January 27, 2015
Transportation research companies received a total of $5.7 billion in venture investments in 2014, eclipsing the combined 2012 and 2013 totals by more than double, according to Forbes. Looking ahead to 2015 and beyond, Brook Porter, Michael Linse and Zach Barasz—investors with the Green Growth Fund...
January 26, 2015
New smart parking meters coming to the streets of Sacramento, Calif., will allow drivers to pay for their spots via smartphone. Deployment has already begun in Old Sacramento, according to Government Technology, and will expand into downtown and midtown through the month of February.
January 23, 2015
Chicago-area transit agency Pace sent a proposal for a $2.3 billion regional bus rapid transit (BRT) system to Congress this week in the hopes of securing federal funding for the ambitious project.
The central idea behind the Rapid Transit Network is faster, uninterrupted travel in Chicago and...
January 19, 2015
Members of Congress are scheduled to speak with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) this week about its investigation into the deadly smoke release in a Washington, D.C. Metro tunnel last week that killed one passenger and hospitalized dozens more. The incident has raised questions...
January 19, 2015
A Colorado radio station, controlled by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), launched this last Saturday morning, by which the general public could be kept up to speed on road and traffic conditions along I-70.
Part of CDOT’s “Change Your Peak Drive” campaign, the station is meant to...
January 14, 2015
The often-contentious relationship between Uber and the cities it operates in could be taking a turn for the better, as the ridesharing giant announced it will begin sharing its customers’ anonymized travel data with select city partners.
For each trip with its service, Uber collects and saves...
January 12, 2015
Traffic engineers and transportation officials across the country have a new resource at their disposal following the opening of the National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE) this weekend in Washington, D.C. The announcement was made during the annual meeting of the Transportation Research...
January 09, 2015
Automotive parts manufacturer Delphi debuted its automated-vehicle platform at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show this week, taking CNET’s Wayne Cunningham on a test drive through the streets of Las Vegas.
The system, simply called Drive, was employed on a research-model Audi S Q5 but can be...
January 08, 2015
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) agreed to become a partner in the Connected Citizens program from crowdsourcing traffic app Waze this week, providing another source of information for Kentucky drivers.
Traditionally, Waze relies on notifications from its users to alert drivers of...
January 07, 2015
Transportation officials in Toronto announced they’ll spend more than $7 million in 2015 to upgrade the city’s traffic management system. No timetables were given for purchase, installation or implementation of the new measures.
One of the more innovative pieces of the plan is a series of new...
January 05, 2015
One of the country’s most controversial public-transportation projects is about to commence, as the long-debated California high-speed rail (HSR) project is set to finally break ground this week.
Since its conception, the HSR effort—whose final result will create a 220-mph train line between San...
January 02, 2015
Researchers in Europe are preparing to propel the global intelligent transportation system (ITS) market forward with the world’s first smart road to span three countries. If the project proves a success, other European countries may add their own segments to the international highway.
December 17, 2014
Technology companies from all over the world converged on the Walt Disney Speedway in Orlando, Fla., this week to demonstrate the latest in self-driving vehicle technology at the second annual Florida Automated Vehicles Summit.
While the likes of Google, Audi and other auto manufacturers have...
December 16, 2014
While ride-sharing is just now achieving widespread popularity in the U.S., the city of Bremen, Germany has been taking the concept to the next level for several years by integrating it with the established public transportation system. More recently, the city has begun building car-sharing ports...
December 10, 2014
Drivers competing for parking spots in the greater Boston area will soon have a slew of smartphone apps to help them in their search, with three new applications set to debut in the coming months.
The first of the new slate is called Veer and is already available for iPhone users. After they...
December 09, 2014
The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted last week to raise the mass transit tax benefit that was cut in half at the beginning of 2014 back to $250—but only for this year, leaving the current reduced rate going forward.
Commuters’ wallets took a major hit when the tax benefit...
December 02, 2014
Toyota Motor Corp. will begin implementing new advanced safety systems across its mass-market lineup in early 2015. Precrash braking packages, an improved auto-parking feature, a next-generation auto-adjust headlamp, a vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communication system will all...
November 26, 2014
Researchers at the University of Washington are developing new camera technology based in smart cars that could eventually be used to track pedestrian and vehicle traffic on an individual level.
The project makes use of a fleet of smart cars equipped with the cameras. Each individual camera is...
November 25, 2014
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) officials announced the opening of the “BART TO OAK” transit line, following a 4-year construction period and estimate $484 million infrastructural investment.
The line offers a “train to plain” service to and from Oakland International Airport. Passengers will be...
November 19, 2014
As fully-autonomous vehicles come closer to being a reality, Nokia is working to build a comprehensive set of 3-D maps that could guide self-driving cars along the roadway.
HERE, the mapping division of Nokia, has sent out 200 vehicles in the last 18 months armed with high-resolution cameras,...