• May 30, 2012 - Market Report on UAV by Visiongain -

    Visiongain’s analysis represents that the UAV market will attain a value of $7.26 B in 2012, following the consistent demand for UAVs for a wide range of military operations essential for combat and humanitarian missions.
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  • May 30, 2012 - PennDesign Students Assist Cities in Highway Projects -

    A group of students in the University of Pennsylvania School of Design spent the spring semester researching and offering proposals for highway removal and redesign to government and planning officials in six cities…
    The studio is the brainchild of John Landis, chair of City and Regional Planning in PennDesign, and led by Harris Steinberg, a PennDesign professor and executive director of Penn Praxis, the applied-research arm of the School.
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  • May 30, 2012 - What Can Near-Misses Tell Us about the Risk of Actual Collisions? A New Report from the SHRP 2 Driving Study -

    n anticipation of the large volume of data to be collected during the SHRP 2 naturalistic driving study (NDS), several projects were conducted to demonstrate that it is possible to use existing data from previous naturalistic driving studies and data from other sources to further the understanding of the risk factors associated with road crashes.
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  • May 29, 2012 - As Apps Move Into Cars, So Do More Distractions -

    THERE have been the sexy horsepower wars and dull best-in-class fuel-efficiency battles. Now automakers are fighting an undeclared, escalating war over in-dash apps, worrying regulators about even more distracted driving. Automakers say they are concerned too, but that hasn’t stopped them from connecting smartphones to in-dash systems and putting Internet-based information into so-called connected cars for 2013.
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  • May 29, 2012 - TRB Webinar: 2013 TRB 92nd Annual Meeting — How to Survive and Thrive -

    On September 28, 2012, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET, TRB will hold a webinar designed to help both new and returning Annual Meeting attendees get the most out of their meeting experience.
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  • May 29, 2012 - Schneider sets up smart traffic system in Riyadh -

    Schneider Electric said that its recent acquisition Telvent, a leading real-time IT solutions provider, has implemented its first intelligent transportation system on King Abdullah Road in Riyadh. The first smart transportation system to be implemented in Saudi Arabia, Schneider Electric’s SmartMobility manages interurban expressway traffic through a centralized platform.
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  • May 29, 2012 - Xin Zhang, who graduated from Carnegie Mellon University and now works for Google, delivered Secure and Scalable Fault Localization under Dynamic Traf -

    Xin Zhang, who graduated from Carnegie Mellon University and now works for Google, delivered Secure and Scalable Fault Localization under Dynamic Traffic Patterns, co-authored with CyLab Technical Director Adrian Perrig, and by Chang Lan of Tsinghua University.
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  • May 29, 2012 - IEEE Technology Time Machine 2012: Siemens the Car Maker -

    “We’re moving from data-poor to data-rich highway management systems,” Haoui says, thanks to better sensors and wireless technology to collect and move data around much faster and more reliably. And in 10 years, he predicts, “most of that data will be in the cloud.” Where else?
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  • May 29, 2012 - Converting existing cars to EVs slowly becoming practical -

    The kit for the Honda Civic, model years 2001 to 2005, was the brainchild of a team at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Chances are you’d need a mechanic to install it, where it would take two to three days at most shops. The other consideration is the engine and transmission, along with other unneeded collateral systems, can be resold to help defray the expense of conversion.
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  • May 29, 2012 - Drone Lobbying Ramps Up Among Industry Manufacturers, Developers -

    While privacy advocates fret over the implications of going from 300 licensed drones to as many as 30,000 by 2020, the industry is salivating over myriad applications that include agriculture, energy exploration, weather research, traffic control, wildlife tracking and movie production, to name a few.
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  • May 24, 2012 - High-Tech Bridges Marry Function and Beauty -

    Thanks to the growth of modern technology, new and existing bridges are incorporating highly advanced design features and construction to ensure efficiency and safety. From an arch bridge with a dynamic light display that can tell you whether there’s a full or crescent moon to structures that collect data about bridge conditions with sensors, bridges are becoming smarter on a global level. Check out the smart bridges below, and let us know in the comments if you have a smart bridge in your town.
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  • May 24, 2012 - New electric car conversion kit will charge your car (and wallet) -

    PITTSBURGH — That old Honda in your driveway — maybe it’s in need of a valve job? Transform it with an electric conversion. A team at Carnegie Mellon University here in Pittsburgh has come up with an all-included kit to make your 2001-2005 Civic a zero-emission battery car. Converting an existing car instead of buying a new one is good for the planet, and the old beater will have a new lease on life.
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  • May 24, 2012 - Today’s Sociotechnical Problems Require a New Field of Study -

    The challenges of running the transportation system in Mexico City present more than just an engineering problem. With a population of 22.9 million people, according to the latest count, it ranks as the largest metropolitan area in the Western hemisphere and the seventh largest in the world. It’s the combination of complex engineering factors, combined with equally difficult human considerations, that makes such problems, known as complex sociotechnical systems (CSS), so frustratingly difficult to address. That is why some authorities, such as MIT professor Joseph Sussman, argue that these systems should be the subject of a new field of academic study. Sussman made his case in a lecture just several weeks ago.
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  • May 24, 2012 - FREE WEBINAR – Driverless Car Summit Preview -

    Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

    Are you one of the one in five drivers revved up about driverless cars? Want to learn more before Driverless Car Summit 2012? Then save the date for AUVSI’s FREE May webinar:

    Chuck Thorpe from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Steven Shladover from California Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology will discuss the latest progress in autonomous car technology and answer your questions about the future of driverless cars. It’s an event you won’t want to miss!
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  • May 24, 2012 - Autonomous ‘RoBoat’ Making World Record Attempt -

    The aptly-named “RoBoat” has been taking home the World Robotic Sailing Championship (WRSC) crown for three years, but this July the team behind the world’s winningest autonomous watercraft will attempt to snag another record for the longest robotic sailing expedition.
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  • May 24, 2012 - Google Goes to Washington to Lobby for Self-Driving Cars -

    Google is evidently taking its campaign to make its driverless cars legal on U.S. roads from state capitals to the nation’s capital. A Google robo-Prius was spotted last Tuesday roaming the streets of Washington, D.C., only a day after Nevada became the first state to legalize autonomous vehicles on the Silver State’s roads.
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  • May 24, 2012 - DOT research: Auto drivers support connected vehicle technology -

    An “overwhelming majority” of drivers who have experienced technology that allows vehicles to communicate with each other have a highly favorable opinion of its safety benefits, according to data released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
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  • May 24, 2012 - FTA – Remote Infrared Audible Signage (RIAS) Pilot Program Report -

    The Remote Infrared Audible Sign Model Accessibility Program (RIAS MAP) is a program funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to evaluate the effectiveness of remote infrared audible sign systems in enabling persons with visual and cognitive disabilities to travel independently.
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  • May 24, 2012 - See something? Report it with new app -

    The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority released a new smartphone application Monday for riders to report suspicious activity on to Transit Police.
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  • May 24, 2012 - 2012 National Traffic Signal Report Card -

    The National Transportation Operations Coalition has released a report that highlights the importance of investment in traffic signal management and operations.

  • May 24, 2012 - FHWA Pedestrian Forum Newsletter -

    Current Issue: VOL. 58, Spring 2012 (pdf version) | Archive Issues

    The goal of the FHWA is to continually improve highway safety by reducing highway fatalities and injuries by 20 percent in ten years. Ensuring safe travel on highways is the guiding principle throughout the FHWA. Pedestrian fatalities account for about 12 percent of all traffic fatalities and are one of the focus areas of the Safety Office. FHWA has taken the position that walking and bicycling are legitimate modes of transportation.

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  • May 22, 2012 - Audi’s new vehicle is…a bicycle?! -

    The final touch is the smart-phone controlled interface: you can set it to be a simple bicycle, make it a full electric bike, or any of three settings in between. This is a genuinely impressive design that really is built to make the bicycle more usable as urban transportation…but no word on availability or how much it’ll cost just yet.
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  • May 22, 2012 - Repairs on 2 Downtown parking garages to begin next month -

    Fort Duquesne/Sixth Street and Smithfield/Liberty are among a dozen public and private garages included in ParkPGH, a real-time parking availability program operated by the Cultural Trust. ParkPGH — accessible by land line, Internet and mobile — says how many spaces are available in each garage.
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  • May 22, 2012 - Carnegie Mellon, Penn Launch University Transportation Research Center -

    “The work at the Technologies for Safe and Efficient Transportation UTC is furthering the great American tradition of innovation and creativity in transportation,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood in a videotaped message. “We are incredibly proud of the work you are doing at Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pennsylvania, and we look forward to seeing the technologies that you are developing and deploying to make vehicles and infrastructure smarter,” LaHood said…
    “Henry Hillman’s visionary philanthropic investment in Traffic21 was triggered by his idea that ‘smart transportation’ development could unfold very productively in Pittsburgh,” said Jared L. Cohon, president of Carnegie Mellon University.
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  • May 22, 2012 - New AERIS reports now available on the National Transportation Library (NTL) -

  • May 22, 2012 - Intelligent Transportation System proposed for city -

    India – A proposal to cover the entire city with Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) has been ‘agreed in principle’ at the recent meeting of the Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA). And according to the officials, when taken up, Hyderabad would have the distinction of being first city in the country to have such concept.
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  • May 22, 2012 - T3 Webinar: Why do Transportation Agencies Adopt ITS? Join the conversation and share your experiences with the ITS Evaluation Program -

    The U.S. Department of Transportation wants to hear about your experiences in deploying ITS -both the successes and challenges. Understanding the motivating factors for adopting and deploying ITS technologies is critical for moving to the next generation of ITS and beyond to the connected vehicle environment of the future.
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  • May 22, 2012 - Can smart cars pull out of the slow lane? -

    “We have a lot of data we could push anonymously to intelligent transport systems,” explained Bell. The data he described could reveal not simply how many cars are where, but if tied into satellite navigation (satnav) systems, could determine where they are heading. Instructions could then be fed back to the satnavs to control routing in real time, reducing the congestion that wastes both time and fuel.
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  • May 22, 2012 - Secretary’s RAISE Award to recognize student innovation in aviation, aerospace -

    The Secretary’s “Recognizing Aviation and Aerospace Innovation in Science and Engineering” Award, called RAISE, is a new tool to motivate high school, college and university students to develop creative solutions to aviation and aerospace issues, and to share their results with the broader community. This new challenge recognizes innovative scientific and engineering achievements that will have a significant impact on the future of aviation and aerospace.
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  • May 22, 2012 - When Robots Rule the World, They’ll Come From Pennsylvania -

    UPenn’s GRASP Laboratory (General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception) and the work its doing with autonomous quadrocopters (flying robots) is for you…
    Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University and its various offshoots such as Astrobotic Technology Inc., ReSquared and, its most famous split-off, Carnegie Robotics, have been creating affordable robotics for interplanetary and local travel for over a decade.
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  • May 22, 2012 - Engineering Sustainability 2013 – 1st Call for Papers -

    Engineering Sustainability 2013: Innovation and the Triple Bottom Line, will be held April 7-9, 2013 in Pittsburgh. This focused conference will bring together engineers and scientists from academia, government, industry, and nonprofits to share results of cutting-edge research and practice directed at development of environmentally sustainable buildings and infrastructure.
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  • May 21, 2012 - Hertz and IBM Launch Smart Microgrid for Electric Car-Sharing -

    IBM’s Ehningen Innovation Center campus in Germany is about to become ground zero for the development of an advanced personal transportation system that combines Hertz’s car sharing know-how with distributed renewable energy, electric vehicles and smart microgrid technology.
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  • May 19, 2012 - Technology Makes Cars More Intelligent -

    Universities are also interested in researching solutions for connected cars. Just recently, the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, www.umich.edu, announced it will begin a project designed to help prevent crashes by using connected technology.
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  • May 19, 2012 - Obama Administration’s Safety Data Initiative challenges app developers -

    Safety is the number one priority at the US Department of Transportation (DOT), so National Transportation Week is the perfect time for DOT to help launch the Obama Administration’s critical Safety Data Initiative–an historic effort to make government data relating to every aspect of safety, from transportation crime to consumer products much more accessible, and to stimulate the development of innovative apps and services fueled by those data.
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  • May 19, 2012 - Caltrans Kicks Off Enhancements to State Route 12 -

    The first project, the $20.5 million SR-12 Operational Improvements Project, will create a “Smart Corridor” using Intelligent Transportation System elements in Solano, Sacramento and San Joaquin Counties on SR-12, and on Interstate 5 (I-5) in San Joaquin County. These elements include: Changeable Message Signs, Highway Advisory Radio, Extinguishable Message Signs, Closed Circuit Televisions and Traffic Monitoring Stations.
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  • May 17, 2012 - T3 Webinar: Beyond Scheduling: Transit Scheduling and Operations IT: Lessons Learned -

    The next steps in this evolution are modules which can be deployed to expand from purely service planning and scheduling functions to other transit departments, chiefly operations. This webinar explores issues associated with the procurement and assimilation of large-scale IT projects at five transit agencies in the Pacific Northwest; King County Transit in Seattle will be the featured transit property during this webinar.
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  • May 17, 2012 - Texting and driving: The impossible test -

    A novel experiment aims to make young people face up to the dangers of text messaging whilst driving.
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  • May 17, 2012 - YPTers: Present at the AASHTO 2012 Annual Meeting! (Free!) -

    The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) is collaborating with Young Professionals in Transportation to feature the best and brightest young minds in the field of transportation at this year’s AASHTO Annual Meeting on Sunday 18 November 2012 in Pittsburgh, PA.
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  • May 16, 2012 - Bombardier and Carillion announce new Infrasig joint venture -

    This will see the implementation of the latest European Train Control System (ETCS) technology.
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  • May 16, 2012 - Smart cities market worth $1 trillion by 2016 -

    According to a new report from Marketsandmarkets, a marketing research company, the global smart cities market is expected to top $1 trillion by 2016. Currently, the report estimates the value of the smart cities market at $526.3 billion, with a compound annual growth rate of about 14.2 percent from 2011-2016.
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  • May 16, 2012 - Smart cities and Rocket steam engine: on parallel tracks? -

    Such technology-driven revolutions have occurred at surprisingly regular intervals in the last 250 years, according to economic historians. Steam, steel, electricity, mass production – all had dramatic impacts on world economies. Could smart cities be the next inflection point?
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  • May 16, 2012 - The Role of Social Networking Sites in Changing Travel Behavior -

    The UK’s Transport Research Laboratory has released a report that provides an overview of research that was conducted to explore the potential for social networking sites to encourage changes in travel behaviors.
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  • May 16, 2012 - FHWA Focus Magazine: April 2012 -

    The Federal Highway Administration has released the latest version of its Focus magazine, which highlights efforts designed to accelerate infrastructure innovations in order to build better, safer roads.

  • May 16, 2012 - Seventh SHRP 2 Safety Research Symposium -

    TRB’s second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) will hold its annual Safety Research Symposium on July 12, 2012, in Washington, D.C. The symposium is designed to provide updates on progress on SHRP 2 safety projects. Topics that will be addressed include SHRP 2’s naturalistic driving study and roadway database, analysis projects, and data access and institutional review board issues.
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  • May 16, 2012 - Transportation Asset Management Webinar Series, Part 2: Federal Transit Administration and Transit Cooperative Research Program -

    The National Transit Institute, in cooperation with the Transportation Research Board (TRB), will conduct a webinar on May 30, 2012, from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM that will highlight two active research projects that offer technical assistance to the transit industry in developing and improving transportation asset management and state of good repair practices.
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  • May 16, 2012 - 2013 TRB 92nd Annual Meeting: Spotlight Theme -

    The spotlight theme for the TRB 92nd Annual Meeting, January 13-17, 2013, in Washington, D.C., is Deploying Transportation Research—Doing Things Smarter, Better, Faster.
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  • May 15, 2012 - Visionaries Foresee Radically Different Military Vehicles -

    Canton has a vision for agile, morphable, intelligent, autonomous vehicles. They may or may not have drivers. They have suites of sensors connected to a cloud. They can operate in water, and perhaps, fly or jump over rough terrain.
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  • May 15, 2012 - Australia gets Intelligent Transport Systems nod -

    Forward planning at the World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) will see its 2016 conference and exhibition held in Melbourne. The decision came at a World Congress board of directors meeting held in Tokyo, where next year’s event will occur.
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  • May 15, 2012 - Siemens’s eHighway Pumps Up an Old Concept -

    The two-way system supplies energy to a diesel-electric truck through the catenary, just like a conventional trolley system. The new twist is that it also reclaims energy from the truck through regenerative braking. Regenerative braking is a system for capturing energy from friction that would otherwise go to waste as heat. Regenerative brakes are becoming commonplace for vehicles, elevators, shipping cranes, and other mechanical devices that stop frequently.
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  • May 15, 2012 - IEEE ITS SOCIETY NEWSLETTER – April 2012 -

    The IEEE ITS Society Newsletter is published quarterly in January, April, July, and October. The current and all past issues of the Newsletter may be downloaded at no charge from the Society’s web site: http://sites.ieee.org/itss/.
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  • May 15, 2012 - IEEE ITSS Best Ph.D. Dissertaiton Award -

    The prestigious IEEE ITSS Best Ph.D. Dissertation Award is given annually for the best dissertation in any ITS area that is innovative and relevant to practice. This award is established to encourage doctoral research that combines theory and practice, makes in-depth technical contributions, or is interdisciplinary in nature, having the potential to contribute to the ITSS and broaden the ITS topic areas from either the methodological or application perspectives.
    Eligibility of Applicant — Applicant should be a member or student member of IEEE ITSS by the date of application (June 15, 2012).
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  • May 15, 2012 - American Public Transportation Foundation Scholarship – Apply Now -

    Calling all young professionals and students who are pursuing careers in public transportation! If you have been thinking about going back to school or need tuition assistance toward your current transportation-related degree, then consider applying for scholarships from the American Public Transportation Foundation.
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  • May 15, 2012 - Cars of the future will be computers on wheels -

    USA Today
    Raj Rajkumar, who heads Carnegie Mellon’s GM autonomous driving lab, argues that in 15 to 20 years, when driverless vehicles become fixtures on U.S. roads, they will help dramatically reduce accidents, as well as the need for big, steel-framed cars to protect drivers.”Most, if not all, accidents are because of human error,” he says. “People get drunk, tired, mad, text,” he says. In the future, “Cars will be smaller and lighter, which means better gas mileage, a healthier environment, less traffic jams — even fewer traffic lights.”
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  • May 15, 2012 - Teens compete in international science research fair’s Pittsburgh finals -

    Robert Vaerewyck spent his time inventing a model car powered by pavement heat. So how’d you spend your high school years? The three, along with four other local high school students, will join 1,542 other American and international teenagers this week at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center for Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2012 — the world’s largest high school science research competition…
    This year, more than 7 million high school students worldwide competed in 446 regional fairs in 68 countries. The best received all-expenses-paid trips to the Pittsburgh finals
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  • May 11, 2012 - The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) Draft 2013-2016 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) -

    Beginning Tuesday, May 15, 2012 these draft documents will be available for public review on the internet at www.spcregion.org, and at the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, at the Pittsburgh Department of City Planning, at County Planning Departments, and at many public libraries in Southwestern Pennsylvania. There is also a series of public meetings May 15-24.
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  • May 11, 2012 - Penn Researchers Aim High With Robots That Fly, Swarm -

    Getting a swarm of flying robots to act in unison represents a significant advance in robotics that would make any scientific researcher proud. But the team behind the swarm behavior of so-called quadrotors now faces a task even more daunting than writing complex algorithms: commercializing the technology.
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  • May 11, 2012 - Surprise directions from car’s GPS voice: ‘Take the train’ -

    When people talk about connected mobility, they’re generally referring to network-equipped cars that tie into traffic conditions, mapping and other vital information. But when I spoke with Parry-Jones by phone yesterday, I was struck by an even broader vision of how transportation could benefit from IT, as he imagined innovative uses of GPS – commonly known as “sat nav” (satellite navigation) in Britain.
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  • May 11, 2012 - Bob Dyer: ODOT finally concedes signs aren’t working -

    “What I’m about to say sounds like a bunch of excuses,” he said by phone, “but we’re just building the system in Akron now and we’re still working through a lot of issues between the hardware and the software and contractor issues. …
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  • May 10, 2012 - Amtrak Enlists iPhones as a Service Tool -

    Old-school train conductors are finally ready to give up their hole punchers to try something new: the iPhone.
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  • May 10, 2012 - U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces Changes to Positive Train Control Regulations that Will Ensure Safety, Allow Flexibility and Save Money -

    Under the revisions announced today, railroads will no longer have to conduct risk analyses to obtain approval to not install PTC or take other costly risk mitigation measures on an estimated 10,000 miles of track that will not carry passenger trains or poison inhalation hazard (PIH) commodities after December 2015. Railroads are expected to save approximately $335 million over the first five years, and up to $775 million over 20 years, by utilizing safety measures other than PTC, where appropriate.
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  • May 9, 2012 - Hobbs, NM, picked as site of scientific ghost town -

    A scientific ghost town in the heart of southeastern New Mexico oil and gas country will hum with the latest next-generation technology — but no people. A $1 billion city without residents will be developed in Lea County near Hobbs, officials said Tuesday, to help researchers test everything from intelligent traffic systems and next-generation wireless networks to automated washing machines and self-flushing toilets.
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  • May 9, 2012 - Road Traffic ‘Single Biggest Source of Fatality’ for Young People Worldwide -

    And yet it’s road traffic – itself a marker of progress and prosperity in emerging economies – that in 2004 killed more children around the world between the ages of 5 and 14 than malaria, HIV/AIDS, or diarrhea (that’s the most recent year for which we have full data). According to “Safe and Sustainable Roads: An Agenda for Rio+20,” a new report from the Campaign for Global Road Safety, road traffic is the leading cause of death globally for young people between the ages of 10 and 24.
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  • May 9, 2012 - Google’s self-driven cars will soon be appearing on Nevada roads after the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles approved on Monday the nation’s first -

    The move came after officials rode along on drives on highways, in Carson City neighborhoods and along the famous Las Vegas Strip, the Nevada DMV said in a statement.The Nevada legislature last year authorized self-driven cars for the state’s roads, the first such law in the United States. That law went into effect on March 1, 2012.
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  • May 9, 2012 - Proactive Assessment of Accident Risk to Improve Safety on a System of Freeways -

    The Mineta Transportation Institute has released a report that explores the development and evaluation of real-time crash risk-assessment models for four freeway corridors.
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  • May 9, 2012 - Cooperative Intersection Collision Avoidance System – Stop Sign Assist: Experiments to Validate Use of an In-Vehicle Interface Design -

    The Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota has released a report that examines the transition from an infrastructure based to an in vehicle based crossing assist system that is designed to help drivers on a minor road select the appropriate gap when crossing a rural highway.
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  • May 9, 2012 - Uses of Social Media in Public Transportation -

    TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Synthesis 99: Uses of Social Media in Public Transportation explores the use of social media among transit agencies and documents successful practices in the United States and Canada.
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  • May 9, 2012 - 2013 TRB 92nd Annual Meeting and Transportation Research Record Call for Papers -

    TRB standing committees have issued calls for papers for the TRB 92nd Annual Meeting, January 13-17, 2013, in Washington, D.C, and the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRR).
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  • May 9, 2012 - Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) Now Accepting Funding Proposals -

    TRB’s Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) has released its annual program announcement that solicits funding proposals for the upcoming review cycles. The announcement explains the IDEA programs, describes the types of eligible projects and their funding structures, suggests general areas for which IDEA proposals can be submitted, and provides guidelines and forms for submitting proposals.

    NCHRP Highway IDEA proposals for the next review cycle are due September 1, 2012. Transit IDEA proposals for the next review cycle are due November 1, 2012. Safety IDEA proposals for the next review cycle are due April 1, 2013.
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  • May 9, 2012 - Researchers add gesture recognition to nearly everything -

    There’s something very intuitive about interacting with electronic devices via simple gestures. Even the most technologically ignorant can grasp the idea that selecting an app on an iPhone is just a matter of tapping its icon, and as a result this kind of a technology has become nearly ubiquitous in recent years. Hoping to further that, researchers at Disney and Carnegie Mellon University have unveiled a new technology dubbed Touché that allows nearly any object to recognize gestures, and transmit this information to a range of electronic devices.

  • May 7, 2012 - The Borrow-At-Will, Park-Anywhere Smart Car -

    Wednesday night, I needed to get from Georgetown to Nationals Park. I hadn’t driven there, and a bus-to-train commute would have taken 45 minutes. Instead I jumped into a Smart Fortwo I’d never seen before, scooted across the District in less than 20 minutes, and ditched the car in a metered space two blocks from the ballpark, without paying. No car theft or parking tickets were involved. Instead, I used a new car-sharing service called car2go that employs a fleet of GPS-linked, 3G-connected vehicles to allow instant, point-to-point rentals. It’s an interesting case study in what’s possible when a car knows where it is and can share its location with a network of users.
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  • May 7, 2012 - London to test ‘smart city’ operating system -

    “We are entering a phase when everything becomes connected, from healthcare to transportation,” said Living Plan IT chief executive Steve Lewis. “This is about connecting things that previously never did.” Urban OS is different from traditional operating systems in that it is designed to be extremely robust.
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  • May 7, 2012 - (ITS JPO) recently published a discussion document – Principles for a Connected Vehicle Environment -

    The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) recently published a discussion document – Principles for a Connected Vehicle Environment. This document expresses a set of working principles intended to guide U.S DOT’s research, demonstration and implementation activities related to a connected vehicle environment.
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  • May 4, 2012 - How Twitter Helped One Man Become Chicago’s Most Popular Cab Driver -

    When Temuri gets behind the wheel every morning, he announces it with a tweet. From there, anyone can track his location with Google Latitude. He responds almost immediately to ride requests (via text msg, Foursquare, email, yfrog and Twitter), sends out an iCal invite to confirm the call and turns up when he says he will.
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  • May 3, 2012 - Will Google Start Selling Autonomous Car? -

    “We’re talking to every company to see what their level of excitement is,” said Google’s Levandoswki. “Significant” is likely the answer Google is getting from many manufacturers. Volkswagen has been an active proponent, as have BMW and General Motors, among others. Teaming up with Carnegie Mellon University, the Detroit maker won an early test of autonomous technology sponsored by DARPA, the Defense Department’s advanced research arm.
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  • May 3, 2012 - Sensor Apps For A ‘Smarter’ World -

    The list includes the most trendy scenarios, like Smart Cities where sensors can offer us services like Smart Parking to find free parking spots in the streets or managing the intensity of the luminosity in street lights to save energy. Climate change, environmental protection, water quality or CO2 emissions also are addressed by sensor networks.
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  • May 3, 2012 - Inaugural issue of the FTA Research Digest -

    The Federal Transit Administration is pleased to introduce the inaugural issue of the FTA Research Digest. It contains information on research projects currently being conducted and sponsored by FTA; recent research reports issued by FTA; and news about Federal Government initiatives and emerging technologies related to reducing energy used in public transportation operations and coping with climate change, University Transportation Centers and transportation-related research at other universities, and research and technical assistance related to sustainable communities and effective asset management leading to a state of good repair.
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  • May 3, 2012 - Are smarter bikes in the future for bike sharing? -

    Some next-generation bike sharing systems are trying out bikes with electronics on board, instead of at the station. These bikes can then dock at a larger number of stations or, in some cases, even be locked anywhere.
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  • May 3, 2012 - Aukland to trial mobile wallet on transit network -

    Telecom NZ, Auckland Transport and Thales have announced plans to start trialling a mobile wallet system across Auckland, New Zealand’s public transportation network starting this May.
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  • May 3, 2012 - Applying a Regional ITS Architecture to Support Planning for Operations: A Primer -

    The U.S. Federal Highway Administration has released a report that offers transportation planners and operations managers various options for applying the regional ITS architecture to enhance planning for operations.
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  • May 3, 2012 - North American Travel Monitoring Exposition and Conference (NATMEC): Improving Traffic Data Collection, Analysis, and Use -

    TRB is sponsoring the NATMEC: Improving Traffic Data Collection, Analysis, and Use on June 4-7, 2012, in Dallas, Texas. The conference is designed to advance the state of the practice of travel monitoring by providing a mechanism for improving the interaction between system operators, data collection program managers, and the various staff that collect, process, and utilize that data.
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  • May 3, 2012 - Economic Census: Uses for the Transportation Community Workshop -

    TRB is sponsoring the Economic Census: Uses for the Transportation Community Workshop on July 17, 2012, in Washington, D.C. The workshop is designed to enhance awareness and use of economic census data among transportation professionals.
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  • May 3, 2012 - Calgary Transit gets high tech boost for bus schedules -

    But, as part of a major new contract with technology giant Xerox, Calgary Transit is also going roll out a full computer-aided dispatch and automatic vehicle location system, or CAD/AVL.
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  • May 3, 2012 - Autonomous Cars Are Coming: Will You Buy One? -

    In its 2012 U.S. Automotive Emerging Technologies Study, research firm J.D. Power talked to over 17,400 vehicle owners about upcoming car tech. And do you know how many of them expressed interest in self-driving cars? 37%. For those keeping score at home, that’s over 1/3 of respondents.
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  • April 30, 2012 - Japan’s pedestrians to come on car sat-nav -

    Nissan, which seems to be on a mission to push cars into an innovative era in Japan, of late made public the newest phase in continuing research into making use of technology to decrease traffic mishaps, mainly those concerning pedestrians. The company’s latest Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) is aimed at alerting drivers of the location of pedestrians by making use of GPS-ready 3G phones and in-car warning systems linked to navigation systems.
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  • April 30, 2012 - Future Army Truck Inspired by the iPhone -

    The Army’s next truck should be smart, flexible, user-friendly, partially autonomous and affordable. In other words, the automotive equivalent of a gadget from Apple. At a trade conference in Virginia on Tuesday, Brig. Gen. Stephen Farmen, the chief of U.S. Army transportation, held up an iPhone. See video.
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  • April 30, 2012 - How to Make Your City Smarter -

    Ruthbea Yesner Clarke, research director at market research and advisory firm IDC Government Insights, explained in an interview with Government Technology that smart cities adopt a broader view of sustainability. Beyond its typical environmental implications, sustainability also applies to things like infrastructure development and economic development…
    And the time is right. According to IDC, a number of factors are making smart city solutions widely possible. These factors include the ubiquitous nature of wireless and broadband connectivity, analytics software, intelligent sensors and the prevalence of mobile devices and social media.
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  • April 30, 2012 - Bombardier Launches Urban Transportation Competition -

    Tired of congestion in the city? Have an innovative design that cold help move people around in the metropolis of the future? Global transportation company Bombardier is looking for a few good ideas to improve public transportation via its YouCity Innovation Contest.
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  • April 30, 2012 - Arizona launches emergency traffic management prototype -

    DOT’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration knows that innovation can make our transportation system smarter and greener. And today, Acting Administrator Greg Winfree was in Arizona with Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Intelligent Transportation System engineers and University of Arizona researchers to showcase their latest efforts to make intersections with traffic signals safer for emergency responders and the general public.
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  • April 30, 2012 - Promoting Work-Zone Safety -

    Along with public-awareness campaigns, technology is playing a role in driving down incidents via work-zone traffic-management systems. For instance, a FHWA report suggests the use of ITS (intelligent transportation systems) can help mitigate the congestion and often-dangerous traffic issues that tend to coalesce around construction work zones.
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  • April 30, 2012 - UK automotive testing facility is the most advanced in the World [Video] -

    What makes it special is a mobile network setup throughout the track. The mobile network can be manipulated to test different data speeds and connection speeds..
    Another cool feature is Skyclone, which tests GPS navigation in different simulated environments. The setup allows prototype vehicles to experience going through a tunnel, urban city, or deep canyon to see whether the GPS navigation will hold a signal.
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  • April 30, 2012 - Children can play game by texting at bus stops -

    The Fred Rogers Co. is field-testing a game that uses phone text messages to promote interaction between parents and preschoolers and develop children’s literacy skills during what otherwise would be down time. “When people are sitting in the bus shelters, there’s nothing to do,” said Margy Whitmer, a media producer for the company. She got the idea for Word Play while waiting at a traffic light in Oakland.
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  • April 26, 2012 - ODOT smart to test devices that could save lives -

    “Dilemma zone” detectors monitor the speed of drivers approaching intersections and often extend the green light so cars can clear the intersection safely.
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  • April 26, 2012 - Press Release: Carnegie Mellon University’s Mechanical Engineering Department Named Bicycle-Friendly Workplace by League of American Bicyclists -

    Through Epting’s work spearheading bike-friendly initiatives, CMU’s Mechanical Engineering Department has been recognized as a bronze level Bicycle-Friendly Business (BFB). CMU was one of 67 awardees announced this year.
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  • April 26, 2012 - Smart bridges: Engineers load new bridge with damage-detection gauges -

    “There are more than 100 individual gauges on the bridge,” said Justin Dahlberg, a research engineer for the Bridge Engineering Center, a part of Iowa State University’s Institute for Transportation. Those sensors will provide a tremendous amount of quantitative information about the bridge’s performance and condition, said Brent Phares, the interim director of the Bridge Engineering Center. It’s a model that could be used for other new bridges, including much larger ones.
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  • April 26, 2012 - NavPal helps blind to navigate world -

    For the blind and visually impaired, coming and going as one pleases is a skill earned after years of learning to navigate a world designed to cater to the sighted. But Carnegie Mellon University researchers are exploring ways to supplement the use of canes and guide dogs with an app that can turn a blind person’s GPS-enabled cell phone into something of a seeing-eye phone.

    So far the group has mapped sections of Carnegie Mellon University’s campus and the corridors of the School for Blind Children campus. There are plans to team up with the Oakland Business Innovation District, Pittsburgh’s Department of City Planning and CMU’s Traffic 21 transportation project in the future.

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  • April 26, 2012 - Video Interview: Google goes gaga over automotive technologies -

    Automotive Engineering International spoke with Google‘s Anthony Levandowski at the SAE 2012 World Congress about his company’s interest in autonomous vehicles. In this video interview, the Product Manager of the Google Self-Driving Car Project talks about the car and, among other things, what lessons its development holds for engineers at large.
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  • April 25, 2012 - Cadillac Shows Off Super Cruise Self-Driving Car Technology -

    The semi-autonomous driving capability is ideal for driving in traffic since it takes over primary driving controls. That means fewer accidents and rear-endings in traffic and the driver can take hands off the wheel and relax when cruising on the highway in most conditions.
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  • April 25, 2012 - How Can We Fix Transportation in America? Ask a 9-Year-Old -

    “Nine-year-olds expect from technology things that we’ve only begun to think about, and they don’t have the same status quo assumptions. ‘Why can’t I use my iPhone to pay tolls or why is there just one person in so many cars?'” said Charles Wheelan, an economist and public policy lecturer at the University of Chicago.
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  • April 25, 2012 - Algorithms for Routing Vehicles and Their Application to the Paratransit Vehicle Scheduling Problem -

    The Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University has released a report that examines the application of algorithms to route and schedule paratransit vehicles as a means to potentially meet the demand of passengers, ensure quality of service, and control operating costs.

  • April 25, 2012 - The Safety Challenge and Promise of Automotive Electronics: Insights from Unintended Acceleration -

    TRB has released the final version of TRB Special Report 308: The Safety Promise and Challenge of Automotive Electronics: Insights from Unintended Acceleration, which examines how the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) regulatory, research, and defect investigation programs can be strengthened to meet the safety assurance and oversight challenges arising from the expanding functionality and use of automotive electronics.
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  • April 25, 2012 - First Annual International Conference on Connected Vehicles and Expo* -

    TRB is cosponsoring the First Annual International Conference on Connected Vehicles and Expo (ICCVE 2012) on December 12-16, 2012, in Beijing, China. The conference is designed to provide a forum for exchange of the latest advances on connected vehicles and to examine the potential policy and economic impacts of these advances.
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  • April 25, 2012 - 7th International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment Training and Vehicle Design* -

    TRB is cosponsoring the 7th International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment Training and Vehicle Design on June 17-20, 2013, in Bolton Landing, New York. The symposium is designed to provide an interdisciplinary forum for scientific exchange between users of driving assessment tools, applications, and technologies.
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  • April 24, 2012 - NYU to Launch Applied-Sciences Institute in Brooklyn -

    The institute will research and create technology to address issues including infrastructure, energy efficiency and traffic congestion. It will grant academic degrees in engineering and sciences. Along with NYU, participating institutions include City University of New York, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Toronto, University of Warwick and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, as well as IBM and Cisco.
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  • April 24, 2012 - DriveLAB | Developing Driving Aids For Elderly Motorists -

    Research at Newcastle University is going towards the development of driving aids to help extend the stay of elderly motorists on our roads. Many elderly motorists give up driving as it becomes increasingly difficult with degenerative sight, hearing and reaction times. Many members of the elderly community feel isolated by the lack of independent transportation, and thus the project could reap considerable benefits towards the quality of life of the elderly in the UK.
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  • April 24, 2012 - Rapid bus service intended to shorten commutes, boost development Read more: Rapid bus service intended to shorten commutes, boost development -

    The bus service, also known as BRT, resembles light rail, with higher frequency of service, fewer stops and, in some cities, buses that look like trains or trolleys, but the service generally is cheaper to develop and maintain. It could feature bus-only lanes or traffic signals that give BRT buses priority over other traffic which, along with fewer stops, could reduce transit times.
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  • April 24, 2012 - San Francisco Puts Brakes on an App for Transit -

    If all goes according to the five-year plan approved by the Board of Supervisors, the city and county of San Francisco will upgrade its technology infrastructure to accommodate such trendy things as social networks, cloud computing, crowd-sourcing, open-source software and location-aware apps. But by then it will be 2016, or more than 10 product cycles by Silicon Valley standards.
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  • April 24, 2012 - MBTA To Launch Smartphone Rail Ticketing System -

    The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and Masabi US Ltd made the joint announcement Saturday that they would be bringing mobile ticketing to iPhone, Android and Blackberry users this fall.The new applications will allow customers to seamlessly purchase commuter rail tickets and passes. Once tickets are purchased, customers will be able to use and display directly via their phone screen.

  • April 24, 2012 - Vietnamese city to build US$6.4 mil traffic control system -

    On March 29, the Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam, Tanizaki Yasuaki, and Vietnam’s Minister for Transport, Dinh La Thang, met in Hanoi to confirm Japan’s grant of US$6.4 million to contribute towards the implementation of a traffic control system for expressways in Hanoi.
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  • April 24, 2012 - Visionary Transportation Bureaucrats, Part 5: Shailen Bhatt and Kirk Steudle -

    Steudle is a respected national leader for his bread-and-butter policies, serving as the president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. He’s also considered an expert on intelligent transportation systems.
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  • April 20, 2012 - The Future of Urban Transportation: Get Them Out of the Car and on the Bus -

    Wiegand is part of Michigan Tech’s Automotive Computing Enterprise—one of the University’s signature Enterprise groups, in which students work together as a mock company with industry clients and sponsors to solve real-world problems. Together with the Transportation Enterprise, Automotive Computing Enterprise students are working toward a solution to the public transportation problem.
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  • April 20, 2012 - Michael Cooney Layer 8 Michael Cooney Previous Article Next Article Top 5 ways high-tech can help curb crappy highway congestion -

    In a report out this week by congressional watchdogs at the Government Accountability Office noted that state and local governments have used technologies it calls Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) that consist of a range of communications, electronics, and computer program to help manage congestion. But, while there’s even more technology in the pipeline and state and local governments face many challenges in in planning and funding ITS use, ensuring that staff and leaders have adequate knowledge of the technology, and coordinating ITS approaches to make the most effective use of such technologies.
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  • April 20, 2012 - Carnegie Mellon University joins New Cities Foundation -

    The partnership with NCF involves four of Carnegie Mellon’s university-based research institutes: Remaking Cities Institute (RCI), Traffic21Institute, Institute for Complex Engineered Systems, and the Pennsylvania Smarter Infrastructure Incubator.
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  • April 19, 2012 - Call for Posters: 2012 UTC Spotlight Conference on Sustainable Energy and Transportation -

    This is a reminder that the call for posters on the topic of the 2012 UTC Spotlight Conference on Sustainable Energy and Transportation closes next tuesday, on April 24, 2012.

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  • April 19, 2012 - Patent Troll Sues Transit Agencies For Releasing Real-Time Transit Info -

    Jones’ strategy is not to sue transit agencies for all they’re worth, but to offer them a relatively low-cost way to keep these cases out of court. In fact, not one of his lawsuits has gone all the way through trial. They always end up settling, usually for $50,000 to $75,000, though the demands can go as high as $200,000.
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  • April 19, 2012 - Driverless Car Film Fest -

    As part of the program, the Driverless Car Summit 2012 will host a film festival to explore the potential societal aspects of driverless cars.
    1st place: $5,000 2nd place: $1,500 3rd place: $500

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  • April 19, 2012 - Google Expands Its Autonomous Fleet With Hybrid Lexus RX450h -

    Google has added another family member to its autonomous vehicle program, and an eagle-eyed reader in Southern California caught the Big G’s Lexus RX450h out and about during testing. From what we can gather from the image, Google has refined the design of its top-mounted array of sensors, culling things down into a more compact package that’s both smaller and more aerodynamic than those found on its fleet of Toyota Prius hybrid vehicles.
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  • April 18, 2012 - T3 Webinar: Putting the Pieces in Place: Seamless Regional Fare Payment Puts the “Super” in Southern California’s “Super Region” -

    Webinar
    Starting last year and continuing through the first quarter of this year, the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) and the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) are exploring how open architecture payment systems and, specifically, open financial payment applications could potentially achieve seamless regional fare payment in the Southern California Super Region, from Santa Barbara to San Diego.
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  • April 18, 2012 - Workshop on the Future of Road Vehicle Automation -

    The workshop is designed to provide an opportunity for attendees to explore the roles that might be played by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the state departments of transportation related to the future of road vehicle automation.
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  • April 18, 2012 - Executive column: ‘Smart technology can solve Jakarta woes’ -

    Siemens went through a process of restructuring in 2011 that resulted in the formation of the Infrastructure and Cities sector as the company’s fourth business arm. Roland Busch, a member of the managing board of Siemens AG and CEO of the Infrastructure and Cities sector, together with Hans Peter Haesslein, CEO of Siemens Indonesia, recently spoke with The Jakarta Post’s Mariel Grazella on what the new sector would offer to the Indonesian market. Below are excerpts from the interview.
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  • April 18, 2012 - GAO Report on INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS -

    Improved DOT Collaboration and Communication Could Enhance the Use of Technology to Manage
    Congestion
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  • April 18, 2012 - New Map Identifies Shopping/Mating/Eating Habits Of Foursquare Users -

    The popularity of location-based services and the seemingly insatiable desire to share every move on Foursquare is undeniable. Now check-in fanatics can find all their daily wanderings mapped on Livehoods, a site that uses over 18 million check-ins from the social media phenomenon….
    A project by students at School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, the site explains, “if many of the same people check-in to two nearby locations, then these locations will likely be part of the same Livehood.”
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  • April 18, 2012 - Bike Map App Now Available to C’ville Bikers -

    Charlottesville cyclists will now have the opportunity to help improve their ride and it’s as easy as downloading a simple smart phone application, or “app”.
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  • April 15, 2012 - Apps for Navigating Campus Life -

    The Problem I can’t find the classroom.

    The App Mapyst (Carnegie Mellon)

    Platform Android, Web

    With blueprints in hand, students walked — and timed and mapped — every hallway and foyer on campus so their app could guide users right up to the room door, not just the building (most GPS doesn’t work indoors).
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  • April 15, 2012 - Don’t worry, you are in safe hands: CM -

    Pakistan
    He said that Intelligent Transport System was also being introduced in the province which will help operate traffic system in big cities in an organised manner and people would also reach their destination on time.
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  • April 15, 2012 - Government agency pushes to make brake-throttle override mandatory on new cars -

    Federal regulators have proposed a mandate to require all cars and trucks up to 10,000 lbs. GVWR be equipped with brake-throttle override technology to ensure drivers can bring them to a stop in case of unintended acceleration.
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  • April 15, 2012 - Smart Parking Solutions to Reduce Congestion and Oil Use -

    Smart parking technology allows city parking meters to adjust time of day parking rates to reflect the level of congestion being experienced in an urban area. The idea is that higher parking costs will both allow cities to take advantage of the real costs of high demand for parking while at the same time discouraging drivers to bring their cars to the city at peak congestion times. The hope is that smart parking technology will discourage drivers from circling endlessly in search of cheap parking, when spaces in commercial parking garages are available.
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  • April 15, 2012 - Cities To Receive $25 Million For Smart Parking Adoption -

    Earlier this month, Citi and IBM, both NLC Corporate Partners, as well as Streetline announced a $25 million Citi credit facility to fund innovation in parking and help transform cities for the future. Citi is joining the collaboration between Streetline and IBM as they work closer with municipal chief financial officers in considering innovative ways to optimize parking revenue and deploy new smart parking solutions.
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  • April 15, 2012 - NLC Partners with Boston to Present 2012 Congress of Cities -

    Decisions affecting land-use, infrastructure development and the use of technology to maximize efficiencies across energy, water and transportation systems will be among the topics at the forefront of the “Building Sustainable Communities” conference.
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  • April 15, 2012 - India has vast win-win commercial potential, says US -

    WASHINGTON: US commerce secretary John Bryson, who recently led his first trade mission to India, wants America to “deepen and broaden its commercial engagement with India where the win-win potential is vast.”…
    Moving forward, the India-US Commercial Dialogue will focus on areas such as smart grids, intelligent transportation systems, and sustainable manufacturing, he said.
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  • April 15, 2012 - Paris tests 40 urban innovations directly on public -

    PARIS – The French capital has become a living laboratory with 40 new inventive projects being implemented to improve daily life. The goal is to envision a smarter city by outfitting public spaces with innovations to improve transportation, tourism, and communications, among other fields. So far, about half of the forty prototypes are up and running, remaining in place for up to a year.
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  • April 13, 2012 - ITS JPO Newsletter April 2012 -

    Looking back over the past year, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has made significant progress on our intelligent transportation system (ITS) research initiatives. This newsletter highlights several of those initiatives, such as the Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot program and the Dynamic Mobility Applications (DMA) program, among others. Going forward, our progress from these initiatives will provide the critical research insights for our other programs and help us to achieve the next steps to realizing our program goals.
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  • April 13, 2012 - Two Wheels with a Tech Twist -

    A San Francisco-based startup called Scoot Networks wants to give people a cheap, environmentally friendly way to get around by renting out electric bikes. The scooters have a tech twist, too, since they include a plastic-covered smart-phone dock in place of a normal dashboard. Riders dock their iPhone—Android phones will eventually work as well—and the phone acts as both the scooter key and dashboard.
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  • April 12, 2012 - News Brief: Electric Car Challenge To Make Pit Stop at Carnegie Mellon -

    Men’s Health magazine is sending a team of drivers across the country in an all-electric Ford Focus and will be stopping at Carnegie Mellon’s Electric Garage Thursday afternoon to recharge.
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  • April 12, 2012 - White House adviser: ‘Robotics revolution is here’ -

    Thorpe, who began his one-year term in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy last October, is on loan from the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and is a widely published expert in robotics and intelligent vehicle systems.
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  • April 11, 2012 - Multimodal and Corridor Applications of Travel Time Reliability -

    The Florida Department of Transportation has released a report that explores ways to enhance the state’s current freeway travel time reliability method, develops a new arterial travel time reliability method, and proposes a framework for considering travel time in a multimodal context.
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  • April 11, 2012 - Preventing Fuel Tax Evasion – Developing A Real-Time Fuel Tax Evasion Detection Solution -

    The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program and Office of Highway Policy Information, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), aims to reduce or eliminate fuel tax evasion schemes.
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  • April 11, 2012 - Graduate Research Award Program on Public-Sector Aviation Issues Announcement: 2012/2013 -

    TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program is accepting applications for its Graduate Research Award Program on Public-Sector Aviation Issues for the 2012/2013 academic year. The program, sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration, is designed to encourage applied research on airport and related aviation system issues and to foster the next generation of aviation community leaders.
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  • April 11, 2012 - 2012 TRB Joint Summer Meeting -

    Join more than 150 transportation professionals expected to participate in the TRB Joint Summer Meeting, July 8-11, 2012, in Irvine, California. Transportation professionals specializing in planning, policy, and data systems will share information in open committee meetings, joint collaborative discussions, and general sessions.
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  • April 11, 2012 - Will the Robo-Driver Save Detroit? -

    As of March 1, Nevada became the first state in the nation where it is legal for driverless cars to take to the roads, provided they identify themselves with red license plates. In addition, there are a growing number of influential states – including California and Florida – that are now pushing for legislation that would make it possible for their citizens to operate these “autonomous” vehicles. States see these driverless cars as a way to improve road safety and fuel efficiency, while the big U.S. automakers understandably see them as a way to sell cars with a technology premium.
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  • April 11, 2012 - The not-too-distant future of driving: When cars can talk, crashes may be avoided -

    Washington Post
    Just as it has changed so many other aspects of life, wireless technology is about to revolutionize the way we drive.“This is really a game-changing technology that could help cars from crashing into one another,” said Christopher Poe, assistant director at the Texas Transportation Institute. “You, in essence, could help prevent two cars from ever colliding, that being the ultimate goal.”
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  • April 11, 2012 - Intel Capital to Invest in Future of Automotive Technology -

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. and KARLSRUHE/FELDKIRCHEN, Germany, Feb. 29, 2012 – Intel Capital today announced a $100 million investment fund to help accelerate innovation and the adoption of new technology and services in the automotive industry. Intel Capital is the first global technology investment organization headquartered in Silicon Valley to announce a dedicated focus on automotive technology innovation. The Intel Capital Connected Car Fund will be invested globally over the next 4 to 5 years in hardware, software and services companies developing technologies to promote new, compelling in-vehicle applications and enable the seamless connection between vehicles and any connected device, including mobile devices and sensors.
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  • April 11, 2012 - New DARPA Grand Challenge for Humanoid Robots — Preliminary (Unofficial) Details -

    The robot will be required to maneuver into and drive an open-frame vehicle (eg. tractor), proceed to a building and dismount, ingress through a locked door using a key, traverse a 100 meter rubble-strewn hallway, climb a ladder, locate a leaking pipe and seal it by closing off a nearby valve, and then replace a faulty pump to resume normal operations — all semi-autonomously with just “supervisory teleoperation.”
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  • April 11, 2012 - CMU offers dual degree with Portugal university -

    Research between the two universities has also resulted in the formation of at least one spin-out, Virtual Traffic Lights LLC, which aims to manage traffic by putting traffic signals inside cars using vehicle-to-vehicle communication.
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  • April 10, 2012 - Ford Is Ready for the Autonomous Car. Are Drivers? -

    “There is no technology barrier from going where we are now to the autonomous car,” said Jim McBride, a Ford Research and Innovation technical expert who specializes in autonomous vehicle technologies. “There are affordability issues, but the big barrier to overcome is customer acceptance.”
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  • April 10, 2012 - Federal Highway Administration Offers Additional Grants to Spur Innovation -

    The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is soliciting for proposals for a fourth round of grants under the Highways for LIFE Technology Partnerships Program. The focus of the 2012 Solicitation will be to work with the highway industry to accelerate the adoption of promising innovations that 1) have the potential to directly reduce crashes or crash severity or 2) innovations that significantly enhance decision-making relative to the deployment of treatments to reduce crashes, crash severity and the understanding of the effectiveness of the treatments. The program is intended to fund proven innovations that have been developed to a late-stage prototype with the proof of concept well established that require further development, testing, and evaluation in a real-world setting before they would be available for commercialization.

    The solicitation is posted in Grants.gov. The closing date is May 3, 2012. Each grant award may range from $250,000 to $1,000,000 for up to two years of performance. Subject to available funding, FHWA anticipates awarding up to $5 million through this solicitation.

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  • April 10, 2012 - PennDOT upgrades traffic radio signal -

    If it’s been awhile, you might be surprised at the “new” signal quality, which I consider to be a fairly big improvement over the scratchy, wavering sound of years past, a signal that faded in and out so badly that portions of the message were completely lost.
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  • April 10, 2012 - City to Install ‘Smart Screens’ in Some Public Phone Booths -

    It is an emblem from a bygone era: the outdoor pay phone. For more than a century, in booths along New York City’s sidewalks, public telephones have connected residents, one pocketful of change at a time. But next month, under a pilot program, some of the phones may be welcoming 21st-century neighbors. The city’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications has approved the installation of as many as 250 “smart screens” in old telephone booths, allowing visitors to find transportation updates, city program information and details about local events, all free.
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  • April 10, 2012 - Development of Analysis Methods Using Recent Driving Study Data (SHRP 2 Report S2-S01A-RW-1) -

    In anticipation of the large volume of data to be collected during the SHRP 2 naturalistic driving study (NDS), several projects were undertaken to demonstrate that it is possible to use existing NDS data and data from other sources to further the understanding of the risk factors associated with road crashes.
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  • April 9, 2012 - DUI’s new enemy: robocars -

    LA Times
    Skynet has not become self-aware, but it’s hard to escape the feeling that we’re heading for a “Terminator”-like future in which intelligent machines start wanting to run the show, what with cellphones that can talk to us and websites that can peg our entertainment preferences with eerie accuracy. So it should come as little surprise that someday our cars might exercise better judgment than we do.
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  • April 9, 2012 - Does Facebook Pose a Threat to the Automobile? -

    Forbes
    Times have changed. My son didn’t bother to get his license till he went off to college and only because he actually needed to drive. And, according to recent research from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute in Ann Arbor, “a higher proportion of internet users was associated with a lower licensure rate.”
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  • April 9, 2012 - Smart phones replacing cars? -

    EUGENE, Ore. – Are bicycles and smart phones replacing the car? Getting a driver’s license used to be a rite of passage, but now thousands of young people in Oregon say they’re losing interest. KVAL’s Tom Adams has been trying to figure out why licenses are losing appeal.
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  • April 9, 2012 - SpeedInfo Deploys Vehicle Speed Sensors in Ohio to Improve Traffic Management -

    SpeedInfo, a San Jose, CA-based provider of real-time traffic flow data networks and measurement technology, has announced that the company has deployed over 1000 units of the solar-powered vehicle radar sensors along important state roads and metro-corridor interstates in Ohio.

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  • April 9, 2012 - AUVSI Announces John Maddox of NHTSA will Keynote Driverless Car Summit in Detroit 12-13 June -

    AUVSI Announces John Maddox of NHTSA will Keynote Driverless Car Summit in Detroit 12-13 June. AUVSI announces that John Maddox, associate administrator, Vehicle Safety Research, NHTSA, will provide a keynote address during the Driverless Car Summit to be held 12-13 June at the MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit.
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  • April 9, 2012 - Measure to fine drivers for using mobile apps passes first reading -

    An amendment that fines drivers for text messaging and playing with apps passed first reading yesterday in the Legislative Yuan’s Transportation Committee (?????).

    Article 31, Section 1 of the Road Traffic Management and Punishment Law (??????????) currently prohibits dialing or talking on a handheld cellphone while driving.
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  • April 6, 2012 - New company to market intelligent navigation systems for quick and efficient guidance -

    At Munich Airport, thousands of passengers have already benefitted from the assistance of the intelligent navigation system: At six InfoGates throughout the airport, passengers or meeters/greeters are linked within seconds via live videoconference with a member of the airport information team who can answer most questions immediately. During the conversation, the two parties see each other as life-size screen images in real time.
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  • April 6, 2012 - Iteris receives $12.4 million contract for national transportation program -

    The Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation, has granted Iteris Inc. a federal contract to extend its work on a national transportation system design initiative, the National Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Architecture Evolution and Support Program.

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  • April 5, 2012 - Smarter Cities Anticipate Problems -

    St. Petersburg, Moscow and other Russian cities whose aging water pipes, electric cables and notorious traffic jams have already caused problems for their residents may soon see a breakthrough with their infrastructure issues. A solution may have appeared in the form of a new IBM program for Smarter Cities aimed at quickly and effectively connecting city infrastructure, transportation and safety.
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  • April 5, 2012 - The ITS Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) is pleased to share this Joint Statement -

    The ITS Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) is pleased to share this Joint Statement issued by ITS JPO Director Shelley Row and Juhani Jääskeläinen, Head of Unit “ICT for Transport” General Directorate Information Society and Media European Commission on the harmonization of core safety message sets.
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  • April 5, 2012 - Seventh SHRP 2 Safety Research Symposium July 12, 2012 -

    We are pleased to invite you to attend the Seventh Annual SHRP 2 Safety Research Symposium on July 12, 2012, at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, DC. The Symposium is a one-day event this year and will be followed by a working reception. The purpose of this symposium is to share our progress on SHRP 2 Safety projects.
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  • April 5, 2012 - SHRP 2 Request for Proposals -

    Regional Operations Forums for Advancing Systems Operations, Management, and Reliability.
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  • April 5, 2012 - Ridesharing as a Complement to Transit -

    TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Synthesis 98: Ridesharing as a Complement to Transit explores current practices in using ridesharing to complement public transit and highlights ways to potentially enhance ridesharing and public transit.
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  • April 5, 2012 - Siemens and Streetline team up for smart parking -

    Siemens is joining forces with Streetline to help reduce the longstanding frustration of drivers seeking parking spots in congested areas. Streetline, a 7-year-old company based in Foster City, Calif., connects sensor-enabled parking meters with smartphone apps to provide cities and drivers with parking options in select urban environments.
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  • April 5, 2012 - Intel’s city of the future: sensors everywhere -

    Environmental sensors aren’t a new idea, so Intel’s goal is to come up with better, cheaper and more easily deployed versions that could be part of a movement to create the future of the so-called smart city. The smart city is about the use of technology to help people use and manage resources – from water and power to transportation and communication systems – much more efficiently.
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  • April 5, 2012 - New app lets most CTA train commuters pay parking via phone -

    Drivers leaving their vehicles at any of 14 CTA parking lots before riding the train can now pay for parking using their smartphones and credit or debit cards, officials announced Monday.
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  • April 5, 2012 - Are we there yet? The future of transportation -

    Neil Hodge gazes into the future of modern transportation and examines the incredible ideas that aren’t far from being implemented on a daily basis

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  • April 5, 2012 - Penn Engineering inventions advance transportation -

    Today, Little Ben is just one of several successful projects related to transportation created in the Engineering School and the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception Laboratory. From soccer-playing robots to a space-detecting system, faculty and students alike are increasingly using their skills for the creation of machines that look to innovate the world of transportation.
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  • April 5, 2012 - April Fool’s Day Joke Raises Awareness on Distracted Walking -

    The Philadelphia Mayor’s Office is raising awareness on a serious issue by having a bit of fun on April Fool’s Day. The Office first sent a press release to all media describing a pilot program for an “E-Lane,” a designated sidewalk space for distracted pedestrians who are walking while using their electronic devices.
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  • April 5, 2012 - CTIA WOW Insider Interview: Cadillac Integrates Wireless in the Car with CUE -

    The auto industry has embraced wireless America by seamlessly and safely integrating smartphones into the driving experience. In the April “Wonder of Wireless” Insider Interview, CTIA talks with Don Butler, vice president of Cadillac, who describes CUE (Cadillac User Experience).
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  • April 5, 2012 - Why Philly Deserves Bike Share -

    Philadelphia, with its density, grid layout, flat topography, large population of university students and existing population of bike commuters (first in the country out of the top 10 biggest cities) is a prime candidate for bike share. So why hasn’t it happened yet?
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  • April 5, 2012 - Google Using ReCAPTCHA to Decode Street Signs -

    The original use for ReCAPTCHA, a Carnegie Mellon project acquired by Google three years ago, was to help fight spam while also crowd sourcing the task of digitizing books and other content. This new project from Google just uses ReCAPTCHA in a different way. However, though improving Street View is the goal for this experiment, that’s not all Google is looking to achieve.
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  • April 5, 2012 - QR codes to give you train info on your smart phone -

    The newest service starts today, when the paper timetables at the stations begin sporting QR, or quick response, codes, those blocks of print that work like supermarket bar codes. Scan them with your smart phone and you’ll immediately capture the websites for the railroad’s schedules and for Train Time, which keeps track of how all the trains are running.
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  • April 5, 2012 - Coming Soon to Detroit: Live Bus Arrival Times Via Text Message? -

    The horrors of Detroit’s bus system and the hour-plus wait times riders regularly experience are well documented. In a city where so many people are carless, it’s a particularly galling problem. But if all goes according to plan, Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) bus riders may soon be able to have live route information sent to their cell phones via text message.
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  • April 5, 2012 - Does Distracting Driving Turn You Into a Zombie? -

    The California campaign takes a creative twist with the zombie depiction, drawing from the concept that using a phone while driving limits brain activity, an idea scientifically proven by a Carnegie Mellon University study.
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  • April 5, 2012 - The Wild Frontier in Intelligent Transportation: 2012 IEEE ITS Conference CALL FOR PAPERS – EXTENDED -

    The 2012 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Anchorage, Alaska, USA; September 16-19, 2012, has extended its call for papers.
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  • March 30, 2012 - Coming soon: Self-driving cars? -

    What’s the point of a smart car?
    It removes the most unreliable part of the car: the human driver. Every year in the U.S., around 34,000 people die in car accidents, more than 90 percent of which are caused by human error. That toll would almost certainly plummet if we let computers do the driving.
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  • March 30, 2012 - Carnegie Mellon’s Raj Rajkumar Named to Prestigious U.S. Transportation Advisory Committee for Smart Highways -

    The U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has named Carnegie Mellon University’s Raj Rajkumar to the Intelligent Systems Program Advisory Committee (ITSPAC)…
    The ITSPAC acts in an advisory capacity to the secretary of transportation on matters relating to the study and development of intelligent transportation systems in the United States.
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  • March 30, 2012 - Hands-off, We Take a Drive GM’s Autonomous “Super Cruise” -

    It sounds easy enough. Pilot a sport-utility vehicle around a banked test track at General Motors Milford Proving Ground. But there is a catch and it’s a big one: while you’re sitting behind the wheel you’ll also be sitting on your hands, letting a complex network of cameras, radar sensors and computers handle the actual job of driving at speeds approaching 70 miles per hour.
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  • March 30, 2012 - Google Now Using ReCAPTCHA To Decode Street View Addresses -

    reCAPTCHA, for those unfamiliar, is the system originally developed at Carnegie Mellon University to improve upon the use of CAPTCHAs (aka, the “Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart”) – it’s the distorted text meant to stop bots from signing up for online accounts.
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  • March 30, 2012 - GMC Acadia Has Jet Fighter Technology, Room For Eight -

    Owners of the 2012 GMC Acadia midsize crossover can safely merge onto the highway using technology similar to what fighter pilots use to guide precise movements at supersonic speeds. The vehicle’s optional heads-up display, or HUD, was born out of aerospace research. “With these devices, the main benefit is seeing important information without the distraction of looking down,” said Wen Wu, a Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science researcher.
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  • March 30, 2012 - NFC: A Contactless Affair -

    For instance, it is possible to pay for your train ticket using your phone in countries like Japan. You can connect a Bluetooth accessory to your phone by just tapping the NFC-compatible accessory to the NFC-enabled phone. Also, you can share content like wallpapers and photos by tapping 2 devices together.
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  • March 30, 2012 - Self-Driving Car Test: Steve Mahan -

    Watch this 3 minute video to see the potential impact of self driving cars for the disabled.
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  • March 29, 2012 - QR codes, Google Maps may be used for parking in Vancouver -

    Director of Transportation Jerry Dobrovolny tells us by this time next year, you could be able to pay for parking over the phone in a different language or by clicking a button. “Using something like QR codes — quick response codes where, with a smartphone, you can snap a picture [of it] on the meter and it can enter the data for you so it knows where you are.”
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  • March 28, 2012 - New SEPTA Program Strives for Real-Time Transit Updates -

    Riding a bus or train from Doylestown into Center City? Now, riders can track the line’s status, get GPS updates and find out about delays or detours through one online SEPTA site.
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  • March 28, 2012 - A Wider Look at How Travellers Value the Quality and Quantity of Travel Time -

    The New Zealand Transport Agency has released a report that explores how commuters use travel time, and evaluates commuter habits while using a variety of modes including driving, walking, cycling, and public transportation.
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  • March 28, 2012 - Connected Vehicles Program: Driver Performance and Distraction Evaluation for In-Vehicle Signing -

    The Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota has released a report that examines the utility and potential distraction associated with in-vehicle signing functions of personal navigation devices.

  • March 28, 2012 - The Reliability and Effectiveness of an Electromagnetic Animal Detection and Driver Warning System -

    The Colorado Department of Transportation has released a report that explores data on the reliability and effectiveness of an animal detection system project.

  • March 28, 2012 - 14th International Managed Lanes Conference -

    TRB is sponsoring the 14th International Managed Lanes Conference on May 22-24, 2012, in Oakland, California. The conference is designed to help advance the state-of-the-art related to managed lanes and pricing strategies. The conference theme will focus on the evolution of high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) lanes into high-occupancy-toll (HOT) and managed lanes using pricing and other strategies to address metropolitan mobility and accessibility.
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  • March 27, 2012 - Self-driving cars get closer every day, but won’t hit you -

    USA Today
    The technology is real, the cars can drive legally, and debate is starting on whether society is better off when software is behind the wheel.Continental Automotive Group is testing a self-driving car that by month’s end could be among the first licensed for use on public roads in Nevada, the first state to pass laws governing driverless vehicles.
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  • March 27, 2012 - AUVSI – Driverless Car Summit 2012 -

    June 12-13, 2012 in Detroit
    Driverless Car Summit 2012 will be dedicated to understanding and working to solve the core challenges impacting driverless vehicle integration onto tomorrow’s roadways. For two full days leaders from the robotics and automotive communities will converge in Detroit to participate in interactive discussion with their colleagues and counterparts with a common goal of making driverless cars a reality by 2022.
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  • March 23, 2012 - Webinar on real-time transit information on mobile devices -

    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITSJPO) is hosting a free public webinar to discuss the state of the practice, and lessons learned in the use and deployment of real-time transit information on mobile devices as a part of the Talking Technology and Transportation (T3) webinar series.
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  • March 23, 2012 - AT&T Reinvents the Steering Wheel -

    A study of the gadget in driving simulators, by AT&T Labs researchers and collaborators at Carnegie Mellon University, found that it provided clear benefits: participants’ eyes stayed on the road longer. When younger drivers—with an average age of 25—used the haptic steering wheel along with the usual visual and auditory methods of receiving navigation instructions, their inattentiveness (defined as the proportion of time their eyes were off the road) dropped 3.1 percent. That study did not find any benefit for older drivers, but a different one did. When haptics were added to auditory-only instructions, the inattentiveness of older drivers (above age 65) dropped 4 percent. Overall, “by adding the haptic feedback we can lead to more attentive driving,” says SeungJun Kim, a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon who participated in the study. The paper has not yet been published, but it will be presented this June at this conference.

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  • March 23, 2012 - Bridge Wind Sensors to Offer Certainty, Safety in North Florida -

    The next time you drive over a bridge, look for a small white wind sensor. It is part of a brand new traffic network designed to keep you safe. The new devices are being installed on 22 bridges in our area as part of the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization’s Intelligent Transportation Systems program.
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  • March 22, 2012 - Federal Highway Administration announces Pre-solicitation for Technical Support Contract -

    The Federal Highway Administration released a pre-solicitation notice (synopsis) for a full and open competition. The Office of Operations Research and Development (R&D) at Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC), McLean, Virginia, has the need for technical support to conduct research, development, test, and evaluation activities that meet the growing demands for smoother running transportation systems.
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  • March 22, 2012 - No Data? Big Problem. -

    Smarter transportation decisions require comprehensive, accurate and timely data about infrastructure condition, travel time reliability, crashes and their causes. These data can inform decision makers about what really works – how best to relieve congestion and improve supply-chain connectivity to make freight transportation – and hence the U.S. economy – more competitive. Good data can enable people and businesses to use the transportation system more efficiently and ensure universal mobility.
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  • March 22, 2012 - ITS-JPO Workshop – Intelligent Network Flow Optimization (INFLO) -

    The Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) will hold a free public meeting to obtain stakeholder input for a connected vehicle concept that is designed to improve traffic management. The meeting will focus on the Intelligent Network Flow Optimization (INFLO) operational concept. The meetings will take place on April 27 in Detroit, Michigan and will include a webinar for those who cannot attend in person.

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  • March 22, 2012 - New SHRP 2 Requests for Proposals -


    SHRP 2 has released eight requests for proposals from the Capacity and the Reliability programs. Proposals are due May 1, 2012. The requests for proposals are available on the SHRP 2 RFP page.
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  • March 22, 2012 - 2013 International Highway Transportation Summit Innovative Approaches and Best Practices -

    TRB is cosponsoring the 2013 International Highway Transportation Summit Innovative Approaches and Best Practices on April 17-19, 2013 in Beijing, China. The conference will include four tracks that will address highway engineering, bridge and tunnel structures engineering, traffic engineering, and environment and sustainability.
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  • March 22, 2012 - Automated vehicles: the future of urban mobility? -

    Using the example of the greater Paris region, Parent illustrated how cities adapt to and are shaped by new transportation technologies. Paris has been a dense, congested city for centuries, he said, and over time it has constructed many systems—from electric tramways to the Metro to modern toll roads— to serve its mobility needs. Still, Paris today is the most congested city in Europe, and large cities everywhere face the same congestion issues.
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  • March 22, 2012 - Track Buses in Real Time with SBU Smart Transit -

    SBU Smart Transit is comprised of multiple components, including wireless routers, automated passenger counters and card-reader technology, which automatically tallies passenger ridership. This information will be used to enhance services by pinpointing peak times of operation and usage patterns. A full software suite including a real-time web portal and mobile browser site was also created to aid both riders and transportation management. “By building the project in house, students gained invaluable experience in constructing a real-world system,” said Wong.
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  • March 22, 2012 - Can the Lit Motor C-1 succeed where Segway failed? -

    At GreenBiz’s VERGE DC confab last week, Lit Motors founder Daniel Kim made a case for why this super-stable electric motorcycle may just succeed where the Segway failed – and why it has the potential to accelerate our breakup with internal-combustion-powered four-wheelers. What makes Lit’s C-1 so VERGE–y is that it’s a mashup: It combines old-school motorcycle design with cutting-edge sensory and stabilization systems.
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  • March 22, 2012 - CALL FOR PAPERS – EXTENDED 2012 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Anchorage, Alaska, USA -

    THE 2012 IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (15th IEEE ITSC) is the premier annual conference sponsored by the IEEE INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS SOCIETY (ITSS).
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  • March 21, 2012 - Siemens building car of future. Huh, Siemens? -

    So it’s time to build a car from the ground up with all the IT as an integrated forethought, not a bolt-on. That’s what Siemens is doing, developing “new information and communications technology (ICT) for future electric cars,” it says in a press release.
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  • March 16, 2012 - A Meter So Expensive, It Creates Parking Spots -

    But San Francisco is trying to shorten the hunt with an ambitious experiment that aims to make sure that there is always at least one empty parking spot available on every block that has meters. The program, which uses new technology and the law of supply and demand, raises the price of parking on the city’s most crowded blocks and lowers it on its emptiest blocks. While the new prices are still being phased in — the most expensive spots have risen to $4.50 an hour, but could reach $6 — preliminary data suggests that the change may be having a positive effect in some areas.
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  • March 16, 2012 - SEPTA System Status Strives for Real-Time Updates -

    Riding a bus or train downtown? Track the line’s status, get GPS updates and find out about any delays or detours through one online SEPTA location. SEPTA recently created a mini command center, with real-time information and advisories on its buses, trains and trolleys. It’s called System Status.
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  • March 16, 2012 - Pittsburgh named IBM Smarter Cities winner -

    The $400,000 grant will give IBM analysts to Pittsburgh for three weeks to provide help with the city’s 25-year transportation plan called MovePGH. The work will also involve Carnegie Mellon University’s Traffic 21 project.
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  • March 15, 2012 - Apply Now: ‘Intelligent Transportation Communication Systems’ delegation trip to Germany -

    The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest (GACCoM) is accepting applications for the 4th Transatlantic Program – Young Technology Leaders (TAP-YTL) through Tuesday, March 20, 2012. TAP-YTL offers 12 selected delegation members the chance to participate in an 8-day trip to Germany focused on “Intelligent Transportation Communication Systems” from May 20-28, 2012.
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  • March 15, 2012 - Your Car Key Knows More About You Than Your Mom Does -

    In an interview I once conducted with Jesse Schell, a professor of game design at Carnegie Mellon, he postulated that even the public bus is likely to turn into a game–the more often you take it, the more points you’ll receive. The accumulation of bus points could be redeemed in a system of tax relief, a reward in recognition of your support of the environment. Gamification has proven to be a serious motivator.
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  • March 15, 2012 - ODOT official speaks out on wrong way crash solutions -

    ODOT is also gearing up to begin an 18-month long construction project, called the intelligent transportation system; they say will add 75 cameras to local highway ramps.Pollock hopes that in the future, information from these cameras will help officials determine where these wrong-way drivers are getting onto the wrong side of the roadway.
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  • March 15, 2012 - Guest Blogger FHWA Administrator Victor Mendez Engineers Day 2012: A Case Study of the Future of Engineering -

    Those of us at DOT are always concerned about how to leave our children and grandchildren a better American transportation network. One of the most essential ingredients of tomorrow’s transportation system is a well-trained younger generation of engineers. And as the engineers who trained my generation are starting to retire, we must think about who we are leaving to solve the transportation challenges of the coming years.
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  • March 15, 2012 - DARPA’s Crusher Drives Itself, Laughs at Your Puny “Traffic” -

    The Crusher doesn’t just Hulk Smash its way through the terrain, mind you, it learns from what it drives over. “It can read the terrain” and define flat ground, vegetation, and obstacles, said Tony Stentz a Carnegie Mellon robotics engineer working on Crusher’s autonomy.
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  • March 15, 2012 - As car tech advances, can distracted drivers keep up? -

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) held the first of three public hearings on the topic Monday in Washington, D.C., to get input about a set of proposed voluntary guidelines for in-car navigation and integrated technology systems. Hearings in Chicago and Los Angeles are to follow later this week.
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  • March 15, 2012 - Research and Technology Coordinating Committee Letter Report: March 2012 -

    A March 5, 2012, letter report from TRB’s Research and Technology Coordinating Committee (RTCC) to the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) addresses the agency’s Research, Development, and Technology program priority setting, management, and performance measurement. The RTCC’s charge is to monitor and review FHWA’s research and technology activities and advise FHWA on the setting of a research agenda and coordination of highway research with states, universities, and other partners; strategies to accelerate the deployment and adoption of innovation; and areas where research may be needed. RTCC’s review includes the process of research agenda setting, stakeholder involvement, the conduct of research, peer review, and deployment.
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  • March 15, 2012 - SAE – Connected Vehicles Technologies Program -

    This program provides a thorough understanding of current connected vehicle technologies and their potential vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to infrastructure applications. The program begins with two short webinars providing background on and the current state of connected vehicle technology. Learners then participate in several technology modules where much of the learning is spent in hands-on lab activities that provide useful on-the-job practical application. Learners work in teams through the course to devise a solution to a Connected Vehicle Case Problem, drawing from information received in the course and tying all of the information together.
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  • March 13, 2012 - Building the robotic driving instructor -

    At Carnegie Mellon’s Quality of Life Technology Center, driving assistance is a major focus of study. Researchers have developed adaptive navigational systems that analyze the routes drivers normally take and then suggest alternatives that avoid interstates, unguarded left-hand turns, busy intersections, or roads that are narrow to the point of being treacherous. Brian Ziebart, a researcher on the project, says the next goal is to predict where a driver might be heading and suggest alternative routes if there is a potential hazard, such as inclement weather. For now, the team is working on commercializing the product for use by automakers. The research has expanded into a new company called NavPrescience.
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  • March 13, 2012 - Carnegie Mellon CyLab Researchers Develop New Smartphone App To Protect Consumers From Cybercriminals and Unsafe Communications -

    “With SafeSlinger, users can gain control over their exchanged information through end-to-end encryption, preventing intermediate servers or service providers from reading their messages or other sensitive stored data in their smartphones,” said Adrian Perrig, technical director of Carnegie Mellon CyLab and a professor of electrical and computer engineering at CMU.
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  • March 13, 2012 - Safety conversation on guidelines for in-vehicle communications systems draws crowd -

    US DOT – Last month, we issued proposed guidelines for automakers to limit the distraction risk for in-vehicle electronic systems. But before those guidelines take their final form, we’ve invited the public to weigh in and let us know what they think. This process will ensure that we hear a number of different perspectives, and today the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration held the first of three public hearings on this important safety issue.
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  • March 12, 2012 - STEP Job Opportunity: NTSB -

    The NTSB is seeking summer students in various administrative and junior professional positions under the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP). The STEP provides maximum flexibility to both the student and manager because the nature of the work does not have to be related to the student’s academic or career goals.
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  • March 12, 2012 - Intelligent Transportation Systems Ease Traffic Congestion For National Park Visitors -

    Some ITS components, such as Park Information Radio Systems, have been in place for years. But the most recent breed of ITS depends heavily upon the advent of smart phones, GPS, and web sites that allow park personnel to deliver up-to-the-minute information to park visitors.
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  • March 12, 2012 - Automated and Driverless Cars: Great for Safety, Not So Much for Congestion. -

    This is an area where I believe that lawyers and politicians have more impact than engineers and technologists. The US had a fully developed and tested AHS or Automated Highway System in the mid-1990s as the sample article Whatever Happened to Automated Highway Systems? reminds us.
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  • March 12, 2012 - Real-time bus arrival signs are coming to Washington, D.C. -

    When’s that next bus arriving? Someday soon, you may be able to simply look up at your bus shelter and see the real-time arrival data. WMATA expects to begin installing the fancy new bus arrival signs in late spring of this year.
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  • March 12, 2012 - Will driverless cars really slow for pedestrians? -

    Driverless cars will bring many changes to the way we see transportation. Some will be very good, some bad. But some commentators aren’t convinced when I say a huge fight is brewing over how much the road system defers to pedestrians and cyclists or pushes them aside.
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  • March 8, 2012 - U.S. DOT Announces Public Meeting on Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Research -

    The Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office announced that it will hold a free public meeting that will focus on its Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) research program. The meeting will take place April 18 in Washington, DC.
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  • March 8, 2012 - Penn’s flying robots generate their own unique sound -

    These quadrotors – so named for their four whirling blades – have become an Internet sensation, with one video getting 5.5 million YouTube hits since late January. On Wednesday in Long Beach, Calif., at the national TED conference (technology, entertainment, design), a video of the robots playing James Bond scored a standing ovation.
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  • March 7, 2012 - EDAG Premieres ‘Light Car Sharing’ Concept at Geneva Motor Show -

    At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the firm revealed it’s third EV concept, logically labeled “Light Car Sharing,” which aims to provide a viable solution for urban dwellers looking for mobility without the drawbacks that owning a car in the city often presents…
    Alongside the vehicle, EDAG has developed an intelligent charging system, which in addition to replenishing energy, allows the operator to gauge the amount of charge required, range available and the vehicle’s servicing schedule. In addition, via GPS and smart phone technology, fleet operators will be able to communicate with customers as to which car sharing vehicles available, along with their location and directions and instructions for collecting the vehicle, as well as billing and other aspects such as bookings, journey distance and time.

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  • March 7, 2012 - 5 innovations looking to transform cities around the world -

    Last month we reported on how the Living Labs Global Award was looking for innovative solutions to problems in 20 cities around the world (since increased to 21). The shortlist of successful submissions has now been published and – as you’d expect – there are some interesting ideas in there.
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  • March 7, 2012 - Why Driverless Cars Will Increase Tensions in Cities and Suburbs Alike -

    The Atlantic Cities’ own Emily Badger interviewed a research team of computer scientists at the University of Texas at Austin, who are studying how to make intersections move far more cars than they can today. They devised algorithms that let driverless cars flow through the intersection without need for lights that only let one direction of traffic move at a time. But what’s missing from this diagram? How about… people?
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  • March 7, 2012 - Case IH takes telematics to the field -

    Case IH claims its AFS Connect features the agriculture industry’s most powerful application of telematics technology available. “AFS Connect has tremendous potential to improve producers’ abilities to manage their equipment and find new opportunities to improve return on investment,” said Trevor Mecham, Case IH Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) Marketing Manager. “AFS Connect uses a combination of Global Positioning System and cellular technology to link equipment, Case IH AFS Pro 600 or Pro 700 displays, and the farm office wirelessly in real time,” said Mecham. “
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  • March 7, 2012 - Electric Car Tops Greenest Vehicle List for First Time in 12 Years -

    With the auto industry back on its feet and fuel economy standards shifting into high gear, automakers provided American consumers with a huge array of vehicles and technologies to choose from in 2012. Today at greenercars.org, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its 14th annual comprehensive environmental rankings showing how these offerings stack up.
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  • March 7, 2012 - Do Real-Time Updates Increase Transit Ridership? -

    The current research literature doesn’t address the question of whether real-time data increases ridership in any definitive way. Some recent studies do suggest that ridership has increased on routes with live status updates, but that work has failed to account for other factors that influence ridership, from gas prices to employment levels.
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  • March 7, 2012 - UofM announces Mobi prize for sustainable transportation -

    The SMART initiative is important locally (University of Michigan) and globally (Rio+20). This has now turned into an announcement for a prize competition of sustainable transportation. It’s called the “Mobi Prize” or the SMART Mobility EnterPrize.
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  • March 6, 2012 - Teen Driver Cell Phone Blocker -

    The Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University has released a report that explores the effectiveness of a cellular phone control device that communicates with the vehicles of teen drivers to deny them access to their phone while driving for the purpose of reducing distraction-related negative driving events.
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  • March 6, 2012 - Deployment of Practical Methods for Counting Bicycle and Pedestrian Use of a Transportation Facility -

    The Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota has released a report that explores approaches to distinguish bicycles from pedestrians for traffic counting applications.
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  • March 6, 2012 - Managed Lane Operations–Adjusted Time of Day Pricing vs. Near-Real Time Dynamic Pricing -

    The Florida Department of Transportation has released a report that provides an overview of research conducted on interactions between congestion pricing and ramp signaling and the potential impact of a variable speed limit implementation along the I-95 high occupancy/toll lanes.
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  • March 6, 2012 - Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) Now Accepting Funding Proposals -

    TRB’s Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) has released its annual program announcement that solicits funding proposals for the upcoming review cycles.
    Safety IDEA proposals for the next review cycle are due April 1, 2012. Transit IDEA proposals for the next review cycle are due May 1, 2012. NCHRP Highway IDEA proposals for the next review cycle are due September 1, 2012.
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  • March 6, 2012 - Pennsylvania Turnpike encouraged to switch to all-E-ZPass tolls after consultants’ report -

    All traffic would cruise under the gantries at highway speeds instead of having to reduce speed to 5 mph as motorists do now. Vehicles not equipped with E-ZPass would be photographed, with bills sent to the vehicle’s registered owner.
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  • March 6, 2012 - High gas prices? Whatevs — my phone gets me where I want to go -

    “The iPhone is the Ford Mustang of today,” Thilo Koslowski, Gartner’s lead automotive analyst, recently told the New York Times. What’s caused the change? For starters, driving has lost its cool with young Americans, who frankly have better things to do than sit behind the wheel of a tin can lodged in gridlock. And then there are gas prices that are expected to top $4.25 a gallon by April.
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  • March 6, 2012 - Drivers help set variable speed limits along I-80 in Wyoming -

    CHEYENNE — Who knew drivers help determine the variable speed limit for segments of Interstate 80? Drivers’ speeds are tracked by sensors embedded in the pavement and installed on markers alongside the highway. However, that’s just one element the Wyoming Department of Transportation uses to calculate and set variable speed limits.
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  • March 6, 2012 - Automated safeguards can’t guarantee safety: experts -

    TORONTO — An investigation over a deadly Via train derailment west of Toronto has revived calls for automated safeguards that could take over in a crisis and reduce the risk of potentially fatal mistakes. A computerized system called positive train control drew national attention last week after transportation advocates suggested it could have kept train 92 from careening off the tracks in Burlington, Ont.
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  • March 6, 2012 - Thoughts on car sharing and the folding car -

    This morning, RelayRides will announce it is updating its system on how neighbors share cars. Before, only cars with OnStar and smart card systems could be used (like how I-GO and ZipCar operate now). The change is that anyone with a car can sign up to lend it, for as little as $5 per hour, using a key exchange: the owner and the renter arrange to transfer the key.
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  • March 6, 2012 - The Future Metropolis Index: U.S. Cities With The Best Urban Policies -

    Want to live in a city that’s innovative, sustainable, vibrant, efficient, and eminently livable? Move to San Francisco. That’s the conclusion of the Future Metropolis Index, a study commissioned by Zipcar that examines the 36 largest cities in the country through the five dimensions listed above.
    –Pittsburgh #9 and Philadelphia #13–
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  • March 6, 2012 - Bombardier Launches Innovation Contest on the Future of Urban Mobility -

    Bombardier Transportation launched its interactive YouCity innovation contest. The online competition is open to students and professionals with a vision for the future of urban mobility – from developed cities to emerging cities of the future.
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  • March 6, 2012 - School buses to get smart upgrade -

    The provincial government is working to make long bus rides more educational for students as it has introduced two new proj­ects that will enable students in Alberta to study online while on the bus.
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  • March 5, 2012 - Call for Speakers: Rail~Volution 2012 -

    Are you someone who will lead the movement to create healthy, economically vibrant, socially equitable and environmentally sustainable communities with transit? Can you share stories that will educate, provoke and inspire conference attendees? Rail~Volution wants to hear from you!
    Rail~Volution produces an annual national conference focused on building livable communities with transit and land use.
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  • March 5, 2012 - Next TED Initiative: The City 2.0 -

    Eduardo Paes, the mayor of Rio, site of the 2016 Olympics, outlined some key ingredients, which he suggested included ample green space, smart transportation systems such as Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), and integrating his city’s favelas into the formal city.
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  • March 5, 2012 - Paul Mascarenas: Brave new motorworld where cars talk to cars -

    In fact, carmakers are being increasingly recognised as technology companies – thanks to the advanced equipment we create to make life easier for drivers and passengers. In my role I oversee the development of some incredibly smart inventions and witness first-hand how they improve the consumer experience.
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  • March 2, 2012 - Getting a better road sense -

    The Michigan Department of Transportation has been doing a lot of drilling lately, but it isn’t looking for gas or oil. MDOT is upgrading its Intelligent Transportation System by installing new speed sensors along state freeways. The puck-sized “wireless sensor-based vehicle detection devices” let MDOT operation centers gauge traffic speed and volume.
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  • March 2, 2012 - ITS America & Southwest Research Institute Student Essay Contest -

    ITS America and Southwest Research Institute are once again proudly sponsoring the Annual Student Essay Competition for the 2012 ITS America Annual Meeting & Exposition, held in Washington D.C. on May 21-23, 2012. The Student Essay Competition is designed to encourage student interest and future participation in the development of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and solutions.
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  • March 2, 2012 - IBM Tackles Transport Snarls in China -

    IBM has announced its first major customer for the Intelligent Transportation solution it introduced last year. The project is with the Chinese city of Zhenjiang, where IBM is working with the local municipality to deliver an integrated transport management system as part of the “Smarter Zhenjiang, Smarter Tourism” project….
    A core component of the project is a bus scheduling system that will help increase the efficiency of public transportation.
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  • February 28, 2012 - App will help blind, visually impaired navigate streets -

    A University of Minnesota researcher is developing an app that would tell the blind and visually-impaired not only when to cross the street, but which direction they’re going and how many lanes they have to cross.
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  • February 28, 2012 - Has the Time Come for an Older Driver Vehicle? -

    The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute has released a report that provides the background and rationale for an older driver vehicle and that explores research and issues with respect to older adults’ usage of vehicles.
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  • February 28, 2012 - U.S. DOT Research Hub Website -

    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT’s) Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) has released a test version of the U.S. DOT Research Hub website, a searchable database of the latest agency-sponsored research, development, and technology projects. The database acts as a central location for information on projects funded by U.S. DOT operating administrations, provides access to the Department’s research portfolio at the project level, and provides links to research reports and other products.
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  • February 28, 2012 - Volpe Highlights: February 2012 -

    The U.S. Research and Innovative Technology Administration’s Volpe National Transportation Systems Center has released the latest issue of its monthly newsletter that highlights work taking place at the center as well as information of interest to the transportation research community.
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  • February 28, 2012 - 4th Transportation Research Board Conference on Innovations in Travel Modeling (ITM) -

    TRB is sponsoring the 4th Transportation Research Board Conference on Innovations in Travel Modeling (ITM) on April 30-May 2, 2012, in Tampa, Florida. The conference is designed to allow researchers and practitioners to share knowledge and experiences on current models and modeling research. The conference will review advances made possible by the integration of social, land-use, transportation supply, and technology into the modeling process.
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  • February 28, 2012 - Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) Workforce Summit -

    TRB is cosponsoring the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) Workforce Summit on April 24-26, 2012, in Washington, D.C. The summit is designed to help foster a national dialogue on the needs for and development of the transportation workforce in the United States and to promote greater visibility for transportation careers in industry, government agencies, and academia.
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  • February 28, 2012 - Pittsburgh in running to share millions in IBM support -

    Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has reapplied to IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge to secure help with the city’s transportation planning initiative, MovePGH. He met with IBM representatives Friday to discuss the request…
    Officials said IBM’s previous work on transportation issues here may give the city a competitive advantage. IBM has supported Carnegie Mellon University’s Traffic 21 Initiative, which has resulted in projects such as ParkPGH, which provides real-time information on parking space availability in the Cultural District.
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  • February 28, 2012 - A regulation is set to require rearview cameras in cars -

    Now, auto safety regulators have decided to do something about it. Federal regulators plan to announce this week that automakers will be required to put rearview cameras in all passenger vehicles by 2014 to help drivers see what is behind them. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which proposed the mandate in late 2010, is expected to send a final version of the rule to Congress on Wednesday.
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  • February 27, 2012 - How technology in cities can help deliver a sustainable future -

    The instrumentation of the planet is providing us with increasingly detailed information about the services we depend on and advances in data communications are allowing us to combine real-time data with existing information. At the same time recent advances in analytic algorithms mean that, more than ever before, we can gain new insights from this rich data store to help us make smarter decisions.
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  • February 27, 2012 - Ford: Connected Cars Can Save Us From Gridlock -

    Bill Ford Jr., the executive chairman of Ford Motor Company and great grandson of Henry Ford, cautioned against the threat of increased car ownership without a corresponding increase in automotive connectivity. Ford made his comments today during his keynote at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, reflecting a growing viewpoint among many auto executives and urbanists.
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  • February 27, 2012 - Carmakers may need to cooperate for wireless safety tech rollout -

    Over at Mashable, former car designer Steve Tengler compiled a list of the challenges facing the widespread implementation of such connected safety systems. And one of the main problems is that, for the technology to be effective, it needs to have mass uptake in new and old car models. But it’s hard to start that revolution, and no one wants to be first out of the gate.
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  • February 27, 2012 - Access to the car pool lane can be yours, for a price -

    Since October, a program created to improve traffic flow in restricted-use lanes around Atlanta has made it possible for solitary motorists to buy their way into the express lane; car pools of three or more, eligible alternative-fuel vehicles, motorcycles and an expanded fleet of buses can still scoot in free. Payment is made using an electronic transponder, and under what the Georgia Transportation Department calls value pricing, tolls increase as traffic in the restricted lane builds. The rate can vary from 1 cent to 90 cents a mile.
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  • February 27, 2012 - CMU team proposes scheme to improve packet error rate of DSRC in vehicle-to-vehicle communications -

    Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a dynamic equalization scheme atop existing IEEE 802.11p Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications that significantly improves the packet error rate (PER) of data transmissions without changing the DSRC standard.
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  • February 27, 2012 - Gen Y carbuyers favor hybrids, demand connectivity -

    Deloitte asked business schools at UCLA, Michigan State University and Carnegie Mellon University to analyze 2011 study results and give and defend presentations at a forum in Detroit in January. The student team at Carnegie Mellon — all members of Gen Y — was asked to focus on issues of vehicle interiors and driver interfacing.
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  • February 27, 2012 - Smart Technolgy involved in new I-95 weigh station -

    The South Carolina Department of Public Safety, joined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and SC Department of Transportation, officially opened a state-of-the art weigh station in Dorchester County today. This facility is the first of its kind in the Southeast, giving officers the technology to detect safety violations on commercial trucks that could lead to deadly collisions on the highways. The new site is fully operational and in use.
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  • February 27, 2012 - New Fuel Cell Demonstration on Mobile Rover at NASA -

    The rover that will demonstrate the fuel cell in Glenn’s Simulated Lunar Operations (SLOPE) facility is called SCARAB. It was developed by Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute, Pittsburgh, under a grant from Glenn, and is regularly used for Human Robotic systems project mobility research in SLOPE.
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  • February 27, 2012 - Bali’s Capital of Denpasar Getting Automated Area Traffic Control Systems to Keep Traffic Moving Through Crowded Intersections -

    Traffic authorities in Bali are increasingly concerned with the level of traffic congestion, with several intersections receiving a very negative “F Category” classification reserved for the worst areas of traffic bottlenecks. In order to reduce gridlock, the Bali Traffic Department is installing Area Traffic Control Systems (ATCS) for installation at the worst affected crossroads.
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  • February 27, 2012 - ‘Smart’ cities aim to predict — and manage — traffic future -

    Look at what IBM is currently doing in the Chinese city of Zhenjiang. Using its Intelligent Operations Center for Smarter Cities, Big Blue aims to help the city of three million use analytics to not only enable real-time bus monitoring and management, but to simulate traffic flow patterns ahead of time.
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  • February 26, 2012 - New SEPTA system aimed at preventing train collisions -

    SEPTA will spend $100 million for a new, federally mandated train-control system designed to prevent the kind of collision that killed 25 people and injured more than 130 in Los Angeles in 2008. The new system must be installed by Dec. 31, 2015, under current federal law. The system will be designed to automatically halt trains if engineers do not heed stop signals.
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  • February 24, 2012 - Mind-controlled skateboard is literally powered by your thoughts -

    Video
    You don’t have to be Professor X or Yoda to control the Board of Imagination with your mind. This futuristic skateboard by Chaotic Moon Labs can read your brain waves and take you to where you want to go, even if you’re not a mutant or a Jedi.
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  • February 24, 2012 - Google Transit: How (and Why) the Search Giant is Remapping Public Transportation -

    This revolution, as with almost everything the company does, is proceeding at Internet scale. More than 475 transit agencies in the U.S. and around the world now submit their operating schedules to Google, which publishes the data as part of its Google Maps service.
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  • February 23, 2012 - General Motors Executive Describes Future of Emissions-Free, Safe Cars -

    Nady Boules, the director of GM’s Electrical and Controls Integration Lab, told those attending his presentation — entitled General Motors Advanced Vehicle and Transportation Research — the cars of the future will be “energized by electricity and hydrogen, powered by internal motors, controlled electronically and should be connected.”
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  • February 23, 2012 - Penn Engineering prof designs cars of the future -

    Recently, Lee served as the head Penn faculty member on a proposal to fund a $3.5 million center to conduct research and implement technologies related to improving the safety and efficiency of transportation. The newly launched University Transportation Center is a partnership between Penn Engineering and Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) College of Engineering.
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  • February 23, 2012 - Vehicle-to-vehicle communication can prevent crashes -

    Consumer Reports
    The system allows cars in the same area to instantly communicate with one another over a wireless network, exchanging data about each vehicle’s speed, location, and direction of travel. With that information, the system can determine whether a crash is likely and warn drivers to brake. In more advanced designs, it can even brake the car if a driver doesn’t respond quickly enough.
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  • February 23, 2012 - U.S. DOT Announces Public Meeting on Enabling a Secure Environment for Vehicle-to-Vehicle and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Transactions -

    The Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office will hold a free Policy Research Workshop on Enabling a Secure Environment for Vehicle-to-Vehicle and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Transactions. The meeting will take place April 19-20 in Washington, DC.
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  • February 23, 2012 - ThingWorx Joins Carnegie Mellon, IBM in Pennsylvania Smart Infrastructure Incubator -

    ThingWorx™, the provider of the first application platform for the connected world, announced its partnership today with Carnegie Mellon’s Pennsylvania Smart Infrastructure Incubator (PSII). The ThingWorx platform will be used to gather and manage real-time information communicated by sensors and other connected devices tied to physical infrastructure.
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  • February 22, 2012 - Zipcar And Ford Exec’s Firm Back College Car Sharing -

    Zipcar (ZIP), a novel by-the-hour car sharing service and 2011 IPO, is backing an even newer idea: share your own car. Zipcar said Wednesday that it has taken the lead in a $13.7 million series A investment round in Wheelz, a startup that lets college students make money sharing their own cars parked on campus. Intelligent-transportation investment firm Fontinalis Partners, co-founded by Ford Motor (F) Executive Chairman Bill Ford, is another backer.
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  • February 22, 2012 - Are Driverless Cars of the Future Closer Than We Think? -

    Auto technology experts say “yes.” And they say that some of those advances may happen quicker than you might think. “We are seeing just seismic changes as we speak,” said Scott Belcher, president and CEO of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America.
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  • February 22, 2012 - Speak up: Why the Feds want voice recognition tech to cut distraction in cars -

    “Siri, let’s build a talking car.” That’s the likely outcome of the government’s latest proposal to cut driver distraction.
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  • February 22, 2012 - How Mobile Payments Are Revolutionizing Public Transit -

    The global transportation industry has become a testing ground for new payment systems, as cutting-edge technologies have been introduced to taxis, buses and trains worldwide to streamline your jaunts around town. From reserving and paying for a cab with an app to purchasing train tickets via an iPod, various countries are experimenting with new ways to reach out to travelers and make payment and transport a whole lot easier.
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  • February 22, 2012 - How a coke dealer busted by GPS tracking is changing privacy law -

    I had a conversation recently with Norman Sadeh, director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Mobile Commerce Laboratory and contributor to an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court last fall that supported Jones’ position. He made reference to the 3PD in our conversation and further explained that if you want an accurate representation of privacy expectations today, there’s no need to look far beyond Facebook and Foursquare.
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  • February 22, 2012 - Car recorder convicts driver in 3 deaths -

    Pittsburgh – A retired engineer from Ford Motor Co. testified Tuesday that event data recorders are an accepted technology in the automobile industry used to ensure that airbag deployment systems work properly and to assist in the investigation of vehicle crashes.
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  • February 21, 2012 - Innovator: January/February 2012 -

    The U.S. Federal Highway Administration has released the latest issue of its Innovator newsletter, which is designed to help advance widespread implementation of innovations and technologies in the highway community and help chronicle a nationwide movement to improve the way highways are built.
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  • February 21, 2012 - Energy and Global Climate Change 2011 -

    TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2252 contains 19 papers that explore economic and environmental optimization of vehicle fleets, driver response to energy information feedback, California’s low-carbon fuel standard, feebates and fuel economy standards, energy use for transport in 27 European Union countries through 2030, and a comparison of diesel and hybrid models in the United States in 2010.
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  • February 21, 2012 - Urban and Traffic Data Systems: 2011 -

    Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2256 consists of 22 papers that explore network stratification method by travel time variation, license plate image binarization, centrality characteristics of road network patterns, commuting mode share, optimal paths in a public transit network, estimating route choice and travel time reliability, travel time prediction, detecting travel time outliers, pulse-breakup errors from freeway loop detectors, traffic information and management, and counting motorcycles and estimating motorcycle vehicle miles of travel.

    This version of the TRR also examines nonintrusive technologies for traffic detection; dynamic traffic densities for official statistics; short-term counts to seasonal adjustment factor groupings; inductive loop detector sensitivity errors; automated quality assurance methodology for archived transit data; development of traffic inputs, forecasting traffic loads, and axle load distribution for the new Mechanistic–Empirical Pavement Design Guide; analysis of weigh-in-motion data for truck weight grouping; and capturing transportation infrastructure performance.
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  • February 21, 2012 - Annual Meeting Online Portal: Full 2012 TRB 91st Annual Meeting Content Now Available -

    The slides and posters of the more than 3,500 program presentations, and videos of some 40 high-profile sessions at the 2012 TRB 91st Annual Meeting are now available through the TRB Annual Meeting Online (AMOnline) portal.
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  • February 21, 2012 - Registration Now Open for ITS America’s 2012 Annual Meeting & Exposition -

    The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) today announced the launch of online registration for its 22nd Annual Meeting and Exposition. Attendees can register now for the meeting, workshops and special events to take advantage of early registration rates which end March 16.
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  • February 21, 2012 - How will RoboCars work, and when will we have RoboCar’s? -

    The RoboCar vision offers huge gains in accident rates, erasing traffic congestion and more, but is it pie in the sky or will we actually have self-driving robotic cars roaming our cities in the future? Today Google’s Self-Driving car project does have modified Toyota Prius’s roaming the streets, primarily in Silicon Valley, prototyping the RoboCar’s of the future.
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  • February 21, 2012 - The Future of Infrastructure Design -

    Across the globe, and particularly in the United States, growing city populations are placing unprecedented stresses on transportation, energy, water, and communication networks, many of which are quickly deteriorating. The coming infrastructure crises have been gaining presence in the media and in government policy as the implications of the impending economic constraints begin to set in. Finally, public and private investors are beginning to pour billions of dollars into infrastructural renewal and expansion projects. But with rapidly changing technologies and innovations, what will these projects look like? This month, we take a look at emerging trends in the field.
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  • February 21, 2012 - Computers may control intersections for self-driving cars -

    The intersections of the future will not rely on stoplights or stop signs. Instead, when cars are driven by software, they could be managed by virtual traffic controllers, which stay in close contact with the automobiles as they approach the intersection, said Peter Stone, a professor of computer science at The University of Texas at Austin.
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  • February 21, 2012 - Traffic center’s eyes are on I-95 -

    FAIRFAX -The flow of traffic on Interstate 95 may constantly fluctuate, but it rarely, if ever, stops. What never stops is the round-the-clock monitoring at the McConnell Public Safety and Transportation Operations Center in Northern Virginia.
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  • February 19, 2012 - Driverless Cars – More Than Just Google -

    (Lots of great videos)
    Driverless cars have come a long way since Stanley, Standford University’s robot vehicle, won the DARPA Grand Challenge 2005 by traversing a route of 150 miles through the Mojave Desert. In 2007 DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) set as arguably more difficult challenge – that of negotiating a 60 mile urban area course including merging with other traffic and obeying traffic regulations without a driver, something that five vehicles achieved although the fastest time, by contest winner Carnegie Mellon’s Boss was an average 14 mph.
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  • February 19, 2012 - Nevada issues rules for driverless cars -

    GM is also working on fully autonomous vehicles. In 2007, GM worked with Carnegie Mellon University on a Chevrolet Tahoe that can drive itself. Called the Boss, the Tahoe was able to drive through 60 miles of urban traffic on its own.
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  • February 19, 2012 - During stop at Va. Tech, LaHood focuses on unfocused drivers -

    During a visit to Virginia Tech, LaHood first went to the Transportation Institute, the university’s largest research lab and a source of safe-driving research on which federal officials rely. He was driven to the Smart Road test track and saw a simulated rainstorm.
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  • February 19, 2012 - When cars get really smart, they start talking to the road -

    Canada
    Dr. Boukerche is the director of Developing Next Generation Intelligent Vehicular Networks and Applications (DIVA), a network that includes researchers at eight universities, as well as government organizations, and computer and telecom companies working on a large-scale research program that promises to transform the way Canadians drive.
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  • February 17, 2012 - Signal project to be done in March -

    West Virginia
    The project will synchronize stop lights through computer-coordinated data from roadside video cameras, weather stations and pavement sensors to help traffic move more safely and more efficiently. The data will be relayed to a central location at the Nick J. Rahall Appalachian Transportation Institute at Marshall University.
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  • February 17, 2012 - Fishers to be 1st Indiana city with ‘smart’ traffic signals -

    Fishers will be the first community in Indiana to install a series of smart traffic signals that will adapt to daily changing traffic patterns.
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  • February 17, 2012 - When The Car Is The Driver -

    NPR Video on Google Vehicle
    This week the state of Nevada finalized new rules that will make it possible for robotic self-driving cars to receive their own special driving permits. It’s not quite driver’s licenses for robots — but it’s close.
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  • February 17, 2012 - In San Francisco, Buses Become the Police -

    By early next year the city’s entire fleet of 819 buses will be equipped with forward-facing cameras that take pictures of cars traveling or parked in the bus and transit-only lanes.
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  • February 17, 2012 - ITS JPO Releases Turbo Architecture Version 7.0 -

    Turbo Architecture is a software application that supports development of regional and project ITS architectures using the National ITS Architecture as a reference.
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  • February 17, 2012 - Self-driven cars and other innovative ideas -

    Michel Parent, a French research scientist and the father of the cybercar concept, says shared and automated cars could be important tools to help improve mobility and reduce congestion in large urban areas. Speaking this week at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Transportation Studies, Parent described tests of several innovative urban transport systems that have been under development in Europe over the last two decades.
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  • February 16, 2012 - Carnegie Mellon University and Penn Engineering Receive $3.5 Million for Innovative Transportation Research -

    PITTSBURGH—The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering and the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science a $3.5 million grant for the next two years to conduct research and implement technologies for improving the safety and efficiency of transportation…
    At Carnegie Mellon, the new center also will engage work underway by Traffic 21.
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  • February 16, 2012 - Gov’t to carmakers: Harness dashboard technology -

    Carmakers should design potentially distracting dashboard technology so it’s automatically disabled while the vehicle is in motion, federal safety officials said Thursday.
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  • February 16, 2012 - ‘Smart’ Crosswalks Headed To East Hampton’s Main Street -

    Pedestrians will be able to push a button before entering the crosswalk, thereby activating amber lights embedded in the street.
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  • February 16, 2012 - Austrians will make Russian highway smart -

    Russian roads are notoriously bad, and when drivers get a good piece of highway they’re inclined to speed up. It’s become a headache for Russia’s first toll road operators who were forced to find a smart solution.
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  • February 16, 2012 - Former White House tech guru talks technology -

    Vivek Kundra spearheaded an efficiency drive in the US government, lifting it out of the technology dark ages. (5 minute video interview)
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  • February 16, 2012 - New app, IE511, reports traffic, solutions -

    Every day, Southern Californians waste 1.8 million vehicle hours stuck in traffic. If you ask most people about their commute, it’s the worst part of their day. Now a new, free smartphone app for online traffic service, IE511, delivers an on-the-go solution for re-routing commutes around congestion.
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  • February 16, 2012 - Distracted Driving Countermeasures for Commercial Vehicles -

    TRB’s Commercial Truck and Bus Safety Synthesis Program (CTBSSP) Synthesis 24: Distracted Driving Countermeasures for Commercial Vehicles examines driving distractions, as well as any protective (safety-enhancing) effects of particular devices.
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  • February 16, 2012 - Fifth National Bus Rapid Transit Conference -

    TRB is sponsoring the Fifth National Bus Rapid Transit Conference in August 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The conference is designed to bring together transit professionals interested in planning, implementing, and enhancing Bus Rapid Transit service so they can discuss and share information on the latest developments, technologies, and lessons learned in the field.
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  • February 15, 2012 - Study concludes no one strategy sufficient for targeted GHG reduction from LDVs; positive combinatorial effects -

    After considering a wide range of possible strategies to reduce light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas emissions, a team from Carnegie Mellon University, RAND Corporation and the University of Toronto has concluded that no one strategy will be sufficient to meet GHG emissions reduction goals to avoid climate change. Strategies considered included fuel and vehicle options; low-carbon and renewable power; travel demand management; and land use changes.

    However, they also found that many of these changes have positive combinatorial effects, “so the best strategy is to pursue combinations of transportation GHG reduction strategies to meet reduction goals.”
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  • February 15, 2012 - Cadillac XTS to feature safety tech developed from autonomous vehicles -

    Five years ago, GM engineers, a variety of partner companies, and Carnegie Mellon University built a Chevrolet Tahoe that autonomously traversed 60 miles of urban traffic in less than six hours, taking home the DARPA Urban Challenge win. Later this year, some of that technology will make its way to production in the 2013 Cadillac XTS.
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  • February 15, 2012 - Great video on Budapest Automatic Car Park -

    An underground public automatic car park with an amount of 404 parking spaces in total in the center of Budapest, Hungary.
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  • February 13, 2012 - Senators to introduce long-awaited cybersecurity bill next week -

    The bill would authorize the Department of Homeland Securityto beef up security standards for privately owned critical networks, such as those affecting transportation and water systems, said Leslie Phillips, spokeswoman for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
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  • February 13, 2012 - Don’t Look Now: A Car That Tweets -

    Wall Street Journal
    Undaunted by fear of safety regulations, auto makers are piling new technologies into their vehicles: everything from 17-inch dashboard screens to services that check Facebook and buy movie tickets.
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  • February 9, 2012 - Citys personal road transit hopes coming alive -

    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM (India): The State Government has accorded in-principle approval for the proposal for introducing Personal Road Transit (PRT) system in Thiruvananthapuram, which was submitted by INKEL…
    PRT uses highly intelligent computer- controlled, driver-less and battery-operated 4-6 seat vehicles running on an elevated guideway.
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  • February 9, 2012 - Judge awaits more evidence before ruling on fatal crash -

    Pittsburgh – An Allegheny County Common Pleas judge on Wednesday withheld the verdict in a homicide by vehicle case against an Upper St. Clair man, saying that he was giving more time to both sides to establish the scientific value — or lack of it — of the data recorder in the crashed car…
    “I can find no Pennsylvania case law which permits this use” of the recorder in the case, he said. “There is no precedent for introducing this into evidence.”That does not necessarily make it inadmissible, the judge continued, adding that there are appellate decisions in at least three states where the recorders can be relied upon.
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  • February 8, 2012 - Guest Bloggers Aneesh Chopra, John Porcari, Michael Huerta: Partnering to Modernize our Nation’s Air Transportation System -

    On January 31st, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) launched a new, online dashboard that provides increased transparency into a vital component of NextGen’s modernization of our Nation’s air transportation system infrastructure.
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  • February 8, 2012 - Peter Shawn Taylor: Car hacking, the crime of tomorrow -

    Following Toyota’s unintentional acceleration crisis in 2010, the U.S. Transportation Research Board (TRB) commissioned a report on the implications of the widespread use of on-board electronics. While the Toyota issue turned out to be more human error than computer malevolence, the TRB report, released last month, did find much to be concerned about. Perhaps the biggest issue is what it called “automotive vulnerabilities to cyberattack,” or car hacking.
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  • February 8, 2012 - UAVs shrink as technology grows -

    AeroVironment has captured the imagination of a worldwide audience with news of a major extension of its activities into nano air vehicles (NAVs).
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  • February 8, 2012 - New Holland Agriculture’s second-generation hydrogen-powered tractor -

    “The new NH² has evolved from the concept tractor that won the Gold Innovation Medal at SIMA 2009,” said Riccardo Morselli, Innovation Product Development, New Holland Agriculture. “It was developed in collaboration with CRF, a process that has involved equipping the new machine with all of the features required to ensure it will deliver the kind of performance associated with a conventional diesel tractor, both in the field and on the road.”
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  • February 8, 2012 - IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society Newsletter -

    Includes information on their September 2012 Conference in Anchorage, Alaska and calls for papers.
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  • February 7, 2012 - U.S. DOT Announces Public Meeting on Enabling a Secure Environment for Vehicle-to-Vehicle and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Transactions -

    The Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office announced that it will hold a free Policy Research Workshop on Enabling a Secure Environment for Vehicle-to-Vehicle and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Transactions. The meeting will take place April 19-20 in Washington, DC.
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  • February 7, 2012 - Autonomous Cars Through the Ages -

    Darpa made things a little tougher in 2007 when it staged a 60-mile race in an urban environment. Eighty-nine teams entered, and 11 made it to the start. The course included 4 miles of k-rail enclosed “streets” where entrants had to cope with manned-vehicle traffic at the former George Air Force Base. Carnegie Mellon’s team, Tartan Racing, completed the course in a bit more than 4 hours and 10 minutes with a Chevrolet Tahoe it named “Boss”
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  • February 7, 2012 - International workshop on cooperative intelligent transport systems kicks off -

    The 4th ETSI Workshop on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) will start in Doha. The workshop hosted by the QU Wireless Innovations Center (QUWIC) which is located at the Qatar Science & Technology Park. The workshop which is co-organized by ETSI and QUWIC will take place in the new Qatar National Convention Center.
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  • February 6, 2012 - As the railroad industry thrives, Pittsburgh companies profit and add jobs -

    The railroad industry is picking up steam again, after losing ground decades ago to the nation’s trucking industry. And Pittsburgh’s expertise and history in the business — Andrew Carnegie and the city’s other industrialists needed good ways to move their steel a century ago — has put the region on track to benefit from rail’s resurgence.
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  • February 6, 2012 - Applications for the Environment: Real-Time Information Synthesis (AERIS) User Needs Workshop -

    When: March 14-15, 2012
    Time: March 14: 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Eastern Time and March 15: 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
    Where: Washington, D.C.

    The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S.DOT) will host a free public workshop to discuss the Applications for the Environment: Real-Time Information Synthesis (AERIS) Program and solicit user needs for its Transformative Concept.

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  • February 6, 2012 - UT survey reports drivers feel less safe than five years ago -

    According to a survey conducted by the Center for Transportation Research (CTR), four out of 10 drivers feel less safe on the road than they did five years ago. This rising fear among drivers relates to the growing use of smart phones, particularly for texting, while behind the wheel.
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  • February 6, 2012 - New Agile Flying Robots Travel In Fleet -

    University of Pennsylvania’s General Robotics, Automation, Sensing, and Perception (GRASP) Lab released a video this week of a swarm of flying robotic devices. In the video, the airborne robots are seen performing complex moves and navigating spaces with obstacles.
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  • February 3, 2012 - MovePGH kicks off amid transit worries -

    Pittsburgh, PA
    Thursday evening, city planners and consultants kicked off MovePGH, the 18-month-long transportation wedge of Pittsburgh’s 25-year plan, which is expected to be adopted sometime in 2014. “We are not starting over on anything,” Paul Moore, a principal and vice president with AECOM, told a crowd of about 150 people gathered at Carnegie Mellon University . “Recommendations from all previous work automatically go into the list for evaluation.”
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  • February 3, 2012 - You Already Own the Next Most Important Transportation Planning Tool -

    Ward’s MPO in North Carolina wound up contracting with AirSage to do an origin-destination study of travel patterns and to measure traffic speeds. Using cell phone data, that $300,000 floating car survey was essentially replaced for $25,000 – and with greater scale and accuracy.
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  • February 3, 2012 - New York testing parking spaces that find you -

    A company called Streetline, Inc. is working with the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) to deploy a sensor based Smart Parking system as part of a pilot project. The sensors are being installed along Arthur Ave. in the Bronx in cooperation with two other vendors. NYCDOT is running the installation as a feasibility test of the sensor technology to ease parking availability, cutting emissions by the amount of time normally spent finding a space.
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  • February 3, 2012 - Key to smart transit is data sharing, experts say at Cities Summit -

    The future of public transit depends on smart technologies and data sharing, according to global civic leaders and innovators in Vancouver this week for the 2012 Cities Summit.
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  • February 3, 2012 - Video Demonstrations of Three SHRP 2 Products Now Available -

    • Geotechnical Solutions for Transportation Infrastructure: a web tool that provides guidance for soil improvement, rapid embankment construction, and stabilization of the pavement working platform
    • Transportation Project Impact Case Studies (T-PICS): a national database of case studies that can be used to assess the pre- and post-construction economic development and related effects of various kinds of transportation projects
    • My Road Trip Advisor: a tool that predicts arrival times for travelers based on travel time reliability information
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  • February 2, 2012 - CES 2012: Robots helping to improve lives -

    Some robots are purely for fun, while others are seriously improving the lives of those who use them. The latter is particularly true for robots coming out of the Quality of Life Technology Center in Pittsburgh. A collaboration between Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, the center works on projects to help the elderly or people with disabilities. An example of one of those projects is PERMA, the Personal Mobility and Manipulation Appliance, which gives people in wheelchairs an extra set of arms…really long arms!
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  • February 2, 2012 - Now, stereo cameras that detect pedestrians from within cars -

    A newly developed system locates pedestrians in front of the vehicle using artificial vision. Soon to be integrated into the top-of-the-range Mercedes vehicles, the device includes two cameras and a unit that process information supplied in real time by all image points.
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  • February 2, 2012 - Graduate Research Award Program on Public Sector Aviation Issues -

    The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), National Academies, is pleased to announce the Graduate Research Award Program on Public-Sector Aviation Issues for the 2012/2013 academic year. This program, sponsored by the U.S. DOT Federal Aviation Administration and administered by the ACRP, is designed to encourage applied research on airport and related aviation system issues and to foster the next generation of aviation community leaders. Under the program, up to 10 awards of $10,000 each will be made to full-time graduate students for successful completion of a research paper on public-sector airport-related aviation issues during the upcoming academic year.
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  • February 2, 2012 - U.S. National ITS Architecture has been updated to version 7.0 -

    The National Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Architecture provides a common framework for planning, defining, and integrating ITS deployments. The Architecture has been developed and evolved stakeholder input utilizing a consensus-building methodology in accordance with legislative direction to develop and maintain a National Architecture.
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  • February 1, 2012 - U.S. Commerce Secretary Applauds Pittsburgh Progress -

    One week after President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, Commerce Secretary John Bryson joined Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and others at Carnegie Mellon University to discuss their commitment to energy efficiency, conservation, and innovation, as well as creating and retaining jobs. The main focus of the discussion was on supporting American manufacturers.

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  • February 1, 2012 - Shadow Matching -

    GNSS positioning in dense urban areas is unreliable, with accuracy particularly poor in the cross-street direction. One solution is shadow matching, a new positioning technique that uses 3D building models to predict which satellites are visible from different locations and compares this with the measured satellite visibility to determine position. This article presents test results of a preliminary shadow-matching algorithm in a London urban canyon and discusses the practical implementation of the technique.
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  • February 1, 2012 - New zone established for Taiwan business -

    Local authorities said the investment zone will focus on wind power equipment manufacturing, photoelectricity, intelligent transportation, and high-end service industries.
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  • February 1, 2012 - Looking Beyond Gadgets, Six Trends in Consumer Electronics -

    Forbes
    4. Intelligent Transportation
    Safer, faster, more convenient transportation is a growing trend affecting commuters and consumers worldwide. Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) focus on the use of ordinary devices (such as a cell phone or GPS) that are enabled with built-in custom software so cars and buses can “communicate” with roadways and transportation systems.
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  • February 1, 2012 - Beyond the Personal Automobile -

    How about using technology to allow millions of us to move beyond car ownership? You won’t hear large automobile companies talk about it, but information technology gives society the greatest chance in decades to rethink transportation. Instead of cars equipped with medical sensors, I would like to see fewer cars and more room for bike paths. A little exercise will make our hearts stronger.
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  • February 1, 2012 - Intelligent Transportation Systems and Vehicle-Highway Automation 2011 -

    TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2243 consists of 18 papers that explore re-identification of trucks over long distances, lane-level travel times, private-sector probe-based speed data in the planning processes, travel time estimation enhancement, sustainable urban transport, university students’ acquisition and use of travel information, integration of variable speed limit control and travel time estimation, vehicle-to-infrastructure traffic information system for the work zone, and preceding vehicle type classification.
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  • February 1, 2012 - Research Pays Off: Automated Speed Enforcement Slows Down Drivers in Work Zones -

    In 2004 the Illinois Department of Transportation deployed two self-contained vans to implement a legislatively mandated speed-radar photo enforcement (SPE) program in work zones on highways. The speeds of vehicles approaching the SPE vans are monitored with two radar systems: down-the-road radar and across the-road radar. The speed obtained from the down-the-road radar is displayed on a light-emitting diode display on top of the SPE van. The display gives speeding drivers a final chance to reduce speed and comply with the work zone speed limit. If the speed of the vehicle, measured by across-the-road radar, is greater than a specified value, the two onboard cameras are activated to take pictures of the driver and the rear license plate of the vehicle.
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  • February 1, 2012 - NCHRP FY 2012: Synthesis Study Topics Sought -

    TRB is seeking potential synthesis study topics as part of the upcoming activities of the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP). Topics may be submitted at any time; however, the deadline for the upcoming submission cycle is February 17, 2012. All proposed new topics must be submitted online through the TRB Synthesis Topic Submittal website.
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  • January 31, 2012 - LaHood highlights need for young women to study STEM subjects -

    At a WTS International event earlier this week, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood put out an “urgent” call to encourage more young people, particularly young women, to study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and to consider careers in those fields to help fill the current and future need of jobs in transportation.
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  • January 31, 2012 - Foldable Electric Cars To Launch In Europe Next Year -

    Researchers from MIT have developed a highly efficient electric car for commuting around the city. Dubbed the Hiriko, the tiny vehicle is powered by a single electric engine and can fold in on itself once parked to become even smaller. In addition, the wheels can rotate 360 degrees making parallel parking much easier as drivers can simply steer sideways into the parking spot.

    Retailing for $16,210, Hiriko cars will initially be launched in European cities as part of a car-sharing program and is expected to be ready by 2013. No official information has been released on which cities will be participating, but Berlin and Barcelona have expressed interest.

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  • January 31, 2012 - Walkbase showcases indoor location tech with auto check-in app -

    While location-based services are bringing a lot of context and relevancy to the world, the technology is a lot harder to use indoors. But a Finnish company called Walkbase is looking to bring to market a very simple and scalable solution for indoor positioning that can help map out rooms using crowd-sourced data and smart self-learning algorithms.
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  • January 31, 2012 - Surveillance cameras to go on five bridges -

    Pittsburgh Post Gazette
    By early fall, about two dozen high-tech cameras will be in place at the ends of five bridges over the Allegheny River as part of a continuing effort to create a network of surveillance video cameras informally dubbed the “ring of steel” on highways and in public spaces across the county.
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  • January 31, 2012 - Apps for smart cities – vision and event details in Amsterdam – looking for speakers -

    I have been speaking of the apps for smart cities event/concept before and here are some more details. We are looking for speakers for this absolutely unique and fun event. I will give a short synopsis of the event itself first and then followed by details about the vision of Smart cities and apps for Smart cities. March (27-30) at the RAI (one of Amsterdam’s largest venues)

    The apps for Smart cities event is chaired by me and organized by the World Smart Capital initiative (I am on the advisory board of the World Smart Capital). The event is a part of series of related events on March (27-30) at the RAI (one of Amsterdam’s largest venues). The ‘anchor’ events on these days are intertraffic) – which relates to traffic management and Cevitts which relates to charging of electric vehicles. The apps for smart cities will be in the Perfect Storm pavilion (which relates to IT related events) and held at the RAI at the same time as Intertraffic and Cevitts.
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  • January 31, 2012 - Gainesville commute times lowest in state, but congestion still an issue -

    City officials credited public transit and a new traffic management system for the distinction but acknowledge more must be done to address congestion along major corridors such as Newberry and West 34th Street.
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  • January 31, 2012 - Tata Technologies unveils electric urban car concept – The eMO -

    A couple of years back, Tata Motors provided its solution for meeting the transportation needs of modern day urban India in the form of the Nano, one of the most inexpensive cars in the world. But to meet such requirements on a global scale needs a massive rethink in the way the world does automobiles, and this means that just the expertise of auto makers is not enough in coming up with innovative solutions that address the issue of future urban mobility.
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  • January 27, 2012 - Webinar – Leveraging a Regional ITS Architecture in Planning for Operations -

    2/29/2012 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Eastern Time
    This webinar will highlight the important uses of the regional ITS architecture in planning for operations. The webinar will offer participants a preview of the upcoming U.S. Department of Transportation document, Applying a Regional ITS Architecture to Support Planning for Operations: A Primer, and two expert practitioners will share what they have learned from using the regional ITS architecture in planning.
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  • January 27, 2012 - Hands-free tech reduces driver distraction, study says -

    The VTTI study supports interactive voice applications using natural speech language for in-vehicle tasks rather than manual interaction and visual focus on the part of the driver, with the voice applications reducing those periods when hands are off the steering wheel and eyes are off the road,” Schalk said.
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  • January 27, 2012 - Why Big Data Won’t Make You Smart, Rich, Or Pretty -

    This year will be the year of Big Data. The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI) reported that 90 percent of the IT professionals it surveyed said they were familiar with big data analytics. And 34 percent said they already applied analytics to Big Data. The vast hordes of data collection during e-commerce transactions, from loyalty programs, employment records, supply chain and ERP systems are, or are about to get, cozy. Uncomfortably cozy.

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  • January 27, 2012 - MOVEPGH Public Kick-Off Meeting -

    The City of Pittsburgh is launching the Transportation Component of PLANPGH–join us! We are pleased to inform you that the Public Kick-Off for MOVEPGH (the Multimodal Transportation Component of PLANPGH) will be held February 2, 2012 on the Carnegie Mellon campus from 6-8 PM in Porter Hall.
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  • January 27, 2012 - New Bus Time app makes traveling in NYC easier -

    Earlier this month, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority installed Bus Time tracking system for all Staten Island bus lines, allowing travelers to look up the location of their buses on computers and phones.
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  • January 27, 2012 - City eyes high-tech parking -

    Vancouver is carefully watching two ambitious high-tech pilot projects in San Francisco and Los Angeles where on-street parking rates are varied monthly depending upon demand.Those programs, which result in vast swings in metered parking rates by so much as a single block, are the newest efforts by transportation engineers to more accurately price on-street parking to account for congestion. In some cases two adjacent blocks can vary by as much as $3 to $4 per hour. The changes are also designed to encourage alter-native forms of transportation such as mass transit, bicycling and walking.
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  • January 27, 2012 - Technology Transportation Trends -

    This is all according to the AASHTO (American Assn. of State Highway and Transportation Officials), www.transportation.org, Washington, D.C. The association also suggests new technologies and smarter management practices will play a role in helping states address the challenge of aging infrastructure without increasing funding. AASHTO says to specifically watch out for more vehicle-to-vehicle communications, greater use of intelligent transportation systems, accelerated bridge construction, new paving techniques, and practical design strategies.
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  • January 27, 2012 - Transit apps empower riders with information -

    If you’re in Iowa City and waiting for a bus, Iowa City Transit’s Bus on the Go app makes it easy to use your smartphone to find out when your bus will arrive. And if you’re waiting for one of Washington, DC’s terrific Circulator buses or Metro trains, you can use the “Where’s My Bus?” or “Next Train Arrival” app…

    But not all transit riders are so fortunate. In fact, a review of 276 transit agency systems revealed that only 45 of them provide some information on mobile devices. And of those 45 agencies, only 15 offered their riders the real-time information precise planning requires.

    We think we can do better for our nation’s transit riders. So last week, Deputy Secretary John Porcari and U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra gathered a variety of stakeholders to see what we can do to help millions more transit riders get better access to information.

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  • January 27, 2012 - Copenhagen’s Green Sheen: It’s Not Just About The Bikes -

    Forbes
    For those who can’t bike to work (or who might want to avoid peddling through the worst of the winter slush and chill), Copenhagen is served by an integrated transportation network: a driverless, punctual Metro (with one of the best airport connections in the world), regional trains, and buses.
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  • January 27, 2012 - Open contactless payment system to be launched in New York 23 Jan 2012 -

    New York residents will be able to pay for trips on the city’s buses and subways with contactless-enabled bank cards, it has been revealed.
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  • January 24, 2012 - Collision in the Making Between Self-Driving Cars and How the World Works -

    New York Times
    Even as Google tests its small fleet of self-driving vehicles on California highways, legal scholars and government officials are warning that society has only begun wrestling with the changes that would be required in a system created a century ago to meet the challenge of horseless carriages.
    What happens if a police officer wants to pull one of these vehicles over? When it stops at a four-way intersection, would it be too polite to take its turn ahead of aggressive human drivers (or equally polite robots)? What sort of insurance would it need? These and other implications of what Google calls autonomous vehicles were debated by Silicon Valley technologists, legal scholars and government regulators last week at a daylong symposium sponsored by the Law Review and High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University.
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  • January 24, 2012 - Carnegie Mellon students wired to build on imaginations -

    Similar technology powers Mindnet, a thought-controlled car made with a Star Wars Force Trainer car that sells for about $30. The car is covered with an elaborate circuit board that takes data from an electroencephalography (EEG) headset, worn by Neil Abcouwer, 21, an electrical and computer engineering student. His thoughts controlled the car’s motion.

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  • January 24, 2012 - 7 Cities Vying for Intelligent Community of the Year -

    Can an American city break through in 2012 and win acclaim as the world’s Intelligent Community of the Year? Austin, Texas, and Riverside, Calif., will represent the nation’s prospects against an international field in pursuit of the Intelligent Community Forum’s annual prize, to be awarded at the think tank’s annual conference on June 8 in New York City. The other finalists, announced this week, are Oulu, Finland; Quebec City, Quebec; Saint John, New Brunswick; Stratford, Ontario; and Taichung City, Taiwan.Can an American city break through in 2012 and win acclaim as the world’s Intelligent Community of the Year?
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  • January 24, 2012 - Let the Robot Drive: The Autonomous Car of the Future Is Here -

    Wired – The object, vaguely pink, sits on the shoulder of the freeway, slowly shimmering into view. Is it roadkill? A weird kind of sagebrush? No, wait, it’s … a puffy chunk of foam insulation! “The laser almost certainly got returns off of it,” says Chris Urmson, sitting behind the wheel of the Prius he is not driving. A note is made (FOD: foreign object or debris, lane 1) as we drive past, to help our computerized car understand the curious flotsam it has just seen.
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  • January 23, 2012 - Edmond gets $1.7 million for traffic system -

    Edmond has been approved for $1.7 million from the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments to install a citywide traffic and communication system. The project could cost between $8 million and $10 million.
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  • January 19, 2012 - Federal Money for Transpo Robot -

    Externally, the robot is pretty mundane. “It looks like a metal box, about the size of a large picnic cooler,” explained Thomas. The robot uses a number of techniques to test a bridge’s steel lattice core. One deploys sound waves to ferret out micro cracks, air pockets and splits. The grant will also help fund a smart phone app that excavators can use to create an underground map of wires, on the spot, before they dig.
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  • January 19, 2012 - GM explores interactive backseat windows -

    No, we’re not in a scene from Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. This is simply the latest bit of R&D from General Motors. The automaker challenged researchers and students from the FUTURE LAB at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Israel to conceptualize new ways to enhance the experience of backseat passengers, children in particular.
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  • January 18, 2012 - Video: Ford’s Car Of The Future -

    This eight-minute video produced by Ford shows the Evos, their vision of the car of the future, which is connected to the internet and capable of adapting to your daily routine.
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  • January 18, 2012 - FY 2013 TCRP Research Problem Statements Sought -

    TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program has issued a request for problem statements identifying research needed for TCRP’s FY 2013 program. Research problem statements for the TCRP FY 2013 program are due June 15, 2012. These submittals form the basis for selection of the annual TCRP research program. The TCRP undertakes applied research and technical activities focusing on the needs of transit operating agencies. Research is conducted in all areas of public transportation, including operations, policy, planning, service configuration, engineering of vehicles and facilities, maintenance, human resources, and administration.
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  • January 18, 2012 - 2012 UTC Spotlight Conference on Sustainable Energy and Transportation: Strategies, Research, Data -

    TRB is sponsoring the 2012 UTC Spotlight Conference on Sustainable Energy and Transportation: Strategies, Research, Data on November 8-9, 2012, in Washington, D.C. The conference is designed to promote dialogue and coordination among University Transportation Centers (UTCs), federal agencies, industry, and state and local agencies on research to address the complex and challenging issues concerning sustainable energy and transportation.
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  • January 18, 2012 - An R&D Lab for Transit Tech Tools -

    Arlington County Commuter Services office… Since 2010, the office has built up a kind of R&D lab, which Fairchild directs, where a small group of programmers has been trying to figure out how to use technology to close that convenience gap between driving your car and using absolutely any other alternative. Mobility Lab, and its Transit Tech initiative, has a lean start-up philosophy that’s almost unrecognizable in a government bureaucracy.
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  • January 18, 2012 - The Top 10 Smart Cities On The Planet -

    Crunching a list of variables about innovation and sustainability, we rank the world’s smartest cities, from New York to Hong Kong (and with an unexpected winner).
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  • January 17, 2012 - CMU and Penn land $3.5M federal grant for transportation research center -

    With a $3.5 million grant from the Department of Transportation, Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pennsylvania are establishing a transportation research center that will look at the future of how we get around. Though CMU does a lot of transportation-related research this is a new center, called Technologies for Safe and Efficient Transportation (T-SET) and it will mainly be housed on CMU’s campus.
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  • January 17, 2012 - Student entrepreneur Micah Toll pedaling in the right direction -

    Micah Toll is no stranger to entrepreneurship. With only five months left until graduation in April, Toll, 22, has spent his days at the University of Pittsburgh like every other student: Going to classes, becoming involved in clubs, hanging out with friends and, oh yeah, starting his own electric bike company called Pulse Motors. Pulse Motors is a Pittsburgh start up business designed to provide two-wheeled electric vehicles to the students and the public.
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  • January 17, 2012 - Climate Leadership Academy: Accelerating Bus Rapid Transit -

    March 26-28, 2012 Cleveland, OH
    The Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) invites teams of five senior officials and key stakeholders from up to 10 U.S. cities and metropolitan regions to participate in this free CLA workshop. The CLA is a peer-learning and training program to build the capacity of practitioners in U.S. cities and metropolitan regions to improve, scale-up, and accelerate their efforts to reduce climate pollution and strengthen resilience to the local impacts of global climate disruption. The deadline for applications to this workshop is January 31st, 2012.
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  • January 17, 2012 - Minnesota Traffic Observatory makes transportation smarter -

    To improve your daily commute, the Minnesota Traffic Observatory (MTO) plays a major role behind the scenes, studying everything from busy intersections to electronic toll lanes. Safety is the lab’s top priority. The observatory, which falls under the umbrella of the University of Minnesota’s Intelligent Transportation Systems Institute, is a high-tech transportation lab that develops tools for surveying, monitoring and managing traffic systems.
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  • January 17, 2012 - Irancell demonstrates NFC payments and ticketing -

    Irancell, Iran’s second largest mobile network operator, and technology provider Etick Pars Intelligent Technologies Development have teamed up with Bank Pasargad to demonstrate a suite of NFC services tailored to the Iranian market.
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  • January 17, 2012 - Dislike? Mercedes-Benz Wants to Put Facebook in Your Dashboard -

    Earlier this week, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Mercedes-Benz USA unveiled “mbrace2,” an in-dashboard service that enables the use of Facebook, Yelp, and Google behind the wheel. The service will likely be available in all 2013 models.
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  • January 17, 2012 - Boston Launches App Challenge to Link Transit and Bike Share -

    When New York wanted to spur developers to create transit apps, it offered up $15,000 in prizes. Boston is dangling free lunch … and a lot of data. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and MassDOT launched a contest today looking for software applications and data visualizations that “show the power of Boston’s transportation options.” What that means is: apps that help riders merge their non-car transport, specifically connecting Boston’s New Balance Hubway Bike Sharing program with MBTA’s existing buses and trains.
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  • January 17, 2012 - New York plans to replace the MetroCard, pilots smart cards -

    A pilot program is in the works to replace the New York City MetroCard with a chip-enabled smart card, according to the New York Times. Unlike the current MetroCard, which use magnetic-stripe technology, smart cards are waved in front of a sensor, rather than swiped. This aims to eliminate any delays at the turnstiles, where riders are often held up by malfunctioning MetroCards.
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  • January 17, 2012 - Local gadgets at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show -

    Innovations born in the Steel City are making their global debut this week during the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Modular Robotics, a Boulder, Colo.-based Carnegie Mellon University startup, will demonstrate its robot construction kits for children during the show. The university’s Quality of Life Technology Foundry is exhibiting five new products developed by its startup companies that range from gaming products to a bus-tracking mobile phone app.
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  • January 12, 2012 - Smart Phone App Warns of Driving Danger -

    The iOnRoad app, made by the Israeli computer vision company Picitup, is intended to transform smart phones from a distraction into a lifesaving tool. The application uses a device’s built-in sensors and camera, which work when the smartphone is mounted above the dashboard. The free Android app maps objects ahead of the vehicle and calculates speeds in real time. When a collision seems likely, it warns the driver with visual and audio alerts.
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  • January 12, 2012 - Robot cars: fond memories from CES ’08 -

    Today, I thought I’d start with my most memorable CES experience, which was riding in a robot car at the 2008 show. The car, a GM SUV designed by Carnegie Mellon engineers, was tricked out with GPS, ladar (also known as laser radar and LIDAR) and a host of other sensors, all of which allowed it to drive itself. The Boss, as the vehicle was known, won the 2007 DARPA urban challenge, an open race held by the Pentagon’s mad science division in an effort to spur development of robotic vehicles.
    –Great Video—
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  • January 12, 2012 - IBM Grabs Top Patent Crown Again -

    The more than 6,000 patents IBMers received in 2011 represent a range of inventions that enable new innovations and add value to the company’s products, services, including smarter solutions for retail, banking, health care, transportation and other industries. The patented inventions also span a wide range of computing technologies to support a new generation of more cognitive, intelligent and insight-driven systems, processes and infrastructures for smarter commerce, shopping, medicine, transportation and more, IBM said.
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  • January 12, 2012 - DOT to explore mobile apps for public transit -

    Imagine an integrated public transit system that uses satellites to identify your location and spit out the fastest and most convenient route to your desired destination. It’s apparently among the goals of research from the Department of Transportation, which will hold a public meeting later this month to discuss the concept.
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  • January 12, 2012 - Daimler’s Dr. Zetsche talks about internet-connected electric cars at CES -

    This week the big deal in the automotive industry is not only the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, but the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Automobiles are increasingly a platform for infotainment systems putting the auto and electronics industries on a converging course.
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  • January 11, 2012 - Cities Extract Energy from Everyday Activities -

    That’s the idea in Roanoke, Va., where the city recently tested a roadway “rumble strip” that generates electricity when vehicles drive over it. The device — a portable speed bump that’s laid on the roadway surface — was placed at the Roanoke Civic Center on a busy Saturday in October. About 600 vehicles traveled over the strip, actuating a series of small hinged plates that produce power through a technique similar to regenerative braking used by electric and hybrid vehicles. Over the six-hour test, the strip produced enough electricity to power an average home for a day, according to its manufacturer, Maryland-based New Energy Technologies.
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  • January 11, 2012 - ITS Vienna 2012 Final Call for Papers -

    The Call for Papers for the 19th World Congress for Intelligent Transport Systems opened on 17 October 2011. We invite ITS experts to submit a technical/scientific paper or Special Interest Session for presentation at ITS Vienna 2012. We also strongly encourage women in ITS to hand in their contributions. The proposals must be received by Friday 13 January 2012.
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  • January 11, 2012 - Carnegie Mellon University’s Chris Hendrickson Appointed To Serve On Prestigious National Transportation Research Board Executive Committee -

    Carnegie Mellon University’s Chris T. Hendrickson has been appointed to the executive committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), which provides expert advice on national transportation policy and leadership in transportation innovation. “This is an opportunity for me to serve as the nation continues to face serious challenges to its aging infrastructure,” said Hendrickson the Duquesne Light Company Professor of Engineering and co-director of the Green Design Institute at Carnegie Mellon.
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  • January 10, 2012 - Cars’ Internet connections may change driving life -

    Coming soon to a garage near you is a car that will download your work schedule and trigger your alarm clock. By the time you get behind the wheel, the car will have analyzed the morning’s traffic and weather and calculated the best route to get you to the office on time. You won’t even have to touch the radio – it’s already playing the same station you were listening to in the house. And as you pull away, it will shut the garage door and turn off the lights.

    Those capabilities are built into Ford Motor Co.’s Internet-connected Evos, a so-called concept car making its North American debut at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show, the giant annual trade event that opens today in Las Vegas.

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  • January 10, 2012 - RITA – Research Program and Project Management Website -

    The U.S. Research and Innovative Technology Administration has launched a new website designed to allow the transportation research community to share and collaborate. The site is expected to become a repository of documents and work products that address the planning, funding, conducting, managing, and implementing of transportation research projects.
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  • January 10, 2012 - TR News November-December 2011: Charting Pathways into Nanotechnology -

    The November-December 2011 TR News assembles feature articles that explore the applications of nanotechnology in transportation, examine asset management for low-volume road systems, review the metamorphosis of traffic data from the Long-Term Pavement Performance studies, and more.
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  • January 10, 2012 - Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) Now Accepting Funding Proposals -

    TRB’s Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) has released its annual program announcement that solicits funding proposals for the upcoming review cycles. The announcement explains the IDEA programs, describes the types of eligible projects and their funding structures, suggests general areas for which IDEA proposals can be submitted, and provides guidelines and forms for submitting proposals.
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  • January 9, 2012 - Mobile startup Drive Power creates digital driving coach using U of M IP -

    DriveScribe is the go to market product, which is anticipated to publicly launch in April. Using a smartphone accelerometer, GPS and gyroscope combined with GIS map data and SaaS dashboard, DriveScribe aims to be a digital driving coach.
    From a safety point of view, the app pauses incoming messages, communicates changes in speed limits, driving conditions, and tracks other nuances like location and sudden movements. It collects, compiles and synthesizes multiple data points into a real time web-based analytics dashboard for parental observation. The interesting twist of Drive Power is found in the way by which this individual behavior can be interpreted and leveraged.
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  • January 9, 2012 - Peirce: A high-tech revolution for world cities -

    What can high technology do to help cities confront their thorniest problems — from police strategies to water systems, traffic control to waste disposal? A group of high technology firms, led by IBM and Cisco, are plunging into the city management business. In varied forms, they offer super-efficient new-generation computerized information and control systems.
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  • January 9, 2012 - Ford cozies up to Silicon Valley with its first West coast research lab -

    Ford is moving its new Research Lab to Silicon Valley to work closer with technology companies as it aims to further develop with its Drive Innovation in Personal Mobility. Why is this important? This will be the company’s first-ever dedicated R&D office on the west coast that will open early this year in order to continue the development of its automotive technology and creating in-car personal mobility experiences for consumers. This is also a clear sign that car maker is serious about the inevitable future of its automobile with modern technology.

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  • January 9, 2012 - IBM and University of Guadalajara create Smarter Cities Exploration Center; transportation pilot seeks to reduce commuting time in city by 15% -

    Joint work between IBM and the University of Guadalajara will focus on research aimed at identifying ways to apply advances in technology to the high degrees of instrumentation and massive data volumes that comprise the core systems of a city such as transportation, healthcare, education, public safety, energy and water.
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  • January 9, 2012 - Carlsbad traffic signals to become state-of-the-art -

    The intelligent transportation system, and its central computer and communications system, Traffic Management Center, are the nuts and bolts behind the technology. Bilse said the wireless connections between the controller at the traffic signal and its Traffic Management Center feed real time information to staff managing the signals. “The new software will send out an automated alarm when the controller senses a problem with the signal operations,” he said. “By performing this work in the Traffic Management Center, not only are travel times reduced but maintenance costs go down as well.”
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  • January 9, 2012 - Flashing lights designed to prevent crashes -

    Minnesota – Beginning Dec. 28, yellow warning signs fitted with solar-powered flashing LED lights alerted motorists eastbound and westbound on Airport Road when vehicles approached north- or southbound on County Road 7. Traffic sensors on County Road 7 trigger the flashing lights. Similar “intelligent transportation systems” were installed at the intersections of county roads 2 and 3, and 3 and 15, north of Glencoe.
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  • January 9, 2012 - Experimental real-time transit screens come to Arlington, DC -

    If you go into the Java Shack coffee shop near Court House in Arlington, or walk past the Red Palace bar on H Street in DC, you will see a new experimental project from the Mobility Lab: Digital screens showing real-time transit arrivals and Capital Bikeshare availability…
    Outdoor screens, however, are expensive to install, which is why we created this indoor alternative at a fraction of the cost. For the past few months I have been working with Andy Chosak and David Alpert at the Mobility Lab in Arlington to bring this low-cost alternative to fruition.
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  • January 6, 2012 - ‘Green routing’ can cut car emissions without significantly slowing travel time -

    The path of least emissions may not always be the fastest way to drive somewhere. But according to new research from the University at Buffalo, it’s possible for drivers to cut their tailpipe emissions without significantly slowing travel time.
    In detailed, computer simulations of traffic in Upstate New York’s Buffalo Niagara region, UB researchers Adel Sadek and Liya Guo found that green routing could reduce overall emissions of carbon monoxide by 27 percent for area drivers, while increasing the length of trips by an average of just 11 percent.
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  • January 5, 2012 - Web on wheels to be standard soon? -

    For many Americans, car time is a necessary evil that gets them to and from the places responsible for their paychecks, but with some people delayed up to 74 hours a year in commuter traffic, the idea of being connected to the Web in the car — aside from their phones — could be one that gains traction to make the most of the time stuck in one’s vehicle. KPMG, an international network of audit/tax/advisory firms, recently surveyed auto execs and found that having the same amenities in a car as at home is a trend that is capturing the attention of the industry:
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  • January 5, 2012 - CMU Technology Featured at World-Famous Electronics Show -

    Carnegie Mellon professors and researchers will be among those discussing their research and products at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (Jan. 10-13), the world’s largest and most well-known technology tradeshow.

    CMU’s Quality of Life Technology (QoLT) Foundry will feature five CMU start-ups and several other innovations and partner collaborations will be on display at booth #3011.
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  • January 4, 2012 - This Traffic Light Senses Bikes, Promotes Road Harmony -

    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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  • January 4, 2012 - Six features you should find in your new car in 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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  • January 4, 2012 - Officials propose ride sharing for military employees -

    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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  • January 4, 2012 - Driving has lost its cool for young Americans -

    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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  • January 4, 2012 - 20m Koreans to have NFC phones this year -

    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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  • January 4, 2012 - Your Connected Vehicle Is Arriving -

    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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  • January 4, 2012 - 5 Ways The Smart City Will Change How We Live In 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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  • January 4, 2012 - Evaluating the Effectiveness of Red Light Running Camera Enforcement in Cedar Rapids -

    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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  • January 4, 2012 - Ignition Magazine: News from TRB’s IDEA Programs Fall/Winter 2011 -

    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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  • January 3, 2012 - Snow Site Lets Chicago See if Plows Are Really in a Rut -

    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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  • January 3, 2012 - Megabus is accelerating growth for intercity buses -

    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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  • January 3, 2012 - Beijing Improving Road Network Environment with “Intelligent Transportation” -

    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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  • January 2, 2012 - The 5 Most Intriguing Patent Applications of 2011 -

    #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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  • January 1, 2012 - Eye tracking may enable researchers to determine the cause of crashes -

    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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  • January 1, 2012 - Tourniquets to Robots, Iraq War Innovations Finding Wider Use -

    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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  • December 31, 2011 - Phila. ranked among best at social media -

    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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  • December 29, 2011 - Social Innovation: Car Sharing will be Big News in the U.S. in 2012 -

    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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  • December 29, 2011 - Transportation Department introduces Map App (AUDIO) -

    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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  • December 29, 2011 - Scott Belcher, Intelligent Transportation Systems America -

    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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  • December 29, 2011 - MTA Responds and Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association Wants Red Light Cameras -

    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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  • December 29, 2011 - Ten Electric Cars Coming in 2012 -

    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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  • December 29, 2011 - Unzipped: Car sharing takes a bite out of Americans’ drive time -

    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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  • December 29, 2011 - Faster forward: Imagining the future car of 2050 -

    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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  • December 29, 2011 - Take tech route to track consignments -

    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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  • December 29, 2011 - Beijing to test new GPS system -

    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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  • December 29, 2011 - Booz Allen wins eight task orders to expand support to intelligent transportation systems programme -

    Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE:BAH), a provider of management and technology consulting services, reported on Thursday that it has won task orders valued at USD8m over three years.
    The company has been awarded eight task orders to support the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) at the US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA).
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  • December 29, 2011 - US DOT selects Battelle to develop transit DSRC safety retrofit package; interoperability with light-duty vehicle applications -

    The US Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) has selected the Battelle Memorial Institute to develop a new Transit Safety Retrofit Package (TRP) that will be used as part of the Safety Pilot model deployment. The effective date of the award is 1 January 2012.
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  • December 29, 2011 - Emergency services have plan for PGBT -

    The command center is staffed with TCLEOSE-certified telecommunicators and uses a multimillion dollar intelligent transportation system that focuses on mobility, safety, and security. “The goal of the center is to reduce response times to incidents and to get the roadways clear. Speed is money on NTTA,” Walling said.
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  • December 29, 2011 - NEW DOT ITS publications -

    The following ITS publications, published by the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO), were recently added to the National Transportation Library (NTL):

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  • December 26, 2011 - The Best Metro Data Releases of 2011 -

    Just about every city is strapped for cash these days. But where they’re lacking in money, metros all over the world have begun to tap into a new wealth: data. Inside the urban open-government revolution, do-gooding coders are joining forces with newly digitized municipal data sets, with the promise that we could design better bus routes, run city services more efficiently and restore faith in municipal government all without huge outlays for new infrastructure or mega-projects.
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  • December 26, 2011 - THE INTELLIGENT VEHICLES SYMPOSIUM (IV’12) -

    is the premier annual forum sponsored by the IEEE INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS SOCIETY (ITSS). Researchers, academicians, practitioners, and students from universities, industry, and government agencies are invited to discuss research and applications for Intelligent Vehicles and Vehicle-Infrastructure Cooperation…
    Call for papers -Paper submission deadline: January 16th, 2012
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  • December 21, 2011 - The Rideshare Revolution -

    The good news is that several new technologies are reducing the hassles associated with ridesharing at the same time that rising oil prices, tolls, and parking rates are making the cost-sharing benefits more attractive than ever.
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    The good news is that several new technologies are reducing the hassles associated with ridesharing at the same time that rising oil prices, tolls, and parking rates are making the cost-sharing benefits more attractive than ever.

    Source: Planetsave (http://s.tt/14Xgv)

    The good news is that several new technologies are reducing the hassles associated with ridesharing at the same time that rising oil prices, tolls, and parking rates are making the cost-sharing benefits more attractive than ever.

    Source: Planetsave (http://s.tt/14Xgv)

  • December 21, 2011 - AUVSI Conference and Call for Papers -

    AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems North America 2012, being held 6-9 August in Las Vegas, Nevada, will highlight the most important technological research and advancements driving the dynamic unmanned systems community forward.
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  • December 21, 2011 - Siemens to install ETCS technology in Romania -

    Siemens is to install the European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2 on the rail link between Chitila and Crivina in Romania. Romanian Railways has placed the order with a consortium made up of Siemens, Thales and Nokia Siemens Networks. The deal is worth around €35 million. Commissioning of the first ETCS Level 2 line in Romania is planned for 2014.
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  • December 21, 2011 - Businesses are increasingly turning to information and communications technology to reduce their carbon footprints -

    Another report _ “The Potential Global CO2 Reductions from ICT Use”, by Ecofys in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund _ listed 10 ICT measures that could reduce CO2 emissions by one billion tonnes, equal to more than a quarter of the EU’s total annual emissions. These measures are smart city planning, smart buildings, smart appliances or smart occupancy control, dematerialisation services, smart industry, i-optimisation, smart grids, integrated renewable solutions, smart work and intelligent transport.
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  • December 21, 2011 - Governments of Canada and Manitoba provide funding to study and implement intelligent transportation systems -

    CentrePort Canada will study ITS practices at other inland ports to determine whether they could be successfully implemented at CentrePort. There are two main objectives of this project: to reduce the time needed for secure cargo shipments originating from CentrePort to cross international borders; and to increase the security of cross-border freight shipments.
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  • December 20, 2011 - Smart Transportation Systems Still a Good Bet in Tough Times -

    For this report, Pike Research focused on some key emerging ITS applications that are tied into smart city growth…
    The intelligent transportation system (ITS) market looks to be reasonably “austerity proof.” That’s the top take-away from my new report, Smart Transportation Systems, which forecasts several key market sectors out to 2017. When I started the research for the report, it was not obvious this would be the case. After all, much smart transportation investment comes through governments – and governments throughout the developed world are undergoing some serious belt-tightening (or at least are talking about it). But the intelligent transportation market still looks relatively robust.
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  • December 20, 2011 - Cashless parking meters proving benefits worldwide -

    A number of new case studies from all over the world has demonstrated how cashless parking meters that use near field communication (NFC) are offering benefits to councils and motorists.
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  • December 20, 2011 - Mall of America lets shoppers find parking by phone -

    The website will appear in your browser as m.mallofamerica.com, which means it’s a mobile-only website. Click “directions and parking” for the map, then click “parking.” Green means spots are available, yellow means congested and red means the lot is busy. The mall can keep tabs on how full its lots are by electronically counting vehicles as they enter and leave the lots, and by getting visual updates from parking employees who scan the lots for signs of traffic congestion, Jewell said…
    The Wall Street Journal reported last week that “to keep potential shoppers from driving off, malls across the country are deploying technology to help shoppers find a desirable spot.” A mall outside of New York City uses overhead sensors and cameras to identify open parking spots inside a parking garage, the Journal said.
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  • December 20, 2011 - Pennsylvania turnpike plazas will all get DC fast charging stations for EVs -

    Ready to take your all-electric car on a road trip? If you’re headed along the Pennsylvania Turnpike, 2013 might just be your year. The plan is to install EV charging stations in all 17 of the service plazas along the highway by June 30 of that year.
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  • December 20, 2011 - Investigation into the Use of Point-to-Point Speed Cameras -

    The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has released a report that explores point-to-point (P2P) speed camera technology, the application of these devices in New Zealand, and the sites that may be suitable for these devices. According to NZTA, P2P cameras operate by photographing all vehicles passing both the start and end of a section of road under consideration. The photographs are time stamped which allows travel time to be derived. Computer software identifies the number plates of passing vehicles and matches the images taken.
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  • December 20, 2011 - Advanced Safety System Priorities -

    The United Kingdom’s Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) has released a report that discusses which intelligent vehicle and advanced safety technologies have the greatest potential to help improve highway safety in Great Britain.
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  • December 20, 2011 - Western States One-Stop Shop for Rural Traveler Information: Research on Clarus System Data -

    Western States One-Stop Shop for Rural Traveler Information: Research on Clarus System Data.
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  • December 19, 2011 - Big Brother fears over cameras on motorways -

    Ireland -The number of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras will increase from 80 to 126, allowing transport chiefs to track individual vehicles between two points and calculate the flow speed of traffic in order to inform motorists in real time of delays ahead.However, the cameras deliberately supply an “encrypted” partial version of the number plates and only hold the data for a limited period of time so that individual cars are not monitored.The NRA was yesterday keen to stress that motorists would not be targeted.
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  • December 19, 2011 - NFC shopping zone opens in Seoul -

    An NFC shopping zone has been opened in Myeong-dong — the busiest shopping area in South Korea’s capital city, Seoul — by the Grand NFC Korea Alliance, an association formed in June by the country’s leading mobile network operators, phone and device manufacturers, card issuers and government agencies. During a three month pilot that runs until the end of January, shoppers in the NFC Zone can use their phones for a wide range of NFC applications including:::

    Bus timetable information and real-time service status, downloadable via NFC tags located at bus stops.

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  • December 19, 2011 - U.S. Department of Transportation releases the 2011 update to the Intelligent Transportation Systems Benefits, Costs, Deployment, and Lessons Learned -

    This new report presents information on the benefits, costs, deployment levels, and lessons learned regarding ITS deployment and operations obtained since the 2008 report.
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  • December 19, 2011 - Mississippi River bridges to get hi-tech improvements -

    Two bridges that link Arkansas to Mississippi will receive high-tech upgrades to improve highway flow between the states as well as barge traffic along the Mississippi River as part of a federal grant announced today.The federal Department of Transportation has awarded $9.8 million to deploy “Intelligent Transportation Systems” improvements to the Helena Bridge that carries U.S. 49 and the Greenville Bridge that carries U.S. 82, as well as two other Mississippi River bridges linking Louisiana and Mississippi.
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  • December 19, 2011 - Europe to investigate intelligent transportation -

    AMITRAN will attempt to develop a CO2 assessment methodology for information and communication technologies, including multi-modal passenger and freight transport taking into account everything from user behaviour to CO2 production. It will look to develop interfaces for models and simulation tools; validate the proposed methodology and its implementation with data from other projects and studies; and produce an online checklist and handbook…
    According to Gerdien Klunder, AMITRAN’s co-ordinator and a researcher at TNO, there is currently no consistent methodology that allows scientists to measure the potential CO2 emissions that these technologies could reduce.
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  • December 19, 2011 - From ‘bots to EVs–5 predictions for ’12 in cutting-edge tech -

    In the year ahead, we’re guaranteed more powerful supercomputers and smartphones from the tech industry’s basic building block–the microchip. But in a world where the amount of information doubles every year, computers’ ability to make sense of it has never been more vital, touching every field of scientific research from robotics to satellite imagery. Meanwhile, advances in very different fields–materials science and biotech–are paving the way for better batteries, biofuels, and cleaner sources of energy.
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  • December 19, 2011 - $20 million federal grant to help fund I-95 HOT lanes -

    A $20 million federal grant toward construction of high-occupancy toll lanes on Interstate 95 in Northern Virginia will help cement a tentative deal the state struck this month with a private contractor to build the $940 million project. Fluor-Transurban, the company currently building toll lanes on Virginia’s portion of the Capital Beltway, has agreed to build 29 miles of HOT lanes between Edsall Road in Fairfax County and Garrisonville Road in Stafford County. The deal calls for Fluor-Transurban to foot $843 million of the cost, while the state contributes $97 million.
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  • December 18, 2011 - Google Patents Transition To Autonomous Driving For Cars -

    We have heard quite a bit about Google’s autonomous cars driving around in California. A patent approved by the USPTO yesterday provides more detail on these cars and the technology they may use. The patent #8,078,349, filed on May 11 of this year, specifically refers to the event when a mixed-mode car is enabled to transition from a human driver to an autonomous mode…
    To develop this technology, Google employs some of the smartest minds in the industry. It is not really surprising to see Christopher Urmson and Nathaniel Fairfield listed among the inventors: Both joined Google from Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute. Urmson was the technical leader of the Tartan racing team, which won the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge: Their “Boss” vehicle, a heavily modified Chevy Tahoe, completed a 55 mile urban course in 4 hours and 10 minutes and won the $2 million prize of the competition. Also listed among the inventors is Nathan Fairfiled, also from Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute, who worked on sonar data for navigation in 3D environments at the university.
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  • December 18, 2011 - Automotive Megatrends USA 2012 -

    31 January 2012 to 2 February 2012 The Henry
    Fairlane Plaza, 300 Town Center Drive, Dearborn, Michigan 48126, USA

    Leading industry speakers, in-depth panel discussions, cutting edge topics, and unrivalled networking opportunities will make Automotive Megatrends USA 2012 an unmissable event.

    Understand and debate existing and future passenger car safety (Day 1), connectivity (Day 2), and electrification (Day 3) technologies and trends by attending interactive presentations by experts from OEMs, suppliers, and other key auto industry stakeholders.

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  • December 18, 2011 - Finding the Route of Least Emissions -

    But no mainstream navigation service has yet mastered the holy grail of environmentally conscious travel – the route of least emissions. Researchers at a handful of universities across the country are at work on this concept, called green routing. The idea sounds pretty straight-forward: Instead of selecting the shortest route to the grocery store, you would be able to pick the path with the smallest carbon footprint. Researchers suspect that on the aggregate, if large numbers of us were adjusting our driving patterns like this every day, it would have a serious impact. A recent study from researchers at SUNY-Buffalo found that rerouting just a fifth of drivers in a computer simulation of traffic in the Buffalo area could reduce regional auto emissions by 20 percent.
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  • December 18, 2011 - WICHway.org offers travel information about Wichita highways -

    The Kansas Department of Transportation has launced a new website using up-to-the-minute information that will help drivers in Wichita efficiently navigate area highways. WICHway.org will share camera views on select routes and post messages that are helpful for drivers. “This is our way of gathering the info about an incident or congestion spot and feeding that information out to the public so that they can decide whether they want to go through that area or pick another route,” said Tom Hein KDOT Spokesman.The system includes 28 cameras, 21 message signs and 36 traffic sensors.
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  • December 16, 2011 - Federal Highway Administration Offers Additional Grants to Spur Innovation -

    The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is soliciting for proposals for a fourth round of grants under the Highways for LIFE Technology Partnerships Program.

    The focus of the 2012 Solicitation will be to work with the highway industry to accelerate the adoption of promising innovations that 1) have the potential to directly reduce crashes or crash severity or 2) innovations that significantly enhance decision-making relative to the deployment of treatments to reduce crashes, crash severity and the understanding of the effectiveness of the treatments. The program is intended to fund proven innovations that have been developed to a late-stage prototype with the proof of concept well established that require further development, testing, and evaluation in a real-world setting before they would be available for commercialization. The solicitation is posted in Grants.gov with two closings dates—January 26, 2012 and May 3, 2012. Each grant award may range from $250,000 to $1,000,000 for up to two years of performance. Subject to available funding, FHWA anticipates awarding up to $5 million through this solicitation.

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  • December 15, 2011 - AMITRAN project developing CO2 assessment methodology for intelligent transport systems -

    A new European project, AMITRAN, is developing a methodology to assess the impact of ICT (information and communication technologies) and ITS (intelligent transport systems) on CO2 emissions from the transport sector.
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  • December 15, 2011 - ‘Green routing’ can cut car emissions without significantly slowing travel time -

    In detailed, computer simulations of traffic in Upstate New York’s Buffalo Niagara region, UB researchers Adel Sadek and Liya Guo found that green routing could reduce overall emissions of carbon monoxide by 27 percent for area drivers, while increasing the length of trips by an average of just 11 percent. In many cases, simple changes yielded great gains.
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  • December 15, 2011 - Federal grant will help fund city’s smart traffic signal implementation -

    SEPTA, PennDOT, the City of Philadelphia and now the feds have all kicked in funding for the city’s new smart traffic signals. PlanPhilly reports a $10 million federal stimulus grant will help fund the installation signals that prioritize transit by giving buses and trolleys extended green lights.
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  • December 15, 2011 - With these autonomous cars, who needs you to drive? -

    Since 1978, when microprocessors were first installed in the trip odometer of a Cadillac Seville, the number of chips in the average automobile has grown such that cars now contain anywhere from 50 to 200 processors and a mile of wiring. The increasing prevalence of hybrid and electric cars is accelerating that trend; the plug-in electric Chevrolet Volt, for example, requires 10 million lines of code, 2 million more than it takes to run a Boeing 787. So carmakers are coming to Silicon Valley, where code is king.
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  • December 15, 2011 - CMU’s Marcel Just Applauds NTSB’s Proposed Ban on Cell Phones While Driving -

    The National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) has called for a nationwide ban on the use of cell phones and text message devices while driving. Carnegie Mellon University‘s Marcel Just, a leading neuroscientist who has studied how using cell phones impairs driving ability, applauds NTSB’s proposal.
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  • December 15, 2011 - Study: Don’t Discount Operational Efficiency When Building Roads -

    A recent study published this summer in The International Journal of Sustainable Transportation showed how an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) resulted in 3 times greater fuel consumption savings, and a reduction of greenhouse gas and pollution, when compared against the sum of four sustainable construction-phase strategies.
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  • December 15, 2011 - Car sharing takes off in the U.S. -

    Personal car-sharing spreads from California to Oregon and, very soon, to a neighborhood near you. The concept of hiring out your own vehicle has proven wildly popular here and around the globe.

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  • December 15, 2011 - Integrated Database and Analysis System for the Evaluation of Freeway Corridors for Potential Ramp Signaling -

    The Florida Department of Transportation has released a report that identifies and evaluates the existing ramp signaling guidelines from 12 states in the United States, four other countries, and three independent research organizations. The report also recommends seven guidelines for incorporation into Florida’s guidelines for ramp metering.
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  • December 15, 2011 - 2012 UTC Spotlight Conference on Research Perspectives on Sustainable Energy and Transportation -

    TRB is sponsoring the 2012 UTC Spotlight Conference on Research Perspectives on Sustainable Energy and Transportation on November 8-9, 2012, in Washington, D.C. The conference is designed to promote dialogue and coordination among University Transportation Centers (UTCs), federal agencies, industry, and state and local agencies on research to address the complex and challenging issues concerning sustainable energy and transportation. The conference will focus on recently completed and ongoing research on sustainable energy and transportation being conducted by UTCs and others, and will identify existing knowledge gaps and promising developments for future research.
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  • December 15, 2011 - Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) Workforce Summit -

    TRB is cosponsoring the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) Workforce Summit on April 24-26, 2012, in Washington, D.C. The summit is designed to help foster a national dialogue on the needs for and development of the transportation workforce in the United States and to promote greater visibility for transportation careers in industry, government agencies, and academia. The summit will promote building upon and connecting with existing transportation workforce initiatives to take full advantage of recent accomplishments, experiences, and lessons learned. Such initiatives include those related to recruiting and retaining qualified personnel, filling current and future shortages in personnel, defining competencies needed for a high-performing workforce, and identifying and closing gaps in transportation workforce training and education.
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  • December 13, 2011 - Carnegie Mellon Releases Android Version of Smartphone Transit App -

    Users of the Android mobile interface in Pittsburgh’s Allegheny County will now be able to contribute to a crowdsourced information sharing project. Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute has recently released its real-time bus schedules and seating information app, called Tiramasu, for Android phones.
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  • December 12, 2011 - Cranberry’s Traffic Lab: Where the Future Gets a Green Light -

    Since it opened a little more than a year ago, Cranberry’s Traffic Operations Center has emerged as the region’s showcase for state-of-the-art traffic control technologies. Walking past its wall of high-definition screens as they show real-time traffic information—as well as its clusters of computer monitors displaying signal-control system data—is like strolling the bridge on a spacecraft…
    It came as no surprise that several faculty members from Carnegie Mellon University’s Traffic 21 research unit took an interest in the data the center generates. Also expressing interest was TrafficVision, a division of the South Carolina firm Omnibond Systems and a developer of traffic-monitoring technology.
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  • December 12, 2011 - VDOT will unveil new signs to alert motorists of travel time -

    STARTING TODAY, digital, overhead signs will alert Interstate 95 drivers about travel times. All of the new signs will be in Northern Virginia, with the sign in Lorton telling southbound drivers how long they can expect it to take to get to Fredericksburg. This kind of technology is only the tip of the iceberg for the push toward “smart traffic” technologies. Computer technology has changed people’s lives since the late part of the 20th century. Now it looks as if our driving experience will follow that lead. Take the GPS devices mounted on dashboards of so many cars nowadays. They are great, but in the not-too-distant future they’ll seem like transistor radios.
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  • December 12, 2011 - The National Transportation Library -

    The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) is home to the National Transportation Library (NTL). The NTL offers a great collection of reports on a variety of transportation topics, including Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).

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  • December 12, 2011 - 10 Government IT Predictions For 2012: IDC -

    6. Global investment in smart city technologies will hit $40.9 billion in 2012. Urban planners will look to intelligent technology solutions to better serve residents’ needs, as financial and natural resources are constrained.
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  • December 12, 2011 - Salt Lake City Roads Worse Than New York’s? Road Frustration Index Says Yes -

    Audi of America wants to be involved in conversations about America’s urban future and provide cars that fit into tomorrow’s tech-dominated cities. MIT’s SENSEable City Lab researches how to use data to implement intelligent city transportation.
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  • December 12, 2011 - When will cars get more apps? -

    Automakers are in the throes of figuring out the best way to safely give drivers access to a greater variety of mobile apps they want. Several car companies are expected to show off their latest ideas at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month — with many highlighting large, touch-screen displays in the console and the ability to use voice commands to control apps and other features.
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  • December 12, 2011 - The Future of Transit Fare Cards Is No Fare Card At All -

    Open payments is considered the next stage in the evolution of fare media – a step up from the advent of reloadable proprietary cards issued by transit agencies. By allowing riders to tap bank cards and eventually smart phones on contactless readers as they board vehicles or enter subway stations, transit agencies believe they can make life simpler for harried commuters.
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  • December 12, 2011 - ITS Program Advisory Committee (ITS PAC) Advisory Memo to U.S. DOT -

    Section 5305(h) of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU, P.L. 109-59) directs the U.S. Department of Transportation to establish an Advisory Committee to provide advice to the Secretary of Transportation on the scope and direction of the Department’s Intelligent Transportation Systems Program, by providing input into the development of the ITS aspects of the Department’s strategic plan and reviewing ITS research being considered for funding.
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  • December 12, 2011 - Car Or Internet? Toss-Up For Young Adults -

    When posed with the dilemma of choosing between access to your car and access to the internet, 46% of all 18-to-24-year-old drivers in the U.S. surveyed said they would choose the Internet and give up their cars.That’s according to a study by Gartner research to be released early next year.
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  • December 12, 2011 - How will self-driving cars change transportation? -

    Yesterday, I argued that we will start seeing autonomous vehicles operating on our roadways in 7-12 years. But whether self-driving cars hit the roads 5 years or 30 years from now, they will bring major changes in our transportation system and even our society.
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  • December 12, 2011 - Cities Have Their Moment — and the 2012 TED Prize -

    Bill Clinton, Bono, Jamie Oliver and … cities. Past winners of the TED Prize have been global celebrities, underexposed luminaries, and even an anonymous artist, but they’ve all been actual people. This year, TED is giving the prize — $100,000, a wish and brand cache — to an idea. And a nebulous idea at that: The City 2.0.
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  • December 12, 2011 - Cities awash in data are missing out on efficiency ‘gold’ -

    Cities are increasingly awash in “big data,” and the intelligence hidden in that information represents a vast, untapped resource that could help make life in communities better, cleaner and more efficient…
    A group effort published by The Climate Group, Accenture, Arup and Horizon Digital Economy Research at The University of Nottingham, the study identifies a number of ways in which metro areas could tap into the growing amounts of data they generate.
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  • December 12, 2011 - Huge investment in intelligent transportation predicted -

    Four key smart transportation sectors – traffic management systems; public transportation systems; smart charging for plug-in electric vehicles; and vehicle-to-vehicle systems – are set for a huge investment over the next five years. According to a report by Pike Research, there will be a global investment across these four areas of $13.2billion with annual spending to increase from just under $770million in 2011 to almost $3billion in 2017.
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  • December 8, 2011 - ‘City 2.0’: Where the TED conference just gave its $100,000 prize -

    It’s the city that transit planners dreamed about at the Rail~Volution transportation conference, the traffic system that includes smart technology that allows cars to talk to one another as the U.S. Department of Transportation is now testing, the city that can maintain a functioning Metro, a well-distributed and convenient bikeshare system, that has alternative fuels like autogas and electricity, that can balance a network of buses and Zipcars and streetcars skillfully and in a way that’s like ballet and not a train wreck of disorder.
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  • December 8, 2011 - The next black swan for transportation: self-driving cars -

    Whether we are prepared for it or not, the next revolution in transportation will be here soon, and it won’t be streetcars, monorails, segways, or electric vehicles. It will be self-driving cars, and the adoption of this technology will change everything we accept as a given in the field of transportation planning.
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  • December 7, 2011 - Development of an Integrated Adaptive Transit Signal Priority (ATSP) and Dynamic Passenger Information (DPI) System -

    The California Department of Transportation has released a report that discusses the development and implementation of an integrated adaptive transit signal priority system and a dynamic passenger information system.
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  • December 7, 2011 - Innovator: November/December 2011 -

    The U.S. Federal Highway Administration has released the latest issue of its Innovator newsletter, which is designed to help advance widespread implementation of innovations and technologies in the highway community and help chronicle a nationwide movement to improve the way highways are built.

  • December 7, 2011 - FHWA R&T Now – November 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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  • December 7, 2011 - Google Transit Data Tool for Small Transit Agencies -

    TRB’s Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) Final Report for Transit IDEA Project 58: Google Transit Data Tool for Small Transit Agencies discusses the process, results, and work effort carried out in creating a tool to have transit information such as routes, start and stop times, trips, fares, and schedules accessible online via Google Transit.
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  • December 7, 2011 - Innovations in Traffic Flow Theory, Highway Capacity, and Quality of Service Symposium -

    TRB is sponsoring the Innovations in Traffic Flow Theory, Highway Capacity, and Quality of Service Symposium on June 19-22, 2012, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The symposium will highlight the applications of traffic flow theory on current modeling practices; explore future developments in the field; examine real-time measurements of traffic performance; and look at expected contributions that remote sensing, vehicle probes, and similar devices will make to advancing the state of the practice. Individuals or groups wishing to present at the meeting must submit an abstract by January 15, 2012.
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  • December 6, 2011 - As Washington Drags Its Feet, States Take the Lead on Mileage Fees -

    Oregon, true to its history as the first state to implement a gas tax, was also the first state to consider getting rid of it — in exchange for adopting a mileage-based system for highway funding. And the Beaver state isn’t alone: A number of other states have done studies and introduced legislation to charge drivers for the distance they travel instead of the gasoline they consume…
    In the past decade, about two dozen states have examined the feasibility of such a system. Here are some of the more noteworthy initiatives:
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  • December 6, 2011 - UDOT introduces new traffic app -

    The Utah Department of Transportation announced Monday a free smart phone app that will allow users to access traffic, road conditions and road forecast information at any time.
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  • December 6, 2011 - Mobile Wallet Anyone? Sure, but Please Make Mine a Smart One -

    Forbes – According to recent surveys, consumers like the convenience of using their phone for a variety of purposes including transportation tickets, payment for goods, loyalty point management and couponing. This convenience is enhanced tremendously by NFC capability being introduced on devices, so it is no surprise that NFC-based mobile wallet users are expected to grow to 594 million by 2016.
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  • December 6, 2011 - Single smart card for different modes of transport launched -

    New Delhi: The national Common Mobility Card that will soon allow seamless and convenient public travel across different modes of transport, including trains and buses, was launched here Tuesday.
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  • December 6, 2011 - Offer ideas for 2012 ASCE Annual Conference presentations by Dec. 16 -

    ASCE’s 142nd Annual Civil Engineering Conference, coming to Montreal. With a theme of Civil Engineering in the New Global Economy, the conference is certain to include sessions and events that spark ideas for new solutions to worldwide challenges and emerging markets.
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  • December 6, 2011 - LightSquared Inks Agreement to Support Mobile Services for Cars -

    LightSquared, the emerging wholesale high-speed wireless operator, has announced an agreement with a new company that will offer mobile services supporting such data as vehicle maintenance diagnostics and location-sharing for automobiles.
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  • December 5, 2011 - A conversation with Zipcar’s CEO Scott Griffith -

    Zipcar’s CEO, Scott Griffith, has always had a passion for three things: cities, transportation, and technology. And he believes “Zipcar represents the most important innovation in transportation in a generation.” A bold claim, but the company has been a leader in the movement of collaborative consumption, or using the web to share “stuff.”
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  • December 5, 2011 - New Trends Predicted for Ultracapacitors in the Energy Storage Industry -

    Vehicles that use start/stop technology, known as micro hybrids, are able to save fuel and reduce emissions by shutting off the engine when the vehicle is stopped in traffic. Ultracapacitors provide the quick start needed to re-launch the engine as the vehicle moves out of traffic.
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  • December 5, 2011 - After Tolls Rise, Less Traffic and More Train Riders Into Manhattan -

    About 890,000 fewer cars and trucks used the crossings from Sept. 19 through Nov. 22 compared with the number that did in roughly the same period in 2010, a 4 percent drop. During that period, ridership on PATH, the Port Authority subway connecting Manhattan and New Jersey, rose by about 560,000, or 3.7 percent, the agency said…
    E-ZPass tolls during peak travel times rose to $9.50 from $8. By 2015, the cash toll will be $15 and the E-ZPass toll will be $12.50. About 3.5 percent more riders started using E-ZPass and, over all, the Port Authority received 20 percent more in toll revenue than it did the year before.
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  • December 5, 2011 - CMU’s public transit app expands to Android devices -

    Carnegie Mellon University has expanded a project that tracks the location of public transit vehicles using riders’ smartphones. The university has released an Android version of Tiramisu, the application that allows riders to tell other riders where and how full buses are…
    The project, announced in July with an iPhone app, has been growing steadily, with riders providing information about more than 11,500 trips. The Android release should further boost participation, said Aaron Steinfeld, a senior systems scientist in the university’s Robotics Institute.
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  • December 5, 2011 - Tampa area drivers may be able to pay to avoid congestion -

    Under the rubric of “Intelligent Transportation Systems,” which involve lower-cost alternatives to traditional highway construction, FDOT converted an ineffective high occupancy vehicle concept to 95 Express without a massive building project.
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