Thursday, October 23, 2014

Rogue C6 smart bicycle takes aim at the urban commuter

On the technology side of things, the bike has integrated lights in the seatpost and 200 lumen lights in the handlebars. An iOS companion app works with the GPS system and displays information such as speed, cadence, elevation and a map for navigation.

Telematics viewed as a vehicle safety game-changer

“New vehicle safety technologies, such as lane keeping systems and active cruise control can often take up to three decades to fully encompass the vehicle population,” Chris Hayes, second VP for transportation risk control at the Travelers insurance firm, told Fleet Owner.

How drowsy is too drowsy to drive?

For the first time Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board will hold a forum on drowsy driving and how it affects Americans behind the wheel.
According to the AAA, 83 percent of Americans believe drowsy drivers pose a threat to their personal safety, reports CBS News correspondent Jeff Pegues.
The NTSB is now trying to get to the root of the problem to prevent more fatalities.
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AT&T Announces Winners Of The $50,000 'Connected Intersections' Traffic Safety Innovation Challenge

An app that alerts pedestrians as they are about to enter an intersection and one that alerts drivers when they are showing signs of drowsiness are the grand prize winners in AT&T's Connected Intersections Challenge, a tech challenge aimed at spurring technological solutions to improve traffic safety on New York City streets. For the past four months, developers from around the world worked on technologies that utilize wireless networks to better connect pedestrians, cyclists and motorists and alert them to potential dangers.

Driverless cars could be mandatory within two generations

Autonomous cars will be the norm within two generations according to experts speaking at the Teradata Partners conference. At today's keynote session Dr Peter Diamandis told delegates: "[Autonomous cars] are going to change everything. I have got two three year olds at home and they are not going to learn to drive. They are not going to own a car in the future, but they will have access to one."
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Carnegie Mellon University to Host Second Annual Nationwide High School Computer Security Contest

There will be over $30,000 in prizes for this years event, as well as new tools designed to help teachers use PicoCTF as a classroom activity. Winners of the competition will be flown to Carnegie Mellon University for an immersion day and award presentation.  Participation in the competition is free and open to students in grades 6 -12.
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Everyday Counts Initiative webinars: Free registration

EDC is a state-based model to identify and rapidly deploy proven, but underutilized innovations to shorten the project delivery process, enhance roadway safety, reduce congestion and improve environmental sustainability. The seven Regional Summits scheduled this fall will set the stage for deployment of 11 innovations through the third 2-year cycle of EDC (EDC-3) in 2015 and 2016.
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Will Twitter Revolutionize How Cities Plan for the Future?

After all, it’s a vast trove of data, tantalizingly accessible; Twitter alone generates about 500 million short messages per day. “Some research starts with, here’s this problem we want to solve, and some starts with, here’s this opportunity, let’s see what we can do with it,” says Dan Tasse, a doctoral candidate in human-computer interaction at Carnegie Mellon who authored a recent conference paper titled “Using Social Media to Understand Cities.” “This was kind of the latter … we saw, ‘Well, shoot, we have pretty detailed information, and it’s just publicly available.”

New Smart Street Corners That Will Act Like a Fitbit for the City

Later this fall, the Windy City will install a network of 40 sensor nodes on light poles at the University of Chicago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory. The goal is to eventually expand the system to 1,000 sensors (enough to cover the Chicago Loop) over the next few years. Spearheaded by the University of Chicago’s Urban Center for Computational Data, it’s called the Array of Things initiative, and the goal is to gather an unprecedented set of ambient data to help government officials and residents understand how their city ticks so they can make it a happier, healthier, and smarter place to live.

Self-Driving Cars Are the Best Thing to Ever Happen to Cyclists

Volvo’s cyclist-specific safety mechanism, which is already on the market, incorporates a radar in the radiator grille and a camera set in the rear-view mirror. The radar senses objects ahead and measures the distance between the object and the car, while the camera picks up on the objects’ pattern of movement and predicts which way the pedestrian, cyclist, or fellow vehicle might go. The system can recognize a cyclist based on speed and profile. Should the cyclist swerve or brake suddenly, the system recognizes the move and automatically stops the car.