Preliminary program now available for the 18th World Congress on ITS
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ITS America has released the Preliminary Program for the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems and ITS America's Annual Meeting, an interactive e-brochure that is a one-stop resource for the latest information on the major activities planned for the conference in Orlando, Fla. from Oct. 16–20, 2011.
Browse the program now and discover the many unique opportunities for attendees to see, hear and learn more about the latest global transportation innovations.
Smart Solution Spotlight: New Jersey DOT and Turnpike Authority take innovative approach to traveler information with Trumpit App
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Last week, ITS America recognized the New Jersey Department of Transportation and Turnpike Authority as a national leader in transportation innovation. ITS America President and CEO Scott Belcher presented NJDOT Commissioner Jim Simpson with the Smart Solution Spotlight award for the agency's use of innovative technology to provide New Jersey commuters with more accurate and timely information about traffic conditions, weather situations and safety advisories. Drivers on New Jersey's most heavily traveled highways can download a free smartphone application called Trumpit, developed by ITS America member HNTB, to receive audio-based traffic, weather and public safety alerts customized to their commute.
"Real-time traffic information is making life easier for commuters as a way to 'know before you go,' so drivers can make informed decisions and choose the most convenient and efficient route," said Belcher. "The NJDOT and Turnpike Authority are demonstrating how public agencies can deploy cost-effective technology solutions to reduce traffic congestion, improve public safety and ease frustration for area residents and commuters." To learn more about Trumpit, click here for the ITS America press release or here to read the Asbury Park Press story.
US DOT webinar this Friday on Connected Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Analysis Report
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The U.S. Department of Transportation's, ITS Joint Program Office will host a free public webinar on Friday, June 24 at 1 p.m. to discuss Connected Vehicle infrastructure deployment issues.
The webinar will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to hear about and provide feedback on the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Connected Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Analysis Report developed by the AASHTO Connected Vehicle Working Group with support from USDOT. The purpose of the report is to explore infrastructure deployment approaches and potential issues for state and local transportation agencies, primarily from a state DOT perspective. Persons planning to attend the webinar should send their full name, organization and business email address to Adam Hopps at ITS America at Ahopps@ITSA.org. For more information on the webinar, visit the DOT website.
Click here for a full list of upcoming public seminars and workshops offered by the ITS Joint Program Office.
Nevada DOT RFP for Weather Forecasting Services
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The Nevada Department of Transportation desires to hire a firm to provide Weather Forecasting Services. Written proposals must be received NO LATER THAN 3 P.M., on Monday, July 11, 2011. To access the full RFP, visit the Nevada DOT Vendor Opportunities Web page.
ITS Program Advisory Committee discusses standards and safety at latest meeting
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The Research and Innovative Technology Administration Intelligent Transportation Systems Program Advisory Committee, an advisory body to the US DOT, met on June 17 to discuss reports from their subcommittees on Global Harmonization of Standards, Technology Strategy and Program Evaluation and Strategy:
ITS America holds workshop on eco-driving
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Earlier this week ITS America, the University of Michigan and the Mansfield Foundation hosted a U.S.-Japan meeting on reducing emissions through eco-driving. Attendees included American and Japanese representatives of the public, private and academic sectors. Scott Belcher, President and CEO of ITS America, joined several panels, and Dr. Peter Sweatman, Director of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and ITS America Board Member, provided opening remarks. Highlights included a demo of GPS-based V2V communication at the Toyota Technical Center, and panels addressed the technology, policy and research challenges associated with broader eco-driving deployment and identified opportunities for future collaboration.
HopStop to offer more than directions
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When HopStop was founded in 2005, the idea that a user could type two addresses into a website and get reliable directions about how to travel between them on public transportation was a pretty unique idea. How times have changed. Today there are over 40 mobile apps focused on New York City's transportation system alone, and Google gives directions for drivers, walkers and bus and subway riders through its website and its mobile app, which comes installed on many smartphones. More
Too many transfers, too much parking, not enough multi-modalism
When transit agencies don't coordinate well: Traveling between transit service areas in the same region can be a pain. You may have to pay an additional fare or transfer several times. It all depends on how well adjacent transit agencies cooperate and coordinate. According to an analysis by Jason McHuff with "Engineer Scotty" at Network blog Portland Transport, agencies in the Portland metro area could do a better job in this respect. More
Sen. Mark Kirk unveils plan to ease transit privatization
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Republican Mark Kirk unveiled a plan designed to make it easier for governments to lease public transportation assets or enter into partnerships with private companies to build them. In presenting the details of his — which runs counter to proposed legislation from Sen. Dick Durbin — said the plan could produce $100 billion for public-private partnerships on highway, mass transit, aviation and rail projects.
UPS: The parcel service that's cutting costs by going green
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With fuel prices shooting through the roof, there's been increasing interest expressed by global logistics leaders in developing technology that is likely to help cut costs as well as decrease impact on the environment. More
Federal faces: Tim Klein
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Tim Klein is best known for helping to move state-of-the-art "intelligent" transportation technologies from the drawing board and research facilities to the nation's highway and transit systems. More
Rep. Hanna: Technology can help DOTs do more with less
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Members of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America's Congressional Roundtable were joined recently by Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., for a breakfast on Capitol Hill to discuss the surface transportation reauthorization bill. More
How to fix crumbling US roads, rails and airways
After more than a decade of declining tax revenue in the United States, highways are crumbling, rail lines are overburdened and airline corridors are congested. Factor in the economic weakness, the public's tax-cutting mindset and geopolitical instability, and an already shaky situation looks ready to worsen for commerce, jobs and several industries that are crucial for transportation infrastructure. More
What's stopping driverless cars? (Hint: Not technology)
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The arrival of autonomous vehicles — cars driven by artificial intelligence — is not as far away as some might imagine. Last we checked, several types of driverless cars around the world had completed successful test runs. More
Study shows interference with GPS poses major threat to US economy
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More than 3.3 million U.S. jobs in agriculture and industries rely heavily on Global Positioning System technology and the disruption of interference with GPS posed by LightSquared's planned deployment of 40,000 ground stations threatens direct economic costs of up to $96 billion to U.S. commercial GPS users and manufacturers, according to a recently released economic study. More
LightSquared to use alternate airwaves as GPS jamming fix
Billionaire Philip Falcone's LightSquared Inc. wireless venture said it will use a different set of airwaves for its service than originally planned to help prevent interference with U.S. global positioning-systems. LightSquared will offer its service on a block of airwaves, known as spectrum, that is controlled by satellite company Inmarsat Plc when it introduces service early next year, Chief Executive Officer Sanjiv Ahuja said in an interview. More