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Alberta Transportation pilot project stops ice from forming

March 14, 2011

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

March 14, 2011

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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Suzuki Burgman fuel-cell scooter approved for EU public consumption

March 14, 2011

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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‘Smart’ signals to ease traffic in Cranberry

March 14, 2011

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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US Gets a Lesson from Develping Countries on Buses

March 11, 2011

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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An app for those nasty potholes; Deeplocal sells transit app RouteShout

March 10, 2011

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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AAA praises top vehicle innovations

March 10, 2011

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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Self-driving car on road out of science fiction

March 10, 2011

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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IBM Names First Recipients Of Smarter Cities Challenge Grants

March 10, 2011

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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TAC Transportation Intelligence Bulletin – February 2011

March 10, 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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Quantifying Incident-Induced Travel Delays on Freeways Using Traffic Sensor Data: Phase II

March 10, 2011

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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Decision Support Tools to Support the Operations of Traffic Management Centers (TMC)

March 10, 2011

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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Key Transportation Indicators

March 10, 2011

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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Intelligent Transportation Systems and Vehicle–Highway Automation 2010

March 10, 2011

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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1st Conference of Transportation Research Group of India

March 10, 2011

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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2011 International Visualization in Transportation Symposium

March 10, 2011

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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28th International Bridge Conference

March 10, 2011

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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ITS JPO Announces New Vacancy for Transportation Specialist: Data and Road Weather

March 10, 2011

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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Bus rapid transit: like a subway, only cheaper

March 10, 2011

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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Technology + Transportation; Making Efficient use of Transit Resources

March 10, 2011

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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The Beat could become GM’s second electric car in growing Indian market

March 9, 2011

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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Slugging — The People’s Transit

March 9, 2011

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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Google offers drivers real-time travel info

March 8, 2011

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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CITY OF HOUSTON LAUNCHES NEW ARTERIAL TRAVEL TIME TOOL IN WEST HOUSTON

March 7, 2011

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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Brussels to launch electric vehicle car sharing program in March

March 7, 2011

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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