Sunday, September 30, 2012

Water-Related Trade Group Formed to Enact CMU Recommendations

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has released a report that makes suggestions on how southwestern Pennsylvania could resolve issues regarding the region's water supplies, like stormwater management and river navigation...
She said one of the navigation improvement projects proposed by the CMU is already getting underway.
"[We're] putting sensing on our bridges and our locks and dams, and monitoring in real-time the data that comes back from those infrastructure resources," said Van Briesen.
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Friday, September 28, 2012

Futuristic Cycles Become Today's Reality

Bikes used to be seen as the preferred means of transport for the tech-resistant, but a new wave of e-bikes could prove popular with gadget geeks too. They provide chargers for smartphones, intelligent automatic transmissions, advanced theft protection and enough power to make biking up steep mountain climbs more manageable.
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Thursday, September 27, 2012

CMU develops high-technology traffic signal timing system

Carnegie Mellon University has developed a first-of-its-kind traffic signal control technology that automatically adjusts and coordinates signal timing to accommodate varying traffic volumes and has shown strong promise for reducing commuting times and vehicle emissions during a pilot trial at nine intersections in East Liberty...
Developed through CMU's Traffic21 Initiative, the adaptive signal system is much more complex than existing synchronized signal systems that are pre-programed to regularly flash green lights along a main artery, like Fifth Avenue in Oakland.
The CMU system uses cameras or in-road sensor "loops" to sense traffic volume at each intersection, said Stephen Smith, director of the Intelligent Coordination and Logistics Laboratory in CMU's Robotics Institute. Using concepts from the fields of artificial intelligence and traffic theory, the system fine-tunes green light lengths in real time to best accommodate vehicle flow, and relays those changes in real time to system sensors at neighboring intersections in the urban street grid.
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Google Autonomous Cars Get Green Light In California


California becomes the third state to permit vehicles that drive themselves to operate on public roads...

However, California follows Nevada and Florida in legalizing driverless cars: Nevada passed a law in June 2011 allowing autonomous vehicles to operate within the state. The law became effective in March, and in May, a Google self-driving car was the first to receive a license to operate under the law. Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed autonomous vehicle legislation in April. Similar legislation is under consideration in Hawaii and Oklahoma.
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IBM hopes to steer Pittsburgh toward more intelligent transportation system

Technology giant IBM thinks Pittsburgh can become smarter about transportation.
As part of a three-year, $50 million program to tackle urban problems worldwide, IBM sent eight analysts to Pittsburgh to pinpoint the city’s transportation problems and devise technology-based solutions.
Analysts from the United States, India, Mexico and Norway will provide an estimated $400,000 worth of free technical help to the city through IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge program...
 Diane Melley, an IBM vice president overseeing the effort, said the analysts would interview more than 40 groups and outline recommendations during an Oct. 12 presentation at Carnegie Mellon University. They intend to contribute to the city’s development of a comprehensive plan addressing transportation needs for the next 25 years, Melley said.


CDOT launches smart phone app for I-70

Stakeholders along the I-70 corridor are hoping to ease ski traffic with a combination of measures, including better communication with travelers, and a new smart phone app could be one piece of that puzzle.
The Colorado Department of Transportation says the new CDOT Mobile app  will make critical information such as highway conditions and traffic information more accessible, dynamic and interactive.
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Toyota builds assistive robot to help the disabled around the home

Toyota has built the Human Support Robot, a 70 pound 'droid designed to help the elderly and less-able around the home. The tablet-and-voice-controlled unit can open your curtains, fetch items and even pick up after you, thanks to its single telescopic arm that stretches up to 2.5 feet.
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Join a road train, take your hands off the wheel


The road to driverless cars of the future may be a highway lined with trains of cars that autonomously follow human-driven trucks, according to Volvo.The car company and its European partners just completed the Safe Road Trains for the Environment (SARTRE) project, successfully showing the potential for so-called platooned traffic.  VIEW VIDEO
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Point-to-Point Speed Enforcement

Austroads has released a report that reviews the international use of point-to-point speed enforcement in order to provide principles for better practice for its use in Australia and New Zealand.
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Automating the Process for Locating No-Passing Zones Using Georeferencing Data

The Southwest Region University Transportation Center at Texas A&M Transportation Institute has released a report that summarizes a method of using global positioning system coordinates to identify the location of no-passing zones in two-lane highways.
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Review of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report that explores the status of obstacles identified in GAO’s 2008 report to integrate Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the national airspace system.  The report also addresses the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s progress in meeting its congressional requirements for UAS and highlights emerging issues related to UAS.
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RFP: Improved Prediction Models for Crash Types and Crash Severities

TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has issued a request for proposals to develop a consistent approach to predictive modeling by crash severity and crash type for potential incorporation into the second edition of the Highway Safety Manual. Proposals are due November 5, 2012.
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RFP: Guidance for the Development and Application of Crash Modification Factors

TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has issued a request for proposals to develop guidelines for calibration of current crash modification factors (CMFs) to assess treatment effectiveness at sites for which the site characteristics may be different.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

CMU develops high-technology traffic signal timing system

Carnegie Mellon University has developed a first-of-its-kind traffic signal control technology that automatically adjusts and coordinates signal timing to accommodate varying traffic volumes and has shown strong promise for reducing commuting times and vehicle emissions during a pilot trial at nine intersections in East Liberty.
At a news conference Monday in East Liberty next to one of those intersections, CMU researchers said the smart traffic signal system, in place since June, has reduced vehicle wait time on Penn Avenue, Penn Circle South and Penn Circle East, by an average of 40 percent. Travel time through the area declined by 26 percent and vehicle emissions are down an average of 21 percent.
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Monday, September 24, 2012

DOT interns stay "On the Go" throughout the summer

Each summer, when schools let out, tens of thousands of students across America turn to internships to supplement what they've learned in their classes. And when some of these young men and women come to DOT, it's a terrific opportunity for them to see how government works and to learn from transportation professionals.
If we want to keep America's transportation system moving forward, we will need young people to pursue jobs in transportation-related fields. So these internships at DOT are also an opportunity for us to get students excited about transportation careers.
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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Now, cameras can identify thieves from their walk

One can also tell if a phone has been stolen by a change in the walking pattern of the person carrying it.
An Android app developed by Marios Savvides and colleagues at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, uses data from the accelerometer and gyroscope that come as standard on modern smartphones to record the movements that a phone makes as its owner walks.
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What Exactly Is A Smart City?

While some people continue to take a narrow view of smart cities by seeing them as places that make better use of information and communication technology (ICT), the cities I work with (and most of the participants in the #smartchat, a monthly Twitterchat about smart cities held on the first Wednesday of each month) all view smart cities as a broad, integrated approach to improving the efficiency of city operations, the quality of life for its citizens, and growing the local economy.
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Thursday, September 20, 2012

City Launches New Campaign To Get Drivers, Pedestrians To LOOK!

The campaign features pavement markers, with eyes drawn inside the “O’s” in the word “LOOK!,” painted in crosswalks at 110 intersections across the city. Ads catered to drivers and pedestrians will also be plastered on city buses, bus shelters, phone kiosks and other outdoor placements reminding people to “drive smart” and “walk safe/cross smart.”
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More Than 237 Million Smart Meters Will Be Deployed in Europe by 2020, Forecasts Pike Research

Europe is embarking on a series of smart meter deployments that will transform the electricity industry across the continent. The adoption of smart metering at this scale across many of the world's most advanced economies will drive a new wave of technical and market innovation in electricity metering that will have an impact across Europe and on global markets. According to a recent report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant's Energy Practice, more than 237 million smart meters will be deployed in Europe by 2020, and almost 90 percent of installed electricity meters in Western Europe will be smart.More>>

New York Governor Cuomo Names New Design Review Team for Tappan Zee Bridge

Earlier this summer New York Governor Cuomo promised that a “blue ribbon selection committee” would review designs for the new $5.2 billion Tappan Zee Bridge. And on Wednesday morning, he named the members...
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Al Biehler
Al Bielher is a Distinguished Service Professor of Transportation Systems and Policy at the H. John Heinz III College at Carnegie Mellon University, Executive Director of the University Transportation Center, and an adjunct professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department in the Engineering College at Carnegie Mellon. He previously served for eight years as Secretary of the Pennsylvania DOT, leading an organization that operated the nation’s fifth largest state highway system and administered one of the country’s largest grant programs for mass transit, rail freight, and aviation.
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Pittsburgh to host international biking & walking conference in 2014


Project for Public Spaces (PPS) announced last Friday at the closing of Pro Walk Pro Bike 2012 in Long Beach, CA that the next location for their conference will be held in Pittsburgh. Pro Walk Pro Bike is one of the leading bike/ped conferences in the world, attracting nearly 1000 planners, engineers, advocates, elected officials, public health officials, and urban designers to participate in the week long symposium.

IEEE Says That 75% Of Vehicles Will Be Autonomous By 2040

Earlier this month, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) boldly announced that its members had "selected autonomous vehicles as the most promising form of intelligent transportation, anticipating that they will account for up to 75 percent of cars on the road by the year 2040".
Which raises a very serious question: are these guys nuts, or are they on to something?
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Call for Papers - ITS America's 23rd Annual Meeting & Exposition

April 22-24, 2013 Nashville
ITS America is looking for high quality contributions to the technical program of ITS America’s annual meeting. We select content that furthers the discussion about state-of-the-art transportation technologies or offers a fresh outlook on the policy, financial, economic, or social implication of deploying transportation technologies. The ITS America Annual Meeting Program Committee is proud to announce that we will again augment our traditional 'Call for Papers' approach with presentation-only submissions. This change allows those of you who have much to share with the membership, but may not have the time to devote to preparing a complete paper, the opportunity to share your knowledge with others at the conference.
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Guest bloggers Deputy Secretary John Porcari and White House Chief Technology Officer Todd Park: White House Safety Datapalooza showcases tools that make a difference

In May, DOT partnered with the Obama Administration's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to launch the Safety Data Initiative. The result, safety.data.gov, is an effort to release freely available government data to build products, services, and apps that advance public safety in creative and powerful ways.
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 Ford joins GM in enabling smartphones to work as navs

Ford is offering up a way to put vehicle navigation into your car on the cheap. Instead of getting an expensive onboard nav system factory installed and paying an expensive monthly subscription fee, Ford drivers can access the company’s turn-by-turn navigation available over its Sync AppLink platform. Like its archrival General Motors, Ford has seen the connected car future, and it lies in the smartphone.
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NASA Selects Advanced Robotics Projects for Development

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA has selected eight advanced robotics projects that will enable the agency’s future missions while supporting the Obama administration’s National Robotics Initiative...
 “Long-range Prediction of Non-Geometric Terrain Hazards for Reliable Planetary Rover Traverse,” R. Whittaker, principal investigator, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
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NIH announces national robotics initiative awardees

Six projects have been awarded funding to develop robots that can interact and work cooperatively with people and respond to changing environments in a variety of healthcare applications, the National Institutes of Health, collaborating with three other federal agencies, announced last week. ..
Control of Powered Segmented Legs for Humanoids and Rehabilitation Robotics Current robotics that help rehabilitate gait use a set of patterns created from observations of how people walk. However, this does not allow the flexibility people needed in unstructured environments such as uneven pavement, grass, slopes, and stairs. The goal of this project is to uncover the principles behind the biomechanical design and neuromuscular control of human legs in a variety of gaits and to transfer these principles to the design and control of powered leg prostheses and robotic rehabilitation devices. Hartmut Geyer, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh.
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Intelligent Transportation Systems Program Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting

The Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program Advisory Committee (ITS PAC) will hold a meeting on October 10, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST), and on October 11, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (EST) in Room 1122, Building 520 of the University of Michigan North Campus Research Complex, 1600 Huron Parkway, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109...
The following is a summary of the meeting tentative agenda. October 10: (1) Opening Remarks; (2) ITS Joint Program Office Briefing; (3) ITS Technology Review; (4) Safety Pilot Demonstration; and (5) Discussion of Safety Pilot Program. October 11: (1) ITS Security/Implementation Discussion; (2) Subcommittee Breakout Meetings; (3) Subcommittee Reports; (4) 2012 Interim Advice Memorandum Discussion; and (5) Summary and Wrap-up.
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Aggregating VMT within Predefined Geographic Zones by Cellular Assignment: A Non-GPS-Based Approach to Mileage-Based Road Use Charging

The Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota has released a report that explores the extent to which cellular-based, non-Global Positioning System (GPS) software may successfully aggregate vehicle miles traveled (VMT) without infringing on drivers’ privacy.
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Variable Speed Limit (VSL) Best Management Practice

The Florida Department of Transportation has released a report that summarizes drivers’ perception of the state’s I-4 variable speed limit (VSL) system, evaluates operations along the VSL zone, and investigates strategies to increase driver compliance with VSLs.
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Border-Wide Assessment of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Technology—Current and Future Concepts

The U.S. Federal Highway Administration has released a report that assesses the use of intelligent transportation systems technologies and operational concepts at and near land border crossings between the United States and Mexico.
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Ecodriving: The Science and Art of Smarter Driving

A featured article in the July-August 2012 issue of the TR News explores ecodriving, which incorporates techniques and technologies to reduce fuel consumption and costs, greenhouse gas and other air pollutant emissions, vehicle miles traveled, vehicle and road degradation, and accident-related costs—such as property damage, injuries, fatalities, and insurance.
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Automated Enforcement for Speeding and Red Light Running

TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 729: Automated Enforcement for Speeding and Red Light Running includes guidelines designed to help transportation agencies start-up and operate automated enforcement programs to improve highway safety by reduce speeding and red light running.
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Data Needs for Assessing Rural Transit Needs, Benefits, and Levels of Servic

TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Research Results Digest 376: Data Needs for Assessing Rural Transit Needs, Benefits, and Levels of Service assesses the data elements that are available through the Rural National Transit Database and identifies levels of service options that are potentially more accurate or useful for future evaluation of rural service.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

AERIS Fall/Winter 2012-13 Webinar Series Announcement

The United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) announces a series of webinars for its Applications for the Environment: Real-Time Information Synthesis (AERIS) program. The webinars will review the conclusions of an extensive benefits/cost analysis, three draft concepts of operations devised by the program to describe Transformative Concepts, as well as a summary of the results of an eco-approach field experiment. The webinars are free and open to the public, but interested attendees need to register in advance for each webinar.
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Monday, September 17, 2012

Nearly $50M in research funding awarded by NSF-Led National Robotics Initiative to develop next-generation robotics

The National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with NASA, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), awarded just under $50 million to grantees around the country for the development and use of robots that cooperatively work with people and enhance individual human capabilities, performance and safety...

 The Intelligent Workcell - Enabling Robots and People to Work Together Safely in Manufacturing Environments. $690,000 to Carnegie-Mellon University.

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Car technology of the future

Engineers began to think a way automobiles can communicate with the drivers this is to prevent digital technology from becoming a distraction, for example, Early this year Audi exhibited a system that conveys data about the terrain that could be used in cars. The Cadillac XTS sedan 2013 model sends data to their drivers using tactile feedback from the seat to warn the drivers of dangers. Like movement through blind spots. The Carnegie Mellon University designed a steering wheel that only uses vibration to transmit instructions. As the car reaches turning point, the frequency of 20 tiny buzz increases in clockwise or counterclockwise pattern, thus drivers know which way to turn to.
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Friday, September 14, 2012

SF car sharing revs up but hits bumps

In San Francisco's quest to cut down on private car travel, car sharing is becoming increasingly important - and popular. While San Francisco may be a transit-first city, taking Muni or BART isn't always a viable option. Sometimes hauling groceries, making a trip to Ikea or just getting across the city quickly requires a car, even for people who don't want to own one.
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'$1.2 Trn Investment Required Over 20 Yrs For Smart Cities'

Bangalore: Investment of about $1.2 trillion is required over the next 20 years across areas like transportation, energy and public security to build cities of tomorrow, IBM India Managing Director Shanker Annaswamy said.

Speaking at the IBM Smarter Cities Forum, Annaswamy said quoting a McKinsey & Company report that it is estimated that $1.2 trillion capital investment is needed to meet projected demand in (Indian) cities to transform the cities going forward.
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List of best colleges keeps CMU at No. 23

Several Western Pennsylvania campuses fared prominently in the U.S. News and World Report's 2013 Best Colleges ranking being released today. In the Best National Universities category, Carnegie Mellon University ranked 23rd, up from last year when it shared that spot with the University of Southern California.
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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Webinars for its Applications for the Environment: Real-Time Information Synthesis (AERIS) program

The United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) has announced a series of webinars for its Applications for the Environment: Real-Time Information Synthesis (AERIS) program. The webinars will review the conclusions of an extensive benefits/cost analysis, three draft concepts of operations devised by the program to describe Transformative Concepts, as well as a summary of the results of an eco-approach field experiment. The webinars are free and open to the public, but interested attendees need to register in advance for each webinar. Each webinar will begin at 1:00 pm Eastern Time and will last approximately 90 minutes.
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UTC Spotlight: September 2012

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration has released its monthly report that highlights recent accomplishments and products from university transportation centers. This month’s edition features the University of Florida.
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The New Frontier in Accessible Transportation

FHWA's Public Roads Magazine
From DSRC to robotics, innovations that help travelers with disabilities also can enhance the road experience for seniors, bicyclists, delivery workers, and moms and dads...
Researchers with Carnegie Mellon's Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Accessible Public Transportation have developed an iPhone® application, called Tiramisu (Italian for "pick me up"), that can predict when a bus or train operated by the Port Authority of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, PA, will arrive. Tiramisu also makes it possible for bus and light rail riders to use their smartphones to signal in real time the vehicle's location and occupancy level.
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RFP: Pilot Testing of SHRP 2 Reliability Data and Analytical Products

TRB’s second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) has issued a request for proposals to assist transportation agencies in moving reliability into their business practices through testing of data integration and analytical tools developed by SHRP 2.
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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. The announcement explains the IDEA programs, describes the types of eligible projects and their funding structures, suggests general areas for which IDEA proposals can be submitted, and provides guidelines and forms for submitting proposals. Transit IDEA proposals for the next review cycle are due November 1, 2012. NCHRP Highway IDEA proposals for the next review cycle are due March 1, 2013.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Prebid Webinar for SHRP 2 Project L38: Pilot Testing of SHRP 2 Reliability Analytical Products

On September 11, SHRP 2 will announce an RFP for Project L38: Pilot Testing of SHRP 2 Reliability Analytical Products. This project will involve pilot testing of five analytical products by public agencies and partners. Information about the analytical products is posted on the following SHRP 2 web page: http://www.trb.org/StrategicHighwayResearchProgram2SHRP2/Pages/RFP_L38_Resources_and_Reference_Material_628.aspx. We continue to add information to this page, so please keep checking it.

On September 13, SHRP 2 will hold a prebid webinar to answer questions about the RFP. Members of the Expert Task Group who wrote the RFP and the contractors who developed the products will be available to answer questions.
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PSC study to look at 511 system

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The state Public Service Commission is setting up a task force to study the Division of Highway's proposal to establish a new 511 traffic information system. But transportation officials don't believe the study will delay plans to bring the new system online this fall. "We're still planning on rolling it out this year," Department of Transportation spokeswoman Carrie Bly said last week. The new system is designed to give travelers access to the large volume of real-time data currently collected by the state. That includes information about accidents, construction, weather and other events that affect traffic across the state.
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Muni app seeks to improve fleet, crews

But now city transit officials are placing a lot of hope in new fleet-management technology created in 2011 specifically for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency during a civic-oriented "hackathon." After more than a year in development, abbreviated field testing began last week. Additional tweaks will be made, with the launch of a more ambitious pilot project probably still a few weeks away.
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Smart parking meters in San Francisco charge more than $5/hr

There’s a wonky academic theory that if you raise parking meter prices enough, eventually, there will always be one parking spot free on every block. It’s like park-topia, a place that glistens in the near future of urban planners’ imaginations. Well, San Francisco is trying it, and the prices are getting higher and higher without a “sweet spot” for some hot blocks. In some areas, you can now expect to pay as much as $5.25 an hour.
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The Pocket Radar: Thumbtack-Sized Distance and Motion Sensor Developed

Today's parking assistant systems enable drivers to safely park their cars even in the narrowest of gaps. Such sophisticated parking aids, and also manufacturing robots which, to move about in unknown environments, require millimeter precision control, rely on precise all-around radar distance measurement. Together with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the SUCCESS Consortium now has succeeded in integrating the necessary radar technology into millimeter-sized chip housings.
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Monday, September 10, 2012

Photos: CMU startup adds robotics to water

On a recent, hot Friday afternoon members of the Platypus team were gathered around a pond in Schenley Park below the Carnegie Mellon University testing their technology. Platypus, a robotics company founded by six researchers at the CMU Robotics Institute, has developed a fully autonomous watercraft that they hope to introduce to various uses in environmental monitoring. “It’s a tool to do what you want,” said Balajee Kannan, project scientist at CMU and chief financial officer at Platypus.
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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Hacker Charity Helps Detroit Buses Take Tech Leap: Real Time Arrival Info by Text

To pull this off, Detroit’s Department of Transportation partnered with the Federal Transit Administration, the Detroit Public School system, the White House Strong Cities initiative, and the Knight Foundation. It also managed to wrangle three “fellows” from Code for America, which calls itself “a Peace Corps for geeks.” CfA is a nonprofit organization that sends web designers, computer engineers, and software coders to beleaguered cities around the country. These fellows then work with city agencies on digital improvements for the collective good.
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Transportation agencies honored for new Web tool

The Intelligent Transportation Society of America has honored the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles and the Texas Department of Transportation with a Smart Solution Spotlight award for a new Web tool that allows motor carriers to self-issue the permits and routes they need to move oversize and overweight loads on the state's highway system.
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Look Ma, No Hands!

Distinguished members of IEEE, the world's largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, have selected autonomous vehicles as the most promising form of intelligent transportation, anticipating that they will account for up to 75 percent of cars on the road by the year 2040.
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Volkswagen Trimaran Concept previews 2025 autonomous vehicle

The design focuses on Generation Z buyers who will begin purchasing cars in 2025 in a world where car-pooling is expected to be in full swing and fully autonomous driving is a reality. It’s for that reason the Volkswagen Trimaran Concept features a fully flexible design architecture that allows for different interior layouts such as ‘car sharing’ and ‘isolation’ modes.
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Toyota platform will beam drive data to phones, recreate drives on Gran Turismo

Toyota is developing a new device for its cars that will collect detailed data on driving such as gas pedal use, brake presses, and gear shifts for viewing on a smartphone app or recreating drives virtually on the PlayStation game Gran Turismo. The system is still in early development and is slated for initial release on a single sports car late next year in Japan, though Toyota hopes to release it worldwide after that, according to spokesman Dion Corbett.
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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Volpe News: September 2012

Volpe, The National Transportation Systems Center, has released the latest edition of its newsletter designed to feature events and research produced by the center. Part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Volpe’s mission is to improve the nation's transportation system by anticipating emerging transportation issues and to serve as a center of excellence for informed decision making.
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State Transportation Statistics 2011

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), has released its annual reference guide to transportation data by state.
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A Toolkit for Reporting Rural and Specialized Transit Data--Making Transit Count

TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Research Results Digest 373: A Toolkit for Reporting Rural and Specialized Transit Data—Making Transit Count presents the results of an analysis of automated transit data collection and analysis procedures in state department of transportation transit units.
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2013 Joint Rail Conference: Next Generation Rail--Meeting Challenges of the Future*

TRB is cosponsoring the 2013 Joint Rail Conference: Next Generation Rail--Meeting Challenges of the Future, April 15-18, 2013, in Knoxville, Tennessee. The purpose of this conference is to promote the dissemination of information and discussion of technological advances relevant to railroad operational and engineering issues and other matters.
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2013 TRB 92nd Annual Meeting: Registration Now Open

You are encouraged to register and make your hotel reservation online now for the TRB 92st Annual Meeting, January 13-17, 2013, in Washington, D.C.Registration is required for all Annual Meeting attendees, including those who plan to attend any workshop, visit the Exhibits, receive full access to the Interactive Program, receive the Compendium of Papers flash drive, or utilize the shuttle and Employment Opportunities room onsite.
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Intelligent Transportation Systems Program Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting

The Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program Advisory Committee (ITS PAC) will hold a meeting by teleconference on September 11, 2012, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (EDT).
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Consequences of Intelligent Transport; The Good and the Bad – Driverless Cars (Part 6/6)

In the past 5 articles, we had a serious look at driverless cars (a.k.a. “intelligent transport”) and how they’ll change life in a couple decades. Now let’s muse on other consequences intelligent transport may have—the good and the bad.
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Federal Transit Administration -Transit Research and Industry News Update

Welcome to the Federal Transit Administration's Transit Research and Industry News Update, a report that provides a variety of information about transportation-related research and technology. August 2012
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