Thursday, November 29, 2012

Young Researcher of the Year Award 2013

The Young Researcher of the Year Award award aims to highlight the importance of transport research for sound transport policy formulation and implementation and to foster closer links between transport policy and research.This award is open to young researchers under 35 years of age who have undertaken their research in an institution, university or consultancy firm located in a member country of the International Transport Forum.
The award carries a prize of 5 000 euros.

October 2012 IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Newsletter

IEEE 2012 ITS Awards Announcement and a great list of upcoming conferences and calls for papers.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation, John D. Porcari to Speak in Pittsburgh Monday, Dec. 3rd at 3:00

The Community College of Allegheny County's Robert M. Mill Lecture Series Monday, Dec. 3rd at 3:00 with U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation, John D. Porcari along with Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald and CEO of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Dennis Yablonsky.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

2013 International Highway Technology Summit--IHTS Delivering Innovative Approaches and Best Practices

TRB is cosponsoring the 2013 International Highway Technology Summit--IHTS Delivering Innovative Approaches and Best Practices on April 16-18, 2013 in Beijing, China. The conference will include four tracks that will address highway engineering, bridge and tunnel structures engineering, traffic engineering, and environment and sustainability.   The focus of the conference will be on inspection, maintenance, and management of bridges and tunnels; pavement technology; road environment and safety; and intelligent transportation systems.

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.

Expert calls for high-tech traffic control

"China's ITS applications should shift their focus to provide more solutions for public transportation in the next decade, and the industry should get a new stimulus by responding to the needs of the market," said Wang Xiaojing, chief engineer at the Research Institute of Highway under the Ministry of Transport.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

What Would You Pay to Park Near CMU?

Carnegie Mellon University researchers will be able to go through with a study of the optimum rates for parking meters near the school, after Pittsburgh City Council passed the necessary legislation Monday.
Over the course of a year, two CMU economics professors will tweak meter prices on a month-by-month basis according to demand, with the goal of keeping metered spots 75 to 80 percent full. The ultimate goal is to increase parking revenue in an area that now produces little. The area in question includes the streets surrounding Carnegie Mellon and its neighbor, Phipps Conservatory.

NREC Will Help Develop Autonomous Submarine-Tracking Vessel

Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center is part of a team assembled by prime contractor Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to design, build and test an unmanned autonomous surface vessel that can track a diesel-electric submarine for months and over thousands of kilometers with minimal supervision.

Apple iGo is a Design Study for an Autonomous Transportation System

Baxley’s project is named the iGo and it consists of three autonomous electric vehicles: The iMe is an ultra-compact one-person transportation vehicle; the iWe, a family vehicle for longer journeys and the iUs, a version of the iWe that’s meant for “a date out with the significant other” or, since it’s the only one in which the driver can assume control, be taken out for a ride.

Toyota animates Ha:mo mobility network

Toyota's "Ha:mo" – Harmonious Mobility Network – will provide communities with service offerings designed to alleviate three big problems: traffic jams, CO2 emissions and energy consumption waste. It could also bring positive effects to local residents through new encounters, driving people to be more active and get out more.

Kenneth M. Leonard selected as the next Director of the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO)

Gregory D. Winfree, Deputy Administrator of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, announced the selection of Kenneth M. Leonard as the next Director of the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO).

AUVSI's Unmanned Systems 2013 call for technical papers opens 3 Dec.

AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems 2013 is right around the corner and planning for next year’s event is in full swing. We will begin taking technical presentation proposals on Monday 3 Dec.

Ron Medford, the second in command at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is leaving his post for Google, where he will serve as the director of safety for self-driving cars.

Analysis of GPS-based Real Time Attitude Determination System for ITS Application

The University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies has released a report that describes the development and testing of a GPS-based attitude and heading determination system using single-frequency carrier phase differential GPS.

Casual Carpooling Scan Report

The U.S. Federal Highway Administration has released a report that details a research team’s visits to informal carpool lines (also called slug lines or casual carpool lines) in three cities in order to observe and compare practices among locations.

Artificial Intelligence Applications to Critical Transportation Issues

TRB Transportation Research Circular E-C168: Artificial Intelligence Applications to Critical Transportation Issues describes artificial intelligence (AI) applications in transportation and includes opinions on the future of AI by members of the committee that produced the report.

TCRP Seeking Panel Nominations for FY 2013 Projects

TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) is soliciting nominations for members of panels that will oversee individual TCRP research projects as part of its Fiscal Year 2013 activities. Nominees should have expertise directly relevant to the issues being addressed by the project. The nomination of women and minority candidates is encouraged.

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Future of Transportation: More Safety, Savings and Sustainability

In September, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that paves the way for driverless cars to operate on state roadways. Nevada and Florida have also passed driverless car bills, and Washington, D.C., may soon follow. Though the driverless car sounds like something out of the cartoon sitcom “The Jetsons,” it is just one of many transformations already under way in the realm of personal transportation that are rapidly making travel safer, more cost-effective and greener.

Friday, November 16, 2012

How a Robot Will Steal Your Job

Elsewhere in America, robots are getting cheaper and more sophisticated, and they're landing better, more advanced jobs. They are driving cars, writing newspaper articles, and filling prescriptions, displacing people with years of schooling and training under their belts. It sounds like a classic sci-fi story, but that disconcerting future isn't in the future. It's here today.
Illah Nourbakhsh, a professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, agrees with Pistano. Nourbakhsh, author of the forthcoming book Robot Futures, says that the "chronic underemployment" robots could create has to the potential to be "very, very bad." But he also told me it's not too late to turn around.

city-solutions-header.jpg Amsterdam wins Smart City World Congress Award

The C40 City of Amsterdam was chosen as the winner of the City Award at the second edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress, held November 14 in Barcelona, Spain. Amsterdam’s winning submission was an innovative Open Data Program for transport and mobility, with the motto: We the data, you the apps.”  The program aims to improve the accessibility of the city and is part of the Amsterdam Smart City Approach.

IBM pilots 'smart' TMC system

IBM has announced that it is piloting a ‘first-of-its-kind’ analytics system with the city of Lyon in France, which will be used to help traffic operators in the city’s transportation management center (TMC) evaluate an incident and make more informed assessments about which actions would restore traffic flow. The pilot will give transportation engineers real-time decision support on steps to reduce traffic congestion and enable faster incident response time when an unexpected event occurs.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

ITS Pennsylvania Scholarship

Every year, ITSPA offers a scholarship to an undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in either the transportation or electrical engineering in a Pennsylvania college or university. To be considered, please complete and return the application to Dan Corey by December 7, 2012.

ITS America WEBINAR: What’s Driving All This Driving?

This presentation addresses urbanization and mobility trends in U.S. metropolitan areas by visualizing both national-level and metro-level data.  Contradicting the conventional wisdom, the data suggests that suburbs, highways, and cars will likely remain key to our future U.S. society.  How should the U.S. prepare for this possible future?  What are the challenges and opportunities for the automotive industry and policy makers? Is there a role for Electric Vehicles and ITS?

National Transportation Safety Board Calls for Mandated Collision Avoidance Technology

The National Transportation Safety Board has added “Collision Avoidance” to its Most Wanted List. This list is used to gain exposure, attention and support for what they believe are the most critical changes that need to be made in order to increase transportation safety and save lives. They further state that this technology be mandated to insure that all automakers comply in building these collision avoidance elements into their new vehicles. This includes lane departure warning, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic braking and electronic stability control.

Disruptive transportation technology a topic at VERGE SF 2012

One thing the Internet and technology industry does is to disrupt existing industries, finding inefficient business models, replacing them with more efficient models. This week GreenBiz's VERGE conference came to San Francisco to focus on smart cities and smart transportation.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Planning for Active Traffic Management in Virginia: International Best Practices and Implementation Strategies

The University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies has released a report that details methods for characterizing arterial travel time patterns by travel time distributions and the methods for estimating such distributions from static and GPS probe information.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Could your next bike talk to a car?

The 'Motorcycle Approaching Indication' application is a connectivity system that warns both driver and rider when it detects that there is an obscured vehicle potentially approaching their direction of travel.

New Report Released: Vehicle Electrification and the Smart Grid

The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) released  new a report entitled Vehicle Electrification and the Smart Grid-The Supporting Role of Safety and Mobility Services.  It is the latest report in the Technology Scan and Assessment project, which is funded by the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) within the U.S. Department of Transportation.  ITS America will present this report in a webinar hosted by Dr. Kenneth Laberteaux, Senior Principal Research Scientist at Toyota Research Institute-North America. The webinar, entitled What’s Driving All This Driving?, will be held on Thurs., Nov. 15, at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. 

RTA unveils new mobile site for transit, driving, biking

The new mobile site is based on the RTA’s travel information website,
Goroo provides trip directions using transit, driving, walking, biking, or any combination of these transportation options. The directions include a weather forecast as well as cost savings and air quality benefits of choosing transit.
The mobile site uses information from the CTA’s TrainTracker and BusTracker systems as well as from Metra’s Rail-Time Tracker. Because Pace doesn’t have real-time tracking yet, goroo gives scheduled Pace bus arrival information.

Toyota tests cars that communicate with each other

In a test drive for reporters Monday, the presence of a pedestrian triggered a beeping sound in the car and a picture of a person popped up on a screen in front of the driver. A picture of an arrow popped up to indicate an approaching car at an intersection. An electronic female voice said, "It's a red light," if the driver was about to ignore a red light.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Looking To Monetize Its Maps, Waze Launches A Location-Aware Mobile Ad Platform For Local Businesses

Last week, the increasingly popular traffic and navigation app, Waze, launched a redesign that brought a deeper level of social integration to its user experience. Along with redesigned maps and a new interface, the startup added Facebook single sign-on and features that allow users to share their drives, pickups and meetup spots, communicate their status from the road and check-in at a destination without leaving the app.

CARGO Unmanned Ground Vehicle

Carnegie Mellon University National Robotics Engineering Center
NREC is teaming with Oshkosh Defense to develop autonomous unmanned ground vehicle technologies for logistics tactical wheeled vehicles used by the US Marine Corps.

NREC to Automate Highway Data Analysis

Carnegie Mellon University National Robotics Engineering Center
Researchers from NREC want to open up this bottleneck.  They’re planning to use machine learning and image processing techniques to automate the analysis of videos and other highway data.  Their goals are to make it easier and faster to study these large-scale data sets and extract information from them.  These innovative methods will give transportation researchers the keys to unlock the potential of the data they’ve collected.   Funding for this two-year program comes from a $1 million grant from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). 


Thursday, November 8, 2012

This DIY Traffic Counter Could Change Everything About Transportation Planning

That data is then accessible to anyone who wants to use it, a key feature in the minds of TrafficCOM's creators. Khawarzad thinks his device will be useful for community groups, neighborhood associations, and advocacy organizations who are concerned about the impact of traffic on their streets and want to pursue solutions, but who have been frustrated by the impenetrability of the processes surrounding traffic planning.

Using Smart Phones To Tax Drivers On Miles Driven

A new pilot program to use smartphones to tax drivers on the miles they drive is up for discussion.  Due to hybrid cars, Oregon's gas tax isn't bringing in the funds like it used to and the Oregon Department of Transportation is looking to technology.

Free Webinar on Weather Responsive Traffic Management

This course provides information and guidance to transportation system managers and operators to help them effectively manage traffic flow and operations during adverse weather conditions.Various WRTM strategies are described and case studies are presented to illustrate existing best practices., Specific guidance is provided on how to choose, design, and implement WRTM strategies that are appropriate for different roadway, traffic and weather conditions.

Call for Volunteer Reviewers for ITS ePrimer Module Development

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) ITS/JPO (RITA), Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), and ITS America (ITSA) have kicked off an effort to develop a new ITS ePrimer, to serve as a series of up-to-date, Web-based modules that provide basic introduction to key ITS topics, with a multimodal perspective.

FAST-zero'13 deadline of abstract submission

Following the successful first symposium on future active safety technology in 2011 at Shibaura Institute of Technology in Tokyo, we are proud to host the second symposium at Nagoya University in September 2013. We are expecting further discussions and more information exchanges on active safety by specialists from both the technological and academic circles.
FAST-zero ’13 will be organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan, Inc. (JSAE) and will be held with a strong support of Nagoya University.

Layered Object Recognition for Pedestrian Sensing

The U.S. Federal Highway Administration has released a report that describes tests of an in-vehicle pedestrian sensing system that uses stereo vision cameras for detecting multiple roadway objects.

Ford, U-M launch vehicle communications technology contest for students

Ford Motor Co. and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute are launching an innovation contest for undergraduate students to create vehicle-to-vehicle communications technologies.
Teams of students from a variety of disciplines — and from other universities — will develop new applications that benefit road users — from cars to commercial vehicles, buses, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians — in the areas of safety, mobility and sustainability.

Virginia roads to test out automation

A new pair of test beds are being developed in Virginia to help try out these technologies and find new uses for the increasingly interconnected computer systems operating on roadways.
The two test beds, one located in the northern section of the state and the other in the southwestern corner, were created by the Connected Vehicle/Infrastructure University Transportation Center with funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The project is a joint effort coming out of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, the University of Virginia Center for Transportation Studies and Morgan State University.

Car Sharing Electric Car Concept A Smart Vision

Catna’s idea is a research and design project focused on building an electric vehicle for “car clubs” in the United Kingdom. It deals with what is said to be “driving patterns, car clubs, and packaging in ultra small vehicles” while seeking “a solution through integrated system approach i.e. introducing cars as a subsystem of the total transportation system.”

U.S. Department of Transportation Releases Advanced Solutions to Capture Mobility Data Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) released a new Broad Agency Announcement seeking testable solutions that offer new capabilities for understanding multimodal travelers' decisions.
Advancements in techniques for studying travel behavior are needed to maximize opportunities for safe and effective mobility in an increasingly connected world. Although the future is impossible to predict with certainty, it will likely involve greater challenges with traffic management, greater interest in multimodal transportation options, wider options in terms of data availability and modes of wireless transmission, and a greater demand and opportunity for intelligent transportation management on a user and system level.

QMIC is leading regional effort in connected cars to improve road safety

To prepare for the introduction of Connected Car (Cooperative ITS) services and applications in Qatar and the region and to contribute to the global R&D effort in this important area, the Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC) has launched its own Connected Cars (Cooperative ITS) initiative early in 2012.
As part of this initiative, QMIC is developing the first regional industry-compliant connected car platform in conjunction with a set of applications and services that are relevant for local users and needed in regional markets.

Intelligent Infrastructure and Fleets

For contractors working on construction infrastructure projects in cities, the use of intelligent-transportation systems is on the rise. Sensors embedded in infrastructure can help collect and process information to better monitor and manage transportation systems on an ongoing basis.

Virtual traffic lights help solve commuting hell

Your average driver spends a week each year stuck in traffic. So Ozan Tonguz, a telecommunications researcher at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is looking to nature for an innovative solution to gridlock. His team is trying to emulate the way in which ants, termites, and bees communicate right of way in busy colonies and hives.
Tonguz's company, Virtual Traffic Lights, recently patented an algorithm that directs traffic at busy junctions. As cars approach the intersection, they use dedicated short-range communications to quickly exchange information on their number and direction of travel.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Pittsburgh City Council urged to lower Oakland parking rates: CMU professor urges that rates vary during the year, depending on usage

Councilman Bill Peduto introduced a resolution Monday that would set up a year-long pilot project involving Carnegie Mellon University, the parking authority and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
The immediate goal is to identify the hourly rate that achieves 80 percent utilization of spaces around CMU and the conservatory. Mr. Peduto said he wants the city eventually to adopt a "dynamic pricing" model in which with the cost of parking varies by time of day and day of the week, according to demand.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Planes, trains and Teletubbies

A week later, Gatwick's Airport Surface Access Strategy was released, a blueprint for an "intelligent" PT network that by 2030 might include some pretty out-there-looking jalopies including high-speed trains, Teletubby-like little driverless taxis and a range of electric buses (also without an actual person sitting behind the wheel). But they're not all style over substance. The transport modes are part of Gatwick Airport authorities' aim to significantly increase the number of people using public transport to and from the airport by the time the facility is handling 40 million passengers a year. It serves about 34 million a year now.

Silicon Valley technology could be key to connect cars for safer driving

While Google's (GOOG) self-driving car is getting heaps of attention, a lesser-known effort that would employ Silicon Valley technologies to make regular automobiles safer is fast gaining traction.
Under the "connected vehicle" program being developed by federal and state officials, cars, trucks and buses bristling with gadgets would wirelessly communicate with each other as well as with traffic signals, pavement-embedded sensors and other road equipment.

Iskandar Malaysia - the green mega-city rising above Singapore

Occupying an area the size of Luxembourg, the site is expected to have a population of 3 million by 2025, living as an ultra-modern "smart metropolis". Energy will be provided from renewable sources, transport will be publicly provided, waste will be diverted to other uses, and the city is planned by the Malaysian government as a showcase to be copied on a bigger scale across the region.