Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Penn researcher studies how regional airport planners can help airports grow sustainably

Megan Ryerson, an assistant professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at PennDesign, and PennDesign Ph.D. student Amber Woodburn have found that since 2000, 18 of the 19 national airports that planned to expand eliminated alternatives to new runways—such as congestion pricing—from their studies. These 18 airports did not have a chance to compare the pros and cons of policy and pricing strategies against building a new runway.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

What happens when public transit becomes private?

As Shift—a privately-held public transit system—launches in Las Vegas, founder Zach Ware says he’s out to change the way people think about getting around.

The Flying Car Is (Almost) For Real

More than a hundred people have paid deposits of $10,000 each for the Transition, which will be capable of 70 miles (110 kilometers) per hour on the road and 100 mph in the sky when it finally comes to market sometime within the next three years. Dietrich is refining details on the third-generation prototype of his $279,000 vehicle before attempting certification by both the FAA, which regulates planes, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees cars.

Audi tests vehicle time-shares in Germany, Sweden

Audi is testing two new vehicle time-share programs in Stockholm, Sweden, and Berlin. The Swedish Audi Unite program allows four different drivers to schedule and reserve time on a vehicle lease with adjustable monthly payments dependent on individual driver usage, while the German program allows one customer to use multiple Audi models on rotation during the course of a year. Audi says its programs offer a luxury alternative to other car-share services, such as Car2Go.

Should You Buy an Electric Car?

Few transportation technologies provoke as much debate as electric vehicles. Fans love them for performance—a well-designed electric car can accelerate faster from a stop than many a muscle car—as much as for cleanliness. Skeptics ask why they should pay a premium or subsidize tax breaks for cars with limited range and utility.

Experts: Self-Driving Cars Could Add $1.3 Trillion to U.S. Economy

In a research report, Morgan Stanley predicted that widespread adoption of autonomous vehicles would contribute $1.3 trillion to the U.S. economy through cost savings from reduced fuel consumption and accidents, including $507 billion in productivity gains because people could work while commuting instead of driving.

6 Innovative Electric Vehicles From the Los Angeles Auto Show

Not every automaker was turning away from the battery-powered automobiles that have supplied the drivetrain of most electric vehicles. Mercedes showed what its top-level sedan looks like in hybrid clothing, while a plug-in hybrid crossover and all-electric car with 180 miles of range made headline appearances in the City of Angels. Here are seven innovative electric vehicles on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Swedish Approach to Road Safety: 'The Accident Is Not the Major Problem'

It still has been a struggle to get our road engineers to understand that they are responsible, it starts with them. Then the individual road user also has a responsibility. But if something goes wrong it goes back to the designer of the system.

UK's Bio-Bus Channels the Power of Poop

"Gas powered vehicles have an important role to play in improving air quality in UK cities, but the Bio-Bus goes further than that and is actually powered by people living in the local area, including quite possibly those on the bus itself," Mohammed Saddiq, general manager of GENeco, said.

Driverless Car Interior Concept Unveiled by Mercedes

Recently, the three-pointed star brand revealed its new driverless car vision. The concept showed futuristic interior similar to the characteristics of a high-end living room. “With this visionary interior concept we are defining the luxury of the future,” stated Gorden Wagener, Daimler’s Head of Design. Once again, he and his team did not fail to impress.

Hydrogen and electric vehicles battle for supremacy

Jaguar Land Rover attracted the attention of global media last month when Queen Elizabeth II opened its £500m factory in Wolverhampton, a homage to the internal combustion engine. On the same day, Honda held a party in Swindon to celebrate an alternative technology, when it opened the UK’s first commercial-scale, solar-powered hydrogen refuelling station.

New battery technology for electric vehicles

Scientists at the Canadian Light Source are on the forefront of battery technology using cheaper materials with higher energy and better recharging rates that make them ideal for electric vehicles (EVs).

Linux Adds Industry Partners for Open Source Cars

Cars may still not be the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of Linux and open source, but the Linux Foundation's Automotive Grade Linux(AGL) project continues to expand. This week, it announced three new members, bringing the total number of industry partners and academic collaborators to 46.

Can a driverless car be taught ethics?

"This is one of the most profoundly serious decisions we can make. Program a machine that can foreseeably lead to someone's death," said Lin. "When we make programming decisions, we expect those to be as right as we can be."

Thursday, November 20, 2014

CMU Celebrates 30 Years of Driverless Car Technology

At Carnegie Mellon University's Pittsburgh campus, the birthplace of autonomous vehicle (AV) technology, self-driving cars are revving up to revolutionize transportation worldwide in the next decade. "The evolution of AV technology at Carnegie Mellon is a remarkable success story that epitomizes how innovation advances when engineers, roboticists and computer scientists collaborate," said Farnam Jahanian, CMU's vice president for research.

CMU Spinoff Builds A System That Any Automaker Can Use to Build Self-Driving Cars

That marriage has come through a partnership with Ottomatika, a company spun out of Carnegie Mellon’s autonomous vehicle research efforts to commercialize its technology. Delphi provides the organs—the sensors and software for controlling the car. Ottomatika adds a central brain and nervous system—the control algorithm to bring all the data from sensors into one place and tell the car what to do. The result is Delphi’s Automated Driving System, a name so boring you’ve likely already forgotten it.

SFMTA approves plans for city's first BRT line

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has given the go-ahead to build the city's first bus rapid transit line. Officials say the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit project will convert existing traffic lanes and remove some parking spaces to accommodate the new corridor, but will provide passengers with 10 stop options. It will also help expedite Golden Gate Transit. SFMTA says the $125 million project will cut travel time by at least 30%.

Webinar: Carnegie Mellon's Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) Resilience Management Model

When: Tuesday, December 9 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET
Speaker: Dr. Nader Mehravari, Carnegie Mellon University
The CERT® Resilience Management Model (CERT®-RMM) is an innovative and transformative way to approach the challenge of managing operational resilience in complex, risk-evolving environments. It is the result of years of research into the ways that organizations manage the security and survivability of the assets that ensure mission success: people, information, technology, and facilities. It incorporates concepts from an established process improvement community to create a model that transcends mere practice implementation and compliance – one that can be used to mature an organization’s capabilities and improve predictability and success in sustaining operations whenever disruption occurs.

FACT SHEET: Growing the United States Electric Vehicle Market

The Obama Administration is committed to taking responsible steps to combat climate change and reduce our dependence on oil. That is why today, the White House and the Edison Electric Institute, which represents investor-owned electric utilities, are announcing new commitments by more than 120 businesses, non-profits, and schools, including more than 70 Edison Electric Institute utility companies, to purchase electric vehicles and technologies and to install workplace charging stations.

Fuel-cell cars gain momentum with Toyota Mirai

In a video, Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda announced the 2016 Toyota Mirai, the model name meaning 'future' in Japanese. Few details were offered on the car, other than its range of 300 miles on a full tank of hydrogen and its five-minute refueling time.

This Is What Mobility Will Look Like In 15 Years

It's a Tuesday morning in 2025, and you're running late, but your car—self-driving, naturally—senses you coming and gets ready to pick you up. Once you're inside, it syncs with your mobile devices, calculates the least congested route, and finds someone else heading in the same direction, so your cars can link up to save space on the road. As the car drives, you catch up on email.

Hydrogen Cars Join Electric Models in Showrooms

The hydrogen car, it appeared, had died. And many did not mourn its passing, particularly those who regarded the auto companies’ interest in hydrogen technology as a stunt to signal that they cared about the environment while selling millions of highly profitable gas guzzlers. Except the companies, including General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Daimler and Hyundai, persisted. After many years and billions of dollars of research and development, hydrogen cars are headed to the showrooms.

Ford To Make Electric Cars 'Attainable To The Masses;' CEO Denies Rumors Ford Is Interested In Tesla

Mark Fields, president and CEO of Ford Motor Company, said on Monday that it intends to mass-produce affordable electric vehicles. Fields, in an interview with Yahoo Finance, emphasized that Ford has the capability to make electric cars with a strategy different from that of Tesla Motors.

Portland expands transportation app list, adds multi-use paths, demographics

The Portland, Ore., Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has expanded its Comprehensive Map App to include two more websites, the Map App Explorer and the Proposed Draft Map App. Officials say the new sites allow users to view multi-use bike paths, demographic data and proposed transportation projects around the city.

Nokia touts 3D autonomous technology

Nokia’s HERE division is highlighting its new 3D mapping technology for autonomous vehicles that it says improves a car's ability to index every street sign and traffic light for improved driverless response. Boasting high-resolution cameras, GPS receivers and a laser-based radar system, Nokia says the technology offers strong competition to other autonomous tech manufactures, including Google.

Car-Based Technology That Could Invigorate Cities

As new vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure technologies begin to dominate the auto industry, Will Knight writes that advancements in wireless transmissions, sensor and radar technology will have a ripple effect on city planning. This technology will help to improve road conditions with real-time data helping to coordinate traffic flow and management. However, increased connectivity through wireless communications will require a supporting infrastructure that facilitates data sharing while protecting private information, Knight writes.


In coordination with two different US DOT-sponsored research teams, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) is launching a new data collection effort that seeks more detailed information on the likely costs and benefits associated with Truck Platooning.  The survey seeks both truck driver and motor carrier input on the specific use scenarios and price points that might accrue from truck platooning, also known as Driver Assistive Truck Platooning (DATP).

Hyundai Has An Answer For Fuel Cell EV Haters…Make That 10 Answers

Hyundai put out the fuel cell document in response to an open call for answers from our friends over at Green Car Reports, in the form of an article titled “10 Questions On Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Cars To Ask Toyota, Honda & Hyundai.” The occasion for the Q-and-A is the rollout of FCEVs and hydrogen fueling infrastructure in the high profile California market.

Boston uses smart tech to adjust parking times

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has announced that the Boston Transportation Department will make changes to the maximum parking time allowed on certain streets in the Innovation District based on data gathered from smart sensor technology. The adjustments have been made to "ensure that parking is more closely aligned with true utilization, to spur higher turnover at on-street parking spaces, and to help to promote parking availability for patrons of area businesses," the mayor’s announcement said.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Massive Economic Benefits Of Self-Driving Cars

First up is the most obvious: saved lives. When I hear people say that “autonomous cars won’t work” I want to ask “Compared to what?”. Because human-driven cars don’t work very well either. In 2012, there were 30,800 fatal car crashes. These crashes lead to the deaths of22,912 drivers and passengers of cars, 4,957 on motorcycles, 4,743 pedestrians, and 726 on bicycles. So if autonomous cars worked so poorly that they killed 10,000 people a year they would still be saving around 20,000 lives.

Kia’s ‘Soulful’ first electric car

Finally, there is an all-electric car for people who thought they would never want one.
The 2015 Kia Soul EV is a normal-looking Soul with a useful travel range of nearly 100 miles on a single charge, stable ride and handling, generous and flexible cargo space, comfortable seating and fast-charge capability.

Google testing driverless cars in Bay Area

In 700,000 miles of navigating Bay Area and other roads, Google's self-driving cars have encountered just about everything — including an elderly woman in a motorized wheelchair flailing a broom at a duck she was chasing around the street.

7 Electric Car Questions, Answered

No longer hypothetical vehicles of the future, electric cars are shaking up the market much like hybrids did more than a decade ago. Nine models of rechargeable vehicles — all-electric and plug-in hybrid electric cars — are now widely available in the United States, and nearly every major automaker has at least one electric vehicle (EV) in the works. Here, we answer some of your most frequently asked electric car questions to help you better evaluate whether one of these electrifying rides may be right for you.

Driverless car researchers develop plan to prevent hacking on the highway

Jonathan Petit of University College Cork and Steven Shladover of the University of California Berkeley have completed what they say is the first exhaustive analysis of potential hacking on self-driving cars. We don’t really know how self-driving cars will work because there are no consumer products just yet, so Petit and Shladover addressed a variety of systems and attempted to identify the most serious threats to safety and security.

Interactive map shows where traffic deaths are occurring in Wisconsin

UW–Madison’s Traffic Operations and Safety Lab (TOPS) has partnered with Madison news website and theWisconsin Department of Transportation to create an interactive map that plots the locations of fatal traffic accidents in Wisconsin dating back to 2001. The map draws on data gathered from state agencies and all 72 Wisconsin counties. Users can filter by year and six different types of incidents, including alcohol, bikes, pedestrians, speed, construction zones, and motorcycles.

Battery-free electric cars may become real in 5 years

Electric cars have become all the rage lately, thanks to Elon Musk and Tesla, among others, but can you imagine battery-free electric cars? Even if you can’t, you should know that we should be driving them in about 5 years, if all goes well. According to recent research, graphene-based supercapacitors might be the solution to the battery issues we might encounter with electric cars.

Automakers need to build trust in autonomous cars, expert says

In order for autonomous cars to be fully accepted by the public, automakers need to focus on building consumer trust through continued testing and perfecting of the technologies, according to Nokia HERE expert Floris van de Klashorst. Speaking at the Telematic Munich conference, van de Klashorst said countries also need to collaborate to advance the connected vehicle technology necessary for autonomous driving success.

Automakers Agree on Guarding Car Computers From Hacking

Automakers including Toyota, Chrysler, GM, Ford, Honda and BMW are collaborating on a consumer privacy and data protection plan to guard against cybersecurity threats expected from the mass adoption of connected car technologies. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers helped draft the agreement, which requires companies to disclose data collection practices, protect driver identities and request permission before using black box information after accidents.

Some Utilities Are Making it Cheaper to Drive Electric Cars

Some utility companies are starting to encourage consumers to make the switch to plug-in electric vehicles (EVs). JEA, a utility company in northeastern Florida, recently began offering to its nearly half a million household and business electricity customers a rebate of up to $1,000 for the purchase or lease of a plug-in electric vehicle. That's a lot of cash toward buying a car that is already significantly cheaper to fuel than a conventional gas guzzler.


Fleet efficiency is critical to a national foods producer like Frito-Lay and the company — and its parent company PepsiCo — have committed to an aggressive plan to conserve fuel and reduce emissions of its delivery trucks and sales cars. Frito-Lay has made the switch to an alternative fuel fleet, including electric- and propane-powered vehicles, through a partnership with Clean Fuels Ohio.

NXP, Honda and Siemens launch smart car corridor in Europe

The ITS corridor has been in the works since 2013, with transport ministers from all three countries helping to get the project off the ground so it will be available for public use next year. Only cars equipped with NXP's vehicle-to-X technology will be able to benefit from the intelligent traffic systems, but NXP's executive vice-president and general manager for automotive business Kurt Sievers is confident the test drive will kickstart a new wave of interest in the scheme.

Western Pa. to get $3M in federal grants for pedestrian, bicycle projects

Six Western Pennsylvania projects are receiving a combined $3 million in federal grant money to help pay for pedestrian and bicycle transportation projects, PennDOT said.

Webinar - Telematics & Claims: The Game Changer in Auto-Insurance, Nov 27th

Free webinar that will explore how telematics is re-defining the auto accident claims process and the very relationship between the insurer and the driver.
The chief innovation officer at MAPFRE and the R&D director at Wunelli will discuss the balance between collision detection and accuracy of alerts, the frequency & quality of customer interaction, and predictive FNOL that can prevent collisions, so you can massively reduce loss ratios.
Join us on Thursday, November 27th at 2pm GMT.

Mass. town council greenlights 6-month smart transit system

The Cambridge, Mass., City Council has approved startup company Bridj for a six-month transportation pilot program, which encourages smart transit through improved bus routes, connected traffic management, as well as innovative and environmentally sustainable options for passengers

Connected cars need increased cyberprotections, experts say

In order to protect against the growing number of vulnerabilities present in connected car technologies and automated systems, automakers need to enhance cyberprotections to keep drivers safe, according to experts Jonathan Petit and Steven Shladover. Their report notes that systems will need improved data shields and encryption to protect drivers from system intrusions.

The Connected Car of 2029 Might Be More Human Than Machine

Designs for the future of connected vehicles were on display at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge, with manufacturers debuting their conceptual vehicle models for the year 2029. The designs featured advancements such as the integration of human senses and emotion through hybrid-organic materials, biometrics, gesture commands, 3D holograms and augmented reality. Automakers also explored human-machine interaction through wearable technology and interactive graphics modeling.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Are self-driving cars a red light for public transit?

While drivers are justifiably excited over the prospect of outsourcing their morning commute to a computer, it is necessary to consider not only the potential consumer applications and feasibility of this technology, but also its potential impact on society.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

9 Fun Facts About Self-Driving Vehicles

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Navlab built their first experimental autonomous vehicle back in 1984. In 2010, a semi-autonomous van built by researchers at the University of Parma drove from Italy to Shanghai and back, a round trip of more than 8,000 miles.

2 Airlines Are Already Using Biofuels, So Why Aren't We All Flying Green?

In July, Brazilian airline GOL became the first airline to use a new type of biofuel to power a commercial flight. The fuel in question was farnesene, which is made from sugar cane. And like the ethanol in your gasoline, 10% of the Florida to São Paulo flight's jet fuel was made of this biofuel. But this isn't the only biofuel you could see taking flight in the future.

Monday, November 10, 2014

The safest transport systems for women

Jakarta’s public transportation could be a lot safer for women, according to a recent poll that ranks the Indonesian capital just below Delhi, India, for having the world’s fifth most dangerous public transportation system for females. Conducted by Thomson Reuters Foundation and market research firm YouGov, the poll asked more than 6,500 women and experts in 16 large capitals questions about their experiences on transportation such as buses, trains and metros.

Electric Car Convenience vs Range Anxiety Anxiety

Range anxiety is an infrequent thing, but people unfamiliar with electric cars read articles hyping short range and long charge times and they develop anxiety that they’d have range anxiety if they owned an EV.

Ultra-compact electric vehicles ready to run in urban mobility project

Toyota is ready to bring nimble, zero-emissions motoring to Europe’s crowded city centres with a fleet of its i-ROAD and COMS ultra-compact electric vehicles. The chic and colourful three and four-wheelers are set to prove how clean and easy urban motoring can be, by taking part in a major pilot programme in the French city of Grenoble.

Self-Driving Buses Could Really Reinvent Transportation Systems

Greg Lindsey and Anthony Townsend clarify nicely that we are looking at the wrong issue. They note: “Google’s greatest shortcoming isn’t its technology, but how it has defined America’s transportation challenge. Our public transportation systems are running near historic highs in ridership, while using technology and business models from the 19th century. We should be upgrading these, not trying to fix America’s auto-dependent suburbs.”

BMW develops street lights with electric car-charging sockets

"Seamless charging infrastructure is essential if we want to see more electric vehicles on the road in our cities in the future," Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, said.

Study: Drowsy driving more of a threat than previously believed

Official government numbers are considered “substantial underestimates” of the problem, according to authors of a AAA study. The problem is that there often is little evidence that a driver had fallen asleep and that reports don’t include sections to log this cause. But the study concluded that more than one in five fatal crashes involves a drowsy driver.

In Self-Driving Cars, a Potential Lifeline for the Disabled

The self-driving car, embraced as a stress-reducing convenience for harried drivers and a potential advance in road safety, could also prove to be a life-changing breakthrough for many people with disabilities, granting them a new measure of independence. While much of the necessary technology is well along in development, those awaiting vehicles that can provide unassisted transportation will have to be patient.

Which Electric-Car Makers Are Serious? U.S. Sales Show Top Three

Two years ago, we pointed out that several electric cars now on sale were purely "compliance cars," built in minimal numbers purely to comply with California rules that require sales of zero-emission.
But almost four years after the first Nissan Leaf went on sale in December 2010, it's become pretty clear which carmakers are serious about plug-in electric cars--and which aren't.

Pittsburgh Receives $25K from Heinz Endowments to Study LED Streetlights, Promote Energy Conservation

According to a 2011 Carnegie Mellon University study, replacing all 40,000 of the city’s street lights with LEDs would save the city an estimated $1.7 million in energy and maintenance costs annually.

Pittsburgh City Council considers possible 'dynamic' parking pricing

At a council public hearing [last] Thursday, a pair of Carnegie Mellon University professors reported on a pilot program they have been using since January 2013 on 400 parking spaces near the university where rates are adjusted to steer vehicles to underutilized areas and create vacancies in high-demand areas. They said such dynamic pricing can work for the rest of the city.

Google’s self-driving car is ‘almost entirely controlled’ by an app

“The prototype is almost entirely controlled by a phone app,” Google X industrial designer Jenny Arden told a crowd of about 200 today. “There aren’t that many systems that entirely rely on a phone app so completely.” She compared it to the app that lets you check in for a flight at the airport, but added that if a flight check-in app doesn’t work, you can still go talk to the person at the ticketing desk to get a boarding pass.

Friday, November 7, 2014

PennDOT, Private Team Forge Plan to Replace 558 Bridges in Three Years

Pennsylvania Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch said the state DOT and a private-sector team called Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners will work together in a public-private partnership to replace 558 bridges.  Under PennDOT's Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, that private team must start construction next summer and complete all work in 36 months. The state retains ownership of the structures but the team maintains each bridge for 25 years after it is replaced.

Last Major City to get Traffic Operations Center, Philadelphia starts bidding process

The center is the most important part of an ongoing scheme to upgrade all traffic signals in the city. Work has already started on the job of replacing 51 electromagnetic signals with digital ones, which will be networked via fiber optics to the new operations center. It is estimated the traffic signals project will cost $US10.6 million in total. The new set-up will help to ensure traffic flows more smoothly across the city.

Hebert named director of CMU's Robotics Institute

Martial Hebert has been named director of Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute, the university announced Thursday.  Hebert, a leading researcher in computer vision and robotics, has been with the university since 1984. His appointment as director is effective as of Nov. 15.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Call for submissions: Pitch your ideas for smarter mobility and urban development

As part of Transforming Transportation 2015, EMBARQ and the World Bank are inviting innovative minds to join the conference agenda and present on new ideas advancing smart, sustainable cities. These will take the form of PechaKucha style presentations – consisting of 20 slides changing every 20 seconds – and are an ideal opportunity for young researchers, urban planners, transport engineers, and innovative urban thinkers to share their unique visions. In total, sixteen presentations will be accepted, eight focused on urban development and eight focused on urban mobility. These will be spread out over two sessions, titled “Innovations in Urban Development for Smart Cities” and “Innovations in Mobility for Smart Cities.”

Survey: Buyers are flocking to semiautonomous safety features

Safety technology features such as blind spot detection, rearview cameras and front crash prevention with autonomous braking ranked the highest for buyers looking to purchase their next vehicle, according to an Edmunds survey of 2,000 consumers. Adaptive headlights, automatic high beams and right lane cameras were also named among the most sought after features for new car purchases, the survey said.

Alternative fuel center planned for O'Hare Airport

The Chicago Department of Aviation says an alternative fuel station is planned for shuttle buses, taxis and drivers at O'Hare International Airport. The department said Monday the fueling station complex is scheduled to open in early 2016. It will offer fast-charging electric stations, alternative fuels and conventional gasoline to professional drivers and the public.

Some argue: Who needs transit when you've got Driverless Cars coming down the road?

In one of those fights where conservatives who don't like spending money on public transit that they don't use, Florida state senator Jeff Brandes has a new argument against big investments in rail: Autonomous vehicles (AVs) like the google car will make transit obsolete.

How Transportation Technologies Will Change EVERYTHING!

Soft infrastructure — the realm of concepts, policies and legislation — is rapidly evolving to accommodate the demand for global investment in hard transportation infrastructure. Technology is bridging the two as vehicles and the infrastructure on which they operate become increasingly connected.

New ITS America Report Re-examines the Challenges of Wireless Interoperability and Vehicle Connectivity

A new report released on November 6th by the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) investigates how heterogeneous mobile broadband networks could enable interoperability between next generation vehicle and road infrastructure applications.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Mercedes CEO: No One Will Make Money On Electric Cars In 'Reasonable Time'

“Manufacturers will not see a return within a reasonable time on the billions they’re investing now" in electric cars, Zetsche is quoted as saying. The statement came during an event in Spain to introduce the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive to European journalists, and was published Monday in a Bloomberg article on that car. Moreover, according to Zetsche, “You can reasonably say that nobody today is making a battery-powered vehicle that’s economically viable in its own right."

How Electric Vehicles Went Mainstream In Norway

When it comes to electric vehicles and overall happiness, Norway seems to have things figured out. With 15% of the new car market share, electric cars have become the best-selling vehicles in the small Scandinavian country, and this video from Nissan explains how that’s possible.

Supercharging More Electric Cars Risks Crashing the Grid—Here’s What Might Help

Scott Moura is an assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering at UC Berkeley, and a proponent of “smart cities”: urban centers that coordinate among their infrastructures. Traditionally, Moura says, cities’ electric and transportation grids remain separate, but with the advent of electric vehicles, the networks are “colliding.” The collision couldn’t be clearer than Moura’s example of a supercharging Tesla coming online, which he says would “feel” to the grid as if 120 houses came online for only half an hour. “It’s like an entire neighborhood popping up in the middle of a city, and then disappearing,” he says.

Millennials demand public transportation, but lose out

On November 2nd, Urbanful put out an article on how millennials’ transportation habits are changing the way cities plan for the future; on November 5th, it became clear that millennial’s voting habits have an equally profound effect on public policy, in the opposite direction.

CMU's Shannon to lead cybersecurity initiative

Carnegie Mellon University's Greg Shannon has been named to chair a big cybersecurity initiative. The IEEE Cybersecurity Initiative is working to defend governments, companies and others against the growing threat of cyberattacks.

Teens are a big driving risk on the road, but so are the elderly

The U.S. Census Bureau predicts there will be 9.6 million people 85 and older by 2030, many of whom may still be on the country’s roadways. Fatality rates for drivers increase after age 65, according to a study by Carnegie Mellon University and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. For drivers 85 and older, the fatality rate jumps considerably, to about four times higher than the fatality rate for teenagers.

Seminar: What if bikes could talk to cars? How one CMU researcher will save the cyclists!

What if bikes could talk to cars? featuring Carnegie Mellon University researcher Anthony Rowe.
Part of the Traffic21 and T-SET UTC Faculty Seminar Series 
Thursday, Nov 20
Hamburg Hall 1000

FHWA Webinar: Designing for Older Road Users, Thursday, November 20, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

This session will focus on how streets and highways can be designed to better meet the needs of older road users.

Becky Crowe (FHWA) will discuss programs and projects underway at FHWA to advance the safety of Older Road Users. This will include discussion of the Older Driver and Pedestrian Special Rule, Handbook for Designing Roadways for the Aging Population, Older Driver and Pedestrian Design Workshop, the North American Conference on Elderly Mobility Noteworthy Practices Guide, and Road Diets.

New Mojio module promises connectivity for older car models

Connected-car technology startup Mojio has released its new plug-in module that can transform models from 1996 or later into connected vehicles via embedded 3G radio communications, GPS and third-party applications. Mojio has seven apps in its arsenal but says it hopes to expand with partnerships including driver safety app designers, auto insurers and location-based services startups.

AT&T shows it knows connected cars

AT&T is securing its foothold in the car-connectivity industry, Claudia Bacco writes, as the company directs its commitment toward machine-to-machine technology, telematics, the Internet of Things and partnerships with major auto manufacturers such as Tesla, Chevrolet and Audi. As customer demand for connected technology continues to rise, Bacco writes that AT&T will continue to deploy new wireless technology to support end-to-end solutions with software-based offerings.

Transportation agencies need proactive connectivity policies

Government agencies need to establish regulatory policies to help drive advancements in connectivity and provide an efficient data management system to support the growing number of vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, Suzanne Murtha writes. Following the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's proposed mandate requiring automakers to install 5.9 GHz devices, other agencies such as the U.S. Department of Transportation need to develop an efficient management protocol to ITS technologies.

ITSA Complete Streets Symposia, Nov 17-18th, Atlanta

In states, cities and local communities across the country, a movement is underway to make our nation's transportation network safer, smarter and more livable for all users -- including drivers, bicyclists, commercial vehicle operators, transit riders, and pedestrians of all ages. This fall, join ITS America and ITS Georgia for a two-day event that focuses on how safety, redevelopment, urban freight movement and ITS technologies enhance a complete streets network and the transportation experience as a whole.

Why Cyclist Groups Lashed Out on the Latest Bike Safety Report

Rarely do those reports come under fire the way that the group’s report last week on bicyclist safety did. The report, written by the former head scientist for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Allan Williams, highlighted a 16 percent upswing in cyclist fatalities between 2010 and 2012. It also detailed data on how many of the killed cyclists had been wearing helmets or were under the influence of alcohol when they died.

Why millennials are driving less than previous generations

A new report finds that millennials are once again setting themselves apart from previous generations: this time it’s all about driving. Or, in this case, not driving.

Poll: US residents unsure about driverless cars

The survey, conducted by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, found that only 56 percent of U.S. residents had positive views of driverless cars, compared to numbers at high as 87 percent in China and 84 percent in India.

Mercedes, VW to put brakes on Google's in-car data inroads

Volkswagen Group and Mercedes-Benz called on fellow automakers to establish separate platforms for data on vehicle use to avoid handing over sensitive customer information to Google.

Driverless cars to be affordable in just 10 years

Driverless cars could be within the price range of the average person in just 10 years, researchers claim. This will be made possible by a new 'eyes and ears' technology developed by researchers from Curtin University in Perth.

How Will Departments of Transportation Evolve Over the Next 50 Years?

Nationwide, many DOTs embody California’s struggle, thrown into sharp relief as the federal Highway Trust Fund dries up. People are driving less. As climate change worsens, they need to. And yet foundational practices — like LOS — encourage them to drive more.

New Ad from VW on the Perils of Texting and Driving

Watch it here>>

Global Entrepreneurship Week @ Carnegie Mellon

November 17-21, 2014
Celebrate the entrepreneurial and innovative culture at Carnegie Mellon University during Global Entrepreneurship Week! Be a part of the world's largest celebration of innovators and job creators who launch startups and bring ideas to life.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is made mandatory in all new cars in Europe that weighs under 3.5 tonnes

Also known as Electronic Stability Program (ESP) or Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), the feature detects loss of steering control during sudden turns or reflexes and applies enough brakes individually to keep the car in desired path.

NHTSA: V2V, V2I will improve highway safety, save lives

NHTSA’s recent report, Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications: Readiness of V2V Technology for Application, analyzes research done thus far and includes a "very preliminary" estimate of the costs of V2V and benefits of V2V-based safety applications.

A New Approach to Traffic Control: Ears on the Ground

A new traffic-easing technology relies on a different form of stimulus: Sound. Last month, researchers Pedro Malo of Portugal's UNINOVA institute and Philippe Cousin of IT consulting firm EGlobalMark completed a two-year trial of Ear-It, an experimental network of outdoor acoustics sensors, as part of the Spanish city of Santander's recent "smart city" initiative.

Pittsburgh Bike Share Hiring Director of Operations

Pittsburgh Bike Share is hiring a Director of Operations.