Monday, October 20, 2014

Call for papers now open for the 2015 ITS World Congress

The International Program Committee of the 22nd ITS World Congress is pleased to announce that the Call for Technical, Scientific and Commercial papers is now available. The 22nd ITS World Congress -- Towards Intelligent Mobility -- Better Use of Space will take place Oct. 5-9, 2015 in Bordeaux, France.

Droopy Eyelid Detector One Solution to Truck Crashes

The American Trucking Associations said it supports new technologies that improve vehicle safety and driver performance as long as the benefit is proven, and there is a reasonable cost. As early as 2010, the ATA petitioned for requirements that trucks have devices that can limit their speed, a change that is now in the early stages of rulemaking. 

PennDOT announces innovation mapping tool

“The STIC Web Viewer allows our customers and partners to see the innovative techniques that we’re implementing to increase safety, save time and money for our customers and business partners,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch. “Working with our state, federal and industry partners we’re identifying proven practices and are continuously striving to deliver a safer, more efficient transportation system.”

Print your car!

In September, the Phoenix, Arizona-based manufacturer of low-volume, crowd-sourced automobile designs moved the industry down the line just a bit further with the Strati, a full-size 3-D printed car.

UPenn's Tiny Robots Fly Well With Others

The quadcopters at the University of Pennsylvania GRASP Lab are truly trained to follow the golden robot rule: fly with others as you’d fly with yourself. Thanks to researchers Yash Mulgaonkar, Gareth Cross and Vijay Kumar, we can see how close these little flying robots are to their noble goal.

Even Electric Buses are Going Wireless

“This trial of extended range diesel electric hybrid buses, utilising the latest inductive charging technology, could be a step closer to getting even cleaner double deck buses on London’s streets,” transportation official Mike Weston said in a statement.

Electric roads that charge cars will get pitched to FHWA in Dec

Mr Jones says the system gives electric cars “limitless range, automatic control, very high speeds, greater efficiency, huge passenger carrying capacity and improved safety, all done without a single technical breakthrough.”

Automobility given prioritization

Transportation engineers think of themselves as detached and data driven. But bias is built in to many of the profession’s key metrics, write Eric Dumbaugh, Jeffrey Tumlin, and Wesley Marshall in an excellent report recently published by the Institute for Transportation Engineers Journal. You can trace this bias all the way back to the dawn of the automotive era.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Surprise, car sharing a boon for sustainability

At the same time, players in the traditional auto environment are starting to toy with the idea that they have to think differently about transportation. Maybe the aim is no longer to have as many people as possible own cars, but to provide transportation services — including real-time traffic information and parking information — and allow people to use cars when they need to without having to own them. Often, Shaheen conceded, the environment turns out to be an afterthought, no more than a welcomed side effect.

The Secret History of the Driverless Car

As autonomous vehicles like Stephen King’s Christine and Knight Rider’s KITT graced the big and small screens, researchers’ efforts began to bear fruit. A team at Bundeswehr University Munich transformed a Mercedes van into a self-driving vehicle called VaMoRs, and the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute turned a Chevrolet panel van into the first in its line of Navlab robot cars. (Why vans? To store all the computing equipment necessary to operate the vehicles.)