and a communication system that systematically collects observations at they travel and sends them to a database for assimilation. The sensors and communications systems can range from very simple to extremely complex depending on the application in which they serve.

Mobile Environmental Sensor Network (MESNet)
is an informal group of stakeholders who share in interest in the opportunities and potential applications a mobile mesonet. MESNet. The first inaugural meeting will be held on April 12, 2011 in Washington, DC.
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Thought controlled cars anyone?

March 21, 2011

Wouldn’t it be great if you could control your car merely by thinking about it? The experts at the AutoNOMOS project clearly think so. After experimenting with iPhone and iPad-controlled cars, they’ve come up with something more interesting: a car you control with brainwaves.
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CMU ChargeCar Project will turn your Honda Civic into an electric car

March 20, 2011

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s ChargeCar Project are opening up their Forbes Avenue garage March 25 to show off the production prototype of a converted 2002 Honda Civic into an electric vehicle. The group is also taking names of Pittsburghers interested in converting their own vehicles to electric power. “For now, you can electrify any car you want — as long as it’s a Honda Civic,” joked Illah Nourbakhsh, associate research professor of robotics and head of the CREATE Lab, which runs the ChargeCar Project. The open house is slated from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 4621 Forbes Ave.
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Carnegie Mellon University – ChargeCar Open House and Demonstration

March 20, 2011

When: Friday March 25, 3:00-6:00 PM
Where: Electric Garage (old University Exxon)
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Come to the Electric Garage to inspect the first production prototype ChargeCar. We will have our technical staff on hand to describe the car’s technologies, provide rides in all of the ChargeCar electric vehicles and discuss the costs of conversions locally.
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How apps are changing the way we travel: the future of in-car traffic and navigation services

March 20, 2011

Hans-Hendrik Puvogel, general manager of INRIX Europe, discusses the factors that are driving in-car traffic information applications and where the automotive navigation industry is heading.
Gone are the days of relying on the radio for scheduled traffic information updates. In today’s fast-paced and digitally advanced world, consumers have become accustomed to having a wealth of information instantly available at the touch of a button. Today’s traveler has access to information from a plethora of sources, from sat-nav to the web and from tablets to smartphones, all of which can provide a regular stream of traffic and travel information on-demand.
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Intelligent Transportation Systems: Intersection Monitoring

March 18, 2011

This has led to considerable interest at the federal level in developing an intelligent, low-cost system that can detect and prevent potential collisions in real-time. Our research is aimed at the development of a system that uses video cameras to continuously gather traffic data at intersections (e.g., vehicle speeds, positions, trajectories, accelerations/decelerations, vehicle sizes, signal status etc.) which might eventually be used for collision prediction.
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China’s largest intelligent parking garage to open in Beijing

March 18, 2011

It is able to help drivers park their cars automatically in the parking space they want within 90 seconds through an intelligent parking system, so there is no need to drive into the garage. Compared to conventional parking, the intelligent parking can save drivers six to 10 minutes when they park or retrieve their cars?according to Beijing Construction Engineering Group Company.
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The 10 Most Innovative Companies in Transportation

March 16, 2011

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San Francisco to start smart parking management trial soon

March 15, 2011

The central principle of San Francisco’s cutting-edge parking management program, SFPark, comes right from Econ 101. If there are more people looking for parking than there are parking spaces (i.e. demand is greater than supply) adjust the price of parking until there is enough turnover on a given street, or roughly one free parking space per block. Sounds simple in theory, right?
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Global Navigation Space Systems: Reliance and Vulnerabilities

March 15, 2011

The Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE) has released a report that warns that society may already be dangerously over-reliant on satellite radio navigation systems like global positioning satellites. According to the RAE, the range of applications using the technology is now so broad that, without adequate independent backup, signal failure or interference could potentially affect safety systems and other critical parts of the economy.
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The Intersection of Urban Form and Mileage Fees: Findings from the Oregon Road User Fee Pilot Program

March 15, 2011

The Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University has released a report that explores data from the 2006-2007 Oregon Road User Fee Pilot program to assess if and how urban form variables correlate with travel behavior changes that participants made in response to the mileage-based fee program.
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TRB REPORT CALLS FOR COMPREHENSIVE NATIONAL TRAVEL DATA PROGRAM

March 15, 2011

Good travel data are essential to measure and monitor the performance of the U.S. transportation system and to help guide policy choices and investments in transportation infrastructure, says a new report from the National Research Council that calls for the creation of a national travel data program. Current data are inadequate to support decision making in the transportation sector.
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Using National Household Travel Survey Data for Transportation Decision Making: A Workshop

March 15, 2011

TRB is sponsoring the National Household Travel Survey Data Workshop on June 6-7, 2011, in Washington, D.C. The workshop is designed to focus on the use of NHTS data to inform transportation decision making on key issues such as energy use, congestion, highway finance, and safety. The workshop will feature presentations and discussions on methods, examples, and techniques for using NHTS and other travel survey data to support transportation programs and decisions.
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Traffic-mapping tech paints picture of post-quake Japan

March 15, 2011

Another mapping project, OpenStreetMap Japan, is using volunteer GIS experts to create a better open-source map of Japan for use by those responding to the crisis, reports Nick Doiron, a civil engineering student at Carnegie Mellon University who has created maps for the non-profit Ushahidi. Ushahidi has been used to help responders to a number of disasters such as last year’s earthquake in Haiti, although it has not yet been deployed in Japan.
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Private Plane Travel Site Takes Flight

March 15, 2011

The FlyRuby website was developed to make private charter travel more efficient by 27-year-old entrepreneur and visionary, Michael Leek and Dr. Stephen Smith, a scientist at Carnegie Mellon University. FlyRuby gives travelers the ability to book exactly what they want, when they want it, without having to search through a variety of private planes and pilots because FlyRuby has already amassed all the information.
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Video: Intelligent Transportation Systems

March 15, 2011

This video produced by Intel is a great comprehensive visualization of what are Intelligent Transportation Systems, presented in laymen’s terms.
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Alberta Transportation pilot project stops ice from forming

March 14, 2011

“It’s the actual enhancement of the safety level here that we’re interested in,” said Allan Lo, an intelligent-transportation-systems and traffic-safety specialist with Alberta Transportation. “The system is designed to prevent ice from forming which is different from, shall we say, traditional methods of de-icing the roadway. If the ice does not have a chance to form and bond to the road the system uses less chemical (to de-ice the pavement).”
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