Friday, May 27, 2011

Pioneering traffic signal scheme set to replace speed cameras in Swindon, UK

The Wiltshire and Swindon Road Safety Partnership along with Swindon Council are piloting a pioneering scheme that will use traffic signals to stop drivers speeding. Two roads in the UK town have been chosen for a pilot study, where traffic lights will turn to red if they detect a speeding motorist approaching.
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South Australian Government trials Cohda Wireless’s V2X ‘smart car’ system

South Australia’s road safety minister, Tom Kenyon, has launched a three-month trial of DSRC-based ‘smart car’ technology. A fleet of 10 vehicles will be equipped with the technology, which has been developed by Adelaide-based Cohda Wireless – a spin-off from the University of South Australia.
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Ford Prepares Global Launch of Electric Cars, Leads on Intelligent Vehicles

Ford Motor Co. is preparing to launch a line of electric vehicles (EVs) globally and is looking further down the road towards making "intelligent" vehicles that could lead to improvements in sustainable transportation...
The company is showcasing its first intelligent vehicle this month in several California markets. The intelligent vehicle, using Wi-Fi and GPS to communicate wirelessly with other vehicles, can reduce the time drivers sit in traffic jams and can help drivers avoid car accidents. Real time traffic information would be used to route drivers to less congested roads.
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Streetline and Siemens Partner on Parking Solution

/PRNewswire/ -- Streetline, Inc. and Siemens announced today at the International Parking Institute Conference and Expo in Pittsburgh that Streetline and Republic Intelligent Transportation Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Siemens, will work together on the installation and maintenance of Streetline's smart parking platform including its wireless sensor network as it expands throughout the United States.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Move It! How the U.S. gets transportation policy wrong—and how to get it right

Wall Street Journal-
We have tremendous technology available that could help make transportation smoother and more efficient. Traffic signals that are centrally controlled by computer can optimize the flow of traffic. Electronic toll-collection tags let drivers pay without stopping. Changeable signs can provide information about the next bus or train, or rough traffic conditions ahead. Freeway-management centers are able to spot roadway incidents, dispatch service vehicles to clear accidents and get traffic moving again.
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Is Google Motors the new GM?

By investigating driverless cars, Google is exploring an area that has tantalized automotive engineers for decades. Even a devoted driving enthusiast like former General Motors vice chairman Bob Lutz concedes that driverless cars are the way of the future. Autonomous cars would reduce highway congestion, cut down on accidents, maximize fuel economy, and free up time for drivers to perform other tasks...
As the exclusive supplier of proprietary software? Bingo! Google's automated driver system has the potential to become the operating standard for every car in the world -- the Windows of motor vehicles. Why not?
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

ITSA's Scott Belcher on KQV Radio

ITS America president and CEO Scott Belcher spent time educating radio listeners across the country on ways to travel smart for the holiday. Listen to Scott's interview with KQV-AM in Pittsburgh.
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U.S. DOT Seeks Comments on National ITS Architecture

The U.S. Department of Transportation is planning an update to the National Intelligent Transportation Systems Architecture and is seeking comments from stakeholders interested in this important initiative. The survey is being conducted by the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office which is part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration. Input collected from the survey will influence the future direction of the National ITS Architecture and will ultimately impact regional ITS architectures and the Turbo Architecture software.
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Eyes in the sky to tackle traffic

Trinidad - EYES in the sky will take the place of police officers on the nation's highways to monitor errant motorists. The first phase of the National Transport Management System (NTMS) will focus on the East-West Corridor, and is geared at reducing traffic congestion.
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A high-tech revolution is driving the parking industry

Spread across an exhibit hall of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center this week is the promise of newfound serenity:
Parking meters that can be fed from afar, rendering quaint those pockets full of quarters; computer-controlled signs that point you to the closest available space, sparing you those time- and gas-wasting laps around the garage; even technology that rescues you when you've forgotten where you parked.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

UPDATE: Toyota, Salesforce.com To Create Social Media Network For Vehicles

The two companies said they plan to start offering the service, to be called "Toyota Friend," with Toyota's electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids due out next year. The new service will allows users to exchange real time updates, or "tweets," with other Toyota drivers, connect with local dealers and remotely obtain diagnostic information about their hybrid vehicles, such as battery usage, they said. It will debut in Japan before a global roll out later in 2012.
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Sense & the City - London Transport Museum

This summer a new exhibition about London opens at London Transport Museum – you could be part of it. Sense & the City explores the powerful new forces that are shaping the way we live, work and travel in the city. GPS, pervasive wireless, sensing, near field communication, multi touch surfaces, open data, smart phones and a blizzard of new Apps are combining to redefine our urban relationships. Data visualisation is beginning to work with these digital riches to help us make deals, be sociable, navigate and network in powerful new ways. There is a wind of change in London - Sense & the City will harvest straws in that wind and test which of them have most significance for the future.

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Car Talk and Talk and... Vehicles that constantly send out signals could save a lot of lives—if drivers accept the technology

Now, the hardware and software to start rolling out a generation of connected cars is almost ready for real-world testing in the U.S. Whether American drivers are ready for a world in which cars send out data on speed and direction 10 times a second and function as automated back-seat drivers is another question. How people react to the technology will be as critical as whether the technology works.
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Be safe … Be seen

The second video is about a bicycle lighting system called Project Aura, which aims to make a cyclist visible from the side, not always possible with front and rear lights.
Project Aura was developed by Ethan Frier and Jonathan Ota, industrial design students at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
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Velodyne Donates LiDAR and Robotic Artifacts to Smithsonian

The HDL-64E was used as the obstacle detection sensor by five out of the six finishing teams at the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge, including the winner, Carnegie Mellon University’s BOSS.
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Friday, May 20, 2011

Volvo demonstrates truck blind-spot detection and warning system at INTERSAFE 2 event

Volvo has demonstrated a system that aims at solving the problem of the truck driver’s blind spot on the passenger side at the INTERSAFE 2 EU project’s Final Event in Wolfsburg, Germany.
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BMW to debut Left Turn Assistant at EU INTERSAFE 2 initiative's Final Event

A BMW Group Research and Technology research project – which is part of the European-funded INTERSAFE 2 initiative – is giving the public debut of its new Left Turn Assistant today and tomorrow (May 17-18) in Wolfsburg, Germany, as part of the initiative’s Final Event...
The Left Turn Assistant is activated automatically in the BMW 5 Series test vehicle as soon as the car’s sensors detect that it is entering the left-turn lane and the car registers the driver’s wish to turn off.
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Secretary LaHood Announces Availability of $7.6 Billion for Transit; Money Will Pay for Operations, Maintenance, and Construction

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced the availability of $7.6 billion in annual funding for states, local communities and transit agencies nationwide to help maintain bus and transit rail operations and provide for capital construction and maintenance projects. With high gasoline prices taking a bite out of consumers’ wallets, this money will also provide people with options for getting around.
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Transit chief touts Broward bus system

BCT strategies for meeting the future transit needs of the community include attracting new commuters to the bus system, promoting energy efficiency, connecting with passengers through smart phones and other technology and providing for rider safety, comfort and convenience. "We're working hard to attract the next generation of transit riders," Garling said.
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Thursday, May 19, 2011

SPC - NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD AND PUBLIC MEETINGS

2040 Long Range Transportation and Development Plan for Southwestern Pennsylvania. The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission seeks comments from the public on important draft documents prior their adoption:

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Google Lobbies Nevada to Allow Self-Driving Cars

Google, a pioneer of self-driving cars, is quietly lobbying for legislation that would make Nevada the first state where they could be legally operated on public roads. And yes, the proposed legislation would include an exemption from the ban on distracted driving to allow occupants to send text messages while sitting behind the wheel.
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DOT announces expanded 511 web

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities has announced they have expanded their 511 web and telephone traveler information system to include smart phone access and an R-S-S feed. For those traveling with access to the newest technology it means easier access to road and weather information...
New Generation 511, as it is known, includes a newly improved telephone system as well.
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USDOT to Host Driver Clinics for Connected Vehicles

The U.S. Department of Transportation will host six clinics across the country to introduce drivers to vehicle-to-vehicle communications aimed at reducing traffic accidents and saving lives.
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The Story of How Seoul Goes better with Smart Transportation Solutions.avi

Nice promotional video of LG CNS smart transportation work with transit in Seoul.
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Streetline Unveils Next Generation Smart Parking App Platform - Parker™

Streetline, Inc., a global provider of smart parking solutions for cities, airports, universities and private garages, today unveiled the next generation of Parker™ – the leading real-time consumer parking app for smartphones and tablets. With the announcement – which was made today during a press conference debuting Streetline's real-time parking guidance in Studio City, Calif. – the company also introduced enhancements to its iPhone app and announced the availability of Parker for Android.
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Advanced Eco-Routing Algorithm Hits the Market

EFNAV takes into account three key factors when calculating eco-routes: traffic (real-time and historical), road grade, and road type. By using these data along with tapping directly into a vehicle's data stream, EFNAV can deliver accurate and reinforcing feedback to a driver based on the eco-success of the route selection and driving style.
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EFNAV takes into account three key factors when calculating eco-routes: traffic (real-time and historical), road grade, and road type. By using these data along with tapping directly into a vehicle's data stream, EFNAV can deliver accurate and reinforcing feedback to a driver based on the eco-success of the route selection and driving style.
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Use of Mobility Devices on Paratransit Vehicles and Buses

TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) has issued a request for proposals to identify and assess the current and emerging issues that limit the use of mobility devices in paratransit vehicles and buses. The project will also develop guidance and options to assist transit systems, manufacturers, and transit users in the implementation of accessible design and accommodation solutions for the short and long term. Proposals are due June 21, 2011.
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The technology behind bike sharing systems

Sharing a bike with a friend requires trust and a U-lock. Sharing 600 bicycles with the city of Boston requires technology and a big investment. Alison Cohen's Alta Bicycle Share is up for the task.

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ITS America 2011 Student Smart Phone ITS App Competition – Win a Trip to Orlando, FL!

The Student Smart Phone ITS App Competition is designed to encourage student interest and future participation in the development of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and related mobility, safety, and environmental solutions that address global transportation concerns. The objective of the competition is to provide an opportunity for today’s students—whatever their field—to apply their knowledge in a thought-provoking and enjoyable competition and to build awareness of ITS as a career path with unlimited potential.
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World Transit Research Newsletter: May 2011

Monash University’s Institute of Transport Studies has released the latest issue of its bimonthly newsletter that is designed to highlight recently added items to the World Transit Research database.
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Investigating Advanced Traffic Signal Control: Examining the Effect of Traffic Probe Data on Traffic Signal Operations

The U.S. Federal Highway Administration has released a fact sheet that explores the concept of vehicle-to-infrastructure cooperation via the Intelligent Transportation Systems initiative.
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NCHRP FY 2012 Projects: Oversight Panel Nominee Solicitation

TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) is soliciting nominees to serve on oversight panels for new projects being established under the NCHRP's FY 2012 program. Nominees should have expertise directly relevant to the proposed project topic. To help identify nominees who are members of historically underrepresented groups, TRB encourages the nomination of women and members of minority groups. Nominations are due by June 3, 2011.
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Improving Roadway Safety Programs Through University-Agency Partnerships: A Conference

TRB with the support of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration is sponsoring Improving Roadway Safety Programs Through University-Agency Partnerships: A Conference on November 2-3, 2011, in Washington, D.C. The focus of this conference will be university-transportation agency partnerships for safety and the role these partnerships can play in helping to develop the analytical and workforce expertise needed to support new roadway safety analysis, research, programs, and cultural tools. The conference's planning committee is seeking poster proposals to highlight current successful partnerships, explore innovative models for collaboration, and review new safety tools and concepts. The poster submission deadline is June 21,2011.
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Monday, May 16, 2011

New report outlines seven tools for improving transportation system

A new report released today by Reason Foundation, Taxpayers for Common Sense and Transportation for America proposes cost-effective recommendations that Congress should consider as part of the pending transportation bill that will stretch limited transportation dollars, save money in the long run, cut congestion, and better maintain the existing system...
The report also recommends five additional strategies, including: Bus Rapid Transit (BRT); Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS); Intercity Buses; Teleworking; and Local Street Connectivity.
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Buses to see the light

Some Highway 82 traffic signals will turn green earlier and remain green longer for valley buses under a groundbreaking plan by the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority.
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ITS America 2011 Student Essay Competition – Win a Trip to Orlando, FL!

The Student Essay Competition is designed to encourage student interest and future participation in the development of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and solutions. The objective of the essay competition is to provide an opportunity for today’s transportation and engineering students to apply their knowledge in a thought-provoking and enjoyable competition and to build awareness of ITS as a career path with unlimited potential.
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SF parking app gets passing - not perfect - grade

The goal of the federally funded experiment is to make it easier to find parking and reduce the need for drivers to circle, resulting in less congestion and air pollution. The high-tech parking hunt isn't foolproof. But during a Chronicle road test on a recent afternoon with the manager of the SFpark program, the parking data was, for the most part, spot on.

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Should drivers pay by the mile instead of the gallon?

Options to measure distance traveled range from regular odometer readings to GPS-enabled tracking that would determine where and when travel occurred. That would be useful if the government wants to charge higher rates during peak rush hours, for example, a concept already used to some extent on highways with electronic tolls.
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IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society

Check out the IEEE ITSS web site for their recent newsletter and a listing of their upcoming ITS conferences and calls for papers.
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Living Labs Global Award 2011 Winners Announced

Technologies such as mobile broadband, smart hand devices, cloud computing and open-source public databases are becoming central to envisioning favorable future scenarios of cities. Living Labs Global, a non-profit association based in Copenhagen (Denmark) joined forces with the partnered cities with the aim of bringing companies and decision-makers from all corners of the globe together to promote innovation in services and mobility in cities, and to better capacitate the potential of new technologies to change our day-to-day lives for the better.
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Friday, May 13, 2011

The OpenData movement will be a people’s revolution

In the US the OpenData principle has been grasped. Chris Vein, deputy US chief technology officer, said: “Whether you call them geeks or techies, some of the greatest innovations in government have been the result of citizen developers who simply want to do their part to make our government work better. From the Department of Health and Human Services’ Community Data Health Initiative to 'Transportation Camps' - un-meetings aimed at solving transportation problems - throughout the United States, citizens are using their talents to help make government data that are simply lying around actually work for the American people.
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U.S. Department of Transportation to Test Connected Vehicle Technologies in Six Cities

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the six cities where it will hold Driver Acceptance Clinics for drivers to test new technologies that will help the department learn more about how drivers respond to vehicle-to-vehicle communications that can help reduce traffic accidents and save lives. The first clinic will be held in Brooklyn, MI, near Detroit, in August. The remaining clinics will be held in Minneapolis, Orlando, FL, Blacksburg, VA, Dallas and San Francisco.

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Lake County’s traffic central keeps eye on roads

LIBERTYVILLE — It’s been five years since Lake County PASSAGE (Arterial Signal Synchronization and Travel Guidance) was activated, an intelligent transportation system that can track just about any traffic nightmare and alert the public in real time via radio, email and smart phone.
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PennDOT: Intelligent Transportation System Coming to Northwest Pennsylvania Interstates

Features of the new system will include traffic cameras, dynamic message signs and highway advisory radio systems on Interstates 90, 86, 80, 79 and 376 in Butler, Crawford, Erie, Lawrence, Mercer and Venango counties.
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Panel To Focus On Deadly Truck, Bus Accidents

They also want trucks and buses to have some of the safety technology that's available on many cars and on buses in other countries. That includes electronic stability control to prevent rollovers, adaptive cruise control that automatically adjusts speed to traffic, warning systems that alert drivers when they're drifting into another lane, and warning systems that alert drivers to an impeding collision.
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Tech-Savvy Travelers Embrace Mobile Flight Tracking Technologies, According to New FlightView Survey

Smart phone usage among America’s frequent travelers continues to climb – currently at 75 percent, according to PhoCusWright. As more travelers and visitors move to checking flight status and travel information through mobile websites and applications, cash-strapped U.S. airports and airlines are struggling to keep up – and looking for guidance on where to invest first.
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2011 TRB Joint Summer Meeting

Join more than 350 transportation professionals expected to participate in the TRB Joint Summer Meeting, July 10-13, 2011, in Boston, Massachusetts. Transportation professionals specializing in planning, finance, policy, economics, freight, data systems, transportation security, ferry transportation, and ports and waterways will share information in open committee meetings, joint collaborative discussions, and general sessions. Advance registration expires June 10, 2011.
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2012 TRB 91st Annual Meeting and Transportation Research Record Call for Papers

TRB standing committees have issued calls for papers for the TRB 91st Annual Meeting, January 22-26, 2012, in Washington, D.C, and the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRR). While papers addressing any relevant aspect of transportation research will be considered, some committees are soliciting papers in specific subject areas to help potential authors identify topics for their papers
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Bluetooth Readers Installed Locally On I-35

TxDOT’s expansion-project partners from the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University in College Station recently installed the first of a planned series of signal readers that will measure and report actual travel times between points along I-35 from Georgetown to Hillsboro.
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Webinar Alert (from USDOT): Public Transit Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Implementations – Lessons Learned

Date: Thursday, June 2, 2011

Time: 1:00 – 2:30 P.M. Eastern Time

Cost: All T3s are free of charge

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ITS JPO Announces Seven New Research Projects for AERIS

The Intelligent Transportation System Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) announces the selection of seven projects to identify research opportunities which the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) AERIS (Applications for the Environment: Real-Time Information Synthesis) program could leverage.
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Now, to Find a Parking Spot, Drivers Look on Their Phones

Now San Francisco professes to have found a solution — a phone app for spot-seekers that displays information about areas with available spaces. The system, introduced last month, relies on wireless sensors embedded in streets and city garages that can tell within seconds if a spot has opened up.

Note: A group of Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College graduate students, under the direction of Dr. Robert Hampshire developed the prototype for this app.

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Connected Vehicle Technology Challenge

New wireless technology enables connectivity for vehicles of all kinds—cars, trains and even bicycles. Vehicles can “talk” to each other, traffic signals, and mobile devices. What should they say?
Seventy-seven video submissions are in. Check them out, vote on them and engage in blogs or discussion groups.
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Smartphones’ locating ability starts scaring users

Like Shin, many smartphone users are disturbed about recent news that companies like Apple and Google are collecting their location data. They are the two major companies in the realm of smartphones and smartphone platforms - most smartphones use either Apple’s iPhone operating system or Google’s Android platform.
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PennDOT to unveil signs providing Parkway East travel times

The estimates will be computed from average speeds detected by sensors that are mounted on traffic camera poles. The information will be displayed continuously at all hours of the day and night and in both directions "unless there's a higher-priority message, like a crash," spokesman Jim Struzzi said...T
he service will be added on the Parkway West and Parkway North in the next few months, and expanded to other roads over the coming years, he said.

IBM Smarter City Classes Seek Solutions For Emergency Rooms, Public Transit, And "The Crotch"

On Thursday, technology giant IBM announced the 50 recipients of its inaugural “Smarter Planet Faculty Innovation Awards,” in essence a $10,000 grant for designing classes geared toward the technologies, markets, and applications in which IBM has a vested interest--urban transportation and health care apps, for example.
See CMU's winning submission from Dr. Deanna H. Matthews Smarter Cities through Systems Thinking
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City eyes innovative parking garage

With the $6 million, an innovative parking garage - one that uses robotics to park cars - could be built at the West Broad Street parking lot near Church Street Station and adjacent to CAN DO's corporate offices at 1 S. Church St., Yannuzzi said.
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Sustainable Transportation is Focus of IBM Grant Won by UB Professor

Sadek has received an IBM Smarter Planet Faculty Innovation Award to develop an eight-lecture course on "Advanced Technology Solutions for a Sustainable Transportation System." He describes some of the technologies that will be explored in the course in a video at http://bit.ly/l9ULhN.
The course address traffic flow fundamentals; traffic simulation; emissions modeling; signal optimization and coordination; incident management; sustainable or green routing; congestion pricing; and vehicle-infrastructure integration or IntelliDrive.
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Area traffic flow data posted on ODOT site Radar on expressways sends info to Web

Up-to-the-minute traffic flow information on Toledo-area expressways now is available on the Ohio Department of Transportation's buckeyetraffic.org Web site, thanks to data from an array of radar devices a contractor recently installed along the roads. And once programmable message boards are installed at 11 strategic locations, traffic information based on that data will be displayed on them too.

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How will social networking change air transportation?

Social networking and smart phones have introduced an entirely new capability, leveraging real-time status, GPS location and special-purpose applications (apps). At this point (and things move quickly), these functionalities have created two new ways to generate charter bookings.
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Connect by Hertz Car Sharing Electrifies Manhattan's Seward Park Co-Op Bringing Electric Vehicles and Networked ChargePoint Stations to Consumers

As part of its Global Electric Vehicle (EV) expansion throughout New York City, Connect by Hertz, Hertz's (NYSE: HTZ) global car sharing club, the first car sharing club to introduce the 100% electric Nissan LEAF™ in Manhattan, is bringing the LEAF to Manhattan's Seward Park Co-op...
Connect by Hertz is able to "communicate" with the vehicle, enabling representatives to unlock, engage and locate vehicles and cars are also equipped with iPod connectivity, Bluetooth capabilities, for a hands free driving experience, and EZ Pass transponders.
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Phone app enlisted to help map future bicycle routes

Called CycleTracks and available for iPhones or Androids, the program uploads trip information, which will be collected and used in future planning efforts. AMBAG is urging cyclists to not only download and use the program, but to enter notes about which types of trips they are taking. Users can see their routes on CycleTracks, but also see their times and average speed.

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Monday, May 9, 2011

2012 Structures Congress Call/Submission

The 2012 Structures Congress includes a specialty track for Analysis and Computation. The submission process, requirements and link to the paper management system are different from the traditional Structure Congress. Please visit the 20th Analysis and Computation page for all details.
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Friday, May 6, 2011

Evaluating Pedestrian Safety Countermeasures

Pedestrians hit in roadway crashes account for nearly 12 percent of all traffic fatalities and 59,000 injuries each year. Because crashes involving pedestrians tend to be sporadic events that do not occur at the exact same location, a one-size-fits-all approach to mitigating pedestrian safety problems is unrealistic. To help shed light on which countermeasures will be most effective at specific types of locations, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) initiated pilot projects in Las Vegas, NV, Miami, FL, and San Francisco, CA.
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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The future of autonomous cars

While science fiction has toyed with the idea of the self-driving car for years, the reality is a horribly complicated task. At the turn of the last century, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa), issued its Grand Challenge for fully autonomous vehicles...
Six competitors were successful and the winner of the $2 million prize was the Chevrolet Tahoe of the Carnegie Mellon University of Pittsburgh.
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OICA Appeals for Harmonised Intelligent Transport Systems Standards to Facilitate the Accelerated Deployment of Connected Vehicles

Paris, France, 21 April 2011 – The Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers makes a strong appeal towards harmonized Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) industry technical standards in order to accelerate the deployment of these systems. In this context globally aligned wireless communication protocols for safety and mobility relevant data to connect vehicles with each other and with the roadside infrastructure are a critical element to enable deployment.
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Smarter Vehicles Coming Soon That Talk and Avoid Crashes

The auto industry is moving closer to deploying technology into vehicles that could go a long way to making vehicle crashes, at least serious ones, mostly a thing of the past. That's right. The industry that fought against making seat belts standard, is marching toward creating the ultimate safe car without the hammer of regulation coming down on it.
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A silver bullet for urban traffic problems

(CNNMoney) -- Some of the most valuable real estate in cities is hidden beneath parked cars. For managers of urban resources, this turf is a blind spot. There's no real-time data about how it gets used, and you can't manage what you can't measure. Experts believe that some 30% of urban traffic comes from cars hunting for parking spaces.

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A Foundation for Safer Driving

A new project brief, A Foundation for Safer Driving, summarizes the progress of preliminary research for the SHRP 2 Naturalistic Driving Study (NDS) as of April 2011. Driver behavior is the primary cause of most crashes, and the SHRP 2 NDS will be the largest study of driving behavior ever conducted.
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IBM executive describes potential of ‘cloud computing’

An IBM Corp. executive told businesspeople Tuesday morning that advancing technology is creating intelligent infrastructure making it possible to analyze and adjust whole utility, transportation and industrial systems almost instantaneously to meet user demand.
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DOT awards $6.5M to ease Michigan, Minnesota truck parking shortages

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $4,480,000 to Michigan’s I-94 Truck Parking and Information Management System and $2,049,940 to Minnesota’s Comprehensive System for Assessing Truck Parking Availability. Both systems will deliver real-time information on parking availability through Intelligent Transportation Systems.
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Smart Wireless Cars and Intelligent Transportation Focus of CTIA-The Wireless Association® May Edition of "Wonder of Wireless"

Mobile technology is being deployed in numerous ways to make transportation safer, easier and more convenient for Americans. In CTIA's May "Wonder of Wireless" (WOW) webcast and blog (http://blog.ctia.org), the association features stories on "intelligent transportation" and the impact wireless is having on the next generation of vehicles and drivers. By powering applications that control fleet management, vehicle diagnostics and communications and entertainment systems, the transportation industry is improving its operations and making its products safer.
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Techstorm - June 2, 2011 Fairfax, VA

TECHSTORM is open to the technology transfer professionals and researchers from academic institutions and federal labs, corporate in-licensing executives, entrepreneurs, investors and others interested in contributing to the advancement of innovative technologies to market.
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Deeplocal to build Toyota's Ideas for Good

Pittsburgh’s Deeplocal Inc., the East Liberty-based technology, art and engineering house, is working with Toyota on the automaker’s Ideas For Good campaign that will culminate in the firm building five completely new products based on technology developed for the Prius and ideas suggested by the public...

In addition to working with Deeplocal, there is a connection to Carnegie Mellon University. The school and Toyota are in talks to develop a class or some other project that will take the remaining 20 finalists and continue developing those ideas.
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