Friday, September 30, 2011

Smart cities get their own operating system

The idea is for the Urban OS to gather data from sensors buried in buildings and many other places to keep an eye on what is happening in an urban area. The sensors monitor everything from large scale events such as traffic flows across the entire city down to more local phenomena such as temperature sensors inside individual rooms. The OS completely bypasses humans to manage communication between sensors and devices such as traffic lights, air conditioning or water pumps that influence the quality of city life.
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County joins Google Transit to aid route planning


The Local Transportation Authority this month agreed to a nearly $37,000 contract with a consultant who will work on getting the local routes coded into the system. It is designed to provide information on routes, schedules and fares. The project is fully funded with a federal grant.
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It's not 'Jetsons,' but robots are here to stay

In a similar manner, some car manufacturers are already including features like adaptive cruise control and self-parking - while BMW develops a kind of short-term autopilot for drivers incapacitated by a medical issue. Features like the latter are likely to arrive on the market within the next five to ten years and will help condition the public for fully autonomous cars in the years beyond, said Chris Urmson, a Carnegie Mellon University robotics researcher who joined Google to work on the Mountain View search company's self-driving car initiative.
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Applying GPS Data to Understand Travel Behavior

TRB NCHRP Request for Proposals
The objective of this research is to prepare guidelines on the use of multiple sources of GPS data to understand travel behavior and activity. The results will be used by transportation planners, travel modelers, and travel survey practitioners.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

IBM launches city parking analytics system

IBM is offering this system in conjunction with San Francisco-based startup Streetline, which offers remote sensors that can determine if a parking space is taken by a car. IBM provides the analytical software, by way of a cloud service, that aggregates data from these sensors so it can be used to better understand how a city's parking spaces are used over time.
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“We have to extend beyond cellular”, says Verizon spokesperson

Khurjekar, speaking at the Connected Verticals Summit co-located at the Broadband World Forum in Paris, referred to a wide range of in-car connectivity services that she said the operator could deliver. These included creating “intelligent transportation”, that could help to dramatically reduce the rate of road crashes, which Khurjekar said stood as occurring every five seconds in the USA, with a fatality every five minutes.
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Smart set of wheels

Car companies have long been masters of marketing new models by claiming a dedication to innovation and cutting-edge technologies. But now they are using complex data-led innovation to stay ahead of the competition. ‘Connected automotive systems’, which exchange data with smartphones, the internet and even other cars, are no longer exclusive to premium models. These systems are expected to grow to 189 million units worldwide by 2016, up from a predicted 41 million at the end of 2011, according to a study by ABI Research.
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Telematics and the connected car: How to deal with increasing data use

“That’s just a drop in the ocean in comparison with the rest,” says Terry Norman, principal analyst at Analysys Mason who leads the firm’s wireless networks and spectrum research programs. “I expect [data traffic to cars] growing maybe five to ten years down the line, but not for the moment.”
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Inrix to provide traffic data to Google in multi-million dollar deal

Inrix has been on a serious roll lately. And the Kirkland company just scored yet another big deal, winning a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract to provide real-time traffic data to Google’s navigation and mapping properties.
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NXP eCall solution takes centre stage in Brussels and Berlin

On September 8, 2011, the European Union announced their intent to introduce the eCall emergency call system in all new cars by 2015. In a presentation to the European Parliament, Neelie Kroes, EU Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda, emphasized that “the technology itself is available,” and demonstrated the manufacturer-independent ATOP eCall solution from NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) to proof her point.
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Dubai Bus Trips Increase

Actual trips made by public buses in Dubai during the period from 1 January up to 31 August this year have shown an increase as high as 99% per cent against 98% during the same period last year.
The Operation Control Center at the Public Transport Agency of the Roads '&' Transport Authority (RTA) controls all the intelligent systems used to monitor and control the daily movement of buses all over Dubai Emirate, stated Adel Shakiri, Director of Transportation Systems at Public Transport Agency.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

OnStar's 'brazen' data tracking comes under fire

CNNMoney (New York) -- Your OnStar-equipped car can share an awful lot about your driving habits -- even if you're no longer an OnStar customer. A senator from New York has asked the Federal Trade Commission to open an investigation into vehicle tracking by General Motors' OnStar division. Two other senators issued calls for the company to explain and reconsider its tracking policies.
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Information Systems, Geographic Information Systems, and Advanced Computing 2011

TRB’s Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2215 includes 12 papers that examine integrated real-time transit information and multimodal trip planning; an enterprise information management system for transportation right-of-way activities; real-time decision support on arterial networks; data sharing, visualization, modeling, and analysis; and the integration of geographic information systems and the global positioning system for transportation.
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Methods and Technologies for Collecting Pedestrian and Bicycle Volume Data

TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has issued a request for proposals to assess existing, new, and innovative technologies and methods and provide guidance for transportation practitioners on how best to collect pedestrian and bicycle volume data. Proposals are due November 17, 2011.
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Carnegie Mellon Study Finds Benefits of Plug-in Vehicles Depend on Battery Size

Carnegie Mellon University's Jeremy J. Michalek and co-authors report that plug-in vehicles with small battery packs and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) that don't plug in can reduce life cycle impacts from air emissions and enhance oil security at low or no additional cost over a lifetime. But plug-in vehicles with large battery packs are more costly and may have higher or lower emissions than HEVs depending on where and when they are plugged in.
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Siemens developing intelligent transportation technology using traffic light timing systems and mobile phones

Siemens Intelligent Traffic Solutions is developing intelligent transportation technology for the fast and orderly evacuation of citizens. In this project, traffic light timing systems estimate the number of vehicles by registering Bluetooth signals emitted by the drivers’ cell phones and adjust the phases of red and green light accordingly. The associated software is supplied by Siemens’ global research unit, Corporate Technology.
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IIT-M traffic survey from today

A comprehensive traffic survey, the first step towards setting up an Advanced Traveller Information System (ATIS) at 13 junctions in the vicinity of IIT-Madras, will commence on Sunday. The objective of the project is to set up intelligent electronic signboards that would provide information to motorists about congestion and suggest alternative routes. The survey might also be able to throw up some interesting revelations on the impact of Metro Rail work on the traffic flow on arterial roads.
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Not-So-Smart Cities

Greg Lindsay is a visiting scholar at the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at New York University and the co-author of “Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next.”
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Reinvigorating Transportation in the Third Industrial Revolution

The major strength of Jeremy Rifkin's Third Industrial Revolution (TIR) framework is that it ties together, in a synergistic and coherent fashion, technologies that are already beginning their introduction into the marketplace. This is especially true in Pillar 5, with the emerging "electrification" of the automobile...
Calling fuel cells, the "ultimate technology," Akio Toyoda, recently revealed plans to introduce an "affordable" fuel cell car by 2015 by cutting the costs by "90 percent" from current prototype, early production models.
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Monday, September 26, 2011

Smarter Trucking Saves Fuel Over the Long Haul

Fleet operators can collect highly detailed information about a given driver and vehicle, for example. "They almost have a real-time printout of a specific driver," Kedzie said. He ran off a list of data points that a growing number of U.S. fleets are monitoring: "Where they stopped, how long they rested, how often they braked and how often they hard-braked, the temperature of the engine."
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Toyota: Sustainability is key for cars

Meanwhile, experts on Toyota’s Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) team are making transportation infrastructure safer and more efficient through advancements in microelectronics, satellite navigation, mobile communication and sensors.
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Friday, September 23, 2011

DOE testing to help shape the future of 'connected' trucks

The Connected Commercial Vehicle test will also begin next fall. It’s being shepherded by a team that includes Battelle, Denso, Daimler Trucks North America, Mercedes Benz Research and Development North America, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, and Meritor WABCO. It will deploy four tractors and seven trailers that will be driven in a closed airport by professional drivers. There will be three 53-ft box trailers, a pair of 28-ft box trailers, a 48-ft box trailer, and a 40-ft intermodal carrier and chassis.
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Google Transit called 'very useful'

Bus ridership increased 20 percent in two years in the Clemson area since the advent of Google Transit, a high-tech route information service that will debut here in two weeks. The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority will become only the second bus service in the state to offer Google Transit...
The user decides where he wants to go, types in the information on laptop, smart phone, iphone or Droid, and Google Transit spells out the route, maps it, gives departure and arrival times and provides a comparison of the cost of riding the bus versus driving.
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Qatar to have state-of-the-art transportation system

He said that the ministry is working with Qatar University on a project to come out with a smart transportation traffic information system based on GPRS which will help the motorist to obtain information on their mobiles on the volume of traffic in specific roads to enable them to opt for the less crowded ones for rapid transit.
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Parking experiment takes national stage

San Francisco's grand experiment to see whether traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by micromanaging the supply of public parking through price manipulation took center stage Thursday at a national transportation conference held in the city.
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Franken and Coons urge OnStar to reverse privacy changes

"In a nutshell, OnStar is telling its current and former customers that it can track their location anywhere, anytime — even if they cancel their subscriptions — and then give or sell that information to anyone as long as OnStar deems it safe to do so," the senators wrote in a letter to Linda Marshall, the CEO of OnStar.
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Wigle: Intel investing in sustainability

How can we use Intel technology to manage water better, as it becomes a more scare resource across the planet? How can we use our technology to make transportation systems more intelligent, so that we’re using less fuel? You know, a third of cars driving around in any given metropolitan area are typically looking for parking places. So if we can create technology that allows you to reserve a parking spot or show you where an open one is, we’ll be saving lot of time, fuel, pollution and money.
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Abu Dhabi Incorporate Intelligent Traffic Systems to Improve Road Safety

In a bid to create a world-class transportation system for the Emirate, Abu Dhabi's transport authorities are implementing an integrated Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) strategy as part of the 2030 Plan.
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'Flashpoint' -- 9/18/11

Great video feature on Intelligent Transportation Systems in Florida and the upcoming ITS World Congress in Florida in October.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Turnpike toll collectors are becoming an endangered species Read more: Turnpike toll collectors are becoming an endangered species

"The technology is there, but agencies like the Turnpike Commission have to determine when people are ready to accept it. Right now, the Turnpike Commission is doing a good job of incrementally phasing it in and providing incentives for people to use it," said Stan Caldwell of Carnegie Mellon University's Traffic21 program, which studies ways technology is improving transportation.
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Green & Clean

So how do you make transportation smart? Ideally, you build a city with clean, quiet mass transit and ban cars from the roads. But humans love their cars, and mass transit won’t meet everyone’s needs.
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The Top Five Transit Technologies For The Low-Carbon Economy

People need to move around, but we can do it in a less impactful way with these five innovations. Some are new and some are old, but together they could remake transportation.
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CuseCar – Community Car-Sharing Program: Car Sharing Lessons Learned

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the New York Department of Transportation have released a report that summarizes the development and operation of CuseCar of Syracuse, a not-for-profit community car share, launched in December 2008.
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Innovator: September/October 2011

The U.S. Federal Highway Administration has released the latest issue of its Innovator newsletter, which is designed to help advance widespread implementation of innovations and technologies in the highway community and help chronicle a nationwide movement to improve the way highways are built.
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Integrated Delivery of SHRP 2 Renewal Research Projects

TRB’s second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) has issued a request for proposals to develop tool(s) to promote and support systematic and integrated application of the products developed in the SHRP 2 Renewal Research Program. The Renewal program is designed to enhance a transportation agency’s ability to consistently apply Rapid Renewal in the development and execution of the planning, design, construction, maintenance, and preservation of its infrastructure. Proposals are due November 1, 2011.
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Development of a Guide for Transportation Technology Transfer

TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has issued a request for proposals to develop a guide that provides methodologies, case examples, and techniques that facilitate transportation technology transfer. Proposals are due October 25, 2011.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Video to Solve Traffic Problems Discussed at DoT Meeting

A federal transportation official says a program promoting public-private partnerships to foster ideas and products for transportation solutions might support increased use of traffic cameras or other video technologies as part of the overall solution to traffic problems, but it depends on the problems identified...
The program is the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DoT) Digital Transportation Exchange (DTE) which seeks to connect citizens, businesses, state and local governments, industry, entrepreneurs, researchers, and investors though a public private partnership to create “a thriving marketplace for transportation solutions.”
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CSE route-sharing project for bicyclists to expand statewide

Cyclopath is a “geowiki” of biking paths moderated and modified by its users. The website allows cyclists to instantly create, rate and update biking maps. Users can share their favorite routes and suggest shortcuts to others.
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Rutgers, UCLA Awarded $2 Million to Develop Smart Technology that Reduces Urban Congestion, Air Pollution

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a grant worth nearly $2 million to Rutgers and UCLA to develop intelligent metropolitan traffic management technology that reduces urban traffic congestion and air pollution. Using wireless computer networking, the technology will monitor traffic flow and air quality, and then in response, recommend alternate routes to drivers via on-board navigation devices. The technology could also offer drivers incentives to follow different routings that balance overall flow and temper pollution hot-spots.
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The Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prizes

The Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prizes recognize members of the Society, in any grade, who demonstrate notable achievements in research related to Civil Engineering. Preference is given to younger members (generally under 40 years of age) of early accomplishment who can be expected to continue fruitful careers in research. Nominations due October 1.
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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Parkmobile USA Selects Citi to Expand Its Suite of Cashless Payment Solutions for Parking

Washington DC, The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and Parkmobile piloted 1,000 parking spaces in 2010 and has implemented Pay by Phone parking services at all of the approximately 17,000 on-street metered spaces in the District of Columbia. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) launched Parkmobile services for its riders in July 2010. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Parkmobile also implemented Pay by Phone parking services for commuters in June 2011.
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'Show Me My Buzz' app helps drivers see BAC

The "Show Me the Buzz" free app is now available in the Apple App Store and the Google Market. It allows users to calculate their estimated blood-alcohol concentration based on how many drinks they've had, how long they've been drinking and their gender.
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Spending cuts leave smart transport in a jam

UK - Axing grants to local authorities for high-tech transport schemes will add to the misery of traffic congestion, a committee of MPs has warned. The Department for Transport (Dft) comes under fire for its decision to end funding of the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Toolkit.
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On Android Phones, a Live-Streaming Police State

The app can also be used as a way to escort students from a library or a late night party to their dorm rooms.
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Real-Time Transit Data Demonstration Projects Awarded to Integrated Corridor Management Demonstration Sites

The primary objective of the Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) Initiative is to demonstrate how innovative transportation strategies and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) technologies can efficiently and proactively facilitate the movement of people and goods through major metropolitan transportation corridors.
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$39.5 Billion Will Be Spent on #SmartCity Technologies in 2016

While $8.1 billion was spent on smart city technologies in 2010, by 2016 that number is projected to reach $39.5 billion. A smart city is determined by six dimensions: smart economy, environment, governance, lifestyle, transportation, and community.
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AUTOSHOW-INTERVIEW-Siemens eyes acquisitions in car comeback

Siemens (SIEGn.DE) is scouting around for potential acquisitions to grow its automotive electronics unit, a business it has re-entered after abandoning it four years ago.
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In the Public Interest: Americans Are Driving Less, Washington Should Pay Attention

Some cultural observers suggest that these trends are part of a larger generational shift -- one in which digital connectivity trumps horsepower, and iPads and Androids take the place of an earlier generation's '57 Chevys as symbols of consumer aspiration and freedom.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Winner of the ITS Video Challenge

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) today announced that the team from the Charlotte, N.C. Department of Transportation, submitted the winning entry for the Intelligent Transportation Systems ( ITS) Video Challenge.
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Europcar sees growing divide between drivers and cars

The survey, which seeks to identify new trends in European mobility, is based on responses from more than 6,000 drivers, age 18 and over, in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the UK...
Meanwhile, cars available in self service, and features such as geo-location technology to find the vehicle in the street and payment by the minute or hour, are making rental an increasingly attractive option.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Automated Delay Estimation at Signalized Intersections: Phase I Concept and Algorithm Development

The Utah Department of Transportation has released a report that explores develop a method to automate traffic delay estimation in real-time using existing field traffic data collection technologies.
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14th International HOV/HOT and Managed Lanes Conference

TRB is sponsoring the 14th International HOV/HOT and Managed Lanes Conference on May 22-24, 2012, in Oakland, California. The conference is designed to help advance the state-of-the-art related to managed lanes and pricing strategies. The conference theme will focus on the evolution of high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) lanes into high-occupancy-toll (HOT) and managed lanes using pricing and other strategies to address metropolitan mobility and accessibility. Individuals or groups who wish to present at the meeting must submit an abstract by October 5, 2011.
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North American Travel Monitoring Exposition and Conference (NATMEC): Improving Traffic Data Collection, Analysis, and Use

TRB is sponsoring the NATMEC: Improving Traffic Data Collection, Analysis, and Use on June 4-7, 2012, in Dallas, Texas. The conference is designed to advance the state of the practice of travel monitoring by providing a mechanism for improving the interaction between system operators, data collection program managers, and the various staff that collect, process, and utilize that data. Individuals or groups wishing to present at the meeting must submit an abstract by September 15, 2011.
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Cars don't waste fuel. Drivers waste fuel

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside's Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CERT) are developing a new way of boosting fuel efficiency by as much as 30% without changing a car's powertrain at all...
"When you get in the car, you have the vehicle recommend the route you could take based on traffic conditions on the route, and on the way if there's anything wrong with your driving it may provide some feedback to you to adjust your driving behavior," Boriboonsomsin said.
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Taxis Are Flexible and High Tech Public Transportation

Managing a fleet of hundreds of taxis over thousands of miles of a large city network is a daunting task. Done wrong, there can be tremendous waste of driver time and fuel on empty hauls, or long waits at the wrong location. This is where Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) come in with the combination of computerized optimization, automated vehicle location (AVL), global positioning systems (GPS), and fast mobile network based communications between fleet and dispatch center.
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Bogota's Revolutionary Public Transportation, Ten Years Later

Despite the fact that few cities have followed Bogota's example in setting up BRT, it's still an aging idea. Transmilenio was enacted 10 years ago. In a new video, the transportation nuts at Streetsfilms look at how the system is holding up a decade after inception and if the city is resting on its laurels:
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Choosing the right technology for indoor vehicle location systems

Maintenance operations and marshaling in the light-rail industry are typically performed in buildings where GPS cannot operate, requiring a different location technology to be used. Whereas GPS is the clear choice for outdoor location technology, ultra-wideband (UWB) is the clear winner for indoor location systems.
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Frustration Rising. Commuting in Cities Around the World — What Can Be Done?

The future is not about building new roads or widening existing ones to clear up congested roadways. We can make the most of the roads we already have – by using technology to improve their performance and efficiency. Intelligent transportation systems can allow people to alter their routes or traveling times based on specific traffic flows, and promote better route guidance to use roads more efficient.
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Call for Papers: The 20th International Symposium on Transportation and Traffic Theory (ISTTT), July 17-19, 2013, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

The 20th International Symposium on Transportation and Traffic Theory (ISTTT) will be held at the Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin, Noordwijk, The Netherlands from July 17 to July 19, 2013. The 20th Symposium will be organized by Delft University of Technology. The ISTTT series is the premier gathering for the world’s leading transportation and traffic theorists, and for those who are interested in contributing to or gaining a deeper understanding of the field. The symposium covers all scientific aspects of transportation and traffic, spanning all modes of transport, including freight, air, and maritime modes, as well as private and public transport.
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Monday, September 12, 2011

Request for Information (RFI) for Traffic Data Sources Evaluation in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) operates the San Francisco Bay Area's 511 Traffic Program under contract to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). SAIC invites you to respond to a Request for Information (RFI) to provide traffic data for selected roadways in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area...
All responses will be analyzed after which, SAIC intends to issue a formal Request for Proposal (RFP) for the procurement of traffic data.
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Friday, September 9, 2011

USDOT approves US$54 million loan for Colorado US 36 HOT/HOV lanes project

It includes construction of one new managed, high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) lane in each direction and the reconstruction of the general purpose lanes for a total of six lanes. Carpoolers and buses will use the HOV lanes for free, while single occupancy vehicles will be able to pay a toll to use the lanes, which will effectively convert them into high-occupancy-toll (HOT) lanes.
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$10B regional transit plan gets green light (Edmonton)

At the same time, a smart card and high-tech smart buses will be introduced, along with a unified regional control centre for all transit operators.
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Cars that talk to you are annoying; cars that talk to each other prevent accidents

Cars that think for themselves are hard to build and harder to trust. Cars that talk to each other while they're on the road in the same way printers or servers on the same network talk, on the other hand, could make highway driving much more efficient and a lot safer. Car-to-car communications is about to get its first large, real-world test in Ann Arbor, Mich., where the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute will be building a huge test-bed using a $14.9 million grant it just got from the U.S. Dept. of Transportation.
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Report: Smart cities taking off

Smart city concepts are really taking off globally," said Josh Flood, senior analyst at ABI Research, in the statement. Currently, smart grids account for the bulk of spending on smart city technologies, but Flood predicted "significant increase" in investments on smart transportation technologies such as automatic vehicle identification as well as smart governance systems such as e-ID and identity document systems.
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Allegheny County will study diesel emissions Downtown

The study will begin in January under the leadership of Jane Clougherty, an assistant professor in Pitt's Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, who did a similar saturation monitor study in New York City, and Allen Robinson, a CMU professor in the departments of Engineering and Public Policy and Mechanical Engineering. Mr. Robinson did an air pollution study for the Health Department in 2008 that found diesel exhaust Downtown carried a significant cancer risk.
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10 worst cities for commuting (2011 edition)

The city scored the highest in IBM’s Global Commuter Pain Survey, released today. The study surveyed a cross-section of economically important cities around the world regarding commuting habits, ranking the emotional and economic toll of commuting in each of the cities. It found that drivers throughout the world reported more stress and frustration with their commute compared to last year.
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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Center stack is new high-stakes battleground; showdown with safety regulators looms

For auto suppliers and gadget companies eager to get a piece of the auto industry, the hottest chunk of vehicle real estate now is the center stack. That corridor of interior space, running from the driver's right hip up through the center of the cockpit to the bottom of the windshield, has become a California gold rush of opportunity.
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The connected car: New services pit convenience against safety

In our October report “Connected Cars: A New Risk,” we look at the some of the technologies automakers are offering in their vehicles, address the potential for driver distraction, and speak to a wide range of industry insiders and safety advocates.
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US tech company to build The Center, a New Mexico ghost city for testing

Pegasus Global Holdings is investing $200m in the project, which will create a grand, life-size testing bed for new ideas and technologies – potentially including security, transportation and energy ideas that might be a little risky to try out in populated environments.
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Study shows that vehicle-to-vehicle navigation systems really do work

The researchers, Ilias Leontiadis from the University of Cambridge and coauthors from there, the University of Bologna, and the University of California, Los Angeles, will have their study published in an upcoming issue of IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems...
Still, the overall average trip time was significantly reduced when the CATE navigation system was used. The researchers also found that, when just 34% of the vehicles used CATE, the performance of the entire was comparable to the performance when up to 100% of the vehicles used the system.
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Location Services Click With 28% Of U.S. Adults

Among cell owners, 28% use their devices to get location-based directions and recommendations -- or 23% of all U.S. adults...
Nielsen estimates that about 37% of mobile users have smartphones, with that proportion projected to surpass 50% by year's-end.
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L.A. School District Crowdsources Maintenance Requests

The app allows faculty and staff members--and eventually students and parents--to transmit maintenance requests throughout the district via smartphones...
Crowdsourcing is also gaining a foothold at the collegiate level. Using GPS-enabled cell phones, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh is engaging Facebook users to help report potholes, said Byron Spice, director of media relations for the university.
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

New System Measures Border Crossing Times

The Texas Transportation Institute’s Center for International Intelligent Transportation Research has just completed a project that electronically measures the crossing time for commercial vehicles at the border.The system uses radio frequency identification; trucks are equipped with electronic tags that are read by antennas stationed on each side of the border. The system reads the tags and measures the precise crossing time.
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On the road to a smoother commute

Edmonton is set to become the testing ground for a new smart-road system. The city has signed an agreement in principal with BMW and a group of other companies from the United States and Italy to test an intelligent road system that relies on embedded sensors. The system has already been proven to work in theory and on small sites, but needs research before being implemented citywide.
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Pa. Turnpike Launches Hands-Free Traveler Alert App

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission launched a new iPhone and Droid application that reads audio alerts to travelers when there's a closure or delay in their way. TRIP Talk senses your position and direction on the Turnpike and talks to you when it detects trouble spots nearby. Unlike other travel-alert tools out there, TRIP Talk is hands free and eyes free. Just turn it on before you depart, and it does the rest.
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Fixed Speed Camera Collision, Casualty, and Speed Data

The U.K. Department for Transport has released a series of links to external websites where local authorities, or their partners, have published information in respect of collisions, casualties, and speeds at fixed speed camera sites. The site is designed to allow local residents to see whether speed cameras are having a positive impact on accident rates in their areas.
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Feasibility of Using In-Vehicle Video Data to Explore How to Modify Driver Behavior That Causes Nonrecurring Congestion

The report, a product of the SHRP 2 Reliability focus area, includes guidance on the protocols and procedures for conducting video data reduction analysis. In addition, the report includes technical guidance on the features, technologies, and complementary data sets that researchers can consider when designing future instrumented in-vehicle data collection studies. The report also highlights a new modeling approach for travel time reliability performance measurement across a variety of traffic congestion conditions.
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North American Travel Monitoring Exposition and Conference

TRB is sponsoring the NATMEC: Improving Traffic Data Collection, Analysis, and Use on June 4-7, 2012, in Dallas, Texas. The conference is designed to advance the state of the practice of travel monitoring by providing a mechanism for improving the interaction between system operators, data collection program managers, and the various staff that collect, process, and utilize that data. Individuals or groups wishing to present at the meeting must submit an abstract by September 15, 2011.
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TRB Webinar: 2012 TRB 91st Annual Meeting – How to Survive and Thrive

On September 13, 2011, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT, TRB will hold a webinar designed to help both new and returning Annual Meeting attendees get the most out of their meeting experience. The webinar will review issues related to personal planning for the meeting, including hotel reservations, airline reservations, and other basics; help attendees plan their schedules during the meeting; and explore ways attendees can optimize their Annual Meeting networking after they return home.
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It's time to rebuild Pennsylvania

Improvements would include system-wide safety enhancements and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS); reduction in structurally deficient bridges; improved roadway resurfacing and reconstruction; new road and bridge capacity projects; increased transit facilities and services; and upgrades and improvements for rail, airports, and ports.
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THSRC app to let patrons use smartphone as ticket

Passengers on the high-speed rail will soon be able to use their smartphones as a ticket, Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp (THSRC) said yesterday.
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New intelligent transportation system will benefit trucking sector

Pavement sensors, a fibre optic link to the provincial weigh scale facility and computerized weigh-in-motion technology allows pre-screening of individual trucks as they arrive on Prince Edward Island. The system directs only the most relevant loads to the scale house for inspection. The majority of carriers will be directed to proceed along the highway without having to stop and report to the scale.
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RouteMatch to deliver intelligent transportation system to Georgia

A $1.6m intelligent transportation systems (ITS) will help regional rural transit agencies improve operational efficiencies and ridership service by optimizing route scheduling and standardizing reporting across the state.
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Friday, September 2, 2011

İstanbul's historical peninsula to launch Smart Bike Project

The new public transportation system will enable members of the public to use a special card to check out a bicycle at one station and check it back in at any other station. Demir gave the example that sightseers will soon be able to simply swipe a credit card and rent a bike from Eminönü and then leave it at the Grand Bazaar to go shopping.
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Visions on Tomorrow’s Internet

Highlights include cloud computing, semantic computing, quantum computing, IPv6, application-data mashups, intelligent transportation, and more.
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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Connected Cars: The Fine Line Between Innovation & Distraction

Of course, one could argue that Sync itself provides plenty of distraction to drivers, to which Monty says, in effect, get real. In 2011, drivers are likely to be answering calls, texting and trying to listen to music anyway. With Sync, at least they’re doing all that while keeping their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road. “Our first priority is the safety of our driver,” says Monty. “We know texting goes on in vehicles. If we can provide an alternative, we’ve met our goal.”
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Complicated system helps you drive through Roseville

Each of Roseville’s 166 traffic signals has a traffic camera — they don’t call them “surveillance cameras” because this makes people uneasy, Shykowski said, and the devices don’t have the ability to record.
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Intelligent Systems at an Intelligent Price

But there also are relatively low-cost methods of increasing traffic volumes, and moving traffic faster via intelligent systems, that are available to agencies from coast to coast. The following is an overview of some of these accessible technologies for state, city and county road agencies.
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MDOT upgrades traffic monitoring system

From a control center on North West Street, in Jackson, the Mississippi Department of Transportation can now look at over 400 cameras, which are statewide and digital. They can monitor traffic flow in real time. The system is so sophisticated you can create your own route and determine if it is open.
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Cars and the City: A Look at the Future of the Automobile

The writers, an MIT professor and two industry experts, envision a future where cars are designed around their wireless communication abilities and electric drive systems, rather than big, gas-guzzling engines. They can communicate with other cars and roads through a “mobility internet,” and of course, recharge whenever and wherever they need to through a smart electric grid powered by clean, renewable energy.
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5 big ideas for Pittsburgh from emerging leaders

And while we're at it, let’s make the current infrastructure more user-friendly through state-of-the-art technology. Some of these ideas are already being created through Pittsburgh’s Traffic 21 Initiative. Check out three intelligent transportation projects Traffic 21 has already launched ParkPGH, Tiramisu and the Personalized Transportation Mobility Aid.
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New AT&T app blocks SMS junkies from texting while driving

The app has a simple-but-effective concept where it automatically sends a text message to anyone trying to contact you informing them that you're currently driving and that you'll get back to them as soon as safely possible.
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Forget gas; future Ford cars may run on the cloud

Thanks to mobile broadband, access to a driver’s calendar and entertainment preferences, and smart engineering, the Ford Evos is an example how the cloud can power cars of the future. In conjunction with the IFA show in Berlin, the auto-maker is showing off the Evos concept vehicle in this video, released today.
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