Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Webcast: The Rise of Vision Systems: Turning Point for Robotics

This webcast, together with its upcoming companion research report, focus on vision systems that are leading to the creation of a generation of robots that will intelligently react to changes because they understand the world around them. The webcast, sponsored by Vision Ventures, will present a breakdown of machine vision and vision-guided robotics market:

Wireless (Waterways) Interoperability Testbed June 2014 Exercises

On June 15-21, 2014 the Port of Pittsburgh Comission (PPC) will be conducting Wireless Waterways Interoperability Test Bed (WWITB) experimentation along the Ohio, Allegheny, and Monongahela Rivers on the North Shore in downtown Pittsburgh. These tests bring together government, acaemia, private industry, and investors to see how recent developments in technology can help the maritime industry. Currently, the PPC is looking for participants in this year's WWITB experimentation.

BYU team develops traffic safety model

PROVO — For the past six years a team at Brigham Young University has been developing one of the most advanced traffic safety models in the country.
“It was developed specifically for Utah and Utah drivers and we were excited to think that over the long term that this might in a small way contribute to Utah`s goal of zero fatalities,” said Shane Reese, Professor of Statistics BYU.
The system predicts how many crashes are expected on a roadway and compares that to the number of accidents that actually occur there.

How 5 Cities Are Using Smart Technology to Drive Better Mass Transit

Another study, this one from the Harvard Center for Risk Assessment, predicts that emissions from vehicles idling in traffic jams will result in 1,600 premature deaths and $13 billion in “total social costs” in the U.S. by 2020.
Such sobering statistics — coupled with staggering population growth that sends 60 to 70 million new residents to urban areas each year — have cities seeking transportation solutions. Some are finding them. By deploying advanced analytics and "smart technologies," pioneering cities are demonstrating how to make mass transit more appealing and roadways less congested.
Given budget constraints, costly transportation overhauls rarely happen in a year or two. But even incremental adoption of smart technologies can help. Here are five examples.

GM Super Cruise self-driving car tech gets virtual playpen

GM is ramping up its self-driving car tests, using a new high-speed 360-degree simulator to test its upcoming Cadillac Super Cruise tech without having to fully build the vehicles first. Cadillac expects the first Super Cruise equipped models - which will take on some of the responsibility when on highways and in traffic - to appear in showrooms within the next 5-6 years, and has in fact already begun real-road testing of some prototypes.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

How Smart Cities Adapt to Growing Populations

Communities invest in intelligent infrastructure to improve everything from transportation to conservation.

Next Battlefield: Global IT Giants Eyeing Smart Car Market

According to market research firm Strategy Analytics, the market is estimated to reach approximately US$274 billion in size by 2017, and the ratio of electronic components to vehicle manufacturing costs is expected to amount to 40 percent in 2015 and 50 percent in 2020.
“It is said that those dominating the smart car market will hold a dominant position in the global IT market in the future,” said an industry expert, adding, “It is only a matter of time that electronics companies like Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics enter the smart car industry on a full scale.”

Institutional Labyrinth: Designing a Way out for Improving Urban Transport Services - Lessons from Current Practice

The World Bank has released a report that highlights the experiences of cities that have set up lead transportation institutions to coordinate improvements in urban transportation services.

FHWA Focus Magazine: March 2014

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

E-tool for Business Processes to Improve Travel Time Reliability

TRB’s second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) Reliability Project L34 has released a prepublication, non-edited version of a report titled E-tool for Business Processes to Improve Travel Time Reliability that explores an e-tool to assist transportation agencies when evaluating their processes to improve travel time reliability. The report details the functional requirements, software architecture, and content development for the e-tool.