Thursday, July 31, 2014

Driverless Cars Coming to British Roadways in January

Driverless cars will hit U.K. roads in January, the British government has announced.
Unit now, British engineers experimenting with driverless cars have been restricted to private roads due to legal and insurance concerns. To prepare for the change, the government has launched a review to look at current road regulations to make sure there is a suitable system for testing driverless cars in the U.K.

How One-Day Plazas and Bike Lanes Can Change a City Forever

Despite relatively high levels of biking, Minnesota has somehow neglected to install even a single on-street protected bike lane — though Minneapolis has approved a plan to build 30 miles of them by 2020. Weiss, Rockwell, and the advocates they work with use pop-up installations to help local leaders and residents see how the infrastructure will look.
“We get that, ‘We don’t support it because we don’t know what it is; we’re never going to know what it is because we don’t have any,’” Rockwell said. “There needs to be some way of breaking out of that cycle.”

Tesla, Panasonic Cement Their Vow To Build A Gigafactory

It’s official: Tesla Motors will team up with Panasonic to build what is shaping up to be the Mother of All Lithium-ion Battery Factories. Or Gigafactory, as Tesla calls it.
The announcement on Thursday says Tesla will be in charge of providing and managing the land, buildings and utilities of the factory. Panasonic, which already is supplying Tesla with battery cells, will put money into buying the equipment for making the cells at the factory, the location of which has yet to be disclosed.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Solid's vibrating handlebars navigate bike lanes on its 3D printed frame

In order to keep your eyes on the road, haptic grips will buzz when you're approaching a turn and they'll both vibrate when you've missed one. All of Solid's on-board electronics are pedal powered with its components tucked inside a 3D-printed titanium frame that unscrews for easy access. Oh yeah, the gears are sorted electronically as well -- at the push of a button -- and those safety lights turn off thanks to built-in sensors.

FHWA to Engineers: Go Ahead and Use City-Friendly Street Designs

The heavyweights of American transportation engineering continue to warm up to design guides that prioritize walking, biking, and transit on city streets. On Friday, the Federal Highway Administration made clear that it endorses the National Association of City Transportation Officials’ Urban Street Design Guide, which features street treatments like protected bike lanes that you won’t find in the old engineering “bibles.”

Heinz Students Break Down Barriers to Urban Development in State Transportation Policies

The Almono partnership politely disagreed and that’s where Heinz College came in.  RIDC teamed up with the College’s Traffic 21 Smart Transportation Institute which led to an MSPPM student project to assess of PENNDOT’s Transportation Impact Guidelines.  Advised by consultant Richard Feder, and an advisory board that included representatives from the Port Authority of Allegheny County, the Urban Development Authority of Pittsburgh, the Planning Department of the City of Pittsburgh, GAI Consultants, CMU’s Remaking Cities Institute, BikePGH, the Hazelwood Initiative, and Traffic 21 and RIDC, the students took a hard look of the appropriateness of TIS guideless for urban mixed use developments and using Almono as a case study, found a variety of ways such policies could be improved. 

Driverless cars get green light for testing on public roads in UK

The business secretary, Vince Cable, said a £10m fund will be made available for driverless car researchers in the UK, joint funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Bis) and the Department for Transport (DfT).
“The excellence of our scientists and engineers has established the UK as pioneers in the development of driverless vehicles through pilot projects,” said Cable. “Today’s announcement will see driverless cars take to our streets in less than six months, putting us at the forefront of this transformational technology and opening up new opportunities for our economy and society.”

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Modeling Taxi Demand with GPS Data From Taxis and Transit

The Mineta National Transit Research Consortium at San Jose State University has released a report that predicts taxi demand by using GPS data to identify transit accessibility, population, age, education, income, and the number of jobs within different census tracts.

RFP: IDEA Program Announcement 2014: Funding Proposals Now Being Accepted

TRB’s Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) annual program announcement 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.

NCHRP IDEA proposals are due September 1st and March 1st, depending on which of the two funding cycles is targeted.
The Safety IDEA program has only one review cycle per year; Safety IDEA proposals are due September 16, 2014.

TRB Webinar: Estimating Demand for Non-Motorized Travel

TRB will conduct a webinar on August 18, 2014, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm ET that will discuss the forthcoming NCHRP Report 770: Estimating Bicycling and Walking for Planning and Project Development. This report will provide a comprehensive overview of the characteristics of bicycle and pedestrian travel and the factors that influence their demand. The report will also introduce a set of tools for estimating demand in various contexts at different geographic scales and with different levels of sophistication.

MnDOT expands interactive bicycle map statewide

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has unveiled the expansion of an interactive bicycle map, Cyclopath, which allows riders to plan their route in real time – and edit the information so it stays up to date.

Why Florida’s Governor Likes Self-Driving Cars: “Jobs”

Self-driving cars are a common sight in Silicon Valley, but in Tampa, Fla. a test drive of an automated vehicle can still cause a stir.
Volkswagen AG's Audi brand today offered test drives on a closed section of Tampa’s Selmon Expressway featuring an Audi A7 equipped with a prototype “Traffic Jam Pilot” system that can relieve drivers of steering, braking and speed control duties allowing hands-free operation at speeds up to 40 miles per hour.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott got one of the first rides. He explained his enthusiasm for autonomous driving research in a word: “Jobs.” The governor, who’s running for re-election, says Florida laws allowing autonomous vehicle testing on public roads will help the state attract technology jobs. Florida is one of four states that allows on-road autonomous vehicle testing.

Poll: Drivers love idea of driverless cars

More than three out four U.S. drivers of the 2,000 surveyed say they are "very likely" to buy or consider buying a car with self-driving capabilities, says the survey by Even more, 86%, found the idea appealing when the notion of cheaper car insurance was dangled as a possibility, the result of self-driving cars being safer than those with human drivers.
"People are aware that they already drive cars controlled partly by computers," says Managing Editor Des Toups in a statement. "Now they see features like collision avoidance on new models and hear about Google cars hitting the roads in a couple of years. An autonomous car is not science fiction anymore."

Penn Robotic Soccer Team Reigns Supreme

The University of Pennsylvania’s robotic soccer team now has another world championship trophy to add to its collection.
Coached by Daniel Lee, director of the School of Engineering and Applied Science’s GRASP Lab, the team consists of Steve McGill, Larry Abraham, Karen He, Seung-Joon Yi, Dickens He, Chris Akatsuka, Junda Zhu, Sagar Poudel and Jianqiao Li.
They accomplished this feat at RoboCup, an annual event that brings the top robotics programs from around the world to face off against one another in a test of a variety of engineering disciplines. This year’s event was held in João Pessoa, Brazil, and featured hundreds of students from 45 countries. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

NHTSA: In-vehicle technology to prevent child heatstroke deaths not ready

The head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday that in-vehicle technology to prevent parents from leaving kids behind isn’t ready.
Acting NHTSA Administrator David Friedman and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx held a press conference at a Washington, DC school urged parents not to leave young children behind in cars. Since 1998, at least 628 children have died every year in hot cars — about 38 a year on average. This year, at least 17 children have died.

Mary Barra To Give Opening Speech At Intelligent Transport Systems Conference In Detroit

General Motors CEO Mary Barra will deliver an opening speech at the the 21st World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) on Sunday, September 7, in Detroit. Her speech will address changing transportation environments around the world and the steadily evolving technology of connected, autonomous, and electric vehicles.

Friday, July 25, 2014

SHUSTER: Technology plays key role in transportation

The potential safety benefits of these types of advancements are impossible to ignore. Reducing the human error factor, the cause of an estimated 9 out of every 10 crashes, could have a dramatic impact on the more than 33,000 annual traffic fatalities and the $871 billion in associated economic costs and societal harms of accidents.
Promoting innovation and laying the foundation for emerging technology is one of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s goals as it continues to develop the Nation’s next major surface transportation reauthorization bill. Congress needs to approve legislation that addresses current infrastructure needs, but also looks ahead to the future of our transportation system.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fourth International Symposium on Naturalistic Driving Research

The National Surface Transportation Safety Center for Excellence (NSTSCE) at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) is hosting the Fourth International Symposium on Naturalistic Driving Research at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center in Blacksburg, Virginia on August 25-28, 2014.
The two-day international symposium (preceded and followed by full-day workshops on Monday, 8/25 and Thursday, 8/28) will gather experts in the field of naturalistic driving research to discuss a wide range of topics.

Grandview traffic problems will garner extra police attention

Public safety, in particular traffic along Grandview Avenue, was an emotional issue for Mount Washington residents at the July community forum of the Mount Washington Community Development Corp.
District 2 Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith opened the discussion by saying she has had complaints about the traffic and has arranged a meeting with the Traffic 21 Institute at Carnegie Mellon Institute and hopes to possibly arrange for the group to do a comprehensive study and offer suggestions to remedy the problems.
According to its website, The Traffic 21 Institute is “is a multi-disciplinary research institute of Carnegie Mellon University. Its goal is to design, test, deploy and evaluate information and communications technology based solutions to address the problems facing the transportation system of the Pittsburgh region.”

Second International Conference on Advances in Computing, Electronics and Communication - ACEC 2014

We are pleased to invite you to submit research article in the Second International Conference on Advances in Computing, Electronics and Communication - ACEC 2014 organized by Institute of Research Engineers and Doctors at Zurich, Switzerland to bring together innovative academics and industrial experts to a common forum.
Conference Title: "Second International Conference on Advances in Computing, Electronics and Communication - ACEC 2014"
Conference Date: 25-26 October, 2014
Late Round Paper Submission Important Dates:
Abstract/ Full paper Submission: 26 August 2014

Study: Google dominates driverless car buzz

When it comes to dominating online chatter about driverless cars, there's one name that rises above all others: Google.
Not Toyota, Ford, Audi, Honda or General Motors. Not even Nissan, which is one of the companies that has made the biggest commitments to cars that can drive themselves.
Rather, the space is dominated by Google, according to findings of a study by Appinions, which says he culls hundreds of millions of news, blog, forum and social media posts to see which companies or individuals are moving opinion on a subject.

Toyota shows off its new fuel cell vehicle

True to the Aspen Festival’s 2014 focus on imagining the future, the Toyota FCV is an important step forward for zero-emission vehicle technology. An electric-drive, mid-size, four-door sedan, the vehicle won’t require customers to compromise on safety, price or performance. Instead, the FCV will travel approximately 300 miles on a single fill-up of hydrogen, which takes less than five minutes.
In addition, Toyota is taking steps to ensure that owners of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles will be able to fill their tanks, no matter what brand is on the hood. In May, the company announced it had entered a financial relationship with FirstElement Fuels to support the long-term operation and maintenance of 19 new hydrogen refueling stations in California

Yellow Cab readies its own app for Pittsburgh ride shares

Rather than continuing to try to fight the well-funded San Francisco-based ride-share companies, James Campolongo, president of Yellow Cab, said his company is putting the final touches on a ride-sharing app of its own, in the time-tested strategy of “if you can’‍t beat ’‍em, join ’em.”
“A lot of my contemporaries don’‍t agree with what we are doing,” Mr. Campolongo said. “But we’re just a little cab company. We knew we couldn’‍t take on Lyft and Uber. So, we decided to disrupt the disruptors.”

How Ford plans to win the future like a software company

Butler and his Ford colleagues have broken down vehicle connectivity into three buckets:
1. Brought-in connectivity - Butler refers to this as "leveraging smart devices and the capability of those smart devices," including their apps, media, and communications capabilities, as well as 911 Assist and vehicle health reports; he said Ford is already in a leadership position in this area.
2. Beamed-in connectivity - This involves external connections such as satellite radio, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.
3. Built-in connectivity - The final piece is what Butler describes as when "the vehicle itself, independent of any other devices, has its own built-in data connection through on-board data mode."

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Research Impacts: Better—Faster—Cheaper

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has released a report that highlights high-value research from across the United States, including research on bridge construction, wildlife management, and freight management systems.

Oregon’s Voluntary Road User Charge Program

The Center for Transportation Research at the University of Texas at Austin has released a report that identifies lessons learned by the Oregon Department of Transportation when implementing its road user charge program as an alternative source of funding.

The Effect of ESC on Passenger Vehicle Rollover Fatality Trends

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released a fact sheet that details trends in electronic stability control’s (ESC) ability to prevent certain types of crashes, including rollovers that result from loss of vehicle control.

Review of FHWA’s Workforce Planning Processes

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General has released a report that considers the extent to which the U.S. Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) workforce planning process aligns with best practices and evaluates possible workforce impacts of MAP-21.

Shaping the New Future of Paratransit: An International Conference on Demand Responsive Transit - Registration is limited. Register today!

TRB is sponsoring the Shaping the New Future of Paratransit: An International Conference on Demand Responsive Transit on October 29-31, 2014, in Monterey, California. The conference will focus on the future of open and integrated paratransit and explore the current state of practice worldwide. The event is designed to provide a forum for the cross-fertilization of research, innovation, and practice among leading international researchers and practitioners.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure

Following the model of the uniquely successful 2013 symposium held in Wollongong, Australia, organized by the SMART Infrastructure Facility, we are pleased to announce that this year's event, hosted by UCL, Arizona State University School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment and the SMART Infrastructure Facility at the University of Wollongong, with co-host partners Delft University of Technology, Oxford University and International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis will be held at Laxenburg Palace near Vienna, Austria from 30 September to 1 October.

The rise of data and the death of politics

As both cars and roads get "smart," they promise nearly perfect, real-time law enforcement. Instead of waiting for drivers to break the law, authorities can simply prevent the crime. Thus, a 50-mile stretch of the A14 between Felixstowe and Rugby is to be equipped with numerous sensors that would monitor traffic by sending signals to and from mobile phones in moving vehicles. The telecoms watchdog Ofcom envisions that such smart roads connected to a centrally controlled traffic system could automatically impose variable speed limits to smooth the flow of traffic but also direct the cars "along diverted routes to avoid the congestion and even [manage] their speed".

T3 Webinar Overview Learn from the Experts: Open Data Policy Guidelines for Transit - Maximizing Real Time and Schedule Data-Legalities, Evolutions, Customer Perspectives, Challenges, and Economic Opportunities - Part II

Attendees should expect to learn about the benefits of open data policies and how transit agencies have successfully partnered with private entities to produce more real-time schedule information through the use and sharing of data. This informative webinar will serve as a foundation for developing transit agencies' guidelines to share schedule and real-time data. This session will highlight the experiences of several transit agencies that have had long histories of producing and sharing real-time and scheduled data for customers and private sector third party developers. 

Toyota Gift Will Support Penn Research on Automotive Electronic and Computer Systems

The University of Pennsylvania's PRECISE Center has received $120,000 from the Toyota InfoTechnology Center. Toyota-ITC is interested in promoting the PRECISE Center's efforts on safety algorithms for self-driving cars, remote automotive diagnostics, resilient control of autonomous vehicles and electric vehicle architectures.
The Toyota-ITC gift will allow Rahul Mangharam, associate professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science’s Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, along with other PRECISE Center researchers, to further their efforts in transportation safety...

PRECISE is an active member of the Technologies for Safe and Efficient Transportation Center, a collaborative effort with Carnegie Mellon University. In October, T-SET was selected as one of five national university transportation centers funded by the United States Department of Transportation.

Body heat-sensing cameras coming to Monon Trail

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – To help improve bicycle safety the city will instal new infrared cameras along the Monon Trail.  The technology senses a cyclists’ body heat to improve the flow of traffic and keep cyclists from running red lights.  “One of the reasons I don’t ride as often as I’d like to is because the intersections are so dangerous,” said Suzie Keller.  The thermal imaging cameras will be installed over the next two months at the intersection of 75 Street and Westfield Boulevard.  They allow for a green light to stay green longer to allow the cyclist through, or turns a red light green as the cyclist nears.  One of the issues the city has are the magnets at intersections that trigger a light to change. Those magnets don’t pick up bicycles.

Connected car market worth $17bn to telcos by 2018

The global connected car market will represent a $17 billion revenue opportunity for telcos by 2018.
This is according to research published this week by Infonetics, which predicted that the connected car services sector will see a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25% between 2013 and 2018, nearly 21 times the expected growth rate of traditional mobile voice and data services over the same period.

Driverless cars could increase pollution, warns Toyota

According to The Japan Times, Toyota’s Ken Laberteaux, a senior principal scientist for the carmaker’s North America team, said in an interview on Wednesday that automated car technology would make commuting easier and could therefore encourage people to travel further.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Consumers Appear Uncertain About Connected Cars

Many of the world’s largest tech companies are pursuing the automotive sector as new area for growth.
Yet while the likes of Apple and Google have introduced operating systems specifically for cars, many people don’t appear to be interested in downloading applications and keeping up to speed with social networks while they drive, according to a research by the Spanish telecom giant Telefónica of people in the United States, Britain, Germany, Spain and Brazil.
Instead, the company said, people are most interested in emergency alert systems and notices about maintenance for their cars. But the company is expecting consumer expectations to move beyond those desires, too.

Automakers Race to Be First With Driverless Cars

Nissan Motor Co. will introduce cars that park themselves by 2016, Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn said, as the Japanese carmaker rushes to be among the first to offer automated driving.
The feature, along with technology enabling cars to autonomously navigate congested highways, will be available in a wide range of vehicles, Ghosn told reporters today in Tokyo. Two years later, the company plans to offer vehicles that can change lanes automatically, and by 2020, they’ll be able to handle intersections on their own, he said.

Open Roads Consulting to be acquired by Q-Free

Open Roads Consulting, Inc. (Open Roads) a technology and services supplier to the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and Security markets, has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Q-Free, a leading global supplier of ITS products and solutions, including Road User Charging (RUC) and Advanced Transportation Management Systems (ATMS).
“Open Roads Consulting is a company with a strong market position in the US. Teaming up with Q-Free will strengthen our current position, in addition to provide a global reach for our products. We are very excited about the future opportunities and we are looking forward to be working with Q-Free,” says Founder and President Barbara Skiffington.

FBI warns driverless cars could be used as "lethal weapons"

The FBI made the admission in an unclassified, yet restricted report obtained by The Guardian newspaper, which featured insights into how the widespread use of driverless cars in the future would potentially affect the way criminals operate.
The report states, for example, that driverless cars will “have a high impact on transforming what both law enforcement and its adversaries can operationally do with a car.”
This would make it easier for criminals to carry out tasks, such as shoot guns, that could potentially put FBI agents in additional danger during car chases, as they won’t need to keep their hands on the wheel or their eyes on the road.

Google hires on ex-Ford chief, will he drive Google's driverless car strategy?

Google is looking to delve further into its effort to get a driverless car on the market, and has tapped former Ford CEO Alan Mulally to help.
Mulally, who stepped down as Ford CEO on July 1, has had an interest in the tech world, and was for a long period of time last year the front-runner to replace Steve Ballmer as Microsoft CEO.
The 68-year-old joined Google's board on July 9, and will be part of the search company's Audit Committee.
The hiring has prompted high-profile statements from Google, including one from CEO Larry Page, who showed massive excitement over the grabbing of Mulally and his background in the auto industry.

Governor Corbett and Team PA Announce $450,000 for Governor's Schools of Excellence in Summer 2015

Governor Tom Corbett and Team Pennsylvania Foundation (Team PA) President and CEO Laura Williams today announced that $450,000 in funding through Team PA has been secured for the three Pennsylvania Governor's Schools for the summer 2015 program.
The Governor's School for the Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, the Governor's School for Engineering and Technology at Lehigh University and the Governor's School for Agricultural Sciences at Penn State University each will receive $150,000. 

U.S. DOT's SBIR 14.2 solicitation is now open

U.S. DOT's SBIR 14.2 solicitation is now open
The solicitation will be open July 14, 2014, through September 15, 2014.
U.S. DOT will host a public webinar on July 29 at 1:30 p.m. (EDT) with more information about the solicitation process.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Could Iowa Lead the Way in Driverless Car Technology?

Working with the State of Iowa, the Iowa City Area Development (ICAD) Group is spreading the message that the state of Iowa can be a haven for research and development of self-driving vehicles.
Representatives from ICAD Group and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) are in California attending the Automated Vehicle Symposium in San Francisco, July 15 to 17. The goal is to learn more about the industry and grab the attention of companies like Google, Tesla and Volvo.

Mayor Peduto Touts Alternative Transportation & Calls Ride-Share Dispute "Dysfunctional"

Right now, most Pittsburghers use their car to get around, but that may change in the near future. First of all, the city lacks sufficient parking, especially downtown. But new transportation options backed by the mayor will make it easier to get around “tahn” without owning a car. Mayor Peduto stopped by Essential Pittsburgh to focus on the city’s transportation goals going forward.

Nonprofit, CMU join forces to improve Hill's heart

"The key point is to envision Centre Avenue as a place" that reflects the history and authentic character of the neighborhood, not just a link between Downtown and Oakland, Ms. Milliones said...
 Carnegie Mellon architecture students, led by instructor Steve Quick, have been studying varieties of housing, including space where people can live above an office, shop or studio, with strategies for retail and destinations. The students will present their ideas in public sessions later in the summer.

University of Warwick and Carnegie Mellon University take first step to $10 million partnership

The two universities intend to work together on research and teaching in data acquisition, analysis and processing for next generation applications. This will bring together Warwick’s expertise in manufacturing and digitally enabled healthcare – including: cybersecurity, energy storage, materials and surfaces and robotics with CMU’s expertise in: autonomous systems, cybersecurity, digital healthcare, machine learning and sensing and data processing. Activities will underpin strategic initiatives at the two universities, including Warwick’s Global Research Priorities and CMU’s Brain initiative, City 21 and Traffic 21 initiatives.
They will also look at collaboration in the fields of: energy, innovative manufacturing, materials, science, and technology for health and sustainable cities.

University of Warwick and Carnegie Mellon University take first step to $10 million partnership

The two universities intend to work together on research and teaching in data acquisition, analysis and processing for next generation applications. This will bring together Warwick’s expertise in manufacturing and digitally enabled healthcare – including: cybersecurity, energy storage, materials and surfaces and robotics with CMU’s expertise in: autonomous systems, cybersecurity, digital healthcare, machine learning and sensing and data processing. Activities will underpin strategic initiatives at the two universities, including Warwick’s Global Research Priorities and CMU’s Brain initiative, City 21 and Traffic 21 initiatives.

Florida aims to be HQ for driverless cars

Florida wants to save lives and create jobs by making you a passenger in your own car.
The state has just announced Florida will be hosting a major national conference on driverless cars.
The plan is to make Florida one of the world's headquarters for automated vehicles.
Florida is already one of the only states where you can take an automated car out on the road. Or, I guess, where you can let the car take you out on the road.

Driverless Cars Require Industry Shift, Scientist Says

Automakers intending to bring driverless cars to market need to work as much on software design as mechanical engineering, the researcher leading Nissan Motor Co. (7201)’s automated-vehicle program said.
Making cars that are “deliberative” in assessing road conditions, rather than just reactive, requires artificial intelligence, Maarten Sierhuis, director of Nissan’s Silicon Valley research center in Sunnyvale, California, said in an interview. The carmaker, which aims to sell vehicles that can drive themselves by 2020 or sooner, is developing software to read and filter sensor data much as a human brain does, he said.

Liability and Insurance: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

 With the automated car arriving on our roads soon, this exclusive expert discussion gives you a glimpse key questions that will be asked regarding liability for auto insurance.

This debate is released in connection with Insurance Telematics USA 2014, the world's largest insurance telematics conference.  
Speakers such as Robin Harbage, Towers Watson, David Lukens, LexisNexis and David Pratt, Progressive will examine the disruptive forces at play in the US insurance market: tech. giants, the connected and automated car, the smart-phone device, and next-gen UBI cognitive modelling for sophisticated pricing.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Central London may get driverless buses

A new study claimed that the self driving or the driverless buses could cut deaths and injuries in London roads by an astonishing 90%.
The study “A 2050 Vision for London” by transport expert and former government transport advisor, Professor David Begg, gives a vision for London with 10mph zones for traffic near schools and in busy areas such as Oxford Street, the Evening Standard reports.
The speed for driverless buses could be restricted by the remote control and the sensors on the vehicle will detect hazards including pedestrians, cyclists and motorbikes which will help in reducing the number of road accidents.

China's Google Is Building a Driverless 'Smartbike'

Google wants self-driving cars. Amazon's after delivery drones. Baidu wants to automate bikes.
After a flurry of speculation, the Chinese tech giant has confirmed it's gunning for driverless electronic bikes. Baidu is China's largest web services company—in the region, it commands upwards of 73 percent of the search market—and it has apparently pursued a "secret plan" to debut a prototype of a self-driving electric bicycle by the end of the year.

16 Alumni Startups Receive Investment From Carnegie Mellon's Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund

Carnegie Mellon University's Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund (OFEF), administered by the Carnegie Mellon University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, has awarded $800,000 to 16 startup companies to help them grow their business ventures. The fund, established by Carnegie Mellon alumnus and Flip Video Camera creator Jonathan Kaplan and his wife Marci Glazer, provides early-stage business financing and support to alumni who have graduated from CMU within the last five years. Kaplan earned his MBA from Carnegie Mellon in 1990...
Impaqd: Offers a real-time, location-based system that provides direct communication between shippers and truckers. 
SolePower: Develops power-generating shoe insoles for charging portable electronics just by walking. 

ITS America Joins President Obama to Showcase Vehicle-to-Vehicle, Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Communication

Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) members and staff joined President Obama today at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, VA where the President toured the research and testing facility and delivered remarks on the importance of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication technology for improving safety and mobility and reducing wasted time and fuel on our nation’s roads. Introduced by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, the President described how connected vehicle technology will prevent crashes from happening in the first place.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Connected Vehicle Architecture (SET-IT) Software Released

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) is pleased to announce that the Systems Engineering Tool for Intelligent Transportation (SET-IT) software package to support connected vehicle (CV) architecture development is now available. This Alpha release is available now on the Connected Vehicle Reference Implementation Architecture (CVRIA) 

Chicago ‘big data’ project will monitor pedestrian traffic

Chicago is about to embark on a ‘big data’ project that will see sensors attached to traffic poles, which will stream a variety of environmental data to the city’s open data portal for research on how a modern city functions. Later this summer, as many as 30 sensors will be attached to light poles in the downtown area to collect environmental data that will be able to provide precise weather and air quality information, block-by-block. The information, minute-by-minute measurements of temperature, humidity, light, sound, barometric pressure and air quality, will be shared with researchers and the general public in real-time. The pilot project, funded by a US$200,000 grant from the Argonne National Laboratory, is led by the Urban Center for Computation and Data (UCCD) in collaboration with the city of Chicago.

Jaguar wants to make real-life driving just like a video game

Jaguar Land Rover is on a bit of a tech bent today. It's announced its new family of four-cylinder engines and a "self-learning" vehicle Range Rover prototype, and now it's announced what it calls the Jaguar Virtual Windscreen.
The technology is similar to other head-up displays and telematics recorders already on the market, the Jaguar Virtual Windscreen concept takes things to the next level to turn real-life driving into a video game-like experience. It's being demonstrated with data like lap times, grid positions, virtual racing line and brake guidance... even "ghost" cars from previous laps and virtual cones for simulated autocrossing.

Data Detour: Analytics Will Move Transportation Forward

Transportation authorities have information and advanced planning tools today and each one serves a specific purpose; however, by fusing these siloed data sources they can create a much more complete picture of the dynamics and factors that contribute to the effectiveness of the network and consequently, the satisfaction experienced by travelers.

The Secrets of Successful Transit Projects — Revealed!

All across America, cities are investing in new transit lines. Which of these routes will make the biggest impact by attracting large numbers of new riders? A landmark report from a team of researchers with the University of California at Berkeley identifies the factors that set successful transit investments apart from the rest.
The secret sauce is fairly simple, when you get down to it: Place a transit line where it will connect a lot of people to a lot of jobs and give it as much grade-separated right-of-way as possible, and it will attract a lot of riders.