Wednesday, August 31, 2011

5 Emerging Technologies Soon to Hit the Government Market

A company called Illuminating Concepts transforms typical streetlights into highly intelligent network nodes that do more than fend off darkness. The Farmington Hills, Mich., company launched a product called Intellistreets that adds lighting control, wireless communication, audio, video and digital signage to any standard streetlight.
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BMW Tests an Autonomous Vehicle

That’s why BMW is testing a 5-Series sedan outfitted with autonomous tech on that stretch of roadway. The German automaker wants to see if cars with the ability to sense their surroundings can make heavy traffic less of a chore for stressed-out drivers. Engineers from the Highly Automated Driving group have racked up more than 3,100 miles in a semi-autonomous car that can take over during a traffic jam and even bring the car to the shoulder if the driver becomes incapacitated.
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Valet Parking, the App

While the live test used ultrasound to find available parking spots, future garage parking spots may be equipped with technology that mechanically prevents access to vehicles without the proper ID. The researchers envision a citywide GPS system that reserves the nearest available parking spot within a specified price range. Managing hundreds of simultaneous requests for vacant parking spots throughout a city, it would direct subscribers from their present location to the parking spot closest (and if desired, cheapest) to their destination.
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Cameras at construction zones, traffic lights touted for safety Read more: Cameras at construction zones, traffic lights touted for safety

A proposal to generate $2.7 billion a year for transportation in Pennsylvania recommends allowing traffic enforcement cameras at intersections and in construction zones across the state.

A Data-Driven Approach to Inspection: FHWA Introduces New Bridge Safety Initiative

A new bridge safety initiative introduced by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) this year is using systematic, data-driven, and risk-based reviews and analysis to improve oversight of how States are performing their bridge inspections.
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2010 Urban Congestion Trends: Enhancing System Reliability with Operations

The U.S. Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Operations has released a report that explores how system reliability may be enhanced through a variety of operational strategies.
The report also includes three national snapshot performance measures derived from travel time data from 20 urban areas in the United States. The measures include congested hours, travel time index, and the planning time index.
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Using Census Data for Transportation Applications Conference

TRB is sponsoring the Using Census Data for Transportation Applications Conference on October 25-27, 2011, in Irvine, California. The workshop will focus on the use of census data for transportation applications by exploring the results of current research, providing an opportunity for the sharing of experiences of practitioners who are using census data, and by examining potential strategies for practical improvements in data use for current and emerging data needs.
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Improving Roadway Safety Programs Through University-Agency Partnerships

TRB will organize a conference to review new safety tools and concepts, highlight current successful university-transportation agency safety partnerships, identify current and potential capabilities to fully utilize these new tools and concepts, and explore collaborative approaches by transportation agencies and universities to improve roadway safety.
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2012 TRB 91st Annual Meeting: Spotlight Theme

The spotlight theme for the 91st Annual Meeting is Transportation: Putting Innovation and People to Work. Spotlight sessions, workshops, and discussions at the 2012 TRB Annual Meeting will highlight how research leads to innovation in transportation services and products, and how this in turn can stimulate the economy, create jobs, and attract students to the transportation profession.
The TRB 91st Annual Meeting, January 22-26, 2012, in Washington, D.C.
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Monday, August 29, 2011

GPS App Keeps Drivers' Eyes on the Road

A new app, Wikitude Drive, aims to help drivers navigate without diverting their attention away from the road. Philipp Breuss-Schneeweis, founder of Wikitude GmbH, the Austrian company that developed the app, claims that "seeing the cars in front of you in the camera image can help you to avoid a crash. Many accidents actually happen when drivers look at the navigation system and the car ahead stops."
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Pa. governor's panel advises more red-light cameras

"It's using technology to affect behavior, reduce the cost of enforcement and improve enforcement," said state Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch, who chaired the governor's Transportation Funding Advisory Commission.

Trucking Industry Mobility and Technology Coalition

Make plans now to attend the 3rd Annual Trucking Industry Mobility and Technology Coalition meeting, held in conjunction with ATA’s Management Conference and Exhibit (MC&E). The 2011 TIMTC Annual Meeting will take place at the world famous Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Dallas on October 17 – 18, 2011.
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Bike sharing takes hold in the US

Two companies are working to split the market across the US: B-Cycle, a joint effort between advertising agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky, Humana healthcare and Trek Bicycle Corporation, and PBSC Urban Solutions, the people behind BIXI. Both companies supply the bikes, build the docking stations and provide the tracking systems needed to run each scheme.
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Travel pan-India with mobility card

It's time to bid goodbye to heavy purses and all that stuff that you carry when you travel in public transport. All thanks to the Common Mobility Card-a prepaid smart card that will allow denizens to travel in public transport- bus, auto-rickshaw, taxi and even book railway tickets pan India.
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Armstrong County hopes to plug into transportation's future

Commissioner Patty Kirkpatrick is hoping the emerging technology known as intelligent transportation will soon reduce traffic congestion, improve safety and expand industry here.

As the co-chair of the Infrastructure Policy Committee for the region with the University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics, Kirkpatrick is interested in strategies for meeting the future travel needs of the county.
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Google gets behind the wheel

Raj Rajkumar, co-director of the General Motors autonomous driving collaborative lab at Carnegie Mellon University, predicts that driverless vehicles will be on the roads in the next 10 years and drastically improve the use of road infrastructure...
“When we fly, the autopilot is in control for much of the flight,” he said. “We already trust our lives to computers in these safety-critical situations.”
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Joint MIT/Princeton Researchers Develop Mobile System To Help You Avoid Red Lights & Save Gas While Driving

The new system is called SignalGuru and it aims to capture images while you are driving to relay information about stop lights. Emmanouil Koukoumidis, a visiting researcher at MIT who led the project, said that the application’s use can easily spread beyond just traffic signal capture to include parking spaces, city bus paths, or various gas stations. It works by placing a bracket on a car’s dashboard that will hold your smartphone in order to capture images as you’re driving.
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Ford and Michigan Tech Team Up to Imagine a Better Bus System

Michigan Tech’s Transportation Enterprise and Automotive Computing Enterprise (ACE) won the $50,000 competitive grant. Enterprises are teams of students who take on real-world problems and—with industry partners—use their Tech education to find practical solutions.
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PennDOT probes management of traffic signals throughout Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is reviewing the way traffic signals are managed across the state. "Timing (of signals) is not as organized as it should be," PennDOT spokesman Steve Chismar said. "It's a problem that crops up more than it should."
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U.S. DOT Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Announces Over $8 Million in Grants to Strengthen Truck and Bus Safety Across Pennsylvania

FMCSA awarded $7.9 million to the Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to strengthen enforcement oversight at high-crash corridors throughout the state, conduct safety audits of new truck and bus companies and upgrade the commercial driver’s license knowledge test from paper to electronic form at testing facilities across the state.
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Can taxing trucks by the mile help save transportation funding?

As part of the experiment, researchers came up with three different pricing schemes for the mileage tax. The first one would simply charge a basic fee per mile traveled. A second would also charge truckers lower rates for taking highways designed to handle trucks, and higher rates for taking local roads. The third set-up would give discounts to trucks that traveled during off-peak hours, to try to cut down on traffic jams.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

PennDOT RFP for NEXT GEN ATMS

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is soliciting proposals from interested Offerors to design and implement the Next Generation Advanced Traffic Management System (NEXT GEN ATMS). This will include services to design, develop, implement, test, maintain and support a single statewide Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS) software that will allow shared control of all existing and future Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) devices and data throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
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RoboCar MEV-C: Japan Gets New Robot Car

While the conventional COMS is a rather simple electric vehicle, ZMP added quite a few features to make it sexier: a stereo camera, a 9-axis wireless motion sensor, a GPS unit, a temperature and humidity sensor, a laser range sensor, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G and the so-called CAN (Control Area Network) protocol as an “open platform” that allows buyers to access every piece of the hardware.
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Stockholm's Congestion Pricing Success

Rather than installing hundreds of cameras throughout its city centre, Stockholm opted to install cameras at 18 entrance points to the city – a system only possible due to the fact that central Stockholm is essentially an island with just a few possible points of entry.
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City Launched ITS to Control Traffic Congestion

Great effort is needed rather than relaying to officer to solve traffic jam in Jakarta which is getting worse. Jakarta Provincial Government through Jakarta Dept. of Transportation is using advance technology by launching Intelligent Transport System (ITS). ITS is not only used as monitoring center, but it also has ability to perform anticipation and reactive action to traffic lane.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Number Of Cars Worldwide Surpasses 1 Billion; Can The World Handle This Many Wheels?

The number of cars on the world's roads surpassed one billion last year, according to a study that has spurred debate on what the rapidly-growing car population will mean for the world's economy and environment. According to a report from Ward's Auto released last week, the global number of cars exceeded 1.015 billion in 2010, jumping from from 980 million the year before.
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Put your money where your miles are

The Netherlands has begun a brave experiment to tax motorists not on how much gas they use, but how much they drive...
One of the key components of the Dutch system is a display not unlike a taxi meter, which tallies the charge based on driving distance in real time. Such visual representations of money flying out of your pocket can be a powerful tool to change behavior.
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U.S. Department of Transportation Launches Major Test of Innovative Vehicle Safety Technology

(DOT) today announced that the University of Michigan will conduct a road safety field trial in Ann Arbor, MI using innovative technology equipment in everyday vehicles in a real-time environment. This advanced technology will be tested in a major study over the course of a year, and may help significantly reduce the number of vehicle crashes on our nation's roads. The Safety Pilot will include the installation of wireless devices in up to 3,000 vehicles in one location to evaluate the effectiveness of connected vehicle technology to prevent crashes.
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Senior Travelers’ Trip Chaining Behavior: Survey Results and Data Analysis

The Illinois Center for Transportation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has released a report that explores senior citizens’ travel and activity scheduling behavior. According to the authors, the reports finding may be usefully in helping to plan more efficient transit services targeting senior travelers and may help change their attitudes toward public transportation.
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Response Modification for Enhanced Operation and Safety of Bridges

The Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota has released a report that explores the role bridge health monitoring and structural response modification can play in extending the service life of existing bridge structures.
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Monday, August 22, 2011

Digital Transportation Exchange (DTE) Initiative

The Digital Transportation Exchange (DTE) would connect citizens, businesses, state and local governments, industry, entrepreneurs, researchers, and investors though a public private partnership like never before—creating a thriving marketplace for transportation solutions. The DOT is interested in (1) engaging a wide variety of stakeholders on the potential for this initiative to connect people and technology for transportation innovation and (2) identifying partners to launch and manage this platform.
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New 511 System Coming to W.Va.

When the system is up and running, motorists can simply dial 511 to get that information, Kenney said. But it's not your typical 511. Instead of having to push buttons, users will be able to talk back to get information.
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Governor's panel: Allow red-light cameras statewide

In Pennsylvania, red-light cameras, which photograph the license plates of motorists who run red lights and send those folks citations in the mail, are legal only in Philadelphia — though a recent development might help change that.
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Parkmobile launches its Pay-by-Phone parking service in Nashville

Parkmobile USA has announced that its service will be implemented at Premier Parking surface lots located in Nashville, Tennessee. Customers will now be able to pay for parking with their cell phones using Parkmobile’s mobile applications for the iPhone, Android and BlackBerry smartphones.
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Florida DOT gets US$2.6 million of FHWA funding for Sarasota-Manatee ATMS

When it is online, the ATMS will direct traffic at 75% of the signals in the two counties. Similar systems elsewhere in the USA and in Europe show up to 48% reductions in travel times. The FHWA funding for the new ATMS was among US$417.3 million in government grants announced for projects across the USA.
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County prepares to expand Intelligent Transportation System

PANAMA CITY — It might seem difficult to imagine while attempting to navigate 23rd Street during lunch hour or cross the Hathaway Bridge after work, but Bay County’s Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) has decreased travel times and saved drivers millions of dollars since its inception about a decade ago, and it soon will be expanding.
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Ford and Twitter Talk Keys to Marketing to Millennials

Ford outlined several keys to getting millennials interested in Ford cars that boiled down to giving them what they've come to expect from their offline and online life: connectivity, individuality and instant gratification.
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In-vehicle technology helps drivers make better decisions

A new in-vehicle system developed at Clemson University promises to gather key information about traffic and road conditions that can help drivers make better decisions.
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Federal grants to fund Kan. highway projects

The largest grant — $1.65 million — will allow the state to build an "intelligent transportation system" that will use real-time traffic data to help guide motorists through construction zones.
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Car Jack-Jacking: Cybersecurity Is The Next Challenge For Electric Vehicles

By 2015, $144 million will be spent annually on cybersecurity tools for electric vehicles. Hacker attacks on electric vehicles couldn't just spoof credit card numbers or power a car for free--they could also potentially take down the grid.\
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Idaho takes another step toward roads paved with solar panels

The government is once again bequeathing Solar Roadways with some capital to pursue its vision, this time giving the company $750,000 to replace its own parking lot with the paneled blocks, which include an array of photovoltaic and heating elements, as well as wireless LED lights all protected by glare-free glass that offers the same traction as asphalt. This will allow Solar Roadways to monitor its baby 'round the clock, and to see if the technology can live up to its grand potential.
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'EzRide' software now for smart phones

Commuter Services of Pennsylvania announced that its ride matching software, "EzRide," is now available for smart phones.
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

IBM to create academic competence center for intelligent transportation systems

The Moscow State Automobile and Road Technical University (MADI) and the Scientific Center for Complex Transportation Problems of the Ministry of Transport have reached an agreement with IBM for the creation of an academic competence center dedicated to IBM solutions in the area of intelligent transportation systems.
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New Parking App Promises to Save Time, Gas, and Carbon Emissions

"The ideal scenario is: You know you're leaving in five to 10 minutes," founder Brian Rosetti told Fast Company. "You set your price. If anyone bids on your spot, you get a text message."
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ITS America Announces Finalists for 2011 Best of ITS Awards

The awards will recognize the best and the brightest in the high-tech transportation industry during the 2011 Best of ITS Awards at the 18th World Congress & Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida...
Best New Innovative Products, Services, or Applications
Carnegie Mellon University, “Tiramisu Transit”
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Guide to Sustainable Transportation Performance Measures

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a report that describes potential opportunities for transportation agencies to incorporate environmental, economic, and social sustainability into decision-making through the use of performance measures.
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Monday, August 15, 2011

Apps and tech together: 'Smart' highways and smartphones smoothing your commute

Technology is making your commute smoother. A $60 million investment in technology and Mission Control-like traffic management centers is turning South Florida roads into "smart" highways, giving officials a leg up on responding to accidents faster and helping drivers avoid snarls on the road. Combined with an explosion of smartphone apps, highway tech is dramatically changing the way drivers take to the roadways.
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Auto Technology Aids Senior Independence

“As you get older, the possible loss of that driving capability is equated with the removal of freedom, so what we can do to try to help older people continue to drive is important to them, because it really equates to a loss of freedom if they can’t do that,” says Gary Strumulo, Manager of Vehicle Design and Infotronics at Ford.
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Rental businesses let San Francisco drivers share their own cars

SAN FRANCISCO – Shannon Stairhime and her car split up every morning. She commutes on public transportation to her job in the East Bay while her Toyota Corolla waits on the street for its next driver. "It used to just sit there and occasionally get tickets," said Stairhime, who rents her car to neighbors for $5 an hour through a new business called RelayRides. "Now I feel like I'm contributing and giving back to the neighborhood."
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Parking? Yes, there's an app for that

Streetline, a San Francisco-based startup, makes sensor technology that can detect the metal of a car, which allows Streetline to track the occupancy of parking spaces in real time. Consumers can download the free Parker app on their smartphone and use it to discover how many parking spots are available on a given street.
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Sunday, August 14, 2011

USDOT Begins Testing Smart Transportation Systems

Testing for a new vehicle-to-vehicle communication system is beginning this week on a specially arranged road course at the Michigan International Speedway (MIS). The US Department of Transportation is examining systems that use "communication-based safety warnings" to reduce the number of traffic accidents by alerting the driver when there is a risk of a crash or other safety driving hazard.
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Federal, state business leaders back plan to integrate travel, energy, Internet

The proposal, called Wave3.0, would enhance the connection between transportation, energy and the Internet. With Wave3.0, for instance, vehicles could avoid traffic jams, keep up with drivers' personal day-to-day schedules or help drivers text safely on the road, said Udi Naamani, who was in charge of the proposal created at the Connected Vehicle Proving Center at the University of Michigan Dearborn.
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YSU gets $462K for transportation research

The center also is funding research into intelligent vehicle transportation systems to minimize susceptibility to electromagnetic signal interference and ensure proper communication between vehicles and intelligent transportation systems.
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Mobility matters: the view from the Transportation and Infrastructure Summit

At the summit, DOT leaders presented scenarios for improved transportation to seamlessly move people and goods while protecting our environment, reducing dependence on foreign oil, and creating jobs.
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Developing Smart Cars, Roads for a Greener Drive

Now, engineers at the University of California, Riverside, are working on “dynamic” eco-driving, in which drivers get real-time feedback and advice on how to improve their fuel efficiency and cut carbon dioxide emissions. Within five years, researchers say, computer screens on the dashboard will likely tell drivers when to slow down to anticipate a red light, what the optimum fuel-efficient speed is for the stretch of freeway they’re on and whether to change lanes to maintain a consistent average speed.
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Friday, August 12, 2011

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR PLANNING GRANTS Establishing a VREF Centre of Excellence for Managing freight in the urban transport situation

Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF) invites city and university authorities to submit joint applications for planning grants to establish the next VREF Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Managing freight in the urban transport situation.
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Development of Sensory Cities Ramps Up in China with Application of Technologies in Key Fields

In the urban traffic field, advanced information technologies, data transmission technologies, electronic control technologies and computer processing technologies will be applied to traffic and transportation to establish an informatized, intelligentized and socialized system, which provides citizens with multiple services and enhance the security, energy-efficiency and effectiveness of urban traffic through the collection, processing, distribution, exchange, analysis and utilization of information.
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Near Field Communication: A Quick Guide to the Future of Mobile

Transportation: NFC works with most contactless smart cards and readers, meaning it can easily be integrated into the public transit payment systems in cities that already use a smart card swipe...
In the news, NFC is most often discussed in relation to mobile payments or “the digital wallet.” Unlike many other wireless technologies, NFC has a short range of about 1.5 inches. This makes it a good choice for secure transactions, such as contactless credit card payments.
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Ford investigates creating a mobile data network using the cars themselves

Ford believes the key is Wi-Fi, but not the ordinary access point and receiving device setup. What Ford envisions, Mascarenas said, is a high-powered, heavily encrypted Wi-Fi that establishes point-to-point connections between cars within a half-mile radius. Those connections could be used to communicate vital information between vehicles, either triggering alerts to the driver or interpreted by the vehicle’s computer.
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Department of Energy Awards More Than $175 Million for Advanced Vehicle Research and Development

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced more than $175 million over the next three to five years to accelerate the development and deployment of advanced vehicle technologies. The funding will support 40 projects across 15 states and will help improve the fuel efficiency of next generation vehicles.
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Autopilot cars set for take-off

The car industry is working towards an accident-free future but remains divided over how to achieve it. Autonomous vehicles that can drive without a human behind the wheel are on the agenda for several major companies, including Volkswagen and General Motors, but safety-led company Volvo believes humans must always retain control.
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Advanced car 'brains' actually do save drivers

TV ads show off automotive collision avoidance tech, but a new independent study proves that it’s actually working. Advanced car "brains" do a better job avoiding common low-speed crashes than human brains that are distracted. "Whenever you can say things like, 'Almost a quarter of crashes being avoided,' that’s a huge number. But that’s where we are," said Kim Hazelbaker, senior vice president of the Highway Loss Data Institute, a nonprofit research organization funded by the automotive insurance industry that studied the technology.
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Google's self-driving car in a crash

Last week, Google's self-driving car got into an accident. It was minor -- only a fender bender -- and a Google spokesperson quickly assuaged fears about the technology when she confirmed that a human was driving the car manually when the accident happened. But the accident raised other concerns about liability: If a robot is driving the car, who is liable in an accident?
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Two groups of entrepreneurs want to light up your bike's wheels

Carnegie Mellon University industrial design sophomores Jonathan Ota and Ethan Frier are currently using a research grant to develop their Aura system. It incorporates six groups of three tri-color LEDs embedded into both rims, that are powered by a dynamo generator built into the front hub.
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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Safe Volvo may nudge feds on crash avoidance

In July, the Highway Loss Data Institute -- an affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety -- published a study demonstrating that the XC60, which has a low-speed collision-avoidance system dubbed City Safety, was involved in fewer property damage accidents than other mid-sized luxury SUVs.
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Intelligent Transportation Employment to Expand in U.S., Group Says

The Intelligent Transportation Society of America, a Washington D.C.-based advocacy group for technologies in ground transport, said the industry generated $48 billion in revenue in 2009 in the U.S. and should increase $2.7 billion to $4.2 billion annually through 2015, the organization said.
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Dubuque To Track Bus Riders

Now, the city is teaming up with IBM to get some answers. Moreck said, “we are handing out what’s called radio frequency identification tags. By using that we are able to track those boarding and de-boarding the bus. ” The city also needs to know where people are traveling each day who DO NOT use the bus system. The city is asking volunteers to download the app on their smart phone.
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DHL and Blue Dart launch Smart Truck

DHL, the world’s leading logistics company, and Blue Dart, part of the DHL Group, are piloting Smart Truck technology in Bengaluru, India, the first deployment of this successful logistics innovation outside Germany. Created by DHL Solutions & Innovations (DSI), the DHL Smart Truck is an “intelligent” pick-up and delivery vehicle that combines a number of innovative technologies including a route planner. Launched in Germany in 2010, DHL Smart Truck reduced number of miles traveled by 15 per cent and length of average route by 8 per cent during its pilot stage, reducing both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

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USDOT Begins Testing Smart Transportation Systems

Testing for a new vehicle-to-vehicle communication system is beginning this week on a specially arranged road course at the Michigan International Speedway (MIS). The US Department of Transportation is examining systems that use "communication-based safety warnings" to reduce the number of traffic accidents by alerting the driver when there is a risk of a crash or other safety driving hazard.
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Trains’ vibrations could provide power for monitoring tunnels

researchers are developing a power unit that harvests the vibrations from passing traffic to power the nodes of a structural health for tunnels. The power harvesting unit could reduce maintenance costs and improve the performance of the .
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2011 U.S. DOT Data Visualization Student Challenge

Do you have what it takes to apply data visualization for transportation investment or policy decisions? The United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) wants to see what you can do!
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Crossing Solutions at Roundabouts and Channelized Right Turn Lanes for Pedestrians with Visual Impairments

TRB will co-sponsor a web briefing or "webinar" on August 17, 2011, from 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. EDT that will present information about a National Cooperative Highway Research Program project that produced Report 674: Crossing Solutions at Roundabouts and Channelized Turn Lanes for Pedestrians with Vision Disabilities.
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Carnegie Mellon iPhone Bus App Brings Real-Time Data to Disabled Riders

A new free iPhone app from Carnegie Mellon University promises to let riders know when to expect their buses to arrive. Although arrival time apps are available for well funded bus systems around the country, Tiramisu relies on crowdsourcing input from riders to generate updates about the current location and fullness of the bus.
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Technology drives better ways of getting around

Although getting cars off the road and encouraging people to use public transport is a major part of the battle to reduce traffic congestion, technology is becoming an increasingly large part of the mix.
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PennDOT taking pictures

If you spend a lot of time driving on U.S. Route 30 and state Route 283 in Lancaster County you might want to smile, because you could be on camera.
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Monday, August 8, 2011

Truck Sweet Truck

Dee Kapur (TPR’76), president of the Truck Division at International Truck and Engine, knew that Carnegie Mellon’s unique collaborative approach to product development—an approach that brings together different disciplines and expertise—could uncover fresh ideas, new patents and a highly coveted marketplace advantage for International Truck and Engine.
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Sunday, August 7, 2011

The 2012 IEEE International Conference on Vehicular Electronics and Safety (ICVES’12) CALL FOR PAPERS

The 2012 IEEE International Conference on Vehicular Electronics and Safety (ICVES’12) which is an annual forum sponsored by the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society will take place in ─░stanbul during July 24-27, 2012. It brings together researchers and practitioners to discuss vehicle electronics, and safety systems research and practice. ICVES’11 welcomes papers dealing with any aspect of vehicle electronics and safety systems.
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The future of 911

Text messages have surpassed phone calls, according to industry statistics, with 2.5 billion texts sent each day compared with 2.4 billion mobile phone calls per day...
And how many texts go to emergency 911 centers? None, she said, because the dispatch center lacks the technology to accept text, photos or video, even in an age where 70 percent of 911 calls are made from mobile phones.
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Friday, August 5, 2011

Government Worries Hackers Could Take Over Cars

The federal government is concerned about hackers seizing control of cars — and it wants your help. In a Request for Information issued Tuesday (Aug. 2), the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) asks for "information that may be useful in identifying research needs and formulating a research roadmap to establish essential motor vehicle safeguards against cybersecurity threats and assure the reliability and safety of automotive electronic control systems."
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Intel puts $30M into new science and tech centers

Intel Corp. on Wednesday said it is investing $30 million into two new Intel Science and Technology Centers at Carnegie Mellon University...
“These new ISTCs are expected to open amazing possibilities,” said Justin Rattner, Intel's chief technology officer. “Imagine, for example, future cars equipped with embedded sensors and microprocessors to constantly collect and analyze traffic and weather data. That information could be shared and analyzed in the cloud so that drivers could be provided with suggestions for quicker and safer routes.”
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Researchers using sensors to assess bridge safety

Tomasz Wiltowski, professor of mechanical engineering and energy processes, is leading a team of student researchers as they design, build, install and monitor a network of sensors located on a Southern Illinois bridge. Plugged in to the Internet via wireless technology, Wiltowski and his team can watch the data as it is created on any computer.
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How Networking Technology Will Drive the Next Bull Market in Real Estate

New cities with smart transportation systems, in which mass transit systems communicate with roads to navigate traffic; which have location-based social networking, local shopping, community currencies, and more to serve as the foundation for an economic revival. Companies like Groupon (GRPN), Google (GOOG), Facebook, Foursquare, Craigslist, AirBnb, Zillow (Z) and others that touch upon the intersection of social networking and local communities are well-positioned for this re-positioning of value chains.
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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Dude, where's my bus: CMU-developed transit app will help riders find a ride and a seat

With so many questions swirling around, riders now can at least get answers to two of them -- "Where's my bus?" and "Can I get on it?" -- courtesy of a new smart-phone application from Carnegie Mellon University. The free app, called Tiramisu (Italian for "pick me up"), uses crowdsourcing -- a method by which information is gathered from users, rather than stemming from a central source -- to report the real-time location, estimated arrival time and capacity of oncoming Port Authority buses and light-rail vehicles.
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Indonesia to Implement Smart Transportation System

The Indonesia Ministry of Transportation has unveiled a plan to install a smart transportation system, which will provide real-time traffic information to road users.
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MCTC looks to fill future workforce need with degree

The new associate's degree program at Mountwest Community and Technical College announced July 20 at the Tri-State Airport has an unusual focus -- training individuals for jobs that have not yet been identified. Dr. Randall Jones, chairman of information technology at MCTC, said the transportation technology degree, which will kick off with classes in the fall, is appropriate not only for workers already employed in the transportation industry, but is also designed to meet the needs of the workforce in the future, even if he's not really sure yet what that will entail.
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DoD Offering $100,000 in UAV Challenge

The Department of Defense is offering a $100,000 prize for people to design advanced small unmanned air vehicle systems. The competition, known as the UAVForge Challenge, employs a crowdsourcing approach to collaboration for individuals and ad hoc teams to submit ideas, designs, algorithms and materials to create the next generation of UAVs.
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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

25 Great Ways Colleges Are Using Crowdsourcing

Carnegie Mellon University has created an iPhone application that solves this problem, telling transit riders where their bus is, as well as how full it is. Where does the information come from? The people on that very bus. And the great part is that the existing riders don't have to do anything at all — their signals from the app will indicate location, and the number of signals indicates fullness. This project is a great feat of hands-off crowdsourcing for the common good.
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The Traffic Problems That Will Disappear When Vehicles Can Talk To Each Other

The DOT recently announced the six winners in its Connected Vehicle Technology Challenge, which asked entrants to come up with ways that Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) technology--a secure, Wi-Fi-like open source communications platform that allows cars to communicate even while driving at high speeds--could be used to "develop new applications, devices, products, services and business solutions." Here is some of what we might look forward to in our connected vehicle future, courtesy of the competition winners.
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A High Accuracy Vehicle Positioning System Implemented in a Lane Assistance System when GPS Is Unavailable

The University of Minnesota's Center for Transportation Studies has released a report that explores a method for replacing differential GPS sensing with a high-accuracy vehicle positioning system, which fuses data from radio frequency identification (RFID) and light detection and ranging (LiDAR) curb detection.
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Data-Driven Support Tools for Transit Data Analysis, Scheduling and Planning

The University of Minnesota's Center for Transportation Studies has released a report that explores the development of a route-based trip time model to support scheduling and planning while applying different transit strategies.
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FHWA R&T Now - July 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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Cars that 'talk' to one another not far off

The goal is a car that can drive itself, leaving the occupants to while away their time texting, reading, grooming, talking on the cell phone — in short, all the things they do now that cause crashes and tragedy. The technology for a fully automated car will be on display in Orlando this fall, and supporters say it's closer to reality than most might imagine. "That's our long-term vision,'' said Nady Boules, director of GM's electrical-control integration laboratory in Warren, Mich. "Cars that drive themselves and, as such, cars that do not crash."
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Traffic Safety for First Responders Gets High-Tech Makeover

The belief that technology can improve roadway safety is driving public- and private-sector officials to test intelligent transportation systems that allow vehicles to communicate with the transportation infrastructure. And some of the biggest beneficiaries of these efforts could be first responders speeding to an emergency scene and the motorists they encounter en route.
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U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Connected Vehicle Technology Challenge Winners

(RITA) today announced six winners of a national competition seeking ideas for using wireless technology to enable vehicles to communicate with each other. The winning ideas may be incorporated into ongoing research on using technology to improve vehicle safety and transportation operations.
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Intel Wants Your Phone to Play Nice With Your Car Alarm

Intel's approach is to connect your smartphone to your car's security system. If a car thief comes along, the system will start streaming video via Wi-Fi to a cloud server when it detects him trying to break in. It'll then alert your phone, and you can even store the video to view later. Perhaps in court as evidence against your scoundrel.
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Northern Virginia's Intelligent Traffic

Simply put these systems are information and communications technologies designed specifically for application to our transportation infrastructure and vehicles, in order to enhance our safety, reduce vehicle wear, tear, and fuel consumption, and reduce our overall transit times.
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CMU and others join manufacturing initiative

Businesses, universities, taxpayers and other groups are being given a chance to chart the course of an advanced manufacturing initiative that President Barack Obama unveiled last month at Carnegie Mellon University's robotic lab in Lawrenceville. A notice in the July 22 Federal Register seeks public comment on what the initiative should try to accomplish and how it should go about its work.
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Technology Expected to Make Drive to Beach Smoother

It’s not going to stop traffic jams during spring break, but cameras, sensors and computers are expected to make the ride from Tampa Bay to the Gulf of Mexico much easier.
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Three SHRP 2 RFPs To Be Released Sept 20th

Three RFPs will be released on September 20, 2011, with proposal due dates on November 1, 2011. The RFPs relate to SHRP 2 Renewal projects on modular pavements, tools for communicating railroad-DOT migation strategies, and integrating delivery of Renewal products.
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