RouteMatch Software Acquires RouteShout

March 2, 2011

RouteMatch Software, Inc. (www.routematch.com ) today announced its acquisition of RouteShout™ (www.routeshout.com ), an award-winning Traveler Information Systems (TIS) product developed by interactive mobility pioneers Deeplocal. Financial terms were undisclosed. The acquisition of RouteShout from the Carnegie Mellon University spin-out expands RouteMatch’s TIS initiatives, and sharpens RouteMatch’s focus on developing innovative technologies for transit agencies. RouteShout’s capabilities strongly complement RouteMatch’s paratransit and fixed-route products, adopted by more than 300 US and international transit agencies.
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Cellphone Networks and the Future of Traffic

March 2, 2011

Ask someone what they think the future of driving is and the most likely response is autonomous cars. It’s true sensing and autonomy are dramatically changing cars, but there’s another information revolution afoot. Cheap sensors and network availability aren’t just making cars smarter, they’re boosting the brainpower of the environment cars drive in.
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Technology transforms auto safety

March 2, 2011

Cars that respond to voice commands. Cars that park themselves. Cars that alert you when you’re drowsy, vibrate like a rumble strip when you drift into the next lane, or even slam on your brakes before you slam into a pedestrian.
Cutting-edge auto technology follows a predictable path. Though they usually start at the high end, advances that address basic safety problems eventually make their way throughout automakers’ product lines.
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Real – Time Data Improves Traffic Flow on City Streets

March 2, 2011

SDOT has begun changing the timing of lights on selected major corridors so that you won’t experience the delay from the side street as described above. How? Well, SDOT is taking away the guess work of signal timing by adding technology using wireless magnetometers which are embedded in the pavement. The magnetometers collect data and feed the information to SDOT’s traffic signal system as well as the department’s Traveler’s Information Map.
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Parker, ParkNow make finding parking, paying for it easier

March 2, 2011

A new app, called Parker, shows drivers on their iPhone where to find available metered parking spaces in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles. The application costs $1.99 to download and is available on the iPhone. It’s coming to Android in a couple months, according to Streetline, maker of the app. Parker is also in use on Roosevelt Island, N.Y., and will soon make its debut at the Fort Totten Metro station in Washington, D.C.
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BMW Activate the Future

March 2, 2011

Four films about the future of mobility. Watch here.
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Study reveals plug-in hybrids to drive down CO2 emissions

March 2, 2011

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles will reduce CO2 and nitrogen oxide emissions levels – but they are also expected to push up sulphur oxide emissions.
According to the team at Carnegie Mellon University the net emissions from the use of plug-in vehicles depends primarily on the efficiency of the entire vehicle fleet, charging strategy, battery pack capacity and driving patterns. They modelled the net emissions in two regional transmission operators under different scenarios for future power generation.
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2011 TransITech Conference

March 1, 2011

The 2011 TransITech Conference is scheduled for March 29-March 31, 2011 (Tuesday through Thursday), at the Hilton Miami Downtown in Miami, FL.
This conference focuses on information technology, traveler information and intelligent transportation system issues affecting public transportation systems. Also features an products and services showcase.
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FlyRuby Aims to Be the Kayak of Private Air Travel

February 28, 2011

The project of founder and CEO Michael Leek, flyRuby owes its technology to CTO Dr. Stephen Smith, who, working in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon University, developed the algorithms as part of a DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) research initiative to assist the U.S. Air Force. Operating in a similar manner to the technology behind commercial airline booking sites, flyRuby’s artificial intelligence instantly scans thousands of flight routes and seating charts for private flights across the country, finding available seating, and streamlining the booking process.
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Cutting commutes with data mining

February 28, 2011

The competition was to produce an algorithm to forecast travel times on the M4 for intervals ranging from 15 minutes to 24 hours with the greatest accuracy. It was contested by 364 teams from the Kaggle community — consisting of professional data analysts, statisticians and students from around the world — who used over two years worth of historical data from the NSW roads and traffic authority…
The $10,000 prize was taken out by Jose Gonzalez-Brenes (Carnegie Mellon University) and Guido Matias Cortes (University of British Columbia), two Costa Rican-born students based in North America whose algorithm will power the RTA live-traffic website and inform M4 management and operations, according to Kaggle founder Anthony Goldbloom.
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Booz Allen Wins U.S. Department of Transportation Contract to Support Intelligent Transportation Efforts

February 28, 2011

Booz Allen Hamilton announced it has won a contract to help the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) enhance intelligent transportation systems, such as those that allow vehicles, infrastructure, and passengers’ personal communications devices to communicate. The multiple-award Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract in support of the FHWA Research & Innovation Technology Administration (RITA) Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) has a maximum value of $113.8 million over 5 years.
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ITS America Announces Call for Entries for 2011 Best of ITS Awards

February 28, 2011

The nation’s largest transportation technology association, the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), will recognize organizations that have produced the most innovative products and services in the intelligent transportation systems industry during the 2011 Best of ITS Awards at the 18th World Congress & Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. ITS America members, including private corporations, research institutions and public agencies, can submit entries for the highly competitive program until May 31, 2011.
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Study finds PHEVs will reduce net emissions of CO2 and NOx; upward pressure on SO2

February 28, 2011

A team at Carnegie Mellon University has modeled the net emissions in two regional transmission operators (PJM and NYISO) from PHEVs under different scenarios for future power generation; different size battery packs; charging strategies (home, work and smart); and PHEV fleet percentages between 0.4 and 50%. Scott Peterson, J. F. Whitacre and Jay Apt found that compared to 2005 gasoline fleet efficiency levels, all charging strategies and CD mode efficiencies yield reduction of CO2 emissions.
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RITA Job Announcement – Associate Administrator, Research, Development and Technology (RD&T)

February 28, 2011

JOB SUMMARY:
Come on board with us and take a journey that will challenge your mind and develop your career. The quality of our lives, the shape of our communities and the productivity of our Nation’s economy depend on our transportation systems. We recognize and value the importance of our workforce and the diversity of backgrounds and ideas that each employee brings. The U.S. Department of Transportation: Careers in Motion.
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The future of urban transportation is in electric mobility

February 27, 2011

Nowadays safe, efficient public transportation is more than ever a crucial factor when it comes to the quality of life and competitiveness of many of the world’s cities and regions. Sustainable, optimally integrated mobility is one of the key issues of the 21st Century. Hans-Jörg Grundmann, CEO of the Siemens Mobility Division, said, “Efficient urban transportation and traffic management systems are the keys to overcoming the great challenges of our day, for example reducing greenhouse gases and traffic congestion. Electrically powered means of transportation, such as metros, tramway systems and buses, reduce energy consumption and conserve the environment. Siemens is therefore convinced that future urban transportation will largely be dominated by electric mobility.”
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Vehicle-to-Vehicle WiFi Could Be a Lifesaver

February 24, 2011

A research collaboration group, led by the Department of Transportation’s Intelligent Transportation Systems, will have trials and driving clinics of the system this summer. It aims to have the research phase completed in 2013 and is working on common communication standards for system deployment.
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Sobyanin to Fix Moscow Traffic From Seoul

February 24, 2011

The mayor and his team will meet with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, as well as a former mayor of Seoul and the management of Samsung, Hyundai, LG and Lotte, a source close to the Moscow government told Interfax. The Korean side will show Sobyanin robotic parking, the local intelligent transportation system and buses that run on compressed natural gas.
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ACS, A Xerox Company, to Keep Los Angeles Drivers Moving with Electronic Toll Collection for New Express Lanes

February 24, 2011

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Drivers on two of the busiest highways in Los Angeles County could cut their travel times under a new electronic toll system allowing single passenger vehicles to shift into the HOV lanes. Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (ACS), A Xerox Company (NYSE: XRX), will establish the program allowing toll rates to change based on traffic levels to help reduce highway congestion on the new ‘ExpressLanes’.
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Smart-phone application tracks Honolulu’s traffic

February 24, 2011

Chang created the free “Hawaii Traffic Cams” app for Android smart phones (it’s cheaper to develop for Androids). It launched in May. Telling a few Facebook friends and his co-workers was the extent of his marketing effort. To date, it’s been downloaded more than 10,000 times.
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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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