Wednesday, June 29, 2011

When your car helps you drive

The Department of Transportation estimates that the Connected Vehicle Program could reduce non-impaired traffic crashes by up to 81%, Belcher said. Although that system is still in the future, others are being used now and can help make road travel safer. Here's a sampling of some of the technological innovations that caught my eye.
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Challenges to red light cameras span US

In more than 500 cities and towns in 25 states, silent sentries keep watch over intersections, snapping photos and shooting video of drivers who run red lights. The cameras are on the job in metropolises like Houston and Chicago and in small towns like Selmer, Tenn., population 4,700, where a single camera setup monitors traffic at the intersection of U.S. Highway 64 and Mulberry Avenue.
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Secretary LaHood Announces $101.4 Million to Promote Innovative Clean-Fuel Technologies in Transit

The money is being provided competitively through the Federal Transit Administration's Fiscal Year 2011 Sustainability Initiative, which includes funding from two programs: $51.5 million from FTA’s Clean Fuels Grant Program and $49.9 million from FTA’s Transit Investment in Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) III Program.
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Nevada paves way to getting robotic cars on the road

The state passed Bill 511 (PDF document) last week, authorizing executives at the state's Department of Motor Vehicles to begin coming up with a set of rules of the road for autonomous, or self-driving, vehicles. This is the first step in what could be a lengthy process in getting autonomous cars, which are designed to use artificial intelligence, computer sensors and GPS instead of human drivers, on the nation's roads. But the move must be seen as good news to companies such as Google and General Motors, along with researchers at institutions such as Stanford, Cornell and Carnegie Mellon University. All of these organizations have been working on autonomous cars.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Zurich Busses Outfitted with Air Quality Sensors for Mobile Monitoring

Laboratories at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EFPL) in Switzerland and one at ETH Zurich are working on a better way to collect data about cities' air quality. Researchers have started OpenSense, a project that will test out if using the existing infrastructures of public transportation and mobile phone networks could be a smart solution for monitoring pollution.
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Seamless Journeys from Door to Door

The U.K. Campaign for Better Transport has released a report that explores opportunities and challenges for improving door-to-door transport.
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Emerging Issues in Safe and Sustainable Mobility for Older People

TRB is sponsoring a conference on Emerging Issues in Safe and Sustainable Mobility for Older People on August 30–September 1, 2011, in Washington, D.C. The conference will focus on emerging issues, research implementation, and programs related to safe and sustainable methods to enhance the mobility of older people. Early bird registration expires July 15, 2011.
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Federal Player of the Week: Guiding new transportation technologies

Department of Transportation and university researchers are working on an array of new technologies, including a system that will warn drivers if their car is about to crash into another vehicle or veer off the road into a guard rail or tree. But before such collision-preventing technologies can go into cars or be integrated into highway systems, the DOT must smooth the way for them to emerge successfully from the research and testing phases. Tim Klein is the department’s point man who shepherds Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) through the lengthy process needed to make state-of-the art transportation technology a reality.
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Just a Few Talking Cars Could Eliminate Gridlock

German researchers have found that just five cars in a thousand communicating with one another is all it takes to reduce congestion. That may not sound like a whole lot of automobiles, but it is sufficiently representative of traffic flow to allow traffic engineers to determine how best to manage traffic and alleviate rush-hour jams and construction delays. The finding comes as German officials prepare to roll out a vehicle-to-vehicle communication to alleviate traffic congestion and a growing number of automakers explore the technology.
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Monday, June 27, 2011

ParkPGH Awarded Best App in Pittsburgh Magazine

See link to ParkPGH app here
See link to Pittsburgh Magazine Article here

The wave will supplant the swipe

Your mobile phone may soon replace your wallet. In the near future, the need to carry cash, credit and debit cards, loyalty/reward cards and transit passes may be replaced by a smart phone and a quick wave over a retailer's scanner.
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GE Transportation launches signalling systems centre in Italy

GE Transportation has announced the inauguration of a centre of global excellence for leading railway signalling systems located in Sesto Fiorentino in Tuscany, near Florence. The new centre works on the research and development of innovative technologies for the transportation sector, including software and hardware platforms for railway signalling and urban transport systems such as subways.
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Friday, June 24, 2011

Bill Ford: A future beyond traffic gridlock

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Bill Ford is a car guy -- his great-grandfather was Henry Ford, and he grew up inside the massive Ford Motor Co. So when he worries about cars' impact on the environment, and about our growing global gridlock problem, it's worth a listen. His vision for the future of mobility includes "smart roads," even smarter public transport and going green like never before.
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Obama unveils $500 million manufacturing plan here

President Obama used a tour of Carnegie Mellon University's robotics lab as a symbol for his call for "an all-hands-on-deck effort" to reinvigorate American manufacturing...
Mr. Obama announced a $500 million proposal to better harness the efforts of universities, corporations and the government to spread innovation in manufacturing.CMU is one of the first six universities enlisted in that effort to ensure breakthroughs in manufacturing techniques are spread through the economy as rapidly as possible.
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City Announces App Contest for Metro Chicago, Puts Data Online

The contest, Apps for Metro Chicago, IL, offers more than $50,000 in awards to apps created in categories of transportation, community and overall benefit for Metro Chicago. Together, the governments have made almost 200 sets of data available to the public for software developers to use.
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Pomp and Unusual Circumstance – Universities and the ITS Profession

While the university-based development of new ITS technologies, central traffic control strategies, and more robust detection systems and algorithms are critical to the future of the industry, very few achieve commercial success due to the traffic control equipment manufacturer’s predominant belief that pure academics fail to fully understand the art of design for standards compliance and manufacturability...
It would be mutually beneficial to the ITS academic community and the premier traffic control equipment manufacturers, to create an ITS EIT (Engineer-in-Training) internship program, where as a required part of a new traffic engineer’s education, they are forced to learn what it takes in the private sector to design and productize new hardware, software and applications.
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Volkswagen Looks To Future, Toys With Temporary Autopilot System

The Temporary Auto Pilot (TAP) system works by using a number of passive safety features already found in vehicles such as adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist. However, since it uses the driving aids, the driver always remains in control of the vehicle and can override the system at any time. The TAP system uses a “pilot mode” similar to active cruise control systems that will keep at a set speed and distance set by the driver and will keep the car continuing within a lane. The system will also slow the vehicle before any bends in the road and has a stop-start mode for driving within traffic. The TAP system can work at speeds up to 80 mph. Unlike past systems developed by the HAVEit project, the TAP uses only technology that is already in production, and, in theory, could be integrated into vehicles today.
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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Ford Looks to Protect Customers Against Bad Drivers, Smartphones

At a special press event at Ford Motor Company's (F) Research and Innovation Center, the company presented a variety of new technologies, ranging from infotainment to "green" transportation. However, the real star of the show -- and its focus -- was Ford's ambitious safety agenda.
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HopStop to Offer More Than Directions

Its core function novel no longer, HopStop on Monday announced a major expansion of its vision, branching off from transport and into a more general-use lifestyle app for urban dwellers. Users of the company’s Web site will be able to rent cars by the hour, book limos, find reviews of local businesses, see daily deals and check listings of local events. The company is also adding a social component, where users can tell their friends on Facebook and Twitter where they will be at a certain time.
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Rep. Hanna: Technology Can Help DOTs Do More with Less

Members of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America's Congressional Roundtable were joined Wednesday morning by Rep. Richard Hanna, R-New York, for a breakfast on Capitol Hill to discuss the surface transportation reauthorization bill.
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ITS America News: Preliminary Program now available for the 18th World Congress on ITS

ITS America has released the Preliminary Program for the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems and ITS America's Annual Meeting, an interactive e-brochure that is a one-stop resource for the latest information on the major activities planned for the conference in Orlando, Fla. from Oct. 16–20, 2011.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Obama to visit CMU robotics lab

Obama on Friday morning will visit Carnegie Mellon University, where he will tour the National Robotics Engineering Center and learn about its work on modeling, simulation and robots. He'll also speak at Carnegie Mellon University later in the morning; CMU will have a live stream of his remarks. The president has visited CMU three times.
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Carnegie Mellon methods keep bugs out of software for self-driving cars

Driver assistance technologies, such as adaptive cruise control and automatic braking, promise to someday ease traffic on crowded routes and prevent accidents. Proving that these automated systems will work as intended is a daunting task, but computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have now demonstrated it is possible to verify the safety of these highly complex systems.
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Burnaby traffic signal program for emergency vehicles receives award

All of Burnaby's 230 traffic signals and more than 100 police and fire vehicles are now equipped with this GPS-based system, Leach said. "When responding to an emergency, transponder equipment mounted on police and fire vehicles allows the vehicles to request a priority green light," she explained.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

ITS JPO to Host Summer Webinar and Public Meeting Series

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced a series of webinars and public meetings that will focus on several aspects of the Connected Vehicle research program. The webinars and public meetings are free and open to the public, but interested attendees need to register in advance for each event.
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G.E.’s Ecomagination initiative rakes in $18 billion in earnings for 2010

G.E. reported the development of 22 new products and solutions under its Ecomagination initiative last year, covering the sectors of green transportation and energy efficiency, among others. One of the products is the WattStation, a user-friendly charging station designed to accelerate the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles. The WattStation enables an electric vehicle owner to charge an E.V. faster compared to standard plug-in charging.
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Profiles of American BRT: Pittsburgh’s South Busway and East Busway

In recent years, Pittsburgh’s reputation has been rejuvenated. The former industrial hub is becoming an innovative model for urban re-development, and an attractive place to live and work. Pittsburgh’s leadership on the urban sustainability front is not a recent phenomenon – in fact, it was the first city in the United States to implement elements of bus rapid transit, and it paved the way for more robust U.S. BRT systems...
Today Pittsburgh is moving ahead with expansions and improvements to its BRT network. A new proposed route – downtown to Oakland – is a dense corridor packed with housing, employment centers, universities and businesses. All told, 110,000 people work along the route. The city’s transit agency estimates 68,000 riders a day will use the new route, or 24 percent of the Port Authority’s current total ridership.
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Monday, June 20, 2011

Driverless Technology Is No Threat To Freight Truck Drivers - Yet

Between July last year and October two electrically powered freight carrying vehicles made the 13,000+ kilometre trip between Parma, Italy and Shanghai, China with only a tiny amount of human interference. The scheme was called the VisLab Intercontinental Autonomous Challenge (details here) and was devised with help from the European Union EUREKA Prometheus Project, by VisLab, a brainchild of the University of Parma, which has been pushing the boundaries of automatic vehicle control for over two decades. This feat is just the latest in a series of research projects by various universities such as the AutoNOMOS by the Freie Universität Berlin artificial intelligence department and the Carnegie Mellon University which, in conjunction with General Motors, won the $2 million DARPA Grand Challenge prize...
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CMU puts out call to inventors

President Obama is expected to tout Carnegie Mellon University's campaign to invent businesses and create jobs when he visits the university on Friday. Richard McCullough, the university's vice president for research, and other officials are looking for faculty and students to follow the path of famed inventor Thomas Edison as part of a campaign to brand CMU as the inventors' university. The Greenlighting Start-ups campaign would grant money and provide other support to help start businesses and jobs -- a goal Obama will emphasize when he visits the Oakland campus.
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City urged to create 'smart' streets - Social media can help spread traffic info

More traffic and transportation information via social media would help Edmonton become a world leader in "smart" urban traffic safety, an IBM team says.
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The car of tomorrow will drive itself — and fly - Why we haven’t moved much from the Model T but soon will

“The driving force to autonomous driving is compelling,” he said. “Of course, we need to develop and prove the technology in real-world situations. But we definitely feel it is doable.”GM has been working on this for awhile, having won the top prize in the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge, a competition for driverless vehicles, funded by the Pentagon. In a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, GM took home the $2 million grand prize for its Chevy Tahoe’s ability to navigate the course in just over four hours.
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Better Place-led group to provide trans-European electric car network

The project will be deploying a multi-transport mode network with use of Europe’s road infrastructures and railways. An electric car charging network of battery switch stations – charging infrastructures using a robotic system designed for battery services – and renewable energy powered charge spots will be incorporated into the existing transport network...
The project is set to combine road electric network infrastructures with intelligent transport systems – communications systems designed for vehicle use.
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Avoiding traffic? There's an award-winning app for that

The Intelligent Transportation Society of America honored the DOT and the authority Thursday with its Smart Solution Spotlight Award for the use of innovative technology to provide commuters and travelers with “more accurate and timely information about traffic, weather conditions and safety advisories.”
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Thursday, June 16, 2011

High-bandwidth software service for vehicles captures 2011 Governor’s Business Plan Contest

A Madison company aiming to help passengers in buses, trains and other vehicles connect to the Internet was the grand prize winner in the 2011 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest. WiRover Inc., a company formed two years ago, is led by Suman Banerjee, a UW-Madison professor of computer sciences. WiRover has developed an end-to-end software platform to deliver high-bandwidth Internet services to moving vehicles, including buses, trains, emergency vehicles and automobiles.
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MIT Smart Cars Predict Collisions

We've seen cars with lane departure warnings and collision detection, but MIT is pushing the envelope with tech that can predict human driving patterns. The computerized intelligent transportation system (ITS) uses an algorithm created from modeled human driving to predict where human drivers are going to go next.
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Google Shows That When Transit Agencies Free Their Data, Riders Win

For transit agencies, letting Google provide useful transit data to their customers (and the bazillions of other people who log on to Google every day) seems to be a win-win situation, but Young observed that not all agencies feel that way. “There are a lot of barriers,” she said. “Some think, ‘It’s our data, we don’t want to give it to anybody, maybe we can make money with it.’”
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'Smart' cities key to competitive economies

The intelligent or "ubiquitous city" is a concept which involves having an IT cluster support center to direct manage public services--including transportation, healthcare, environmental protection, security and disaster prevention--and also enhance convenience and eliminate wasteful or inefficient urban functions, she added.
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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

ExploraVision Student Winners Present Future Technologies in Special Congressional Science Fair

Edinburg, TX (1st Place in Grade K-3) – Smarter Intersections: The team envisioned a transportation technology called Intelligent Streets (i.streets), an advanced traffic control system that would utilize “smart translucent film” on a car’s windshield, receiving signals from either traffic lights or satellites.
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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Transportation boss wants screens with commuter info in bus shelters

Arguing that Chicago’s 2,200 lighted bus shelters are “under-utilized,” newly-appointed Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein wants to put them to work — by installing video screens that provide an array of commuter information. The TV-like screens that Klein hopes to install would include everything from Bus Tracker information now available on the internet and cell phones to the current inventory for car- and bike-sharing and how long it would take to walk to popular destinations.
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‘Smart cars’ that are actually, well, smart

Of course, any intelligent transportation system (ITS), even one that becomes a mainstream addition to new cars, will have to contend with human-operated vehicles as long as older cars remain on the road — that is, for the foreseeable future. To this end, MIT mechanical engineers are working on a new ITS algorithm that takes into account models of human driving behavior to warn drivers of potential collisions, and ultimately takes control of the vehicle to prevent a crash.
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LaHood: More info needed on distracted driving

The U.S. transportation secretary says he wants more facts about distracted driving before discussing whether the government should regulate communications technology built directly into cars...
Earlier in the day, the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration spoke out against adding distractions by turning cars into mobile communications devices.
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Enabling Cost-Effective Multimodal Trip Planners through Open Transit Data

The Florida Department of Transportation has released a report that examines whether multimodal trip planners can be developed using open-source software and open data sources.
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3rd International Conference on Road Safety and Simulation (RSS2011)

TRB is sponsoring the 3rd International Conference on Road Safety and Simulation (RSS2011) on September 14-16, 2011, in Indianapolis, Indiana. The conference is designed to explore technical developments and new and improved simulation equipment as well as examine the application of simulation research results to road safety issues.
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TRB Webinar: Annual Meeting and/or Transportation Research Record Prospective Authors Informational Session

On June 23, 2011, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT, TRB will hold a webinar to explore issues related to the formatting, submission, and review processes for papers being submitted for presentation at the 2012 TRB 91st Annual Meeting and/or the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board.

The webinar, which will be repeated on June 28 and 30, 2011, is designed to help make prospective authors comfortable with the paper submission process so that they can focus their energy on developing the best papers possible.

There is no cost for the webinar but space is limited, so you must register in advance. Registration information for the June 23 and subsequent webinars is available online. The format of the webinar includes ample time to take questions from attendees.
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Improving Roadway Safety Programs Through University-Agency Partnerships

November 2-3, 2011 The Keck Center of the National Academies
Washington, DC
The Call for Abstracts deadline June 21
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ITS-NY Announces 2011 Project of the Year Winners

The Intelligent Transportation Society of New York (ITS-NY) has announced the 2011 ITS-NY Project of the Year Winners at its Eighteenth Annual Meeting and Technology Exhibition in Saratoga Springs, NY. "These winning projects feature Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and technologies at work in New York State to improve traveler mobility and safety, as well as the efficiency of New York State's transportation system across all modes of travel," said Dr. Isaac Takyi, Chair of the ITS-NY Awards Committee.
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Can Technology Propel Transportation Industry?

It may be a difficult time for freight companies to justify investment in anything other than hard assets, but if the U.S. economy is indeed on the verge of recovery, there is no better time to invest in information technology.
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Monday, June 13, 2011

What Government IT Can Learn From The Private Sector

Another big opportunity Kundra sees is doing more with the petabytes of information--so called Big Data--generated by government agencies. "We're looking at, how do we think of Big Data and business intelligence in terms of slicing, dicing, and cubing information, whether it's data on intelligent transportation systems, fraud detection, or in terms of the Intelligence Community," he said.
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New I-77 signs to keep motorists ahead of the curve

By Sept. 30, large highways in the Canton and Akron area will be connected by webcams and message signs to the Ohio Department of Transportation Buckeye Traffic monitoring system.
It’s part of an $18.2 million project — already complete in portions of the Cleveland area — paid for with federal stimulus funds.
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Bike Helmet Of The Future Could Detect Traumatic Head Injuries

You're in a nasty bike accident during rush hour. Nobody stops to help, but your helmet detects that you have sustained a nasty blow to the head and automatically calls 911. This "smart" bike helmet idea, one of five winners in Toyota's Ideas For Good competition, is currently being worked on by engineers from Deeplocal and Carnegie Mellon University.
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Bike-sharing concept peddled as fine idea

On a vacation in Montreal last summer, I encountered a system of some 3,000 bicycles scattered among 300 self-serve stations. A swipe of a credit card allowed a free 30-minute ride with a drop-off anywhere else one could find another bike rental port. Fees kick in if one rides longer, but it's wildly popular. Pittsburgh would never go from zero to 3,000 like that, but a Wisconsin company, B-cycle, will be in Market Square from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today to demonstrate how bike-sharing could begin here.
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IBM, Intel and Apple: Building for the Future

There were three presentations this week that showcase how IBM, Intel, and Apple are thinking about the future. In a way, each firm’s approach mirrors a different view of the world. Intel is focused on the micro aspect of how people will electronically interact and discussed technologies that could instrument every part of our lives for our benefit. IBM spoke on smart cities that would take this instrumentation and create a better managed utopian structure that would be ever faster (in terms of transportation), safer, and cheaper.
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Soon Cars Will Behave Like Schools Of Fish

Imagine traffic one day behaving like dense schools of fish, which turn and maneuver in a synchronized flash of color without collisions, confusion, or delays. Fish have a natural system of sensors that read heat and electric fields emanating from each animal. Now cars can do on roads what fish do in water as automobile engineers develop advanced sensor and transmitting systems that use WiFi signals and GPS to broadcast a vehicle’s precise location to other cars in order to avoid crashes.
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Ford and World Safety Leaders Work to Launch Intelligent Vehicles Quicker, More Affordably

Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is hosting Europe's most influential safety leader to discuss how to bring intelligent vehicle technology to global customers quicker and more affordably. Ford is leading research and working with automakers and safety leaders globally on a standardized platform for the advanced wireless systems that can allow vehicles to "talk" to each other to reduce crashes and congestion.
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Shorter airport check-in time eyed with smart eye scanners

The International Air Transport Association unveiled a mock-up Tuesday in Singapore of what it dubbed the "Checkpoint of the Future,'' where passengers separated by security risk would walk through one of three high-tech, 20-foot-long (6.1-meters-long) tunnels that can quickly scan shoes and carry-on luggage and check for liquids and explosives.
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MIT Media Lab's CityCar: From Invention To Innovation

In this excerpt from the new book The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices, author Frank Moss examines the CityCar project and the difficulty of turning an idea in a lab into a product that changes a market.
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ITSPA “Best of ITSPA” Award Nominations

During the ITSPA Annual Meeting in August 2011 to be held in Philadelphia, PA, the Board of Directors will present two (2) “Best of ITSPA” awards. The first award will recognize an individual (ITSPA Person of the Year) that demonstrates devotion, excellence and leadership in advancing ITS in Pennsylvania. The second award will recognize a project that demonstrates innovation, coordination, and measurable results.
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Friday, June 10, 2011

AT&T/Panasonic Automotive Systems Join Forces to Test Connectivity Concepts

AT&T and Panasonic Automotive Systems Company have agreed to join forces in an effort to build and provide connectivity concepts for drivers. The new partnership will allow both companies to provide technology like in-car infotainment systems and the latest mobile devices for North America's automakers.
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Future includes more than just my minivan

Since Toronto's downtown core, like that of most cities, can't support more roads, the question becomes how to move around as efficiently as possible. Beatty says the future is in intelligent transportation -- vehicles that can be driven independently around city streets but, once headed on to the highway, become part of a vehicular Borg collective that controls merging, following distance and speed for maximum efficiency as people make their way into and out of the core.
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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Projects Use Phone Data to Track Public Services

The city’s (New York) Metropolitan Transportation Authority has been trying to provide a better sense of predictability in recent years by adding displays in stations that state when the next train is expected. Now, a Web development firm called Densebrain says that it can do the same thing at practically no cost, by analyzing how people lose phone service when they head underground...

Boston is developing a system called Street Bump that uses a smartphone’s accelerometer and GPS system to detect when a driver hits a pothole and then sends that information to city officials. Techniques like this may help cities collect data that until recently would have required expensive network sensors.
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Muni cameras cut accident rate by 50 percent, agency says

Muni bus accidents declined by 50 percent last year, which the agency’s safety director attributes to a new video surveillance system that documents accidents and poor driving by transit operators.

TARC installs new high-tech radio system in buses

All city buses are now equipped with two-way radios that allow dispatchers to instantly locate any bus, tell drivers if they are running ahead or behind schedule and connect every bus with the MetroSafe emergency communications system...
Eventually, TARC hopes to be able to enhance the technology so passengers can use smart phones or similar devices to tap into the system to find out when the next bus will arrive at a specific stop.
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Bike-Share Schemes Shift Into High Gear

National Geographic
Today’s bikes are often equipped with GPS devices for tracking. Free and coin-deposit systems have given way to solar-powered, computerized docking stations designed to deter theft and afford easy installation. Users often can reserve a bicycle with a few taps on a smart phone, unlock a bike with the swipe of a smart card that links up with the local metro, and even track calories burned while pedaling.
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Rough guide to Near Field Communications and eWallets in travel

This is a guest article by Minoo Patel, senior director for travel transportation and logistics projects at NIIT Technologies.
One of the latest trends driving the mobile travel technology industry is the advent of Near Field Communications (NFC).
In short, NFC is a combination of hardware – in the form of a microchip in a smartphone – and software that enables one’s phone or tablet to act as a kind of electronic wallet.
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Weekend of Innovation: Toyota Tech Repurposed for Good

Repurposing a Toyota car technology for some other use was the idea behind their Ideas for Good campaign. Last fall, the company solicited ideas from everyday people about how to turn any of five different technologies into some other innovation. Five winners were announced May 9, 2011, and this past weekend those winners participated in a Prototype Weekend at Carnegie Mellon University near Pittsburgh, Pa., to turn their ideas into reality.
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Recapturing Global Leadership in Bus Rapid Transit: A Survey of Selected U.S. Cities

The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy has released a report that explores the value of bus rapid transit, highlighting best practices from systems in the United States as well as abroad.
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Analysis of Intelligent Speed Adaptation

The Centre for Automotive Safety Research at the University of Adelaide, Australia, has released a report that examines Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA) in Australia.
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FHWA - New Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program Fact Sheets Available

Seven new Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program fact sheets are available on the FHWA Website.

Three fact sheets provide information about an EAR Program-sponsored projects focused on the concept of vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2X) cooperation and vehicle positioning and navigation as elements of an integrated highway system: “Investigating Advanced Traffic Signal Control” (FHWA–HRT–11–044), “Efficient and Safe Merging Solutions” (FHWA–HRT–10–076), and “Staying in Lane: Intelligent Fusion of Vehicle Sensor Data” (FHWA-HRT-10-064).

Two fact sheets describe EAR Program-sponsored projects on human behavior and travel choices: “Modeling Driver Characteristics,” (FHWA–HRT–10–070) and “Investigating Congestion and Solutions: Experiments on Congestion Conditions and Pricing Initiatives” (FHWA-HRT-10-061). The fact sheet, “New Ways to Predict Bridge Performance: Advances in Structural Health Monitoring,” (FHWA-HRT-10-062) describes advanced methods for assessing system performance.

Two fact sheets—“Harnessing the Value of Ecosystems” (FHWA–HRT–10–075) and “Exploring Cement Hydration Kinetics” (FHWA–HRT–10–078)—provide information about EAR Program initial stage investigations on innovative topics. Initial stage investigations can lead to EAR Program investments through future open solicitations.
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FHWA R&T Now - May 2011

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