Thursday, March 31, 2011

Internship Alert: 2011 SUMMER INTERNSHIP – Eno Transportation Foundation @ Washington, DC

The Eno Transportation Foundation (Eno) in Washington, D.C., is offering a summer 2011 internship opportunity beginning in May or June. This is a great opportunity to learn about the transportation industry and gain valuable experience and contacts. The candidate selected will assist Eno staff with our leadership development programs, public policy forums, and publications. In addition, the successful candidate will research key public policy issues, including current legislation in the U.S. Congress.

Hyundai Motor Company: Hyundai to Showcase New Thinking at the 2011 Seoul Motor Show

Smart Connectivity System, which allows drivers to connect their smart phones and tablet PCs with the vehicle; Motion Sensor Moustick, which recognizes the driver’s hand movements through sensors to control the car’s audio and navigation system; Dynamic Cluster, an LCD gauge and information system that is driver-customizable; Car Browser System and Web Platform, a fully functional Internet terminal; and Multifunctional Safety Vision System, a four-camera, 360-degree view around the vehicle.

CMU, Cranberry to team on traffic data, technology

"[The traffic signals] don't have enough brains. It seems like they should, but they don't," said Duane McKee, Cranberry assistant township manager. Change is on the horizon, though, and Cranberry's state-of-the-art traffic data collection systems will play a role. Cranberry is entering into an agreement with Carnegie Mellon University to further the efforts of the Traffic21 project, a university-wide research initiative aimed at integrating technology into public transportation projects.

Study Finds Access to Real-Time Mobile Information Could Raise Status of Public Transit: Part III

A few months ago, Latitude Research (in collaboration with Next American City), asked regular drivers in Boston and San Francisco to go car-free for one week and to rely on other forms of transit instead. Participants shared their experiences and ideas for improvement, suggesting opportunities to redesign the experience of going car-free (e.g. not owning a car) so that it's more convenient, personalized and enjoyable—largely through the help of mobile information technologies.

TE-31 Dynamic Traffic Flow Modeling and Control

The design, analysis, and evaluation of many Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) requires a good working knowledge of traffic flow modeling and control techniques, and familiarity with powerful methodologies from the areas of optimization, control, networks and dynamic systems. This intensive 5-day course covers the basic theory and tools necessary for efficient design and evaluation of ITS on road and freeway networks.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Groundwork being prepared for traffic monitoring system

Qatar will soon become the first country in the region to offer an indigenous key intelligent traffic monitoring system (ITMS) solution that will enable the development and introduction of new applications and services targeting transport, logistics and transit sectors.

Young entrepreneur creates Speedbump safe driving app

There are various mobile apps that try and deter teenagers from texting and speaking on their cellphones while driving. But until this week I hadn't come across any safe driving apps that were actually developed by one of the very teenagers who could theoretically benefit from such an app.

SHRP 2 Research Report S2-S05-RR-1: Design of the In-Vehicle Driving Behavior and Crash Risk Study: In Support of the SHRP 2 Naturalistic Driving Stud

Design of the In-Vehicle Driving Behavior and Crash Risk Study provides a summary of the key aspects of the planning effort supporting the SHRP 2 Naturalistic Driving Study (NDS). SHRP 2 Safety Project S05: Design of the In-Vehicle Driving Behavior and Crash Risk Study (Study Design) designed the SHRP 2 NDS, which will collect data—on the order of 1 petabyte (1,000 terabytes)—on “naturalistic,” or real-world, driving behavior over a 2-year period beginning in fall 2010. The resulting data will provide a wealth of information regarding driving behavior, lane departures, and intersection activities, which is anticipated to be of interest to transportation safety researchers and others for at least 20 years.

Honda Civic Gets A ChargeCar EV Conversion

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have debut their converted, all-electric 2002 Honda Civic. The converted vehicle is a production prototype for the ChargeCar Electric Vehicle Conversion Project. The ChargeCar project is part of Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute’s CREATE Lab, a program that works with local garages to develop necessary methods to convert 2001-2005 Honda Civics into all-electric vehicles. The project also recently converted a 2006 Toyota Scion xB.

Ericsson, Cisco, GE Launch New Cities Foundation

The foundation is launching several task forces, each led by a founding member, to explore innovative solutions in pilot cities. Current task forces are focusing on mobility and transport, intelligent public buildings, waste management and e-health. Using a range of multimedia tools, these innovations will be widely shared, the organization says.

Ten (Possible) Transport Innovations for America in 2012

Two weeks ago, the US Department of Transportation released its annual funding report and funding recommendations for 2012. The funding report is prepared by the Federal Transit Administration and issued by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Whilst not a huge document, in its 43 pages it details the funding allocations for projects that are ready and eligible for funding across the United States. Of particular interest are 10 proposed projects which are being recommended for funding. Six of these are Bus Rapid Transit Systems, eight are west of Texas, with one in Florida and the other in Michigan:

Rogers, Carnahan Introduce Bill to Implement Smart Transportation Technologies

The Smart Technologies for Communities Act would create a competitive pilot program in up to six communities across the country to serve as model deployment sites for large-scale installation and operation of ITS technologies to improve safety, mobility and the environment. Examples of technology solutions include “connected” vehicles that avoid crashes, stress-sensing bridges, active traffic management to reduce congestion, electronic tolling systems to avoid the wait at the toll booth, and real-time traffic, transit, and parking information for commuters.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Evaluation of the Potential Safety Benefits of Collision Avoidance Technologies through Vehicle to Vehicle Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC)

Austroads has released a report that explores the potential reductions in serious casualties in Australia from widespread adoption of dedicated short-range communication-based technologies that allow for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication. The report may be downloaded for free after registering on the Austroads website.

Transportation Secure Data Center

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has launched a website designed to be a centralized secure repository for transportation data that may not have been able to be shared in the past because it includes personal information. Access to the data will be restricted, and users will need to complete an application process before receiving approval for controlled interaction with the data.

HCM2010 Webinar Series: Application of the New Active Traffic Management Chapter

TRB is cosponsoring a webinar on April 14, 2011, from 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. EDT, which is being conducted by the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), that will explore the Highway Capacity Manual 2010’s (HCM2010) new chapter on active traffic management (ATM). The session will examine and evaluate the concepts of ATM strategies and their potential application to affect demand, capacity, and performance of highway facilities. Participants must register in advance of the webinar, space is limited, and there is a fee for non-TRB Sponsor employees.

Technology key to road safety

You will be watched as you make your way home on your daily commute.
Or when you go to the mall this weekend.
Or head to the in-laws' in a neighboring city.
In fact, drivers throughout Maricopa County typically are being monitored. But it's not as scary as it seems. What sounds like "Big Brother" is actually SMART, an acronym for systematically managed arterials, which works to relieve traffic congestion on major commercial and metropolitan roadways.

New Smart Phone App Will Block Distracted Driving — But Is It Practical?

Last week Sprint announced that later this year it will offer a smart-phone app, called Drive First, designed to minimize distracted driving. When activated, Drive First will lock the cell phone screen, redirect incoming calls to voice mail, block text-message alerts, and automatically tell incoming texters that, we’re sorry, but the number you are trying to reach is currently driving. The app will allow access to three emergency contacts and GPS navigation devices.

Can Auckland's traffic jams be solved by tech? International experts meet

Experts from Australia, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and New Zealand have arrived today to attend the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) summit, where they will discuss how technologies can improve road safety, reduce congestion and pollution, and make the best use of existing infrastructure while providing integrated transport, a release from host organization ITS NZ said today.

I-75 in line for ‘smart’ upgrade

The Florida Department of Transportation plans to break ground early next year on an Intelligent Transportation System, or ITS, for the 59.7-mile stretch of I-75 between Interstate 275 near Parrish and the Sarasota/Charlotte county line. The system will include sensors embedded in the road, closed-circuit TV cameras mounted on poles, and overhead electronic signs installed at various locations, all linked by fiber-optic cable, officials said. Its goal: to better monitor and improve traffic flow, give drivers real-time information on traffic and weather conditions, help emergency crews respond quicker to crashes and make hurricane evacuations more orderly.

Panelists: Highway bill needs innovation funding

SCRANTON – City Hall hosted one of the final information-gathering sessions of the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Friday, as panelists offered suggestions on the nation’s future plans to three committee members. U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta listens during transportation hearing Friday in City Council chambers at Scranton City Hall. The message Friday was clear: A new highway reauthorization bill and infrastructure plan must include funding for innovation and investment into research and training.

Majority of Europeans Willing to Compromise to Embrace Green Travel

Vice-President Siim Kallas, Commissioner responsible for transport, said: “These results are a great boost to the EU’s efforts to make transport more sustainable. It shows people understand the stakes and are willing to do their bit to reduce their impact on the environment. Smart initiatives such as pay-as-you-drive schemes and a single ticket covering all possible transport modes make use of the latest technology and enable people to make a well-informed choice about how they choose to travel.”

On a tech drive

India needs to focus on more innovative ways to implement IT for applications other than Electronic Toll Collection in order to fully exploit the benefits of Intelligent Transport Systems.

Telvent to implement its SmartMobility system on Spain’s Las Pedrizas Highway

Telvent’s SmartMobility Road Suite, operators will have real-time information of traffic conditions inside the two tunnels as well as on the highway, enabling them to respond quickly and effectively to any emergency. The SmartMobility platform will also provide drivers with real-time information on highway conditions, alerting them to accidents, traffic jams, and adverse weather conditions, in order to improve road safety. Additionally, it will enhance the efficiency and accuracy of toll operations, reducing travel times and minimizing drivers’ inconvenience.

Database Shows Modes of Transportation By City

Within the U.S., there are cities in which a large fraction of the population walks to work, cities in which almost everyone drives alone to work, and cities in which more than half of the working population takes public transportation to work. A reader recently called my attention to a database he has developed that compares the various modes of transportation for more than 2,100 U.S. cities. The database is called Modes of Transportation to Work.

Australia’s first Smart Transport Research Centre to be launched

IBM has entered into partnership with academia, government and industry to launch the Smart Transport Research Centre (STRC) based at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), which is being opened by the Minister for Transport, the honourable Annastacia Palasczuk. IBM will contribute its global consulting expertise and technology in developing smarter traffic solutions to help make Australia's transportation infrastructure smarter, improve commuter experiences and reduce environmental impact.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

WhereIsMyTransport: The solution to public transport problems?

Transport IT infrastructure specialists, WhereIsMyTransport gives transport providers a platform on which to run all their daily operations such as routing, scheduling, reporting and monitoring which all form part of a package which provides commuters with mobile access to timetables and predication services. According to the company founders, the benefit for the consumer is simple: finding the fastest or cheapest way of getting to their destination.

Stockholm Nominates Five Technologies to Meet Its Needs for Intelligent Transportation Solutions

Today the City of Stockholm jointly with Living Labs Global announced the results of its first round evaluation of 245 entries from 127 cities in 30 countries, which was carried out by an international expert jury as part of the Living Labs Global Award 2011.

Join next week's webinar for an update from leadership at the Research and Innovative Technology Administration

The ITS America Webinar Series continues next Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at 1 p.m. EDT with an update on the latest U.S. DOT research and technology initiatives from RITA Administrator Peter Appel and Deputy Administrator Robert Bertini. Do not miss this special opportunity to hear what Administrator Appel and Deputy Administrator Bertini have planned for 2011 — register today by clicking here. To register for any ITS America webinar, visit us online at Having trouble with registration? Contact ITS America at

ITRI Launches 2011 Satellite Navigation Competition for Galileo

Under the active promotion of ITRI, the current competition will for the first time include the hands-on competition with focus on the applications of Wireless Access in Vehicular Environments/Dedicated Short Range Communications, WAVE/DSRC, developed by ITRI. By sponsoring the first hands-on applications competition, ITRI sets a significant milestone because past competitions focused mainly on conceptual innovations.

UA engineers and Maricopa County DOT test smart traffic systems to reduce first responder deaths

The traffic control system can simultaneously communicate and give traffic signal priority to multiple emergency vehicles converging at the same time at the same intersection. This experimental vehicle communication technology can help prevent emergency responders from colliding with one another at strategic intersections.

IBM drives smart transport centre

A software system which has cut Stockholm’s gridlock by 20 per cent, and emissions by 12 per cent, is one of the assets provided by IBM to the newly established Smart Transport Research Centre, which has been formed to grapple with Australia’s growing transportation problems.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Wireless Data Collection System for Real-Time Arterial Travel Time Estimates

The Oregon Department of Transportation has released a report that explores the implementation and testing of a Bluetooth-based system to collect travel time data.


The Transportation Research Board’s
International Conference on Emerging Issues in Safe and Sustainable
Mobility for Older Persons

August 30 – September 1, 2011
Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Washington, DC

Video Drives Traffic Management Systems

Video cameras are an essential element of “Intelligent Transportation Systems” (ITS); the modern monitoring and active traffic management systems in use around the world today. Houston TranStar’s deployment is what most people think of when they hear about traffic cameras. Those cameras collectively give TMC staff a real-time view of how traffic is flowing. Once carefully guarded by government agencies, such video is now made freely available to the media and public alike through video websites. This allows the media to tell motorists what areas to avoid, thus improving traffic flow in general, and lets drivers make those decisions before taking to the road.

SMARTwheel invention may prevent distracted driving

The SMARTwheel, a steering wheel cover invented by six whiz kids from Londonderry, N.H., who call themselves the Inventioneers, was awarded the champion’s award at the First Lego League robotics competition. But what’s perhaps more impressive is that the invention has recently earned them recognition from the Obama administration’s Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood as well as props from the President himself.

Moble Tattletale Addresses Distracted Driving Issues Amongst Teen Drivers

Mobile Tattletale's patent pending technology functions with the GPS on a smart phone. When the user of the phone reaches a certain speed, predetermined by the parent, texting functions on the phone are blocked until the speed is reduced below the speed setting.

Carnegie Mellon University seeks to expand research programs into N.Y.

Carnegie Mellon has developed partnerships with New York University, the University of Toronto, City University of New York, and IBM...
Carnegie Mellon’s interests are in two areas: a digital media program and a “Smart City” program that will be led by New York University. The proposed media program will be aimed at building upon entertainment technologies while the “Smart City” program, though led by New York University, will be strengthened by Carnegie Mellon’s research in intelligent transportation systems as well as smart infrastructure.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Mobile Mesonet

A mobile mesonet is a network of mobile platforms (vehicles, trucks, buses, trains, ferries, people, etc.) that have onboard sensors and a communication system that systematically collects observations at they travel and sends them to a database for assimilation. The sensors and communications systems can range from very simple to extremely complex depending on the application in which they serve.

Mobile Environmental Sensor Network (MESNet)
is an informal group of stakeholders who share in interest in the opportunities and potential applications a mobile mesonet. MESNet. The first inaugural meeting will be held on April 12, 2011 in Washington, DC.

Thought controlled cars anyone?

Wouldn't it be great if you could control your car merely by thinking about it? The experts at the AutoNOMOS project clearly think so. After experimenting with iPhone and iPad-controlled cars, they've come up with something more interesting: a car you control with brainwaves.

CMU ChargeCar Project will turn your Honda Civic into an electric car

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s ChargeCar Project are opening up their Forbes Avenue garage March 25 to show off the production prototype of a converted 2002 Honda Civic into an electric vehicle. The group is also taking names of Pittsburghers interested in converting their own vehicles to electric power. "For now, you can electrify any car you want — as long as it’s a Honda Civic," joked Illah Nourbakhsh, associate research professor of robotics and head of the CREATE Lab, which runs the ChargeCar Project. The open house is slated from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 4621 Forbes Ave.

Carnegie Mellon University - ChargeCar Open House and Demonstration

When: Friday March 25, 3:00-6:00 PM
Where: Electric Garage (old University Exxon)
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Come to the Electric Garage to inspect the first production prototype ChargeCar. We will have our technical staff on hand to describe the car's technologies, provide rides in all of the ChargeCar electric vehicles and discuss the costs of conversions locally.

How apps are changing the way we travel: the future of in-car traffic and navigation services

Hans-Hendrik Puvogel, general manager of INRIX Europe, discusses the factors that are driving in-car traffic information applications and where the automotive navigation industry is heading.
Gone are the days of relying on the radio for scheduled traffic information updates. In today’s fast-paced and digitally advanced world, consumers have become accustomed to having a wealth of information instantly available at the touch of a button. Today’s traveler has access to information from a plethora of sources, from sat-nav to the web and from tablets to smartphones, all of which can provide a regular stream of traffic and travel information on-demand.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Intelligent Transportation Systems: Intersection Monitoring

This has led to considerable interest at the federal level in developing an intelligent, low-cost system that can detect and prevent potential collisions in real-time. Our research is aimed at the development of a system that uses video cameras to continuously gather traffic data at intersections (e.g., vehicle speeds, positions, trajectories, accelerations/decelerations, vehicle sizes, signal status etc.) which might eventually be used for collision prediction.

China’s largest intelligent parking garage to open in Beijing

It is able to help drivers park their cars automatically in the parking space they want within 90 seconds through an intelligent parking system, so there is no need to drive into the garage. Compared to conventional parking, the intelligent parking can save drivers six to 10 minutes when they park or retrieve their cars,according to Beijing Construction Engineering Group Company.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

San Francisco to start smart parking management trial soon

The central principle of San Francisco's cutting-edge parking management program, SFPark, comes right from Econ 101. If there are more people looking for parking than there are parking spaces (i.e. demand is greater than supply) adjust the price of parking until there is enough turnover on a given street, or roughly one free parking space per block. Sounds simple in theory, right?

Global Navigation Space Systems: Reliance and Vulnerabilities

The Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE) has released a report that warns that society may already be dangerously over-reliant on satellite radio navigation systems like global positioning satellites. According to the RAE, the range of applications using the technology is now so broad that, without adequate independent backup, signal failure or interference could potentially affect safety systems and other critical parts of the economy.

The Intersection of Urban Form and Mileage Fees: Findings from the Oregon Road User Fee Pilot Program

The Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University has released a report that explores data from the 2006-2007 Oregon Road User Fee Pilot program to assess if and how urban form variables correlate with travel behavior changes that participants made in response to the mileage-based fee program.


Good travel data are essential to measure and monitor the performance of the U.S. transportation system and to help guide policy choices and investments in transportation infrastructure, says a new report from the National Research Council that calls for the creation of a national travel data program. Current data are inadequate to support decision making in the transportation sector.

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.

Traffic-mapping tech paints picture of post-quake Japan

Another mapping project, OpenStreetMap Japan, is using volunteer GIS experts to create a better open-source map of Japan for use by those responding to the crisis, reports Nick Doiron, a civil engineering student at Carnegie Mellon University who has created maps for the non-profit Ushahidi. Ushahidi has been used to help responders to a number of disasters such as last year's earthquake in Haiti, although it has not yet been deployed in Japan.

Private Plane Travel Site Takes Flight

The FlyRuby website was developed to make private charter travel more efficient by 27-year-old entrepreneur and visionary, Michael Leek and Dr. Stephen Smith, a scientist at Carnegie Mellon University. FlyRuby gives travelers the ability to book exactly what they want, when they want it, without having to search through a variety of private planes and pilots because FlyRuby has already amassed all the information.

Video: Intelligent Transportation Systems

This video produced by Intel is a great comprehensive visualization of what are Intelligent Transportation Systems, presented in laymen's terms.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Alberta Transportation pilot project stops ice from forming

“It’s the actual enhancement of the safety level here that we’re interested in,” said Allan Lo, an intelligent-transportation-systems and traffic-safety specialist with Alberta Transportation. “The system is designed to prevent ice from forming which is different from, shall we say, traditional methods of de-icing the roadway. If the ice does not have a chance to form and bond to the road the system uses less chemical (to de-ice the pavement).”

Green will build 66 electric-car charging stations in Pa.

A San Diego start-up company announced plans Friday to build 66 electric-car charging stations in Pennsylvania, mostly around Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
The $2.6 million project is expected to be finished by the middle of next year and is scaled to accommodate 33,000 electric vehicles, said Mariana Gerzanych, chief executive officer of 350Green. There is just a small fraction of that number of electric cars on Pennsylvania roads, but Gerzanych predicted the presence of charging stations would help encourage people to buy more of them.

Suzuki Burgman fuel-cell scooter approved for EU public consumption

LOUGHBOROUGH, England--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Intelligent Energy, the global clean power systems company, and Suzuki Motor Corporation, have today announced that the jointly developed Suzuki Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter has obtained Whole Vehicle Type Approval (WVTA) – the first time any fuel cell vehicle has achieved this level of certification. WVTA qualifies the Suzuki Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter design as safe to use on public roads without having to be inspected and tested individually, and brings zero emission motorcycles a step closer to becoming commercially available.

'Smart' signals to ease traffic in Cranberry

That's when Cranberry will flip the switch on a newly expanded smart-signal system that ignores municipal boundaries by addressing traffic flow on two main corridors that pass through four towns. An effect of the expanding system will be the aforementioned two-minute quicker ride on Freedom Road. It's good news for those who use the road and for transportation planners who are portraying Cranberry as a model to be emulated. "They're leading the way, both from a technological standpoint as well as from the perspective of partnership building with surrounding municipalities," said Doug Smith, transportation planner with the Southwest Pennsylvania Commission in Pittsburgh.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

US Gets a Lesson from Develping Countries on Buses

The lowly bus is getting a makeover that could one day help U.S. workers whiz past traffic to their jobs on time while saving fuel in the country that is the world’s largest oil consumer. For decades, most U.S. commuters have maligned buses as noisy, dirty and much slower than cars in city traffic, since they make many stops. But about 120 cities in developing economies from Colombia to China that have invested in high-technology systems known as bus rapid transit, or B.R.T., have taken the transport mode to a higher level.

An app for those nasty potholes; Deeplocal sells transit app RouteShout

Just in time for the spring thaw comes a new weapon against Pittsburgh potholes, a smartphone app that tracks their location and subtly takes the city to task for leaving them unattended over time. Carnegie Mellon University's RODAS Project--that's Road Damage Assessment System--gives GPS-linked smartphone users the tools to snap pictures of potholes and upload them on Facebook.

AAA praises top vehicle innovations

A start-stop engine that shuts off when the car stops and instantly restarts when the driver takes his or her foot off the brake pedal. An SUV that "senses" when a driver has entered a curve too fast and automatically backs off the throttle. Inflatable rear seat belts designed to bring some of the crash protection of an air bag to the back seat.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Self-driving car on road out of science fiction

The idea of a car that drives itself was viewed until recently as some high-tech nerd’s daydream or even the stuff of science fiction, but it may not be that long before a driverless car is idling at an intersection near you. “In my estimation, by 2015 we will have at least an engineering prototype of a vehicle with reasonable capabilities to be called a completely autonomous vehicle. In about 10 years roughly, we should be able to make it commercially available,” said Raj Rajkumar, co-director of General Motors-Carnegie Mellon Collaborative Research Labs, which oversees GM’s self-driving vehicle project.

IBM Names First Recipients Of Smarter Cities Challenge Grants

IBM (NYSE: IBM) today selected 24 cities worldwide to receive IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grants. The grants provide the cities with access to IBM’s top experts to analyze and recommend ways they can become even better place in which to live, work and play. The IBM Smarter Cities Challenge is a competitive grant program in which IBM is awarding a total of $50 million worth of technology and services to 100 municipalities worldwide over the next three years. Teams of specially selected IBM experts will provide city leaders with analysis and recommendations to support successful growth, better delivery of municipal services, more citizen engagement, and improved efficiency.

TAC Transportation Intelligence Bulletin – February 2011

The Transportation Association of Canada has released the lastest issue of its monthly Transportation Intelligence Bulletin. The newsletter highlights innovative technologies and practices in the fields of traffic control, management, safety, and urban transportation.

Quantifying Incident-Induced Travel Delays on Freeways Using Traffic Sensor Data: Phase II

The Washington State Department of Transportation has released a report that explores development of a new approach to quantify incident-induced travel delays over a regional freeway network using existing traffic sensor measurements.

Decision Support Tools to Support the Operations of Traffic Management Centers (TMC)

The Florida Department of Transportation has released a report that explores a method to estimate traffic diversion based on the traffic detector and incident data; ways to determine the time lag between incident occurrence and database recording; processes to estimate freeway secondary crashes and potential incident impacts on mobility; and procedures to allow incidents to be classified into categories based on primary incident attributes and impacts.

Key Transportation Indicators

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics, a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration, has updated its report that examines transportation indicators that provide context about the economy and society in which transportation functions, or that convey information about system-wide or specific aspects of transportation.

Intelligent Transportation Systems and Vehicle–Highway Automation 2010

TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2189 contains 12 papers that explore real-time parking information, capability-enhanced probe vehicle surveillance system with vehicle-to-vehicle communications, in-vehicle and infrastructure-based collision warnings to nonviolating drivers, emergency response technology and an integrated active transportation system, and a rural variable speed limit system.

1st Conference of Transportation Research Group of India

TRB is cosponsoring the 1st Conference of Transportation Research Group of India (CTRG) on December 7-10, 2011, in Bangalore, India. The conference is designed to facilitate the interchange of ideas among transportation researchers, educators, managers, and policy makers from all over the world to address India’s transportation needs.

2011 International Visualization in Transportation Symposium

TRB is sponsoring 2011 International Visualization in Transportation Symposium on August 20-23, 2011, in Chicago, Illinois. The symposium is designed to highlight improving technologies and methods, feature case studies or successful practices, and illuminate the expanding role of visualization in transportation planning, design, construction, maintenance, and data management and analysis. Individuals or groups wishing to present at the symposium must submit an abstract by April 1, 2011.

28th International Bridge Conference

TRB is cosponsoring the 28th International Bridge Conference (IBC 2011) on June 5-8, 2011, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The meeting annually attracts more than 1,600 bridge owners and engineers, senior policy makers, government officials, bridge designers, construction executives, and suppliers from throughout the United States and abroad. The conference will include topical workshops, seminars, and technical sessions, and associated meetings and exhibits.

ITS JPO Announces New Vacancy for Transportation Specialist: Data and Road Weather

The Research and Innovation Technology Administration (RITA) is looking for a highly talented Transportation Specialist with a passion for transportation data and analysis to join the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) as the Connected Vehicle Data and Weather Program Manager. This is an opportunity to work on one of the most exciting multimodal programs at the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT). Located at the U.S. DOT headquarters in Washington, DC, the ITS-JPO manages, coordinates and supports research programs focused on applying advanced technologies to transform the performance of our Nation's surface transportation system. The vacancy announcement closes on Wednesday, March 16, 2011.

Bus rapid transit: like a subway, only cheaper

A bus is a bus, right? Wrong. The latest video from Streetfilms’ “Moving Beyond the Automobile” series shows how bus rapid transit can be a more effective mode of transportation than traditional buses.“A bus rapid transit system is essentially a way of creating a subway or metro quality service and speed using buses and special stations,” said Walter Hook, executive director of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy.

Technology + Transportation; Making Efficient use of Transit Resources

You may not realize it yet, but technology is quickly transforming the way we perceive and interact with public and shared transportation systems. From traditional bus and rail systems to taxis and car/bicycle sharing systems, technology is changing the transportation landscape. Mobile and web-based applications enable us to access real-time route information, make more efficient use of resources, and make wiser decisions about how we travel.

The Beat could become GM’s second electric car in growing Indian market

General Motors of India announced last week that a pre-production version of its all-electric Chevrolet Beat mini-car would go on display in April to spur interest for what could become GM India’s second Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV). In January 2010, at GM’s 10th Auto Expo, Chevrolet showcased its first BEV concept, the e-Spark mini-car, a project jointly created with long-established Indian electric automaker REVAi. The e-Spark is scheduled to launch as India’s first 4-door electric passenger car by the end of 2011. The popular car was chosen as the first to electrify, even as GM also ramped up production for the internal-combustion-powered Spark, and the 100,000th model traversed the assembly line not long after.

Slugging — The People’s Transit

In Washington, D.C., commuters have taken thousands of cars off highways via a homegrown rideshare system known as “slugging.” Can the government create more slugs — without stepping on any?...
Heinrich and Susan Shaheen, a transportation researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, suspect the change has a lot to do with new technology. With the ubiquity of smart phones, real-time ridesharing — a close cousin of the casual carpool — suddenly has much greater appeal to transportation officials and academics. Theoretically, a driver with a GPS application could spot passengers standing on any street corner in the city.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Google offers drivers real-time travel info

Searching for a fast route around traffic congestion might seem like a futile exercise in the Chicago area, but Google is giving it a shot. Google Maps Navigation on Monday introduced an update to its driving directions software that uses real-time traffic information to recommend routes. Google previously generated the route based solely on the shortest mileage to a destination. It would also generate alternative directions, such as one that uses highways instead of city streets.

Sunday, March 6, 2011


Houston Mayor Annise Parker and the City of Houston’s Department of Public Works & Engineering announced a new traffic management tool for Houston drivers using state-of-the-art Bluetooth technology. This probe-based travel time approach allows drivers to see real-time travel flow via the Houston TranStar web site using Bluetooth readers, placed at key locations in west Houston. Commuters in the area will now be able to navigate around potentially congested roadways, saving time and money. It’s the largest known deployment of Bluetooth technology by a governmental agency nationwide.

Brussels to launch electric vehicle car sharing program in March

In March, a company by the name of Zen Car will launch an electric vehicle car sharing scheme in the city of Brussels, Belgium. Zen Car says that 29 plug-ins will hit the streets and fifteen charging stations will pop up throughout the city to support the electric fleet. Membership costs are pegged at 40 euros ($55 U.S. at the current exchange rate), plus 6 euros ($8 U.S) a month and 7 euros ($10 U.S.) per hour spent behind the wheel.

Smart Card Alliance to host workshop on open bank card payments for transit

The Smart Card Alliance Transportation Council is holding a full day workshop on the importance of open bank card payments for public transportation operators and contractors. The event, slated for Sunday, March 27 at the Hilton Miami Downtown Hotel, will provide transit agencies with a detailed understanding of open bank card contactless payments technology and open bank card payments. The full-day workshop will discuss alternative architectures for open transit fare payment and provide practical planning and implementation guidance for developing the business case and procurement strategy for open bank card payments.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

RouteMatch Software Acquires RouteShout

RouteMatch Software, Inc. ( ) today announced its acquisition of RouteShout™ ( ), an award-winning Traveler Information Systems (TIS) product developed by interactive mobility pioneers Deeplocal. Financial terms were undisclosed. The acquisition of RouteShout from the Carnegie Mellon University spin-out expands RouteMatch's TIS initiatives, and sharpens RouteMatch's focus on developing innovative technologies for transit agencies. RouteShout's capabilities strongly complement RouteMatch's paratransit and fixed-route products, adopted by more than 300 US and international transit agencies.

Cellphone Networks and the Future of Traffic

Ask someone what they think the future of driving is and the most likely response is autonomous cars. It’s true sensing and autonomy are dramatically changing cars, but there’s another information revolution afoot. Cheap sensors and network availability aren’t just making cars smarter, they’re boosting the brainpower of the environment cars drive in.

Technology transforms auto safety

Cars that respond to voice commands. Cars that park themselves. Cars that alert you when you're drowsy, vibrate like a rumble strip when you drift into the next lane, or even slam on your brakes before you slam into a pedestrian.
Cutting-edge auto technology follows a predictable path. Though they usually start at the high end, advances that address basic safety problems eventually make their way throughout automakers' product lines.

Real – Time Data Improves Traffic Flow on City Streets

SDOT has begun changing the timing of lights on selected major corridors so that you won’t experience the delay from the side street as described above. How? Well, SDOT is taking away the guess work of signal timing by adding technology using wireless magnetometers which are embedded in the pavement. The magnetometers collect data and feed the information to SDOT’s traffic signal system as well as the department’s Traveler’s Information Map.

Parker, ParkNow make finding parking, paying for it easier

A new app, called Parker, shows drivers on their iPhone where to find available metered parking spaces in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles. The application costs $1.99 to download and is available on the iPhone. It's coming to Android in a couple months, according to Streetline, maker of the app. Parker is also in use on Roosevelt Island, N.Y., and will soon make its debut at the Fort Totten Metro station in Washington, D.C.

BMW Activate the Future

Four films about the future of mobility. Watch here.

Study reveals plug-in hybrids to drive down CO2 emissions

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles will reduce CO2 and nitrogen oxide emissions levels – but they are also expected to push up sulphur oxide emissions.
According to the team at Carnegie Mellon University the net emissions from the use of plug-in vehicles depends primarily on the efficiency of the entire vehicle fleet, charging strategy, battery pack capacity and driving patterns. They modelled the net emissions in two regional transmission operators under different scenarios for future power generation.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

2011 TransITech Conference

The 2011 TransITech Conference is scheduled for March 29-March 31, 2011 (Tuesday through Thursday), at the Hilton Miami Downtown in Miami, FL.
This conference focuses on information technology, traveler information and intelligent transportation system issues affecting public transportation systems. Also features an products and services showcase.