Friday, April 17, 2015

USDOT Decision Support Systems for Integrated Corridor Management Webinar

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015
Time: 1:00PM to 2:30PM
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) program seeks to support the optimization of existing infrastructure assets along our nation’s urban corridors. ICM can be thought of as a “system of systems” approach to managing the multiple, overlapping transportation networks that make up a transportation corridor. Because of the need to assess a large number of traffic situations and coordinate operational strategies across modal, institutional, and jurisdictional boundaries, a decision support system (DSS) that can assist operators with the prediction and evaluation of complex traffic interactions, as well as with the coordination and selection of appropriate response strategies, is considered to be a fundamental requirement of an ICM system. To this end, U.S. DOT funded ICM pilot sites in Dallas, TX and San Diego, CA to demonstrate the potential benefits of DSS-driven ICM. 

Platinum producer pushes for fuel-cell development

Fuel cells could generate demand for as much as 400,000 extra ounces of platinum by 2025, according to Amplats. That’s double the potential new demand from other fuel-cell applications such as mobile-phone towers and forklift trucks, Hinkly said.


The "Connected Citizens Program" that Waze launched late last year has allowed the company to partner with government organizations, giving cities access to Waze's data for planning purposes while they contribute their own information to Waze's database.

Navdy gets $20M to bring the connected car to the masses

Navdy has received $20 million from backers to support its plans to build hardware for connected cars. The startup has already begun taking preorders for a $299 display that allows drivers to use their voices and hand gestures to make calls, as well as send tweets and text messages. The display shows information transparently in their line of sight.

Hyundai boosts filing of connectivity patents

Hyundai has filed the third-highest number of automotive connectivity patents in recent years, behind Toyota and Bosch, Thomson Reuters IP & Science reports. The patents filed include systems to control or disable distracting mobile devices, systems to detect tired drivers and external airbags, which would protect pedestrians in a collision.

Technology is changing transportation at high speed. How DOTs can adapt now

The Big Data, connectivity and automation developments resulting from increasing changes in transportation technology are making it difficult for the nation's departments of transportation to predict their roles in the future, Don Hunt writes. To keep up with changing trends, DOTs should develop partnerships with data and communication companies and have a plan for the workforce of the future, he notes.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Alternative Fuels in China Can Replace up to 483 Billion Gallons of Gasoline in 2020

"While the opportunity for alternative fuels is vast, the opportunities are diverse -- ranging from coal-to-ethanol and natural gas vehicles in the near-term to waste-to-liquids in the long term," said Andrew Soare, Lux Research Senior Analyst and a contributor to the report titled, "Guiding Through the Dynamics of China's Alternative Fuels Market."  "Downstream partnerships with major state-owned energy heavyweights are particularly important for penetrating the transportation and fuel distribution network," he added.

Daimler Launches Electric Vehicle Driving Courses

Intended to "generate enthusiasm for electric mobility, particularly among young people," the pilot program "tackles every aspect of electric mobility, focusing as it does on gaining familiarity and experience, as well as on the correct way to handle and work with alternative drive systems," Daimler said.

PacTrans Regional Transportation Seminar/Webinar: Dr. Imad Al-Qadi

April 28th 9:30am - 10:20am. Transportation Infrastructure Assessment Techniques Using Ground Penetrating Radar.
The continuous monitoring of transportation infrastructure is necessary to maintain a durable and safe system. Many noninvasive techniques have been used including instrumentation, acoustic emission, infrared, and electromagnetic waves. Ground penetrating radar (GPR) technology based on electromagnetic waves has been used to assess the performance of transportation facilities for the past three decades. After all this time, the main question remains: “How well does GPR work and under what conditions?”

Uber’s David Plouffe to Deliver Closing Keynote Address at ITS America’s 25th Annual Meeting on June 3 in Pittsburgh, PA

David Plouffe, Senior Vice President for Policy and Strategy at Uber Technologies, Inc. and widely referred to as the architect of President Barack Obama’s two presidential campaign victories, will deliver the closing keynote speech at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) 25th Annual Meeting and Exposition at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA.