Friday, April 29, 2011

TIMTC, USDOT TO SPONSOR WEBINAR ON WIRELESS ROADSIDE INSPECTION PROGRAMS

Trucking industry stakeholders are invited to participate in a free webinar to review preliminary findings for the Wireless Roadside Inspection (WRI) program. WRI is developing a comprehensive and, more importantly, coordinated roadside inspection program for trucks. Motor carriers must currently navigate a maze of Federal, state and local enforcement policies that utilize a variety of manual, semi-automated and advanced technologies.
Please visit the TIMTC website at www.freightmobility.org to register for the webinar or click here.

New app tells texters U R BZZY

New Hampshire's largest Web development company has developed a new smart phone application intended to combat distracted driving - a "deadly epidemic," according to the U.S. Department of Transportation secretary Ray LaHood. Portsmouth-based PixelMEDIA has developed "Bzzy," an Android application that when activated automatically responds to texts to inform that the recipient is unavailable to text.

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TE-31 Dynamic Traffic Flow Modeling and Control

Course Description:
The design, analysis, and evaluation of many Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) requires a good working knowledge of traffic flow modelling 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.

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Top Korean firms hold roadshow

The Korea-Qatar ITS Roadshow 2011 was held yesterday to promote co-operation between Korean Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) companies and Qatari government institutions....
The delegate from Korea’s Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs showcased a number of technologies developed in Korea, including a system that can measure the speed of a vehicle, compare it to the amount of time before a traffic light changes, and warn the driver before a possible traffic signal violation.
The Korean government has spent billions on research and development in ITS technology, and expect to have fully deployed smart highway technology nationwide by 2020.

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Drive one way, by the minute, with new car-rental service

Unlike services such as Zipcar or Vancouver's Modo - The Car Co-op, which offer rentals by the hour after which cars must be returned to their pickup location, car2go lets users take one-way trips. For example in Austin, cars can be reserved ahead of time or picked up on the spot and dropped off somewhere else, as long as its within the program's operating area. Car2go is seen by some in the industry more as an alternative to taxis or bike-sharing programs than to traditional car sharing.

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Battelle to Perform $4.1 Million Project for Minnesota Department of Transportation

Battelle will conduct a $4.1 million demonstration project for Minnesota's Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) that will use commercial off-the-shelf technology to determine the feasibility of replacing the gasoline fuel tax with a mileage-based user fee.
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IEEE Standards Association and SAE International Agree to Collaborate on Smart Grid and Vehicle-Electrification Standards

PISCATAWAY, N.J. and WARRENDALE, Pa., April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) and SAE International today announced that the two organizations have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a strategic partnership in vehicular technology related to the Smart Grid. In doing so, IEEE-SA and SAE International are striving to create a more efficient and collaborative standards-development environment for the industry participants that they serve.
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Apple, Google, IBM: Different Takes on Location Tracking

Let’s contrast the Apple and Google news in the headlines today with an announcement made a couple of weeks ago by IBM about a “First-of-a-Kind Collaboration to Analyze Real-Time Traffic Patterns and Individual Commuter Travel History to Forecast Faster and Safer Routes.”
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"Intelligent Transportation" Grabs the Attention of the World Traffic Safety Symposium in NYC

The World Traffic Safety Symposium, founded in 1990, was formed to address the growing concern of traffic injuries and fatalities on roadways. Now celebrating its 20th year, the Symposium is dedicated to bringing automobile manufacturers, law enforcement officials, public and private organizations, and the media together to share information and discuss innovative ways to make traveling safer for drivers and pedestrians.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Analysis of Crash Data to Estimate the Benefits of Emerging Vehicle Technology

The Centre for Automotive Safety Research at the University of Adelaide, Australia, has released a report that explores the potential benefits of some of the safety technologies emerging for passenger vehicles, trucks, and motorcycles. The focus of the report is on systems that actively prevent crashes, but some passive safety features are also examined.
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TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program has issued a request for problem statements identifying research needed for TCRP’s FY 2012 program.

TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program has issued a request for problem statements identifying research needed for TCRP’s FY 2012 program. Research problem statements for the TCRP FY 2012 program are due June 15, 2011. These submittals form the basis for selection of the annual TCRP research program.
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Developing an ITS Technology Web Portal for Transit System Leaders

TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program has issued a request for proposals to develop content and structure for a web-based knowledge portal for transit system leaders that will be hosted on the American Public Transportation Association’s website. Proposals are due June 6, 2011.
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Monday, April 25, 2011

OnStar Chooses Winning App in Developer Challenge

In an effort to find the next original and compelling in-vehicle voice-enabled application, OnStar challenged students enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University, MIT, University of Michigan, University of Texas and University of Toledo to submit voice applications that would help provide a greater level of connectivity to OnStar subscribers.
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Wi-Fi service could hit Boulder bus routes by 2012

Information superhighway, meet the slightly slower U.S. 36. The city of Boulder is in preliminary talks with the Regional Transportation District to bring free, wireless Internet service to regional bus routes... Roskowski said the technology would rely on a satellite connection, which would be more stable and reliable than most 3G services that can lose their signal over the Davidson Mesa or other cellular "dead zones."

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Pennsylvania DEP Announces Alternative Fuel Transportation Projects Grant Opportunity

The Department of Environmental Protection is accepting applications for projects to be funded by the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program (AFIG). The program makes available $4 million in grants to assist in funding eligible projects that use or produce biofuels, alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles, or that deploy fuel-saving technology in the transportation sector.
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Bike-Sharing System Coming to Boston

Renters will use swipe cards to use Hubway bicycles with costs of $5 per day, and free trips that are 30 minutes or shorter. There will be $85 annual memberships. Users will rent bikes from one station and return them at another across the city, with about 10 bikes available at each station.
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

MBTA Hopes New Apps Ease Commuter Pains

A new application for smartphones will let riders find out when their bus or train will arrive. The service will soon be available for the commuter rail. "The train is late, and it just doesn't fly when you're working for corporate America," one commuter said.The new technology can't come soon enough for frustrated passengers, who were stranded or delayed as commuter trains struggled to make it through a tough winter.
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See 33 real time apps here

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Highly automated driving takes shape

The HAVEit project is intended to make vehicles safer, more environmentally-friendly and fuel efficient by enhancing their level of automation. After more than three years of research work on intelligent driver assistance systems, seven vehicles demonstrating results will be presented in BorĂ¥s (Sweden).
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Company to test technology on lab buses

When David Bruemmer left Idaho National Laboratory in 2009, his aim was to sell robots that detect bombs, make maps and help people stay out of car wrecks. But Bruemmer's company, 5D Robotics, has branched into other disciplines. The same software that drives a mine-sweeping robot will soon prod INL bus drivers -- and perhaps, someday, drivers throughout the world -- to be more fuel efficient. In coordination with teams of INL and University of Idaho researchers, 5D will use INL's fleet of worker-transport buses as guinea pigs for technology they believe will boost fuel efficiency for all kinds of vehicles.
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Zipcar Surges in First Day After Raising $174.3 Million

The company, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, raised $174.3 million in its IPO yesterday, after increasing the shares and pricing them above the range. The shares advanced $10 to $28 as of 4 p.m. in Nasdaq Stock Market composite trading, after climbing as much as 75 percent to $31.50.
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Coalition of Business, Highway, Transit and Environmental Leaders Urge Congress to Support Smart Technologies in Transportation Reauthorization Bill

Governor Rendell, U.S. Chamber, AAA, ITS America, Automakers, Retailers, other Innovation Leaders Tout Benefits of Intelligent Transportation Systems
A coalition of highway and transit organizations, automakers, safety and environmental advocates, and public and private sector leaders from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses joined forces today to urge Congress to invest in high-tech solutions in the surface transportation reauthorization bill to get the most from our nation’s infrastructure and limited transportation dollars.
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Sitronics Gets $220M to Fight Traffic

A source close to the Mayor's Office (Moscow) said Sitronics would modernize the existing traffic light management system — called Start — through the purchase of new traffic lights, sensors and video monitoring systems, and modernize the management of the city's mass transit by installing satellite navigation equipment in its rolling stock.
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FDOT sketches 'smart' system to untie traffic on Brevard roads

To combat congestion, Florida Department of Transportation engineers want to install video cameras and fiber-optic cable to computer-synchronize traffic signals along 10 crowded roadways."That's like having a deputy sheriff at every intersection that controls the lights. The light-range varies, depending on the oncoming traffic,"...
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Test of Traficon SafeWalk and C-Walk pedestrian detectors

The Department for Transport commissioned TRL to assist in the development of vehicle and pedestrian systems for urban traffic management. One of the strands of the work is to assess the performance of new detection systems. TRL tested the Traficon C-Walk pedestrian on-crossing detector and the SafeWalk kerbside detector to ensure they met the requirements of TR2506 and TR2507 respectively. Testing took place at TRL’s test track facility, under a variety of conditions.
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Innovator: March/April 2011

The U.S. Federal Highway Administration has released the latest issue of its Innovator newsletter, which is designed to help advance widespread implementation of innovations and technologies in the highway community and help chronicle a nationwide movement to improve the way highways are built.
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Volpe Highlights: March/April 2011

The U.S. Research and Innovative Technology Administration’s Volpe National Transportation Systems Center has released the latest issue of its monthly newsletter that highlights work taking place at the center as well as information of interest to the transportation research community.
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Safety and Transit Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) : Funding Proposal Deadline Extended

Top 3 Things Selection Committees Are Looking for in IDEA Proposals:
1. Innovation -- Emphasize the innovation. Say it first, say it fast, and make it clear. What problem does your project address? How is your solution better than current practice?
2. Benefits -- Describe the expected benefits. Why is this project worth investing in?
3. Science -- Stick to the science. Be sure the research approach is sound and sensible.
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State to test miles driven for taxing vs. gasoline pumped

Staring at the prospect of coming up tens of billions of dollars short, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) said Monday that it is looking for 500 Wright and Hennepin County volunteers to test technology in July that could be used to shift tax collection from gasoline purchased to miles driven.
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SF Set To Launch Pay-By-Cell Phone Parking Meters

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency was preparing to launch a key phase of its new parking program this week -- allowing parking meters to be paid by cell phone, according to agency officials. The SFpark pilot program, unveiled last year, will start Thursday distributing real-time information collected by smart meters and sensors about where parking is available so that drivers quickly find open spaces.
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Monday, April 18, 2011

Intelligent Transport Asia 2011 19 - 20 July, 2011, Prince Hotel & Residence, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A decaying transportation infrastructure, increasing number of accidents owing to the growing population in the region has made Asia the geographic breadwinner in ITS manufacturing and deployment. Japan, South Korea and Singapore have set the pace and forged ahead with ITS deployments. It is the time for the developing countries such as China, Malaysia, India, Philippines and the rest to catch up and make their transport systems smart.
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VNC 2011 : IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference 2011

November 14-16, 2011 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
PRELIMINARY CALL FOR PAPERS
The IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference 2011 (IEEE VNC 2011) seeks to
bring together researchers, professionals, and practitioners to present
and discuss recent developments and challenges in vehicular networking
technologies, and their applications.
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Vehicles of the Future will be Intelligent, Connected, Driver-Optional, and eventually Driverless

AUVSI and NDIA are pleased to present the inaugural Transportation Technology Transfer Initiative (T3I) Conference. Join us as leaders from the Department of Defense, Department of Transportation and industry share the latest developments in intelligent vehicle technology. Learn how collaboration among key interests can advance concepts leading to saving lives on the battlefield and on the nation’s highways. May 24-25, 2011 in Crystal City, VA.
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Leading Transportation Experts from Bombardier, IBM and Eaton to Share their Vision for Future Travel at Frost & Sullivan's Flagship Event in London

'Intelligence-on-the-go' will be the focus of the track, providing an insight into fully integrated, multi-modal solutions and new business models for public transport, and specifically considering the role that High Speed Rail, mobility integrators, and hybrid powered buses can play in tomorrow's transportation networks. The conference is a “Must Attend” for individuals and companies looking to generate, evaluate and implement actionable strategies in their market place.
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22nd Enhanced Safety of Vehicles Conference

The ESV Conference will be held in Washington, DC at the Gaylord National Hotel and
Convention Center June 13-16, 2011. The program is a global opportunity for exchanging

innovative vehicle safety research technologies and real world data to help save lives,

prevent injuries and reduce vehicle-related crashes. This event is one of the world's

premier conferences in the field of vehicle safety research.
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Robots to invade Shaler's sewer system

Kevin Creagh, township engineer, explained that RedZone Robotics Inc., of Carnegie Mellon University, has divided the township into eight areas and each year sends robotic cameras into a section of the sanitary sewer system looking for breaks, leaks, roots and other invaders that need to be terminated before they cause expensive damage. The automated technology has saved Shaler some serious money -- at least $300,000 a year.

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Ford, GM, Tech Firms Driving To 'Smart' Car Era

Within a few years, increasingly autonomous cars will be able to brake and change lanes on their own to avoid collisions and smooth the flow of traffic. Cars could also become able to talk with one another, so when a driver is forced to make a sudden stop, the cars behind would automatically be alerted.
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Traffic sensors expected to help forecast backups

IBM, Caltrans and a UC Berkeley transportation research center this morning will announce the collaborative project to help commuters steer around congestion by warning them of anticipated troubles on the road and predicting trip times.
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How Smarter Parking Technology Will Reduce Traffic Congestion

Between 8% and 74% of traffic in congested downtown areas is caused by people cruising for parking, according to a report by UCLA professor Donald Shoup who synthesized studies from 70 years of research on the subject. The paper indicates that drivers in major cities — including San Francisco, Sydney, New York and London — spend between 3.5 and 14 minutes searching for a space each time they park.
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Analysis of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Concept of Operations in ITS Applications

The University of Minnesota’s Center for Transportation Studies has released a report that explores development of a framework for the design of concept of operations that use small uninhabited aerial systems to support intelligent transportation system (ITS) applications of highway and transportation infrastructure monitoring.
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Dynamic Travel Information Personalized and Delivered to Your Cell Phone

The Florida Department of Transportation has released a report that explores the development of technology that delivers dynamic, personalized traffic alerts only when the alert is relevant to the user’s real-time location or predicted next destination and departure time.
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FHWA R&T Now - March 2011

A news update of research, technology, and development from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

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NHTSA Vehicle Safety and Fuel Economy Rulemaking and Research Priority Plan: 2011-2013

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a plan that describes the projects the agency plans to work on in the rulemaking and research areas for calendar years 2011 to 2013. The list of activities in the plan is not exhaustive; it includes only programs and projects that are priorities or will take significant agency resources.
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TRB Webinar: Communicating the Value of Research: A Focus on Successful State DOT Practices and Case Studies

TRB will be conducting a web briefing or "webinar" on May 5, 2011, from 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. EDT that will explore practices that can assist research staff employed at state departments of transportation in communicating the value of research to their leadership. Registration is open to all, and participants must register to attend the event.
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ITS video competition "Bringing Intelligence into Mobility"!

The closing date for the submission of videos is 15 May 2011. The three most popular videos with the best average score after 1 June 2011 will be shown at the VIP dinner of the European ITS Congress in Lyon, which will also serve as the ERTICO 20th anniversary celebration. At the VIP dinner, the 250 guests will vote to select the winning video, which will be shown and celebrated at the Closing Ceremony of the European ITS Congress in Lyon.
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Invention – How the Superbus works

It is electric, so no fumes. It has a top speed of 250 kph/ 155 MPH. It really is more like a limousine than a traditional bus. The idea is to combine the vehicle with “intelligent routing” to provide a new form or transportation.

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Amsterdam and car2go go electric

car2go today announced to bring its innovative mobility program to Amsterdam before end of 2011 and decided to run one of the world’s first large scale carsharing fleets of pure electric vehicles there with 300 smart fortwo cars.
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Bombardier Redefines the Future of Urban Transportation at the 59th UITP World Congress in Dubai

Bombardier Transportation will showcase two of its most recent and major innovations in the field of urban mobility - the BOMBARDIER PrimoveCity e-mobility solution and the BOMBARDIER INNOVIA Monorail 300 system - at the 59th World Congress and Exhibition of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) in Dubai, April 11-14, 2011.
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‘Smart card’ electronic fare system to come to Philadelphia

The new system is “open,” according to SEPTA, in an effort to attract new riders. It will apply to trains, buses and trolleys and accept bank cards, mobile devices and other “smart” technologies.
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Siemens Revamps Its Industrial Business

  • Everything to do with power distribution and transportation equipment will become a new “Infrastructure and Cities” division. And the same goes for its building technology operations, which produce building automation, fire safety and security equipment.

The new arm will employ 81,000 people and generate approximately $23 billion in revenue. It will focus on tapping into fast-growing infrastructure demand around the world.'

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China must look within to drive development of smart cities

"China has few companies capable of challenging the multinational corporations that are pioneering smart city infrastructure, such as IBM Corp. and Cisco Systems Inc."
In this month's Telecom, Media, and Technology guest column, Zhang Shenwei and Xu Liyan, researchers at the Samsung Economic Research Institute in Beijing, talk to Interfax about the challenges China is facing in developing smart cities.
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Not driving much? Share your car.

Car sharing services use a bundle of new technologies including smart cards instead of keys, mobile apps for registration and smart tracking devices for security.
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ATMOS 2011 : Algorithmic Approaches for Transportation Modeling, Optimization, and Systems

CALL FOR PAPERS 11TH WORKSHOP ON ALGORITHMIC APPROACHES FOR TRANSPORTATION MODELING, OPTIMIZATION, AND SYSTEMS (ATMOS)
September 8, 2011 Saarbruecken, GERMANY

Since 2000, the series of ATMOS workshops brings together researchers and practitioners who are interested in all aspects of algorithmic methods and models for transportation optimization and provides a forum for the exchange and dissemination of new ideas and techniques.
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Ford, GM, Tech Firms Driving To 'Smart' Car Era

Last week, U.S. Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Russ Carnahan, D-Mo., introduced a bill to accelerate a public-private "smart car" effort called Intelligent Transportation Systems. The bill calls for testing such systems in six communities. Big car companies and tech leaders such as IBM (IBM), Intel (INTC) and Qualcomm (QCOM) support the bill.
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Friday, April 8, 2011

Transit ITS Regional Workshop

Audience: This is an introductory level workshop. The content is geared for transit professionals including planners, engineers, and operations managers that will be involved in the planning, implementation, and ongoing management of transit ITS applications.

Description: The goal of this workshop is to increase awareness of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and how the transit core suite of technologies can be deployed to deliver safer and more efficient transit services.

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lToyota and Microsoft Hook Up To Make Automobiles the "Ultimate Mobile Device"

"This next step forward with Toyota is just one more way we are demonstrating our commitment to connect the devices and power the services that are important to consumers," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, in a statement. The two companies said they will develop and deploy telematics applications on the Windows Azure platform, starting with Toyota's electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in 2012. Toyota says the cars will play a big part in "smart centers," the onboard systems "capable of better managing overall energy consumption of cars and homes."

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Intelligent Transportation Systems Video Challenge

The United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) wants you to grab your camera and show us how ITS technologies are making transportation better in your community. The ITS Video Challenge is sponsored by the U.S. DOT Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Federal Highway Administration, and Federal Transit Administration.'

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ITS America launches Technology Scan report series

The first of several Technology Scan reports is now available. The series assesses emerging, converging and enabling technologies outside the domain of mainstream transportation research. ITS America is surveying technologies that will potentially impact state-of-the-art or state of the practice in ITS deployment over the next decade, with an emphasis on the "connected vehicle."
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How to Hail a Passenger

5 April 2011—Sure, your smartphone can help you find a cab, and it probably uses GPS to do it. But now that most taxi drivers are also equipped with GPS, what kinds of smart applications are helping them find you? The millions of taxi GPS devices are creating huge stores of data that researchers are mining to solve routing problems, improve dispatch operations, and shake up the economics of transportation.
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Cell Carriers To Roll Out "Mobile Wallets" In Utah

A joint venture between three of the nation's four largest cell phone carriers will soon offer the United States' first commercially available mobile fare payment program to a public transportation system. Isis, a mobile commerce joint venture between AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, announced Tuesday it will roll out the pilot program in Salt Lake City in 2012, offering an alternative to credit and debit cards for Utah Transit Authority fare payments.

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Pennsylvania drivers could be taxed on miles traveled, not gas usage Read more: Pennsylvania drivers could be taxed on miles traveled, not gas usage

Taxing motorists on the miles they drive -- rather than the gas they use -- could provide a more stable source of funding for transportation, the chairman of the state House Transportation Committee said yesterday...
So state Rep. Rick Geist, R-Altoona, said a proposal to study a possible vehicle-mileage tax will be included in the transportation funding package for the next fiscal year. He characterized such a tax as a "user fee."
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Pennsylvania Lawmakers Explore Mileage Tax

There’s a number of technologies, one is a transponder in your car that would go to a central monitoring facility that would monitor the miles you drive and then you’d be billed as a result of those miles,” McGeehan said on NewsRadio 1020 on Tuesday, adding that he was only explaining the proposal, not advocating it.
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Fly Ruby - New App Reviewed

FlyRuby helps user find available private jet flights. The application goes beyond a simple airfare search. It operates based on an artificial intelligence scheduling technology developed by Dr. Stephen Smith...
FlyRuby was founded in 2011 by CEO Michael Leek. Leek had a good idea, but needed assistance to get it off the ground. With the help and technological developments of Dr. Smith (who is also the company CTO), they were able to get things started. The founding of the application was secured through an exclusive license provided by the Carnegie Mellon University.
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Crash Fatalities in 2010

The U.S. Federal Highway Administration has released a traffic safety facts sheet that that estimates that 32,788 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2010. This represents a decline of about 3 percent as compared to the 33,808 fatalities that occurred in 2009.
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Design of the In-Vehicle Driving Behavior and Crash Risk Study: In Support of the SHRP 2 Naturalistic Driving Study

The resulting data is expected to 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.
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Mark Your Calendar for Driving Assessment 2011!

TRB is cosponsoring the 6th International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training, and Vehicle Design on June 27-30, 2011, in Olympic Valley – Lake Tahoe, California. The symposium is designed to provide an interdisciplinary forum for scientific exchange between users of driving assessment tools, applications, and technology. Attendance will be limited, so you are encouraged to register early. Early bird registration expires May 15, 2011. Full-time student reduced registration fees are available.

Talking Trains (Again) With IBM’s Head Of Rail Innovation

I think connecting all of those things is information technology. The ability to seamlessly integrate that travel experience and provide all that information on the mobile device becomes very important. So if you’re arriving 15 minutes early, and if you wish to catch the earlier train, this is the information that’s pushed to you based on you opting-in to receive that information [on your phone]. You can then look at social media, like some of these coupon-based programs, so when you arrive at a certain location you get a special from the local small businesses in this area, whether that’s a restaurant or retailer. All of that information can be pushed to you, spurring economic activity around these nodes.
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GM Woos Google: Collaboration Would Compete with Ford/Microsoft’s Sync Read more: http://wot.motortrend.com/gm-woos-google-collaboration-would-compet

General Motors is negotiating with Internet search behemoth and new smartphone marketer Google to develop in-car telematics to compete with Ford and Microsoft’s Sync/MyFord systems, sources say. One says Google would sell its Android operating system for in-car use. The operating system supports Google’s Android smartphone, the new competitor to Apple’s iPhone.
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A Green and Intelligent Paradigm for the Auto Industry

IT Times was able to get some time with Choi Joong-Kyung, Minister of Knowledge Economy, to ask him questions about this Seoul Motor Show 2011. The following are excerpts from the interview with him - Ed.
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New Video: Guangzhou’s Bus Rapid Transit System

Streetfilms, in collaboration with the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), recently released a video highlighting Guangzhou, China’s bus rapid transit (BRT) system, which we covered here on TheCityFix back in January. Guangzhou’s BRT system won the 2011 Sustainable Transport Award for making great strides in increasing mobility, reducing greenhouse emissions and air pollution, and improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
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Saturday, April 2, 2011

ITS America Webinar with RITA Administrator Peter Appel

ITS America’s Spring Webinar lineup kicked off on Wednesday with a special presentation by U.S. DOT’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) Administrator Peter Appel and Deputy Administrator Robert Bertini. View Webinar Here