Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Veniam eyes mobile Wi-Fi networks with citywide V2I, V2V communications

The mobile Wi-Fi network equips buses, garbage trucks and taxis with NetRider devices, which open up opportunities for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication and data collection. This meshing of hardware, software and cloud solutions gives Veniam “the networking fabric for the Internet of Moving Things,” according to the company’s website.

Fla. to phase out free HOV lanes for hybrid, EV cars

For more than a decade, Florida has allowed owners of hybrid, electric and other low-emission vehicles to ride in high-occupancy-vehicle lanes with only one person in the car between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. And with the introduction of the I-95 express lanes, they don't have to pay tolls. But a federal law say it's time for those exemptions to end. By September 2017, U.S. law requires states like Florida to take another look at the special treatment these owners receive.

Test-driving Infiniti's new autonomous features


Renault-Nissan's new Infiniti Q50 boasts a variety of new autonomous systems, including front-end collision warning, blind-spot detection and fully autonomous highway driving, Brian Dumaine writes, as he recounts his experience test-driving the hybrid electric version of the model. Dumaine writes that the Adaptive Cruise Control and Active Lane Control systems kept the car from drifting into other lanes, but also allowed the driver to take control when needed.

A new bicycle dashboard, inspired by Audi

Friday, December 26, 2014

Just Add Water – Lithium-Air Battery Energy Storage Increases by 500%

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University admit that it’s a temporary solution, finding that the addition of water dissolves the lithium peroxide film that develops on the lithium-air battery anode. By eliminating the sudden-death problem, researchers were forced to recalculate lithium-air’s energy storage capacity. With the lithium peroxide barrier removed, the new lithium-air formulation is up to 500% more energy dense than previously. Of course, there’s still the problem of the water itself adding weight and dissipating, so more development is needed to make lithium-air batteries comparable or better than lithium-ion.

How solar power and electric cars could make suburban living awesome again

Installing solar panels on the roof of your suburban home means that you're generating your own electricity — and paying a lot less (or maybe nothing at all) to a utility company as a result. At the same time, if you are able to someday generate enough energy from solar and that energy is also used to power your electric car, well then you might also be able to knock out your gasoline bill. The car would, in effect, run “on sunshine,” as GreenTechMedia puts it.

Zero-emissions house charges itself and your car

ZEB house -- a collaboration between Snøhetta and the Research Center on Zero Emission Buildings -- could have a major impact on residential architecture going forward: Not only is it a zero emissions house, it's a "plus house," meaning it actually produces excess energy. It's enough that an electric car could drive for 12,500 miles on the surplus energy from the ZEB.

ITSA Pittsburgh 2015 call for papers now open


The ITS America Annual Meeting Program Committee is looking for high-quality papers for the technical program that narrate this year's theme, "Bridges to Innovation." Technical papers should be related to one of the eight main program topics: Safety, Sustainability, Connected and Automated Vehicles, Transportation Systems Operations, Commercial Vehicle & Freight Mobility, Shared Use Mobility and Transit, New and Emerging Topics, Mobile Technology. A major forum for academic and scientific excellence in the ITS industry, the Annual Meeting's technical program is a chance for academics, researchers and innovators to share their research and recent findings with high level public and private industry leaders and fellow technical experts. The deadline to submit a technical paper for the 2015 Annual Meeting is Feb. 6, 2015.

LG, Mercedes-Benz to make camera system for autonomous vehicles


LG and Mercedes-Benz are partnering to make a stereo camera system, which will help self-driving cars see certain parts of the road and handle various aspects of driving. The system will combine elements of LG's Advanced Drive Assistance System products with Mercedes-Benz's 6D Vision technology to create the camera system.

The conundrum of connected cars


Vehicle infotainment systems and dashboard consoles in the past have presented car buyers with a wide variety of nonstandardized and difficult-to-upgrade options. In 2015, however, the greater adoption of mobile broadband, built-in system updates and standardized operating system offerings from Google and Apple will make the upcoming generation of connected vehicles more appealing and feature-packed than their predecessors, experts say.

Monday, December 22, 2014

ITS America 2015 Host Committee Meeting

On Tuesday, December 16th, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto held a reception in partnership with ITSA and ITSPA in honor of Pittsburgh being selected as the host city for ITS America’s 25th Annual Meeting and Expo.

In Kampala, an App for Motorcycle-Sharing

It was perhaps inevitable that when an Uber-like ridesharing service arrived in Kampala, it would combine two things: bodas and safety. And that’s exactly what happened with the launch of a local startup called SafeBoda. Started on a pilot basis about a month ago, SafeBoda lets anyone with a smartphone choose a motorcyclist that has been trained in defensive driving, first aid, traffic rules, and motorcycle maintenance. 

Cities Target Elevated Levels of Pedestrian Deaths

“Many of our city streets were not really designed with pedestrians in mind,” said Ed Reiskin, president of the National Association of City Transportation Officials. They “were largely designed just to move and store private automobiles.”
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California Puzzles Over Safety of Driverless Cars

DMV officials say they won't let the public get self-driving cars until someone can certify that they don't pose an undue risk. The problem is that the technology remains so new there are no accepted standards to verify its safety. Absent standards, certifying safety would be like grading a test without an answer key. Broadly, the department has three options: It could follow the current U.S. system, in which manufacturers self-certify their vehicles; it could opt for a European system, in which independent companies verify safety; or the state could (implausibly) get into the testing business.
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Tomahawk Electric Supercar Set To Be Released In 2017

The model in question, dubbed “The Tomahawk,” will reportedly be a 2+2-seater featuring all wheel drive, an adjustable-height air suspension, a spacious interior (accommodating those up to 6 feet 5 inches in height), and an all-aluminum frame. According to Dubuc Motors, the EV will be “the first and only all electric sports car offering an extended range.” The company has already finished a prototype, reportedly, but a production-intent version isn’t expected until 2016. Production will then — if all goes according to plan — begin in 2017.

Long road ahead predicted for fuel-cell electric vehicles

Frank Meijer seems resigned to the fact that it will be a while until hydrogen-powered electric vehicles are a significant part of the car market. “It’s a marathon, not a sprint,” said the head of Hyundai Motor Europe’s fuel-cell vehicle program. “We won’t sell thousands of these vehicles overnight.”

Google Seeks Partners for Self-Driving Car

Google Inc. is looking for auto industry partners to bring its vision of a self-driving car to market within the next five years, the head of the software giant’s autonomous-vehicle project said Friday.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Fuel-Cell Cars: All Ramped Up With No Place to Go?

According to the U.S. Energy Department’s Alternative Fuels Resource Center, there are all of 13 hydrogen-refueling stations open to the public in the entire U.S.: Nine in Southern California, two in Northern California and one each in Connecticut and South Carolina.

ITSA 2015: Call for Papers and Special Interest Sessions submission close on 19 January

The Call for Papers and Special Interest Sessions submission deadline is approaching! Submit your Paper/Special Interest Session now to have the opportunity to present your contribution at the ITS event of the year. Authors can submit technical, scientific, commercial papers, and special interest session proposals until 19 January. No extension will be granted.

Microsoft unveils its vision for the future of connected cars


Microsoft's Bryan Biniak laid out the company's vision for the future of connected cars, complete with integrated, gesture-based interfaces that incorporate Point of Interest recognition, gamification and voice recognition to anticipate and cater to the "soul of the passengers." Biniak highlighted the potential of Microsoft's future concept models, which include in-car applications that can pick up on drivers' personal needs, while also communicating via a fully connected network that includes systems outside of the vehicle.

Here’s how electric cars could be cheaper than gas guzzlers within a decade

The internal combustion engine’s dominance is actually almost over. Over the next decade, the cost of electric and combustion vehicles will more or less equal out, Deutsche Bank analyst Rod Lache writes in a new note to clients. Electrics could even be cheaper than combustion vehicles, Lache writes, which could “serve as a catalyst for significant expansion” of electric car sales.

Nokia HERE plans to produce HD maps for autonomous vehicles


Nokia's maps division, HERE, says it will begin developing high-definition maps for autonomous vehicles to keep up with the demand for real-time, accurate navigation systems in driverless car models. Nokia says it is testing the new technology with its own fleet of vehicles using sensors, satellite and aerial imagery, and computer vision algorithms.

Waze app brings increased traffic to less traveled Calif. routes


The Waze traffic application, designed to help drivers avoid heavy traffic and find alternate routes, has stirred up some trouble in quiet neighborhoods in and around Los Angeles, John Rogers writes. As more traffic is diverted from highways, residents of small neighborhoods say their streets have been congested because of the Waze app's side street recommendations. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation says it is working with residents on a "road diet" plan to help ensure streets remain bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly.

Chicago taps Cubic for regional transit mobile app

Chicago area transit agencies Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra, and suburban bus operator Pace have awarded Cubic Transportation Systems a contract to supply an integrated, smart phone-based system supporting a variety of mobile ticketing, mobile top up, and contactless mobile payment applications using Near Field Communication (NFC), account management, and advanced trip planning technologies that incorporate all three regional agencies.

Your electric vehicle might not be as green as you think it is


A new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that if you live in a coal-dependent state, driving an electric vehicle might make your net effect on the environment and public health worse than if you had just stuck with a gas-powered vehicle. A team from the University of Minnesota compared cars powered by 10 different gasoline alternatives.

Calif. DMV is set to release new driverless car regulations


The California Department of Motor Vehicles is reportedly going to release official changes to road regulations made to accommodate autonomous vehicles in the early part of next year. The news comes after the DMV hosted a workshop with automakers last spring to discuss ways to improve safety and wireless security for new connected technology, as well as for liability and proper usage.

Jaguar Land Rover introduces navigation aid


Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled its "ghost car" navigational system as part of its rollout of new virtual technologies, including the company's 360 Virtual Urban Windscreen. Land Rover says the navigation aid provides a heads-up display to keep drivers less distracted and their eyes on the road. The company says its 360, live video feed HUD windscreen technology will improve visibility and will be able to utilize connected car technology to guide drivers based on "visible landmarks." 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Consumers less interested in clean vehicles as gas prices drop

80% of those interested in clean transportation have their purchasing decisions affected by gas prices.
According to the survey, some 80% of consumers that have considered purchasing clean vehicles are planning to do so to save money on fuel. The survey shows that for every 10 cent drop in gas prices, there is a 1% drop in the number of consumers willing to purchase a clean vehicle.

10 carmakers meet on air bag testing

Ten rival automakers that have recalled millions of vehicles for defective air bag inflators met for more than three hours in Romulus on Thursday. Increasingly frustrated with a lack of answers from air bag supplier Takata Corp. the automakers are banding together to find their own solutions. Federal regulators, safety advocates and some members of Congress also are demanding action.

Leshi Is Moving Into Electric Vehicles: Negative Implication For Tesla

Leshi's (300104 CH) CEO Jia Yueting has been developing an electric car and will seek the appropriate manufacturing license. After disrupting China's smart TV market with low-cost but high quality smart TVs, Leshi is potentially looking to disrupt the Chinese EV market with low-cost but decent quality EVs.

China offers billions to subsidise electric cars on gas

When hybrid owners don’t plug in their cars, their vehicles actually wind up using more gasoline than conventional cars, according to Hubertus Troska, Daimler’s chief executive officer for the greater China region. “You’re carrying 150 kilos of electric components with you that add to the fuel consumption,” Troska told reporters in the city of Guangzhou last month. “The effective reduction of emissions will only come if customers actually charge their plug-ins every day.”

BMW owners won’t need to find a parking space ever again

BMW’s new automated i3 uses these sensors to prevent collisions when out on the road and the four laser assistants are the centrepieces of its new fully automated parking service. The Remote Valet Parking Assistant, which is activated by smartwatch, allows a car to be parked in a multi-storey car park by using the i3 laser scanners to map the structure of the car park as well as the position of other cars, even those parked incorrectly, and park itself.

Electric Cars: A Review Of 2014

The United States is the largest electric car market in the world. Through November of this year, 83,647 electric cars were sold in America. While this represents a 26-percent increase over the number sold during the same period in 2013, it is a small percentage of the total U.S. market, and the impact of gasoline at $2.25 per gallon is yet to be determined. Moreover, 55 percent of the electric cars sold in the U.S. are plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (“PHEVs”), suggesting that consumers still do not trust the range of cars powered solely with electric.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Self-Driving Trucks Could Revolutionize Package Delivery

Shipping companies will probably adopt the technology faster than other industries as moving cargo in non-public areas like storage facilities and warehouses offers a way to test such devices with less risk to human life, according to a study published today by DHL, the freight and express arm of Deutsche Post AG. (DPW) Eventually vehicles might bring packages to a pick-up station where a consumer could find them, the shipper said.
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

A token farewell: Philadelphia transit gets modern

Philadelphia riders can now see evidence of SEPTA Key, the long-awaited smart card system for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. Dozens of computerized kiosks, turnstiles and fare boxes have popped up in stations and on vehicles, and testing begins this month.

Driverless cars wait for green light

Self-driving cars have been heralded as the answer to problems from tedious roads and congestion to traffic accidents – more than 90 per cent of which are caused by human error. Numerous companies and cities have conducted trials. Google has clocked up almost 1m miles of testing on public roads in the US and four cities in the UK will host pilot projects early in 2015. But technical and legal experts are increasingly concerned that the frenzied excitement surrounding the technology is obscuring the significant obstacles that lie in the way of the introduction of autonomous vehicles.

Utah launches electric vehicle website

Utah residents who own or are considering purchasing electric vehicles can take advantage of a new state website focusing on electric cars. The Governor's Office of Energy Development launched the website last week. It offers an interactive map of charging stations, facts about the cars and a buyer's guide. The website also includes a tool for calculating savings on fuel costs and emissions.

Electric Cars Can Stabilize Utility Grid Via V2G, Study Shows

A new study published in the New Journal of Physics shows that electric cars connected to the grid could help electric utilities respond to transient peaks and troughs in grid demand both flexibly and quickly.

Parents will wave off children to school in driverless cars, says minister

School runs and bus routes could be taken over by driverless vehicles, the transport minister has said as she revealed that the Government fears the technology could be open to “cyber hacking”. Claire Perry said the security threat was a key barrier to driverless cars being brought into general use due to fears over online criminals compromising the networks.

Calling All ITS Researchers

We heard from you in Detroit at the 2014 ITS World Congress and now we want to hear about your continued ITS research efforts. There’s still time to get involved as we develop the program and accept technical papers for ITS America’s 25th Annual Meeting & Exposition, taking place June 1-3 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Iowa Builds Smartphone App to Display Driver's Licenses


Iowa will make available a free mobile application next year that will allow drivers to show an electronic driver's license on their smartphones in lieu of an physical license, a state official said. The PIN-backed app will also serve as an official ID -- the state already allows drivers to display an app to prove they carry auto insurance.

Developers can use Android Studio tool to create apps for cars


Google has unveiled its newest tool to help developers create applications for its devices, including Android Auto. The Android Studio integrated development environment will allow for rapidly prototyping apps that would be used for in-car infotainment and other services.

‘Smart City’ Futurists Gather in San Diego for 1st Time

Transportation was a big topic of discussion Tuesday. Until a few years ago, scientists and engineers were still contemplating on when driverless vehicles would be a reality; now they’re working on ways to make it a reality, said Stan Caldwell, executive director of Traffic21 Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

Will VW Become an Electric Vehicle Powerhouse?

Right now, the average person might name Tesla Motors are the leader in electric vehicle technology, or maybe Nissan. Few, if any, would even dare mention Volkswagen, but there is a possibility that could change in the near future. The German automaker is making serious moves that indicate it could become a major player in the push to electrify cars. Already, it offers the e-Golf, but things look like quite a few more models will be launched in the coming years.
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Which States Have The Most Electric Vehicles?

Battery powered cars are steadily rolling out across America’s roads, but only in a patchwork of states. In California, Washington and Hawaii more than three out of every 1,000 vehicles are now electric. But in most of the country the cleaner cars are barely a blip on the radar screen, according to a new map by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, a federal statistics agency.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Toyota vs. Tesla: Can Hydrogen Beat the Battery EV?

Let's take the comments Musk made last year about electric cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells -- a competing technology to his battery-powered EVs. He called fuel cells "bull_ _ _ _," saying they were just marketing ploys by automakers. Meanwhile, Toyota is steadily moving forward with its first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, called "Mirai." You can buy it in Japan early next year, or wait until summer in the U.S.

Why Elon Musk's batteries scare the hell out of the electric company

Tesla's founder, Elon Musk, sees the $5-billion facility as a key step toward making electric cars more affordable, while ending reliance on oil and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. At first blush, the push toward more electric cars looks to be positive for utilities struggling with stagnant sales from energy conservation and slow economic growth.

Protected bike lanes also help protect pedestrians... in so many ways

Protected bike lanes also often result in narrower car lanes. On the public safety front, narrower car lanes are a big win. Wide roads designed for cars to drive fast will result in people driving faster. Narrower roads will communicate to the driver that they should be more cautious and drive more slowly. Studies have found road design to be more influential than speed limit signs for influencing driving speed.

Turning Public Transit into Smart City Hot Spots

João Barros, the former national director of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal program, and Susana Sargento, a professor at Portugal’s University of Aveiro, have launched Veniam, a startup that harnesses public transportation fleets to deliver Wi-Fi access to citizens. The service, also co-founded by Zipcar's Robin Chase and Roy Russell, hopes to be an enabler for the Internet of Things — a movement to connect a variety of products online — and a solution for affordable Internet access.

Jaguar Land Rover, Ford, Oxbridge create UK Autodrive to test driverless cars in Britain

Tim Armitage, UK Autodrive Project Director, Arup, said, “The UK Autodrive consortium brings together world-class expertise that will help the UK position itself as a leader in the development and adoption of autonomous driving technologies.”  Dr Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology, Jaguar Land Rover, said, “To successfully introduce driverless cars, we actually need to focus on the driver, as well as pedestrians and other road users.

A driverless car without a windshield or steering wheel

The Spike is a driverless electric vehicle with no front windshield and no drivers seat. The interior looks like a lounge and features a modular seating arrangement for two, three or four passengers facing each other. The Spike is first and foremost a commuting car also designed for intercity travel. A small version could probably be envisioned with a one-plus-one seating arrangement, but the whole idea behind this concept is, “How will our vehicles evolve if we no longer need to drive them? How will the interiors change and will some obsolete items be removed?” Boris and I tried to thinks about these questions and with the Spike, we are proposing a futuristic vision which, as always, is open for discussion.
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Alibaba moves into connected cars


Chinese e-commerce platform Alibaba is looking to expand its position in the emerging connected-car market with an aggressive two-year push to develop its own Internet-powered vehicle. The company has teamed up with China's SAIC motors, with the goal of challenging dominant players Apple and Google.

Audi unveils its new self-learning concept car, Bobby


Audi has announced its Audi RS7 prototype, known as Bobby, that features a piloted driver assistance system using autonomous driving technology to adapt to changing road conditions. Audi says the technology differs from standard driverless systems by learning from surroundings and helping drivers make decisions. "Alongside electrification and connectivity, this is one of the three main drivers for the future of the automotive industry," Audi's Thomas Muller said.

Symphony Teleca, Intel partner on in-car telematics platform


Intel and Symphony Teleca said they are collaborating on an in-car telematics solution, which will feature Big Data integration and analytics. The offering will also keep drivers informed with maintenance and repair alerts as well as real-time performance updates.

Volvo Is Making An 'Uncrashable' Driverless Car - Here's What To Expect From It

Volvo is working on making a driverless car. An “uncrashable” one. Using technologies such as automated braking systems, lane departure warnings and vehicle to vehicle communication (V2V), Volvo’s technical, certification and engineering manager David Pickett said the company’s vision is that by 2020 no one will be killed or injured in the new Volvo.  And they’re already halfway there.

Intermodalism: A 20-Year Perspective

The concept of intermodalism is as familiar today to transportation professionals as dedicated bike lanes. But 20 years ago, intermodalism wasn’t as common; it was just taking hold as a new concept in the federal transportation community.
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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Delphi mulls zero fatalities scenario with autonomous driving

Delphi recently announced it will partner with Ottomatika, a company started by Carnegie Mellon University, which provides advanced automated driving software, to jointly develop technology to accelerate automated driving.

Ottomatika raises $2.6M

Founder Raj Rajkumar did not return calls. But as co-director of the General Motors-Carnegie Mellon Autonomous Driving Collaborative Research Lab, he led the group that created a practical self-driving car that navigated 33 miles of Pittsburgh roadway in September 2013 with U.S. Rep.Bill Shuster among the passengers.

Why aren’t we all driving hydrogen fuel cell cars?

Hyundai released a zero-emission fuel cell vehicle (FCV) this year, and Toyota is slated to release one in 2015. The last time Grist wrote about FCVs was back in 2009, and the prognosis wasn’t optimistic. Has anything changed? Is the cost and greenhouse gas output of producing hydrogen more detrimental than having a zero-emissions car?
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Driverless cars set to be tested in four English cities

Greenwich, in south-east London, and Bristol will each host a project of their own, while Coventry and Milton Keynes will share a third. The decision was announced by the quango Innovate UK, after George Osborne's Autumn Statement. The chancellor also announced an additional £9m in funding for the work, adding to the £10m that had been announced in July. The businesses involved will add further funds.

Uber announces new carpool service for NYC


Uber says it will launch its new carpool service, uberPOOL, this week in New York City. The service will allow riders to coordinate rides with other passengers to reduce fares. "People do it now, informally. But allowing them to do it formally would make a big difference, especially during shift changes and rainy days," said Sarah Kaufman of New York University's Rudin Center for Transportation

GM pushes V2V, V2I tech ahead of automation


Following General Motors CEO Mary Barra's September announcement that the company will be focused on installing vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure technology into its new models, analysts say GM is on pace to be the first auto manufacturer to fully implement the communications technologies. GM's Jim Cain says he hopes the company's work on V2V and V2I systems will bring others to the table. "We're hopeful that our announcement will encourage other automakers to follow suit," he says. "Someone had to go first. We're happy to do it."

Gartner: In-vehicle connectivity to reach 150M cars by 2020


In-car Wi-Fi will be available in the majority of vehicles within the next five years, a Gartner report indicates, noting that up to 75% of those vehicles will be able to share information and consume data. Gartner estimates that 150 million vehicles will be connected by 2020, but analyst Thilo Koslowski says automakers must collaborate with technology companies such as Google, Samsung and Apple.

While competitors turn to fuel cells, Nissan sticks with battery-electric cars

The maker of the world’s bestselling electric car – the Leaf – will stick with batteries, Nissan vice chairman Toshiyuki Shiga said in a recent interview with the Japan Times. Shiga said that carmakers should “promote the electric vehicle first rather than hydrogen” and that a fuel-cell car from Nissan would only come “in the long-term future,” if ever.

Intelligent transport systems: ending the gridlock

Two years ago, Bill Ford, chairman of Ford Motors, warned of “global gridlock”unless we developed a better connected, more intelligent transport system for our cities. Based on closer collaboration between carmakers, and greater use of technology, the system needed, he said, to link pedestrians, bicycles, cars and commercial and public transport as part of one interconnected system. “If we do nothing,” Ford said, “the sheer number of people and cars in urban areas will mean global gridlock.”

ITSA Pittsburgh 2015 Call For Papers Now Open

A major forum for academic and scientific excellence in the ITS industry, the Annual Meeting's technical program is a chance for academics, researchers, and innovators to share their research and recent findings with high level public and private industry leaders and fellow technical experts.
The deadline to submit a technical paper for the 2015 Annual Meeting is February 6, 2015.

D.C. plans bus priority traffic signaling


The Washington, D.C., Department of Transportation says it is looking to install transit signal priority equipment at 103 locations throughout the city to help usher buses through heavy traffic. The DOT says the TSP system will signal buses via traffic controller box and will adjust traffic signal timing automatically to accommodate the buses. Officials say the Federal Transit Administration will fund the project with $58.8 million TIGER grant provided in 2010.

Toyota: Active safety for all

The new or re-engineered technologies encompass more sophisticated precrash braking packages, an improved auto-parking feature, a next-generation auto-adjust headlamp and a vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communication system. The auto-parking and vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems will debut in Japan and migrate to other markets, including the U.S. Other technologies, including two new precrash braking packages, will be released in the U.S. as early as next year.

Hydrogen Cars, Coming Down the Pike

The broad adoption of hydrogen-powered cars, which emit only water and heat, could play an important role, along with electric vehicles, in lowering emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants responsible for climate change. Cars and other modes of transportation account for about 28 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, second only to power plants, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Audi creating electric vehicle with 280-mile range to rival Tesla

"Such a car is under development," confirmed Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi head of technical development. "I was able to engineer the R8 e-tron project and technology with the team and we are on the way to a range of 450 kilometers. Let's say that technology will also be carried over and is a trailer for another car with long range."
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Does Electric Vehicle Technology Change the Entry Requirements for Vehicle Manufacturing?

Does Tesla’s success indicate the beginnings of a change vehicle production. Can lighter, more nimble car companies make their way in a world which is changing so rapidly?A recent teardown of the Tesla Model S luxury sedan by IHS Automotive demonstrated that it is much more closely acquainted with the consumer electronics engineering philosophy than the traditional mechanical engineering concepts of most cars on the market.

In Seattle: Inslee promotes electric cars to tackle pollution

Looking for ways to boost the use of clean-fuel cars in Washington state, Gov. Jay Inslee wants to extend a sales tax break for electric vehicles and explore giving them access to car pool lanes. Supporters say electric cars cut carbon pollution and help reduce the country's reliance on fossil fuels. But some question whether people who drive all-electric cars should get preferences - in their wallets or on the state's highways.
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Google teaches its driverless cars to nudge into traffic to compete with pushy drivers

This means that Google's cars will inch forward at junctions, particularly those with four-way intersections, to get through ahead of other drivers. The car will also drive closer to the vehicle in front than is recommended in the Highway Code, in an attempt to avoid other motorists from cutting dangerously in front of them.
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Do driverless cars need to make their passengers feel like drivers?

Skillman says that “humanized driving" is key to encouraging road users to accept driverless designs. “If you don’t like driving in the rain you should be able to tell your car to take an alternate route.”

Cost Benefit of Natural Gas Fires Up Taxi Industry

An ordinary-looking Toyota hybrid sedan run by Eastmoor Taxis in the Melbourne bayside suburb of Aspendale Gardens is the first cab in Australia to run on three fuel sources: battery electrics, liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and compressed natural gas (CNG).  The last fuel on the list, CNG, is giving the company its biggest saving.

The Most Important Recent Energy Documentary Film Impacts Transportation Fuels

The recently released film “Pump” may become the most important energy documentary film of recent years because of its impact on the future of transportation fuels in the nation and around the world. For transparency, the author of this note also appears in the film. The conversion to competition at the pump requires no new taxpayer funding. It is completely possible using private investment dollars.

In Blow to Climate Change Fight, EPA Prepares to End Alternative Fuel Program

The renewable fuel standard, which has been in effect for seven years, is in danger of being scrapped by the EPA. The mandate requires more ethanol and other biofuels be blended into the nation’s gasoline supply as time goes on in an effort to reduce the U.S. reliance on oil to run automobiles.
The decision by EPA officials came after intense lobbying by oil companies, car manufacturers and driving enthusiasts.
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Honda V2X tech gets cars talking to each other

The ‘Communicating Cars’ tour is the latest step towards creating an ‘ITS corridor’ between The Netherlands, Germany and Austria, following an agreement between the three countries signed in 2013. In an unprecedented cross-border cooperation between governments, motorway operators and the automotive industry, the ultimate aim is to create a fully integrated intelligent traffic control system on a 1300km stretch of road across the three countries, using the latest V2X (Vehicle-to- Vehicle and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure) technologies.
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No human needed: NSAPC debuts driverless vehicle prototype

“What Google is doing would be easy,” said Patrick Delay, an electrical engineer working with a team on the RaDER project. “What we’re doing is hard." Google’s car operates on roads that already are thoroughly mapped and presumably well-maintained, but a road map of Afghanistan, for instance, is probably not going to be as reliable, and the RaDER will be required to go where there is no road.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Toronto to Narrow its Traffic Lanes

Toronto will begin rolling out a program to narrow traffic lanes on the city's streets. The new lane policy, recently completed, was in the works for the past year. "Toronto will narrow many of the city’s traffic lanes in a bid to increase safety by reining in speeds while freeing up space for bicycle lanes or wider sidewalks," reports Oliver Moore.