Saturday, December 31, 2011

Phila. ranked among best at social media

The list of award winners was released last week by GovFresh, a website that says it “works to inspire government-citizen collaboration” and features, among other things, “the ideas and technology that are changing how government works.”...
ReRoute.it, which helps people make better transportation choices, was named the Best Transit App,...
and Septa.mobi, for the Best Transit App award...
All this activity allowed Philadelphia to tie Chicago as a runner up to New York for the City of the Year award and Williamson County, Texas, as a runner up to New York for the Best Use of Social Media award.
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Social Innovation: Car Sharing will be Big News in the U.S. in 2012

In 2012 car-sharing will become a popular social enterprise initiative in America as more states start to opt in - imagine a world with fewer cars, without traffic jams, and with less pollution. The actual concept of car-sharing is where members have access to a fleet of cars for short-term use throughout the day, which reduces the need for one or more personal vehicles. In California, which passed legislation last year, personal car-sharing is becoming very popular. Next to follow suit is Oregon, which will become the second place to let people rent out their cars.
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Transportation Department introduces Map App (AUDIO)

The Traveler Information App, better known as the “map app” is now available from the State Transportation Department. They have developed it to give people an idea of how clear the larger roads in the state are as the weather gets bad this winter. Department Spokesman Matt Hiebert says the application gives a map of the state, with all the major roads highlighted. They’re color coded to indicate road conditions or construction.
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Scott Belcher, Intelligent Transportation Systems America

Scott Belcher is the President and CEO, Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America). Belcher talks about ITS America and the transportation available in America. ITS America utilizes GPS, smartphones, connected vehicles to achieve intelligent means to make driving faster and safer. There are companies at ITS America that are creating different modes of transportation, on the road and in other means.
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MTA Responds and Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association Wants Red Light Cameras

This week, The Bay News reports on a bill in the Assembly in Albany, which would legalize red light cameras to catch speeders. The Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association (MBNA) supports the legislation and, if passed, is ready to petition Albany to install the cameras along Oriental Boulevard to curb speeding, although Community Board 15 voted to reject cameras for the district earlier this year.
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Ten Electric Cars Coming in 2012

The year 2011 was a landmark year for EVs. We witnessed regional launches of the Nissan LEAF and the Chevy Volt. These two plug-in cars were the start of a new era for electrified personal transportation. The current American car auto fleet, however, is enormous—and two models alone cannot create change on a large scale. During 2012, these two plug-in cars will have—depending how you look at it—either competition in the marketplace or help in the movement to electrify transportation.
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Unzipped: Car sharing takes a bite out of Americans’ drive time

Kids these days -- they don't like cars. What's up with that? A new survey by the car-sharing company Zipcar finds that Millennials just don't see cars as the ticket to freedom that their parents did. According to the survey, 55 percent of Millennials have actively made an effort to drive less, while 78 percent say that the high costs of gas and maintenance make owning a car difficult. That's good news for Zipcar: The company says that Millennials make up more than half of its members.
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Faster forward: Imagining the future car of 2050

We already know that Google has tested autonomous vehicles in northern California. In a widely reported incident, one of the Toyota Priuses was actually in a fender bender, although Google claims the car was being driven by a human at the time. The idea makes perfect sense, though: The computer in a car can react faster and use more diagnostic data than a human ever could. When a deer jumps out on the road, a Lexus GX 460 can use powerful forward-facing sensors to track the object, scan to see if you are paying attention (based on the angle of your face and by tracking your eyes and mouth), alert you with a chime, and even brake automatically in a split second – much faster than a human could.
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Take tech route to track consignments

Mr Krishnan is a dealer in auto parts, based in Madurai. A few days ago, his distributor from Delhi had dispatched a critical auto part for one of his customers. Wanting to find out where his material had reached, he took out his laptop, logged onto the Web site of the transport company and entered the docket number. Immediately, he was made aware of the delivery status of his material; that it had left Bangalore and would reach him the next day.
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Beijing to test new GPS system

Beijin: Beijing plans to test its new Global Positioning System that alerts drivers to real-time road congestion and shows the quickest way to a destination. Next year, 12,000 drivers in the Wangjing area of Beijing will have their cars fitted with a free GPS device, operated by Beijing Palmcity Science and Technology Co., for the experiment that will last till October.
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Booz Allen wins eight task orders to expand support to intelligent transportation systems programme

Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE:BAH), a provider of management and technology consulting services, reported on Thursday that it has won task orders valued at USD8m over three years.
The company has been awarded eight task orders to support the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) at the US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA).
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US DOT selects Battelle to develop transit DSRC safety retrofit package; interoperability with light-duty vehicle applications

The US Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) has selected the Battelle Memorial Institute to develop a new Transit Safety Retrofit Package (TRP) that will be used as part of the Safety Pilot model deployment. The effective date of the award is 1 January 2012.
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Emergency services have plan for PGBT

The command center is staffed with TCLEOSE-certified telecommunicators and uses a multimillion dollar intelligent transportation system that focuses on mobility, safety, and security. “The goal of the center is to reduce response times to incidents and to get the roadways clear. Speed is money on NTTA,” Walling said.
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NEW DOT ITS publications

The following ITS publications, published by the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO), were recently added to the National Transportation Library (NTL):

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

The Best Metro Data Releases of 2011

Just about every city is strapped for cash these days. But where they're lacking in money, metros all over the world have begun to tap into a new wealth: data. Inside the urban open-government revolution, do-gooding coders are joining forces with newly digitized municipal data sets, with the promise that we could design better bus routes, run city services more efficiently and restore faith in municipal government all without huge outlays for new infrastructure or mega-projects.
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THE INTELLIGENT VEHICLES SYMPOSIUM (IV'12)

is the premier annual forum sponsored by the IEEE INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS SOCIETY (ITSS). Researchers, academicians, practitioners, and students from universities, industry, and government agencies are invited to discuss research and applications for Intelligent Vehicles and Vehicle-Infrastructure Cooperation...
Call for papers -Paper submission deadline: January 16th, 2012
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Rideshare Revolution

The good news is that several new technologies are reducing the hassles associated with ridesharing at the same time that rising oil prices, tolls, and parking rates are making the cost-sharing benefits more attractive than ever.
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The good news is that several new technologies are reducing the hassles associated with ridesharing at the same time that rising oil prices, tolls, and parking rates are making the cost-sharing benefits more attractive than ever.

Source: Planetsave (http://s.tt/14Xgv)

The good news is that several new technologies are reducing the hassles associated with ridesharing at the same time that rising oil prices, tolls, and parking rates are making the cost-sharing benefits more attractive than ever.

Source: Planetsave (http://s.tt/14Xgv)

AUVSI Conference and Call for Papers

AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems North America 2012, being held 6-9 August in Las Vegas, Nevada, will highlight the most important technological research and advancements driving the dynamic unmanned systems community forward.
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Siemens to install ETCS technology in Romania

Siemens is to install the European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2 on the rail link between Chitila and Crivina in Romania. Romanian Railways has placed the order with a consortium made up of Siemens, Thales and Nokia Siemens Networks. The deal is worth around €35 million. Commissioning of the first ETCS Level 2 line in Romania is planned for 2014.
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Businesses are increasingly turning to information and communications technology to reduce their carbon footprints

Another report _ "The Potential Global CO2 Reductions from ICT Use", by Ecofys in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund _ listed 10 ICT measures that could reduce CO2 emissions by one billion tonnes, equal to more than a quarter of the EU's total annual emissions. These measures are smart city planning, smart buildings, smart appliances or smart occupancy control, dematerialisation services, smart industry, i-optimisation, smart grids, integrated renewable solutions, smart work and intelligent transport.
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Governments of Canada and Manitoba provide funding to study and implement intelligent transportation systems

CentrePort Canada will study ITS practices at other inland ports to determine whether they could be successfully implemented at CentrePort. There are two main objectives of this project: to reduce the time needed for secure cargo shipments originating from CentrePort to cross international borders; and to increase the security of cross-border freight shipments.
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Smart Transportation Systems Still a Good Bet in Tough Times

For this report, Pike Research focused on some key emerging ITS applications that are tied into smart city growth...
The intelligent transportation system (ITS) market looks to be reasonably “austerity proof.” That’s the top take-away from my new report, Smart Transportation Systems, which forecasts several key market sectors out to 2017. When I started the research for the report, it was not obvious this would be the case. After all, much smart transportation investment comes through governments – and governments throughout the developed world are undergoing some serious belt-tightening (or at least are talking about it). But the intelligent transportation market still looks relatively robust.
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Cashless parking meters proving benefits worldwide

A number of new case studies from all over the world has demonstrated how cashless parking meters that use near field communication (NFC) are offering benefits to councils and motorists.
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Mall of America lets shoppers find parking by phone

The website will appear in your browser as m.mallofamerica.com, which means it's a mobile-only website. Click "directions and parking" for the map, then click "parking." Green means spots are available, yellow means congested and red means the lot is busy. The mall can keep tabs on how full its lots are by electronically counting vehicles as they enter and leave the lots, and by getting visual updates from parking employees who scan the lots for signs of traffic congestion, Jewell said...
The Wall Street Journal reported last week that "to keep potential shoppers from driving off, malls across the country are deploying technology to help shoppers find a desirable spot." A mall outside of New York City uses overhead sensors and cameras to identify open parking spots inside a parking garage, the Journal said.
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Pennsylvania turnpike plazas will all get DC fast charging stations for EVs

Ready to take your all-electric car on a road trip? If you're headed along the Pennsylvania Turnpike, 2013 might just be your year. The plan is to install EV charging stations in all 17 of the service plazas along the highway by June 30 of that year.
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Investigation into the Use of Point-to-Point Speed Cameras

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has released a report that explores point-to-point (P2P) speed camera technology, the application of these devices in New Zealand, and the sites that may be suitable for these devices. According to NZTA, P2P cameras operate by photographing all vehicles passing both the start and end of a section of road under consideration. The photographs are time stamped which allows travel time to be derived. Computer software identifies the number plates of passing vehicles and matches the images taken.
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Advanced Safety System Priorities

The United Kingdom’s Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) has released a report that discusses which intelligent vehicle and advanced safety technologies have the greatest potential to help improve highway safety in Great Britain.
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Western States One-Stop Shop for Rural Traveler Information: Research on Clarus System Data

Western States One-Stop Shop for Rural Traveler Information: Research on Clarus System Data.
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Monday, December 19, 2011

Big Brother fears over cameras on motorways

Ireland -The number of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras will increase from 80 to 126, allowing transport chiefs to track individual vehicles between two points and calculate the flow speed of traffic in order to inform motorists in real time of delays ahead.However, the cameras deliberately supply an "encrypted" partial version of the number plates and only hold the data for a limited period of time so that individual cars are not monitored.The NRA was yesterday keen to stress that motorists would not be targeted.
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NFC shopping zone opens in Seoul

An NFC shopping zone has been opened in Myeong-dong — the busiest shopping area in South Korea's capital city, Seoul — by the Grand NFC Korea Alliance, an association formed in June by the country's leading mobile network operators, phone and device manufacturers, card issuers and government agencies. During a three month pilot that runs until the end of January, shoppers in the NFC Zone can use their phones for a wide range of NFC applications including:::

Bus timetable information and real-time service status, downloadable via NFC tags located at bus stops.

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

U.S. Department of Transportation releases the 2011 update to the Intelligent Transportation Systems Benefits, Costs, Deployment, and Lessons Learned

This new report presents information on the benefits, costs, deployment levels, and lessons learned regarding ITS deployment and operations obtained since the 2008 report.
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Mississippi River bridges to get hi-tech improvements

Two bridges that link Arkansas to Mississippi will receive high-tech upgrades to improve highway flow between the states as well as barge traffic along the Mississippi River as part of a federal grant announced today.The federal Department of Transportation has awarded $9.8 million to deploy “Intelligent Transportation Systems” improvements to the Helena Bridge that carries U.S. 49 and the Greenville Bridge that carries U.S. 82, as well as two other Mississippi River bridges linking Louisiana and Mississippi.
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Europe to investigate intelligent transportation

AMITRAN will attempt to develop a CO2 assessment methodology for information and communication technologies, including multi-modal passenger and freight transport taking into account everything from user behaviour to CO2 production. It will look to develop interfaces for models and simulation tools; validate the proposed methodology and its implementation with data from other projects and studies; and produce an online checklist and handbook...
According to Gerdien Klunder, AMITRAN’s co-ordinator and a researcher at TNO, there is currently no consistent methodology that allows scientists to measure the potential CO2 emissions that these technologies could reduce.
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From 'bots to EVs--5 predictions for '12 in cutting-edge tech

In the year ahead, we're guaranteed more powerful supercomputers and smartphones from the tech industry's basic building block--the microchip. But in a world where the amount of information doubles every year, computers' ability to make sense of it has never been more vital, touching every field of scientific research from robotics to satellite imagery. Meanwhile, advances in very different fields--materials science and biotech--are paving the way for better batteries, biofuels, and cleaner sources of energy.
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$20 million federal grant to help fund I-95 HOT lanes

A $20 million federal grant toward construction of high-occupancy toll lanes on Interstate 95 in Northern Virginia will help cement a tentative deal the state struck this month with a private contractor to build the $940 million project. Fluor-Transurban, the company currently building toll lanes on Virginia’s portion of the Capital Beltway, has agreed to build 29 miles of HOT lanes between Edsall Road in Fairfax County and Garrisonville Road in Stafford County. The deal calls for Fluor-Transurban to foot $843 million of the cost, while the state contributes $97 million.
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Google Patents Transition To Autonomous Driving For Cars

We have heard quite a bit about Google’s autonomous cars driving around in California. A patent approved by the USPTO yesterday provides more detail on these cars and the technology they may use. The patent #8,078,349, filed on May 11 of this year, specifically refers to the event when a mixed-mode car is enabled to transition from a human driver to an autonomous mode...
To develop this technology, Google employs some of the smartest minds in the industry. It is not really surprising to see Christopher Urmson and Nathaniel Fairfield listed among the inventors: Both joined Google from Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute. Urmson was the technical leader of the Tartan racing team, which won the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge: Their “Boss” vehicle, a heavily modified Chevy Tahoe, completed a 55 mile urban course in 4 hours and 10 minutes and won the $2 million prize of the competition. Also listed among the inventors is Nathan Fairfiled, also from Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute, who worked on sonar data for navigation in 3D environments at the university.
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Automotive Megatrends USA 2012

31 January 2012 to 2 February 2012 The Henry
Fairlane Plaza, 300 Town Center Drive, Dearborn, Michigan 48126, USA

Leading industry speakers, in-depth panel discussions, cutting edge topics, and unrivalled networking opportunities will make Automotive Megatrends USA 2012 an unmissable event.

Understand and debate existing and future passenger car safety (Day 1), connectivity (Day 2), and electrification (Day 3) technologies and trends by attending interactive presentations by experts from OEMs, suppliers, and other key auto industry stakeholders.

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Finding the Route of Least Emissions

But no mainstream navigation service has yet mastered the holy grail of environmentally conscious travel – the route of least emissions. Researchers at a handful of universities across the country are at work on this concept, called green routing. The idea sounds pretty straight-forward: Instead of selecting the shortest route to the grocery store, you would be able to pick the path with the smallest carbon footprint. Researchers suspect that on the aggregate, if large numbers of us were adjusting our driving patterns like this every day, it would have a serious impact. A recent study from researchers at SUNY-Buffalo found that rerouting just a fifth of drivers in a computer simulation of traffic in the Buffalo area could reduce regional auto emissions by 20 percent.
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WICHway.org offers travel information about Wichita highways

The Kansas Department of Transportation has launced a new website using up-to-the-minute information that will help drivers in Wichita efficiently navigate area highways. WICHway.org will share camera views on select routes and post messages that are helpful for drivers. "This is our way of gathering the info about an incident or congestion spot and feeding that information out to the public so that they can decide whether they want to go through that area or pick another route," said Tom Hein KDOT Spokesman.The system includes 28 cameras, 21 message signs and 36 traffic sensors.
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Friday, December 16, 2011

Federal Highway Administration Offers Additional Grants to Spur Innovation

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is soliciting for proposals for a fourth round of grants under the Highways for LIFE Technology Partnerships Program.

The focus of the 2012 Solicitation will be to work with the highway industry to accelerate the adoption of promising innovations that 1) have the potential to directly reduce crashes or crash severity or 2) innovations that significantly enhance decision-making relative to the deployment of treatments to reduce crashes, crash severity and the understanding of the effectiveness of the treatments. The program is intended to fund proven innovations that have been developed to a late-stage prototype with the proof of concept well established that require further development, testing, and evaluation in a real-world setting before they would be available for commercialization. The solicitation is posted in Grants.gov with two closings dates—January 26, 2012 and May 3, 2012. Each grant award may range from $250,000 to $1,000,000 for up to two years of performance. Subject to available funding, FHWA anticipates awarding up to $5 million through this solicitation.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

AMITRAN project developing CO2 assessment methodology for intelligent transport systems

A new European project, AMITRAN, is developing a methodology to assess the impact of ICT (information and communication technologies) and ITS (intelligent transport systems) on CO2 emissions from the transport sector.
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'Green routing' can cut car emissions without significantly slowing travel time

In detailed, computer simulations of traffic in Upstate New York's Buffalo Niagara region, UB researchers Adel Sadek and Liya Guo found that green routing could reduce overall emissions of carbon monoxide by 27 percent for area drivers, while increasing the length of trips by an average of just 11 percent. In many cases, simple changes yielded great gains.
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Federal grant will help fund city's smart traffic signal implementation

SEPTA, PennDOT, the City of Philadelphia and now the feds have all kicked in funding for the city's new smart traffic signals. PlanPhilly reports a $10 million federal stimulus grant will help fund the installation signals that prioritize transit by giving buses and trolleys extended green lights.
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With these autonomous cars, who needs you to drive?

Since 1978, when microprocessors were first installed in the trip odometer of a Cadillac Seville, the number of chips in the average automobile has grown such that cars now contain anywhere from 50 to 200 processors and a mile of wiring. The increasing prevalence of hybrid and electric cars is accelerating that trend; the plug-in electric Chevrolet Volt, for example, requires 10 million lines of code, 2 million more than it takes to run a Boeing 787. So carmakers are coming to Silicon Valley, where code is king.
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CMU's Marcel Just Applauds NTSB's Proposed Ban on Cell Phones While Driving

The National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) has called for a nationwide ban on the use of cell phones and text message devices while driving. Carnegie Mellon University's Marcel Just, a leading neuroscientist who has studied how using cell phones impairs driving ability, applauds NTSB's proposal.
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Study: Don't Discount Operational Efficiency When Building Roads

A recent study published this summer in The International Journal of Sustainable Transportation showed how an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) resulted in 3 times greater fuel consumption savings, and a reduction of greenhouse gas and pollution, when compared against the sum of four sustainable construction-phase strategies.
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Car sharing takes off in the U.S.

Personal car-sharing spreads from California to Oregon and, very soon, to a neighborhood near you. The concept of hiring out your own vehicle has proven wildly popular here and around the globe.

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Integrated Database and Analysis System for the Evaluation of Freeway Corridors for Potential Ramp Signaling

The Florida Department of Transportation has released a report that identifies and evaluates the existing ramp signaling guidelines from 12 states in the United States, four other countries, and three independent research organizations. The report also recommends seven guidelines for incorporation into Florida’s guidelines for ramp metering.
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2012 UTC Spotlight Conference on Research Perspectives on Sustainable Energy and Transportation

TRB is sponsoring the 2012 UTC Spotlight Conference on Research Perspectives on Sustainable Energy and Transportation on November 8-9, 2012, in Washington, D.C. The conference is designed to promote dialogue and coordination among University Transportation Centers (UTCs), federal agencies, industry, and state and local agencies on research to address the complex and challenging issues concerning sustainable energy and transportation. The conference will focus on recently completed and ongoing research on sustainable energy and transportation being conducted by UTCs and others, and will identify existing knowledge gaps and promising developments for future research.
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Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) Workforce Summit

TRB is cosponsoring the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) Workforce Summit on April 24-26, 2012, in Washington, D.C. The summit is designed to help foster a national dialogue on the needs for and development of the transportation workforce in the United States and to promote greater visibility for transportation careers in industry, government agencies, and academia. The summit will promote building upon and connecting with existing transportation workforce initiatives to take full advantage of recent accomplishments, experiences, and lessons learned. Such initiatives include those related to recruiting and retaining qualified personnel, filling current and future shortages in personnel, defining competencies needed for a high-performing workforce, and identifying and closing gaps in transportation workforce training and education.
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Monday, December 12, 2011

Carnegie Mellon Releases Android Version of Smartphone Transit App

Users of the Android mobile interface in Pittsburgh’s Allegheny County will now be able to contribute to a crowdsourced information sharing project. Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute has recently released its real-time bus schedules and seating information app, called Tiramasu, for Android phones.
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Cranberry’s Traffic Lab: Where the Future Gets a Green Light

Since it opened a little more than a year ago, Cranberry’s Traffic Operations Center has emerged as the region’s showcase for state-of-the-art traffic control technologies. Walking past its wall of high-definition screens as they show real-time traffic information—as well as its clusters of computer monitors displaying signal-control system data—is like strolling the bridge on a spacecraft...
It came as no surprise that several faculty members from Carnegie Mellon University’s Traffic 21 research unit took an interest in the data the center generates. Also expressing interest was TrafficVision, a division of the South Carolina firm Omnibond Systems and a developer of traffic-monitoring technology.
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VDOT will unveil new signs to alert motorists of travel time

STARTING TODAY, digital, overhead signs will alert Interstate 95 drivers about travel times. All of the new signs will be in Northern Virginia, with the sign in Lorton telling southbound drivers how long they can expect it to take to get to Fredericksburg. This kind of technology is only the tip of the iceberg for the push toward "smart traffic" technologies. Computer technology has changed people's lives since the late part of the 20th century. Now it looks as if our driving experience will follow that lead. Take the GPS devices mounted on dashboards of so many cars nowadays. They are great, but in the not-too-distant future they'll seem like transistor radios.
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The National Transportation Library

The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) is home to the National Transportation Library (NTL). The NTL offers a great collection of reports on a variety of transportation topics, including Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

10 Government IT Predictions For 2012: IDC

6. Global investment in smart city technologies will hit $40.9 billion in 2012. Urban planners will look to intelligent technology solutions to better serve residents' needs, as financial and natural resources are constrained.
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Salt Lake City Roads Worse Than New York's? Road Frustration Index Says Yes

Audi of America wants to be involved in conversations about America’s urban future and provide cars that fit into tomorrow’s tech-dominated cities. MIT’s SENSEable City Lab researches how to use data to implement intelligent city transportation.
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When will cars get more apps?

Automakers are in the throes of figuring out the best way to safely give drivers access to a greater variety of mobile apps they want. Several car companies are expected to show off their latest ideas at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month — with many highlighting large, touch-screen displays in the console and the ability to use voice commands to control apps and other features.
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The Future of Transit Fare Cards Is No Fare Card At All

Open payments is considered the next stage in the evolution of fare media - a step up from the advent of reloadable proprietary cards issued by transit agencies. By allowing riders to tap bank cards and eventually smart phones on contactless readers as they board vehicles or enter subway stations, transit agencies believe they can make life simpler for harried commuters.
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ITS Program Advisory Committee (ITS PAC) Advisory Memo to U.S. DOT

Section 5305(h) of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU, P.L. 109-59) directs the U.S. Department of Transportation to establish an Advisory Committee to provide advice to the Secretary of Transportation on the scope and direction of the Department’s Intelligent Transportation Systems Program, by providing input into the development of the ITS aspects of the Department’s strategic plan and reviewing ITS research being considered for funding.
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Car Or Internet? Toss-Up For Young Adults

When posed with the dilemma of choosing between access to your car and access to the internet, 46% of all 18-to-24-year-old drivers in the U.S. surveyed said they would choose the Internet and give up their cars.That's according to a study by Gartner research to be released early next year.
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How will self-driving cars change transportation?

Yesterday, I argued that we will start seeing autonomous vehicles operating on our roadways in 7-12 years. But whether self-driving cars hit the roads 5 years or 30 years from now, they will bring major changes in our transportation system and even our society.
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Cities Have Their Moment — and the 2012 TED Prize

Bill Clinton, Bono, Jamie Oliver and … cities. Past winners of the TED Prize have been global celebrities, underexposed luminaries, and even an anonymous artist, but they’ve all been actual people. This year, TED is giving the prize — $100,000, a wish and brand cache — to an idea. And a nebulous idea at that: The City 2.0.
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Cities awash in data are missing out on efficiency ‘gold’

Cities are increasingly awash in “big data,” and the intelligence hidden in that information represents a vast, untapped resource that could help make life in communities better, cleaner and more efficient...
A group effort published by The Climate Group, Accenture, Arup and Horizon Digital Economy Research at The University of Nottingham, the study identifies a number of ways in which metro areas could tap into the growing amounts of data they generate.
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Huge investment in intelligent transportation predicted

Four key smart transportation sectors – traffic management systems; public transportation systems; smart charging for plug-in electric vehicles; and vehicle-to-vehicle systems – are set for a huge investment over the next five years. According to a report by Pike Research, there will be a global investment across these four areas of $13.2billion with annual spending to increase from just under $770million in 2011 to almost $3billion in 2017.
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Thursday, December 8, 2011

'City 2.0': Where the TED conference just gave its $100,000 prize

It's the city that transit planners dreamed about at the Rail~Volution transportation conference, the traffic system that includes smart technology that allows cars to talk to one another as the U.S. Department of Transportation is now testing, the city that can maintain a functioning Metro, a well-distributed and convenient bikeshare system, that has alternative fuels like autogas and electricity, that can balance a network of buses and Zipcars and streetcars skillfully and in a way that's like ballet and not a train wreck of disorder.
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The next black swan for transportation: self-driving cars

Whether we are prepared for it or not, the next revolution in transportation will be here soon, and it won't be streetcars, monorails, segways, or electric vehicles. It will be self-driving cars, and the adoption of this technology will change everything we accept as a given in the field of transportation planning.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Development of an Integrated Adaptive Transit Signal Priority (ATSP) and Dynamic Passenger Information (DPI) System

The California Department of Transportation has released a report that discusses the development and implementation of an integrated adaptive transit signal priority system and a dynamic passenger information system.
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Innovator: November/December 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.

FHWA R&T Now - November 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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Google Transit Data Tool for Small Transit Agencies

TRB’s Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) Final Report for Transit IDEA Project 58: Google Transit Data Tool for Small Transit Agencies discusses the process, results, and work effort carried out in creating a tool to have transit information such as routes, start and stop times, trips, fares, and schedules accessible online via Google Transit.
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Innovations in Traffic Flow Theory, Highway Capacity, and Quality of Service Symposium

TRB is sponsoring the Innovations in Traffic Flow Theory, Highway Capacity, and Quality of Service Symposium on June 19-22, 2012, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The symposium will highlight the applications of traffic flow theory on current modeling practices; explore future developments in the field; examine real-time measurements of traffic performance; and look at expected contributions that remote sensing, vehicle probes, and similar devices will make to advancing the state of the practice. Individuals or groups wishing to present at the meeting must submit an abstract by January 15, 2012.
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As Washington Drags Its Feet, States Take the Lead on Mileage Fees

Oregon, true to its history as the first state to implement a gas tax, was also the first state to consider getting rid of it — in exchange for adopting a mileage-based system for highway funding. And the Beaver state isn’t alone: A number of other states have done studies and introduced legislation to charge drivers for the distance they travel instead of the gasoline they consume...
In the past decade, about two dozen states have examined the feasibility of such a system. Here are some of the more noteworthy initiatives:
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UDOT introduces new traffic app

The Utah Department of Transportation announced Monday a free smart phone app that will allow users to access traffic, road conditions and road forecast information at any time.
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Mobile Wallet Anyone? Sure, but Please Make Mine a Smart One

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