Monday, October 31, 2011

DARPA to Engage Non-Traditional Participants in Adaptive Vehicle Make Program

With the goal of significantly reducing the timeline and increasing the efficiency of the development and build process for complex defense systems, DARPA is pioneering new methods for correct-by-construction fab-less design and a digitally programmable foundry-like manufacturing capability to break the traditional systems engineering paradigm and replace it with one that eliminates multiple iterations of the design-build-test-redesign cycle.

PennDOT electronic message boards to warn drivers of trouble

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is adding three electronic message boards this week to its expanding network of "intelligent transportation" infrastructure, all intended to help drivers avoid traffic congestion.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Talking Transit

Improving transportation infrastructure means more than building roads and bridges. Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) use technology to maximize the capacity of existing highway and transit infrastructure to improve traffic flow, decrease delays, and give riders up–to-the-minute system information for a relatively low cost. At a 9:1 cost benefit ratio, ITS have a greater return when compared to traditional transportation projects, which have a benefit-cost ratio of 2.7:1.

Now Accepting Papers!

The Industry Studies Association is now accepting papers for the 2012 Conference. If you are interested in submitting a paper or an organized session, please visit our Abstract Submission page. Deadline for submission is December 12, 2011.

ODOT crews get ready for winter with new technology

ODOT’s Intelligent Transportation System or ITS allows viewers to see any one of 18 message boards and more than 60 cameras aimed at Interstates 77 and 76, U.S. Routes 62, 30 and 224 and state Route 8 in the Canton and Akron areas.

Despite warnings, Pa. Senate votes to expand red-light camera program

State and local governments should be wary of red-light camera systems because they can be used primarily as revenue schemes, not safety devices, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group said Thursday. The report was issued as Pennsylvania considers expanding its red-light camera program beyond Philadelphia amid questions about the program's effectiveness here. A bill to allow 19 smaller Pennsylvania cities to install red-light cameras passed the state Senate on Tuesday.

Could wireless networking in vehicles be the answer to gridlocked roads?

A major transport project is investigating introducing wireless networking to vehicles as a way of drastically reducing congestion and the environmental impact of traffic. Experts at Nottingham Trent University are involved in the €3m European project, which is looking at incorporating ad-hoc wireless technology to vehicles to enable them to automatically gather traffic information and relay it to other commuters.

Corbett asks Legislature for bill that bans texting while driving Read more: Corbett asks Legislature for bill that bans texting while driving

HARRISBURG -- After signing a bill adding restrictions for teen drivers, Gov. Tom Corbett on Tuesday took the unusual step of asking the Legislature to send him a bill to ban texting while driving.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Technology’s Role In Moving People & Goods Quicker, Safer, Cleaner

Making transportation safer, efficient and cleaner was the focus of a recent conference attended by about 8,000 public and private sector transportation experts from more than 65 countries: the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) World Congress.

MTA app due by year's end will let riders keep tabs on buses

The $6.9 million pilot program will allow straphangers to access information from the bus stop, their home, office or anywhere they carry their smart phones to get up-to-the minute information on when that (insert adjective here) bus is going to arrive.

Leadership Fellows Program

Great transportation job opportunity for upcoming graduates.
The Port Authority's Leadership Fellows Program is a distinguished program for leadership and public service in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan region. This two-year, fast-track, rotational program offers Port Authority Fellows invaluable on-the-job experience in planning, financial and facility operations functions. Each assignment is designed to build a strong foundation of business acumen and knowledge of Port Authority operations...
The application period for the 2012 Leadership Fellows Program will open on Monday, September 19, 2011 and close on Monday, November 28, 2011.

mo: Flexible Bike Share and Urban Mobility System

The mo system, at it's heart, is a fully integrated share model which connects existing public transportation options with rental vehicles: bicycle and cargo bikes, electric bikes and cars. The fleet is spontaneously accessible allowing citizens to transport bulky goods or speed off for a quick breath of country air. A smart phone app allows users to book a vehicle, use location-based services to locate a hub, organize group meetings and access user information.

What Is Your Driving Style?

The U.K.-based telematics supplier provides the Quartix vehicle-tracking system, which uses GPS satellites to allow operators to locate vehicles in realtime from any PC, which ensures position and vehicle-log data are constantly updated...
This technology will allow operators to track driving style. If behavior is spotted, a driver can be required to adopt a more fuel-efficient, economical driving style. The system is not linked to the can bus—meaning there are no vehicle-manufacturer warranty issues, and driving style can be determined across different vehicle types.

Single chip makes light work of image analysis

Because the single-chip solution can be integrated into HD Internet Protocol (IP) cameras, it could be used in a variety of intelligent transportation applications to detect accidents, count vehicles, or stopped traffic and vehicles moving in the wrong direction.

IBM Tackles 'Big Data' With New Software

IBM has announced new software to deliver "big data" analytics to users on a variety of devices and platforms. At its Information on Demand (IoD) 2011 conference in Las Vegas on Oct. 24, IBM unveiled new offerings that span a wide variety of big data and business analytics technologies across multiple platforms from mobile devices to the data center to IBM's SmartCloud.


Singapore awards national NFC infrastructure contract

Singapore's IDA has awarded the contract for a national NFC infrastructure to a consortium including mobile network operator StarHub, DBS Bank, public transportation card issuer EZ-Link and NFC technology provider Gemalto. Commercial services are due to go live in mid-2012.

Daimler’s Car2Go Car Share Company Plans Two-Continent Expansion

Car2go will launch in San Diego next week, and just a few days ago, Daimler announced a a partnership with a European car rental car company to reach 40 to 50 cities. The companies did not set a timeline for the expansion in the release. The one-way car sharing company works a little differently than its more well known rivals like ZipCar. Created in 2008, Daimler it has 1,100 vehicles in the four programs nationwide. By comparison, ZipCar has 2,100 vehicles just in the New York City area alone.

JTA names date for e-payment system, STAR smart card

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority said it will launch a new electronic payment system and the STAR “Simply Tap and Ride” smart payment card on Jan. 30, 2012.

Pa. House and Senate still at odds on distracted-driving bills

Notably absent from the calendar is finalized legislation that would ban texting while driving, something more than 30 states have enacted and which has overwhelming public support in Pennsylvania - even from cell-phone providers.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

With BMW ConnectedRide, Bikers Will Never Ride Alone

Adapting technology they’ve developed in the automotive realm, BMW is now testing ConnectedRide, an intelligent transportation system that for the first time integrates motorcycles into a vehicle-to-vehicle communication network. Not only does the technology alert drivers that a motorcycle might be in their blind spot or approaching an intersection, but it can also “see” around blind corners and alert riders to inclement weather or road obstacles up ahead.

ITS road system aims to help ease Yellowhead congestion

EDMONTON — A new traffic monitoring system that has never been tried in North America aims to reduce drivers’ troubles on Yellowhead Trail...
Sensors embedded in the roadway will record the volume and speed of vehicles that pass overhead. They will determine exactly how many people are on the road and how well traffic is flowing...
The software runs the sensor input through its program and then sends its results to tools called Adaptive Signal Controllers that will cycle the traffic lights at various intersections to maintain the best possible traffic flow.

Winning signage employs digital technology to gauge drive time

You may not know it, but your cell phone is part of the electronic wizardry helping you and other motorists gauge how long it will take you to reach your destination.Drivers headed west on Chandler Boulevard near Interstate 10 pass under digital overhead signs that have the ability to pick up signals emanating from an assortment of Bluetooth-enabled devices.

National Park Foundation 2012 Transportation Scholars Program

The Transportation Scholar program gives National Park sites the opportunity to receive expert assistance from transportation professionals on projects such as transportation planning, alternative transportation, analysis, coordination with local communities, environmental and traffic studies, and other transportation related tasks. This program is in partnership with the National Park Foundation, National Park Service, Eno Transportation Foundation, Federal Highway Administration, and the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Technical Assistance Center.

San Francisco’s City CarShare Celebrates 10 Years

Secretary LaHood on Carsharing
When it comes to transportation, people want options. Everywhere I go, I hear the same message. Many Americans love their cars, but still prefer to ride transit for certain trips. Others are committed transit riders, but keep a car around for when they need to get somewhere that lacks transit access. Still others simply can't afford to own a car, but like the freedom cars offer.

IBM opens Smarter Cities Challenge for entries

IBM has opened the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant program to new applications for 2012. The three-year, 100-city, $50 million grant Smart Cities Challenge program sees IBM's top technical experts and consultants provide actionable advice to urban centres.


How Vehicle Automation Will Cut Fuel Consumption

Several automakers are developing technology to let cars drive themselves, mainly as a way to make driving more convenient and improve safety. But it could also significantly reduce gasoline consumption, says Nady Boules, the director of GM's Electrical and Controls Integration Lab...
Automakers have been working on vehicle automation for decades, but the work recently got a boost from a DARPA-sponsored contest to develop vehicles that can navigate a simulated urban environment on their own. A team that included GM and Carnegie Mellon University won that contest.

An EBay For Parking Spots

What is a parking spot worth?
A small fortune, nothing, and everything in between. It all depends on the time of the day and how desperate you happen to be at the moment, according to Zia Yusuf, president and CEO of Streetline, which has created a system for tracking, and ultimately auctioning, open parking spaces in urban centers.

ITS World Congress showcases game-changing, job-creating technologies

Secretary LaHood at ITS World Congress
This is the world of Intelligent Transportation Systems, and, based on what I saw at last week's ITS World Congress in Orlando, that world is just around the corner. I'm excited about ITS technology for two important reasons: safety and jobs.

NHI Webinar Regional Concept for Transportation Operations: Practitioner Experiences

A regional concept for transportation operations (RCTO) is a management tool that assists in planning and implementing management and operations strategies in a collaborative and sustained manner. Several regions in the U.S. have developed RCTOs to advance regional initiatives such as traffic incident management, traveler information, and traffic signal programs.

Friday, October 21, 2011

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Says Intelligent Transportation’s Safety Technology will Put People Back to Work

Today in Orlando, FL, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood addressed delegates at the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems, boldly speaking of the importance of putting Americans back to work by rebuilding the nation’s transportation infrastructure and implementing intelligent transportation. Noting that many of the country’s roads and bridges are in need of refurbishing, LaHood said “Our transportation systems are overburdened and fast becoming obsolete.”

An Honor for Minnesota’s Smart Roads

That was underscored this month when the state Department of Transportation received a "Smart Solution Spotlight" award from the Intelligent Transportation Society of America for innovations ranging from real-time electronic freeway traffic advisories to vehicle detection devices that help drivers cross rural highways more safely.

Users say I-GO offers convenient, inexpensive alternative to car ownership

It was the first partnership between a public transit agency and a car sharing service in the U.S.
The costs of auto ownership – monthly payments, gas, insurance, maintenance and parking – is expensive. Chicagoans who participate in car sharing can generate savings as much as $5,000 a year in reduced transportation costs.

State Transportation Statistics 2010

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), today released State Transportation Statistics 2010 (STS) – a web-only reference guide to transportation data by state.

Microsoft turns walls, cars and even your hand into a touchscreen

Applications could include anything that we currently use a computer for - checking email, surfing the web or possibly talking to friends on Skype. Currently the camera and the laser are rather chunky but Microsoft and a team from the Carnegie Mellon University, which developed OmniTouch together, say it could one day be ‘the size of a matchbox and as easy to wear as a pendant or a watch’.

Tiramisu Cited by Intelligent Transportation Society of America

Tiramisu Transit, an iPhone app developed by Carnegie Mellon that uses crowdsourcing to help transit riders know when their bus will arrive, won second place in the Best New Innovative Products, Services, or Applications category of the 2011 Best of ITS Awards.

IBM brings intelligent operations to improve services to citizens

The Intelligent Operations Center is designed to optimize the operational efficiencies of a city and provide a unified view of all city agencies including energy, public safety, transportation, and water.

Thursday, October 20, 2011


The Essential Automotive Technology Event
April 24-26, 2012 Cobo Center, Detroit, Michigan, USA
The SAE 2012 World Congress theme, Get Connected, represents the new and diverse connections that will drive significant advancements in the auto industry of tomorrow.

90 Percent of Traffic Accidents Can be Eliminated: IEEE

Experts at IEEE insist that about every traffic accident could be eliminated if existing intelligent transportation technologies such as in-vehicle machine vision and sensors to detect drowsy drivers were implemented in our vehicles and roads.

NJ Transit partners with Google Wallet for 'tap and pay' option

NJ Transit is the first public transportation agency to partner with Google Wallet, allowing customers to wave their smart phones in front of a sensor to pay and sparing them the hassle of fishing for cash or credit cards.

Ford vehicles will read you text messages while you drive

The feature, which is intended to reduce texting while driving, is part of Ford's voice-activated technology, Sync, and is already installed on all model 2012 Ford vehicles with the exception of the Ranger.

GM Promises Autonomous Vehicles by End of Decade

GM has been a leader in developing autonomous vehicle technology, having worked with Carnegie Mellon University to develop the “The Boss” Chevrolet Tahoe that brought autonomous vehicle operation to life in 2007 and won the DARPA Urban Challenge. The event required teams to build a driverless vehicle capable of driving in traffic and performing complex maneuvers such as merging, passing, parking and negotiating intersections over a 60-mile course.

New technology to help keep traffic moving during Alaskan Way Viaduct work

The pilot program allows viewers to see real-time video of traffic conditions at key road locations. The mayor also announced the activation this week of a new traffic responsive corridor on Aurora Avenue N, adding to the four currently operating, which will automatically sense traffic conditions and adjust signal timing for better flow.

Bluetooth devices save time in traffic

Houston TranStar, the Houston area's traffic management agency, has developed sensors that can detect a Bluetooth device's electronic address as it passes, allowing the agency to track traffic speed faster, cheaper and on more roads than ever before. The sensors also detect mobile GPS systems, telephone headsets, and in-vehicle navigation and hands-free systems.

Bombardier Transportation demonstrates its commitment to the state of Qatar

Serge Van Themsche, Vice President Europe, Middle East, Africa and Brazil, Systems, Bombardier Transportation, is a speaker at the conference. He will talk about smart transit systems and e-mobility technologies, highlighting solutions for the GCC's railway aspirations.

NUS teams up with NCS, MHIES Asia to study urban transportation

The National University of Singapore (NUS) has inked a partnership with two other parties to study modern transportation problems in cities and to explore the use of advanced technologies to improve urban mobility.

CuseCar-Community Car-Sharing Program: Car Sharing Lessons Learned

The New York Department of Transportation has released a report that summarizes the development and operation of CuseCar, a not-for-profit community car-sharing program in Syracuse, New York.

Up close: Technology will become even more personal

Intel’s curiosity about how people use technology in cars is hardly surprising. Carmakers are keen to install extra computing power in their vehicles in order to impress customers with a taste for technology, and Intel hopes that this will translate into a big new market for its chips.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

How Google's Self-Driving Car Works

Once a secret project, Google's autonomous vehicles are now out in the open, quite literally, with the company test-driving them on public roads and, on one occasion, even inviting people to ride inside one of the robot cars as it raced around a closed course.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Pa. Senate committee votes to allow red-light cameras

The bill, sponsored by Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware, authorizes Pittsburgh and third-class Pennsylvania cities with populations of 18,000 or more and full-time police forces to deploy the cameras. The cameras photograph the license plates of drivers who run red lights and generate citations that are sent by mail. Violators could be fined up to $100.

Keeping the Elderly Moving – Safely

Using safety technologies, such as electronic stability control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, will especially benefit the elderly. Mitigation is also important since older adults are more likely to be injured or die as a result of a crash because their bodies are fragile.

After BIG-10, what is BMTC’s next BIG step?

Introducing for instance express services, short loops and dynamic programming that you don't have in the same service you have all day, you adapt the service to the different part of the day. But you can do better if you invest in the bus - introduce intelligent transportation system to improve the reliability of the service, give bus priority by building bus lanes, building real stations on terminals - putting all this in a systematic approach is called BRT.

SwRI demonstrates traffic management to minimize environmental impacts

The SwRI Environmental Management System uses connected vehicle technology, specifically vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, to send data from a demonstration vehicle to a central Advanced Traffic Management System. Using the vehicle emissions data, traffic management center operators can identify environmental "hot spots" along the roadway and use congestion management techniques to reduce the of traffic.

Automakers working globally on connected cars

The Vehicle Infrastructure Integration Consortium (VIIC) is made of up of BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen. It said that globally harmonized standards will enable automakers and other stakeholders to bring connected vehicle technologies to market faster and at reduced cost. The announcement was made at the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems, which runs this week in Orlando, Florida.

Unmanned car Cybergo can be called by a phone or internet

The French company Cybergo has done some studies and found out that there are bus and shuttle routes where the 40-seat buses drive mostly empty. Now this new robotic and 100 percent electric transportation can handle this problem eliminating the need to move a 40-seat bus to transport three people.

GM's Super-Smart Pod Vehicle Looks at Future Transportation

This next-generation vehicle combines zero-transmission, super-connectivity and other advanced technologies to makes the future of individual transportation actually seem sustainable. Check out the video for a look at how this prototype might actually work:

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Crosswalk signal changes walk signs automatically | Video

Michael Day thinks he has the answer: a new system that relies on cameras to automatically call for the signal change — without relying on a person to push a button — and then hold the red light until all pedestrians have cleared the intersection, regardless of how long that takes.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Driverless cars tested in Nevada

AB 511 passed through the Assembly Ways and Means Committee as well as the Senate Finance Committee, where it was amended twice before being voted for final passage by both state houses. Gov. Sandoval signed the bill into law on June 16, and Nevada became the first state in the nation to allow driverless vehicles onto designated roadways.

Cellphone signals help manage traffic

Intelligent traffic management is one of the key areas being addressed by Siemens’ new Infrastructure & Cities Sector, which started operating on October 1.
In a pilot project in Texas, US, Siemens is developing intelligent transportation technology for the fast and orderly evacuation of citizens. In this project, trafficlight timing systems register traffic flow and adjust the phases of red and green light accordingly.

Folding electric assist bike begins final push for production

The designer sees such points being located near bus stops or rail links for seamless transport integration, and commuters being able to hire the short-haul transport solution using an RFID smart card similar to those already used for the growing number of bike hire schemes operating in many major cities the world over.

A smart drive

BMW intends to pull off a similar sort of evolution, turning a car into something much more than just transportation, using its 'ConnectedDrive' technologies. In the near future, its familiar 'iDrive' infotainment system won't just be a glorified iPod any more. It can already navigate, help you avoid jams, highlight interesting things and let you surf the Internet.

Smart City Initiatives Can Improve Living Standards, Reduce Carbon Emissions, Says Pike Research

Cities are responsible for between 60% and 80% of the world’s energy use and about the same percentage of greenhouse gas emissions. According to a recent report from Pike Research, “smart” information and communication technologies that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of urban systems and services will not only help mitigate the environmental effects of mass urbanization, but also improve the lives of the people who inhabit the world’s burgeoning cities.

CTIA Survey Show More Wireless Devices than Americans

For the first time in the history of CTIA’s Semi-Annual Survey, there are more active wireless devices than Americans!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Transit tech: All aboard, with the wave of a debit card

That same card that you wave in front of an electronic reader to pay for gas, buy groceries and pick up the bar tab could also be used in the future to pay for your trips on public transportation. San Diego-based Cubic Corporation has launched a one-year pilot program with the Philadelphia-based Port Authority Transit Corporation (PATCO) and Visa to test just such a card.

Experts crack widely used smartcard

David Oswald and Christoph Paar, both expert hackers at the Ruhr University Bochum, who work to uncover flaws in hi-tech security systems, made the announcement in a study published this week. In the study they said they managed to crack the DESFire MF3ICD40 RFID cards, used in transportation systems including in the Czech Republic, United States and Australia, using non-invasive and non-detectable measures.

Evaluation of Data Needs, Crash Surrogates, and Analysis Methods to Address Lane Departure Research Questions Using Naturalistic Driving Study Data

In anticipation of the large volume of data to be collected during the SHRP 2 NDS, several projects were conducted to demonstrate that it is possible to use existing NDS data and data from other sources to further the understanding of the risk factors associated with road crashes. More specifically, the four projects conducted under the title Development of Analysis Methods Using Recent Data examined the statistical relationship between surrogate measures of collisions (conflicts, critical incidents, near collisions, or roadside encroachment) and actual collisions.

Nissan's Future Safety Tech: Reducing Accidents, Injury

The new systems are part of Nissan's Intelligent Transportation Systems technology.

More roads going high tech

Secretary LaHood
Even as highway budgets are forced to do more with less, the number of vehicles on our roads continues to climb. We need to work smarter with what we already have. So, I'm happy to see so many state and local agencies relying on the latest technology to improve service for all motorists.

Can Smart Transportation Apps Curb Greenhouse Gases?

Experts believe traffic, bus and parking applications will be the public sector’s key wireless contributions in helping reduce future environmental impacts, according to a report released Tuesday, Oct. 11. A new report sponsored by CTIA—The Wireless Association estimates that transportation apps can contribute to the reduction of 1.2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere each year.

Safe and sound: Fire Chief Werner leads $1 million data sharing project

Federal agencies will also be able to see regional events in real-time, enabling them to quickly allocate resources should a catastrophic event occur.Part of the project will focus on preemptive safety measures. Updated road sensors could electronically inform the Department of Transportation when temperatures approach the freezing point so road crews are prepared to prevent icy roadways. Flood river gauges would provide the same assistance in evacuating residents who may be in danger.

IBM plans to change Nairobi to a smarter city

Imagine a city with one control platform that harnesses information from the government services, transportation, energy and utilities, healthcare, public sector and education to make better decisions, anticipate tragedies like the fire that consumed Nairobi's Sinai slums, then resolve them proactively.

The Next Boom in Mobile Devices Is the Car

New York Times
Cars, one of the great mobile devices to begin with, are about to get connected to the Internet like never before. It will change not just how we drive, but the economics of the car business.

5 Great U.S. City Parking Apps

But ParkPGH also taps a unique algorithm — developed by Robert Hampshire of Carnegie Mellon University — that considers historical parking data and current events, such as concerts, to predict what the parking situation will be in the future. The result is the country's "first predictive parking app," according to the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, which recognized the technological advances of ParkPGH with an award in early October.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Dynamic Real-Time Routing for Evacuation Response Planning and Execution

Purdue University has released a report that explores dynamic routing operations in the emergency response context, primarily in terms of the routing of response vehicles and evacuees. The study focuses on identifying the paths used for routing response vehicles and evacuees in disaster situations.

Communication with Vulnerable Populations: A Transportation and Emergency Management Toolkit

TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 150: Communication with Vulnerable Populations: A Transportation and Emergency Management Toolkit describes how to create a communication process to reach vulnerable populations regarding their transportation options in emergencies.

2012 Symposium on Mileage-Based User Fees and Transportation Finance Summit

TRB is cosponsoring the 2012 Symposium on Mileage-Based User Fees and Transportation Finance Summit, on April 22–24, 2012, in Philadelphia, PA. The symposium is designed to bring together professionals to explore the latest studies and pilots in mileage-based user fees and the diverse range of financing tools available to toll agencies, state transportation departments, and local governments. Individuals or groups wishing to present at the meeting must submit an abstract by October 25, 2011.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

West Philly Teens Build Ground-Breaking "Badass Hybrid" Car

Who says teenagers can't change the world? In their free time after school, 15 teens from a low-income high school in Philadelphia built a car. And not just any car: their 160 mpg Factory Five GTM biodiesel hybrid kit car has outperformed other fuel-efficient cars built by professional engineers and graduate students from Ivy League universities.

Cars avoid crashes in future here now

Imagine a world where your car, truck or SUV can "talk" to other vehicles on the road and let you know if there's a car in your blind spot or a truck stalled up ahead. That technology already is here, and it was on display in Cincinnati Friday as part of a 15-city tour.

India needs proactive policy action if it is to protect the environment while also providing the people with efficient travel options.

The Government of India introduced the National Urban Transport Policy (NUTP) in 2006. The most significant initiative in the policy had to do with integrating urban land and transport development and optimising road capacity. Another aim of the policy is establishing Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) over a phased manner in the next 20 years.

Call for Papers: 1st European Symposium on Quantitative Methods in Transportation Systems, EPFL Campus, Lausanne, Switzerland

This Symposium is an interdisciplinary intermediate-size research conference on transportation research in general, and quantitative methods for transportation systems in particular. The Symposium will bring together major experts and most promising young researchers in the fields of Transportation Modeling, Operations Research, Economics, Physics, Logistics in a setting highly suitable for scientific discussion and active interaction in relatively small groups.

New electric vehicle OEM releases first line

New electric vehicle manufacturer Evolve Motorcycles announced its first line of models Thursday in New York...
The free Evolve mobile app allows riders to connect and share on the road, finding each other’s real time locations, locating charging stations and sharing videos and updates.

Hacked Tulsa Traffic Sign No Laughing Matter For ODOT

Oklahoma State transportation officials called a road-side practical joke a public safety hazard Friday. Someone hacked into one of ODOT's smart signs on I-44 in Tulsa Wednesday night, alerting drivers of "zombies ahead."

SEPTA's new electronic payment system will be a big change for rail commuters

SEPTA expects to award a contract this month for its long-delayed "smart card" fare system, which will allow bus, subway, trolley, and train passengers to pay for their trips by tapping any "contactless" bank card on an electronic reader. Riders can use credit or debit cards they already own or get smart cards from SEPTA. The system is also being designed to eventually accept payment from smartphones.

Monday, October 10, 2011

AKQA, Audi Tap Driver Frustration With Real-Time Index

Audi wants to quantify how frustrating the American roads are because its A6 model offers features that can alleviate some sources of frustration, such as a technologies that adapt the car to poor road conditions and warns you of drivers straying into your lane. The Facebook promo for the RFI says, “Looks like the new Audi A6 is here in the nick of time.”

Sunday, October 9, 2011

San Francisco Hackers Work With The City To Make It Run Smoother

The Summer of Smart hackathon resulted in several sites and apps that can make transportation or food shopping easier. And the city is embracing them.

Boise’s first car sharing program

Karen Sander, the executive director of the Downtown Boise Association (DBA), says the group became interested in car share after Boise State University started one for its students last fall.

Friday, October 7, 2011

SEPTA is cosponsoring a “hackathon” this weekend to produce apps that use its wealth of data for riders.

Public agencies have always collected and used vast amounts of data, while offering only a small fraction of it back to the public - often in less-than-user-friendly ways. But in the last several years - spurred by the spread of smartphones such as Apple's iPhone - something unexpected has been born: a largely organic public-private partnership, in which agencies make data more easily available, and app developers use the data to try to make money by making people's lives easier and more efficient.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Study Shows Red Light Cameras in Iowa Save Lives and Reduce Injuries

They found that after RLR camera-enforcement systems were implemented, red light running crashes decreased by 40 percent while crashes of all types decreased 20 percent at these intersections. At the same time, total crashes increased by 7 percent at the control intersections.

Cars of the future

A car that drives itself must know what other cars are doing, which means managing a lot of information. At Carnegie Mellon, Platzer and his colleagues write computer programs that test the safety of self-driving cars. He says that self-driving cars will probably not be available to buy and use within the next few years, but they’re getting closer. Already, some new cars come with automatic braking systems and warnings that alert drivers to dangerous situations.