Thursday, October 30, 2014

Seminar: What if bikes could talk to cars? How one CMU researcher will save the cyclists!

What if bikes could talk to cars? featuring Carnegie Mellon University researcher Anthony Rowe.
Part of the Traffic21 and T-SET UTC Faculty Seminar Series 
Thursday, Nov 20
Hamburg Hall 1000

Japanese make precise 3D city maps to prepare for robot car boom

A leading Japanese map maker is making extremely accurate 3D maps of Japanese cities in the expectation of a boom in robotic cars in a few years. The maps would help future cars navigate heavy traffic and bad weather.

GM chief announces American-made Chevy Volt, touts V2X investments

General Motors CEO Mary Barra said Tuesday that the Detroit automaker plans to spend almost $300 million in Michigan from now to the end of the year as it ramps up production of the next-generation Chevrolet Volt and other vehicles.

A welcome change for Squirrel Hill

A group of Carnegie Mellon University students is examining Squirrel Hill's entrance corridor in an effort to strengthen its barely detectable pulse. Graduate students in the School of Architecture's urban design and real estate and design classes hope to reverse a decade of decline around the intersection of Forward and Murray avenues.

The rise of human-like robots, cars and drones

Consider an experiment by Adam Waytz at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, who recently asked participants to place themselves in a simulator depicting a driverless car. In one situation, the car remained silent and simply drove the volunteer to their destination, but in a second batch the participants were guided by a female voice, Iris, who gave them a running commentary of the drive. In both cases, the car ended up in a crash, but the participants were far less angry, and more forgiving, when they had interacted with Iris. “They were willing to give the benefit of the doubt to the car when it had human-like characteristics,” says Waytz.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

8 cities doing cool things with big data

As computers get smaller every day, cities are getting smarter. If you can slap a sensor on anything–which at this point, costs pennies–you can track it. And cities are discovering a hunger for big data: Navigant Research forecasts that smart city technology investment will reach $27.5 billion by 2023. Odds are your city has already bought into the trend. Here are eight cities changing their urban fabric with sensors, crowd sourcing and all things big data.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Can urban traffic jams be solved like internet traffic jams?

The idea hit Prabhakar in December, 2007, when he was late for a meeting and "stuck in the mother of all traffic jams," he recounted to Business Insider. It occurred to him that street traffic and internet traffic are the same problem, too many people trying to get to the same place at once. He had helped solve internet congestion, could he do the same for real live traffic?

Webinar: Guidelines on Virtual Transportation Management Center Development

Dan Lukasik, P.E., will present a summary on the “Guidelines for Virtual Transportation Management Center Development.” The purpose of the document was to develop guidelines for the creation, implementation and operation of a Virtual TMC. This guidebook is intended to serve as a detailed reference that addresses the concepts, methods, processes, tasks, techniques, and other related issues for practitioners to consider associated with planning and development for a virtual TMC. The guidebook describes the business planning process for developing a virtual TMC. Also, it provides guidance and procedures for addressing technical, operational and institutional issues such as data needs, communications, responsibilities, and agreements for collaborating remotely that will be beneficial.

N.J. paving the way for self-driven cars

New Jersey could become the third state to permit the testing and licensing of self-driving vehicles. This doesn't mean you can go buy one anytime soon, but the New Jersey Senate Transportation Committee has advanced a measure to establish standards for the development and licensing of self-driving cars.

Shared standards begin to emerge in car connectivity

With as many as 25 million vehicles expected to be equipped with Wi-Fi by the end of the decade, the search continues for a shared standard platform. MirrorLink is working to establish that standard, but there are still other players including Apple, Mobile High-Definition Link and other platforms that use micro-USB ports.