• June 24, 2011 - Pomp and Unusual Circumstance – Universities and the ITS Profession -

    While the university-based development of new ITS technologies, central traffic control strategies, and more robust detection systems and algorithms are critical to the future of the industry, very few achieve commercial success due to the traffic control equipment manufacturer’s predominant belief that pure academics fail to fully understand the art of design for standards compliance and manufacturability…
    It would be mutually beneficial to the ITS academic community and the premier traffic control equipment manufacturers, to create an ITS EIT (Engineer-in-Training) internship program, where as a required part of a new traffic engineer’s education, they are forced to learn what it takes in the private sector to design and productize new hardware, software and applications.
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  • June 24, 2011 - Volkswagen Looks To Future, Toys With Temporary Autopilot System -

    The Temporary Auto Pilot (TAP) system works by using a number of passive safety features already found in vehicles such as adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist. However, since it uses the driving aids, the driver always remains in control of the vehicle and can override the system at any time. The TAP system uses a “pilot mode” similar to active cruise control systems that will keep at a set speed and distance set by the driver and will keep the car continuing within a lane. The system will also slow the vehicle before any bends in the road and has a stop-start mode for driving within traffic. The TAP system can work at speeds up to 80 mph. Unlike past systems developed by the HAVEit project, the TAP uses only technology that is already in production, and, in theory, could be integrated into vehicles today.
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  • June 23, 2011 - Ford Looks to Protect Customers Against Bad Drivers, Smartphones -

    At a special press event at Ford Motor Company’s (F) Research and Innovation Center, the company presented a variety of new technologies, ranging from infotainment to “green” transportation. However, the real star of the show — and its focus — was Ford’s ambitious safety agenda.
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  • June 23, 2011 - HopStop to Offer More Than Directions -

    Its core function novel no longer, HopStop on Monday announced a major expansion of its vision, branching off from transport and into a more general-use lifestyle app for urban dwellers. Users of the company’s Web site will be able to rent cars by the hour, book limos, find reviews of local businesses, see daily deals and check listings of local events. The company is also adding a social component, where users can tell their friends on Facebook and Twitter where they will be at a certain time.
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  • June 23, 2011 - Rep. Hanna: Technology Can Help DOTs Do More with Less -

    Members of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America’s Congressional Roundtable were joined Wednesday morning by Rep. Richard Hanna, R-New York, for a breakfast on Capitol Hill to discuss the surface transportation reauthorization bill.
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  • June 23, 2011 - ITS America News: Preliminary Program now available for the 18th World Congress on ITS -

    ITS America has released the Preliminary Program for the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems and ITS America’s Annual Meeting, an interactive e-brochure that is a one-stop resource for the latest information on the major activities planned for the conference in Orlando, Fla. from Oct. 16–20, 2011.
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  • June 23, 2011 - Obama to visit CMU robotics lab -

    Obama on Friday morning will visit Carnegie Mellon UniversitybizWatch , where he will tour the National Robotics Engineering Center and learn about its work on modeling, simulation and robots. He’ll also speak at Carnegie Mellon University later in the morning; CMU will have a live stream of his remarks. The president has visited CMU three times.
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  • June 23, 2011 - Carnegie Mellon methods keep bugs out of software for self-driving cars -

    Driver assistance technologies, such as adaptive cruise control and automatic braking, promise to someday ease traffic on crowded routes and prevent accidents. Proving that these automated systems will work as intended is a daunting task, but computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have now demonstrated it is possible to verify the safety of these highly complex systems.
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  • June 23, 2011 - Burnaby traffic signal program for emergency vehicles receives award -

    All of Burnaby’s 230 traffic signals and more than 100 police and fire vehicles are now equipped with this GPS-based system, Leach said. “When responding to an emergency, transponder equipment mounted on police and fire vehicles allows the vehicles to request a priority green light,” she explained.
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  • June 21, 2011 - ITS JPO to Host Summer Webinar and Public Meeting Series -

    The U.S. Department of Transportation announced a series of webinars and public meetings that will focus on several aspects of the Connected Vehicle research program. The webinars and public meetings are free and open to the public, but interested attendees need to register in advance for each event.
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  • June 21, 2011 - G.E.’s Ecomagination initiative rakes in $18 billion in earnings for 2010 -

    G.E. reported the development of 22 new products and solutions under its Ecomagination initiative last year, covering the sectors of green transportation and energy efficiency, among others. One of the products is the WattStation, a user-friendly charging station designed to accelerate the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles. The WattStation enables an electric vehicle owner to charge an E.V. faster compared to standard plug-in charging.
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  • June 21, 2011 - Profiles of American BRT: Pittsburgh’s South Busway and East Busway -

    In recent years, Pittsburgh’s reputation has been rejuvenated. The former industrial hub is becoming an innovative model for urban re-development, and an attractive place to live and work. Pittsburgh’s leadership on the urban sustainability front is not a recent phenomenon – in fact, it was the first city in the United States to implement elements of bus rapid transit, and it paved the way for more robust U.S. BRT systems…
    Today Pittsburgh is moving ahead with expansions and improvements to its BRT network. A new proposed route – downtown to Oakland – is a dense corridor packed with housing, employment centers, universities and businesses. All told, 110,000 people work along the route. The city’s transit agency estimates 68,000 riders a day will use the new route, or 24 percent of the Port Authority’s current total ridership.
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  • June 20, 2011 - Driverless Technology Is No Threat To Freight Truck Drivers – Yet -

    Between July last year and October two electrically powered freight carrying vehicles made the 13,000+ kilometre trip between Parma, Italy and Shanghai, China with only a tiny amount of human interference. The scheme was called the VisLab Intercontinental Autonomous Challenge (details here) and was devised with help from the European Union EUREKA Prometheus Project, by VisLab, a brainchild of the University of Parma, which has been pushing the boundaries of automatic vehicle control for over two decades. This feat is just the latest in a series of research projects by various universities such as the AutoNOMOS by the Freie Universität Berlin artificial intelligence department and the Carnegie Mellon University which, in conjunction with General Motors, won the $2 million DARPA Grand Challenge prize…
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  • June 20, 2011 - CMU puts out call to inventors -

    President Obama is expected to tout Carnegie Mellon University’s campaign to invent businesses and create jobs when he visits the university on Friday. Richard McCullough, the university’s vice president for research, and other officials are looking for faculty and students to follow the path of famed inventor Thomas Edison as part of a campaign to brand CMU as the inventors’ university. The Greenlighting Start-ups campaign would grant money and provide other support to help start businesses and jobs — a goal Obama will emphasize when he visits the Oakland campus.
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  • June 20, 2011 - City urged to create ‘smart’ streets – Social media can help spread traffic info -

    More traffic and transportation information via social media would help Edmonton become a world leader in “smart” urban traffic safety, an IBM team says.
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  • June 20, 2011 - The car of tomorrow will drive itself — and fly – Why we haven’t moved much from the Model T but soon will -

    “The driving force to autonomous driving is compelling,” he said. “Of course, we need to develop and prove the technology in real-world situations. But we definitely feel it is doable.”GM has been working on this for awhile, having won the top prize in the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge, a competition for driverless vehicles, funded by the Pentagon. In a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, GM took home the $2 million grand prize for its Chevy Tahoe’s ability to navigate the course in just over four hours.
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  • June 20, 2011 - Better Place-led group to provide trans-European electric car network -

    The project will be deploying a multi-transport mode network with use of Europe’s road infrastructures and railways. An electric car charging network of battery switch stations – charging infrastructures using a robotic system designed for battery services – and renewable energy powered charge spots will be incorporated into the existing transport network…
    The project is set to combine road electric network infrastructures with intelligent transport systems – communications systems designed for vehicle use.
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  • June 20, 2011 - Avoiding traffic? There’s an award-winning app for that -

    The Intelligent Transportation Society of America honored the DOT and the authority Thursday with its Smart Solution Spotlight Award for the use of innovative technology to provide commuters and travelers with “more accurate and timely information about traffic, weather conditions and safety advisories.”
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  • June 16, 2011 - High-bandwidth software service for vehicles captures 2011 Governor’s Business Plan Contest -

    A Madison company aiming to help passengers in buses, trains and other vehicles connect to the Internet was the grand prize winner in the 2011 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest. WiRover Inc., a company formed two years ago, is led by Suman Banerjee, a UW-Madison professor of computer sciences. WiRover has developed an end-to-end software platform to deliver high-bandwidth Internet services to moving vehicles, including buses, trains, emergency vehicles and automobiles.
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  • June 16, 2011 - MIT Smart Cars Predict Collisions -

    We’ve seen cars with lane departure warnings and collision detection, but MIT is pushing the envelope with tech that can predict human driving patterns. The computerized intelligent transportation system (ITS) uses an algorithm created from modeled human driving to predict where human drivers are going to go next.
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  • June 16, 2011 - Google Shows That When Transit Agencies Free Their Data, Riders Win -

    For transit agencies, letting Google provide useful transit data to their customers (and the bazillions of other people who log on to Google every day) seems to be a win-win situation, but Young observed that not all agencies feel that way. “There are a lot of barriers,” she said. “Some think, ‘It’s our data, we don’t want to give it to anybody, maybe we can make money with it.’”
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  • June 16, 2011 - ‘Smart’ cities key to competitive economies -

    The intelligent or “ubiquitous city” is a concept which involves having an IT cluster support center to direct manage public services–including transportation, healthcare, environmental protection, security and disaster prevention–and also enhance convenience and eliminate wasteful or inefficient urban functions, she added.
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  • June 15, 2011 - ExploraVision Student Winners Present Future Technologies in Special Congressional Science Fair -

    Edinburg, TX (1st Place in Grade K-3) – Smarter Intersections: The team envisioned a transportation technology called Intelligent Streets (i.streets), an advanced traffic control system that would utilize “smart translucent film” on a car’s windshield, receiving signals from either traffic lights or satellites.
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  • June 14, 2011 - Transportation boss wants screens with commuter info in bus shelters -

    Arguing that Chicago’s 2,200 lighted bus shelters are “under-utilized,” newly-appointed Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein wants to put them to work — by installing video screens that provide an array of commuter information. The TV-like screens that Klein hopes to install would include everything from Bus Tracker information now available on the internet and cell phones to the current inventory for car- and bike-sharing and how long it would take to walk to popular destinations.
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  • June 14, 2011 - ‘Smart cars’ that are actually, well, smart -

    Of course, any intelligent transportation system (ITS), even one that becomes a mainstream addition to new cars, will have to contend with human-operated vehicles as long as older cars remain on the road — that is, for the foreseeable future. To this end, MIT mechanical engineers are working on a new ITS algorithm that takes into account models of human driving behavior to warn drivers of potential collisions, and ultimately takes control of the vehicle to prevent a crash.
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  • June 14, 2011 - LaHood: More info needed on distracted driving -

    The U.S. transportation secretary says he wants more facts about distracted driving before discussing whether the government should regulate communications technology built directly into cars…
    Earlier in the day, the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration spoke out against adding distractions by turning cars into mobile communications devices.
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  • June 14, 2011 - Enabling Cost-Effective Multimodal Trip Planners through Open Transit Data -

    The Florida Department of Transportation has released a report that examines whether multimodal trip planners can be developed using open-source software and open data sources.
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  • June 14, 2011 - 3rd International Conference on Road Safety and Simulation (RSS2011) -

    TRB is sponsoring the 3rd International Conference on Road Safety and Simulation (RSS2011) on September 14-16, 2011, in Indianapolis, Indiana. The conference is designed to explore technical developments and new and improved simulation equipment as well as examine the application of simulation research results to road safety issues.
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  • June 14, 2011 - TRB Webinar: Annual Meeting and/or Transportation Research Record Prospective Authors Informational Session -

    On June 23, 2011, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT, TRB will hold a webinar to explore issues related to the formatting, submission, and review processes for papers being submitted for presentation at the 2012 TRB 91st Annual Meeting and/or the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board.

    The webinar, which will be repeated on June 28 and 30, 2011, is designed to help make prospective authors comfortable with the paper submission process so that they can focus their energy on developing the best papers possible.

    There is no cost for the webinar but space is limited, so you must register in advance. Registration information for the June 23 and subsequent webinars is available online. The format of the webinar includes ample time to take questions from attendees.
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  • June 14, 2011 - Improving Roadway Safety Programs Through University-Agency Partnerships -

    November 2-3, 2011 The Keck Center of the National Academies
    Washington, DC
    The Call for Abstracts deadline June 21
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  • June 14, 2011 - ITS-NY Announces 2011 Project of the Year Winners -

    The Intelligent Transportation Society of New York (ITS-NY) has announced the 2011 ITS-NY Project of the Year Winners at its Eighteenth Annual Meeting and Technology Exhibition in Saratoga Springs, NY. “These winning projects feature Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and technologies at work in New York State to improve traveler mobility and safety, as well as the efficiency of New York State’s transportation system across all modes of travel,” said Dr. Isaac Takyi, Chair of the ITS-NY Awards Committee.
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  • June 14, 2011 - Can Technology Propel Transportation Industry? -

    It may be a difficult time for freight companies to justify investment in anything other than hard assets, but if the U.S. economy is indeed on the verge of recovery, there is no better time to invest in information technology.
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  • June 13, 2011 - What Government IT Can Learn From The Private Sector -

    Another big opportunity Kundra sees is doing more with the petabytes of information–so called Big Data–generated by government agencies. “We’re looking at, how do we think of Big Data and business intelligence in terms of slicing, dicing, and cubing information, whether it’s data on intelligent transportation systems, fraud detection, or in terms of the Intelligence Community,” he said.
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  • June 13, 2011 - New I-77 signs to keep motorists ahead of the curve -

    By Sept. 30, large highways in the Canton and Akron area will be connected by webcams and message signs to the Ohio Department of Transportation Buckeye Traffic monitoring system.
    It’s part of an $18.2 million project — already complete in portions of the Cleveland area — paid for with federal stimulus funds.
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  • June 13, 2011 - Bike Helmet Of The Future Could Detect Traumatic Head Injuries -

    You’re in a nasty bike accident during rush hour. Nobody stops to help, but your helmet detects that you have sustained a nasty blow to the head and automatically calls 911. This “smart” bike helmet idea, one of five winners in Toyota’s Ideas For Good competition, is currently being worked on by engineers from Deeplocal and Carnegie Mellon University.
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  • June 13, 2011 - Bike-sharing concept peddled as fine idea -

    On a vacation in Montreal last summer, I encountered a system of some 3,000 bicycles scattered among 300 self-serve stations. A swipe of a credit card allowed a free 30-minute ride with a drop-off anywhere else one could find another bike rental port. Fees kick in if one rides longer, but it’s wildly popular. Pittsburgh would never go from zero to 3,000 like that, but a Wisconsin company, B-cycle, will be in Market Square from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today to demonstrate how bike-sharing could begin here.
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  • June 13, 2011 - IBM, Intel and Apple: Building for the Future -

    There were three presentations this week that showcase how IBM, Intel, and Apple are thinking about the future. In a way, each firm’s approach mirrors a different view of the world. Intel is focused on the micro aspect of how people will electronically interact and discussed technologies that could instrument every part of our lives for our benefit. IBM spoke on smart cities that would take this instrumentation and create a better managed utopian structure that would be ever faster (in terms of transportation), safer, and cheaper.
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  • June 13, 2011 - Soon Cars Will Behave Like Schools Of Fish -

    Imagine traffic one day behaving like dense schools of fish, which turn and maneuver in a synchronized flash of color without collisions, confusion, or delays. Fish have a natural system of sensors that read heat and electric fields emanating from each animal. Now cars can do on roads what fish do in water as automobile engineers develop advanced sensor and transmitting systems that use WiFi signals and GPS to broadcast a vehicle’s precise location to other cars in order to avoid crashes.
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  • June 13, 2011 - Ford and World Safety Leaders Work to Launch Intelligent Vehicles Quicker, More Affordably -

    Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is hosting Europe‘s most influential safety leader to discuss how to bring intelligent vehicle technology to global customers quicker and more affordably. Ford is leading research and working with automakers and safety leaders globally on a standardized platform for the advanced wireless systems that can allow vehicles to “talk” to each other to reduce crashes and congestion.
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  • June 13, 2011 - Shorter airport check-in time eyed with smart eye scanners -

    The International Air Transport Association unveiled a mock-up Tuesday in Singapore of what it dubbed the “Checkpoint of the Future,” where passengers separated by security risk would walk through one of three high-tech, 20-foot-long (6.1-meters-long) tunnels that can quickly scan shoes and carry-on luggage and check for liquids and explosives.
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  • June 13, 2011 - MIT Media Lab’s CityCar: From Invention To Innovation -

    In this excerpt from the new book The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices, author Frank Moss examines the CityCar project and the difficulty of turning an idea in a lab into a product that changes a market.
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  • June 13, 2011 - ITSPA “Best of ITSPA” Award Nominations -

    During the ITSPA Annual Meeting in August 2011 to be held in Philadelphia, PA, the Board of Directors will present two (2) “Best of ITSPA” awards. The first award will recognize an individual (ITSPA Person of the Year) that demonstrates devotion, excellence and leadership in advancing ITS in Pennsylvania. The second award will recognize a project that demonstrates innovation, coordination, and measurable results.
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  • June 10, 2011 - AT&T/Panasonic Automotive Systems Join Forces to Test Connectivity Concepts -

    AT&T and Panasonic Automotive Systems Company have agreed to join forces in an effort to build and provide connectivity concepts for drivers. The new partnership will allow both companies to provide technology like in-car infotainment systems and the latest mobile devices for North America’s automakers.
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  • June 10, 2011 - Future includes more than just my minivan -

    Since Toronto’s downtown core, like that of most cities, can’t support more roads, the question becomes how to move around as efficiently as possible. Beatty says the future is in intelligent transportation — vehicles that can be driven independently around city streets but, once headed on to the highway, become part of a vehicular Borg collective that controls merging, following distance and speed for maximum efficiency as people make their way into and out of the core.
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  • June 8, 2011 - Projects Use Phone Data to Track Public Services -

    The city’s (New York) Metropolitan Transportation Authority has been trying to provide a better sense of predictability in recent years by adding displays in stations that state when the next train is expected. Now, a Web development firm called Densebrain says that it can do the same thing at practically no cost, by analyzing how people lose phone service when they head underground…

    Boston is developing a system called Street Bump that uses a smartphone’s accelerometer and GPS system to detect when a driver hits a pothole and then sends that information to city officials. Techniques like this may help cities collect data that until recently would have required expensive network sensors.
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  • June 8, 2011 - Muni cameras cut accident rate by 50 percent, agency says -

    Muni bus accidents declined by 50 percent last year, which the agency’s safety director attributes to a new video surveillance system that documents accidents and poor driving by transit operators.

  • June 8, 2011 - TARC installs new high-tech radio system in buses -

    All city buses are now equipped with two-way radios that allow dispatchers to instantly locate any bus, tell drivers if they are running ahead or behind schedule and connect every bus with the MetroSafe emergency communications system…
    Eventually, TARC hopes to be able to enhance the technology so passengers can use smart phones or similar devices to tap into the system to find out when the next bus will arrive at a specific stop.
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  • June 8, 2011 - Bike-Share Schemes Shift Into High Gear -

    National Geographic
    Today’s bikes are often equipped with GPS devices for tracking. Free and coin-deposit systems have given way to solar-powered, computerized docking stations designed to deter theft and afford easy installation. Users often can reserve a bicycle with a few taps on a smart phone, unlock a bike with the swipe of a smart card that links up with the local metro, and even track calories burned while pedaling.
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  • June 8, 2011 - Rough guide to Near Field Communications and eWallets in travel -

    This is a guest article by Minoo Patel, senior director for travel transportation and logistics projects at NIIT Technologies.
    One of the latest trends driving the mobile travel technology industry is the advent of Near Field Communications (NFC).
    In short, NFC is a combination of hardware – in the form of a microchip in a smartphone – and software that enables one’s phone or tablet to act as a kind of electronic wallet.
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  • June 8, 2011 - Weekend of Innovation: Toyota Tech Repurposed for Good -

    Repurposing a Toyota car technology for some other use was the idea behind their Ideas for Good campaign. Last fall, the company solicited ideas from everyday people about how to turn any of five different technologies into some other innovation. Five winners were announced May 9, 2011, and this past weekend those winners participated in a Prototype Weekend at Carnegie Mellon University near Pittsburgh, Pa., to turn their ideas into reality.
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  • June 8, 2011 - Recapturing Global Leadership in Bus Rapid Transit: A Survey of Selected U.S. Cities -

    The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy has released a report that explores the value of bus rapid transit, highlighting best practices from systems in the United States as well as abroad.
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  • June 8, 2011 - Analysis of Intelligent Speed Adaptation -

    The Centre for Automotive Safety Research at the University of Adelaide, Australia, has released a report that examines Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA) in Australia.
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  • June 8, 2011 - FHWA – New Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program Fact Sheets Available -

    Seven new Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program fact sheets are available on the FHWA Website.

    Three fact sheets provide information about an EAR Program-sponsored projects focused on the concept of vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2X) cooperation and vehicle positioning and navigation as elements of an integrated highway system: “Investigating Advanced Traffic Signal Control” (FHWA–HRT–11–044), “Efficient and Safe Merging Solutions” (FHWA–HRT–10–076), and “Staying in Lane: Intelligent Fusion of Vehicle Sensor Data” (FHWA-HRT-10-064).

    Two fact sheets describe EAR Program-sponsored projects on human behavior and travel choices: “Modeling Driver Characteristics,” (FHWA–HRT–10–070) and “Investigating Congestion and Solutions: Experiments on Congestion Conditions and Pricing Initiatives” (FHWA-HRT-10-061). The fact sheet, “New Ways to Predict Bridge Performance: Advances in Structural Health Monitoring,” (FHWA-HRT-10-062) describes advanced methods for assessing system performance.

    Two fact sheets—“Harnessing the Value of Ecosystems” (FHWA–HRT–10–075) and “Exploring Cement Hydration Kinetics” (FHWA–HRT–10–078)—provide information about EAR Program initial stage investigations on innovative topics. Initial stage investigations can lead to EAR Program investments through future open solicitations.
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  • June 8, 2011 - FHWA R&T Now – May 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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  • June 8, 2011 - 6th International Visualization in Transportation Symposium -

    TRB is sponsoring 6th International Visualization in Transportation Symposium on August 20-23, 2011, in Chicago, Illinois. The symposium is designed to highlight improving technologies and methods, feature case studies or successful practices, and illuminate the expanding role of visualization in transportation planning, design, construction, maintenance, and data management and analysis.
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  • June 8, 2011 - 2012 TRB 91st Annual Meeting and Transportation Research Record: Paper Submission Website Now Open -

    The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 91st Annual Meeting will be held in Washington, D.C., at the Marriott Wardman Park, Omni Shoreham, and Washington Hilton hotels. The information-packed program attracts 11,000 transportation professionals from around the world to Washington, D.C.
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  • June 7, 2011 - IBM Launches City Government Software Platform -

    The software, called IBM Intelligent Operations Center, will synthesize data from a wide variety of government IT systems, such as those that handle water systems, asset tracking, public transportation and traffic management. It will offer visually summarized views of the data being collected, using a number of business rules that IBM developed while building and maintaining individual government systems.
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  • June 7, 2011 - DOT Research Collaboration Clusters -

    These research clusters promote information sharing and collaboration among the hundreds of DOT researchers, DOT-funded researchers and their colleagues across the nation. You can visit them by clicking on the links to your left. Feel free to browse these sites without registering. If you would like to participate in these issue areas by posting your research and commenting on the works of others, please click here to register. This site does not host personal information.

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  • June 7, 2011 - Applications for the Environment: Real-Time Information Synthesis (AERIS) Transformative Concepts Workshop -

    When: July 13, 2011 from 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Eastern Time
    Where: Washington, D.C.
    The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S.DOT) will be hosting a free public workshop to discuss the Applications for the Environment: Real-Time Information Synthesis (AERIS) Program and present Transformative Concepts. There will be a webinar for the first three hours of the meeting. The meeting is being organized by the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) which is part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA).
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  • June 6, 2011 - Why Bus Rapid Transit? -

    Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSs) are a whole story on their own, and one of the most interesting aspects of planning a BRT service. In a future blog, I’ll talk about these technologies and their huge impact on the performance of a BRT system.
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  • June 5, 2011 - Internal cameras approved for buses -

    WESTERLY – Westerly’s entire school bus fleet will be equipped by summer’s end with cameras to capture both video and audio of students and drivers…
    This initiative is separate from the Smart-Bus Live cameras that have been installed on two Westerly school buses to capture images of drivers that illegally pass stopped school buses.
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  • June 5, 2011 - How Car Companies and Rental Agencies are Creating ‘Carsharing 2.0’ -

    Here are the major trends I see:
    Peer-to-Peer Carsharing – Peer-to-peer (P2P) carsharing has the potential to dramatically expand the geographic area where carsharing is a viable alternative to car ownership — beyond dense, close-in parts of cities to suburbs and beyond.
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  • June 5, 2011 - 2011 Enhancements to the ITS Knowledge Resources Websites: Improving Access to Information on ITS Benefits, Costs, Lessons Learned and Deployment -

    Description The Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has developed online ITS Knowledge Resources for decision making support. The major objectives on these online tools are to:
    -Capture ITS costs, benefits and lessons learned from experiences of stakeholders in their planning, deployment, operations, maintenance, and evaluation of ITS.
    -Provide all ITS stakeholders with convenient access to costs, benefits and lessons learned knowledge so that they can make informed decisions in their future ITS actions.
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  • June 3, 2011 - Bus Rapid Transit: Economic Development at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College -

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  • June 2, 2011 - ITS JPO to Host a Webinar on Connected Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Analysis Report Review -

    June 24, 2011, 1:00 PM ET
    Duration: 90 minutes
    About the Webinar The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S.DOT) will be hosting a free public webinar to discuss the Connected Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Analysis Report. The webinar is being organized by the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) which is part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA).
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  • June 2, 2011 - Lend Your Car, Save, and Save the World -

    Buzzcar is a car sharing service where car-owners in a city or town allow their idle cars to be used by other local citizens in exchange for getting about 70-75 per cent of the rental fee, Chase told IPS in an interview. Even when a car is parked it costs their owners money, she says. The average cost of owning and operating car is 8,000 to 12,000 dollars a year even if it sits parked 22 hours a day….
    The key to making Buzzcar work is simplicity and the growing use of smart phones, says Chase.
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  • June 2, 2011 - Is this the urban car of the future? -

    Caselles’ concept is an ultramaneuverable runabout, with four-wheel steering, a top speed of perhaps 90 km/h, and enough battery range for a day’s commuting and shopping. At just 1.9 metres long, its key feature is the ability to go nose-first into what are normally parallel parking spots — something the Smart Fortwo can manage, but only at an angle.
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  • June 2, 2011 - Schneider Electric to Buy Smart Grid Firm Telvent -

    On June 1, Schneider Electric (NewsAlert) acquired Telvent GIT, SA, which provides software for real-time management of smart infrastructure in the electricity, oil and gas, water, and transportation sectors.
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  • June 2, 2011 - Applications for the Environment: Real-Time Information Synthesis (AERIS) Transformative Concepts Workshop -

    When: July 13, 2011 from 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Eastern Time
    Where: Washington, D.C.
    The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S.DOT) will be hosting a free public workshop to discuss the Applications for the Environment: Real-Time Information Synthesis (AERIS) Program and present Transformative Concepts. There will be a webinar for the first three hours of the meeting.
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  • June 2, 2011 - Bus-tracking technology comes to L.A. County -

    Dubbed NexTrip, the online service uses GPS and other technologies to track buses on their routes. It is “designed to help take the guesswork out of bus arrival and help you to get to your stop at the same time as your bus,” according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
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  • June 2, 2011 - Project aims to ease traffic at Five Corners in Easton -

    Traffic lights will be replaced with Smart lights, according to Southworth. The new lights will sense the number of cars waiting at a light to determine when to let them through rather than just function on a timer as they do now. Fire Department vehicles will also be able to control the lights and turn them all red when they need to pass through the intersection to an emergency.
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  • June 2, 2011 - Travel, shop smart with metro card -

    The multi-purpose smart card, which would be issued by the Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd (HMR), could be used for buying tickets for traveling in the Metro, buses, and MMTS. One will also be able to use the card for paying parking charges and toll fees and at convenience stores for purchases etc.
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  • June 2, 2011 - The Most for Our Money: Taxpayer Friendly Solutions for the Nations Transportation Solutions -

    Reason Foundation, Transportation for America and Taxpayers for Common Sense release a report yesterday at a briefing on Capitol Hill. The report contains seven suggestions to help improve the nation’s transportation system at taxpayer-friendly costs.
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  • June 2, 2011 - Coming to grips with the costs of Moscow traffic -

    With Moscow roads legendary for their congestions and chaos and the costs they impose on business needing to use them, Business RT talked to Erwin Toplak, Chief Operating Officer of global traffic management systems provider KapschTrafficCom Austria.
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  • June 2, 2011 - Tangerang goes hi-tech in traffic -

    The new technology uses a closed-circuit camera that would respond to conditions at any given intersection. “Our study shows the new technology could reduce the rate of congestion by 30 percent,” he said.
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  • May 27, 2011 - Pioneering traffic signal scheme set to replace speed cameras in Swindon, UK -

    The Wiltshire and Swindon Road Safety Partnership along with Swindon Council are piloting a pioneering scheme that will use traffic signals to stop drivers speeding. Two roads in the UK town have been chosen for a pilot study, where traffic lights will turn to red if they detect a speeding motorist approaching.
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  • May 27, 2011 - South Australian Government trials Cohda Wireless’s V2X ‘smart car’ system -

    South Australia’s road safety minister, Tom Kenyon, has launched a three-month trial of DSRC-based ‘smart car’ technology. A fleet of 10 vehicles will be equipped with the technology, which has been developed by Adelaide-based Cohda Wireless – a spin-off from the University of South Australia.
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  • May 27, 2011 - Ford Prepares Global Launch of Electric Cars, Leads on Intelligent Vehicles -

    Ford Motor Co. is preparing to launch a line of electric vehicles (EVs) globally and is looking further down the road towards making “intelligent” vehicles that could lead to improvements in sustainable transportation…
    The company is showcasing its first intelligent vehicle this month in several California markets. The intelligent vehicle, using Wi-Fi and GPS to communicate wirelessly with other vehicles, can reduce the time drivers sit in traffic jams and can help drivers avoid car accidents. Real time traffic information would be used to route drivers to less congested roads.
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  • May 27, 2011 - Streetline and Siemens Partner on Parking Solution -

    PITTSBURGH, May 25, 2011 — /PRNewswire/ — Streetline, Inc. and Siemens announced today at the International Parking Institute Conference and Expo in Pittsburgh that Streetline and Republic Intelligent Transportation Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Siemens, will work together on the installation and maintenance of Streetline’s smart parking platform including its wireless sensor network as it expands throughout the United States.

  • May 26, 2011 - Move It! How the U.S. gets transportation policy wrong—and how to get it right -

    Wall Street Journal-
    We have tremendous technology available that could help make transportation smoother and more efficient. Traffic signals that are centrally controlled by computer can optimize the flow of traffic. Electronic toll-collection tags let drivers pay without stopping. Changeable signs can provide information about the next bus or train, or rough traffic conditions ahead. Freeway-management centers are able to spot roadway incidents, dispatch service vehicles to clear accidents and get traffic moving again.
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  • May 26, 2011 - Is Google Motors the new GM? -

    By investigating driverless cars, Google is exploring an area that has tantalized automotive engineers for decades. Even a devoted driving enthusiast like former General Motors vice chairman Bob Lutz concedes that driverless cars are the way of the future. Autonomous cars would reduce highway congestion, cut down on accidents, maximize fuel economy, and free up time for drivers to perform other tasks…
    As the exclusive supplier of proprietary software? Bingo! Google’s automated driver system has the potential to become the operating standard for every car in the world — the Windows of motor vehicles. Why not?
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  • May 25, 2011 - ITSA’s Scott Belcher on KQV Radio -

    ITS America president and CEO Scott Belcher spent time educating radio listeners across the country on ways to travel smart for the holiday. Listen to Scott’s interview with KQV-AM in Pittsburgh.
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  • May 25, 2011 - U.S. DOT Seeks Comments on National ITS Architecture -

    The U.S. Department of Transportation is planning an update to the National Intelligent Transportation Systems Architecture and is seeking comments from stakeholders interested in this important initiative. The survey is being conducted by the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office which is part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration. Input collected from the survey will influence the future direction of the National ITS Architecture and will ultimately impact regional ITS architectures and the Turbo Architecture software.
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  • May 25, 2011 - Eyes in the sky to tackle traffic -

    Trinidad – EYES in the sky will take the place of police officers on the nation’s highways to monitor errant motorists. The first phase of the National Transport Management System (NTMS) will focus on the East-West Corridor, and is geared at reducing traffic congestion.
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  • May 25, 2011 - A high-tech revolution is driving the parking industry -

    Spread across an exhibit hall of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center this week is the promise of newfound serenity:
    Parking meters that can be fed from afar, rendering quaint those pockets full of quarters; computer-controlled signs that point you to the closest available space, sparing you those time- and gas-wasting laps around the garage; even technology that rescues you when you’ve forgotten where you parked.
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  • May 24, 2011 - UPDATE: Toyota, Salesforce.com To Create Social Media Network For Vehicles -

    The two companies said they plan to start offering the service, to be called “Toyota Friend,” with Toyota’s electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids due out next year. The new service will allows users to exchange real time updates, or “tweets,” with other Toyota drivers, connect with local dealers and remotely obtain diagnostic information about their hybrid vehicles, such as battery usage, they said. It will debut in Japan before a global roll out later in 2012.
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  • May 24, 2011 - Sense & the City – London Transport Museum -

    This summer a new exhibition about London opens at London Transport Museum – you could be part of it. Sense & the City explores the powerful new forces that are shaping the way we live, work and travel in the city. GPS, pervasive wireless, sensing, near field communication, multi touch surfaces, open data, smart phones and a blizzard of new Apps are combining to redefine our urban relationships. Data visualisation is beginning to work with these digital riches to help us make deals, be sociable, navigate and network in powerful new ways. There is a wind of change in London – Sense & the City will harvest straws in that wind and test which of them have most significance for the future.

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  • May 24, 2011 - Car Talk and Talk and… Vehicles that constantly send out signals could save a lot of lives—if drivers accept the technology -

    Now, the hardware and software to start rolling out a generation of connected cars is almost ready for real-world testing in the U.S. Whether American drivers are ready for a world in which cars send out data on speed and direction 10 times a second and function as automated back-seat drivers is another question. How people react to the technology will be as critical as whether the technology works.
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  • May 24, 2011 - Be safe … Be seen -

    The second video is about a bicycle lighting system called Project Aura, which aims to make a cyclist visible from the side, not always possible with front and rear lights.
    Project Aura was developed by Ethan Frier and Jonathan Ota, industrial design students at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
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  • May 24, 2011 - Velodyne Donates LiDAR and Robotic Artifacts to Smithsonian -

    The HDL-64E was used as the obstacle detection sensor by five out of the six finishing teams at the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge, including the winner, Carnegie Mellon University’s BOSS.
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  • May 20, 2011 - Volvo demonstrates truck blind-spot detection and warning system at INTERSAFE 2 event -

    Volvo has demonstrated a system that aims at solving the problem of the truck driver’s blind spot on the passenger side at the INTERSAFE 2 EU project’s Final Event in Wolfsburg, Germany.
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  • May 20, 2011 - BMW to debut Left Turn Assistant at EU INTERSAFE 2 initiative’s Final Event -

    A BMW Group Research and Technology research project – which is part of the European-funded INTERSAFE 2 initiative – is giving the public debut of its new Left Turn Assistant today and tomorrow (May 17-18) in Wolfsburg, Germany, as part of the initiative’s Final Event…
    The Left Turn Assistant is activated automatically in the BMW 5 Series test vehicle as soon as the car’s sensors detect that it is entering the left-turn lane and the car registers the driver’s wish to turn off.
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  • May 20, 2011 - Secretary LaHood Announces Availability of $7.6 Billion for Transit; Money Will Pay for Operations, Maintenance, and Construction -

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced the availability of $7.6 billion in annual funding for states, local communities and transit agencies nationwide to help maintain bus and transit rail operations and provide for capital construction and maintenance projects. With high gasoline prices taking a bite out of consumers’ wallets, this money will also provide people with options for getting around.
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  • May 20, 2011 - Transit chief touts Broward bus system -

    BCT strategies for meeting the future transit needs of the community include attracting new commuters to the bus system, promoting energy efficiency, connecting with passengers through smart phones and other technology and providing for rider safety, comfort and convenience. “We’re working hard to attract the next generation of transit riders,” Garling said.
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  • May 19, 2011 - SPC – NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD AND PUBLIC MEETINGS -

    2040 Long Range Transportation and Development Plan for Southwestern Pennsylvania. The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission seeks comments from the public on important draft documents prior their adoption:

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  • May 19, 2011 - Google Lobbies Nevada to Allow Self-Driving Cars -

    Google, a pioneer of self-driving cars, is quietly lobbying for legislation that would make Nevada the first state where they could be legally operated on public roads. And yes, the proposed legislation would include an exemption from the ban on distracted driving to allow occupants to send text messages while sitting behind the wheel.
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  • May 19, 2011 - DOT announces expanded 511 web -

    The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities has announced they have expanded their 511 web and telephone traveler information system to include smart phone access and an R-S-S feed. For those traveling with access to the newest technology it means easier access to road and weather information…
    New Generation 511, as it is known, includes a newly improved telephone system as well.
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  • May 19, 2011 - USDOT to Host Driver Clinics for Connected Vehicles -

    The U.S. Department of Transportation will host six clinics across the country to introduce drivers to vehicle-to-vehicle communications aimed at reducing traffic accidents and saving lives.
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  • May 19, 2011 - The Story of How Seoul Goes better with Smart Transportation Solutions.avi -

    Nice promotional video of LG CNS smart transportation work with transit in Seoul.
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  • May 19, 2011 - Streetline Unveils Next Generation Smart Parking App Platform – Parker™ -

    Streetline, Inc., a global provider of smart parking solutions for cities, airports, universities and private garages, today unveiled the next generation of Parker™ – the leading real-time consumer parking app for smartphones and tablets. With the announcement – which was made today during a press conference debuting Streetline’s real-time parking guidance in Studio City, Calif. – the company also introduced enhancements to its iPhone app and announced the availability of Parker for Android.
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  • May 19, 2011 - Advanced Eco-Routing Algorithm Hits the Market -

    EFNAV takes into account three key factors when calculating eco-routes: traffic (real-time and historical), road grade, and road type. By using these data along with tapping directly into a vehicle’s data stream, EFNAV can deliver accurate and reinforcing feedback to a driver based on the eco-success of the route selection and driving style.
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    EFNAV takes into account three key factors when calculating eco-routes: traffic (real-time and historical), road grade, and road type. By using these data along with tapping directly into a vehicle’s data stream, EFNAV can deliver accurate and reinforcing feedback to a driver based on the eco-success of the route selection and driving style.
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  • May 17, 2011 - Use of Mobility Devices on Paratransit Vehicles and Buses -

    TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) has issued a request for proposals to identify and assess the current and emerging issues that limit the use of mobility devices in paratransit vehicles and buses. The project will also develop guidance and options to assist transit systems, manufacturers, and transit users in the implementation of accessible design and accommodation solutions for the short and long term. Proposals are due June 21, 2011.
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  • May 17, 2011 - The technology behind bike sharing systems -

    Sharing a bike with a friend requires trust and a U-lock. Sharing 600 bicycles with the city of Boston requires technology and a big investment. Alison Cohen’s Alta Bicycle Share is up for the task.

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  • May 17, 2011 - ITS America 2011 Student Smart Phone ITS App Competition – Win a Trip to Orlando, FL! -

    The Student Smart Phone ITS App Competition is designed to encourage student interest and future participation in the development of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and related mobility, safety, and environmental solutions that address global transportation concerns. The objective of the competition is to provide an opportunity for today’s students—whatever their field—to apply their knowledge in a thought-provoking and enjoyable competition and to build awareness of ITS as a career path with unlimited potential.
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  • May 17, 2011 - World Transit Research Newsletter: May 2011 -

    Monash University’s Institute of Transport Studies has released the latest issue of its bimonthly newsletter that is designed to highlight recently added items to the World Transit Research database.
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  • May 17, 2011 - Investigating Advanced Traffic Signal Control: Examining the Effect of Traffic Probe Data on Traffic Signal Operations -

    The U.S. Federal Highway Administration has released a fact sheet that explores the concept of vehicle-to-infrastructure cooperation via the Intelligent Transportation Systems initiative.
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  • May 17, 2011 - NCHRP FY 2012 Projects: Oversight Panel Nominee Solicitation -

    TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) is soliciting nominees to serve on oversight panels for new projects being established under the NCHRP’s FY 2012 program. Nominees should have expertise directly relevant to the proposed project topic. To help identify nominees who are members of historically underrepresented groups, TRB encourages the nomination of women and members of minority groups. Nominations are due by June 3, 2011.
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  • May 17, 2011 - Improving Roadway Safety Programs Through University-Agency Partnerships: A Conference -

    TRB with the support of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration is sponsoring Improving Roadway Safety Programs Through University-Agency Partnerships: A Conference on November 2-3, 2011, in Washington, D.C. The focus of this conference will be university-transportation agency partnerships for safety and the role these partnerships can play in helping to develop the analytical and workforce expertise needed to support new roadway safety analysis, research, programs, and cultural tools. The conference’s planning committee is seeking poster proposals to highlight current successful partnerships, explore innovative models for collaboration, and review new safety tools and concepts. The poster submission deadline is June 21,2011.
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  • May 16, 2011 - New report outlines seven tools for improving transportation system -

    A new report released today by Reason Foundation, Taxpayers for Common Sense and Transportation for America proposes cost-effective recommendations that Congress should consider as part of the pending transportation bill that will stretch limited transportation dollars, save money in the long run, cut congestion, and better maintain the existing system…
    The report also recommends five additional strategies, including: Bus Rapid Transit (BRT); Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS); Intercity Buses; Teleworking; and Local Street Connectivity.
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  • May 16, 2011 - Buses to see the light -

    Some Highway 82 traffic signals will turn green earlier and remain green longer for valley buses under a groundbreaking plan by the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority.
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  • May 16, 2011 - ITS America 2011 Student Essay Competition – Win a Trip to Orlando, FL! -

    The Student Essay Competition is designed to encourage student interest and future participation in the development of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and solutions. The objective of the essay competition is to provide an opportunity for today’s transportation and engineering students to apply their knowledge in a thought-provoking and enjoyable competition and to build awareness of ITS as a career path with unlimited potential.
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  • May 16, 2011 - SF parking app gets passing – not perfect – grade -

    The goal of the federally funded experiment is to make it easier to find parking and reduce the need for drivers to circle, resulting in less congestion and air pollution. The high-tech parking hunt isn’t foolproof. But during a Chronicle road test on a recent afternoon with the manager of the SFpark program, the parking data was, for the most part, spot on.

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  • May 16, 2011 - Should drivers pay by the mile instead of the gallon? -

    Options to measure distance traveled range from regular odometer readings to GPS-enabled tracking that would determine where and when travel occurred. That would be useful if the government wants to charge higher rates during peak rush hours, for example, a concept already used to some extent on highways with electronic tolls.
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  • May 16, 2011 - IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society -

    Check out the IEEE ITSS web site for their recent newsletter and a listing of their upcoming ITS conferences and calls for papers.
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  • May 16, 2011 - Living Labs Global Award 2011 Winners Announced -

    Technologies such as mobile broadband, smart hand devices, cloud computing and open-source public databases are becoming central to envisioning favorable future scenarios of cities. Living Labs Global, a non-profit association based in Copenhagen (Denmark) joined forces with the partnered cities with the aim of bringing companies and decision-makers from all corners of the globe together to promote innovation in services and mobility in cities, and to better capacitate the potential of new technologies to change our day-to-day lives for the better.
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  • May 13, 2011 - The OpenData movement will be a people’s revolution -

    In the US the OpenData principle has been grasped. Chris Vein, deputy US chief technology officer, said: “Whether you call them geeks or techies, some of the greatest innovations in government have been the result of citizen developers who simply want to do their part to make our government work better. From the Department of Health and Human Services’ Community Data Health Initiative to ‘Transportation Camps’ – un-meetings aimed at solving transportation problems – throughout the United States, citizens are using their talents to help make government data that are simply lying around actually work for the American people.
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  • May 13, 2011 - U.S. Department of Transportation to Test Connected Vehicle Technologies in Six Cities -

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the six cities where it will hold Driver Acceptance Clinics for drivers to test new technologies that will help the department learn more about how drivers respond to vehicle-to-vehicle communications that can help reduce traffic accidents and save lives. The first clinic will be held in Brooklyn, MI, near Detroit, in August. The remaining clinics will be held in Minneapolis, Orlando, FL, Blacksburg, VA, Dallas and San Francisco.

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  • May 13, 2011 - Lake County’s traffic central keeps eye on roads -

    LIBERTYVILLE — It’s been five years since Lake County PASSAGE (Arterial Signal Synchronization and Travel Guidance) was activated, an intelligent transportation system that can track just about any traffic nightmare and alert the public in real time via radio, email and smart phone.
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  • May 13, 2011 - PennDOT: Intelligent Transportation System Coming to Northwest Pennsylvania Interstates -

    Features of the new system will include traffic cameras, dynamic message signs and highway advisory radio systems on Interstates 90, 86, 80, 79 and 376 in Butler, Crawford, Erie, Lawrence, Mercer and Venango counties.
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  • May 13, 2011 - Panel To Focus On Deadly Truck, Bus Accidents -

    They also want trucks and buses to have some of the safety technology that’s available on many cars and on buses in other countries. That includes electronic stability control to prevent rollovers, adaptive cruise control that automatically adjusts speed to traffic, warning systems that alert drivers when they’re drifting into another lane, and warning systems that alert drivers to an impeding collision.
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  • May 13, 2011 - Tech-Savvy Travelers Embrace Mobile Flight Tracking Technologies, According to New FlightView Survey -

    Smart phone usage among America’s frequent travelers continues to climb – currently at 75 percent, according to PhoCusWright. As more travelers and visitors move to checking flight status and travel information through mobile websites and applications, cash-strapped U.S. airports and airlines are struggling to keep up – and looking for guidance on where to invest first.
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  • May 13, 2011 - 2011 TRB Joint Summer Meeting -

    Join more than 350 transportation professionals expected to participate in the TRB Joint Summer Meeting, July 10-13, 2011, in Boston, Massachusetts. Transportation professionals specializing in planning, finance, policy, economics, freight, data systems, transportation security, ferry transportation, and ports and waterways will share information in open committee meetings, joint collaborative discussions, and general sessions. Advance registration expires June 10, 2011.
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  • May 13, 2011 - 2012 TRB 91st Annual Meeting and Transportation Research Record Call for Papers -

    TRB standing committees have issued calls for papers for the TRB 91st Annual Meeting, January 22-26, 2012, in Washington, D.C, and the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRR). While papers addressing any relevant aspect of transportation research will be considered, some committees are soliciting papers in specific subject areas to help potential authors identify topics for their papers
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  • May 10, 2011 - Bluetooth Readers Installed Locally On I-35 -

    TxDOT’s expansion-project partners from the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University in College Station recently installed the first of a planned series of signal readers that will measure and report actual travel times between points along I-35 from Georgetown to Hillsboro.
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  • May 10, 2011 - Webinar Alert (from USDOT): Public Transit Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Implementations – Lessons Learned -

    Date: Thursday, June 2, 2011

    Time: 1:00 – 2:30 P.M. Eastern Time

    Cost: All T3s are free of charge

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  • May 10, 2011 - ITS JPO Announces Seven New Research Projects for AERIS -

    The Intelligent Transportation System Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) announces the selection of seven projects to identify research opportunities which the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) AERIS (Applications for the Environment: Real-Time Information Synthesis) program could leverage.
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  • May 10, 2011 - Now, to Find a Parking Spot, Drivers Look on Their Phones -

    Now San Francisco professes to have found a solution — a phone app for spot-seekers that displays information about areas with available spaces. The system, introduced last month, relies on wireless sensors embedded in streets and city garages that can tell within seconds if a spot has opened up.

    Note: A group of Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College graduate students, under the direction of Dr. Robert Hampshire developed the prototype for this app.

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  • May 10, 2011 - Connected Vehicle Technology Challenge -

    New wireless technology enables connectivity for vehicles of all kinds—cars, trains and even bicycles. Vehicles can “talk” to each other, traffic signals, and mobile devices. What should they say?
    Seventy-seven video submissions are in. Check them out, vote on them and engage in blogs or discussion groups.
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  • May 10, 2011 - Smartphones’ locating ability starts scaring users -

    Like Shin, many smartphone users are disturbed about recent news that companies like Apple and Google are collecting their location data. They are the two major companies in the realm of smartphones and smartphone platforms – most smartphones use either Apple’s iPhone operating system or Google’s Android platform.
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  • May 10, 2011 - PennDOT to unveil signs providing Parkway East travel times -

    The estimates will be computed from average speeds detected by sensors that are mounted on traffic camera poles. The information will be displayed continuously at all hours of the day and night and in both directions “unless there’s a higher-priority message, like a crash,” spokesman Jim Struzzi said…T
    he service will be added on the Parkway West and Parkway North in the next few months, and expanded to other roads over the coming years, he said.

  • May 10, 2011 - IBM Smarter City Classes Seek Solutions For Emergency Rooms, Public Transit, And “The Crotch” -

    On Thursday, technology giant IBM announced the 50 recipients of its inaugural “Smarter Planet Faculty Innovation Awards,” in essence a $10,000 grant for designing classes geared toward the technologies, markets, and applications in which IBM has a vested interest–urban transportation and health care apps, for example.
    See CMU’s winning submission from Dr. Deanna H. Matthews Smarter Cities through Systems Thinking
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  • May 10, 2011 - City eyes innovative parking garage -

    With the $6 million, an innovative parking garage – one that uses robotics to park cars – could be built at the West Broad Street parking lot near Church Street Station and adjacent to CAN DO’s corporate offices at 1 S. Church St., Yannuzzi said.
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  • May 10, 2011 - Sustainable Transportation is Focus of IBM Grant Won by UB Professor -

    Sadek has received an IBM Smarter Planet Faculty Innovation Award to develop an eight-lecture course on “Advanced Technology Solutions for a Sustainable Transportation System.” He describes some of the technologies that will be explored in the course in a video at http://bit.ly/l9ULhN.
    The course address traffic flow fundamentals; traffic simulation; emissions modeling; signal optimization and coordination; incident management; sustainable or green routing; congestion pricing; and vehicle-infrastructure integration or IntelliDrive.
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  • May 10, 2011 - Area traffic flow data posted on ODOT site Radar on expressways sends info to Web -

    Up-to-the-minute traffic flow information on Toledo-area expressways now is available on the Ohio Department of Transportation’s buckeyetraffic.org Web site, thanks to data from an array of radar devices a contractor recently installed along the roads. And once programmable message boards are installed at 11 strategic locations, traffic information based on that data will be displayed on them too.

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  • May 10, 2011 - How will social networking change air transportation? -

    Social networking and smart phones have introduced an entirely new capability, leveraging real-time status, GPS location and special-purpose applications (apps). At this point (and things move quickly), these functionalities have created two new ways to generate charter bookings.
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  • May 10, 2011 - Connect by Hertz Car Sharing Electrifies Manhattan’s Seward Park Co-Op Bringing Electric Vehicles and Networked ChargePoint Stations to Consumers -

    As part of its Global Electric Vehicle (EV) expansion throughout New York City, Connect by Hertz, Hertz’s (NYSE: HTZ) global car sharing club, the first car sharing club to introduce the 100% electric Nissan LEAF™ in Manhattan, is bringing the LEAF to Manhattan’s Seward Park Co-op
    Connect by Hertz is able to “communicate” with the vehicle, enabling representatives to unlock, engage and locate vehicles and cars are also equipped with iPod connectivity, Bluetooth capabilities, for a hands free driving experience, and EZ Pass transponders.
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  • May 10, 2011 - Phone app enlisted to help map future bicycle routes -

    Called CycleTracks and available for iPhones or Androids, the program uploads trip information, which will be collected and used in future planning efforts. AMBAG is urging cyclists to not only download and use the program, but to enter notes about which types of trips they are taking. Users can see their routes on CycleTracks, but also see their times and average speed.

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  • May 9, 2011 - 2012 Structures Congress Call/Submission -

    The 2012 Structures Congress includes a specialty track for Analysis and Computation. The submission process, requirements and link to the paper management system are different from the traditional Structure Congress. Please visit the 20th Analysis and Computation page for all details.
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  • May 6, 2011 - Evaluating Pedestrian Safety Countermeasures -

    Pedestrians hit in roadway crashes account for nearly 12 percent of all traffic fatalities and 59,000 injuries each year. Because crashes involving pedestrians tend to be sporadic events that do not occur at the exact same location, a one-size-fits-all approach to mitigating pedestrian safety problems is unrealistic. To help shed light on which countermeasures will be most effective at specific types of locations, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) initiated pilot projects in Las Vegas, NV, Miami, FL, and San Francisco, CA.
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  • May 5, 2011 - The future of autonomous cars -

    While science fiction has toyed with the idea of the self-driving car for years, the reality is a horribly complicated task. At the turn of the last century, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa), issued its Grand Challenge for fully autonomous vehicles…
    Six competitors were successful and the winner of the $2 million prize was the Chevrolet Tahoe of the Carnegie Mellon University of Pittsburgh.
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  • May 5, 2011 - OICA Appeals for Harmonised Intelligent Transport Systems Standards to Facilitate the Accelerated Deployment of Connected Vehicles -

    Paris, France, 21 April 2011 – The Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers makes a strong appeal towards harmonized Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) industry technical standards in order to accelerate the deployment of these systems. In this context globally aligned wireless communication protocols for safety and mobility relevant data to connect vehicles with each other and with the roadside infrastructure are a critical element to enable deployment.
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  • May 5, 2011 - Smarter Vehicles Coming Soon That Talk and Avoid Crashes -

    The auto industry is moving closer to deploying technology into vehicles that could go a long way to making vehicle crashes, at least serious ones, mostly a thing of the past. That’s right. The industry that fought against making seat belts standard, is marching toward creating the ultimate safe car without the hammer of regulation coming down on it.
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  • May 5, 2011 - A silver bullet for urban traffic problems -

    (CNNMoney) — Some of the most valuable real estate in cities is hidden beneath parked cars. For managers of urban resources, this turf is a blind spot. There’s no real-time data about how it gets used, and you can’t manage what you can’t measure. Experts believe that some 30% of urban traffic comes from cars hunting for parking spaces.

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  • May 5, 2011 - A Foundation for Safer Driving -

    A new project brief, A Foundation for Safer Driving, summarizes the progress of preliminary research for the SHRP 2 Naturalistic Driving Study (NDS) as of April 2011. Driver behavior is the primary cause of most crashes, and the SHRP 2 NDS will be the largest study of driving behavior ever conducted.
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  • May 4, 2011 - IBM executive describes potential of ‘cloud computing’ -

    An IBM Corp. executive told businesspeople Tuesday morning that advancing technology is creating intelligent infrastructure making it possible to analyze and adjust whole utility, transportation and industrial systems almost instantaneously to meet user demand.
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  • May 4, 2011 - DOT awards $6.5M to ease Michigan, Minnesota truck parking shortages -

    The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $4,480,000 to Michigan’s I-94 Truck Parking and Information Management System and $2,049,940 to Minnesota’s Comprehensive System for Assessing Truck Parking Availability. Both systems will deliver real-time information on parking availability through Intelligent Transportation Systems.
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  • May 4, 2011 - Smart Wireless Cars and Intelligent Transportation Focus of CTIA-The Wireless Association® May Edition of “Wonder of Wireless” -

    Mobile technology is being deployed in numerous ways to make transportation safer, easier and more convenient for Americans. In CTIA’s May “Wonder of Wireless” (WOW) webcast and blog (http://blog.ctia.org), the association features stories on “intelligent transportation” and the impact wireless is having on the next generation of vehicles and drivers. By powering applications that control fleet management, vehicle diagnostics and communications and entertainment systems, the transportation industry is improving its operations and making its products safer.
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  • May 4, 2011 - Techstorm – June 2, 2011 Fairfax, VA -

    TECHSTORM is open to the technology transfer professionals and researchers from academic institutions and federal labs, corporate in-licensing executives, entrepreneurs, investors and others interested in contributing to the advancement of innovative technologies to market.
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  • May 4, 2011 - Deeplocal to build Toyota’s Ideas for Good -

    Pittsburgh’s Deeplocal Inc., the East Liberty-based technology, art and engineering house, is working with Toyota on the automaker’s Ideas For Good campaign that will culminate in the firm building five completely new products based on technology developed for the Prius and ideas suggested by the public…

    In addition to working with Deeplocal, there is a connection to Carnegie Mellon University. The school and Toyota are in talks to develop a class or some other project that will take the remaining 20 finalists and continue developing those ideas.
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  • April 29, 2011 - TIMTC, USDOT TO SPONSOR WEBINAR ON WIRELESS ROADSIDE INSPECTION PROGRAMS -

    Trucking industry stakeholders are invited to participate in a free webinar to review preliminary findings for the Wireless Roadside Inspection (WRI) program. WRI is developing a comprehensive and, more importantly, coordinated roadside inspection program for trucks. Motor carriers must currently navigate a maze of Federal, state and local enforcement policies that utilize a variety of manual, semi-automated and advanced technologies.
    Please visit the TIMTC website at www.freightmobility.org to register for the webinar or click here.

  • April 29, 2011 - New app tells texters U R BZZY -

    New Hampshire’s largest Web development company has developed a new smart phone application intended to combat distracted driving – a “deadly epidemic,” according to the U.S. Department of Transportation secretary Ray LaHood. Portsmouth-based PixelMEDIA has developed “Bzzy,” an Android application that when activated automatically responds to texts to inform that the recipient is unavailable to text.

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  • April 29, 2011 - TE-31 Dynamic Traffic Flow Modeling and Control -

    Course Description:
    The design, analysis, and evaluation of many Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) requires a good working knowledge of traffic flow modelling and control techniques, and familiarity with powerful methodologies from the areas of optimization, control, networks and dynamic systems. This intensive 5-day course covers the basic theory and tools necessary for efficient design and evaluation of ITS on road and freeway networks.

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  • April 28, 2011 - Top Korean firms hold roadshow -

    The Korea-Qatar ITS Roadshow 2011 was held yesterday to promote co-operation between Korean Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) companies and Qatari government institutions….
    The delegate from Korea’s Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs showcased a number of technologies developed in Korea, including a system that can measure the speed of a vehicle, compare it to the amount of time before a traffic light changes, and warn the driver before a possible traffic signal violation.
    The Korean government has spent billions on research and development in ITS technology, and expect to have fully deployed smart highway technology nationwide by 2020.

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  • April 28, 2011 - Drive one way, by the minute, with new car-rental service -

    Unlike services such as Zipcar or Vancouver’s Modo – The Car Co-op, which offer rentals by the hour after which cars must be returned to their pickup location, car2go lets users take one-way trips. For example in Austin, cars can be reserved ahead of time or picked up on the spot and dropped off somewhere else, as long as its within the program’s operating area. Car2go is seen by some in the industry more as an alternative to taxis or bike-sharing programs than to traditional car sharing.

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  • April 28, 2011 - Battelle to Perform $4.1 Million Project for Minnesota Department of Transportation -

    Battelle will conduct a $4.1 million demonstration project for Minnesota’s Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) that will use commercial off-the-shelf technology to determine the feasibility of replacing the gasoline fuel tax with a mileage-based user fee.
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  • April 28, 2011 - IEEE Standards Association and SAE International Agree to Collaborate on Smart Grid and Vehicle-Electrification Standards -

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. and WARRENDALE, Pa., April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) and SAE International today announced that the two organizations have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a strategic partnership in vehicular technology related to the Smart Grid. In doing so, IEEE-SA and SAE International are striving to create a more efficient and collaborative standards-development environment for the industry participants that they serve.
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  • April 28, 2011 - Apple, Google, IBM: Different Takes on Location Tracking -

    Let’s contrast the Apple and Google news in the headlines today with an announcement made a couple of weeks ago by IBM about a “First-of-a-Kind Collaboration to Analyze Real-Time Traffic Patterns and Individual Commuter Travel History to Forecast Faster and Safer Routes.”
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  • April 28, 2011 - “Intelligent Transportation” Grabs the Attention of the World Traffic Safety Symposium in NYC -

    The World Traffic Safety Symposium, founded in 1990, was formed to address the growing concern of traffic injuries and fatalities on roadways. Now celebrating its 20th year, the Symposium is dedicated to bringing automobile manufacturers, law enforcement officials, public and private organizations, and the media together to share information and discuss innovative ways to make traveling safer for drivers and pedestrians.
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  • April 27, 2011 - Analysis of Crash Data to Estimate the Benefits of Emerging Vehicle Technology -

    The Centre for Automotive Safety Research at the University of Adelaide, Australia, has released a report that explores the potential benefits of some of the safety technologies emerging for passenger vehicles, trucks, and motorcycles. The focus of the report is on systems that actively prevent crashes, but some passive safety features are also examined.
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  • April 27, 2011 - TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program has issued a request for problem statements identifying research needed for TCRP’s FY 2012 program. -

    TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program has issued a request for problem statements identifying research needed for TCRP’s FY 2012 program. Research problem statements for the TCRP FY 2012 program are due June 15, 2011. These submittals form the basis for selection of the annual TCRP research program.
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  • April 27, 2011 - Developing an ITS Technology Web Portal for Transit System Leaders -

    TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program has issued a request for proposals to develop content and structure for a web-based knowledge portal for transit system leaders that will be hosted on the American Public Transportation Association’s website. Proposals are due June 6, 2011.
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  • April 26, 2011 - OnStar Chooses Winning App in Developer Challenge -

    In an effort to find the next original and compelling in-vehicle voice-enabled application, OnStar challenged students enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University, MIT, University of Michigan, University of Texas and University of Toledo to submit voice applications that would help provide a greater level of connectivity to OnStar subscribers.
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  • April 25, 2011 - Wi-Fi service could hit Boulder bus routes by 2012 -

    Information superhighway, meet the slightly slower U.S. 36. The city of Boulder is in preliminary talks with the Regional Transportation District to bring free, wireless Internet service to regional bus routes… Roskowski said the technology would rely on a satellite connection, which would be more stable and reliable than most 3G services that can lose their signal over the Davidson Mesa or other cellular “dead zones.”

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  • April 22, 2011 - Pennsylvania DEP Announces Alternative Fuel Transportation Projects Grant Opportunity -

    The Department of Environmental Protection is accepting applications for projects to be funded by the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program (AFIG). The program makes available $4 million in grants to assist in funding eligible projects that use or produce biofuels, alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles, or that deploy fuel-saving technology in the transportation sector.
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  • April 22, 2011 - Bike-Sharing System Coming to Boston -

    Renters will use swipe cards to use Hubway bicycles with costs of $5 per day, and free trips that are 30 minutes or shorter. There will be $85 annual memberships. Users will rent bikes from one station and return them at another across the city, with about 10 bikes available at each station.
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  • April 21, 2011 - MBTA Hopes New Apps Ease Commuter Pains -

    A new application for smartphones will let riders find out when their bus or train will arrive. The service will soon be available for the commuter rail. “The train is late, and it just doesn’t fly when you’re working for corporate America,” one commuter said.The new technology can’t come soon enough for frustrated passengers, who were stranded or delayed as commuter trains struggled to make it through a tough winter.
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    See 33 real time apps here

  • April 20, 2011 - Highly automated driving takes shape -

    The HAVEit project is intended to make vehicles safer, more environmentally-friendly and fuel efficient by enhancing their level of automation. After more than three years of research work on intelligent driver assistance systems, seven vehicles demonstrating results will be presented in Borås (Sweden).
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  • April 20, 2011 - Company to test technology on lab buses -

    When David Bruemmer left Idaho National Laboratory in 2009, his aim was to sell robots that detect bombs, make maps and help people stay out of car wrecks. But Bruemmer’s company, 5D Robotics, has branched into other disciplines. The same software that drives a mine-sweeping robot will soon prod INL bus drivers — and perhaps, someday, drivers throughout the world — to be more fuel efficient. In coordination with teams of INL and University of Idaho researchers, 5D will use INL’s fleet of worker-transport buses as guinea pigs for technology they believe will boost fuel efficiency for all kinds of vehicles.
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  • April 20, 2011 - Zipcar Surges in First Day After Raising $174.3 Million -

    The company, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, raised $174.3 million in its IPO yesterday, after increasing the shares and pricing them above the range. The shares advanced $10 to $28 as of 4 p.m. in Nasdaq Stock Market composite trading, after climbing as much as 75 percent to $31.50.
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  • April 20, 2011 - Coalition of Business, Highway, Transit and Environmental Leaders Urge Congress to Support Smart Technologies in Transportation Reauthorization Bill -

    Governor Rendell, U.S. Chamber, AAA, ITS America, Automakers, Retailers, other Innovation Leaders Tout Benefits of Intelligent Transportation Systems
    A coalition of highway and transit organizations, automakers, safety and environmental advocates, and public and private sector leaders from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses joined forces today to urge Congress to invest in high-tech solutions in the surface transportation reauthorization bill to get the most from our nation’s infrastructure and limited transportation dollars.
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  • April 20, 2011 - Sitronics Gets $220M to Fight Traffic -

    A source close to the Mayor’s Office (Moscow) said Sitronics would modernize the existing traffic light management system — called Start — through the purchase of new traffic lights, sensors and video monitoring systems, and modernize the management of the city’s mass transit by installing satellite navigation equipment in its rolling stock.
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  • April 20, 2011 - FDOT sketches ‘smart’ system to untie traffic on Brevard roads -

    To combat congestion, Florida Department of Transportation engineers want to install video cameras and fiber-optic cable to computer-synchronize traffic signals along 10 crowded roadways.“That’s like having a deputy sheriff at every intersection that controls the lights. The light-range varies, depending on the oncoming traffic,”…
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  • April 19, 2011 - Test of Traficon SafeWalk and C-Walk pedestrian detectors -

    The Department for Transport commissioned TRL to assist in the development of vehicle and pedestrian systems for urban traffic management. One of the strands of the work is to assess the performance of new detection systems. TRL tested the Traficon C-Walk pedestrian on-crossing detector and the SafeWalk kerbside detector to ensure they met the requirements of TR2506 and TR2507 respectively. Testing took place at TRL’s test track facility, under a variety of conditions.
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  • April 19, 2011 - Innovator: March/April 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.
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  • April 19, 2011 - Volpe Highlights: March/April 2011 -

    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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  • April 19, 2011 - Safety and Transit Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) : Funding Proposal Deadline Extended -

    Top 3 Things Selection Committees Are Looking for in IDEA Proposals:
    1. Innovation — Emphasize the innovation. Say it first, say it fast, and make it clear. What problem does your project address? How is your solution better than current practice?
    2. Benefits — Describe the expected benefits. Why is this project worth investing in?
    3. Science — Stick to the science. Be sure the research approach is sound and sensible.
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  • April 19, 2011 - State to test miles driven for taxing vs. gasoline pumped -

    Staring at the prospect of coming up tens of billions of dollars short, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) said Monday that it is looking for 500 Wright and Hennepin County volunteers to test technology in July that could be used to shift tax collection from gasoline purchased to miles driven.
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  • April 19, 2011 - SF Set To Launch Pay-By-Cell Phone Parking Meters -

    The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency was preparing to launch a key phase of its new parking program this week — allowing parking meters to be paid by cell phone, according to agency officials. The SFpark pilot program, unveiled last year, will start Thursday distributing real-time information collected by smart meters and sensors about where parking is available so that drivers quickly find open spaces.
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  • April 19, 2011 - Intelligent Transport Asia 2011 19 – 20 July, 2011, Prince Hotel & Residence, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -

    A decaying transportation infrastructure, increasing number of accidents owing to the growing population in the region has made Asia the geographic breadwinner in ITS manufacturing and deployment. Japan, South Korea and Singapore have set the pace and forged ahead with ITS deployments. It is the time for the developing countries such as China, Malaysia, India, Philippines and the rest to catch up and make their transport systems smart.
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  • April 19, 2011 - VNC 2011 : IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference 2011 -

    November 14-16, 2011 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    PRELIMINARY CALL FOR PAPERS
    The IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference 2011 (IEEE VNC 2011) seeks to
    bring together researchers, professionals, and practitioners to present
    and discuss recent developments and challenges in vehicular networking
    technologies, and their applications.
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  • April 19, 2011 - Vehicles of the Future will be Intelligent, Connected, Driver-Optional, and eventually Driverless -

    AUVSI and NDIA are pleased to present the inaugural Transportation Technology Transfer Initiative (T3I) Conference. Join us as leaders from the Department of Defense, Department of Transportation and industry share the latest developments in intelligent vehicle technology. Learn how collaboration among key interests can advance concepts leading to saving lives on the battlefield and on the nation’s highways. May 24-25, 2011 in Crystal City, VA.
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  • April 19, 2011 - Leading Transportation Experts from Bombardier, IBM and Eaton to Share their Vision for Future Travel at Frost & Sullivan’s Flagship Event in London -

    ‘Intelligence-on-the-go’ will be the focus of the track, providing an insight into fully integrated, multi-modal solutions and new business models for public transport, and specifically considering the role that High Speed Rail, mobility integrators, and hybrid powered buses can play in tomorrow’s transportation networks. The conference is a “Must Attend” for individuals and companies looking to generate, evaluate and implement actionable strategies in their market place.
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  • April 19, 2011 - 22nd Enhanced Safety of Vehicles Conference -

    The ESV Conference will be held in Washington, DC at the Gaylord National Hotel and
    Convention Center June 13-16, 2011. The program is a global opportunity for exchanging

    innovative vehicle safety research technologies and real world data to help save lives,

    prevent injuries and reduce vehicle-related crashes. This event is one of the world’s

    premier conferences in the field of vehicle safety research.
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  • April 14, 2011 - Robots to invade Shaler’s sewer system -

    Kevin Creagh, township engineer, explained that RedZone Robotics Inc., of Carnegie Mellon University, has divided the township into eight areas and each year sends robotic cameras into a section of the sanitary sewer system looking for breaks, leaks, roots and other invaders that need to be terminated before they cause expensive damage. The automated technology has saved Shaler some serious money — at least $300,000 a year.

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  • April 14, 2011 - Ford, GM, Tech Firms Driving To ‘Smart’ Car Era -

    Within a few years, increasingly autonomous cars will be able to brake and change lanes on their own to avoid collisions and smooth the flow of traffic. Cars could also become able to talk with one another, so when a driver is forced to make a sudden stop, the cars behind would automatically be alerted.
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  • April 14, 2011 - Traffic sensors expected to help forecast backups -

    IBM, Caltrans and a UC Berkeley transportation research center this morning will announce the collaborative project to help commuters steer around congestion by warning them of anticipated troubles on the road and predicting trip times.
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  • April 14, 2011 - How Smarter Parking Technology Will Reduce Traffic Congestion -

    Between 8% and 74% of traffic in congested downtown areas is caused by people cruising for parking, according to a report by UCLA professor Donald Shoup who synthesized studies from 70 years of research on the subject. The paper indicates that drivers in major cities — including San Francisco, Sydney, New York and London — spend between 3.5 and 14 minutes searching for a space each time they park.
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  • April 12, 2011 - Analysis of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Concept of Operations in ITS Applications -

    The University of Minnesota’s Center for Transportation Studies has released a report that explores development of a framework for the design of concept of operations that use small uninhabited aerial systems to support intelligent transportation system (ITS) applications of highway and transportation infrastructure monitoring.
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  • April 12, 2011 - Dynamic Travel Information Personalized and Delivered to Your Cell Phone -

    The Florida Department of Transportation has released a report that explores the development of technology that delivers dynamic, personalized traffic alerts only when the alert is relevant to the user’s real-time location or predicted next destination and departure time.
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  • April 12, 2011 - FHWA R&T Now – March 2011 -

    A news update of research, technology, and development from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

    Read Newsletter – More>>

  • April 12, 2011 - NHTSA Vehicle Safety and Fuel Economy Rulemaking and Research Priority Plan: 2011-2013 -

    The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a plan that describes the projects the agency plans to work on in the rulemaking and research areas for calendar years 2011 to 2013. The list of activities in the plan is not exhaustive; it includes only programs and projects that are priorities or will take significant agency resources.
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  • April 12, 2011 - TRB Webinar: Communicating the Value of Research: A Focus on Successful State DOT Practices and Case Studies -

    TRB will be conducting a web briefing or “webinar” on May 5, 2011, from 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. EDT that will explore practices that can assist research staff employed at state departments of transportation in communicating the value of research to their leadership. Registration is open to all, and participants must register to attend the event.
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  • April 12, 2011 - ITS video competition “Bringing Intelligence into Mobility”! -

    The closing date for the submission of videos is 15 May 2011. The three most popular videos with the best average score after 1 June 2011 will be shown at the VIP dinner of the European ITS Congress in Lyon, which will also serve as the ERTICO 20th anniversary celebration. At the VIP dinner, the 250 guests will vote to select the winning video, which will be shown and celebrated at the Closing Ceremony of the European ITS Congress in Lyon.
    See videos here. More>>

  • April 12, 2011 - Invention – How the Superbus works -

    It is electric, so no fumes. It has a top speed of 250 kph/ 155 MPH. It really is more like a limousine than a traditional bus. The idea is to combine the vehicle with “intelligent routing” to provide a new form or transportation.

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  • April 11, 2011 - Amsterdam and car2go go electric -

    car2go today announced to bring its innovative mobility program to Amsterdam before end of 2011 and decided to run one of the world’s first large scale carsharing fleets of pure electric vehicles there with 300 smart fortwo cars.
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  • April 11, 2011 - Bombardier Redefines the Future of Urban Transportation at the 59th UITP World Congress in Dubai -

    Bombardier Transportation will showcase two of its most recent and major innovations in the field of urban mobility – the BOMBARDIER PrimoveCity e-mobility solution and the BOMBARDIER INNOVIA Monorail 300 system – at the 59th World Congress and Exhibition of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) in Dubai, April 11-14, 2011.
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  • April 11, 2011 - ‘Smart card’ electronic fare system to come to Philadelphia -

    The new system is “open,” according to SEPTA, in an effort to attract new riders. It will apply to trains, buses and trolleys and accept bank cards, mobile devices and other “smart” technologies.
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  • April 11, 2011 - Siemens Revamps Its Industrial Business -

    • Everything to do with power distribution and transportation equipment will become a new “Infrastructure and Cities” division. And the same goes for its building technology operations, which produce building automation, fire safety and security equipment.

    The new arm will employ 81,000 people and generate approximately $23 billion in revenue. It will focus on tapping into fast-growing infrastructure demand around the world.’

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  • April 11, 2011 - China must look within to drive development of smart cities -

    “China has few companies capable of challenging the multinational corporations that are pioneering smart city infrastructure, such as IBM Corp. and Cisco Systems Inc.”

    In this month’s Telecom, Media, and Technology guest column, Zhang Shenwei and Xu Liyan, researchers at the Samsung Economic Research Institute in Beijing, talk to Interfax about the challenges China is facing in developing smart cities.
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  • April 11, 2011 - Not driving much? Share your car. -

    Car sharing services use a bundle of new technologies including smart cards instead of keys, mobile apps for registration and smart tracking devices for security.
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  • April 11, 2011 - ATMOS 2011 : Algorithmic Approaches for Transportation Modeling, Optimization, and Systems -

    CALL FOR PAPERS 11TH WORKSHOP ON ALGORITHMIC APPROACHES FOR TRANSPORTATION MODELING, OPTIMIZATION, AND SYSTEMS (ATMOS)
    September 8, 2011 Saarbruecken, GERMANY

    Since 2000, the series of ATMOS workshops brings together researchers and practitioners who are interested in all aspects of algorithmic methods and models for transportation optimization and provides a forum for the exchange and dissemination of new ideas and techniques.
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  • April 11, 2011 - Ford, GM, Tech Firms Driving To ‘Smart’ Car Era -

    Last week, U.S. Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Russ Carnahan, D-Mo., introduced a bill to accelerate a public-private “smart car” effort called Intelligent Transportation Systems. The bill calls for testing such systems in six communities. Big car companies and tech leaders such as IBM (IBM), Intel (INTC) and Qualcomm (QCOM) support the bill.
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  • April 8, 2011 - Transit ITS Regional Workshop -

    Audience: This is an introductory level workshop. The content is geared for transit professionals including planners, engineers, and operations managers that will be involved in the planning, implementation, and ongoing management of transit ITS applications.

    Description: The goal of this workshop is to increase awareness of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and how the transit core suite of technologies can be deployed to deliver safer and more efficient transit services.

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  • April 8, 2011 - lToyota and Microsoft Hook Up To Make Automobiles the “Ultimate Mobile Device” -

    “This next step forward with Toyota is just one more way we are demonstrating our commitment to connect the devices and power the services that are important to consumers,” said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, in a statement. The two companies said they will develop and deploy telematics applications on the Windows Azure platform, starting with Toyota’s electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in 2012. Toyota says the cars will play a big part in “smart centers,” the onboard systems “capable of better managing overall energy consumption of cars and homes.”

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  • April 6, 2011 - Intelligent Transportation Systems Video Challenge -

    The United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) wants you to grab your camera and show us how ITS technologies are making transportation better in your community. The ITS Video Challenge is sponsored by the U.S. DOT Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Federal Highway Administration, and Federal Transit Administration.’

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  • April 6, 2011 - ITS America launches Technology Scan report series -

    The first of several Technology Scan reports is now available. The series assesses emerging, converging and enabling technologies outside the domain of mainstream transportation research. ITS America is surveying technologies that will potentially impact state-of-the-art or state of the practice in ITS deployment over the next decade, with an emphasis on the “connected vehicle.”
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  • April 6, 2011 - How to Hail a Passenger -

    5 April 2011—Sure, your smartphone can help you find a cab, and it probably uses GPS to do it. But now that most taxi drivers are also equipped with GPS, what kinds of smart applications are helping them find you? The millions of taxi GPS devices are creating huge stores of data that researchers are mining to solve routing problems, improve dispatch operations, and shake up the economics of transportation.
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  • April 6, 2011 - Cell Carriers To Roll Out “Mobile Wallets” In Utah -

    A joint venture between three of the nation’s four largest cell phone carriers will soon offer the United States’ first commercially available mobile fare payment program to a public transportation system. Isis, a mobile commerce joint venture between AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, announced Tuesday it will roll out the pilot program in Salt Lake City in 2012, offering an alternative to credit and debit cards for Utah Transit Authority fare payments.

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  • April 6, 2011 - Pennsylvania drivers could be taxed on miles traveled, not gas usage Read more: Pennsylvania drivers could be taxed on miles traveled, not gas usage -

    Taxing motorists on the miles they drive — rather than the gas they use — could provide a more stable source of funding for transportation, the chairman of the state House Transportation Committee said yesterday…
    So state Rep. Rick Geist, R-Altoona, said a proposal to study a possible vehicle-mileage tax will be included in the transportation funding package for the next fiscal year. He characterized such a tax as a “user fee.”
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  • April 6, 2011 - Pennsylvania Lawmakers Explore Mileage Tax -

    There’s a number of technologies, one is a transponder in your car that would go to a central monitoring facility that would monitor the miles you drive and then you’d be billed as a result of those miles,” McGeehan said on NewsRadio 1020 on Tuesday, adding that he was only explaining the proposal, not advocating it.
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  • April 6, 2011 - Fly Ruby – New App Reviewed -

    FlyRuby helps user find available private jet flights. The application goes beyond a simple airfare search. It operates based on an artificial intelligence scheduling technology developed by Dr. Stephen Smith…
    FlyRuby was founded in 2011 by CEO Michael Leek. Leek had a good idea, but needed assistance to get it off the ground. With the help and technological developments of Dr. Smith (who is also the company CTO), they were able to get things started. The founding of the application was secured through an exclusive license provided by the Carnegie Mellon University.
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  • April 6, 2011 - Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Crash Fatalities in 2010 -

    The U.S. Federal Highway Administration has released a traffic safety facts sheet that that estimates that 32,788 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2010. This represents a decline of about 3 percent as compared to the 33,808 fatalities that occurred in 2009.
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  • April 6, 2011 - Design of the In-Vehicle Driving Behavior and Crash Risk Study: In Support of the SHRP 2 Naturalistic Driving Study -

    The resulting data is expected to provide a wealth of information regarding driving behavior, lane departures, and intersection activities, which is anticipated to be of interest to transportation safety researchers and others for at least 20 years.
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  • April 6, 2011 - Mark Your Calendar for Driving Assessment 2011! -

    TRB is cosponsoring the 6th International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training, and Vehicle Design on June 27-30, 2011, in Olympic Valley – Lake Tahoe, California. The symposium is designed to provide an interdisciplinary forum for scientific exchange between users of driving assessment tools, applications, and technology. Attendance will be limited, so you are encouraged to register early. Early bird registration expires May 15, 2011. Full-time student reduced registration fees are available.

  • April 5, 2011 - Talking Trains (Again) With IBM’s Head Of Rail Innovation -

    I think connecting all of those things is information technology. The ability to seamlessly integrate that travel experience and provide all that information on the mobile device becomes very important. So if you’re arriving 15 minutes early, and if you wish to catch the earlier train, this is the information that’s pushed to you based on you opting-in to receive that information [on your phone]. You can then look at social media, like some of these coupon-based programs, so when you arrive at a certain location you get a special from the local small businesses in this area, whether that’s a restaurant or retailer. All of that information can be pushed to you, spurring economic activity around these nodes.
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  • April 5, 2011 - GM Woos Google: Collaboration Would Compete with Ford/Microsoft’s Sync Read more: http://wot.motortrend.com/gm-woos-google-collaboration-would-compet -

    General Motors is negotiating with Internet search behemoth and new smartphone marketer Google to develop in-car telematics to compete with Ford and Microsoft’s Sync/MyFord systems, sources say. One says Google would sell its Android operating system for in-car use. The operating system supports Google’s Android smartphone, the new competitor to Apple’s iPhone.
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  • April 5, 2011 - A Green and Intelligent Paradigm for the Auto Industry -

    IT Times was able to get some time with Choi Joong-Kyung, Minister of Knowledge Economy, to ask him questions about this Seoul Motor Show 2011. The following are excerpts from the interview with him – Ed.
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  • April 5, 2011 - New Video: Guangzhou’s Bus Rapid Transit System -

    Streetfilms, in collaboration with the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), recently released a video highlighting Guangzhou, China’s bus rapid transit (BRT) system, which we covered here on TheCityFix back in January. Guangzhou’s BRT system won the 2011 Sustainable Transport Award for making great strides in increasing mobility, reducing greenhouse emissions and air pollution, and improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
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  • April 2, 2011 - ITS America Webinar with RITA Administrator Peter Appel -

    ITS America’s Spring Webinar lineup kicked off on Wednesday with a special presentation by U.S. DOT’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) Administrator Peter Appel and Deputy Administrator Robert Bertini. View Webinar Here

  • April 2, 2011 - Fewer Traffic Headaches in Downtown Chattanooga? -

    This is just the start of a much bigger project. After the signals are replaced, then comes the regional ITS, or intelligent transportation system. Van Winkle compares it to T-DOT’s current interstate system, which has cameras and message boards warning drivers of traffic issues.
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  • April 2, 2011 - Car2go carsharing service is a great idea that deserves to grow -

    Daimler has placed 300 special Smart ForTwos into downtown Austin. Anyone who wants to can pay a $35 fee (not an annual fee) and then use their membership card to unlock the doors of any unused Fortwo parked anywhere. Once you’re inside the car, you type in your PIN (this step prevents someone from absconding with a vehicle in your name if you lose your card) and then drive to where you want to go.
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  • April 2, 2011 - BMW to Set Up Tech Incubator in NYC, Looking for App Developers -

    BMW yesterday announced it will set up a tech incubator in New York City and is prepared to invest as much as US$100 million in start-ups developing location-based smartphone apps. The fund, which will operate under the auto maker’s iVentures platform, hopes to seed innovative apps that will “improve personal mobility in urban areas and deliver extra comfort or smart advantages”, BMW said.
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  • April 2, 2011 - Streetline Launches Smart Parking Program for University of Maryland -

    Streetline, Inc. today announced that the University of Maryland College Park has deployed Streetline’s smart parking solutions including its free smartphone app “Parker.” The new sensor-based system gives visitors real-time insight about open parking spaces in select areas throughout the College Park campus including information about the availability of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.
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  • April 2, 2011 - INRIX 2010 Traffic Scorecard -

    Drawing on five years of trend data, this 2010 Annual Report documents that after three years of relatively modest traffic congestion, America is now back on the road to gridlock with a vengeance. The data tells congestion is on its way back, even with only modest urban area job growth. And traffic is particularly worst in areas and specific locations where congestion levels remained elevated even at the deepest depths of the recession.
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  • March 31, 2011 - Internship Alert: 2011 SUMMER INTERNSHIP – Eno Transportation Foundation @ Washington, DC -

    The Eno Transportation Foundation (Eno) in Washington, D.C., is offering a summer 2011 internship opportunity beginning in May or June. This is a great opportunity to learn about the transportation industry and gain valuable experience and contacts. The candidate selected will assist Eno staff with our leadership development programs, public policy forums, and publications. In addition, the successful candidate will research key public policy issues, including current legislation in the U.S. Congress.
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  • March 31, 2011 - Hyundai Motor Company: Hyundai to Showcase New Thinking at the 2011 Seoul Motor Show -

    Smart Connectivity System, which allows drivers to connect their smart phones and tablet PCs with the vehicle; Motion Sensor Moustick, which recognizes the driver’s hand movements through sensors to control the car’s audio and navigation system; Dynamic Cluster, an LCD gauge and information system that is driver-customizable; Car Browser System and Web Platform, a fully functional Internet terminal; and Multifunctional Safety Vision System, a four-camera, 360-degree view around the vehicle.
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  • March 31, 2011 - CMU, Cranberry to team on traffic data, technology -

    “[The traffic signals] don’t have enough brains. It seems like they should, but they don’t,” said Duane McKee, Cranberry assistant township manager. Change is on the horizon, though, and Cranberry’s state-of-the-art traffic data collection systems will play a role. Cranberry is entering into an agreement with Carnegie Mellon University to further the efforts of the Traffic21 project, a university-wide research initiative aimed at integrating technology into public transportation projects.
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  • March 31, 2011 - Study Finds Access to Real-Time Mobile Information Could Raise Status of Public Transit: Part III -

    A few months ago, Latitude Research (in collaboration with Next American City), asked regular drivers in Boston and San Francisco to go car-free for one week and to rely on other forms of transit instead. Participants shared their experiences and ideas for improvement, suggesting opportunities to redesign the experience of going car-free (e.g. not owning a car) so that it’s more convenient, personalized and enjoyable—largely through the help of mobile information technologies.
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  • March 31, 2011 - TE-31 Dynamic Traffic Flow Modeling and Control -

    The design, analysis, and evaluation of many Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) requires a good working knowledge of traffic flow modeling and control techniques, and familiarity with powerful methodologies from the areas of optimization, control, networks and dynamic systems. This intensive 5-day course covers the basic theory and tools necessary for efficient design and evaluation of ITS on road and freeway networks.
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  • March 31, 2011 - Groundwork being prepared for traffic monitoring system -

    Qatar will soon become the first country in the region to offer an indigenous key intelligent traffic monitoring system (ITMS) solution that will enable the development and introduction of new applications and services targeting transport, logistics and transit sectors.
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  • March 31, 2011 - Young entrepreneur creates Speedbump safe driving app -

    There are various mobile apps that try and deter teenagers from texting and speaking on their cellphones while driving. But until this week I hadn’t come across any safe driving apps that were actually developed by one of the very teenagers who could theoretically benefit from such an app.
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  • March 31, 2011 - SHRP 2 Research Report S2-S05-RR-1: Design of the In-Vehicle Driving Behavior and Crash Risk Study: In Support of the SHRP 2 Naturalistic Driving Stud -

    Design of the In-Vehicle Driving Behavior and Crash Risk Study provides a summary of the key aspects of the planning effort supporting the SHRP 2 Naturalistic Driving Study (NDS). SHRP 2 Safety Project S05: Design of the In-Vehicle Driving Behavior and Crash Risk Study (Study Design) designed the SHRP 2 NDS, which will collect data—on the order of 1 petabyte (1,000 terabytes)—on “naturalistic,” or real-world, driving behavior over a 2-year period beginning in fall 2010. The resulting data will provide a wealth of information regarding driving behavior, lane departures, and intersection activities, which is anticipated to be of interest to transportation safety researchers and others for at least 20 years.
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  • March 30, 2011 - Honda Civic Gets A ChargeCar EV Conversion -

    Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have debut their converted, all-electric 2002 Honda Civic. The converted vehicle is a production prototype for the ChargeCar Electric Vehicle Conversion Project. The ChargeCar project is part of Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute’s CREATE Lab, a program that works with local garages to develop necessary methods to convert 2001-2005 Honda Civics into all-electric vehicles. The project also recently converted a 2006 Toyota Scion xB.
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  • March 30, 2011 - Ericsson, Cisco, GE Launch New Cities Foundation -

    The foundation is launching several task forces, each led by a founding member, to explore innovative solutions in pilot cities. Current task forces are focusing on mobility and transport, intelligent public buildings, waste management and e-health. Using a range of multimedia tools, these innovations will be widely shared, the organization says.
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  • March 30, 2011 - Ten (Possible) Transport Innovations for America in 2012 -

    Two weeks ago, the US Department of Transportation released its annual funding report and funding recommendations for 2012. The funding report is prepared by the Federal Transit Administration and issued by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Whilst not a huge document, in its 43 pages it details the funding allocations for projects that are ready and eligible for funding across the United States. Of particular interest are 10 proposed projects which are being recommended for funding. Six of these are Bus Rapid Transit Systems, eight are west of Texas, with one in Florida and the other in Michigan:
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  • March 30, 2011 - Rogers, Carnahan Introduce Bill to Implement Smart Transportation Technologies -

    The Smart Technologies for Communities Act would create a competitive pilot program in up to six communities across the country to serve as model deployment sites for large-scale installation and operation of ITS technologies to improve safety, mobility and the environment. Examples of technology solutions include “connected” vehicles that avoid crashes, stress-sensing bridges, active traffic management to reduce congestion, electronic tolling systems to avoid the wait at the toll booth, and real-time traffic, transit, and parking information for commuters.
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  • March 29, 2011 - Evaluation of the Potential Safety Benefits of Collision Avoidance Technologies through Vehicle to Vehicle Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) -

    Austroads has released a report that explores the potential reductions in serious casualties in Australia from widespread adoption of dedicated short-range communication-based technologies that allow for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication. The report may be downloaded for free after registering on the Austroads website.
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  • March 29, 2011 - Transportation Secure Data Center -

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has launched a website designed to be a centralized secure repository for transportation data that may not have been able to be shared in the past because it includes personal information. Access to the data will be restricted, and users will need to complete an application process before receiving approval for controlled interaction with the data.
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  • March 29, 2011 - HCM2010 Webinar Series: Application of the New Active Traffic Management Chapter -

    TRB is cosponsoring a webinar on April 14, 2011, from 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. EDT, which is being conducted by the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), that will explore the Highway Capacity Manual 2010’s (HCM2010) new chapter on active traffic management (ATM). The session will examine and evaluate the concepts of ATM strategies and their potential application to affect demand, capacity, and performance of highway facilities. Participants must register in advance of the webinar, space is limited, and there is a fee for non-TRB Sponsor employees.
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  • March 29, 2011 - Technology key to road safety -

    You will be watched as you make your way home on your daily commute.
    Or when you go to the mall this weekend.
    Or head to the in-laws’ in a neighboring city.
    In fact, drivers throughout Maricopa County typically are being monitored. But it’s not as scary as it seems. What sounds like “Big Brother” is actually SMART, an acronym for systematically managed arterials, which works to relieve traffic congestion on major commercial and metropolitan roadways.
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  • March 29, 2011 - New Smart Phone App Will Block Distracted Driving — But Is It Practical? -

    Last week Sprint announced that later this year it will offer a smart-phone app, called Drive First, designed to minimize distracted driving. When activated, Drive First will lock the cell phone screen, redirect incoming calls to voice mail, block text-message alerts, and automatically tell incoming texters that, we’re sorry, but the number you are trying to reach is currently driving. The app will allow access to three emergency contacts and GPS navigation devices.
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  • March 29, 2011 - Can Auckland’s traffic jams be solved by tech? International experts meet -

    Experts from Australia, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and New Zealand have arrived today to attend the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) summit, where they will discuss how technologies can improve road safety, reduce congestion and pollution, and make the best use of existing infrastructure while providing integrated transport, a release from host organization ITS NZ said today.
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  • March 29, 2011 - I-75 in line for ‘smart’ upgrade -

    The Florida Department of Transportation plans to break ground early next year on an Intelligent Transportation System, or ITS, for the 59.7-mile stretch of I-75 between Interstate 275 near Parrish and the Sarasota/Charlotte county line. The system will include sensors embedded in the road, closed-circuit TV cameras mounted on poles, and overhead electronic signs installed at various locations, all linked by fiber-optic cable, officials said. Its goal: to better monitor and improve traffic flow, give drivers real-time information on traffic and weather conditions, help emergency crews respond quicker to crashes and make hurricane evacuations more orderly.
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  • March 29, 2011 - Panelists: Highway bill needs innovation funding -

    SCRANTON – City Hall hosted one of the final information-gathering sessions of the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Friday, as panelists offered suggestions on the nation’s future plans to three committee members. U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta listens during transportation hearing Friday in City Council chambers at Scranton City Hall. The message Friday was clear: A new highway reauthorization bill and infrastructure plan must include funding for innovation and investment into research and training.
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  • March 29, 2011 - Majority of Europeans Willing to Compromise to Embrace Green Travel -

    Vice-President Siim Kallas, Commissioner responsible for transport, said: “These results are a great boost to the EU’s efforts to make transport more sustainable. It shows people understand the stakes and are willing to do their bit to reduce their impact on the environment. Smart initiatives such as pay-as-you-drive schemes and a single ticket covering all possible transport modes make use of the latest technology and enable people to make a well-informed choice about how they choose to travel.”
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  • March 29, 2011 - On a tech drive -

    India needs to focus on more innovative ways to implement IT for applications other than Electronic Toll Collection in order to fully exploit the benefits of Intelligent Transport Systems.
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  • March 29, 2011 - Telvent to implement its SmartMobility system on Spain’s Las Pedrizas Highway -

    Telvent’s SmartMobility Road Suite, operators will have real-time information of traffic conditions inside the two tunnels as well as on the highway, enabling them to respond quickly and effectively to any emergency. The SmartMobility platform will also provide drivers with real-time information on highway conditions, alerting them to accidents, traffic jams, and adverse weather conditions, in order to improve road safety. Additionally, it will enhance the efficiency and accuracy of toll operations, reducing travel times and minimizing drivers’ inconvenience.
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  • March 29, 2011 - Database Shows Modes of Transportation By City -

    Within the U.S., there are cities in which a large fraction of the population walks to work, cities in which almost everyone drives alone to work, and cities in which more than half of the working population takes public transportation to work. A reader recently called my attention to a database he has developed that compares the various modes of transportation for more than 2,100 U.S. cities. The database is called Modes of Transportation to Work.
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  • March 29, 2011 - Australia’s first Smart Transport Research Centre to be launched -

    IBM has entered into partnership with academia, government and industry to launch the Smart Transport Research Centre (STRC) based at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), which is being opened by the Minister for Transport, the honourable Annastacia Palasczuk. IBM will contribute its global consulting expertise and technology in developing smarter traffic solutions to help make Australia’s transportation infrastructure smarter, improve commuter experiences and reduce environmental impact.
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  • March 24, 2011 - WhereIsMyTransport: The solution to public transport problems? -

    Transport IT infrastructure specialists, WhereIsMyTransport gives transport providers a platform on which to run all their daily operations such as routing, scheduling, reporting and monitoring which all form part of a package which provides commuters with mobile access to timetables and predication services. According to the company founders, the benefit for the consumer is simple: finding the fastest or cheapest way of getting to their destination.
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  • March 24, 2011 - Stockholm Nominates Five Technologies to Meet Its Needs for Intelligent Transportation Solutions -

    Today the City of Stockholm jointly with Living Labs Global announced the results of its first round evaluation of 245 entries from 127 cities in 30 countries, which was carried out by an international expert jury as part of the Living Labs Global Award 2011.
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  • March 24, 2011 - Join next week’s webinar for an update from leadership at the Research and Innovative Technology Administration -

    The ITS America Webinar Series continues next Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at 1 p.m. EDT with an update on the latest U.S. DOT research and technology initiatives from RITA Administrator Peter Appel and Deputy Administrator Robert Bertini. Do not miss this special opportunity to hear what Administrator Appel and Deputy Administrator Bertini have planned for 2011 — register today by clicking here. To register for any ITS America webinar, visit us online at http://www.itsa.org/webinar_series.html Having trouble with registration? Contact ITS America at membership@itsa.org
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  • March 24, 2011 - ITRI Launches 2011 Satellite Navigation Competition for Galileo -

    Under the active promotion of ITRI, the current competition will for the first time include the hands-on competition with focus on the applications of Wireless Access in Vehicular Environments/Dedicated Short Range Communications, WAVE/DSRC, developed by ITRI. By sponsoring the first hands-on applications competition, ITRI sets a significant milestone because past competitions focused mainly on conceptual innovations.
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  • March 24, 2011 - UA engineers and Maricopa County DOT test smart traffic systems to reduce first responder deaths -

    The traffic control system can simultaneously communicate and give traffic signal priority to multiple emergency vehicles converging at the same time at the same intersection. This experimental vehicle communication technology can help prevent emergency responders from colliding with one another at strategic intersections.
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  • March 24, 2011 - IBM drives smart transport centre -

    A software system which has cut Stockholm’s gridlock by 20 per cent, and emissions by 12 per cent, is one of the assets provided by IBM to the newly established Smart Transport Research Centre, which has been formed to grapple with Australia’s growing transportation problems.
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  • March 22, 2011 - Wireless Data Collection System for Real-Time Arterial Travel Time Estimates -

    The Oregon Department of Transportation has released a report that explores the implementation and testing of a Bluetooth-based system to collect travel time data.
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  • March 22, 2011 - CONFERENCE CALL FOR ABSTRACTS -

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

    August 30 – September 1, 2011
    Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Washington, DC
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  • March 22, 2011 - Video Drives Traffic Management Systems -

    Video cameras are an essential element of “Intelligent Transportation Systems” (ITS); the modern monitoring and active traffic management systems in use around the world today. Houston TranStar’s deployment is what most people think of when they hear about traffic cameras. Those cameras collectively give TMC staff a real-time view of how traffic is flowing. Once carefully guarded by government agencies, such video is now made freely available to the media and public alike through video websites. This allows the media to tell motorists what areas to avoid, thus improving traffic flow in general, and lets drivers make those decisions before taking to the road.
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  • March 22, 2011 - SMARTwheel invention may prevent distracted driving -

    The SMARTwheel, a steering wheel cover invented by six whiz kids from Londonderry, N.H., who call themselves the Inventioneers, was awarded the champion’s award at the First Lego League robotics competition. But what’s perhaps more impressive is that the invention has recently earned them recognition from the Obama administration’s Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood as well as props from the President himself.
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  • March 22, 2011 - Moble Tattletale Addresses Distracted Driving Issues Amongst Teen Drivers -

    Mobile Tattletale’s patent pending technology functions with the GPS on a smart phone. When the user of the phone reaches a certain speed, predetermined by the parent, texting functions on the phone are blocked until the speed is reduced below the speed setting.
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  • March 22, 2011 - Carnegie Mellon University seeks to expand research programs into N.Y. -

    Carnegie Mellon has developed partnerships with New York University, the University of Toronto, City University of New York, and IBM…
    Carnegie Mellon’s interests are in two areas: a digital media program and a “Smart City” program that will be led by New York University. The proposed media program will be aimed at building upon entertainment technologies while the “Smart City” program, though led by New York University, will be strengthened by Carnegie Mellon’s research in intelligent transportation systems as well as smart infrastructure.
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  • March 21, 2011 - Mobile Mesonet -

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

    Mobile Environmental Sensor Network (MESNet)
    is an informal group of stakeholders who share in interest in the opportunities and potential applications a mobile mesonet. MESNet. The first inaugural meeting will be held on April 12, 2011 in Washington, DC.
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  • March 21, 2011 - Thought controlled cars anyone? -

    Wouldn’t it be great if you could control your car merely by thinking about it? The experts at the AutoNOMOS project clearly think so. After experimenting with iPhone and iPad-controlled cars, they’ve come up with something more interesting: a car you control with brainwaves.
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  • March 20, 2011 - CMU ChargeCar Project will turn your Honda Civic into an electric car -

    Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s ChargeCar Project are opening up their Forbes Avenue garage March 25 to show off the production prototype of a converted 2002 Honda Civic into an electric vehicle. The group is also taking names of Pittsburghers interested in converting their own vehicles to electric power. “For now, you can electrify any car you want — as long as it’s a Honda Civic,” joked Illah Nourbakhsh, associate research professor of robotics and head of the CREATE Lab, which runs the ChargeCar Project. The open house is slated from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 4621 Forbes Ave.
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  • March 20, 2011 - Carnegie Mellon University – ChargeCar Open House and Demonstration -

    When: Friday March 25, 3:00-6:00 PM
    Where: Electric Garage (old University Exxon)
    Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Come to the Electric Garage to inspect the first production prototype ChargeCar. We will have our technical staff on hand to describe the car’s technologies, provide rides in all of the ChargeCar electric vehicles and discuss the costs of conversions locally.
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  • March 20, 2011 - How apps are changing the way we travel: the future of in-car traffic and navigation services -

    Hans-Hendrik Puvogel, general manager of INRIX Europe, discusses the factors that are driving in-car traffic information applications and where the automotive navigation industry is heading.
    Gone are the days of relying on the radio for scheduled traffic information updates. In today’s fast-paced and digitally advanced world, consumers have become accustomed to having a wealth of information instantly available at the touch of a button. Today’s traveler has access to information from a plethora of sources, from sat-nav to the web and from tablets to smartphones, all of which can provide a regular stream of traffic and travel information on-demand.
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  • March 18, 2011 - Intelligent Transportation Systems: Intersection Monitoring -

    This has led to considerable interest at the federal level in developing an intelligent, low-cost system that can detect and prevent potential collisions in real-time. Our research is aimed at the development of a system that uses video cameras to continuously gather traffic data at intersections (e.g., vehicle speeds, positions, trajectories, accelerations/decelerations, vehicle sizes, signal status etc.) which might eventually be used for collision prediction.
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  • March 18, 2011 - China’s largest intelligent parking garage to open in Beijing -

    It is able to help drivers park their cars automatically in the parking space they want within 90 seconds through an intelligent parking system, so there is no need to drive into the garage. Compared to conventional parking, the intelligent parking can save drivers six to 10 minutes when they park or retrieve their cars?according to Beijing Construction Engineering Group Company.
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  • March 16, 2011 - The 10 Most Innovative Companies in Transportation -

    See the list from Fast Company here. More>>

  • March 15, 2011 - San Francisco to start smart parking management trial soon -

    The central principle of San Francisco’s cutting-edge parking management program, SFPark, comes right from Econ 101. If there are more people looking for parking than there are parking spaces (i.e. demand is greater than supply) adjust the price of parking until there is enough turnover on a given street, or roughly one free parking space per block. Sounds simple in theory, right?
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  • March 15, 2011 - Global Navigation Space Systems: Reliance and Vulnerabilities -

    The Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE) has released a report that warns that society may already be dangerously over-reliant on satellite radio navigation systems like global positioning satellites. According to the RAE, the range of applications using the technology is now so broad that, without adequate independent backup, signal failure or interference could potentially affect safety systems and other critical parts of the economy.
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  • March 15, 2011 - The Intersection of Urban Form and Mileage Fees: Findings from the Oregon Road User Fee Pilot Program -

    The Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University has released a report that explores data from the 2006-2007 Oregon Road User Fee Pilot program to assess if and how urban form variables correlate with travel behavior changes that participants made in response to the mileage-based fee program.
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  • March 15, 2011 - TRB REPORT CALLS FOR COMPREHENSIVE NATIONAL TRAVEL DATA PROGRAM -

    Good travel data are essential to measure and monitor the performance of the U.S. transportation system and to help guide policy choices and investments in transportation infrastructure, says a new report from the National Research Council that calls for the creation of a national travel data program. Current data are inadequate to support decision making in the transportation sector.
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  • March 15, 2011 - Using National Household Travel Survey Data for Transportation Decision Making: A Workshop -

    TRB is sponsoring the National Household Travel Survey Data Workshop on June 6-7, 2011, in Washington, D.C. The workshop is designed to focus on the use of NHTS data to inform transportation decision making on key issues such as energy use, congestion, highway finance, and safety. The workshop will feature presentations and discussions on methods, examples, and techniques for using NHTS and other travel survey data to support transportation programs and decisions.
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  • March 15, 2011 - Traffic-mapping tech paints picture of post-quake Japan -

    Another mapping project, OpenStreetMap Japan, is using volunteer GIS experts to create a better open-source map of Japan for use by those responding to the crisis, reports Nick Doiron, a civil engineering student at Carnegie Mellon University who has created maps for the non-profit Ushahidi. Ushahidi has been used to help responders to a number of disasters such as last year’s earthquake in Haiti, although it has not yet been deployed in Japan.
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  • March 15, 2011 - Private Plane Travel Site Takes Flight -

    The FlyRuby website was developed to make private charter travel more efficient by 27-year-old entrepreneur and visionary, Michael Leek and Dr. Stephen Smith, a scientist at Carnegie Mellon University. FlyRuby gives travelers the ability to book exactly what they want, when they want it, without having to search through a variety of private planes and pilots because FlyRuby has already amassed all the information.
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  • March 15, 2011 - Video: Intelligent Transportation Systems -

    This video produced by Intel is a great comprehensive visualization of what are Intelligent Transportation Systems, presented in laymen’s terms.
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  • March 14, 2011 - Alberta Transportation pilot project stops ice from forming -

    “It’s the actual enhancement of the safety level here that we’re interested in,” said Allan Lo, an intelligent-transportation-systems and traffic-safety specialist with Alberta Transportation. “The system is designed to prevent ice from forming which is different from, shall we say, traditional methods of de-icing the roadway. If the ice does not have a chance to form and bond to the road the system uses less chemical (to de-ice the pavement).”
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  • March 14, 2011 - Green will build 66 electric-car charging stations in Pa. -

    A San Diego start-up company announced plans Friday to build 66 electric-car charging stations in Pennsylvania, mostly around Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
    The $2.6 million project is expected to be finished by the middle of next year and is scaled to accommodate 33,000 electric vehicles, said Mariana Gerzanych, chief executive officer of 350Green. There is just a small fraction of that number of electric cars on Pennsylvania roads, but Gerzanych predicted the presence of charging stations would help encourage people to buy more of them.
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  • March 14, 2011 - Suzuki Burgman fuel-cell scooter approved for EU public consumption -

    LOUGHBOROUGH, England–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Intelligent Energy, the global clean power systems company, and Suzuki Motor Corporation, have today announced that the jointly developed Suzuki Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter has obtained Whole Vehicle Type Approval (WVTA) – the first time any fuel cell vehicle has achieved this level of certification. WVTA qualifies the Suzuki Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter design as safe to use on public roads without having to be inspected and tested individually, and brings zero emission motorcycles a step closer to becoming commercially available.
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  • March 14, 2011 - ‘Smart’ signals to ease traffic in Cranberry -

    That’s when Cranberry will flip the switch on a newly expanded smart-signal system that ignores municipal boundaries by addressing traffic flow on two main corridors that pass through four towns. An effect of the expanding system will be the aforementioned two-minute quicker ride on Freedom Road. It’s good news for those who use the road and for transportation planners who are portraying Cranberry as a model to be emulated. “They’re leading the way, both from a technological standpoint as well as from the perspective of partnership building with surrounding municipalities,” said Doug Smith, transportation planner with the Southwest Pennsylvania Commission in Pittsburgh.
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  • March 11, 2011 - US Gets a Lesson from Develping Countries on Buses -

    The lowly bus is getting a makeover that could one day help U.S. workers whiz past traffic to their jobs on time while saving fuel in the country that is the world’s largest oil consumer. For decades, most U.S. commuters have maligned buses as noisy, dirty and much slower than cars in city traffic, since they make many stops. But about 120 cities in developing economies from Colombia to China that have invested in high-technology systems known as bus rapid transit, or B.R.T., have taken the transport mode to a higher level.
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  • March 10, 2011 - An app for those nasty potholes; Deeplocal sells transit app RouteShout -

    Just in time for the spring thaw comes a new weapon against Pittsburgh potholes, a smartphone app that tracks their location and subtly takes the city to task for leaving them unattended over time. Carnegie Mellon University’s RODAS Project–that’s Road Damage Assessment System–gives GPS-linked smartphone users the tools to snap pictures of potholes and upload them on Facebook.
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  • March 10, 2011 - AAA praises top vehicle innovations -

    A start-stop engine that shuts off when the car stops and instantly restarts when the driver takes his or her foot off the brake pedal. An SUV that “senses” when a driver has entered a curve too fast and automatically backs off the throttle. Inflatable rear seat belts designed to bring some of the crash protection of an air bag to the back seat.
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  • March 10, 2011 - Self-driving car on road out of science fiction -

    The idea of a car that drives itself was viewed until recently as some high-tech nerd’s daydream or even the stuff of science fiction, but it may not be that long before a driverless car is idling at an intersection near you. “In my estimation, by 2015 we will have at least an engineering prototype of a vehicle with reasonable capabilities to be called a completely autonomous vehicle. In about 10 years roughly, we should be able to make it commercially available,” said Raj Rajkumar, co-director of General Motors-Carnegie Mellon Collaborative Research Labs, which oversees GM’s self-driving vehicle project.
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  • March 10, 2011 - IBM Names First Recipients Of Smarter Cities Challenge Grants -

    IBM (NYSE: IBM) today selected 24 cities worldwide to receive IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grants. The grants provide the cities with access to IBM’s top experts to analyze and recommend ways they can become even better place in which to live, work and play. The IBM Smarter Cities Challenge is a competitive grant program in which IBM is awarding a total of $50 million worth of technology and services to 100 municipalities worldwide over the next three years. Teams of specially selected IBM experts will provide city leaders with analysis and recommendations to support successful growth, better delivery of municipal services, more citizen engagement, and improved efficiency.
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  • March 10, 2011 - TAC Transportation Intelligence Bulletin – February 2011 -

    The Transportation Association of Canada has released the lastest issue of its monthly Transportation Intelligence Bulletin. The newsletter highlights innovative technologies and practices in the fields of traffic control, management, safety, and urban transportation.
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  • March 10, 2011 - Quantifying Incident-Induced Travel Delays on Freeways Using Traffic Sensor Data: Phase II -

    The Washington State Department of Transportation has released a report that explores development of a new approach to quantify incident-induced travel delays over a regional freeway network using existing traffic sensor measurements.
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  • March 10, 2011 - Decision Support Tools to Support the Operations of Traffic Management Centers (TMC) -

    The Florida Department of Transportation has released a report that explores a method to estimate traffic diversion based on the traffic detector and incident data; ways to determine the time lag between incident occurrence and database recording; processes to estimate freeway secondary crashes and potential incident impacts on mobility; and procedures to allow incidents to be classified into categories based on primary incident attributes and impacts.
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  • March 10, 2011 - Key Transportation Indicators -

    The Bureau of Transportation Statistics, a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration, has updated its report that examines transportation indicators that provide context about the economy and society in which transportation functions, or that convey information about system-wide or specific aspects of transportation.
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  • March 10, 2011 - Intelligent Transportation Systems and Vehicle–Highway Automation 2010 -

    TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2189 contains 12 papers that explore real-time parking information, capability-enhanced probe vehicle surveillance system with vehicle-to-vehicle communications, in-vehicle and infrastructure-based collision warnings to nonviolating drivers, emergency response technology and an integrated active transportation system, and a rural variable speed limit system.
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  • March 10, 2011 - 1st Conference of Transportation Research Group of India -

    TRB is cosponsoring the 1st Conference of Transportation Research Group of India (CTRG) on December 7-10, 2011, in Bangalore, India. The conference is designed to facilitate the interchange of ideas among transportation researchers, educators, managers, and policy makers from all over the world to address India’s transportation needs.
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  • March 10, 2011 - 2011 International Visualization in Transportation Symposium -

    TRB is sponsoring 2011 International Visualization in Transportation Symposium on August 20-23, 2011, in Chicago, Illinois. The symposium is designed to highlight improving technologies and methods, feature case studies or successful practices, and illuminate the expanding role of visualization in transportation planning, design, construction, maintenance, and data management and analysis. Individuals or groups wishing to present at the symposium must submit an abstract by April 1, 2011.
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  • March 10, 2011 - 28th International Bridge Conference -

    TRB is cosponsoring the 28th International Bridge Conference (IBC 2011) on June 5-8, 2011, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The meeting annually attracts more than 1,600 bridge owners and engineers, senior policy makers, government officials, bridge designers, construction executives, and suppliers from throughout the United States and abroad. The conference will include topical workshops, seminars, and technical sessions, and associated meetings and exhibits.
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  • March 10, 2011 - ITS JPO Announces New Vacancy for Transportation Specialist: Data and Road Weather -

    The Research and Innovation Technology Administration (RITA) is looking for a highly talented Transportation Specialist with a passion for transportation data and analysis to join the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) as the Connected Vehicle Data and Weather Program Manager. This is an opportunity to work on one of the most exciting multimodal programs at the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT). Located at the U.S. DOT headquarters in Washington, DC, the ITS-JPO manages, coordinates and supports research programs focused on applying advanced technologies to transform the performance of our Nation’s surface transportation system. The vacancy announcement closes on Wednesday, March 16, 2011.
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  • March 10, 2011 - Bus rapid transit: like a subway, only cheaper -

    A bus is a bus, right? Wrong. The latest video from Streetfilms’ “Moving Beyond the Automobile” series shows how bus rapid transit can be a more effective mode of transportation than traditional buses.“A bus rapid transit system is essentially a way of creating a subway or metro quality service and speed using buses and special stations,” said Walter Hook, executive director of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy.
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  • March 10, 2011 - Technology + Transportation; Making Efficient use of Transit Resources -

    You may not realize it yet, but technology is quickly transforming the way we perceive and interact with public and shared transportation systems. From traditional bus and rail systems to taxis and car/bicycle sharing systems, technology is changing the transportation landscape. Mobile and web-based applications enable us to access real-time route information, make more efficient use of resources, and make wiser decisions about how we travel.
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  • March 9, 2011 - The Beat could become GM’s second electric car in growing Indian market -

    General Motors of India announced last week that a pre-production version of its all-electric Chevrolet Beat mini-car would go on display in April to spur interest for what could become GM India’s second Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV). In January 2010, at GM’s 10th Auto Expo, Chevrolet showcased its first BEV concept, the e-Spark mini-car, a project jointly created with long-established Indian electric automaker REVAi. The e-Spark is scheduled to launch as India’s first 4-door electric passenger car by the end of 2011. The popular car was chosen as the first to electrify, even as GM also ramped up production for the internal-combustion-powered Spark, and the 100,000th model traversed the assembly line not long after.
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  • March 9, 2011 - Slugging — The People’s Transit -

    In Washington, D.C., commuters have taken thousands of cars off highways via a homegrown rideshare system known as “slugging.” Can the government create more slugs — without stepping on any?…
    Heinrich and Susan Shaheen, a transportation researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, suspect the change has a lot to do with new technology. With the ubiquity of smart phones, real-time ridesharing — a close cousin of the casual carpool — suddenly has much greater appeal to transportation officials and academics. Theoretically, a driver with a GPS application could spot passengers standing on any street corner in the city.
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  • March 8, 2011 - Google offers drivers real-time travel info -

    Searching for a fast route around traffic congestion might seem like a futile exercise in the Chicago area, but Google is giving it a shot. Google Maps Navigation on Monday introduced an update to its driving directions software that uses real-time traffic information to recommend routes. Google previously generated the route based solely on the shortest mileage to a destination. It would also generate alternative directions, such as one that uses highways instead of city streets.
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  • March 7, 2011 - CITY OF HOUSTON LAUNCHES NEW ARTERIAL TRAVEL TIME TOOL IN WEST HOUSTON -

    Houston Mayor Annise Parker and the City of Houston’s Department of Public Works & Engineering announced a new traffic management tool for Houston drivers using state-of-the-art Bluetooth technology. This probe-based travel time approach allows drivers to see real-time travel flow via the Houston TranStar web site using Bluetooth readers, placed at key locations in west Houston. Commuters in the area will now be able to navigate around potentially congested roadways, saving time and money. It’s the largest known deployment of Bluetooth technology by a governmental agency nationwide.
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  • March 7, 2011 - Brussels to launch electric vehicle car sharing program in March -

    In March, a company by the name of Zen Car will launch an electric vehicle car sharing scheme in the city of Brussels, Belgium. Zen Car says that 29 plug-ins will hit the streets and fifteen charging stations will pop up throughout the city to support the electric fleet. Membership costs are pegged at 40 euros ($55 U.S. at the current exchange rate), plus 6 euros ($8 U.S) a month and 7 euros ($10 U.S.) per hour spent behind the wheel.
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  • March 7, 2011 - Smart Card Alliance to host workshop on open bank card payments for transit -

    The Smart Card Alliance Transportation Council is holding a full day workshop on the importance of open bank card payments for public transportation operators and contractors. The event, slated for Sunday, March 27 at the Hilton Miami Downtown Hotel, will provide transit agencies with a detailed understanding of open bank card contactless payments technology and open bank card payments. The full-day workshop will discuss alternative architectures for open transit fare payment and provide practical planning and implementation guidance for developing the business case and procurement strategy for open bank card payments.
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  • March 2, 2011 - RouteMatch Software Acquires RouteShout -

    RouteMatch Software, Inc. (www.routematch.com ) today announced its acquisition of RouteShout™ (www.routeshout.com ), an award-winning Traveler Information Systems (TIS) product developed by interactive mobility pioneers Deeplocal. Financial terms were undisclosed. The acquisition of RouteShout from the Carnegie Mellon University spin-out expands RouteMatch’s TIS initiatives, and sharpens RouteMatch’s focus on developing innovative technologies for transit agencies. RouteShout’s capabilities strongly complement RouteMatch’s paratransit and fixed-route products, adopted by more than 300 US and international transit agencies.
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  • March 2, 2011 - Cellphone Networks and the Future of Traffic -

    Ask someone what they think the future of driving is and the most likely response is autonomous cars. It’s true sensing and autonomy are dramatically changing cars, but there’s another information revolution afoot. Cheap sensors and network availability aren’t just making cars smarter, they’re boosting the brainpower of the environment cars drive in.
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  • March 2, 2011 - Technology transforms auto safety -

    Cars that respond to voice commands. Cars that park themselves. Cars that alert you when you’re drowsy, vibrate like a rumble strip when you drift into the next lane, or even slam on your brakes before you slam into a pedestrian.
    Cutting-edge auto technology follows a predictable path. Though they usually start at the high end, advances that address basic safety problems eventually make their way throughout automakers’ product lines.
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  • March 2, 2011 - Real – Time Data Improves Traffic Flow on City Streets -

    SDOT has begun changing the timing of lights on selected major corridors so that you won’t experience the delay from the side street as described above. How? Well, SDOT is taking away the guess work of signal timing by adding technology using wireless magnetometers which are embedded in the pavement. The magnetometers collect data and feed the information to SDOT’s traffic signal system as well as the department’s Traveler’s Information Map.
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  • March 2, 2011 - Parker, ParkNow make finding parking, paying for it easier -

    A new app, called Parker, shows drivers on their iPhone where to find available metered parking spaces in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles. The application costs $1.99 to download and is available on the iPhone. It’s coming to Android in a couple months, according to Streetline, maker of the app. Parker is also in use on Roosevelt Island, N.Y., and will soon make its debut at the Fort Totten Metro station in Washington, D.C.
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  • March 2, 2011 - BMW Activate the Future -

    Four films about the future of mobility. Watch here.
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  • March 2, 2011 - Study reveals plug-in hybrids to drive down CO2 emissions -

    Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles will reduce CO2 and nitrogen oxide emissions levels – but they are also expected to push up sulphur oxide emissions.
    According to the team at Carnegie Mellon University the net emissions from the use of plug-in vehicles depends primarily on the efficiency of the entire vehicle fleet, charging strategy, battery pack capacity and driving patterns. They modelled the net emissions in two regional transmission operators under different scenarios for future power generation.
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  • March 1, 2011 - 2011 TransITech Conference -

    The 2011 TransITech Conference is scheduled for March 29-March 31, 2011 (Tuesday through Thursday), at the Hilton Miami Downtown in Miami, FL.
    This conference focuses on information technology, traveler information and intelligent transportation system issues affecting public transportation systems. Also features an products and services showcase.
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  • February 28, 2011 - FlyRuby Aims to Be the Kayak of Private Air Travel -

    The project of founder and CEO Michael Leek, flyRuby owes its technology to CTO Dr. Stephen Smith, who, working in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon University, developed the algorithms as part of a DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) research initiative to assist the U.S. Air Force. Operating in a similar manner to the technology behind commercial airline booking sites, flyRuby’s artificial intelligence instantly scans thousands of flight routes and seating charts for private flights across the country, finding available seating, and streamlining the booking process.
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  • February 28, 2011 - Cutting commutes with data mining -

    The competition was to produce an algorithm to forecast travel times on the M4 for intervals ranging from 15 minutes to 24 hours with the greatest accuracy. It was contested by 364 teams from the Kaggle community — consisting of professional data analysts, statisticians and students from around the world — who used over two years worth of historical data from the NSW roads and traffic authority…
    The $10,000 prize was taken out by Jose Gonzalez-Brenes (Carnegie Mellon University) and Guido Matias Cortes (University of British Columbia), two Costa Rican-born students based in North America whose algorithm will power the RTA live-traffic website and inform M4 management and operations, according to Kaggle founder Anthony Goldbloom.
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  • February 28, 2011 - Booz Allen Wins U.S. Department of Transportation Contract to Support Intelligent Transportation Efforts -

    Booz Allen Hamilton announced it has won a contract to help the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) enhance intelligent transportation systems, such as those that allow vehicles, infrastructure, and passengers’ personal communications devices to communicate. The multiple-award Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract in support of the FHWA Research & Innovation Technology Administration (RITA) Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) has a maximum value of $113.8 million over 5 years.
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  • February 28, 2011 - ITS America Announces Call for Entries for 2011 Best of ITS Awards -

    The nation’s largest transportation technology association, the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), will recognize organizations that have produced the most innovative products and services in the intelligent transportation systems industry during the 2011 Best of ITS Awards at the 18th World Congress & Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. ITS America members, including private corporations, research institutions and public agencies, can submit entries for the highly competitive program until May 31, 2011.
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  • February 28, 2011 - Study finds PHEVs will reduce net emissions of CO2 and NOx; upward pressure on SO2 -

    A team at Carnegie Mellon University has modeled the net emissions in two regional transmission operators (PJM and NYISO) from PHEVs under different scenarios for future power generation; different size battery packs; charging strategies (home, work and smart); and PHEV fleet percentages between 0.4 and 50%. Scott Peterson, J. F. Whitacre and Jay Apt found that compared to 2005 gasoline fleet efficiency levels, all charging strategies and CD mode efficiencies yield reduction of CO2 emissions.
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  • February 28, 2011 - RITA Job Announcement – Associate Administrator, Research, Development and Technology (RD&T) -

    JOB SUMMARY:
    Come on board with us and take a journey that will challenge your mind and develop your career. The quality of our lives, the shape of our communities and the productivity of our Nation’s economy depend on our transportation systems. We recognize and value the importance of our workforce and the diversity of backgrounds and ideas that each employee brings. The U.S. Department of Transportation: Careers in Motion.
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  • February 27, 2011 - The future of urban transportation is in electric mobility -

    Nowadays safe, efficient public transportation is more than ever a crucial factor when it comes to the quality of life and competitiveness of many of the world’s cities and regions. Sustainable, optimally integrated mobility is one of the key issues of the 21st Century. Hans-Jörg Grundmann, CEO of the Siemens Mobility Division, said, “Efficient urban transportation and traffic management systems are the keys to overcoming the great challenges of our day, for example reducing greenhouse gases and traffic congestion. Electrically powered means of transportation, such as metros, tramway systems and buses, reduce energy consumption and conserve the environment. Siemens is therefore convinced that future urban transportation will largely be dominated by electric mobility.”
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  • February 24, 2011 - Vehicle-to-Vehicle WiFi Could Be a Lifesaver -

    A research collaboration group, led by the Department of Transportation’s Intelligent Transportation Systems, will have trials and driving clinics of the system this summer. It aims to have the research phase completed in 2013 and is working on common communication standards for system deployment.
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  • February 24, 2011 - Sobyanin to Fix Moscow Traffic From Seoul -

    The mayor and his team will meet with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, as well as a former mayor of Seoul and the management of Samsung, Hyundai, LG and Lotte, a source close to the Moscow government told Interfax. The Korean side will show Sobyanin robotic parking, the local intelligent transportation system and buses that run on compressed natural gas.
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  • February 24, 2011 - ACS, A Xerox Company, to Keep Los Angeles Drivers Moving with Electronic Toll Collection for New Express Lanes -

    DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Drivers on two of the busiest highways in Los Angeles County could cut their travel times under a new electronic toll system allowing single passenger vehicles to shift into the HOV lanes. Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (ACS), A Xerox Company (NYSE: XRX), will establish the program allowing toll rates to change based on traffic levels to help reduce highway congestion on the new ‘ExpressLanes’.
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  • February 24, 2011 - Smart-phone application tracks Honolulu’s traffic -

    Chang created the free “Hawaii Traffic Cams” app for Android smart phones (it’s cheaper to develop for Androids). It launched in May. Telling a few Facebook friends and his co-workers was the extent of his marketing effort. To date, it’s been downloaded more than 10,000 times.
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  • February 24, 2011 - New York City Unveils Real-Time 311 Request Map -

    New York City has launched a new map to track citizens’ complaints and requests in real time as they’re entered through the city’s 311 service request program.The New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications says that in addition to promoting transparency, the map has the potential to be an important tool for intelligence gathering.
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  • February 24, 2011 - ITS Japan News: Governments Encourage Clean Energy Vehicles, Industry Gears Up For EV -

    As next-generation cars, Electric Vehicles (EV) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) are integral to advanced mobile societies with ITS technologies, including a re-charging facilities network. Our article focuses on the latest approach of our government and auto-manufacturers to EVs and PHEVs.
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  • February 24, 2011 - U.S. Department of Commerce Infrastructure/Multimodal Business Development Mission to Qatar and U.A.E. -

    U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke will lead a Infrastructure/Multimodal Business Development Mission to Doha, Qatar and Abu Dhabi and Dubai, U.A.E. that will highlight export opportunities for U.S. businesses that have products or services that support the multimodal transportation and infrastructure sectors. This mission advances President Obama’s National Export Initiative which aims to double U.S. exports within five years, support economic growth and create jobs.
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  • February 24, 2011 - Systems, Not Technology, May Propel the Transportation of Tomorrow -

    Technology is certain to change the way we move in the coming years. But the limiting factor facing the development of American transportation probably isn’t a technological one, but rather a psychological one. In the United States, more than anywhere else, people see their cars as extensions of their personality. The key to more efficient travel tomorrow, in the eyes of the panelists, is to shift behavior away from a single-car model to a systems model — whereby multiple modes of transportation carry a person from door to door.
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  • February 24, 2011 - Highway Safety Information System Brochure -

    The Federal Highway Administration has released a brochure that describes the Highway Safety Information System, which is a roadway–based system that provides data on accident, roadway, and traffic variables. The data are acquired annually from a select group of states, processed into a common computer format, documented, and prepared for analysis. HSIS is used in support of the FHWA safety research program and provides input for program policy decisions.
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  • February 24, 2011 - Human Performance, Simulation, and User Information Research -

    TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2185 contains 10 papers that explore driver response to adaptive lane departure warning system, changes in spatial attention with dual-task driving, characterization of longitudinal driving behavior, characterizing individual driver response to yellow change interval at signalized intersections, driving simulator study of steering adaptation patterns, simulator fidelity and validity in a transfer-of-training context, effect of simulator motion cuing on steering control performance, safety effectiveness of advance street name signs, roadway guide signs at an international airport, and modeling travelers’ responses to incident information provided by variable message signs.
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  • February 21, 2011 - CMU pushes conversion kit for gasoline cars -

    Illah Nourbakhsh’s dream is for Pittsburgh to become the electric car capital of the country.
    The Carnegie Mellon University robotics professor and a team of CMU colleagues, with help from an Oakland auto repair shop, have developed a process for converting family gas guzzlers into battery-powered electric cars with a fraction of the operating and repair costs of a new electric car. They call it the Charge Car.
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  • February 21, 2011 - Infrastructure Summit: Transportation’s Primed for Change -

    The future of American transportation has long been a subject for speculation and political debate. But now that EVs have blasted into the mainstream and captured national attention, the conversation has moved from conjecture to reality. Specifics — from “connected” cars to dashboard parking systems to single-occupant “bubble” vehicles — were the name of the game at “Super Highway: Transport in the Twenty-First Century,” a panel at the Economist’s Intelligent Infrastructure conference, held yesterday in New York City.
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  • February 18, 2011 - Institute of Transportation Engineers – Call for Nominations for ITS Award -

    Each year, the Institute of Transportation Engineers sponsors an awards program to honor outstanding achievement in transportation engineering and distinguished service to ITE. The awards bestow international recognition upon the recipients and increase the public’s awareness of the role and responsibilities of the transportation engineer. Below is the current call for nominations for the ITE Management & Operations/Intelligent Transportation Systems (M&O/ITS) Council: The ITE M&O/ITS Council is seeking nominations for the ITS Project of the Year Award. Each year an award is presented for the development and/or implementation of a notable project that demonstrates the use of ITS technologies to improve the efficiency and/or safety of transportation facilities. Click below for the application.
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  • February 17, 2011 - International Transportation Economic Development Conference (I-TED) 2011 – May1-3 @ Charleston, WV (USA) -

    I-TED 2011 will be the fourth international conference to concentrate on the link between transportation and economic development. This conference will focus on issues and challenges related to the economy, global concerns and financial constraints. Participants will discuss and address the emerging transportation needs of business and economic development communities at local, regional, state, national and global levels. Subjects and perspectives will include public and private sectors; academic, practitioner and policy issues; theory, concepts and operational tools; and, all transportation modes and their relationship to economic development.
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  • February 17, 2011 - Ford Intelligent Vehicles Coming Soon Announces Fresno Ford Dealer -

    Visalia Ford, a leading Fresno Ford dealer, is happy to announce to its customers that Ford is aggressively moving its commitment forward to wirelessly connected intelligent vehicles, known as vehicle-to-vehicle communications, becoming the first automaker to build prototype vehicles across the U.S. “Ford believes intelligent vehicles that talk to each other through advanced Wi-Fi are the next frontier of collision avoidance innovations that could revolutionize the driving experience and hold the potential of helping reduce many crashes,” said Sue Cischke>
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  • February 17, 2011 - Why Are Americans Driving Less? -

    Over the years, car ownership and driving mileage have tended to increase with great regularity. But logic suggests that this march toward complete motorization would eventually plateau — and that’s exactly what transportation scholars have begun to notice. A new study (pdf) by Adam Millard-Ball and Lee Schipper looked at driving behavior in several countries, including the United States, and found some compelling evidence that America has reached a “saturation point for vehicle ownership and travel”.
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  • February 17, 2011 - Kista Science City seeks Intelligent Transport Solutions -

    We in Kista Science City welcome anyone wishing to explore and develop Intelligent Transport Solutions that are innovative, customer-oriented traveler services aiming to support mobile shift, from car to Public Transport and for biking and walking.
    Kista Science City has got an IT infrastructure known as best practice, we do have a comprehensive network of hundreds of innovative companies in ICT as for example Ericsson, Oracle, Microsoft, IBM and here are two universities and about one thousand researchers in several ICT research institutes. We are developing Kista into a testbed for Intelligent Transport Solutions that combines modern technologies with social entrepreneurship, co-creation, crowdsourcing and open innovation.
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  • February 17, 2011 - ITS Canada is now organizing its 14th Annual Conference & General Meeting -

    to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, from June 12-15th, 2011. The Conference and Annual General Meeting will be held at the venerable Fairmont Hotel Vancouver in downtown Vancouver, within walking distance of the harbour and the new Canada Line rapid transit facility that will carry delegates quickly and efficiently from the Vancouver International Airport. The hotel boasts the largest convention space on a single floor in the city. The overall conference theme is “Investing in the Future … Now!”
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  • February 17, 2011 - ITS AMERICA’S WEBINAR SERIES -

    By logging on once a month to our webinar series, you will stay up to date with intelligent transportation systems research, deployment, and policy from industry leaders and high-ranking government officials from around the world. Each webinar will close with a Q&A session: submit your questions online throughout the webinar via chat and session moderators will pose the top questions to the featured presenter.
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  • February 16, 2011 - Call for Papers – 2011 IEEE International Conference on Vehicular Electronics and Safety -

    The International Conference on Vehicular Electronics and Safety (ICVES’11) is an annual forum sponsored by the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Society. It brings together researchers and practitioners to discuss vehicle electronics, and safety systems research and practice. ICVES’11 welcomes papers dealing with any aspect of vehicle electronics and safety systems.
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  • February 15, 2011 - FHWA R&T Now – January 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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  • February 15, 2011 - Synthesis of Congestion Pricing-Related Environmental Impact Analyses -

    The U.S. Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Operations has released a report that summarizes the state-of-the-practice and presents a recommended framework for before-after evaluations of the environmental impacts of congestion pricing projects, such as high-occupancy toll lanes and cordon for area pricing schemes.
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  • February 15, 2011 - Information Systems, Geographic Information Systems, and Advanced Computing 2010 -

    TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2183 contains 14 papers that explore origin-destination matrix generation; a household travel data simulation tool; an urban travel route and activity choice survey; augmenting transit trip characterization and travel behavior comprehension; improving data quality, accuracy, and response in on-board surveys; and assessing the quality of origin-destination matrices derived from activity travel surveys.
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  • February 15, 2011 - IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society January 2011 Newsletter -

    This newsletter highlight lots of good ITS conferences and calls for papers for 2011.
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  • February 15, 2011 - On-Line Network-Enabled Intelligent Transportation Systems provide powerful new tools to reduce traffic congestion and improve transportation -

    One of the world’s most advanced networking facilities for solving traffic congestion and urban transportation issues was officially launched today, giving researchers and planners tremendous new capacity to tackle traffic congestion and complex traffic management tasks. Core funding of C$700,000 was provided by CANARIE – Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network (www.canarie.ca), and the system relies on CANARIE’s ultra high-speed, high-bandwidth capabilities to enable real-time solutions to multifaceted transportation problems.
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  • February 15, 2011 - GM Foundation Gives $70,000 to Carnegie Mellon University -

    PITTSBURGH, Feb. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The General Motors Foundation today announced a $70,000 donation to Carnegie Mellon University, a collaborator with GM and the Foundation on award-winning autonomous driving projects. GM Executive Director of Research and Development Walt Dorfstatter made the award on behalf of the Foundation at the Pittsburgh Auto Show. GM’s partnership with Carnegie Mellon dates to 1977.
    “Our support of Carnegie Mellon is guided by the belief that investment in science and technology education will help shape the automotive future and strengthen the nation’s global competitiveness,” Dorfstatter said. “Automotive companies are making great strides in developing and adopting new technologies and Carnegie Mellon’s exceptional programs foster a new generation of talent that can significantly accelerate the pace of automotive innovation.”
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  • February 15, 2011 - Wireless Innovation Forum Announces New “White Space” Communications Initiatives -

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

    The Wireless Innovation Forum (SDR Forum version 2.0), a non-profit organization dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, announced today the formation of two new groups focused on “white space” communications.
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  • February 14, 2011 - Over the Bars in Milwaukee -

    Yesterday Tom Held of the Journal Sentinel reported that Milwaukee’s Mayor Tom Barrett thinks bike sharing might be a good fit for Milwaukee. Madison recently approved a B-cycle/Trek sponsored bike sharing system that will launch later this year. Washington, D.C. recently announced it is expanding it’s Capital Bike-share. New York City put out a major RFP to get bike share program in Gotham City. From New York to Portland and many places in between like Louisville and Des Moines, bike sharing is taking off in the United States.
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  • February 14, 2011 - ITS JPO Announces Test Data Sets Request for Procurement -

    The Real-Time Data Capture and Management Program Announces a Test Data Sets Request for Procurement (RFP) and Request for Applications (RFA), issued by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on 2/5/11 with the proposal due date of 4:00 PM EDT on 3/15/11.
    An initial offering to “Clean-up of Existing Data Sets to Support Dynamic Mobility Applications Development,” was issued on 2/5/11 with the proposal due date of 4:00 PM EDT on 3/15/11. As a result of this solicitation, FHWA anticipates collecting multiple “cleaned up” research-ready data sets that meet the minimum requirements of this solicitation and program objectives, within available resources.
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  • February 14, 2011 - Traffic21 Researchers Receive IBM Faculty Award -

    The team of Aaron Steinfeld (Robotics), Anthony Tomasic (ISR), and John
    Zimmerman (HCII, Design) from the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Accessible
    Public Transportation (http://www.rercapt.org) received a 2010 IBM Faculty
    Award to further their collaboration with accessibility colleagues at IBM
    Research – Tokyo. The RERC-APT and IBM researchers are working to increase
    accessibility to web pages using machine learning techniques, especially
    with respect to transportation. For example, a blind person may have
    difficulty looking up information about a bus route. The team is exploring
    how human interaction, machine learning, and website
    markup can help remove such barriers.
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  • February 14, 2011 - We know where you’ve been: privacy, congestion tracking, and the future -

    So public officials are searching for strategies to use existing highway capacity more efficiently. Recently they’ve begun experimenting with a new strategy for controlling congestion: demand-based pricing of scarce road capacity. Congestion pricing promises to kill two pigs with one bird, keeping traffic flowing smoothly while simultaneously generating new revenue that can be used for public investments. New technologies—notably RFID transponders and license-plate-reading cameras—are allowing the replacement of traditional tollbooths with cashless tolling at freeway speeds.
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  • February 10, 2011 - USDOT RITA Announces Research Areas for Mobility Applications of Connected Vehicle Data -

    Research Goals
    A successful Dynamic Mobility Applications program will lead to the more rapid and cost-effective deployment of interoperable technologies and applications that increase system efficiency and improve individual mobility. The Dynamic Mobility Applications program will act to promote the highest levels of collaboration and cooperation in the research and development of transformative mobility applications. Further, the program will seek to facilitate the highest level of free and open competition in the commercialization of mobility applications as well as their integration and maintenance. The Dynamic Mobility Applications program positions the federal government to take on an appropriate and influential role as a technology steward for the continually evolving integrated transportation system.
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  • February 10, 2011 - Blind Drivers Race Around Daytona, Thanks to Robotic Cars -

    Last Saturday, a blind driver dodged cardboard boxes thrown in front of him while driving a modified Ford Hybrid Escape around the Daytona International Speedway. He had only seconds to react to the obstacles. “If we just put boxes on the track, people might think we planned the route,” said Dennis Hong, whose robotics and mechanisms lab at Virginia Tech modified the cars. Instead, Hong’s team threw boxes from a van so they bounced around. “That shows everyone that their position is random, and that the drivers are really driving,” said Hong.
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  • February 10, 2011 - The ITS America Board of Directors Nominating Committee is seeking recommendations for a member to serve on the ITS America Board of Directors. -

    There is one Board seat open for election to represent the public and private sectors on behalf of ITS America’s membership. This is for a three year term. ITS America’s Board of Directors consists of 22 members, each of whom is elected for staggered three-year terms. Additionally, non-voting Board members are ex-officio members and include the president of ITS America, the Board’s Immediate Past Chair, and representatives from ITS America’s colleague organizations such as the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the American Public Transportation Association, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and the Transportation Research Board.
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  • February 10, 2011 - RFP Alert – USDOT’s ITS JPO Announces Test Data Sets to Support Dynamic Mobility Applications Development -

    The Real-Time Data Capture and Management Program Announces a Test Data Sets Request for Procurement (RFP) and Request for Applications (RFA), issued by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on 2/5/11 with the proposal due date of 4:00 PM EDT on 3/15/11.
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  • February 10, 2011 - SolaRoad -

    Getting back to the theme of the Living Labs Global Showcase Awards, I wanted to highlight a project that is being developed in the Netherlands called “SolaRoad.” I think it is particularly relevant to Stockholm’s search for innovative intelligent transport systems to encourage less driving and more biking (among other alternatives).
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  • February 9, 2011 - Trialling Pedestrian Countdown Timers at Traffic Signals -

    The New Zealand Transport Agency has released a report that evaluates changes in pedestrian safety and traffic efficiency from installing pedestrian countdown timers.
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  • February 9, 2011 - TRB Document – Transit 2010, Volume 2 -

    TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2144 contains 21 papers that explore the spatial impacts of public transport on traffic congestion relief, attractiveness of light rail, the effect of gas prices on transit ridership, measuring the gap between car and transit accessibility, the monocentric city with discrete transit stations, impact of an urban partnership agreement on transit user perception of express bus service, estimating transit accessibility, and the impact of bus rapid transit stations on surrounding home values.
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  • February 7, 2011 - Flying cars set to hit market by 2012 -

    At the same time the U.S. government is also pursuing the idea of a flying car. The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded a 17-month, $988,000 contract to Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute to develop an autonomous flight system for the Transformer (TX) Program.
    The TX program aims to develop a robust ground vehicle that can transform into an air vehicle with vertical take-off and landing capability, while offering significant operational flexibility with the ability to travel 250 nautical miles on land and in the air, or a combination, while carrying up to 1,000 pounds.
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  • February 7, 2011 - FCC to Propose Extending Broadband to Rural Areas -

    To bring the U.S. up to speed with many developed countries when it comes to broadband Internet access, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski is expected to offer a plan to streamline and reorganize an $8 billion fund. The fund—mostly contained in the Universal Service Fund—is aimed at bolstering broadband connectivity in rural U.S. homes, The New York Times reported…
    The conference also will explore how innovative technologies and applications, such as smart-grid and intelligent transportation systems,
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  • February 7, 2011 - New report shows the job-creating potential of smart transportation investments -

    Smart transportation spending can create jobs today and grow our economy tomorrow, according to a new report from Smart Growth America, adding a new entry to their excellent work evaluating the transportation spending in the stimulus.
    The report, “Recent Lessons from the Stimulus: Transportation Funding and Job Creation”, analyzes whether states made the best use of transportation dollars in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The analysis comes two years after passage of the Recovery Act doled out $26.6 billion in flexible transportation funds to the states.
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  • February 7, 2011 - APTA: House and Senate release plans for Surface Transportation legislation -

    As the newly sworn-in 112th Congress begins to organize for the legislative business ahead, a few key committee leaders have begun to reveal their plans for the next surface transportation authorization bill. In a series of meetings with transportation industry groups (including APTA President Bill Millar), new Transportation & Infrastructure Chairman John Mica (R-FL) announced his commitment to writing a full six-year bill this year and outlined four guiding principles for the legislation. Chairman Mica plans to introduce legislation that will achieve the following:?
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  • February 7, 2011 - Next Generation 911 projects get going again -

    Several states are starting or are in the midst of implementing NG 911. More information on issued awards and NG 911 project statuses can be found on two websites: The National Emergency Number Association, a professional organization focused on 911 issues, and the National 911 Office site, created by Congress and part of the Transportation Department. Other websites providing information on NG 911 include the 911 Resource Center, in partnership with 911.gov, and the Transportation Department’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration.
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  • February 6, 2011 - University professor creates Facebook-like traffic site -

    A University of Toronto professor, Baher Abdulhai, is helping people share information about traffic within a city by being part of the development of a Facebook-like platform called On-Line Network-Enabled Intelligent Transportation Systems (ONE-ITS). ONE-ITS is a software platform and a national research society including several other universities. It connects commuters, police, government officials and researchers at universities, helping them share information about traffic on their way to their destinations.
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  • February 3, 2011 - Mid Mon Valley Transit RFP – VEHICLE TRACKING SYSTEM & OTHER OPTIONS -

    RFP #10-11-01
    Notice is hereby given that proposals will be received at the Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority (MMVTA) for performing all work necessary in accordance with the “REQUIREMENTS” and other related documents provided in the Vehicle Tracking System & Other Options RFP.
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  • February 3, 2011 - Traffic cameras boost safety, study suggests -

    The rate of fatal crashes linked to motorists running red lights is falling across the country, dropping faster in cities with red-light cameras, a study released Tuesday found.
    “Our analysis shows that red-light cameras are making intersections safer,” said Anne McCartt, senior vice president for research at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
    A state House leader, however, is putting the brakes on approving installation of the cameras across Pennsylvania until data from a related pilot program in Philadelphia can be analyzed.
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  • February 3, 2011 - Mica Touts Public-Private Northeast Corridor HSR In Grand Central Hearing -

    Sitting beneath the famous zodiac mural of Grand Central’s main concourse, with the rumble of commuters and trains in the background, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held its first field hearing of the new session this morning. The topic was the future of high-speed rail on the Northeast Corridor.
    Chairman John Mica led the committee’s Republicans towards what appears to be their emerging message on high-speed rail: they’re for it, so long as it’s built through public-private partnerships and largely limited to the dense Boston-Washington corridor.
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  • February 3, 2011 - U.S. Proposes EOBRs for All Interstate Trucks -

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposed a regulation Monday that would require interstate truck and bus companies to install electronic onboard recorders in vehicles to monitor drivers’ hours of service.
    The rule would apply to all companies that are currently required to use logbooks to record compliance under federal hours-of-service regulations, DOT said in a statement Monday.
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  • February 3, 2011 - New Car Technology Tells Tailgaters To Back Off -

    In 2009, more than 30,000 Americans were killed in car crashes. Most of those accidents were avoidable — the result of driver error.
    Now, the auto industry wants to cut down on traffic deaths by using vehicle-to-vehicle communications technology.
    The technology enables cars in close proximity to one another to share information wirelessly. The premise behind it is that most crashes are avoidable if drivers have enough time to react.
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  • February 3, 2011 - ITS AMERICA’S WEBINAR SERIES -

    By logging on once a month to our webinar series, you will stay up to date with intelligent transportation systems research, deployment, and policy from industry leaders and high-ranking government officials from around the world. Each webinar will close with a Q&A session: submit your questions online throughout the webinar via chat and session moderators will pose the top questions to the featured presenter.
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  • February 2, 2011 - Registration Open for the 18th World Congress and ITS America Annual Meeting & Exposition in Orlando -

    – Online registration for the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems is now open on the World Congress website, www.itsworldcongress.org Attendees can register now for the conference, technical sessions and special events to take advantage of early registration rates, as well as make hotel reservations. Registration and housing can be completed online, but there are also downloadable forms that can be completed and faxed or mailed. The 18th ITS World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems on October 16-20, 2011 in Orlando, Florida, will be combined with ITS America’s 2011 Annual Meeting & Exposition to create the largest global event dedicated to advanced transportation technologies.
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  • February 1, 2011 - Study Shows Hybrids and Diesels Retain More Value Over Time -

    A new Carnegie Mellon University study released last week reveals that hybrid and diesel-engine vehicles are a better value compared to vehicles with gasoline engines. The economics of hybrids and diesels are commonly evaluated based on their purchase price—on average higher than comparable gas-powered cars—compared to savings on fuel during their use. Retention of value—in terms of higher resale value—can skew the economic benefits in favor of alternative fuel-efficient cars, such as hybrids, diesels and electric vehicles.
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  • February 1, 2011 - Walking Back to Nature- Inland Water Transportaton – Solution to Modern Day Transportation -

    To aid the implementation of policy for the use of inland water transportation, high number of community research and technical development actions, relevant to waterborne transport is require. Some of which could include concerted action on short sea shipping, designed to identify some of the structural or generic problems in the use of ships for relatively short-haul transport and other that target environmental impacts as well as issue of safe and efficient increase of reliability intermodal transportation. Furthermore, hybrid use of transportation will require the intelligent transportation system that incorporates use of advanced Integrated Ship Control Systems, AIS and extensive use of information technology needed to provide a solution to modern transportation problem.
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  • February 1, 2011 - Kapsch TrafficCom acquires MARK IV IVHS creating leadership in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) -

    Kapsch TrafficCom AG yesterday concluded the acquisition of MARK IV IVHS, which includes operations in the United States, in Canada and in Mexico, from subsidiaries of MARK IV, LLC, for a purchase price of approximately USD 70 million (approximately EUR 53 million). The acquisition of the largest equipment supplier for electronic toll collection (ETC) systems in North America is further evidence of Kapsch TrafficCom’s firm commitment to the North American market. This acquisition enables Kapsch TrafficCom to offer its current and future customers in North America an extended end-to-end product and solution portfolio for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and ETC.
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  • February 1, 2011 - TRB Publication – Travel Forecasting 2010, Volume 1 -

    TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2175 contains 16 papers that explore mixed logit models, multiagent transport simulations, travel time forecasting and dynamic origin–destination estimation for freeways, real-time short-term traffic speed level forecasting, multimodal and multiactivity travel planning, and comparison of agent-based transit assignment procedure with conventional approaches.
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  • February 1, 2011 - Using National Household Travel Survey Data for Transportation Decision Making: A Workshop -

    TRB is sponsoring the National Household Travel Survey Data Workshop on June 6-7, 2011, in Washington, D.C. The workshop is designed to focus on the use of NHTS data to inform transportation decision making on key issues such as energy use, congestion, highway finance, and safety. The workshop will feature presentations and discussions on methods, examples, and techniques for using NHTS and other travel survey data to support transportation programs and decisions. Individuals or groups wishing to present at the meeting must submit an abstract of their proposed presentation by February 9, 2011.
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  • February 1, 2011 - TRID – TRB and Joint Transport Research Centre Database -

    The Transportation Research Board and the Joint Transport Research Centre of the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development and the International Transport Forum have launched the Transport Research International Documentation (TRID) database. Through TRID, users have access to one database to locate transportation research from around the world.
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  • February 1, 2011 - Cinterion Successfully Demonstrates “112” European eCall with Latest In-Band Machine-to-Machine Technology -

    Munich, Jan 31, 2011–Cinterion, the global leader in cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) communication and a Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) company, together with DENSO, a leading automotive supplier, demonstrated “112” pan-European in-vehicle emergency call (“eCall”) at the second ERTICO – ITS Europe(1) assembly in Brussels on January 26, 2011. This success coincides with the launch of the HeERO(2) pilot program, scheduled to unfold from 2011 through 2013.
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  • January 31, 2011 - SOTU Lays Framework for Advances in American Transportation Infrastructure- Positions Intelligent Transportation Systems Toward a $14 Billion Industry -

    Over the past two years, the United States has implemented new construction projects for its roads and bridges, due in part to American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) benefits, and has created thousands of jobs. In Tuesday’s speech, the President proposed to redouble these efforts.
    “While the U.S. government support for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), via federal funding and legislation, has been lagging, government involvement seems to be making a U-turn,” reports analyst Darren Bosik, author of “Global Intelligent Transportation Systems Products Market,” an SBI Energy publication.
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  • January 31, 2011 - The deadline to submit papers for the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems has been extended to Friday, February 11, 2011 -

    ITS experts can submit draft technical and scientific papers to be considered for presentation at the event. Authors chosen will have an excellent opportunity to demonstrate personal expertise and high-level achievement within the field of ITS in a global setting.
    Paper presentations are an excellent opportunity to demonstrate your expertise, showcase research results, and advance ideas focused on ITS topics such as high-tech transit solutions, real-time traveler information, performance measurement, intermodal systems integration, advanced traffic management systems, commercial vehicle operations, electronic toll/fare collection, telematics, new consumer applications, and other ITS-related fields. We are also interested in ideas, research, and data relating to the role of ITS in “Keeping the Economy Moving.”
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  • January 31, 2011 - Once Popular, Car Pools Go the Way of Hitchhiking -

    WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Remember the 1970s? Watergate, disco, oil embargoes and, of course, car-pooling. Many big companies organized group rides for their employees, and roughly one in four Americans who drove to work shared a ride with others.
    Commuters in a suburban mall lot awaited drivers seeking car-pool passengers so they could use the fast lanes. They call out destinations to places like the Pentagon and downtown Washington.
    Interstate 95, northbound, in Dale City, Va., during the morning rush. The lanes on the left are open to all traffic. The lanes on the right are open to buses and cars with at least three riders.
    But now far more people are driving alone, as companies have spread out, Americans are wealthier and cars have become cheaper to own. The percentage of workers who car-pool has dropped by almost half since 1980, the first time the Census Bureau started systematically tracking the numbers, according to new data from the bureau.
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  • January 28, 2011 - CMU study concludes diesel and hybrid vehicles can retain more value than PFI gasoline vehicles despite higher new car price -

    A new Carnegie Mellon University study released at the Washington Auto Show finds that for passenger cars, aadvanced vehicles with higher fuel economy—i.e, turbocharged direct injection diesels or hybrids—retain more value than a paired conventional vehicle—i.e., port fuel injected (PFI) gasoline—during periods of higher fuel costs.
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  • January 28, 2011 - Will ‘intelligent cities’ put an end to suburban sprawl? -

    “Intelligent cities,” the new darling lingo of planners, reflects the times. It captures the essence of 21st-century technology that can help track when and how many people cross a street, water and energy consumption and peak hours at every transit stop. It also will soon allow bidding on a parking space via cellphone (the space goes to the highest bidder).
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  • January 28, 2011 - 2011 National Rural ITS Conference and ITS Rocky Mountain Annual Meeting -

    Welcome! Named by French-speaking fur traders, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho has long been a hub for exchanging goods. In 2011, we will continue this tradition as we exchange knowledge and information at the 2011 National Rural ITS Conference and ITS Rocky Mountain Annual Meeting. Located on the shore of beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene, attendees can mix family-friendly fun with training and networking opportunities, dozens of technical sessions and exciting professional tours. Don’t forget to save time for the Golf Tournament hosted by the ITS Rocky Mountain Chapter. You wouldn’t want to miss the opportunity to hit a golf shot onto the world’s only moveable, floating green! It’s always an adventure here, so join us for “Adventures in ITS”.
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  • January 28, 2011 - LaHood praises innovation at SC electric bus plant -

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Thursday praised an electric bus manufacturer in South Carolina as a shining example of the innovative businesses President Barack Obama trumpeted in his most recent national address. “This is the touchstone example of what President Obama talked about in his State of the Union Tuesday night,” LaHood told workers at Proterra LLC’s Greenville facility. “This can be a model for the rest of the country.”
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  • January 28, 2011 - Pittsburgh Area JARC and New Freedoms Programs Are Open for Grant Proposals -

    ATWIC ANNOUNCES FY2012 Application & Funding Round for the Federal Transit Administration’s Job Access and Reverse Commute & New Freedom Grant Programs. The Accessible Transportation and Workforce Interagency Cooperative (ATWIC) is responsible for facilitating and managing the Job Access and Reverse Commute/New Freedom application process for the Pittsburgh Urbanized Area. In the coming fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011, approximately $4 million in Federal, state, and carry-over funds will be available for JARC and NF projects aimed at alleviating access issues for our region’s transportation-disadvantaged populations.
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  • January 28, 2011 - Ford launching socially networked car safety initiative -

    This spring Ford will be testing a fleet of cars around the country that communicate with each other. At what Ford calls “major technology hubs,” it will use the vehicles to demonstrate vehicle to vehicle (V2V) communication technology designed to prevent accidents. The concept of V2V communication is not new. Prototypes have been shown by various companies, such as Motorola, in which cars send out signals based on certain incidents, such as a breakdown or sudden, hard braking.
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  • January 28, 2011 - ‘Talking’ Cars that Could Save Your Life -

    Covering the auto industry I’ve seen some amazing technology over the years, but the latest crash avoidance system I tested in Detroit last week ranks among the most fascinating. It’s called Intellidrive.
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  • January 28, 2011 - Key to Next Push for Safer Driving: Technology -

    Can we rely on cars to anticipate and avoid crashes? Should your SUV be able to decide you’ve had one drink too many? How connected to your social network can you be and still drive safely? These are just some of the questions that the nation’s top auto-safety regulator, David Strickland, and his agency are confronting at a turning point in the debate over auto safety. What the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration decide will affect the way the cars and trucks of the future look and behave.
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  • January 27, 2011 - The Allegheny Front Radio Program Highlights Traffic21 and ParkPGH -

    New Technologies Aim to Cut Traffic Congestion
    Mary Poppins has been the big show in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District this month. But since soaring over traffic via Mary’s flying umbrella is mere fantasy–if we want to catch the performance, we’ll likely drive. The Allegheny Front’s Ashley Murray reports on a project that will make getting into the heart of town a little easier on commuters–and could just have environmental benefits, too. Listen to radio show
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  • January 27, 2011 - Free Webinar: Applications for the Environment: Real-Time Information Synthesis (AERIS) State of the Practice Assessments -

    This webinar will summarize findings from two state of the practice assessments conducted for the USDOT’s AERIS program. The first assessment identified applications that have demonstrated environmental benefits through use of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) technologies. The second assessment focused on techniques that could be used to evaluate the environmental impacts of ITS deployments.
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  • January 27, 2011 - ‘Diverging diamond’ planned to relieve Minnesota Highway 15 -

    The St. Cloud area could soon see a new kind of highway interchange that eliminates one of the biggest causes of delays and crashes — the left turn — by having cars briefly drive on the opposite side of the road. The Minnesota Department of Transportation is proposing to build a $17.5 million interchange next year at one of the area’s busiest intersections. The design is called a diverging diamond, and it would be the one of the first in the state.
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  • January 27, 2011 - New Technologies Aim to Cut Traffic Congestion -

    The Connected Vehicle Technology Challenge (the “Challenge”) is soliciting short descriptions of novel, implementable ideas for products or approaches that utilize DSRC to offer benefits to travelers or society at large. ?The six best submissions will be awarded a trip to the premier global conference on advanced transportation technology, the 2011 Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) World Congress, to be held in Orlando in October 2011.
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  • January 27, 2011 - Nation’s Leading Transportation Technology Association Applauds Call for Innovation in the State of the Union Address -

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – ITS America President and CEO Scott Belcher issued the following statement in response to the President’s State of the Union address on Tuesday:
    “The President’s State of the Union hit the mark in focusing on investing in our nation’s infrastructure, advancing new research and technology, and ensuring that our education system supports a 21st century workforce. Innovation is the key to our ability to compete in the global marketplace. China, Japan and other countries are investing heavily in intelligent transportation technologies to modernize their infrastructure and spur private sector innovation and job creation. We need to show the same commitment to innovation within the transportation sector as we do in the energy, health care, and other sectors.
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  • January 25, 2011 - FHWA Soliticits Projects for TIFIA Financing -

    FHWA’s notice lays out the eight criteria upon which projects are judged, with some emphasized more than others. The three most important criteria each make up 20% of a project’s score: national and regional significance in terms of economic benefits and transportation efficiency, the degree of financial support from the private sector, and environmental sustainability. The minimum amount for TIFIA projects is typically $50 million, but that figure is lowered to $15 million for intelligent transportation systems (programs intended to apply advanced communication and control technologies to ground transportation).
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  • January 24, 2011 - The Intelligent Transportation Systems Professional Capacity Building (ITS PCB) Program asks for feedback! -

    The Intelligent Transportation Systems Professional Capacity Building (ITS PCB) new strategic plan, Setting Strategic Direction: 2010-14, describes how the ITS PCB Program is shifting its strategic approach to better meet customer needs in a changing ITS environment. The document lays out the vision, mission, values, goals and objectives to build an ITS workforce that leads the world in the innovative use of ITS technologies. The ITS PCB Program is interested in receiving your feedback about the plan and how well it meets the needs of the ITS profession.
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  • January 24, 2011 - A transportation group looks at Pittsburgh again -

    In a report issued last week, the institute, which has been studying urban traffic congestion for more than 20 years, said the typical Pittsburgh commuter spent 33 hours stuck in traffic in 2009. That is near the national average of 34 hours for urban areas.
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  • January 22, 2011 - Robot caravans to cruise across Antarctica -

    Engineers are building a robot-driven caravan to haul fuel and supplies from the main U.S. base in Antarctica to the South Pole, a futuristic technology that polar officials hope will save time, money and reduce the human footprint here on the frozen continent. The NSF, which sponsors hundreds of scientific projects across Antarctica, is working with robotics researchers from Carnegie Mellon University to develop a prototype vehicle that should be tested later this year.
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  • January 22, 2011 - The First Workshop on Pervasive Urban Applications (PURBA 2011) -

    PURBA 2011 – CALL FOR PAPERS
    The First Workshop on Pervasive Urban Applications (PURBA)
    In conjunction with Pervasive 2011
    San Francisco June 12-15, 2011

    Handheld electronics, location devices, telecommunications networks, and a wide assortment of tags and sensors are constantly producing a rich stream of data reflecting various aspects of urban life. For urban planners and designers, these accumulations of digital traces are valuable sources of data in capturing the pulse of the city in an astonishing degree of temporal and spatial detail.
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  • January 22, 2011 - DOT Reaffirms “Rampage” Against Distracted Driving “Epidemic” -

    Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood reaffirmed that distracted driving will remain front and center in the DOT’s safety campaigns. At a press conference in Washington today, LaHood again referred to distracted driving as an “epidemic” and hinted at further public-private partnerships to combat the phenomenon.
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  • January 22, 2011 - DOT investments in American innovation -

    The transportation sector accounts for two-thirds of of US oil use and contributes about one-third of our greenhouse gas emissions. In other words, transportation professionals have a special obligation to take action. The good news is that transportation’s pressure on these twin problems creates an obvious opportunity for our sector to help work toward solutions.
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  • January 21, 2011 - Grant: INTEGRATED ASSESSMENT OF TRANSPORTATION-RELATED POLICIES ON GREENHOUSE GASES, LAND USE CHANGE, AND OTHER ECONOMY-WIDE IMPACTS -

    This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits applications to advance comprehensive, integrated modeling and assessment of multiple greenhouse gases (GHGs) and air pollutants; to further the public’s understanding of the interaction of the economic, energy, and environmental impacts of increased renewable fuel usage in the U.S. transportation sector using a robust modeling framework. The purpose of this funding opportunity will be to explore the direct and indirect impacts of increased renewable fuel demand, including land use and energy sector changes.
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  • January 21, 2011 - 2011 HP Labs Innovation Research Program Call for Proposals -

    Proposals are for 2011 IRP grants. Grants are between $50K and $75K for a graduate student (not a post doc) to assist a principal investigator (PI) in research.
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  • January 21, 2011 - Overiew of TRB’s SHARP 2 Research Program -

    Well, lots of people are doing something, about traffic congestion and about all the components that impact it. But right now and for only a short time, somebody is carrying out a strategic plan for doing something. Doing something to get you where you’re going more reliably. Doing something to renew old roads faster and with fewer delays. Doing something to build new roads more quickly and with less expense and political complexity. And doing something to help you and your family get where you’re going safely and without incident. That somebody is the Transportation Research Board. And that something is the second Strategic Highway Research Program, or SHRP 2.
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  • January 21, 2011 - SHARP 2 Program Briefs -

    These are summaries of the Transportation Research Board’s Strategic Highway Research Program’s four focus areas; Capacity, Reliability, Renewal and Safety.
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  • January 20, 2011 - News from ERTICO: i-Mobility Network webinars launched -

    This month ERTICO presented the first two in a series of webinars — a new i-Mobility Network initiative aiming to explore an ITS issue in depth. The webinar series will continue this month on the topic of “Cooperation needs on Field Operational Tests”
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  • January 20, 2011 - Travel Times to Miami International Airport Are Live! -

    For the first time in South Florida, drivers traveling to Miami International Airport (MIA) are receiving accurate, up-to-the-minute travel-time information from various points along our regional highway system.
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  • January 20, 2011 - GE Transportation and TESSCO Form Long-Term Partnership to Co-Develop and Produce Positive Train Control Solutions -

    GE Transportation and TESSCO will co-produce, market, and sell integrated, turnkey, Positive Train Control and Monitoring solutions. The two organizations will support the U.S. rail network in its response to the U.S. Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 that set a December 31, 2015 deadline to implement PTC in over 7,000 presently “dark territory” (not monitored by a signal system), switch locations in the United States.
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  • January 20, 2011 - Please join us at TransportationCamp -

    We are pleased to invite you to TransportationCamp, a free unconference bringing together transportation professionals, technologists, and others interested in the intersection of urban transportation and technology. Join thinkers and doers in the fields of transportation and technology for a weekend of learning, debating, connecting, and creating.
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  • January 20, 2011 - ORAU Now Accepting Applications for Volkswagen Distinguished Scholars Program -

    Applications are now being accepted for the Volkswagen Distinguished Scholars Program, a research internship administered for Volkswagen Group of America by Oak Ridge Associated Universities on behalf of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Applications can be submitted online through February 12, 2011. The program is a summer internship that awards students with a paid stipend, housing allowance (where applicable), and mileage for one roundtrip to/from the internship site if more than 60 miles from the student’s home.
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  • January 20, 2011 - New Fiber Optic Line Could Help Traffic Flow -

    This weekend the county board is expected to approve a $4 million contract that will install six miles of fiber optic line along the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor, Columbia Pike and Glebe Road. It’s the first phase of a long-term traffic management project that planners hope will allow more intelligent, real-time management of traffic flow in the county. In addition to connecting 54 county traffic signals, the fiber line will add capacity for traffic management tools like traffic cameras, motorist information signs, and traffic counters.
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  • January 20, 2011 - An electrifying ride: Rainbow Rider gets grant for electric hybrid buses -

    What do you get when you cross a hefty ARRA TIGGER with eight VTMs? An excellent way to reduce hydrocarbons, save money on fuel consumption and provide residents of Douglas and five other rural Minnesota counties with a safe and reliable mode of transportation.
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  • January 20, 2011 - Smart Card Alliance to Provide Full-Day Open Bank Card Payments Workshop for Transit -

    The Smart Card Alliance Transportation Council announced today a new full-day educational workshop on open bank card payments for transit. The Transportation Council also announced two upcoming dates for the workshop: February 15, 2011 prior to the Smart Card Alliance 2011 Mobile and Transit Payments Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah; and March 27, 2011 prior to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Fare Collection Workshop and TransITech conference, both in Miami, Florida.
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  • January 18, 2011 - Sustainable transport and the modernisation of urban transport in Delhi and Stockholm -

    This article addresses issues of the development of transport systems taking its examples from Delhi and Stockholm. The introduction of the first bus rapid transport corridor in Delhi and the congestion tax in Stockholm is presented and discussed in terms of modernisation and sustainable transport.
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  • January 18, 2011 - Interview: John Mica says Transportation Bill Needs “Alternate Means of Financing” -

    Transportation Nation’s Todd Zwillich spoke with Republican John Mica, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, about rumors of raiding the Highway Trust Fund, stretching infrastructure money farther, and why the new chairman is so optimistic he can get a transportation bill passed in a partisan congress.
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  • January 18, 2011 - Audi, Researchers at Four U.S. Universities Begin Work on Solutions to Urban Mobility Challenges -

    – A new research initiative launched by Audi, its Electronics Research Laboratory in Silicon Valley and four top U.S. universities will develop technologies aimed at easing the congestion, dangers and inconveniences that often confront drivers in the world’s biggest cities.
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  • January 18, 2011 - Audi Announces Three-Year Initiative To Make Urban Driving Safer -

    On the heels of its presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show of a car that could drive itself, Audi has announced a three-year initiative with four major universities to make urban driving safer.
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  • January 18, 2011 - Do Roads Pay For Themselves? Setting the Record Straight on Transportation Funding -

    The federation of state Public Interest Research Groups (U.S. PIRG) has released a report that explores the history of highway finance and examines ways to address transportation funding.
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  • January 18, 2011 - 2010 Inventory of TOD Programs: A National Review of State, Regional and Local Programs that Fund Transit-Oriented Development Plans and Projects -

    Reconnecting America has released a report that explores ongoing, institutionalized transit-oriented development programs at the state, regional, and local levels.
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  • January 18, 2011 - Road Safety Effect of Speed Cameras Established in 2006 – Analysis of Injuries in 2007-2008 -

    The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) has released a report that explores the implementation of automatic traffic safety controls in 2006, and the effect that it had on traffic safety and traffic-related injuries and fatalities. The report is written in Swedish with an English summary.
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  • January 18, 2011 - Development of a Portable Work Zone Traffic Information System with DSRC based V2I or V2V Communication and BT Cell Phones -FY10 NATSRL -

    The Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota has released a report that examines a traffic information system that is portable to work zones and that promises to improve safety conditions for U.S. highway workers.
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  • January 18, 2011 - The Intercity Bus: America’s Fastest Growing Transportation Mode -

    DePaul University has released a report that examines ridership of intercity bus service in the United States.
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  • January 18, 2011 - Guidebook for Using Automatic Passenger Counter Data for National Transit Database (NTD) Reporting -

    The Florida Department of Transportation has released a report that offers guidance for transit agencies on the use of data from their automatic passenger counters for reporting to the National Transit Database.
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  • January 18, 2011 - Transportation Statistics Annual Report 2009 -

    The Bureau of Transportation Statistics, a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration, has released its annual statistical report on the U.S. transportation system. The report includes information on the system’s physical components, safety record, economic performance, energy use, and environmental impacts.
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  • January 18, 2011 - RITA Volpe National Transportation Systems Center Newsletter -

    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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  • January 18, 2011 - Traffic Safety Facts 2009: Early Edition -

    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released the Early Edition of its Traffic Safety Facts 2009 report. The report includes current 2009 data and final 2008 data. The report contains exposure data and other data points that customarily are not available until later. Instead of withholding the entire report until those data are available, the Early Edition is produced to allow access to the statistics that are currently available.
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  • January 18, 2011 - Emerging Answers, SHRP 2 Annual Report: 2009-2010 -

    TRB’s second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) has released its annual report, which provides background on the program and highlights the program’s accomplishments in its four focus areas: Safety, Renewal, Reliability, and Capacity. SHRP 2 focuses on applied research in four focus areas, which were selected on the basis of their importance to the nation’s economy and quality of life, and because strategically targeted research in these areas promises to yield high payoffs.
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  • January 18, 2011 - Improving Highway Safety Programs Through University-Agency Partnerships: A Conference -

    TRB is sponsoring Improving Highway Safety Programs Through University-Agency Partnerships: A Conference on November 2-3, 2011, in Washington, D.C. The focus of this conference will be university-transportation agency partnerships for safety and the role these partnerships can play in helping to develop the analytical and workforce expertise needed to support new highway safety analysis, research, programs, and cultural tools.
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  • January 18, 2011 - European Transport Conference -

    TRB is cosponsoring the European Transport Conference on October 11-13, 2011, in Glasgow, Scotland. The conference is designed to offer in-depth presentations on policy issues, research findings, and best practices across a broad spectrum of transportation modes. Individuals or groups interested in presenting a paper or making a presentation at the meeting must submit an abstract by February 4, 2011.
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  • January 18, 2011 - International Transportation Economic Development Conference: Economic Impact of Connecting People, Goods, Markets, Employment, Services and Productio -

    TRB is cosponsoring the International Transportation Economic Development Conference: Economic Impact of Connecting People, Goods, Markets, Employment, Services, and Production on May 1-3, 2011, in Charleston, West Virginia. The conference will focus on issues and challenges related to the economy, global concerns, and financial constraints.
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  • January 18, 2011 - Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) Now Accepting Funding Proposals -

    The Program Announcement for TRB’s Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) explains the IDEA programs, describes the two 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. The IDEA programs provide start-up funding for promising, but unproven, innovations in surface transportation systems.
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  • January 18, 2011 - 2011 TRB 90th Annual Meeting: Compendium of Papers Now Available Online! -

    The TRB 90th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers is now available online. Anyone can view the nearly 2,200 papers available in the online compendium prior to the Annual Meeting. In addition, TRB Annual Meeting registrants may view and download papers now. The new online compendium replaces the compact disc version that has been produced in the past.
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  • January 17, 2011 - Study evaluates the impacts of different hybrid-electric vehicles -

    With the introduction of vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, and Toyota Prius, you now have a handful of choices of hybrid-electric vehicles. If the motivation for these vehicles is reducing our dependence on oil, how do they compare to one another? What about reducing greenhouse gas emissions? And on top of all of this, are the costs worth the benefits? Given the potentially harmful environmental impacts of continuing an oil- and gasoline-based automobile industry, a professor at Carnegie Mellon has been working to answer these questions.
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  • January 17, 2011 - See video on Volvo “Platooning” -

    Volvo and the rest of the partners in the SARTRE (Safe Road Trains for the Environment) project recently presented the results of their first cooperative platooning tests:
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  • January 17, 2011 - 1st Middle East Automotive Summit to kick off Qatar Motor Show -

    Qatar Motor Show revealed today that the 1st Middle East Automotive Summit will focus on “The Future of the Automobile” and is expected to draw top executives and key representatives in the automotive, auto-related, energy and technology industries from across the region and around the world. The summit will be held on January 26…
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  • January 17, 2011 - Intelligent Technology designed to reduce congestion in Hub City -

    HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) – The Mississippi Department of Transportation has completed several Intelligent Technology System (ITS) projects that are designed to improve drive times and reduce congestion on Hattiesburg’s main roads.
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  • January 17, 2011 - ‘Smart’ transport system to be created in Moscow -

    A brand new “Intelligent Transport System” will be created in Moscow within three years, a source in the City Hall said on Monday. The system will comprise navigation information services from Russia’s Glonass navigation system as well as a photo and video surveillance net for monitoring road traffic.
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  • January 17, 2011 - Machine Vision in Intelligent Transportation Systems – Webcast 2/8/11 -

    This webcast—Machine vision for intelligent transportation applications—will present the critical challenges involved in taking machine vision off the factory floor and into the demanding, real world environments inherent in the transportation arena.
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  • January 17, 2011 - Masdar Launches Electric-Vehicle Pilot -

    MasdarAbu Dhabi Future Energy Company, today announced the commencement of an Electric Vehicle (EV) pilot in collaboration with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI). The Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company pilot will involve electric cars and test the feasibility of EV technology as a point-to-point transportation solution for Masdar City.
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  • January 14, 2011 - OnStar Looking for Application Developers of the Future -

    OnStar is looking for the most original and compelling in-vehicle voice-enabled application through the 2011 OnStar Student Developer Challenge. Students enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Michigan, University of Texas and University of Toledo can vie for an opportunity to bring their ideas to the road.
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  • January 14, 2011 - NTB starts implementing intelligent transportation system -

    Mataram, NTB (ANTARA News) – The West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) provincial government has started implementing an “Intelligent Transportation System” (ITS) in a bid to reduce traffic accidents. (Indonesia)
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  • January 14, 2011 - GE Transportation Facilitates Extension of Dallas Area Rapid Transit Green Line -

    GE Transportation announced that it has provided an integrated solution for the entire 24 miles and 15 new stations of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Green Line that went into service in December 2010.
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  • January 14, 2011 - Mica Wrestles TIGER -

    As new chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., will have a lot to say about the future of the Department of Transportation’s discretionary grants program it calls TIGER.
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  • January 14, 2011 - Call for Papers: ITSC 2011 : International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems -

    Articles conveying new developments in theory, analytical and numerical
    simulation and modeling, experimentation, advanced deployment and case studies, results of laboratory or field operational tests, and other related creative endeavors as well as special educational development for ITS curriculum are sought.
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  • January 14, 2011 - Lahore’s traffic agency designs Pakistan’s first intelligent transportation system -

    The Pakistani city of Lahore’s Traffic Engineering and Planning Agency (TEPA) has designed an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) with an estimated cost of Rs2.5 billion (US$29 million) to solve problems facing the provincial capital.
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  • January 14, 2011 - U.S. Can Reduce Transporation GHG by 65%, Report Says -

    The report (pdf) by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change lays out three plausible scenarios of actions that could significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the transportation sector, which is responsible for more than a quarter of U.S. GHG emissions.
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  • January 14, 2011 - Spectrum Policy in the Age of Broadband: Issues for Congress -

    (CRS Report) Wireless technologies support public safety communications, sensors, smart grids, medicine and public health, intelligent transportation systems, and many other vital communications.
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  • January 14, 2011 - FHWA Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program -

    The EISENHOWER GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP (GRAD) provides funding for the pursuit of Master’s Degrees or Doctorates in transportation related fields. Feb 11th Deadline
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  • January 14, 2011 - Establishing Standards to Improve BRT Systems in Latin America -

    Latin America has some of the most touted transit systems in the world, but it also has some poorly run and maintained transport systems. Since the 1970s, ever since the concept of BRT was born in Curitiba, Brazil, these systems have been running inconsistently and independently from each other, without a common set of standards, references or guidelines.
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  • January 13, 2011 - Experience the first IEEE FISTS Forum – an international event -

    1 February 2011 Deadline for submission of papers
    30 March 2011 Notification of Acceptance Date
    31 May 2011 Final Paper Submission and Final Program
    June 2011 Conference

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  • January 13, 2011 - NYC Tries ‘Rapid’ Buses in Bid to Cut Transit Costs -

    The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) surprised commuters on Manhattan’s East Side last fall by launching shiny stretch coaches to replace old grimy buses on the route that links the island’s southern tip to East Harlem.
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  • January 13, 2011 - Bay Bridge travel time reduced in morning rush hour since congestion tolls added -

    Motorists driving into San Francisco during the morning rush hour are getting onto the Bay Bridge four minutes faster since July, when a higher toll was imposed during the busiest times, according to a report made Wednesday to bridge operators.
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  • January 13, 2011 - In-Time – Delivering intelligent and efficient travel management for European cities -

    Increased traffic in Europe’s cities has resulted in chronic congestion, causing delays and pollution. As a result of this phenomenon, every year, nearly 100 billion Euros are lost, which represent 1% of the EU’s GDP.
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  • January 13, 2011 - RFP Positive Train Location (PTL) Proof of Concept (POC) Phase I and Phase II -

    The main objective of this POC project is the testing and evaluation of location technologies compatible with Interoperable Train Control (ITC)-compliant locomotive onboard PTC systems. More>>

  • January 13, 2011 - Corbett’s PennDOT pick faces challenges -

    A Cumberland County engineer with 28 years of experience is incoming Gov. Tom Corbett’s choice to head the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Barry Schoch, 50, of Camp Hill currently serves as a vice president at McCormick Taylor Inc., a transportation engineering and planning company.
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  • January 13, 2011 - Al Biehler did wonders as PennDOT’s leader -

    When they first met at a restaurant eight years ago, they ordered a coffee and a hot fudge sundae. The coffee was for a slim Al Biehler, of Pittsburgh, then vice president of an international consulting firm.
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  • January 13, 2011 - With gas prices rising, transit riders to save $10,000 this year -

    That’s the latest estimate, at least, from the American Public Transportation Association, which notes that riding public transportation saves individuals, on average $9,656 annually,
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  • January 13, 2011 - Efficient Multisensory Barrier for Obstacle Detection on Railways -

    On current railway systems, it is becoming ever more necessary to install safety elements to avoid accidents. One of the causes that can provoke serious accidents is the existence of obstacles on the tracks, either fixed or mobile. In this paper, a multisensory system that can inform the monitoring system about the existence of obstacles is proposed.
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  • January 13, 2011 - Telvent, Peek Traffic form strategic partnership for North America -

    Telvent, a real-time IT solutions and information provider, announced a new working relationship with Peek Traffic Corp. intended to allow traffic management operators to improve traffic flow and safety, as well as maximize resources. This new relationship will focus on securing and implementing contracts in North America.
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  • January 13, 2011 - Turkey will make investment in bus rapid transit system -

    TURKEY has expressed keen interest in investing in the Urban Transport Sector in Lahore. Turkey will make investment in bus rapid transit system, intelligent transportation system and integrated traffic management system, e-ticketing, fleet management system, bus terminals project, parking development & management projects in Lahore. The Punjab government will give subsidy to the private transport companies and evolve transparent mechanism for its distribution.
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  • January 13, 2011 - Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) Now Accepting Funding Proposals -

    The Program Announcement for TRB’s Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) explains the IDEA programs, describes the two 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. The IDEA programs provide start-up funding for promising, but unproven, innovations in surface transportation systems. The programs’ goals are to seek out and support new transportation solutions that are unlikely to be funded through traditional sources. Highway IDEA, Reliability IDEA, and Safety IDEA proposals for the next review cycle are due March 1, 2011. Transit IDEA proposals for the next review cycle are due April 1, 2011.
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  • January 13, 2011 - The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 90th Annual Meeting -

    The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 90th Annual Meeting will be held in Washington, D.C., at the Marriott Wardman Park, Omni Shoreham, and Washington Hilton hotels. In recent years, the information-packed program has been attracting more than 10,000 transportation professionals from around the world to Washington, D.C.
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  • January 13, 2011 - Using Census Data for Transportation Applications Conference -

    TRB is sponsoring the Using Census Data for Transportation Applications Conference on October 25-27, 2011, in Irvine, California. The workshop will focus on the use of census data for transportation applications by exploring the results of current research, providing an opportunity for the sharing of experiences of practitioners who are using census data, and by examining potential strategies for practical improvements in data use for current and emerging data needs.
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  • January 13, 2011 - NCHRP FY 2011 Surface Transportation Security Research Projects: Panel Nominations Requested -

    TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) is soliciting nominations of individuals to serve on oversight panels for new surface transportation security research projects being established under NCHRP’s fiscal year 2011 program. Nominees should have expertise directly relevant to the proposed project topic. The nomination of women and members of minority groups is encouraged. Panels for the new research projects are scheduled to meet starting in April 2011>
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  • January 13, 2011 - NCHRP FY 2011: 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 18, 2011. All proposed new topics must be submitted online through the TRB Synthesis Topic Submittal website.
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  • January 13, 2011 - TCRP FY 2011: Synthesis Study Topics Sought -

    TRB is seeking potential synthesis study topics as part of the upcoming activities of the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP). Topics may be submitted at any time; however, the deadline for the upcoming submission cycle is April 1, 2011. All proposed new topics must be submitted online through the TRB Synthesis Topic Submittal website.
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  • January 13, 2011 - TCRP Annual Report of Progress: 2010 -

    TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) has released its annual report, which provides background and an overview of the program, status of each of TCRP’s projects, and a summary of some of the program’s accomplishments.
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  • January 13, 2011 - Older Driver Program Five-Year Strategic Plan -

    The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a report that explores ways for NHTSA to address the safety needs of older drivers over the next five years.
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  • January 13, 2011 - Successes in Stewardship: January 2011 -

    The U.S. Federal Highway Administration has released the latest issue of its Successes in Stewardship monthly newsletter, which highlights current environmental streamlining practices from around the United States.
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  • January 13, 2011 - Assessing Air Quality Impacts of Managed Lanes -

    The Florida Department of Transportation has released a report that explores the impacts of managed lanes on transit bus performance and air quality.
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  • January 13, 2011 - Key Transportation Indicators: December 2010 -

    The Bureau of Transportation Statistics, a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration, has updated its report that examines transportation indicators that provide context about the economy and society in which transportation functions, or that convey information about system-wide or specific aspects of transportation.
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  • January 13, 2011 - Advanced LED Warning Signs for Rural Intersections Powered by Renewable Energy -

    The Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota has released a report that explores driver behavior at an intersection that uses the Advanced Light-Emitting Diode (LED) Warning System at a rural intersection.
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  • January 13, 2011 - Development and Field Demonstration of DSRC-Based V2I Traffic Information System for the Work Zone -

    The Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota has released a report that examines the architecture, functionality, and field demonstration of a communication system that can be used to improve traffic efficiency and safety in work zones.
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  • January 13, 2011 - Public-Private Partnerships for Transportation: A Toolkit for Legislators -

    The National Conference of State Legislatures has released a report designed to help promote good governance and a sound public policy approach when considering Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) related to transportation projects. The report provides guidance, counsel, and best practices designed to assist state legislatures as they consider whether and how to pursue PPPs in their states.

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  • January 13, 2011 - IBM Relaunches Smarter City Initiative With An Innovative Portal -

    IBM has relaunched it’s Smarter City initiative and the website portal is something you should visit to experience. It is truly an immersive, interactive experience designed to show how cities all over the world are using advanced technology to help address some of the biggest problems facing our planet.
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  • January 13, 2011 - Mica Plans Field Hearings on Surface Transport Bill -

    New T&I chief wants regional input before drafting next multi-year bill
    Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., who chairs the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, intends to start a process in February that can help his panel craft a new multi-year surface transportation bill.
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