Monday, April 30, 2012

Japan’s pedestrians to come on car sat-nav

Nissan, which seems to be on a mission to push cars into an innovative era in Japan, of late made public the newest phase in continuing research into making use of technology to decrease traffic mishaps, mainly those concerning pedestrians. The company’s latest Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) is aimed at alerting drivers of the location of pedestrians by making use of GPS-ready 3G phones and in-car warning systems linked to navigation systems.

Future Army Truck Inspired by the iPhone

The Army’s next truck should be smart, flexible, user-friendly, partially autonomous and affordable. In other words, the automotive equivalent of a gadget from Apple. At a trade conference in Virginia on Tuesday, Brig. Gen. Stephen Farmen, the chief of U.S. Army transportation, held up an iPhone. See video.

How to Make Your City Smarter

Ruthbea Yesner Clarke, research director at market research and advisory firm IDC Government Insights, explained in an interview with Government Technology that smart cities adopt a broader view of sustainability. Beyond its typical environmental implications, sustainability also applies to things like infrastructure development and economic development...
And the time is right. According to IDC, a number of factors are making smart city solutions widely possible. These factors include the ubiquitous nature of wireless and broadband connectivity, analytics software, intelligent sensors and the prevalence of mobile devices and social media.

Bombardier Launches Urban Transportation Competition

Tired of congestion in the city? Have an innovative design that cold help move people around in the metropolis of the future? Global transportation company Bombardier is looking for a few good ideas to improve public transportation via its YouCity Innovation Contest.

Arizona launches emergency traffic management prototype

DOT's Research and Innovative Technology Administration knows that innovation can make our transportation system smarter and greener. And today, Acting Administrator Greg Winfree was in Arizona with Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Intelligent Transportation System engineers and University of Arizona researchers to showcase their latest efforts to make intersections with traffic signals safer for emergency responders and the general public.

Promoting Work-Zone Safety

Along with public-awareness campaigns, technology is playing a role in driving down incidents via work-zone traffic-management systems. For instance, a FHWA report suggests the use of ITS (intelligent transportation systems) can help mitigate the congestion and often-dangerous traffic issues that tend to coalesce around construction work zones.

UK automotive testing facility is the most advanced in the World [Video]

What makes it special is a mobile network setup throughout the track. The mobile network can be manipulated to test different data speeds and connection speeds..
Another cool feature is Skyclone, which tests GPS navigation in different simulated environments. The setup allows prototype vehicles to experience going through a tunnel, urban city, or deep canyon to see whether the GPS navigation will hold a signal.

Children can play game by texting at bus stops

The Fred Rogers Co. is field-testing a game that uses phone text messages to promote interaction between parents and preschoolers and develop children's literacy skills during what otherwise would be down time. "When people are sitting in the bus shelters, there's nothing to do," said Margy Whitmer, a media producer for the company. She got the idea for Word Play while waiting at a traffic light in Oakland.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

ODOT smart to test devices that could save lives

“Dilemma zone” detectors monitor the speed of drivers approaching intersections and often extend the green light so cars can clear the intersection safely.

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon University’s Mechanical Engineering Department Named Bicycle-Friendly Workplace by League of American Bicyclists

Through Epting’s work spearheading bike-friendly initiatives, CMU’s Mechanical Engineering Department has been recognized as a bronze level Bicycle-Friendly Business (BFB). CMU was one of 67 awardees announced this year.

Smart bridges: Engineers load new bridge with damage-detection gauges

"There are more than 100 individual gauges on the bridge," said Justin Dahlberg, a research engineer for the Bridge Engineering Center, a part of Iowa State University's Institute for Transportation. Those sensors will provide a tremendous amount of quantitative information about the bridge's performance and condition, said Brent Phares, the interim director of the Bridge Engineering Center. It's a model that could be used for other new bridges, including much larger ones.

NavPal helps blind to navigate world

For the blind and visually impaired, coming and going as one pleases is a skill earned after years of learning to navigate a world designed to cater to the sighted. But Carnegie Mellon University researchers are exploring ways to supplement the use of canes and guide dogs with an app that can turn a blind person's GPS-enabled cell phone into something of a seeing-eye phone.

So far the group has mapped sections of Carnegie Mellon University's campus and the corridors of the School for Blind Children campus. There are plans to team up with the Oakland Business Innovation District, Pittsburgh's Department of City Planning and CMU's Traffic 21 transportation project in the future.


Video Interview: Google goes gaga over automotive technologies

Automotive Engineering International spoke with Google's Anthony Levandowski at the SAE 2012 World Congress about his company's interest in autonomous vehicles. In this video interview, the Product Manager of the Google Self-Driving Car Project talks about the car and, among other things, what lessons its development holds for engineers at large.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Cadillac Shows Off Super Cruise Self-Driving Car Technology

The semi-autonomous driving capability is ideal for driving in traffic since it takes over primary driving controls. That means fewer accidents and rear-endings in traffic and the driver can take hands off the wheel and relax when cruising on the highway in most conditions.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

How Can We Fix Transportation in America? Ask a 9-Year-Old

"Nine-year-olds expect from technology things that we've only begun to think about, and they don't have the same status quo assumptions. 'Why can't I use my iPhone to pay tolls or why is there just one person in so many cars?'" said Charles Wheelan, an economist and public policy lecturer at the University of Chicago.

Algorithms for Routing Vehicles and Their Application to the Paratransit Vehicle Scheduling Problem

The Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University has released a report that examines the application of algorithms to route and schedule paratransit vehicles as a means to potentially meet the demand of passengers, ensure quality of service, and control operating costs.

The Safety Challenge and Promise of Automotive Electronics: Insights from Unintended Acceleration

TRB has released the final version of TRB Special Report 308: The Safety Promise and Challenge of Automotive Electronics: Insights from Unintended Acceleration, which examines how the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) regulatory, research, and defect investigation programs can be strengthened to meet the safety assurance and oversight challenges arising from the expanding functionality and use of automotive electronics.

First Annual International Conference on Connected Vehicles and Expo*

TRB is cosponsoring the First Annual International Conference on Connected Vehicles and Expo (ICCVE 2012) on December 12-16, 2012, in Beijing, China. The conference is designed to provide a forum for exchange of the latest advances on connected vehicles and to examine the potential policy and economic impacts of these advances.

7th International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment Training and Vehicle Design*

TRB is cosponsoring the 7th International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment Training and Vehicle Design on June 17-20, 2013, in Bolton Landing, New York. The symposium is designed to provide an interdisciplinary forum for scientific exchange between users of driving assessment tools, applications, and technologies.

Monday, April 23, 2012

NYU to Launch Applied-Sciences Institute in Brooklyn

The institute will research and create technology to address issues including infrastructure, energy efficiency and traffic congestion. It will grant academic degrees in engineering and sciences. Along with NYU, participating institutions include City University of New York, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Toronto, University of Warwick and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, as well as IBM and Cisco.
See video here

DriveLAB | Developing Driving Aids For Elderly Motorists

Research at Newcastle University is going towards the development of driving aids to help extend the stay of elderly motorists on our roads. Many elderly motorists give up driving as it becomes increasingly difficult with degenerative sight, hearing and reaction times. Many members of the elderly community feel isolated by the lack of independent transportation, and thus the project could reap considerable benefits towards the quality of life of the elderly in the UK.

Rapid bus service intended to shorten commutes, boost development Read more: Rapid bus service intended to shorten commutes, boost development

The bus service, also known as BRT, resembles light rail, with higher frequency of service, fewer stops and, in some cities, buses that look like trains or trolleys, but the service generally is cheaper to develop and maintain. It could feature bus-only lanes or traffic signals that give BRT buses priority over other traffic which, along with fewer stops, could reduce transit times.

San Francisco Puts Brakes on an App for Transit

If all goes according to the five-year plan approved by the Board of Supervisors, the city and county of San Francisco will upgrade its technology infrastructure to accommodate such trendy things as social networks, cloud computing, crowd-sourcing, open-source software and location-aware apps. But by then it will be 2016, or more than 10 product cycles by Silicon Valley standards.

MBTA To Launch Smartphone Rail Ticketing System

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and Masabi US Ltd made the joint announcement Saturday that they would be bringing mobile ticketing to iPhone, Android and Blackberry users this fall.The new applications will allow customers to seamlessly purchase commuter rail tickets and passes. Once tickets are purchased, customers will be able to use and display directly via their phone screen.

Vietnamese city to build US$6.4 mil traffic control system

On March 29, the Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam, Tanizaki Yasuaki, and Vietnam’s Minister for Transport, Dinh La Thang, met in Hanoi to confirm Japan’s grant of US$6.4 million to contribute towards the implementation of a traffic control system for expressways in Hanoi.

Visionary Transportation Bureaucrats, Part 5: Shailen Bhatt and Kirk Steudle

Steudle is a respected national leader for his bread-and-butter policies, serving as the president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. He’s also considered an expert on intelligent transportation systems.

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Future of Urban Transportation: Get Them Out of the Car and on the Bus

Wiegand is part of Michigan Tech’s Automotive Computing Enterprise—one of the University’s signature Enterprise groups, in which students work together as a mock company with industry clients and sponsors to solve real-world problems. Together with the Transportation Enterprise, Automotive Computing Enterprise students are working toward a solution to the public transportation problem.

Michael Cooney Layer 8 Michael Cooney Previous Article Next Article Top 5 ways high-tech can help curb crappy highway congestion

In a report out this week by congressional watchdogs at the Government Accountability Office noted that state and local governments have used technologies it calls Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) that consist of a range of communications, electronics, and computer program to help manage congestion. But, while there's even more technology in the pipeline and state and local governments face many challenges in in planning and funding ITS use, ensuring that staff and leaders have adequate knowledge of the technology, and coordinating ITS approaches to make the most effective use of such technologies.

Carnegie Mellon University joins New Cities Foundation

The partnership with NCF involves four of Carnegie Mellon’s university-based research institutes: Remaking Cities Institute (RCI), Traffic21Institute, Institute for Complex Engineered Systems, and the Pennsylvania Smarter Infrastructure Incubator.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Call for Posters: 2012 UTC Spotlight Conference on Sustainable Energy and Transportation

This is a reminder that the call for posters on the topic of the 2012 UTC Spotlight Conference on Sustainable Energy and Transportation closes next tuesday, on April 24, 2012.


Patent Troll Sues Transit Agencies For Releasing Real-Time Transit Info

Jones’ strategy is not to sue transit agencies for all they’re worth, but to offer them a relatively low-cost way to keep these cases out of court. In fact, not one of his lawsuits has gone all the way through trial. They always end up settling, usually for $50,000 to $75,000, though the demands can go as high as $200,000.

Driverless Car Film Fest

As part of the program, the Driverless Car Summit 2012 will host a film festival to explore the potential societal aspects of driverless cars.
1st place: $5,000 2nd place: $1,500 3rd place: $500


Google Expands Its Autonomous Fleet With Hybrid Lexus RX450h

Google has added another family member to its autonomous vehicle program, and an eagle-eyed reader in Southern California caught the Big G’s Lexus RX450h out and about during testing. From what we can gather from the image, Google has refined the design of its top-mounted array of sensors, culling things down into a more compact package that’s both smaller and more aerodynamic than those found on its fleet of Toyota Prius hybrid vehicles.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

T3 Webinar: Putting the Pieces in Place: Seamless Regional Fare Payment Puts the “Super” in Southern California's “Super Region”

Starting last year and continuing through the first quarter of this year, the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) and the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) are exploring how open architecture payment systems and, specifically, open financial payment applications could potentially achieve seamless regional fare payment in the Southern California Super Region, from Santa Barbara to San Diego.

Workshop on the Future of Road Vehicle Automation

The workshop is designed to provide an opportunity for attendees to explore the roles that might be played by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the state departments of transportation related to the future of road vehicle automation.

Executive column: ‘Smart technology can solve Jakarta woes’

Siemens went through a process of restructuring in 2011 that resulted in the formation of the Infrastructure and Cities sector as the company’s fourth business arm. Roland Busch, a member of the managing board of Siemens AG and CEO of the Infrastructure and Cities sector, together with Hans Peter Haesslein, CEO of Siemens Indonesia, recently spoke with The Jakarta Post’s Mariel Grazella on what the new sector would offer to the Indonesian market. Below are excerpts from the interview.


Improved DOT Collaboration and Communication Could Enhance the Use of Technology to Manage

New Map Identifies Shopping/Mating/Eating Habits Of Foursquare Users

The popularity of location-based services and the seemingly insatiable desire to share every move on Foursquare is undeniable. Now check-in fanatics can find all their daily wanderings mapped on Livehoods, a site that uses over 18 million check-ins from the social media phenomenon....
A project by students at School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, the site explains, "if many of the same people check-in to two nearby locations, then these locations will likely be part of the same Livehood."

Bike Map App Now Available to C'ville Bikers

Charlottesville cyclists will now have the opportunity to help improve their ride and it's as easy as downloading a simple smart phone application, or "app".

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Apps for Navigating Campus Life

The Problem I can’t find the classroom.

The App Mapyst (Carnegie Mellon)

Platform Android, Web

With blueprints in hand, students walked — and timed and mapped — every hallway and foyer on campus so their app could guide users right up to the room door, not just the building (most GPS doesn’t work indoors).

Don’t worry, you are in safe hands: CM

He said that Intelligent Transport System was also being introduced in the province which will help operate traffic system in big cities in an organised manner and people would also reach their destination on time.

Government agency pushes to make brake-throttle override mandatory on new cars

Federal regulators have proposed a mandate to require all cars and trucks up to 10,000 lbs. GVWR be equipped with brake-throttle override technology to ensure drivers can bring them to a stop in case of unintended acceleration.

Smart Parking Solutions to Reduce Congestion and Oil Use

Smart parking technology allows city parking meters to adjust time of day parking rates to reflect the level of congestion being experienced in an urban area. The idea is that higher parking costs will both allow cities to take advantage of the real costs of high demand for parking while at the same time discouraging drivers to bring their cars to the city at peak congestion times. The hope is that smart parking technology will discourage drivers from circling endlessly in search of cheap parking, when spaces in commercial parking garages are available.

Cities To Receive $25 Million For Smart Parking Adoption

Earlier this month, Citi and IBM, both NLC Corporate Partners, as well as Streetline announced a $25 million Citi credit facility to fund innovation in parking and help transform cities for the future. Citi is joining the collaboration between Streetline and IBM as they work closer with municipal chief financial officers in considering innovative ways to optimize parking revenue and deploy new smart parking solutions.

NLC Partners with Boston to Present 2012 Congress of Cities

Decisions affecting land-use, infrastructure development and the use of technology to maximize efficiencies across energy, water and transportation systems will be among the topics at the forefront of the “Building Sustainable Communities” conference.

India has vast win-win commercial potential, says US

WASHINGTON: US commerce secretary John Bryson, who recently led his first trade mission to India, wants America to "deepen and broaden its commercial engagement with India where the win-win potential is vast."...
Moving forward, the India-US Commercial Dialogue will focus on areas such as smart grids, intelligent transportation systems, and sustainable manufacturing, he said.

Paris tests 40 urban innovations directly on public

PARIS – The French capital has become a living laboratory with 40 new inventive projects being implemented to improve daily life. The goal is to envision a smarter city by outfitting public spaces with innovations to improve transportation, tourism, and communications, among other fields. So far, about half of the forty prototypes are up and running, remaining in place for up to a year.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

ITS JPO Newsletter April 2012

Looking back over the past year, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has made significant progress on our intelligent transportation system (ITS) research initiatives. This newsletter highlights several of those initiatives, such as the Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot program and the Dynamic Mobility Applications (DMA) program, among others. Going forward, our progress from these initiatives will provide the critical research insights for our other programs and help us to achieve the next steps to realizing our program goals.

Two Wheels with a Tech Twist

A San Francisco-based startup called Scoot Networks wants to give people a cheap, environmentally friendly way to get around by renting out electric bikes. The scooters have a tech twist, too, since they include a plastic-covered smart-phone dock in place of a normal dashboard. Riders dock their iPhone—Android phones will eventually work as well—and the phone acts as both the scooter key and dashboard.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

News Brief: Electric Car Challenge To Make Pit Stop at Carnegie Mellon

Men's Health magazine is sending a team of drivers across the country in an all-electric Ford Focus and will be stopping at Carnegie Mellon's Electric Garage Thursday afternoon to recharge.

White House adviser: ‘Robotics revolution is here’

Thorpe, who began his one-year term in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy last October, is on loan from the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and is a widely published expert in robotics and intelligent vehicle systems.

Multimodal and Corridor Applications of Travel Time Reliability

The Florida Department of Transportation has released a report that explores ways to enhance the state’s current freeway travel time reliability method, develops a new arterial travel time reliability method, and proposes a framework for considering travel time in a multimodal context.

Preventing Fuel Tax Evasion - Developing A Real-Time Fuel Tax Evasion Detection Solution

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program and Office of Highway Policy Information, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), aims to reduce or eliminate fuel tax evasion schemes.

Graduate Research Award Program on Public-Sector Aviation Issues Announcement: 2012/2013

TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program is accepting applications for its Graduate Research Award Program on Public-Sector Aviation Issues for the 2012/2013 academic year. The program, sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration, is designed to encourage applied research on airport and related aviation system issues and to foster the next generation of aviation community leaders.

2012 TRB Joint Summer Meeting

Join more than 150 transportation professionals expected to participate in the TRB Joint Summer Meeting, July 8-11, 2012, in Irvine, California. Transportation professionals specializing in planning, policy, and data systems will share information in open committee meetings, joint collaborative discussions, and general sessions.

Will the Robo-Driver Save Detroit?

As of March 1, Nevada became the first state in the nation where it is legal for driverless cars to take to the roads, provided they identify themselves with red license plates. In addition, there are a growing number of influential states – including California and Florida – that are now pushing for legislation that would make it possible for their citizens to operate these “autonomous" vehicles. States see these driverless cars as a way to improve road safety and fuel efficiency, while the big U.S. automakers understandably see them as a way to sell cars with a technology premium.

The not-too-distant future of driving: When cars can talk, crashes may be avoided

Washington Post
Just as it has changed so many other aspects of life, wireless technology is about to revolutionize the way we drive.“This is really a game-changing technology that could help cars from crashing into one another,” said Christopher Poe, assistant director at the Texas Transportation Institute. “You, in essence, could help prevent two cars from ever colliding, that being the ultimate goal.”

Intel Capital to Invest in Future of Automotive Technology

SANTA CLARA, Calif. and KARLSRUHE/FELDKIRCHEN, Germany, Feb. 29, 2012 – Intel Capital today announced a $100 million investment fund to help accelerate innovation and the adoption of new technology and services in the automotive industry. Intel Capital is the first global technology investment organization headquartered in Silicon Valley to announce a dedicated focus on automotive technology innovation. The Intel Capital Connected Car Fund will be invested globally over the next 4 to 5 years in hardware, software and services companies developing technologies to promote new, compelling in-vehicle applications and enable the seamless connection between vehicles and any connected device, including mobile devices and sensors.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

New DARPA Grand Challenge for Humanoid Robots -- Preliminary (Unofficial) Details

The robot will be required to maneuver into and drive an open-frame vehicle (eg. tractor), proceed to a building and dismount, ingress through a locked door using a key, traverse a 100 meter rubble-strewn hallway, climb a ladder, locate a leaking pipe and seal it by closing off a nearby valve, and then replace a faulty pump to resume normal operations -- all semi-autonomously with just "supervisory teleoperation."

CMU offers dual degree with Portugal university

Research between the two universities has also resulted in the formation of at least one spin-out, Virtual Traffic Lights LLC, which aims to manage traffic by putting traffic signals inside cars using vehicle-to-vehicle communication.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Ford Is Ready for the Autonomous Car. Are Drivers?

“There is no technology barrier from going where we are now to the autonomous car,” said Jim McBride, a Ford Research and Innovation technical expert who specializes in autonomous vehicle technologies. “There are affordability issues, but the big barrier to overcome is customer acceptance.”

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 The closing date is 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.


PennDOT upgrades traffic radio signal

If it's been awhile, you might be surprised at the "new" signal quality, which I consider to be a fairly big improvement over the scratchy, wavering sound of years past, a signal that faded in and out so badly that portions of the message were completely lost.

City to Install ‘Smart Screens’ in Some Public Phone Booths

It is an emblem from a bygone era: the outdoor pay phone. For more than a century, in booths along New York City’s sidewalks, public telephones have connected residents, one pocketful of change at a time. But next month, under a pilot program, some of the phones may be welcoming 21st-century neighbors. The city’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications has approved the installation of as many as 250 “smart screens” in old telephone booths, allowing visitors to find transportation updates, city program information and details about local events, all free.

Development of Analysis Methods Using Recent Driving Study Data (SHRP 2 Report S2-S01A-RW-1)

In anticipation of the large volume of data to be collected during the SHRP 2 naturalistic driving study (NDS), several projects were undertaken 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.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

DUI's new enemy: robocars

LA Times
Skynet has not become self-aware, but it's hard to escape the feeling that we're heading for a "Terminator"-like future in which intelligent machines start wanting to run the show, what with cellphones that can talk to us and websites that can peg our entertainment preferences with eerie accuracy. So it should come as little surprise that someday our cars might exercise better judgment than we do.

Does Facebook Pose a Threat to the Automobile?

Times have changed. My son didn’t bother to get his license till he went off to college and only because he actually needed to drive. And, according to recent research from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute in Ann Arbor, “a higher proportion of internet users was associated with a lower licensure rate.”

Smart phones replacing cars?

EUGENE, Ore. - Are bicycles and smart phones replacing the car? Getting a driver's license used to be a rite of passage, but now thousands of young people in Oregon say they're losing interest. KVAL's Tom Adams has been trying to figure out why licenses are losing appeal.

SpeedInfo Deploys Vehicle Speed Sensors in Ohio to Improve Traffic Management

SpeedInfo, a San Jose, CA-based provider of real-time traffic flow data networks and measurement technology, has announced that the company has deployed over 1000 units of the solar-powered vehicle radar sensors along important state roads and metro-corridor interstates in Ohio.


AUVSI Announces John Maddox of NHTSA will Keynote Driverless Car Summit in Detroit 12-13 June

AUVSI Announces John Maddox of NHTSA will Keynote Driverless Car Summit in Detroit 12-13 June. AUVSI announces that John Maddox, associate administrator, Vehicle Safety Research, NHTSA, will provide a keynote address during the Driverless Car Summit to be held 12-13 June at the MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit.

Measure to fine drivers for using mobile apps passes first reading

An amendment that fines drivers for text messaging and playing with apps passed first reading yesterday in the Legislative Yuan's Transportation Committee (交通委員會).
Article 31, Section 1 of the Road Traffic Management and Punishment Law (道路交通管理處罰條例) currently prohibits dialing or talking on a handheld cellphone while driving.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

New company to market intelligent navigation systems for quick and efficient guidance

At Munich Airport, thousands of passengers have already benefitted from the assistance of the intelligent navigation system: At six InfoGates throughout the airport, passengers or meeters/greeters are linked within seconds via live videoconference with a member of the airport information team who can answer most questions immediately. During the conversation, the two parties see each other as life-size screen images in real time.

Iteris receives $12.4 million contract for national transportation program

The Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation, has granted Iteris Inc. a federal contract to extend its work on a national transportation system design initiative, the National Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Architecture Evolution and Support Program.


Smarter Cities Anticipate Problems

St. Petersburg, Moscow and other Russian cities whose aging water pipes, electric cables and notorious traffic jams have already caused problems for their residents may soon see a breakthrough with their infrastructure issues. A solution may have appeared in the form of a new IBM program for Smarter Cities aimed at quickly and effectively connecting city infrastructure, transportation and safety.

The ITS Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) is pleased to share this Joint Statement

The ITS Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) is pleased to share this Joint Statement issued by ITS JPO Director Shelley Row and Juhani Jääskeläinen, Head of Unit "ICT for Transport" General Directorate Information Society and Media European Commission on the harmonization of core safety message sets.

Seventh SHRP 2 Safety Research Symposium July 12, 2012

We are pleased to invite you to attend the Seventh Annual SHRP 2 Safety Research Symposium on July 12, 2012, at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, DC. The Symposium is a one-day event this year and will be followed by a working reception. The purpose of this symposium is to share our progress on SHRP 2 Safety projects.

SHRP 2 Request for Proposals

Regional Operations Forums for Advancing Systems Operations, Management, and Reliability.

Ridesharing as a Complement to Transit

TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Synthesis 98: Ridesharing as a Complement to Transit explores current practices in using ridesharing to complement public transit and highlights ways to potentially enhance ridesharing and public transit.

Siemens and Streetline team up for smart parking

Siemens is joining forces with Streetline to help reduce the longstanding frustration of drivers seeking parking spots in congested areas. Streetline, a 7-year-old company based in Foster City, Calif., connects sensor-enabled parking meters with smartphone apps to provide cities and drivers with parking options in select urban environments.

Intel’s city of the future: sensors everywhere

Environmental sensors aren’t a new idea, so Intel’s goal is to come up with better, cheaper and more easily deployed versions that could be part of a movement to create the future of the so-called smart city. The smart city is about the use of technology to help people use and manage resources – from water and power to transportation and communication systems – much more efficiently.

New app lets most CTA train commuters pay parking via phone

Drivers leaving their vehicles at any of 14 CTA parking lots before riding the train can now pay for parking using their smartphones and credit or debit cards, officials announced Monday.

Are we there yet? The future of transportation

Neil Hodge gazes into the future of modern transportation and examines the incredible ideas that aren’t far from being implemented on a daily basis


Penn Engineering inventions advance transportation

Today, Little Ben is just one of several successful projects related to transportation created in the Engineering School and the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception Laboratory. From soccer-playing robots to a space-detecting system, faculty and students alike are increasingly using their skills for the creation of machines that look to innovate the world of transportation.

April Fool's Day Joke Raises Awareness on Distracted Walking

The Philadelphia Mayor’s Office is raising awareness on a serious issue by having a bit of fun on April Fool’s Day. The Office first sent a press release to all media describing a pilot program for an "E-Lane," a designated sidewalk space for distracted pedestrians who are walking while using their electronic devices.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

CTIA WOW Insider Interview: Cadillac Integrates Wireless in the Car with CUE

The auto industry has embraced wireless America by seamlessly and safely integrating smartphones into the driving experience. In the April "Wonder of Wireless" Insider Interview, CTIA talks with Don Butler, vice president of Cadillac, who describes CUE (Cadillac User Experience).

Why Philly Deserves Bike Share

Philadelphia, with its density, grid layout, flat topography, large population of university students and existing population of bike commuters (first in the country out of the top 10 biggest cities) is a prime candidate for bike share. So why hasn’t it happened yet?

Google Using ReCAPTCHA to Decode Street Signs

The original use for ReCAPTCHA, a Carnegie Mellon project acquired by Google three years ago, was to help fight spam while also crowd sourcing the task of digitizing books and other content. This new project from Google just uses ReCAPTCHA in a different way. However, though improving Street View is the goal for this experiment, that's not all Google is looking to achieve.

QR codes to give you train info on your smart phone

The newest service starts today, when the paper timetables at the stations begin sporting QR, or quick response, codes, those blocks of print that work like supermarket bar codes. Scan them with your smart phone and you’ll immediately capture the websites for the railroad’s schedules and for Train Time, which keeps track of how all the trains are running.

Coming Soon to Detroit: Live Bus Arrival Times Via Text Message?

The horrors of Detroit’s bus system and the hour-plus wait times riders regularly experience are well documented. In a city where so many people are carless, it’s a particularly galling problem. But if all goes according to plan, Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) bus riders may soon be able to have live route information sent to their cell phones via text message.

Does Distracting Driving Turn You Into a Zombie?

The California campaign takes a creative twist with the zombie depiction, drawing from the concept that using a phone while driving limits brain activity, an idea scientifically proven by a Carnegie Mellon University study.

The Wild Frontier in Intelligent Transportation: 2012 IEEE ITS Conference CALL FOR PAPERS – EXTENDED

The 2012 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Anchorage, Alaska, USA; September 16-19, 2012, has extended its call for papers.