Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Rolling out technology to keep trucks moving

Federal and state trucking safety officials are previewing technology in Indiana on Friday that's expected to drastically reduce the time truckers spend at weigh stations where they and their trucks are checked for safety.
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ITS America extends the deadline for participation for 23rd Annual Meeting & Exposition in Nashville, Tenn.


ITS America has extended the deadline for papers and presentations for consideration for its 23rd Annual Meeting & Exposition. The new deadline for submission is Nov. 9, 2012.
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Pittsburgh Forum: Capturing and Communicating the Economic Impact of Infrastructure

Sponsored by the Institute of Politics Infrastructure Policy Committee
November 30th, 2012 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wyndham Grand, Pittsburgh Downtown

This forum is designed to explore the use of economic impact analysis on a wide
range of transportation sectors. The discussion will focus on topics ranging from federal
policy to local initiatives and from economic impact to sustainable development.
The event will include a dialogue with Marcia Hale, President of Building America’s
Future, on Shaping Public Opinion about Infrastructure.
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Young Members Council at TRB

From Young Professionals in Transportation
The Young Members Council (YMC) at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) is pleased to announce the new TRB Outstanding Young Member Award. This award was created to recognize exceptional young member service to TRB and achievements in transportation research, policy, or practice.
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Monday, October 29, 2012

China to create car-free satellite city

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture announced that it has completed a master plan for Chengdu Tianfu District Great City, a self-sustaining, environmentally sensitive 1.3-square-kilometer satellite city. Construction is scheduled to begin this fall on an approximately 3-square-kilometer site outside Chengdu, China. One of the first projects of its kind to be proposed or completed in China, Great City—developed by Beijing Vantone Real Estate Co., Ltd.—is envisioned as a prototype or model city to be replicated in other locations throughout the country. The development is intended to respond to the problem of overburdened infrastructure in many of China’s major urban centers without contributing to the high energy consumption and carbon emissions associated with suburban sprawl.
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A Glow-In-The-Dark 'Smart Highway' Is Coming To The Netherlands

The "Smart Highway" uses paint treated with a luminous powder, which "charges" during the day and glows for up to ten hours at night.
The design also includes "dynamic paint," made to become visible at certain temperatures. When ice crystals form on the pavement, the newly activated paint appears, providing a reminder to drive carefully.
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Data-Gathering via Apps Presents a Gray Legal Area

While regular players are familiar with the particular destructive qualities of certain of these birds, many are unaware of one facet: The game possesses a ravenous ability to collect personal information on its users.
When Jason Hong, an associate professor at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, surveyed 40 users, all but two were unaware that the game was storing their locations so that they could later be the targets of ads. 

AES can cut down on road deaths, says expert

An expert in intelligent transport systems, who studied the effectiveness of the Automated Enforcement System (AES), says speed cameras can reduce the road fatality rate at killer stretches by at least 35%.
Universiti Teknologi Mara Surveying Science and Geomatics Department lecturer Dr Khoiri Mohd Dimyati, who has almost 30 years’ experience in public transportation and enforcement systems, said speed cameras in other countries were already successful in reducing road fatalities by enhancing the perception of motorists that they would be booked for speeding.
He said studies in countries using AES showed that the system succeeded in reducing accidents and related deaths by as much as 70%.
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U.S. looks to replace human surveillance with computers

Their Army-funded research, Oltramari and Lebiere claim, can go further than merely recognizing whether any illicit activities are currently taking place. It will, they say, be capable of "eventually predicting" what's going to happen next.
This approach relies heavily on advances by machine vision researchers, who have made remarkable strides in last few decades in recognizing stationary and moving objects and their properties. It's the same vein of work that led to Google's self-driving cars, face recognition software used on Facebook and Picasa, and consumer electronics like Microsoft's Kinect.
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Friday, October 26, 2012

How The New Mobility Grid Can Spark Transportation Solutions

At its most basic level, the New Mobility Grid is simply a network of connection points in a community where transportation modes and services physically connect. In more technologically advanced communities or regions, this is all brought together by a telecommunications framework or “cloud” that offers real-time information on arrival and departure times and availability (either through kiosks at connection points or hubs or through mobile phones or PDAs). The telecommunications framework also allows you to quickly and easily pay for these affordable modes and services with a single click or a wave past the reader through a mobile phone or a card or a kiosk.
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Public transport ITS market in Europe expected to reach € 1.5 billion by 2016 Read more: Public transport ITS market in Europe expected to reach € 1.5 billion by 2016 - FierceWireless:Europe http://www.fiercewireless.com/europe/press-releases/public-transport-its-market-europe-expected-reach-15-billion-2016#ixzz2APniS6Kw Subscribe: http://www.fiercewireless.com/europe/europe/signup?sourceform=Viral-Tynt-FierceWirelessEurope-FierceWirelessEurope

According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, the market value for Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) deployed in public transport operations in Europe was € 0.76 billion in 2011. Growing at a compound annual growth rate of 15 percent, this number is expected to reach € 1.5 billion by 2016.

In Contest for Rescue Robots, Darpa Offers $2 Million Prize

Teams from these organizations will be supplied with an advanced robot from Boston Dynamics and will be required to program it in the contest: Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Laboratories, RE2, University of Kansas, Carnegie Mellon University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, TRAC Labs, University of Washington, the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Ben-Gurion University, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and TORC Robotics.
The robots will be required to do things like drive vehicles, climb over debris, operate power tools and control machines and valves.
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Platypus airboats have a Nexus S for a brain, we go eyes-on (video)

Here's another extremely cool offshoot of the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute. Platypus LLC build autonomous robotic airboats that can be deployed for a wide range of usages including environmental data and monitoring hard-to-reach spots after natural disasters like flooding. The hull of the boat looks a good deal like a boogie board, built from polyurethane. On top, you'll find a propulsion fan assembly, just behind a hard plastic electronics compartment that houses internals like the Arduino board. That microcontroller communicates via Bluetooth with a smartphone that sits in the front of of the boat, safely cocooned inside an Otterbox case.
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New Joint Report Outlines EU and U.S. Cooperation on Connected Vehicle Standards

The United States and the European Union (EU) are working together to foster international connected vehicle research and international harmonization of the technology and standards necessary for broad deployment of connected vehicle systems.
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3rd International Conference on Driver Distraction and Inattention welcomes abstracts


September 4-6,2013 Lindholmen Science Park, Gothenburg, Sweden
3rd International Conference on Driver Distraction and Inattention welcomes abstracts (300 words or less) for papers and presentations from interested persons from all stakeholder groups, from all modes of transport (land, air and sea) and from any relevant discipline, including but not limited to psychology, neuropsychology, neuroscience, human factors, ergonomics, medicine, epidemiology, design, engineering, the law, sociology, management and administration.
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Ray turns Android phone into device for the blind

The multifunction Ray combines off-the-shelf Android smartphone hardware powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor with a custom user interface designed for eye-free operation. The UI, developed in Israel, employs a touch screen, haptics, sensors, text-to-speech, and audio feedback to support phone calls, sending and receiving e-mails and text messages, social networking, remote device management, and more.
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Intel readies for programmable smart cars

Intel researchers envision a future of driverless smart cars that can be updated at any time with the latest technology and apps.  Intel hopes to play a major role in the new age, creating small, energy-efficient multi-core chips that can make cars more intelligent.  "In the next generation, we are talking about quad-core," said Michael Konow, an Intel engineering manager based in Germany.
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GPS-Free Tech Can Track Miners' and Soldiers' Boots Underground

A mining crew is trapped deep underground after a cave-in. Firefighters run into a smoke-spewing high-rise to battle a violent blaze. A team of soldiers breaches a door and storms into a dark building.
In any of these life-threatening scenarios, the direst question on the lips of rescuers or supervisors is, “Where are they right now?”  Dr. Alonzo Kelly, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center, has a solution to answer that query. He and his team have figured a way to accurately locate people in places like buildings and mines where there is no GPS signal to help out.
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SHRP2 Solutions Fact Sheets: Brief Descriptions of the First Tools from SHRP 2

To begin the process of implementing SHRP 2 products into practice, the Federal Highway Administration and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials-with support from the Transportation Research Board-developed a three-year concept plan for implementation of priority SHRP 2 products for the Renewal, Reliability, and Capacity Focus areas
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Water drops can diagnose bridge health

Researchers at Brigham Young University in Utah report the method, called impact-echo testing, can diagnose the health of a bridge's road deck based on the acoustic footprint produced by falling water...
 "We would love to be able to drive over a bridge at 25 or 30 mph, spray it with water while we're driving and be able to detect all the structural flaws on the bridge," Mazzeo said. "We think there is a huge opportunity, but we need to keep improving on the physics."
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Advanced Solutions to Capture Mobility Data-BAA

The U.S. Department of Transportation, John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center), Cambridge, MA, intends to issue a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the development of advanced, testable solutions for the capture of mobility data.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Field Evaluation of Smart Sensor Vehicle Detectors at Intersections—Volume 1: Normal Weather Conditions

The University of Illinois Center for Transportation has released a report that discusses field testing of two types of microwave radar vehicle detectors products, as used at signalized intersections. 
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TRB Outstanding Young Member Award

TRB’s Young Members Council is accepting nominations for a new Outstanding Young Member Award. This award recognizes exceptional young member service to TRB and achievements in transportation research, policy, or practice. Nomination packages are due by November 16, 2012.
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The Japanese carmaker is participating in the 19th World ITS Congress by demonstrating how its vehicles can communicate with each other and road side infrastructure using V2X communication. It is believed this could boost safety, such as with the use of a new electronic rear-view system for motorcycles; the environment, with an in-vehicle traffic congestion prediction system; and comfort, with real-time traffic updates and infotainment.
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Nissan test-runs latest accident-free car

A car that avoids knocking over pedestrians has been test-run in Oppama, Japan. Nissan have fitted the car with the latest advanced technology, including a device that steers itself to evade hitting pedestrians...
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An Addictive Traffic Game Challenges You To Keep Up The Flow

You’ve just been hired by the Traffic Management Laboratory, and your first assignment is to see that the city doesn’t come to a complete standstill. No pressure. With a view of the grid, you have to keep the cars moving, or watch the place descend into chaos and road rage.  Welcome to Gridlock Buster--an online game developed by the Intelligent Transportation Systems Institute at the University of Minnesota. Click on an intersection to change the traffic light, and let the cars go. The more you can get through without people becoming antsy, the more points you accumulate.
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Thursday, October 18, 2012

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has released Transforming Transportation through Connectivity: ITS Strategic Research Plan, 2010-2014 (Progress Update, 2012)

This report is an update to the 2010 ITS Strategic Research Plan, which established a research agenda to prepare the next generation of intelligent transportation system (ITS) technologies for widespread deployment throughout the nation.  Research and development efforts have advanced notably over the last two and a half years in areas such as connected vehicle research; short-term intermodal research; ITS exploratory research; and ITS cross-cutting support.
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TRB Competition: The Six Minute Pitch

Are you a transportation innovator with the next great transportation business idea? The Transportation Research Board (TRB) Young Member Council (YMC) is seeking young professional entrepreneurs to participate in an exciting TRB 2013 Annual Meeting (January 13-17) session, the Transportation Innovation and Entrepreneur’s Challenge.
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UA Engineers Help Demonstrate Emergency Responder Traffic System in Anthem

The small but newer community of Anthem, just north of Phoenix, has the potential to become the nation's leader in traffic safety technology.
The Phoenix suburb is the test site for a new federally funded and state-supported traffic management system that, if successful, would not only protect emergency vehicles from colliding with traffic during rapid response, but would enable them to "talk" to each other and prioritize each other's routes to an emergency incident.
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Radio tags in cars to streamline toll

India-  With rampant reports of corruption at toll plazas, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) in a recent meeting decided to use RFID technology, for toll collection on the entire National Highways network of 70,934 km and State Highways of 1,31,899 km.The RFID tags will be embedded on the windshields of every car manufactured.
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RIM invites its developers to test drive the connected car

BlackBerry developers may be losing enthusiasm for RIM’s newest operating system, BlackBerry 10, which has yet to make its way into a commercial smartphone, but on Tuesday RIM presented its developers with a new option: write code for the connected car...
The big difference: in the case of the connected car, those buyers aren’t car owners. They’re the automakers. Because of safety issues of a device platform moving at 60 mph, all connected car platform makers are putting up a lot more barriers between developer and consumer.
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Innovator: September/October 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.
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Volpe News: October 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.
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TransportationCamp DC 2013

TRB is cosponsoring the TransportationCamp DC 2013 on January 12, 2013, in Washington, D.C. The “unconference” is designed to bring together transportation professionals, technologists, and others interested in the intersection of urban transportation and technology.
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Researchers awarded funds to work on big data

Two big data research projects here at Carnegie Mellon received a combined total of over $1.7 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) last week.
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Stanford's App To Solve Traffic Congestion

Researchers at Stanford University are developing smart-phone applications that give commuters incentives to leave their cars at home, or at least to avoid driving them during rush hour, a Stanford professor said last week in Chicago...
The incentive platform works something like a frequent-flyer program, awarding commuters dollar-equivalent value for such behaviors as walking, biking, taking public transit, driving during off-peak hours or parking at underutilized lots.
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TechMan: Thank the Cold War for E-ZPass technology

Ever wonder how the E-ZPass you use on the turnpike is connected to the instrument that made that eerie music in 1950s science-fiction B films and Russian spying?
It's a fascinating story.
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IBM gives Pittsburgh multiple suggestions to improve transportation flow in city

Among the short-term recommendations, the analysts said Pittsburgh should accelerate plans to centralize its management of traffic signals. IBM software architect Viswanath Srikanth said Pittsburgh is “moving in that direction,” citing an East Liberty pilot project led by Carnegie Mellon University that reduced congestion. The project, which is being expanded, used sensors to control multiple traffic signals based on traffic conditions.
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Busting Bus Bunching With Traffic Signals

Transportation officials equipped with increasingly sophisticated technology are considering ways they can use traffic signal-prioritization not just to speed the progress of buses, but to solve bus bunching.  Many cities are plagued by bus bunching at peak hours: one bus stops frequently to pick up and drop off passengers, slowing its progress. The bus behind it, finding stops cleared, goes increasingly fast, until the two meet.
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Experts say Pittsburgh transit system has potential

Pittsburgh has the ingredients for a "smart" transportation system but a ways to go to get there, a panel of visiting experts said Friday...
The panel, whose services were donated to the city as part of IBM's Smarter Cities Challenge, also recommended expansion of innovations that are currently in place but limited in scope.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Real World Design Challenge 2012/2013 Registration Now Open

The Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) is an annual competition that provides high school students, grades 9-12, the opportunity to work on real world engineering challenges in a team environment. Each year, student teams will be asked to address a challenge that confronts our nation's leading industries. Students will utilize professional engineering software to develop their solutions and will also generate presentations that convincingly demonstrate the value of their solutions. The RWDC provides students with opportunities to apply the lessons of the classroom to the technical problems that are being faced in the workplace.
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Friday, October 12, 2012

Agricultural Robots Face The Next Frontier: Harvest

A key challenge for companies developing robotic systems for harvesting fruits and vegetables is making them cost-effective, says Anthony Stentz, director of the National Robotics Engineering Center at Carnegie Mellon University.
"As a research community, we're still in the proof-of-concept stage," Mr. Stentz says. He estimates it could be about 10 years before any robotic harvesting techniques are widely adopted for fruits or vegetables.
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INFORMS presents 12 new fellows awards, inducts analytics leaders

7. Ramayya Krishnan, Carnegie Mellon University, for leadership and innovation in academia and in practice, as well as leadership in INFORMS, linking operations research and management sciences with information systems in research, education, and management.
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Survey: Smartphones on track to be ubiquitous transportation tool

A recent survey conducted by driver performance management firm GreenRoad found that 76% of fleet managers across a variety of transportation operations report that they use a smartphone as part of their job, with 67% noting that most or all of their drivers use smart phones as work tools as well.
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MIT's Newest Research Center to Focus on Mobile Technologies

The work done at the center is designed to make an impact on technology users: Wireless@MIT trumpets a "strong industrial partnership" with Microsoft, Cisco, Intel, Telefonica, Amazon, STMicroelectronics and MediaTek -- and says it aims to influence standards and products.
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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Call for Papers THE INTELLIGENT VEHICLES SYMPOSIUM (IV'13) is the premier annual forum sponsored by the IEEE INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS SOCIETY (ITSS)

Researchers, academics, practitioners, and students from universities, industry, and government agencies are invited to discuss research and applications for Intelligent Vehicles and Cooperative Vehicle Systems.
Gold Coast Australia, June 2013
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Car Could Check Your Heart Rate While You Drive

Nigel knows where you've been and whether you opened the windows when you got there. He probably knows whether you visited a fast food restaurant and might recommend you go for a jog. Nigel, as it turns out, is your car.
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Changes to start soon for SEPTA ‘smart card’ system

SEPTA riders soon will see the first faint stirrings of the future, as workers begin measuring, marking, and testing at subway stations around the city.
Crews are preparing the way for SEPTA's long-delayed "smart card" fare system, which is to go live late next year on subways, buses, and trolleys. For Regional Rail, the system won't be ready until 2014.
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Investors like SideCar rideshare service

State regulators may not be too fond of SideCar, one of  a handful of  tech-savvy taxi alternatives in San Francisco that have been issued cease and desist orders. But investors seem to think they’re worth quite a bit.
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Estimation of Vehicle's Lateral Position via the Lucas-Kanade Optical Flow Method

The University of Minnesota’s Center for Transportation Studies has released a report that highlights development of effective lane departure warning (LDW) rumble strips.
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UTC Spotlight: October 2012

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration has released its monthly update that highlights recent accomplishments and products from university transportation centers. This month’s edition features the San Jose State University.
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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.
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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.
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Map of SHRP 2 Activities: September 2012

TRB’s second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) has released an update map that highlights the 30 states that are participating in some 75 SHRP 2 activities. The varied activities include the naturalistic driving study, pilot tests, field tests, and demonstration projects.
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Carnegie Mellon spinoff firm unveils lunar rover

Astrobotic Technology Inc., in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, has unveiled the full-sized prototype of Polaris, a solar-powered robot designed to prospect for ice at the moon's poles while pursuing the $20 million Google Lunar X Prize.
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Monday, October 8, 2012

Building the crash-proof car

If you want to find the smartest drivers in the world, you need to head for the home of the US car industry. Just outside Detroit, lies the town of Ann Arbor, Michigan. The drivers there are not any more intelligent than other parts of the world, despite it being a famed college town. However, their cars are.
That’s because the roads of Ann Arbor are now home to a fleet of several thousand cars that constantly “talk” to one another. The scheme, known as the Safety Pilot Model Deployment project, offers a potential blueprint for the future of road transport.
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ANN ARBOR: Local resident given Mercedes Benz 'smart car' to drive in UMTRI study

The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute's Safety Pilot Model Deployment allocated Armbruster a Mercedes-Benz "smart car," which is equipped, in part, with technology to communicate with other vehicles using wireless technology. In addition to having the cars "talk" to each other while she drives, sometimes Armbruster feels like she is being watched.
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Smart use of technology can transform core systems of cities

Research forecasts point out that every minute, 30 people move from a rural area of India to a city – and that will continue through the year 2025. By 2050, 70 percent of the people will live in cities. There will be at least 27 megacities of 10 million people, compared to 19 today.  No doubt, we see a shift in the spending patterns in the by the central and state governments coupled with the adoption of new technologies Significantly, over the next 5 years government spend on technology is expected to be around USD 500 billion – 63 percent of which will be outside Tier-1 cities.
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M Ramachandran: Towards smart cities

Examples from all over the world show how ICT (information, and communication technology) is being actively employed to change the way traffic complexities are managed, and how cities deliver services and are made safe and secure. Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, constantly mired in traffic jams, decided to turn to technology for a solution; as a result, commuters now receive traffic alerts and re-routed directions via social media before congestion becomes problematic. Singaporeans receive traffic predictions with an accuracy of 90 per cent.
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Northjersey.com : News 'Smart' traffic signals offer remedy for traffic congestion

The project — called Meadowlands Adaptive Signal System for Traffic Reduction — an innovative network that includes cameras, computerized radios and sensors that will adjust the timing of traffic signals — began construction last year in Secaucus.
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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Warning, Automatic Braking Systems On Autos Will Help Save Lives, Researchers Predict

The research showed that 7.7 percent of crashes would be prevented by use of all three systems -- warning, assisted braking, and autonomous braking. "We looked at one generic system with a 1.7 second warning. If the warning were sooner, it would prevent more crashes, but there would also be false alarms, which results in drivers turning the systems off or ignoring warnings," Gabler said.
But the research sponsor, Toyota's Collaborative Safety Research Center, is interested in more than how many crashes would be prevented. "They pointed out, 'There are people in those cars.' And they asked, 'Can injuries and fatalities be prevented?'," said Gabler.
The research showed that use of all three systems may have the potential to reduce injuries by 50 percent. "That surprised me," said Kusano. "That is on a level with seat belts."
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The research showed that 7.7 percent of crashes would be prevented by use of all three systems – warning, assisted braking, and autonomous braking. "We looked at one generic system with a 1.7 second warning. If the warning were sooner, it would prevent more crashes, but there would also be false alarms, which results in drivers turning the systems off or ignoring warnings," Gabler said. But the research sponsor, Toyota's Collaborative Safety Research Center, is interested in more than how many crashes would be prevented. "They pointed out, 'There are people in those cars.' And they asked, 'Can injuries and fatalities be prevented?'," said Gabler. The research showed that use of all three systems may have the potential to reduce injuries by 50 percent. "That surprised me," said Kusano. "That is on a level with seat belts."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-10-automatic-autos.html#jCp
The research showed that 7.7 percent of crashes would be prevented by use of all three systems – warning, assisted braking, and autonomous braking. "We looked at one generic system with a 1.7 second warning. If the warning were sooner, it would prevent more crashes, but there would also be false alarms, which results in drivers turning the systems off or ignoring warnings," Gabler said. But the research sponsor, Toyota's Collaborative Safety Research Center, is interested in more than how many crashes would be prevented. "They pointed out, 'There are people in those cars.' And they asked, 'Can injuries and fatalities be prevented?'," said Gabler. The research showed that use of all three systems may have the potential to reduce injuries by 50 percent. "That surprised me," said Kusano. "That is on a level with seat belts."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-10-automatic-autos.html#jCp

Carnegie Mellon Welcomes Robotics Industry Leaders to Pittsburgh for RoboBusiness 2012

Carnegie Mellon University and Robotics Trends Media Group announced today that Carnegie Mellon will be the research institution host for the RoboBusiness 2012 Leadership Summit. The international executive-level business development event for robotics technology innovators, influencers, developers and investors, will take place Oct. 22-24 at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center (www.robobusiness.com).
Carnegie Mellon and the greater Pittsburgh area have arranged an array of local activities to complement the RoboBusiness Leadership Summit, including the induction ceremony for the Robot Hall of Fame, a public event slated for 6:30 p.m., Oct. 23 at the Carnegie Science Center. The Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute also will host conference attendees at a campus open house.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

ParkMobile: use this mobile app to pay for parking in 11 lots around the city

Philly’s Parkway Corporation recently started using ParkMobile, a mobile payment app that alerts you when your meter has almost run out, Newsworks reports.
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Follow up from USDOT Connected Vehicle public meeting in Chicago

PowerPoint presentations from last week's Connected Vehicle public meeting in Chicago are now available for viewing on the Internet.  The meeting, which was organized by the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO), focused on vehicle-to-vehicle safety, the current Safety Pilot Model Deployment, development of a robust vehicle-to-infrastructure environment, connected vehicle deployment strategies, and preparation for NHTSA's 2013 decision.
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Call for Demos - 2012 IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference



November 14-16, 2012
 Seoul, Republic of Korea
 CALL FOR DEMOS
Submission deadline:        October 15, 2012

How Driverless Cars Will Change Your Commute

Promising research from AT&T Research Labs and Carnegie Mellon University incorporates haptic feedback into the steering wheel itself, alerting drivers to potential road hazards and helping them chart their courses by sending vibrations through the steering column. According to AT&T researching Kevin Li, the vibrations help drivers instinctively sense which way to turn to avoid a collision by prompting a response in the brain known as a "human perception trick."
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Govt planning two 'smart' cities in each state

Government is planning to develop two "smart" cities with a host of modern features like intelligent transport and carbon neutral status in each of the states in the second phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal mission..
 Nath also said that medium sized cities like Ujjain or Jabalpur would be considered for the proposal to create smart cities. "We cannot take on very large cities for smart cities at this stage, we must recognise that. We have to take our medium sized ones, so we want to look at cities with half a million population to one million population instead of trying to take on cities with ten million population," he said. 
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Developing an Active Traffic Management System for I-70 in Colorado

The Colorado Department of Transportation has released a report that explores the development of an active traffic management system that incorporates real-time weather conditions and roadway geometric characteristics.
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FHWA Focus Magazine: September 2012

The Federal Highway Administration has released the latest version of its Focus magazine, which highlights efforts designed to accelerate infrastructure innovations in order to build better, safer roads.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Survey shows Pittsburgh region’s universities exceed $1B in research



The region’s universities spent more than $1.1 billion on government- and industry-sponsored research last year, according to a survey released Monday.
The Association of University Technology Managers’ 2011 survey includes research spending at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, Duquesne and West Virginia universities. The amount nearly doubles with the addition of almost $805 million in Penn State University research.

Ride-Sharing Services Grow Popular in Europe

PARIS -- On a recent Friday evening, Vincent Accart maneuvered his 20-year-old Mercedes station wagon through the rush-hour traffic to a rendezvous at a busy fuel station on the edge of Paris. There he met three strangers who hopped into his car for a three-and-a-half-hour drive to Rennes, in Brittany. It had all been arranged beforehand, via the Web.
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