Friday, March 30, 2012

Coming soon: Self-driving cars?

What's the point of a smart car?
It removes the most unreliable part of the car: the human driver. Every year in the U.S., around 34,000 people die in car accidents, more than 90 percent of which are caused by human error. That toll would almost certainly plummet if we let computers do the driving.
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Carnegie Mellon's Raj Rajkumar Named to Prestigious U.S. Transportation Advisory Committee for Smart Highways

The U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has named Carnegie Mellon University's Raj Rajkumar to the Intelligent Systems Program Advisory Committee (ITSPAC)...
The ITSPAC acts in an advisory capacity to the secretary of transportation on matters relating to the study and development of intelligent transportation systems in the United States.
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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Hands-off, We Take a Drive GM’s Autonomous “Super Cruise”

It sounds easy enough. Pilot a sport-utility vehicle around a banked test track at General Motors Milford Proving Ground. But there is a catch and it’s a big one: while you’re sitting behind the wheel you’ll also be sitting on your hands, letting a complex network of cameras, radar sensors and computers handle the actual job of driving at speeds approaching 70 miles per hour.
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Google Now Using ReCAPTCHA To Decode Street View Addresses

reCAPTCHA, for those unfamiliar, is the system originally developed at Carnegie Mellon University to improve upon the use of CAPTCHAs (aka, the “Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart”) – it’s the distorted text meant to stop bots from signing up for online accounts.
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GMC Acadia Has Jet Fighter Technology, Room For Eight

Owners of the 2012 GMC Acadia midsize crossover can safely merge onto the highway using technology similar to what fighter pilots use to guide precise movements at supersonic speeds. The vehicle’s optional heads-up display, or HUD, was born out of aerospace research. “With these devices, the main benefit is seeing important information without the distraction of looking down,” said Wen Wu, a Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science researcher.
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NFC: A Contactless Affair

For instance, it is possible to pay for your train ticket using your phone in countries like Japan. You can connect a Bluetooth accessory to your phone by just tapping the NFC-compatible accessory to the NFC-enabled phone. Also, you can share content like wallpapers and photos by tapping 2 devices together.
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Self-Driving Car Test: Steve Mahan

Watch this 3 minute video to see the potential impact of self driving cars for the disabled.
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

QR codes, Google Maps may be used for parking in Vancouver

Director of Transportation Jerry Dobrovolny tells us by this time next year, you could be able to pay for parking over the phone in a different language or by clicking a button. "Using something like QR codes -- quick response codes where, with a smartphone, you can snap a picture [of it] on the meter and it can enter the data for you so it knows where you are."
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New SEPTA Program Strives for Real-Time Transit Updates

Riding a bus or train from Doylestown into Center City? Now, riders can track the line's status, get GPS updates and find out about delays or detours through one online SEPTA site.
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A Wider Look at How Travellers Value the Quality and Quantity of Travel Time

The New Zealand Transport Agency has released a report that explores how commuters use travel time, and evaluates commuter habits while using a variety of modes including driving, walking, cycling, and public transportation.
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Connected Vehicles Program: Driver Performance and Distraction Evaluation for In-Vehicle Signing

The Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota has released a report that examines the utility and potential distraction associated with in-vehicle signing functions of personal navigation devices.

The Reliability and Effectiveness of an Electromagnetic Animal Detection and Driver Warning System

The Colorado Department of Transportation has released a report that explores data on the reliability and effectiveness of an animal detection system project.

14th International Managed Lanes Conference

TRB is sponsoring the 14th International 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.
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Monday, March 26, 2012

Self-driving cars get closer every day, but won't hit you

USA Today
The technology is real, the cars can drive legally, and debate is starting on whether society is better off when software is behind the wheel.Continental Automotive Group is testing a self-driving car that by month's end could be among the first licensed for use on public roads in Nevada, the first state to pass laws governing driverless vehicles.
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AUVSI - Driverless Car Summit 2012

June 12-13, 2012 in Detroit
Driverless Car Summit 2012 will be dedicated to understanding and working to solve the core challenges impacting driverless vehicle integration onto tomorrow's roadways. For two full days leaders from the robotics and automotive communities will converge in Detroit to participate in interactive discussion with their colleagues and counterparts with a common goal of making driverless cars a reality by 2022.
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Friday, March 23, 2012

Webinar on real-time transit information on mobile devices

The U.S. Department of Transportation's (U.S. DOT) Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITSJPO) is hosting a free public webinar to discuss the state of the practice, and lessons learned in the use and deployment of real-time transit information on mobile devices as a part of the Talking Technology and Transportation (T3) webinar series.
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AT&T Reinvents the Steering Wheel

A study of the gadget in driving simulators, by AT&T Labs researchers and collaborators at Carnegie Mellon University, found that it provided clear benefits: participants’ eyes stayed on the road longer. When younger drivers—with an average age of 25—used the haptic steering wheel along with the usual visual and auditory methods of receiving navigation instructions, their inattentiveness (defined as the proportion of time their eyes were off the road) dropped 3.1 percent. That study did not find any benefit for older drivers, but a different one did. When haptics were added to auditory-only instructions, the inattentiveness of older drivers (above age 65) dropped 4 percent. Overall, “by adding the haptic feedback we can lead to more attentive driving,” says SeungJun Kim, a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon who participated in the study. The paper has not yet been published, but it will be presented this June at this conference.

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Bridge Wind Sensors to Offer Certainty, Safety in North Florida

The next time you drive over a bridge, look for a small white wind sensor. It is part of a brand new traffic network designed to keep you safe. The new devices are being installed on 22 bridges in our area as part of the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization's Intelligent Transportation Systems program.
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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Federal Highway Administration announces Pre-solicitation for Technical Support Contract

The Federal Highway Administration released a pre-solicitation notice (synopsis) for a full and open competition. The Office of Operations Research and Development (R&D) at Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC), McLean, Virginia, has the need for technical support to conduct research, development, test, and evaluation activities that meet the growing demands for smoother running transportation systems.
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No Data? Big Problem.

Smarter transportation decisions require comprehensive, accurate and timely data about infrastructure condition, travel time reliability, crashes and their causes. These data can inform decision makers about what really works – how best to relieve congestion and improve supply-chain connectivity to make freight transportation – and hence the U.S. economy – more competitive. Good data can enable people and businesses to use the transportation system more efficiently and ensure universal mobility.
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ITS-JPO Workshop - Intelligent Network Flow Optimization (INFLO)

The Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) will hold a free public meeting to obtain stakeholder input for a connected vehicle concept that is designed to improve traffic management. The meeting will focus on the Intelligent Network Flow Optimization (INFLO) operational concept. The meetings will take place on April 27 in Detroit, Michigan and will include a webinar for those who cannot attend in person.

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New SHRP 2 Requests for Proposals


SHRP 2 has released eight requests for proposals from the Capacity and the Reliability programs. Proposals are due May 1, 2012. The requests for proposals are available on the SHRP 2 RFP page.
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2013 International Highway Transportation Summit Innovative Approaches and Best Practices

TRB is cosponsoring the 2013 International Highway Transportation Summit Innovative Approaches and Best Practices on April 17-19, 2013 in Beijing, China. The conference will include four tracks that will address highway engineering, bridge and tunnel structures engineering, traffic engineering, and environment and sustainability.
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Automated vehicles: the future of urban mobility?

Using the example of the greater Paris region, Parent illustrated how cities adapt to and are shaped by new transportation technologies. Paris has been a dense, congested city for centuries, he said, and over time it has constructed many systems—from electric tramways to the Metro to modern toll roads— to serve its mobility needs. Still, Paris today is the most congested city in Europe, and large cities everywhere face the same congestion issues.
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Track Buses in Real Time with SBU Smart Transit

SBU Smart Transit is comprised of multiple components, including wireless routers, automated passenger counters and card-reader technology, which automatically tallies passenger ridership. This information will be used to enhance services by pinpointing peak times of operation and usage patterns. A full software suite including a real-time web portal and mobile browser site was also created to aid both riders and transportation management. “By building the project in house, students gained invaluable experience in constructing a real-world system,” said Wong.
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Can the Lit Motor C-1 succeed where Segway failed?

At GreenBiz’s VERGE DC confab last week, Lit Motors founder Daniel Kim made a case for why this super-stable electric motorcycle may just succeed where the Segway failed – and why it has the potential to accelerate our breakup with internal-combustion-powered four-wheelers. What makes Lit’s C-1 so VERGE–y is that it’s a mashup: It combines old-school motorcycle design with cutting-edge sensory and stabilization systems.
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CALL FOR PAPERS - EXTENDED 2012 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Anchorage, Alaska, USA

THE 2012 IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (15th IEEE ITSC) is the premier annual conference sponsored by the IEEE INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS SOCIETY (ITSS).
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Siemens building car of future. Huh, Siemens?

So it’s time to build a car from the ground up with all the IT as an integrated forethought, not a bolt-on. That’s what Siemens is doing, developing “new information and communications technology (ICT) for future electric cars,” it says in a press release.
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Friday, March 16, 2012

A Meter So Expensive, It Creates Parking Spots

But San Francisco is trying to shorten the hunt with an ambitious experiment that aims to make sure that there is always at least one empty parking spot available on every block that has meters. The program, which uses new technology and the law of supply and demand, raises the price of parking on the city's most crowded blocks and lowers it on its emptiest blocks. While the new prices are still being phased in -- the most expensive spots have risen to $4.50 an hour, but could reach $6 -- preliminary data suggests that the change may be having a positive effect in some areas.
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SEPTA System Status Strives for Real-Time Updates

Riding a bus or train downtown? Track the line's status, get GPS updates and find out about any delays or detours through one online SEPTA location. SEPTA recently created a mini command center, with real-time information and advisories on its buses, trains and trolleys. It's called System Status.
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Pittsburgh named IBM Smarter Cities winner

The $400,000 grant will give IBM analysts to Pittsburgh for three weeks to provide help with the city's 25-year transportation plan called MovePGH. The work will also involve Carnegie Mellon University's Traffic 21 project.
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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Apply Now: ‘Intelligent Transportation Communication Systems’ delegation trip to Germany

The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest (GACCoM) is accepting applications for the 4th Transatlantic Program – Young Technology Leaders (TAP-YTL) through Tuesday, March 20, 2012. TAP-YTL offers 12 selected delegation members the chance to participate in an 8-day trip to Germany focused on “Intelligent Transportation Communication Systems” from May 20-28, 2012.
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Your Car Key Knows More About You Than Your Mom Does

In an interview I once conducted with Jesse Schell, a professor of game design at Carnegie Mellon, he postulated that even the public bus is likely to turn into a game--the more often you take it, the more points you'll receive. The accumulation of bus points could be redeemed in a system of tax relief, a reward in recognition of your support of the environment. Gamification has proven to be a serious motivator.
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ODOT official speaks out on wrong way crash solutions

ODOT is also gearing up to begin an 18-month long construction project, called the intelligent transportation system; they say will add 75 cameras to local highway ramps.Pollock hopes that in the future, information from these cameras will help officials determine where these wrong-way drivers are getting onto the wrong side of the roadway.
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Guest Blogger FHWA Administrator Victor Mendez Engineers Day 2012: A Case Study of the Future of Engineering

Those of us at DOT are always concerned about how to leave our children and grandchildren a better American transportation network. One of the most essential ingredients of tomorrow's transportation system is a well-trained younger generation of engineers. And as the engineers who trained my generation are starting to retire, we must think about who we are leaving to solve the transportation challenges of the coming years.
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DARPA’s Crusher Drives Itself, Laughs at Your Puny "Traffic"

The Crusher doesn't just Hulk Smash its way through the terrain, mind you, it learns from what it drives over. "It can read the terrain" and define flat ground, vegetation, and obstacles, said Tony Stentz a Carnegie Mellon robotics engineer working on Crusher's autonomy.
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As car tech advances, can distracted drivers keep up?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) held the first of three public hearings on the topic Monday in Washington, D.C., to get input about a set of proposed voluntary guidelines for in-car navigation and integrated technology systems. Hearings in Chicago and Los Angeles are to follow later this week.
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Research and Technology Coordinating Committee Letter Report: March 2012

A March 5, 2012, letter report from TRB's Research and Technology Coordinating Committee (RTCC) to the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) addresses the agency’s Research, Development, and Technology program priority setting, management, and performance measurement. The RTCC’s charge is to monitor and review FHWA’s research and technology activities and advise FHWA on the setting of a research agenda and coordination of highway research with states, universities, and other partners; strategies to accelerate the deployment and adoption of innovation; and areas where research may be needed. RTCC’s review includes the process of research agenda setting, stakeholder involvement, the conduct of research, peer review, and deployment.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

SAE - Connected Vehicles Technologies Program

This program provides a thorough understanding of current connected vehicle technologies and their potential vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to infrastructure applications. The program begins with two short webinars providing background on and the current state of connected vehicle technology. Learners then participate in several technology modules where much of the learning is spent in hands-on lab activities that provide useful on-the-job practical application. Learners work in teams through the course to devise a solution to a Connected Vehicle Case Problem, drawing from information received in the course and tying all of the information together.
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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Building the robotic driving instructor

At Carnegie Mellon’s Quality of Life Technology Center, driving assistance is a major focus of study. Researchers have developed adaptive navigational systems that analyze the routes drivers normally take and then suggest alternatives that avoid interstates, unguarded left-hand turns, busy intersections, or roads that are narrow to the point of being treacherous. Brian Ziebart, a researcher on the project, says the next goal is to predict where a driver might be heading and suggest alternative routes if there is a potential hazard, such as inclement weather. For now, the team is working on commercializing the product for use by automakers. The research has expanded into a new company called NavPrescience.
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Carnegie Mellon CyLab Researchers Develop New Smartphone App To Protect Consumers From Cybercriminals and Unsafe Communications

"With SafeSlinger, users can gain control over their exchanged information through end-to-end encryption, preventing intermediate servers or service providers from reading their messages or other sensitive stored data in their smartphones," said Adrian Perrig, technical director of Carnegie Mellon CyLab and a professor of electrical and computer engineering at CMU.
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Safety conversation on guidelines for in-vehicle communications systems draws crowd

US DOT - Last month, we issued proposed guidelines for automakers to limit the distraction risk for in-vehicle electronic systems. But before those guidelines take their final form, we've invited the public to weigh in and let us know what they think. This process will ensure that we hear a number of different perspectives, and today the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration held the first of three public hearings on this important safety issue.
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Monday, March 12, 2012

STEP Job Opportunity: NTSB

The NTSB is seeking summer students in various administrative and junior professional positions under the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP). The STEP provides maximum flexibility to both the student and manager because the nature of the work does not have to be related to the student’s academic or career goals.
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Intelligent Transportation Systems Ease Traffic Congestion For National Park Visitors

Some ITS components, such as Park Information Radio Systems, have been in place for years. But the most recent breed of ITS depends heavily upon the advent of smart phones, GPS, and web sites that allow park personnel to deliver up-to-the-minute information to park visitors.
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Automated and Driverless Cars: Great for Safety, Not So Much for Congestion.

This is an area where I believe that lawyers and politicians have more impact than engineers and technologists. The US had a fully developed and tested AHS or Automated Highway System in the mid-1990s as the sample article Whatever Happened to Automated Highway Systems? reminds us.
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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Real-time bus arrival signs are coming to Washington, D.C.

When's that next bus arriving? Someday soon, you may be able to simply look up at your bus shelter and see the real-time arrival data. WMATA expects to begin installing the fancy new bus arrival signs in late spring of this year.
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Will driverless cars really slow for pedestrians?

Driverless cars will bring many changes to the way we see transportation. Some will be very good, some bad. But some commentators aren’t convinced when I say a huge fight is brewing over how much the road system defers to pedestrians and cyclists or pushes them aside.
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Thursday, March 8, 2012

U.S. DOT Announces Public Meeting on Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Research

The Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office announced that it will hold a free public meeting that will focus on its Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) research program. The meeting will take place April 18 in Washington, DC.
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Penn's flying robots generate their own unique sound

These quadrotors - so named for their four whirling blades - have become an Internet sensation, with one video getting 5.5 million YouTube hits since late January. On Wednesday in Long Beach, Calif., at the national TED conference (technology, entertainment, design), a video of the robots playing James Bond scored a standing ovation.
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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

EDAG Premieres ‘Light Car Sharing’ Concept at Geneva Motor Show

At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the firm revealed it’s third EV concept, logically labeled “Light Car Sharing,” which aims to provide a viable solution for urban dwellers looking for mobility without the drawbacks that owning a car in the city often presents...
Alongside the vehicle, EDAG has developed an intelligent charging system, which in addition to replenishing energy, allows the operator to gauge the amount of charge required, range available and the vehicle’s servicing schedule. In addition, via GPS and smart phone technology, fleet operators will be able to communicate with customers as to which car sharing vehicles available, along with their location and directions and instructions for collecting the vehicle, as well as billing and other aspects such as bookings, journey distance and time.

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5 innovations looking to transform cities around the world

Last month we reported on how the Living Labs Global Award was looking for innovative solutions to problems in 20 cities around the world (since increased to 21). The shortlist of successful submissions has now been published and – as you’d expect – there are some interesting ideas in there.
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Why Driverless Cars Will Increase Tensions in Cities and Suburbs Alike

The Atlantic Cities' own Emily Badger interviewed a research team of computer scientists at the University of Texas at Austin, who are studying how to make intersections move far more cars than they can today. They devised algorithms that let driverless cars flow through the intersection without need for lights that only let one direction of traffic move at a time. But what's missing from this diagram? How about... people?
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Case IH takes telematics to the field

Case IH claims its AFS Connect features the agriculture industry’s most powerful application of telematics technology available. “AFS Connect has tremendous potential to improve producers’ abilities to manage their equipment and find new opportunities to improve return on investment,” said Trevor Mecham, Case IH Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) Marketing Manager. "AFS Connect uses a combination of Global Positioning System and cellular technology to link equipment, Case IH AFS Pro 600 or Pro 700 displays, and the farm office wirelessly in real time," said Mecham. "
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Electric Car Tops Greenest Vehicle List for First Time in 12 Years

With the auto industry back on its feet and fuel economy standards shifting into high gear, automakers provided American consumers with a huge array of vehicles and technologies to choose from in 2012. Today at greenercars.org, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its 14th annual comprehensive environmental rankings showing how these offerings stack up.
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Do Real-Time Updates Increase Transit Ridership?

The current research literature doesn't address the question of whether real-time data increases ridership in any definitive way. Some recent studies do suggest that ridership has increased on routes with live status updates, but that work has failed to account for other factors that influence ridership, from gas prices to employment levels.
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UofM announces Mobi prize for sustainable transportation

The SMART initiative is important locally (University of Michigan) and globally (Rio+20). This has now turned into an announcement for a prize competition of sustainable transportation. It's called the "Mobi Prize" or the SMART Mobility EnterPrize.
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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Teen Driver Cell Phone Blocker

The Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University has released a report that explores the effectiveness of a cellular phone control device that communicates with the vehicles of teen drivers to deny them access to their phone while driving for the purpose of reducing distraction-related negative driving events.
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Deployment of Practical Methods for Counting Bicycle and Pedestrian Use of a Transportation Facility

The Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota has released a report that explores approaches to distinguish bicycles from pedestrians for traffic counting applications.
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Managed Lane Operations--Adjusted Time of Day Pricing vs. Near-Real Time Dynamic Pricing

The Florida Department of Transportation has released a report that provides an overview of research conducted on interactions between congestion pricing and ramp signaling and the potential impact of a variable speed limit implementation along the I-95 high occupancy/toll lanes.
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Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) Now Accepting Funding Proposals

TRB’s Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) has released its annual program announcement that solicits funding proposals for the upcoming review cycles.
Safety IDEA proposals for the next review cycle are due April 1, 2012. Transit IDEA proposals for the next review cycle are due May 1, 2012. NCHRP Highway IDEA proposals for the next review cycle are due September 1, 2012.
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Pennsylvania Turnpike encouraged to switch to all-E-ZPass tolls after consultants' report

All traffic would cruise under the gantries at highway speeds instead of having to reduce speed to 5 mph as motorists do now. Vehicles not equipped with E-ZPass would be photographed, with bills sent to the vehicle’s registered owner.
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High gas prices? Whatevs — my phone gets me where I want to go

“The iPhone is the Ford Mustang of today,” Thilo Koslowski, Gartner’s lead automotive analyst, recently told the New York Times. What’s caused the change? For starters, driving has lost its cool with young Americans, who frankly have better things to do than sit behind the wheel of a tin can lodged in gridlock. And then there are gas prices that are expected to top $4.25 a gallon by April.
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Monday, March 5, 2012

Drivers help set variable speed limits along I-80 in Wyoming

CHEYENNE — Who knew drivers help determine the variable speed limit for segments of Interstate 80? Drivers’ speeds are tracked by sensors embedded in the pavement and installed on markers alongside the highway. However, that’s just one element the Wyoming Department of Transportation uses to calculate and set variable speed limits.
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Automated safeguards can't guarantee safety: experts

TORONTO — An investigation over a deadly Via train derailment west of Toronto has revived calls for automated safeguards that could take over in a crisis and reduce the risk of potentially fatal mistakes. A computerized system called positive train control drew national attention last week after transportation advocates suggested it could have kept train 92 from careening off the tracks in Burlington, Ont.
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Thoughts on car sharing and the folding car

This morning, RelayRides will announce it is updating its system on how neighbors share cars. Before, only cars with OnStar and smart card systems could be used (like how I-GO and ZipCar operate now). The change is that anyone with a car can sign up to lend it, for as little as $5 per hour, using a key exchange: the owner and the renter arrange to transfer the key.
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The Future Metropolis Index: U.S. Cities With The Best Urban Policies

Want to live in a city that’s innovative, sustainable, vibrant, efficient, and eminently livable? Move to San Francisco. That’s the conclusion of the Future Metropolis Index, a study commissioned by Zipcar that examines the 36 largest cities in the country through the five dimensions listed above.
--Pittsburgh #9 and Philadelphia #13--
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Bombardier Launches Innovation Contest on the Future of Urban Mobility

Bombardier Transportation launched its interactive YouCity innovation contest. The online competition is open to students and professionals with a vision for the future of urban mobility - from developed cities to emerging cities of the future.
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School buses to get smart upgrade

The provincial government is working to make long bus rides more educational for students as it has introduced two new proj­ects that will enable students in Alberta to study online while on the bus.
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Call for Speakers: Rail~Volution 2012

Are you someone who will lead the movement to create healthy, economically vibrant, socially equitable and environmentally sustainable communities with transit? Can you share stories that will educate, provoke and inspire conference attendees? Rail~Volution wants to hear from you!
Rail~Volution produces an annual national conference focused on building livable communities with transit and land use.
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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Next TED Initiative: The City 2.0

Eduardo Paes, the mayor of Rio, site of the 2016 Olympics, outlined some key ingredients, which he suggested included ample green space, smart transportation systems such as Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), and integrating his city's favelas into the formal city.
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Paul Mascarenas: Brave new motorworld where cars talk to cars

In fact, carmakers are being increasingly recognised as technology companies – thanks to the advanced equipment we create to make life easier for drivers and passengers. In my role I oversee the development of some incredibly smart inventions and witness first-hand how they improve the consumer experience.
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Friday, March 2, 2012

Getting a better road sense

The Michigan Department of Transportation has been doing a lot of drilling lately, but it isn't looking for gas or oil. MDOT is upgrading its Intelligent Transportation System by installing new speed sensors along state freeways. The puck-sized "wireless sensor-based vehicle detection devices" let MDOT operation centers gauge traffic speed and volume.
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ITS America & Southwest Research Institute Student Essay Contest

ITS America and Southwest Research Institute are once again proudly sponsoring the Annual Student Essay Competition for the 2012 ITS America Annual Meeting & Exposition, held in Washington D.C. on May 21-23, 2012. The Student Essay Competition is designed to encourage student interest and future participation in the development of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and solutions.
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IBM Tackles Transport Snarls in China

IBM has announced its first major customer for the Intelligent Transportation solution it introduced last year. The project is with the Chinese city of Zhenjiang, where IBM is working with the local municipality to deliver an integrated transport management system as part of the “Smarter Zhenjiang, Smarter Tourism” project....
A core component of the project is a bus scheduling system that will help increase the efficiency of public transportation.
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