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,...
November 17, 2014
With winter rapidly approaching, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has launched a new crowdsourcing app that allows drivers to report hazardous highway surface conditions in real time. It is the first app of its kind to debut in the U.S.
The UDOT Citizen Reports app, available for...
November 14, 2014
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has started putting the latest version of its SunGuide traffic management software through its paces, with no word on when final deployment will occur. If testing proves successful, the program will move on to independent verification and validation...
November 13, 2014
Transportation management agencies and individuals across Europe now have access to a wealth of new resources following the launch of the Eltis urban mobility web portal last week.
A product of the European Commission, Eltis is designed as an information hub on various European Union (EU)-funded...
November 11, 2014
Searching the streets for a parking spot may become an infrequent pastime in downtown Seattle starting in 2015 if the city’s deployment of 2,200 smart parking meters works as planned.
The new meters, from the IPS Group, will all be connected over one cellular network, with the ability to record...
November 06, 2014
Iteris Inc. was awarded a $1.4 million contract by the city of Omaha, Neb., to serve as system manager for the deployment of their intelligent transportation system (ITS). The project builds upon Omaha’s Traffic Signal System Master Plan, developed by Iteris in 2012, and will include the management...
November 03, 2014
Researchers in Spain are taking a unique approach to intelligent transportation systems (ITS), having just completed a two-year trial of new audio-based technology to help gauge traffic levels and alleviate congestion.
The system, dubbed Ear-It, makes use of acoustic processing units (APUs) that...
October 31, 2014
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) may soon have a new way to share information with bus and train riders if an upcoming pilot test of beacon technology proves fruitful.
Smart beacons are a Bluetooth-based technology that send out a signal to communicate with nearby mobile devices. Many...
October 30, 2014
Plans for a 300-mile high-speed rail (HSR) corridor connecting Detroit to Chicago and beyond took greater shape this week following discussion of a draft environmental impact statement on the project. Those in charge hope to have a final decision made on the project by next spring.
October 28, 2014
Researchers at the University of Illinois are using an advanced computer model to study the effects that Hurricane Sandy had on traffic in New York City when the storm rolled through in October 2012. Early results indicate that gridlock was the worst when residents began returning to the city after...
October 27, 2014
The times are changing in Louisville, Ky., with the governing Transit Authority of River City (TARC) preparing to debut a new fleet of all-electric buses to replace the long-standing trolley car system. TARC plans to have the full fleet of 10 buses roaming the city streets by the end of 2014.
October 24, 2014
Boston’s oldest subway line is set to enter the 21st century, as the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) announced it would begin providing real-time location data for Green Line trains starting in October. The MBTA will implement data sharing in three stages, with full integration...
October 23, 2014
Connected-vehicle technology was at the heart of many of the winning apps in AT&T's Connected Intersections Challenge, which encouraged contestants to develop mobile traffic-safety solutions for the New York City area.
AT&T received submissions from 45 teams in 13 countries and 26 states,...