Monday, February 28, 2011

FlyRuby Aims to Be the Kayak of Private Air Travel

The project of founder and CEO Michael Leek, flyRuby owes its technology to CTO Dr. Stephen Smith, who, working in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon University, developed the algorithms as part of a DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) research initiative to assist the U.S. Air Force. Operating in a similar manner to the technology behind commercial airline booking sites, flyRuby’s artificial intelligence instantly scans thousands of flight routes and seating charts for private flights across the country, finding available seating, and streamlining the booking process.

Cutting commutes with data mining

The competition was to produce an algorithm to forecast travel times on the M4 for intervals ranging from 15 minutes to 24 hours with the greatest accuracy. It was contested by 364 teams from the Kaggle community — consisting of professional data analysts, statisticians and students from around the world — who used over two years worth of historical data from the NSW roads and traffic authority...
The $10,000 prize was taken out by Jose Gonzalez-Brenes (Carnegie Mellon University) and Guido Matias Cortes (University of British Columbia), two Costa Rican-born students based in North America whose algorithm will power the RTA live-traffic website and inform M4 management and operations, according to Kaggle founder Anthony Goldbloom.

Booz Allen Wins U.S. Department of Transportation Contract to Support Intelligent Transportation Efforts

Booz Allen Hamilton announced it has won a contract to help the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) enhance intelligent transportation systems, such as those that allow vehicles, infrastructure, and passengers' personal communications devices to communicate. The multiple-award Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract in support of the FHWA Research & Innovation Technology Administration (RITA) Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) has a maximum value of $113.8 million over 5 years.

ITS America Announces Call for Entries for 2011 Best of ITS Awards

The nation’s largest transportation technology association, the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), will recognize organizations that have produced the most innovative products and services in the intelligent transportation systems industry during the 2011 Best of ITS Awards at the 18th World Congress & Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. ITS America members, including private corporations, research institutions and public agencies, can submit entries for the highly competitive program until May 31, 2011.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Study finds PHEVs will reduce net emissions of CO2 and NOx; upward pressure on SO2

A team at Carnegie Mellon University has modeled the net emissions in two regional transmission operators (PJM and NYISO) from PHEVs under different scenarios for future power generation; different size battery packs; charging strategies (home, work and smart); and PHEV fleet percentages between 0.4 and 50%. Scott Peterson, J. F. Whitacre and Jay Apt found that compared to 2005 gasoline fleet efficiency levels, all charging strategies and CD mode efficiencies yield reduction of CO2 emissions.

RITA Job Announcement - Associate Administrator, Research, Development and Technology (RD&T)

Come on board with us and take a journey that will challenge your mind and develop your career. The quality of our lives, the shape of our communities and the productivity of our Nation's economy depend on our transportation systems. We recognize and value the importance of our workforce and the diversity of backgrounds and ideas that each employee brings. The U.S. Department of Transportation: Careers in Motion.

The future of urban transportation is in electric mobility

Nowadays safe, efficient public transportation is more than ever a crucial factor when it comes to the quality of life and competitiveness of many of the world’s cities and regions. Sustainable, optimally integrated mobility is one of the key issues of the 21st Century. Hans-Jörg Grundmann, CEO of the Siemens Mobility Division, said, “Efficient urban transportation and traffic management systems are the keys to overcoming the great challenges of our day, for example reducing greenhouse gases and traffic congestion. Electrically powered means of transportation, such as metros, tramway systems and buses, reduce energy consumption and conserve the environment. Siemens is therefore convinced that future urban transportation will largely be dominated by electric mobility.”

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Vehicle-to-Vehicle WiFi Could Be a Lifesaver

A research collaboration group, led by the Department of Transportation's Intelligent Transportation Systems, will have trials and driving clinics of the system this summer. It aims to have the research phase completed in 2013 and is working on common communication standards for system deployment.

Sobyanin to Fix Moscow Traffic From Seoul

The mayor and his team will meet with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, as well as a former mayor of Seoul and the management of Samsung, Hyundai, LG and Lotte, a source close to the Moscow government told Interfax. The Korean side will show Sobyanin robotic parking, the local intelligent transportation system and buses that run on compressed natural gas.

ACS, A Xerox Company, to Keep Los Angeles Drivers Moving with Electronic Toll Collection for New Express Lanes

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Drivers on two of the busiest highways in Los Angeles County could cut their travel times under a new electronic toll system allowing single passenger vehicles to shift into the HOV lanes. Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (ACS), A Xerox Company (NYSE: XRX), will establish the program allowing toll rates to change based on traffic levels to help reduce highway congestion on the new ‘ExpressLanes’.

Smart-phone application tracks Honolulu's traffic

Chang created the free "Hawaii Traffic Cams" app for Android smart phones (it's cheaper to develop for Androids). It launched in May. Telling a few Facebook friends and his co-workers was the extent of his marketing effort. To date, it's been downloaded more than 10,000 times.

New York City Unveils Real-Time 311 Request Map

New York City has launched a new map to track citizens’ complaints and requests in real time as they’re entered through the city’s 311 service request program.The New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications says that in addition to promoting transparency, the map has the potential to be an important tool for intelligence gathering.

ITS Japan News: Governments Encourage Clean Energy Vehicles, Industry Gears Up For EV

As next-generation cars, Electric Vehicles (EV) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) are integral to advanced mobile societies with ITS technologies, including a re-charging facilities network. Our article focuses on the latest approach of our government and auto-manufacturers to EVs and PHEVs.

U.S. Department of Commerce Infrastructure/Multimodal Business Development Mission to Qatar and U.A.E.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke will lead a Infrastructure/Multimodal Business Development Mission to Doha, Qatar and Abu Dhabi and Dubai, U.A.E. that will highlight export opportunities for U.S. businesses that have products or services that support the multimodal transportation and infrastructure sectors. This mission advances President Obama’s National Export Initiative which aims to double U.S. exports within five years, support economic growth and create jobs.

Systems, Not Technology, May Propel the Transportation of Tomorrow

Technology is certain to change the way we move in the coming years. But the limiting factor facing the development of American transportation probably isn’t a technological one, but rather a psychological one. In the United States, more than anywhere else, people see their cars as extensions of their personality. The key to more efficient travel tomorrow, in the eyes of the panelists, is to shift behavior away from a single-car model to a systems model — whereby multiple modes of transportation carry a person from door to door.

Highway Safety Information System Brochure

The Federal Highway Administration has released a brochure that describes the Highway Safety Information System, which is a roadway–based system that provides data on accident, roadway, and traffic variables. The data are acquired annually from a select group of states, processed into a common computer format, documented, and prepared for analysis. HSIS is used in support of the FHWA safety research program and provides input for program policy decisions.

Human Performance, Simulation, and User Information Research

TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2185 contains 10 papers that explore driver response to adaptive lane departure warning system, changes in spatial attention with dual-task driving, characterization of longitudinal driving behavior, characterizing individual driver response to yellow change interval at signalized intersections, driving simulator study of steering adaptation patterns, simulator fidelity and validity in a transfer-of-training context, effect of simulator motion cuing on steering control performance, safety effectiveness of advance street name signs, roadway guide signs at an international airport, and modeling travelers' responses to incident information provided by variable message signs.

Monday, February 21, 2011

CMU pushes conversion kit for gasoline cars

Illah Nourbakhsh's dream is for Pittsburgh to become the electric car capital of the country.
The Carnegie Mellon University robotics professor and a team of CMU colleagues, with help from an Oakland auto repair shop, have developed a process for converting family gas guzzlers into battery-powered electric cars with a fraction of the operating and repair costs of a new electric car. They call it the Charge Car.

Infrastructure Summit: Transportation’s Primed for Change

The future of American transportation has long been a subject for speculation and political debate. But now that EVs have blasted into the mainstream and captured national attention, the conversation has moved from conjecture to reality. Specifics — from “connected” cars to dashboard parking systems to single-occupant “bubble” vehicles — were the name of the game at “Super Highway: Transport in the Twenty-First Century,” a panel at the Economist’s Intelligent Infrastructure conference, held yesterday in New York City.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Institute of Transportation Engineers - Call for Nominations for ITS Award

Each year, the Institute of Transportation Engineers sponsors an awards program to honor outstanding achievement in transportation engineering and distinguished service to ITE. The awards bestow international recognition upon the recipients and increase the public's awareness of the role and responsibilities of the transportation engineer. Below is the current call for nominations for the ITE Management & Operations/Intelligent Transportation Systems (M&O/ITS) Council: The ITE M&O/ITS Council is seeking nominations for the ITS Project of the Year Award. Each year an award is presented for the development and/or implementation of a notable project that demonstrates the use of ITS technologies to improve the efficiency and/or safety of transportation facilities. Click below for the application.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

International Transportation Economic Development Conference (I-TED) 2011 – May1-3 @ Charleston, WV (USA)

I-TED 2011 will be the fourth international conference to concentrate on the link between transportation and economic development. This conference will focus on issues and challenges related to the economy, global concerns and financial constraints. Participants will discuss and address the emerging transportation needs of business and economic development communities at local, regional, state, national and global levels. Subjects and perspectives will include public and private sectors; academic, practitioner and policy issues; theory, concepts and operational tools; and, all transportation modes and their relationship to economic development.

Ford Intelligent Vehicles Coming Soon Announces Fresno Ford Dealer

Visalia Ford, a leading Fresno Ford dealer, is happy to announce to its customers that Ford is aggressively moving its commitment forward to wirelessly connected intelligent vehicles, known as vehicle-to-vehicle communications, becoming the first automaker to build prototype vehicles across the U.S. “Ford believes intelligent vehicles that talk to each other through advanced Wi-Fi are the next frontier of collision avoidance innovations that could revolutionize the driving experience and hold the potential of helping reduce many crashes,” said Sue Cischke>

Why Are Americans Driving Less?

Over the years, car ownership and driving mileage have tended to increase with great regularity. But logic suggests that this march toward complete motorization would eventually plateau — and that’s exactly what transportation scholars have begun to notice. A new study (pdf) by Adam Millard-Ball and Lee Schipper looked at driving behavior in several countries, including the United States, and found some compelling evidence that America has reached a “saturation point for vehicle ownership and travel”.

Kista Science City seeks Intelligent Transport Solutions

We in Kista Science City welcome anyone wishing to explore and develop Intelligent Transport Solutions that are innovative, customer-oriented traveler services aiming to support mobile shift, from car to Public Transport and for biking and walking.
Kista Science City has got an IT infrastructure known as best practice, we do have a comprehensive network of hundreds of innovative companies in ICT as for example Ericsson, Oracle, Microsoft, IBM and here are two universities and about one thousand researchers in several ICT research institutes. We are developing Kista into a testbed for Intelligent Transport Solutions that combines modern technologies with social entrepreneurship, co-creation, crowdsourcing and open innovation.

ITS Canada is now organizing its 14th Annual Conference & General Meeting

to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, from June 12-15th, 2011. The Conference and Annual General Meeting will be held at the venerable Fairmont Hotel Vancouver in downtown Vancouver, within walking distance of the harbour and the new Canada Line rapid transit facility that will carry delegates quickly and efficiently from the Vancouver International Airport. The hotel boasts the largest convention space on a single floor in the city. The overall conference theme is “Investing in the Future … Now!”


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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Call for Papers - 2011 IEEE International Conference on Vehicular Electronics and Safety

The International Conference on Vehicular Electronics and Safety (ICVES’11) is an annual forum sponsored by the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Society. It brings together researchers and practitioners to discuss vehicle electronics, and safety systems research and practice. ICVES’11 welcomes papers dealing with any aspect of vehicle electronics and safety systems.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

FHWA R&T Now - January 2011

The U.S. Federal Highway Administration has released the latest issue of its Research and Technology (R&T) Now news update. The update reports on research, technology, and development activities taking place within the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Synthesis of Congestion Pricing-Related Environmental Impact Analyses

The U.S. Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Operations has released a report that summarizes the state-of-the-practice and presents a recommended framework for before-after evaluations of the environmental impacts of congestion pricing projects, such as high-occupancy toll lanes and cordon for area pricing schemes.

Information Systems, Geographic Information Systems, and Advanced Computing 2010

TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2183 contains 14 papers that explore origin-destination matrix generation; a household travel data simulation tool; an urban travel route and activity choice survey; augmenting transit trip characterization and travel behavior comprehension; improving data quality, accuracy, and response in on-board surveys; and assessing the quality of origin-destination matrices derived from activity travel surveys.

IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society January 2011 Newsletter

This newsletter highlight lots of good ITS conferences and calls for papers for 2011.

On-Line Network-Enabled Intelligent Transportation Systems provide powerful new tools to reduce traffic congestion and improve transportation

One of the world’s most advanced networking facilities for solving traffic congestion and urban transportation issues was officially launched today, giving researchers and planners tremendous new capacity to tackle traffic congestion and complex traffic management tasks. Core funding of C$700,000 was provided by CANARIE – Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network (, and the system relies on CANARIE’s ultra high-speed, high-bandwidth capabilities to enable real-time solutions to multifaceted transportation problems.

GM Foundation Gives $70,000 to Carnegie Mellon University

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The General Motors Foundation today announced a $70,000 donation to Carnegie Mellon University, a collaborator with GM and the Foundation on award-winning autonomous driving projects. GM Executive Director of Research and Development Walt Dorfstatter made the award on behalf of the Foundation at the Pittsburgh Auto Show. GM's partnership with Carnegie Mellon dates to 1977.
"Our support of Carnegie Mellon is guided by the belief that investment in science and technology education will help shape the automotive future and strengthen the nation's global competitiveness,'' Dorfstatter said. "Automotive companies are making great strides in developing and adopting new technologies and Carnegie Mellon's exceptional programs foster a new generation of talent that can significantly accelerate the pace of automotive innovation.''

Wireless Innovation Forum Announces New “White Space” Communications Initiatives

Groups seeking inputs for the development of new specifications and use cases

The Wireless Innovation Forum (SDR Forum version 2.0), a non-profit organization dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, announced today the formation of two new groups focused on “white space” communications.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Over the Bars in Milwaukee

Yesterday Tom Held of the Journal Sentinel reported that Milwaukee’s Mayor Tom Barrett thinks bike sharing might be a good fit for Milwaukee. Madison recently approved a B-cycle/Trek sponsored bike sharing system that will launch later this year. Washington, D.C. recently announced it is expanding it’s Capital Bike-share. New York City put out a major RFP to get bike share program in Gotham City. From New York to Portland and many places in between like Louisville and Des Moines, bike sharing is taking off in the United States.

ITS JPO Announces Test Data Sets Request for Procurement

The Real-Time Data Capture and Management Program Announces a Test Data Sets Request for Procurement (RFP) and Request for Applications (RFA), issued by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on 2/5/11 with the proposal due date of 4:00 PM EDT on 3/15/11.
An initial offering to “Clean-up of Existing Data Sets to Support Dynamic Mobility Applications Development,” was issued on 2/5/11 with the proposal due date of 4:00 PM EDT on 3/15/11. As a result of this solicitation, FHWA anticipates collecting multiple “cleaned up” research-ready data sets that meet the minimum requirements of this solicitation and program objectives, within available resources.

Traffic21 Researchers Receive IBM Faculty Award

The team of Aaron Steinfeld (Robotics), Anthony Tomasic (ISR), and John
Zimmerman (HCII, Design) from the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Accessible
Public Transportation ( received a 2010 IBM Faculty
Award to further their collaboration with accessibility colleagues at IBM
Research - Tokyo. The RERC-APT and IBM researchers are working to increase
accessibility to web pages using machine learning techniques, especially
with respect to transportation. For example, a blind person may have
difficulty looking up information about a bus route. The team is exploring
how human interaction, machine learning, and website
markup can help remove such barriers.

We know where you've been: privacy, congestion tracking, and the future

So public officials are searching for strategies to use existing highway capacity more efficiently. Recently they've begun experimenting with a new strategy for controlling congestion: demand-based pricing of scarce road capacity. Congestion pricing promises to kill two pigs with one bird, keeping traffic flowing smoothly while simultaneously generating new revenue that can be used for public investments. New technologies—notably RFID transponders and license-plate-reading cameras—are allowing the replacement of traditional tollbooths with cashless tolling at freeway speeds.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

USDOT RITA Announces Research Areas for Mobility Applications of Connected Vehicle Data

Research Goals
A successful Dynamic Mobility Applications program will lead to the more rapid and cost-effective deployment of interoperable technologies and applications that increase system efficiency and improve individual mobility. The Dynamic Mobility Applications program will act to promote the highest levels of collaboration and cooperation in the research and development of transformative mobility applications. Further, the program will seek to facilitate the highest level of free and open competition in the commercialization of mobility applications as well as their integration and maintenance. The Dynamic Mobility Applications program positions the federal government to take on an appropriate and influential role as a technology steward for the continually evolving integrated transportation system.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Blind Drivers Race Around Daytona, Thanks to Robotic Cars

Last Saturday, a blind driver dodged cardboard boxes thrown in front of him while driving a modified Ford Hybrid Escape around the Daytona International Speedway. He had only seconds to react to the obstacles. "If we just put boxes on the track, people might think we planned the route," said Dennis Hong, whose robotics and mechanisms lab at Virginia Tech modified the cars. Instead, Hong's team threw boxes from a van so they bounced around. “That shows everyone that their position is random, and that the drivers are really driving,” said Hong.

The ITS America Board of Directors Nominating Committee is seeking recommendations for a member to serve on the ITS America Board of Directors.

There is one Board seat open for election to represent the public and private sectors on behalf of ITS America’s membership. This is for a three year term. ITS America’s Board of Directors consists of 22 members, each of whom is elected for staggered three-year terms. Additionally, non-voting Board members are ex-officio members and include the president of ITS America, the Board’s Immediate Past Chair, and representatives from ITS America’s colleague organizations such as the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the American Public Transportation Association, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and the Transportation Research Board.

RFP Alert – USDOT’s ITS JPO Announces Test Data Sets to Support Dynamic Mobility Applications Development

The Real-Time Data Capture and Management Program Announces a Test Data Sets Request for Procurement (RFP) and Request for Applications (RFA), issued by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on 2/5/11 with the proposal due date of 4:00 PM EDT on 3/15/11.


Getting back to the theme of the Living Labs Global Showcase Awards, I wanted to highlight a project that is being developed in the Netherlands called “SolaRoad.” I think it is particularly relevant to Stockholm’s search for innovative intelligent transport systems to encourage less driving and more biking (among other alternatives).

Trialling Pedestrian Countdown Timers at Traffic Signals

The New Zealand Transport Agency has released a report that evaluates changes in pedestrian safety and traffic efficiency from installing pedestrian countdown timers.

TRB Document - Transit 2010, Volume 2

TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2144 contains 21 papers that explore the spatial impacts of public transport on traffic congestion relief, attractiveness of light rail, the effect of gas prices on transit ridership, measuring the gap between car and transit accessibility, the monocentric city with discrete transit stations, impact of an urban partnership agreement on transit user perception of express bus service, estimating transit accessibility, and the impact of bus rapid transit stations on surrounding home values.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Flying cars set to hit market by 2012

At the same time the U.S. government is also pursuing the idea of a flying car. The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded a 17-month, $988,000 contract to Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute to develop an autonomous flight system for the Transformer (TX) Program.
The TX program aims to develop a robust ground vehicle that can transform into an air vehicle with vertical take-off and landing capability, while offering significant operational flexibility with the ability to travel 250 nautical miles on land and in the air, or a combination, while carrying up to 1,000 pounds.

FCC to Propose Extending Broadband to Rural Areas

To bring the U.S. up to speed with many developed countries when it comes to broadband Internet access, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski is expected to offer a plan to streamline and reorganize an $8 billion fund. The fund—mostly contained in the Universal Service Fund—is aimed at bolstering broadband connectivity in rural U.S. homes, The New York Times reported...
The conference also will explore how innovative technologies and applications, such as smart-grid and intelligent transportation systems,

New report shows the job-creating potential of smart transportation investments

Smart transportation spending can create jobs today and grow our economy tomorrow, according to a new report from Smart Growth America, adding a new entry to their excellent work evaluating the transportation spending in the stimulus.
The report, “Recent Lessons from the Stimulus: Transportation Funding and Job Creation”, analyzes whether states made the best use of transportation dollars in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The analysis comes two years after passage of the Recovery Act doled out $26.6 billion in flexible transportation funds to the states.

APTA: House and Senate release plans for Surface Transportation legislation

As the newly sworn-in 112th Congress begins to organize for the legislative business ahead, a few key committee leaders have begun to reveal their plans for the next surface transportation authorization bill. In a series of meetings with transportation industry groups (including APTA President Bill Millar), new Transportation & Infrastructure Chairman John Mica (R-FL) announced his commitment to writing a full six-year bill this year and outlined four guiding principles for the legislation. Chairman Mica plans to introduce legislation that will achieve the following:


Next Generation 911 projects get going again

Several states are starting or are in the midst of implementing NG 911. More information on issued awards and NG 911 project statuses can be found on two websites: The National Emergency Number Association, a professional organization focused on 911 issues, and the National 911 Office site, created by Congress and part of the Transportation Department. Other websites providing information on NG 911 include the 911 Resource Center, in partnership with, and the Transportation Department's Research and Innovative Technology Administration.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

University professor creates Facebook-like traffic site

A University of Toronto professor, Baher Abdulhai, is helping people share information about traffic within a city by being part of the development of a Facebook-like platform called On-Line Network-Enabled Intelligent Transportation Systems (ONE-ITS). ONE-ITS is a software platform and a national research society including several other universities. It connects commuters, police, government officials and researchers at universities, helping them share information about traffic on their way to their destinations.

Thursday, February 3, 2011


RFP #10-11-01
Notice is hereby given that proposals will be received at the Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority (MMVTA) for performing all work necessary in accordance with the “REQUIREMENTS” and other related documents provided in the Vehicle Tracking System & Other Options RFP.

Traffic cameras boost safety, study suggests

The rate of fatal crashes linked to motorists running red lights is falling across the country, dropping faster in cities with red-light cameras, a study released Tuesday found.
"Our analysis shows that red-light cameras are making intersections safer," said Anne McCartt, senior vice president for research at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
A state House leader, however, is putting the brakes on approving installation of the cameras across Pennsylvania until data from a related pilot program in Philadelphia can be analyzed.

Mica Touts Public-Private Northeast Corridor HSR In Grand Central Hearing

Sitting beneath the famous zodiac mural of Grand Central’s main concourse, with the rumble of commuters and trains in the background, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held its first field hearing of the new session this morning. The topic was the future of high-speed rail on the Northeast Corridor.
Chairman John Mica led the committee’s Republicans towards what appears to be their emerging message on high-speed rail: they’re for it, so long as it’s built through public-private partnerships and largely limited to the dense Boston-Washington corridor.

U.S. Proposes EOBRs for All Interstate Trucks

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposed a regulation Monday that would require interstate truck and bus companies to install electronic onboard recorders in vehicles to monitor drivers’ hours of service.
The rule would apply to all companies that are currently required to use logbooks to record compliance under federal hours-of-service regulations, DOT said in a statement Monday. \

New Car Technology Tells Tailgaters To Back Off

In 2009, more than 30,000 Americans were killed in car crashes. Most of those accidents were avoidable — the result of driver error.
Now, the auto industry wants to cut down on traffic deaths by using vehicle-to-vehicle communications technology.
The technology enables cars in close proximity to one another to share information wirelessly. The premise behind it is that most crashes are avoidable if drivers have enough time to react.


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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Registration Open for the 18th World Congress and ITS America Annual Meeting & Exposition in Orlando

– Online registration for the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems is now open on the World Congress website, Attendees can register now for the conference, technical sessions and special events to take advantage of early registration rates, as well as make hotel reservations. Registration and housing can be completed online, but there are also downloadable forms that can be completed and faxed or mailed. The 18th ITS World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems on October 16-20, 2011 in Orlando, Florida, will be combined with ITS America’s 2011 Annual Meeting & Exposition to create the largest global event dedicated to advanced transportation technologies.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Study Shows Hybrids and Diesels Retain More Value Over Time

A new Carnegie Mellon University study released last week reveals that hybrid and diesel-engine vehicles are a better value compared to vehicles with gasoline engines. The economics of hybrids and diesels are commonly evaluated based on their purchase price—on average higher than comparable gas-powered cars—compared to savings on fuel during their use. Retention of value—in terms of higher resale value—can skew the economic benefits in favor of alternative fuel-efficient cars, such as hybrids, diesels and electric vehicles.

Walking Back to Nature- Inland Water Transportaton - Solution to Modern Day Transportation

To aid the implementation of policy for the use of inland water transportation, high number of community research and technical development actions, relevant to waterborne transport is require. Some of which could include concerted action on short sea shipping, designed to identify some of the structural or generic problems in the use of ships for relatively short-haul transport and other that target environmental impacts as well as issue of safe and efficient increase of reliability intermodal transportation. Furthermore, hybrid use of transportation will require the intelligent transportation system that incorporates use of advanced Integrated Ship Control Systems, AIS and extensive use of information technology needed to provide a solution to modern transportation problem.

Kapsch TrafficCom acquires MARK IV IVHS creating leadership in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)

Kapsch TrafficCom AG yesterday concluded the acquisition of MARK IV IVHS, which includes operations in the United States, in Canada and in Mexico, from subsidiaries of MARK IV, LLC, for a purchase price of approximately USD 70 million (approximately EUR 53 million). The acquisition of the largest equipment supplier for electronic toll collection (ETC) systems in North America is further evidence of Kapsch TrafficCom’s firm commitment to the North American market. This acquisition enables Kapsch TrafficCom to offer its current and future customers in North America an extended end-to-end product and solution portfolio for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and ETC.

TRB Publication - Travel Forecasting 2010, Volume 1

TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2175 contains 16 papers that explore mixed logit models, multiagent transport simulations, travel time forecasting and dynamic origin–destination estimation for freeways, real-time short-term traffic speed level forecasting, multimodal and multiactivity travel planning, and comparison of agent-based transit assignment procedure with conventional approaches.

Using National Household Travel Survey Data for Transportation Decision Making: A Workshop

TRB is sponsoring the National Household Travel Survey Data Workshop on June 6-7, 2011, in Washington, D.C. The workshop is designed to focus on the use of NHTS data to inform transportation decision making on key issues such as energy use, congestion, highway finance, and safety. The workshop will feature presentations and discussions on methods, examples, and techniques for using NHTS and other travel survey data to support transportation programs and decisions. Individuals or groups wishing to present at the meeting must submit an abstract of their proposed presentation by February 9, 2011.

TRID - TRB and Joint Transport Research Centre Database

The Transportation Research Board and the Joint Transport Research Centre of the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development and the International Transport Forum have launched the Transport Research International Documentation (TRID) database. Through TRID, users have access to one database to locate transportation research from around the world.

Cinterion Successfully Demonstrates "112" European eCall with Latest In-Band Machine-to-Machine Technology

Munich, Jan 31, 2011–Cinterion, the global leader in cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) communication and a Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) company, together with DENSO, a leading automotive supplier, demonstrated “112” pan-European in-vehicle emergency call (“eCall”) at the second ERTICO - ITS Europe(1) assembly in Brussels on January 26, 2011. This success coincides with the launch of the HeERO(2) pilot program, scheduled to unfold from 2011 through 2013.