Tuesday, January 27, 2015

TRB Webinar: Tools for Pedestrian and Bicycle Volume Data Collection

TRB will conduct a webinar on January 29, 2015, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm ET that will explore NCHRP Report 797: Guidebook on Pedestrian and Bicycle Volume Data Collection. Webinar presenters will provide an overview of the guidebook's contents and a short summary of the research.

This webinar will introduce applications for non-motorized count data, technologies and methods for collecting non-motorized count data, and methods for adjusting raw count data to (a) correct errors inherent to a given counting technology and (b) adjust counts to estimate volumes over different periods of time and/or under different environmental conditions than those counted.

Electric vehicles’ superior systems are ahead of the rest on so many counts

Sir, Johannes Mauritzen (“The attractiveness of electric cars has little to do with the price of oil, Letters, January 22) is quite correct about electric vehicles, although he may be underestimating a more inherent economic and technical advantage of electric systems: their mechanical simplicity, lower weight, operating cost and total cost of ownership. Their ageing economics are also superior compared with traditional combustion propulsion, where parts failure and replacement costs accelerate rapidly over time. They also reduce noise pollution equally with carbon emission.

With TRW, ZF can offer advanced driverless tech

ZF Friedrichshafen AG's acquisition of TRW Automotive will make it a key player in collision avoidance and driverless cars. ZF wants to combine TRW's sensing and software expertise -- cameras, radar and controllers -- with ZF's chassis systems.
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How will driverless cars affect roadside advertising?

...A question the trials raise for the advertising industry is what impact driverless cars will have on roadside OOH. Alarmists could easily seize the opportunity to declare this the beginning of the end for roadside OOH sites. After all, if no one's driving the car, who's looking at the road and the adverts around it?
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Driverless cars: applying existing laws to innovative technologies won't work

The case may have been made for the environmental and social benefits of driverless cars, but 39% of people still refuse to step into one. Adapting the law could help consumers make the leap.

'Driverless car impact audit' for all new infrastructure urged in new report

Driverless cars should prompt a review of proposals to expand road capacity or public transport, according to a new report. The report recommends that all major infrastructure project being planned now should study the impact of driverless cars, given that the first generation of the vehicles has arrived in the U.K, U.S and Singapore, and the progressive roll-out will start this decade and is likely to speed up in a "substantial" way in the 2020s.

Save The Date: 2015 National Drive Electric Week, September 12-20

Last year more then 90,000 people attended the 152 separate events across America, double that of 2013. Hopefully a similar gain can be had in 2015!
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Uber restarts in New Delhi

Uber says it is back in business in New Delhi, six weeks after one of its drivers was accused of rape and the service was banned by city authorities. Uber said it applied for a license under the capital city's Radio Taxi Scheme on Thursday. But officials in New Delhi told CNN that Uber has not been authorized yet to resume operations.

Dutch approve driverless cars for public, large-scale testing

"The cabinet has agreed to adjust road rules to enable large-scale testing of self-driving trucks and cars on public roads," the Dutch infrastructure and environment ministry said. "The Netherlands is to become a testbed for self-driving vehicles," it added in a statement.
"Large-scale testing is planned to start in the summer, once the changes to legislation are approved in parliament," ministry spokeswoman Marianne Wuite said.

What this ‘Impact’ Specialist says about Autonomous Transportation

This featured article takes a look at some of the work going on in Pennsylvania in conjunction with University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Yeganeh Mashayekh Hayeri is a post-doctorate research fellow at UPenn who works with the GRASP lab. She was a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University (with USDOT T-SET UTC (Technologies for Safe and Efficient Transportation). Hayeri’s projects are funded by UTC.

We frequently hear about what is happening within the driverless industry in states like California and Nevada. Hayeri has experience working in both of these states but now finds herself in Pennsylvania. The juxtaposition between geography is just one of the challenges that needs to be sorted out within this industry. Hayeri is working to help educate people about the overall impact that the evolving autonomous industry will have on our transportation system. This emerging technology is creating a paradigm shift in the way we think about issues relating to transportation regardless of what coast you live on, or whether you are north or south of the Mason-Dixon line.