Monday, April 9, 2007

Monday, April 9, 2007


Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, April 9, 2007 -- ISSN 1529-1057


Registration Deadline Approaching for U.S. DOT Public Meeting on Integrated Vehicle Based Safety Systems Initiative

The U.S. Department of Transportation will host a public meeting in Ypsilanti, Michigan from April 25-26, 2007 to present results from a vehicle safety research initiative, the Integrated Vehicle Based Safety Systems (IVBSS) program. The IVBSS program is one of the nine first-tier ITS research initiatives being sponsored by the FHWA’s Joint Program Office. Pre-registration for this meeting is mandatory. Registration will be open through April 13, 2007. The preliminary agenda, meeting notice and registration information is available at
http://www.itsa.org/ivbss.html.


1) A Wheel-Time Test
A review of San Diego County’s 511 system.
Link to column in The San Diego Union-Tribune:
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/features/20070408-9999-mz1c08rowe.html

2) I-81 Corridor Coalition Proposed
Link to story in The Sentinel:
http://www.cumberlink.com/articles/2007/04/07/news/news565.txt

3) Oregon DOT Test Drives Mileage Tax
Link to story in The Oregonian:
http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/1175927213135480.xml&coll=7

4) Companies Building Internet-Based System for US Navy to Remotely Monitor and Diagnose Machinery Systems on Ships Worldwide
Link to story in The Virginian-Pilot:
http://content.hamptonroads.com/story.cfm?story=122499&ran=84818

5) A Snipe at Speedsters
Lidar offers pinpoint accuracy in nabbing speeding motorists.
Link to story in Government Technology:
http://www.govtech.net/magazine/story.php?id=104343

6) KC Scout’s Traffic Alerts Encounter Delay
E-mail and text messages won’t begin until May at the earliest.
Link to story in The Kansas City Star:
http://www.kansascity.com/115/story/63996.html

7) Malaysia Police Want Trucks Fitted with GPS to Curb Highway Robbery
Link to Bernama story:
http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/state_news/news.php?id=255386&cat=st

8) Bringing Wi-Fi to the Highway
The first Internet cars are beginning to appear.
Link to story and video report on KGO-TV:
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=drive_to_discover&id=5191236

9) New York State DOT Integrates Transportation Status with Google Maps
Link to story in The New York State Enterprise:
http://www.cio.state.ny.us/newsletters/2007_04_newsletter.htm#a2

10) Cell Phone Gridlock Video is a Good Call
Link to story in the New York Post:
http://www.nypost.com/seven/04092007/news/regionalnews/cellphone_gridlock_video_is_a_good_call_regionalnews_jeremy_olshan__transit_reporter.htm

11) Google Offers Flight Information by Text Message
Link to story in The New York Times:
http://travel.nytimes.com/2007/04/08/travel/08transgoogle.html (requires free registration)

12) New Web Site to Ease Wi-Fi Woes
Site provides information and reviews on connectivity at airports worldwide.
Link to story on Inflight Online:
http://www.shephard.co.uk/Inflight/Default.aspx?Action=-1000945703&ID=794684a2-3ebb-4723-987f-c91f7385f51d
Link to atlarge:
http://www.atlarge.com/

13) London Tube Accessibility Site Launched
Link to BBC News story:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/6538417.stm
Link to Transport for London Journey Planner: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/journeyplanner

14) Pass/No Pass: Dynamic Road Prediction for Safe Overtaking
Link to story in GPS World:
http://tl.gpsworld.com/gpstl/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=416710

15) Research Opportunities in Radio Frequency Identification Transportation Applications
Link to further information from the Transportation Research Board:
http://www.trb.org/news/blurb_detail.asp?id=7569


News Releases

1) American Airlines Launches AA.com/Women Increasing Its Focus on Women's Travel Market
http://www.aa.com/content/amrcorp/pressReleases/2007_04/09_women.jhtml
Link to site:
http://www.aa.com/women

2) Virginia Unveils Interactive Kiosks for State Parks – First in the nation to deploy GPS technology system wide
http://www.governor.virginia.gov/MediaRelations/NewsReleases/viewRelease.cfm?id=374

3) Consumer Demand for GPS Headed in the Right Direction, CEA Research Finds
http://www.ce.org/Press/CurrentNews/press_release_detail.asp?id=11264

4) Calling All Drivers – Dash Hits the Streets with Unique Nationwide Road Test Program
http://www.dash.net/news_pr-070409.php


Upcoming Events
HeavyRoute User Requirements Workshop – May 15 – Vienna
http://www.ertico.com/en/news_and_events/ertico_newsroom/heavyroute_user_requirements_workshop_15_may_2007.htm


Today in Transportation History
1959 – The first group of astronauts, the Mercury Seven, is introduced to the public.
http://history.nasa.gov/40thmerc7/intro.htm

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