Friday, June 29, 2012

smart ebike: mobility on two wheels

For this price, the bicycle also comes with a USB port which enables various accessories to be powered by electricity. A smartphone holder is obtainable and with the help of an iPhone app, the ebike becomes fully connected.

YPT Pittsburgh is up and running!

We’re excited to announce the launch of and welcome to the family Young Professionals in Transportation's newest chapter, YPT Pittsburgh!

We’re starting things off right with a launch party on July 19!

What: YPT Pittsburgh Launch Party
When: Thursday, July 19, 2012 – 5:00 – 7:00pm
Where: August Henry’s (Downtown Pittsburgh – 946 Penn Ave.)
RSVP for Free!


Automated system detects and fills cracks in asphalt roads

The problem is that crack repair is time consuming and labor intensive, so the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) has come up with an automatic pavement crack detection and repair system that operates at comparable speeds to conventional methods, but with fewer people and less exposure to hazardous fumes.

Once the kinks are straightened out, the Georgia Department of Transportation may soon use robotic technology to automatically detect and seal highway cracks, improving worker safety and saving the state time and money.

The Georgia Tech Research Institute, which developed the prototype in conjunction with the agency, recently released a case study on the project, which began in 2003.

Source: GCN (

“Google Now” Might Be Google’s Most Personalized Feature Yet

For instance, Google Now promises it will figure out when and where a user commutes to work on a daily basis. When the user opens the app at that time, it will display a commute card that computes the current time with traffic and gives a faster route when possible.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

IT & Network Infrastructure : Intel Labs Previews 10 Technologies You Will Be Using in Five Years

Intel Labs gave media members a preview of things to come June 26 at an event presented at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco called "Facets of Future Life." At the event, CTO and Labs chief Justin Rattner announced a new division of Intel Labs called Interaction and Experience Research (IXR) that is focused on defining new user experiences and computing platforms.

Pew: 17% of Cell Phone Owners Use Cell Phone More than Computer to Go Online

Pew researchers found that young adults and non-whites are particularly prone to use their cell phones when going online, as were those with annual household incomes of under $50,000 a year and those who don’t have a college degree:

Call for Papers - IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference 2012

Paper submission date: August 5, 2012
Notification of acceptance date: September 23, 2012
Final paper submission date: October 07, 2011(2)
The IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference 2012 (IEEE VNC 2012) seeks to bring together researchers, professionals, and practitioners to present and discuss recent developments and challenges in vehicular networking technologies, and their applications.

Ford fine-tuning Traffic Jam Assist using radar, cameras to speed vehicle along

At a media event to showcase Ford’s 2013 model lineup today, the automaker talked about its Traffic Jam assist technology that uses radar and cameras to keep a vehicle in its lane and respond to the traffic around it, slowing, stopping and accelerating as needed.

CMU, Lehigh share $1M grant to help manufacturing

Sanfilippo said the initiative, known as the Research for Advanced Manufacturing in Pennsylvania program, will seek proposals in July from teams of Pennsylvania manufacturers and faculty members. The winning partnerships will receive $25,000 to $60,000 apiece for the projects.

Robots Built To Work In Inhospitable Places

Whittaker, a University Professor in Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, will receive the medal at the IEEE Honors Ceremony in Boston, Mass., on June 30. The medal, sponsored by Northrop Grumman Corporation, recognizes Whittaker for his pioneering contributions to mobile autonomous robotics, field applications of robotics and systems engineering.

Smart Cities Industry Congress 2012

Event Name: Smart Cities Industry Congress 2012
Event Date: 25 – 26 September 2012
Enabling Mobility for the Citizen in Energy, Health, Transport, and Home Living For a Smart Planet

Smart Trips Uses Prizes to Lure Knoxvillians Into Carpooling

The idea of creating a system for people to log their journeys to work and earn rewards for “clean” commutes—that is, commuting via carpool, vanpool, bus, bike, or another alternative to one person driving him- or herself to work—came from Segars’ previous experience with a very similar program in Montana. While attending graduate school to study environmental science at the University of Montana, Segars got involved with Missoula in Motion. That program also offered a logging system and rewarded its users every quarter to using alternative methods of transportation.

First-in-the-World Technology Innovation Brings Smart Grid into Philadelphia Train Stations

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) today unveiled its ground-breaking recycled energy and optimization project. The pilot project captures the braking energy of its trains on the Market-Frankford Line and will integrate that power into the regional electric grid. The new technology demonstrates a first-in-the-world achievement for public transit, and truly showcases the potential of the smart grid.

Driverless car market watch

Driverless technology researchers gathered at the beginning of June for the IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium. With almost 200 presentations from more than 600 authors probably no aspect of this technology was left untouched.


Introducing SideCar, the Uber for personal cars

San Francisco is truly the test bed for alternative tech-focused transportation. And on Tuesday, folks in the Bay Area will have access to yet another option: SideCar, a mobile app that will offer real time ride sharing. The idea behind the app is to connect drivers who want to make a little extra money, with passengers that are looking for an alternative to driving, biking or public transportation in real time.

As Driverless Cars Inch Closer to Reality, Researchers Mull Impact

As automobile development moves closer and closer to automated or semi-automated vehicles, manufacturers and the Transportation Research Board are exploring the ramifications of these "intelligent" cars and the effects on the public.

Analysis of Infringement Data from Fixed Red Light and Speed Cameras at Signalised Intersections in South Australia

The Centre for Automotive Safety Research at the University of Adelaide has released a report that analyzes infringement data from traffic signal safety camera sites in metropolitan Adelaide to track how red light and speeding infringements changed during the first year of operation.

Infrared Thermal Camera-Based Real-Time Identification and Tracking of Large Animals to Prevent Animal-Vehicle Collisions (AVCs) on Roadways

The University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies has released a report that addresses the use of an infrared thermal imaging method to detect the presence of large animals and track their locations so drivers could avoid animal vehicle collisions.

Slippery Road Detection and Evaluation

The Michigan Department of Transportation has released a report that evaluates a low cost data acquisition system that would provide data from multiple vehicles, and explores how this data, coupled with situational data from other sources, might be used to detect slippery or rough road conditions.

Development of a Sensing Methodology for Intelligent and Reliable Work-Zone Hazard Awareness

TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) Final Report for NCHRP-IDEA Project 139: Development of a Sensing Methodology for Intelligent and Reliable Work-Zone Hazard Awareness highlights a methodology using vision-based object recognition algorithms to detect and track vehicles intruding into the work zone and to detect missing work zone channelization traffic control devices such as barrels.

Map of SHRP 2 Activities: Spring 2012

TRB’s second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) has released a map that highlights the 27 states that are participating in some 74 SHRP 2 activities. The varied activities include the naturalistic driving study, pilot tests, field tests, and demonstration projects.

The road to intelligent infrastructure

The convergence of technology that has brought together what we now call information and communications technologies (ICT) has transformed our lives. Smart phones and tablets are now a common, almost essential, part of the accoutrements we carry around on a daily basis. Our cars are also getting smarter, with more on board computing power than was used in the 1960s Moon landings. However, the emergence of smart systems empowered by ICT is now becoming an increasingly important part of our infrastructure.

Citi commits $42 million to New York’s bike sharing program

There are advertisements plastered over virtually every edifice, structure or public transit vehicle these days, so why should a portable bike station be any different? When the New York City bicycle sharing program officially kicks off in July, New Yorkers will see financial services giant Citi’s name on virtually every street corner. That’s because the company is putting roughly $42 million into sponsoring the rollout of the program over the next five years, according to a spokeswoman for the non-profit that’s running the program, Alta Bicycle Share.

Palm Beach County school district might put GPS units on school buses, eventually allowing parents to track students

Parents of Palm Beach County school students might soon be able to track exactly where their child’s big yellow bus is with a touch of their smart phones. A proposed million-dollar pilot program over the next two years would install global positioning system units on all the district’s buses, school district officials said.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Guest Post: How Ford Sync Started A Smart-Traffic Revolution

Ford’s award-winning Sync connectivity system will be inducted as a permanent exhibit in the Mountain Valley, California’s Computer History Museum. This museum is devoted to exhibiting the computing milestones of the last century. The museum’s curator, Alex Bochannek stated that Ford Sync marks the merging point of automotive and computing platforms, which is why it was chosen for induction. The collaboration between Microsoft and Ford Motor Company on Sync technology exemplifies the changing landscape of our time.

Transit Shelters Go Digital with NFC-enabled Smartphone Campaign

Over 80 NFC-enabled Scotiabank posters will make their appearance through the summer, displayed in Astral OOH transit shelters located near entertainment areas and movie theatres in downtown Toronto. The technology allows consumer interaction with advertising faces via enabled smartphones and mobile devices to access information.

Nanotech paint can show stress and strain

Video - U.S. researchers say a nano-infused "strain paint" can reveal stress in materials and holds promise for detecting strain in aircraft, bridges and buildings. Scientists at Rice University say the material made with carbon nanotubes can reveal deformations in structures by its fluorescence that could be read by a handheld infrared spectrometer, allowing in-the-field stress detection.

Federal Signal sells transportation technology unit to 3M for $110-mln

The Federal Signal Technology business focuses on intelligent transportation solutions. 3M said that it will use this technology to expand its traffic safety division. The unit's hardware and software products are used in electronic tolling, parking and access control, law enforcement and many other applications.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Online Bus Tracker Attracts Modest Number Of New Riders

But that may be because many riders still don’t know they can access arrival times. “This may seem to be a modest gain,” Tang and Thakuriah write in “Ridership effects of real-time bus information system: A case study in the City of Chicago,” which appears this month in the journal Transportation Research.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Xerox wins $75 million contract with Philadelphia Parking Authority

Xerox’s parking management programme was selected after a public bidding process to improve customer service with a new website during the next year that allows for online applications for resident parking permits, the ability to schedule hearings and submit inquiries online and enable individuals to view parking citation data and photos of some violations, including descriptions, dates, locations and amount due. The system can also alert registered users via email about new tickets or that outstanding tickets are about to incur penalties.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Startups offered the big bucks

Jonathan Kaplan thinks Carnegie Mellon University could become a destination school for would-be entrepreneurs, and he’s willing to put money on that. Kaplan and his wife, Marci Glazer, on Tuesday announced the first recipients of grants from their Open Field Entrepreneurship Fund, and seven of the 10 are located in the Pittsburgh area...
Grant recipients must have graduated from CMU during the past five years. They’ll receive $50,000 and get mentoring from CMU graduates, such as bitly founder Peter Stern and former Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz, and accounting and legal support from the university.

PBOT experiments with 'intelligent' new indicator light

One unsung area where Portland is doing some very cool stuff for bicycling is with traffic signals and "ITS" — which stands for Intelligent Transportation Systems. The field of ITS encompasses all sorts of high-tech ways to make our streets smarter. From sensing vehicle patterns with RFID, to software that manages complex signal systems.

Why not enact an ‘intelligent’ national infrastructure plan?

Reuters - Academia is also advancing both tech research and deployment: Check out Carnegie Mellon’s Traffic21 and Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, or SMART.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

US DOT grants $15M to URA for East Liberty project

Pittsburgh -Granted through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER IV, program, the $15 million is to be dedicated to the development of the new East Liberty Transit Center. The project is being pursued in partnership with the Port Authority of Allegheny County and the Mosites Co., along with the URA. The grant will help to leverage city and state fund that will total $34 million dollars for the major infrastructure investment to bring a new, multi-modal transit center that will serve nearly 1,000 daily bus trips, add new pedestrian and bike amenities and help to spur other nearby transit-oriented development. Mayor Luke Ravenstahl expects the new funding and the project it will bring will help to continue the revitalization throughout the core of East Liberty.

Feds to Conduct 'Connected Vehicle' Pilot in August

The federal government is studying a new technology that would allow automobiles to communicate with each other wirelessly as they travel along roadways and provide drivers with warnings that could help prevent collisions. A pilot program scheduled to launch this August in Ann Arbor, Mich., will help the feds decide whether to proceed with developing the technology, which it’s been examining for about 10 years.

Improving the Safety and Efficiency of Roadway Maintenance Phase I: Developing a Robotic Roadway Message Painter Prototype

The University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies has released a report that examines the development, assembly, and testing of a large-scale prototype for a robotic roadway message painter.

Smartphone-Based Travel Experience Sampling and Behavior Intervention Among Young Adults

The University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies has released a report that explores the development of a data collection application that enables real-time tracking and reporting of the health-related impacts of travel behavior.

Wireless Data Collection System for Travel Time Estimation and Traffic Performance Evaluation

The Oregon Department of Transportation has released a report that explores an implementable wireless travel time data collection system.

Wind Monitoring of the Saylorville and Red Rock Reservoir Bridges with Remote, Cellular-Based Notifications

The Iowa Department of Transportation has released a report that describes two bridge movement monitoring systems, their components, upgrades, functionality, and limitations, and information from one year of wind data collection at both bridges.

Public Roads: May/June 2012

The latest issue of the Federal Highway Administration's Public Roads magazine has been released. The magazine highlights developments in federal highway policies, programs, and research and technology.

Contemporary Approaches to Parking Pricing: A Primer

The Federal Highway Administration has released a report that explores parking pricing applications, available technology, preferred user accommodations, and strategies for gaining public acceptance for policy changes.

Innovator: May/June 2012

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.

2012 International Transportation Research Information Access Workshop

TRB is sponsoring the 2012 International Transportation Research Information Access Workshop on September 12-13, 2012, in Washington, D.C. The workshop will explore the transportation information resources and practices in key international transportation organizations in order to expand the coverage and depth of TRIS and TRID, and to uncover new and innovative best practices with respect to information sharing that can benefit and be implemented within the United States transportation community.

Wireless network set for Pittsburgh rivers

Several local agencies are teaming up to create a wireless network on Allegheny County's rivers, the first of its kind. The Port of Pittsburgh Commission is taking the lead on the project, which also will involve the Army Corps of Engineers and Carnegie Mellon University...
A Carnegie Mellon team has developed technology that will take advantage of the network: a small, remote control boat that will measure electrical conductivity and temperature in the water.
"I see information management as a pretty critical item these days, and first and foremost that's what this is: a means of gathering data, collecting it, housing it and allowing people to have access to it," said David Nakles, a CMU civil and environmental engineering professor who has worked with the port commission.

Monday, June 18, 2012

RFA for Off Hours Freight Delivery Pilot Projects

This week the FHWA Office of Freight Management and Operations released a RFA for Off Hours Freight Delivery Pilot Project Grants. FHWA will award up to $450,000 in research grants to explore the benefits of delivering goods during "off hours" in small- and medium-sized urban areas with growing congestion problems. Working with the Environmental Protection Agency, the pilot will look at how truck deliveries made outside of peak and rush hours - when there is less traffic on the highways - can save time and money for freight carriers, improve air quality and create more sustainable and livable cities.

Fresno streets get smarter

By using sensors implanted in the roadway and connecting the traffic signals with fiber optic cable, or wireless transmitters Mosier says this computerized system is supposed to improve traffic flow. "So its key that when a vehicle leaves an intersection then there's a platoon of cars that will reach the next one and have a green light, as much as possible."

Cities Bet They Can Curb Traffic With Games of Chance

More than 17,500 Singapore commuters have enrolled in the pilot program, while just over 1,825 have enrolled in the Stanford project. And it seems these efforts to change travel behavior using games, or carrots, rather than sticks (such as congestion pricing) are paying off. Balaji Prabhakar, a Stanford engineering professor who developed both projects, said during a recent talk at the university's campus in Palo Alto, California, that 11-12 percent of users in Singapore have shifted off-peak.

U.S. Labor Secretary Announces National Workforce Grant in Pittsburgh

Nearly $147 million dollars in federal grants will be given to develop and expand strategies to help Americans return to work in fields that are currently hurting for workers. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis visited Carnegie Mellon University to announce the funding, and to tour the university’s Planetary Robotics Lab. “There’s so many great applications that I saw demonstrated, whether it’s robotics, health care, education — oh my God. I’m just amazed,” said Solis, after talking with several CMU innovators who showcased things such as therapy robots, a new adhesive, and a moon rover.

The New National ITS Architecture's V7 - What's New and How to Use It!

US DOT Webinar
July 10, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET
Cost: All T3 webinars are free of charge
The National ITS Architecture provides a common framework for planning, defining, and integrating intelligent transportation systems (ITS). It is a mature product that reflects the contributions of a broad cross-section of the ITS community (transportation practitioners, systems engineers, system developers, technology specialists, consultants, etc.). Consistency with the National Architecture is required for ITS projects receiving funding in whole or in part from the Highway Trust Fund, including the Mass Transit Account.

Carnegie Mellon Spinoff Tiramisu Transit Receives Funding To Commercialize Transit App

Tiramisu Transit LLC, a Carnegie Mellon University spinoff, has received Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to commercialize Tiramisu, the smartphone application that enables transit riders to create real-time information about bus schedules and seating. The $102,000 award, through the USDOT's Federal Transit Administration and its Research and Innovative Technology Administration, will be used to identify sustainable business models for crowd-sourced transit information systems.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

25pc of consumers who snapped mobile bar code during L’Oreal promotion bought product

L’Oreal and Glamour partnered with SpyderLynk on the mobile initiative. On the exterior of the cab, the taxi topper advertisement was converted into retail signage for shopping opportunities inside the cab.Consumers were encouraged to scan the mobile bar code and were redirected to a mobile-optimized page where they could shop the YSL and Lancome products.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

NASA and Carnegie Mellon University Celebrate 10 Years of Innovative Partnership

One of the NRP's first partnerships was Carnegie Mellon University. It has been a hub for developing creative software management leaders and entrepreneurial startups. More than 650 students have graduated from this beacon of technological achievement, and in a wide-variety of R&D programs. Since its inception in 2002, CMU's Silicon Valley campus has quadrupled in size and helped launch more than a dozen startups.

The evolution of vehicle on-board units for urban transportation management systems

Starting out as a simple GPS sensor recording the position and speed of the vehicle and storing it in the device, current advanced OBUs are able to capture information from multiple sensors and manage large amounts of data at high computation speed while keeping up real-time communications with a remote server.

Tapping 'Big Data' to Fill Potholes

Entrepreneurs and investors are finding new ways to tap the predictive power of numbers, including ways to kill the traffic jam and other motorist scourges such as potholes. The results are playing out inside a state traffic-management center in Woodbridge, N.J. That's where New Jersey officials watch a 22-foot-high mounted screen as supercomputers powered by start-up Inrix Inc. scoop up millions of cellphone and GPS signals, make sense of the jumble of information about car speeds, weather conditions and sports schedules, and translate the data into maps of traffic along 2,600 miles of the state's roads.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

India, Canada sign MoU on road transportation, safety

India and Canada have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance co-operation in road transportation, particularly in the field of road safety, highway management and intelligent transport systems. The MoU will facilitate sharing and exchange of knowledge and technical expertise in the areas of infrastructure development, operation and maintenance of roads, Intelligent Transport System.

Flying Robots: Customized and Cooperative

Academic engineers worldwide have a new resource for accelerating discoveries in the science of agile and cooperative flight by small, unmanned robots. KMel Robotics, a company founded in late 2011 by two graduates of Penn's General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory, customizes quadrotors, flying robots with four propellers that weigh between 50 grams to 4 kilograms. Co-presidents and Penn Engineering alumni Alex Kushleyev, M.S., an electrical engineer, and Daniel Mellinger, Ph.D., a mechanical engineer, offer expertise needed by scientists and engineers to refine these devices for research that will advance algorithms, sensing capabilities and control mechanisms for group cooperation and autonomous flight.

Use of Social Media in Transportation Agencies Problem Statement

TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has issued a request for proposals to explore how social media should function within transportation agencies for maximum effectiveness. The project will also address legal issues related to the use of social media as a tool for transportation agencies to carry out various functions. Proposals are due July 6, 2012.

A Guide for Preparing and Submitting Manuscripts for Presentation at the TRB Annual Meeting and for Publications in the TRB’s Journal

TRB has released the latest version of its information for authors guide. The guide is designed to help both new and veteran TRB paper authors navigate the paper submission process for TRB’s upcoming Annual Meeting and for TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board.

Drivers not needed

Although Google’s success with the driverless technology has been remar­kable, the history of driverless cars da­tes back to more than 50 years. For ex­ample, an early representation of the autonomous car was Norman Bel Ge­ddes’s Futurama exhibit sponsored by General Motors at the 1939 Worl­d’s Fair, which depicted electric cars powered by circuits embedded in the roa­dway and controlled by radio. Lat­er, in the 1980s, a vision-guided Me­rcedes-Benz robotic van, designed by Ernst Dickmanns and his team at the Bun­deswehr University in Mun­ich, Germ­any, achieved 100 km/h on str­eets wit­hout traffic. Also, in the 1980s the DA­RPA-funded autonom­ous land vehicle (ALV) in the US ach­ieved the first roa­d-following demons­tration th­at used laser radar (Environ­mental Re­search Institute of Michi­gan), com­puter visi­on (Carnegie Mell­on Univer­sity and SRI), and auton­omous robot­ic control (Carnegie Mell­on Universi­ty) to control a robotic vehicle up to 30 km/h.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Incentives for Drivers Who Avoid Traffic Jams

A few years ago, trapped in an unending traffic jam in Bangalore, India, he reflected that there was more than one way to get drivers to change their behavior. Congestion charges are sticks; why not try a carrot? So this spring, with a $3 million research grant from the federal Department of Transportation, Stanford deployed a new system designed by Dr. Prabhakar’s group. Called Capri, for Congestion and Parking Relief Incentives, it allows people driving to the notoriously traffic-clogged campus to enter a daily lottery, with a chance to win up to an extra $50 in their paycheck, just by shifting their commute to off-peak times.

Unlocking real-time traffic, bus and rail data powers revolution in travel choices

UK - The public sector owners of data are now releasing it as open data, which means that there are no licensing restrictions on its re-use. For example, the Highways Agency entered into an agreement with sat nav firm TomTom last summer to supply the live traffic information from automatic traffic counters to motorists through their sat navs. The HA also agreed to supply this data to Googlemaps, supplementing crowd-sourced data.

Merging Cellphones and Dashboards

NY Times
SEEKING to please those customers clamoring for more features in their cars, General Motors will soon make a novel offer: give them less...
So G.M.’s newest approach is a fundamental shift in philosophy from the practice of embedding such technology in the bowels of the car. Instead, it will offer an inexpensive link that lets drivers control their phone — and more important, its apps — using the dashboard touch screen.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Germany's Proves Rideshare Works

With maturity of mobile devices, GPS and location-aware smart phones, carpooling has taken on a cool factor in Europe. It’s not just for getting yourself into to that 9 to 5 job, it’s for holidays, short commutes and basically getting where you want to go – quickly, cheaply and easily.

Can Our Smart Phones Convince Us to Walk More?

Walking may be the most ancient mode of human transportation, but in the 21st-century United States it has become an endangered form of locomotion. That was the gist of journalist Tom Vanderbilt’s keynote address at a symposium called “Walking and the Life of the City” held yesterday by the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management...
But some of the most interesting research presented at the forum suggested that smart phones could make urban walking the hot new thing again, although perhaps at a cost to our traditional spatial cognition.


(listen to radio program) We talk to John Zimmerman and Aaron Steinfeld from Carnegie Mellon University, two of the developers of Tiramisu, a mobile app that helps transit riders keep each other informed of bus information, to help improve everyone’s experience.

Vilnius to create mobile application to pay for public transport and parking

Lithuania -"Smart Vilnius" is a project for new technologies to provide a convenient and interactive service to city residents and guests. The project includes not only an electronic solution for urban transport, but also the transfer of Vilnius' municipal services into electronic space and mobile applications, e-solutions for schools, the establishment of free internet hot-spots, a smart energy tool to keep track of energy consumption which allows comparing consumption rates with neighbours, and the possibility of paying bills by mobile phone.

Verizon Joins Automakers in Promoting Net-Connected Cars

The 4G Venture Forum for Connected Cars will encourage manufacturers, suppliers, device makers and other companies to use the new long-term evolution wireless standard, which allows for faster Internet connections, Verizon said today in a statement. The group also includes Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

DOT Plans To Expand "Midtown In Motion" Program

The city Department of Transportation is expanding its Midtown traffic congestion management system. Operators at a Queens control center use information gathered from cameras, motion sensors and E-ZPass and can change traffic signals to clear up jams.

How IT creates 'intelligent efficiency' for buildings and transport

Practiced on a system-wide scale, energy efficiency has the potential to create hundreds of billions of dollars in savings and productivity gains, dwarfing the impact of traditional sources of energy on the bottom line, says a new report released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The report concludes that 22 percent of current U.S. energy consumption could be replaced with "intelligent efficiency" by infusing IT and communication technologies into building networks, transportation systems and city sustainability solutions.

Future of Road Vehicle Automation And PreConference Workshop on Early Automation Deployment Opportunities in Managed Lane Operations

TRB Workshop - July 25-26, 2012 - Irvine, California
There has been a significant upsurge of activity related to road vehicle automation within the past year, notably Google’s announcement of their work on this topic, as well as vehicle development activities from several major automotive companies and actively funded public sector-sponsored projects in Europe and Japan. There is need for a broad-based update on the current state of the art and practice in road vehicle automation and consideration of future research needs. This two-day workshop convenes the world’s leaders in road vehicle automation to share the state of the practice and participate in topic-specific discussion groups to identify areas requiring further research.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Unmanned Aircraft Soars Above Hurricanes for 2012 NASA Mission

NASA will launch severe storm sentinels, an unmanned aircraft, over stormy skies in the beginning of this summer. It will enable forecasters and researchers to collect information on intensity changes and hurricane formation.

TDOT Developing Traffic App

Governor Haslam said that Tennessee could soon have an app to help drivers navigate traffic.
The free app would be created using the Tennessee Department of Transportation's current SmartWay Map. "TDOT has a lot of with their smart camera approach. They have a lot of info on roads and drive times sometimes we post it on the interstate. They're working on developing that and putting it on an app," said Haslam.

Privacy Group Voices Concerns Over Google-Backed Autonomous Vehicle Legislation

The advocacy group Consumer Watchdog is raising concerns about Google’s altruistic motives when it comes to autonomous vehicles. The group sees The Big G’s efforts less as a way to reduce crashes and save lives, and more as a ploy to mine and monetize even more personal data. And it wants to block a bill that would clear the way for Google’s self-driving cars to legally cruise California roads unless privacy protections are in place.

New charges on Thames Crossing will pave way for introduction of ORT

UK Roads Minister, Mike Penning, has announced changes to the charges at the Dartford-Thurrock Crossing on the M25 London Orbital Motorway, which hopes will help tackle congestion and deliver a package of extensive improvements that will include the introduction of a free-flow or open-road tolling (ORT) system by Autumn 2014.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Cities Get ‘Smart’

Major municipalities across the globe are increasingly adding intelligent-transportation systems to the infrastructure of cities. Pretty soon, high-tech cities will include traffic-management systems, smart charging for plug-in electric vehicles, and more. But what will all this mean for construction?...
For contractors, the area of highest investment will be smart transportation or traffic-management systems, which includes adaptive signaling. Pike says by the end of 2017, these systems will be ubiquitous within virtually every major city.

2013 TRB 92nd Annual Meeting and Transportation Research Record: Paper Submission Website Now Open

TRB is accepting papers for consideration as part of the program for the TRB 92nd Annual Meeting, January 13-17, 2013, in Washington, D.C, and for publication in the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRR).

The Connected Helmet

So for the past few months I have been working on a project we call Safe Social Cycling which takes connectedness beyond just the car. What we have been looking into is how bicycle helmets can be made more attractive by adding functionality beyond just plain old protection. We looked at it from a persuasive technology perspective and came up with a prototype based on the new Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy protocol which is just starting to establish itself in more and more devices. Coupled with accelerometers and a heart rate sensor a lot of neat features can be implemented. Take a look at the video below to see some examples of what a connected helmet might be used for!

'Transport Hackathon' gathers experts to solve Cairo congestion

The driving force behind the initiative, according to its literature, is to bring unlikely but strategic partners together from different disciplines to develop collaborative solutions for dealing with Cairo’s traffic problems, and to meet future transportation needs. The World Bank and the Google Developer Group in Cairo sponsored the event, in conjunction with the Green Arm environmental group and the Association for Sustainable Development...

Many of the conference participants stressed the need for better efficiency and increased use of technology in dealing with transportation challenges. Many of the speakers focused on the relationship between intelligent transportation systems, and information and communications technology.


Monday, June 4, 2012

Verizon leaps into connected car biz with Hughes buy

The New York telecommunications company said today that the all-cash deal would expand its ability to serve the fleet and automotive telematic industries. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter, and Verizon said it plans to retain the existing management team and its headquarters in Atlanta. The connected devices -- or machine-to-machine -- business is increasingly seen as the next growth area for the wireless industry.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Report: No cutbacks for intelligent transportation systems

Governments may be looking to reduce their debts, but it appears that funding for Intelligent Transportation Systems will not be sacrificed. According to a report by Pike Research, global investment in four key areas – traffic management systems, public transportation systems, vehicle-to-vehicle systems (pictured) and smart charging for plug-in electric vehicles – is expected to reach $13.1billion between 2011 and 2017. Indeed annual spending is expected to surge from $770million in 2011 to $3billion in 2017.


Smartphones, car navigation systems may aid evacuations when next Big One strikes: Tokyo officials

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is mulling the use of smartphones and car navigation systems to guide drivers during mass evacuations when the next Big One rocks the capital, sources said Saturday. According to the sources, the metro government plans to unveil the system at a global intelligent transportation systems conference to be held in Tokyo in October 2013.

Senate Proposal Could Gut Research into GPS-Aided Crash Avoidance

The House, under bill H.R. 7, chose to maintain the current funding level for ITS research at $110 million per year through fiscal year 2016. The Senate bill, S. 1813, only authorizes spending for two years and cuts the funding to $100 million annually. That $100 million would also be split, with at least half going to a program to help fund state and local efforts to deploy ITS technology, including such things as variable message signs.

The Coming World Of Self Driving Cars -- Why 2080 May Look A Lot Like 1880

Forbes - If you go back to before the car the vehicles were two or four wheels and they used an engine that was powered naturally (from things you grew to feed the horses or just grew that they ate). Horses were smart, they knew to stay on the road and you could read or chat with someone behind you while looking at that person, and if you were the Lone Ranger you could even sit on them backwards while shooting.

Shenzhen to make huge investment for intelligent transportation

According to Shenzhen Urban Traffic White Book that was issued on May 24th, during the “12th Five-year Plan” period, Shenzhen will input total 1.6 billion Yuan to develop the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS), including 200 million scientific research allowance and 1.4 billion Yuan construction capital. Shenzhen will complete eight major tasks, including the new generation ITS “1+6” engineering construction in five years. By the end of the “12th Five-year Plan” period, Shenzhen’s entire construction and service level of the intelligent transportation system will not only meet the requirement of the industrial development, the ITS application level will also rank top in China.

Sustainability Via Big-Data Sharing

For example, when the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) released its data to the public, developers stepped in to create OpenMBTA, a free, open-source platform for delivering public transit schedules and real-time arrival and departure data via mobile devices and the Web. I don’t believe figures are available, but I’m certain the system has improved ridership, customer satisfaction, and the overall efficiency of transportation throughout the Bay region.