Monday, January 7, 2008

Monday, January 7, 2008

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, January 7, 2008 -- ISSN 1529-1057


1) High-Tech New Terminal for Singapore’s Changi Airport
Link to story in The Telegraph:
Link to additional information from Changi Airport:

2) Dolphins Play with Robotic Seaplane
New unmanned craft can take off and land autonomously in moderate seas.
Link to story from LiveScience:
Link to additional information from the University of Michigan:


3) Web Site Offers Easy Way to Plan Car Pool
Families enter drivers, where kids need to be and create calendar.
Link to column in The Charlotte Observer:
Link to Divide the Ride:


4) Magellan Partners with Google for Local Listings on Connected GPS Device
Link to story in the San Jose Mercury News:

5) GLONASS – The Way Ahead
Link to story in Inside GNSS:

6) MSN Direct: The Future of Connected Personal Navigation Devices in the US?
Link to story in GPS Business News:

7) A World at Your Fingertips
A host of Internet links are taking online maps in new directions.
Link to story in The Baltimore Sun:,0,3959853.story (may require free registration)

8) Wireless in Vegas
Writer comments on in-car Wi-Fi.
Link to BBC News commentary:


9) Tracking Chips May Expose Ports to Attack
Report: US has ignored warnings that radio technology can trigger bombs.
Link to story from the San Antonio Express-News:

10) In Shortage of Maritime Officers, Philippine Seafaring Industry Turns to Image Building
Link to OFW Journalism Consortium story:


11) Taking a Heavy Toll
Illinois Tollway aggressively chases accused scofflaws, regardless of cracks in enforcement system.
Link to story in the Daily Herald:


12) Helping Hands During Time of Disaster
Tennessee DOT works with other agencies during emergencies.
Link to commentary by Tennessee DOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely in The Chattanoogan:

13) New Tech Could Help Bolster Borders
Critics attack US State Department's decision to use long-range RFID in passport cards.
Link to story in Federal Computer Week:

14) In Response to New York MTA’s ‘Say Something’ Ads, a Glimpse of Modern Fears
Link to story in The New York Times:

15) Use Technology to End New Jersey Road Carnage
Link to editorial in the Asbury Park Press:


16) GM Envisions Driverless Cars on Horizon
Cars that drive and even park themselves may be on market within decade, General Motors says.
Link to AP story:

17) In-Car Sync System Gets Free 911 Calls
Link to story in USA Today:
Link to news release from Ford:

18) Internet Radio/Video Enters Autos
Link to story in This Week in Consumer Electronics:

19) Q&A with Egil Juliussen Telematics Research Group
Link to interview in GPS Business News:


20) World-Class Transport Facility to be Setup in Mysore
Link to story in The Hindu:

21) Online System Will Let Long Island Rail Road Riders Report Lost Items
Link to story in The New York Times: (may require free registration)

22) Does the MetroCard Need a Makeover?
Link to column in The New York Times: (may require free registration)


23) Traffic Director Focuses on Street Solutions
An interview with Murfreesboro, Tennessee traffic director Dana Richardson.
Link to story in The Daily News Journal:
Link to Murfreesboro traffic cameras:

24) West Virginia Department of Transportation Spreading the Word about Travel Safety
Link to story in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph:

25) South African Cops Not Amused by Speed-Trap Web Site
Link to story from The Star:
Link to Speedtraps site:

News Releases
1) XM to Debut XM NavWeather Featuring Exclusive Threat Matrix Technology for Vehicles at the 2008 NAIAS
2) Two Suburban Atlanta Moms Create, a Web Site Dedicated to Helping Travelers Cope with Planned and Unplanned Layovers at Over 100 US Airports
3) Volvo to Offer Subscription-Free Real-Time Traffic from Clear Channel Radio's Total Traffic Network
4) Connexis Supports Development of Next Generation Telematics Protocol (NGTP)
5) SAFESPOT Workshop on Next Generation Car Safety Systems
6) Navteq and Yahoo Expand Relationship Globally – Agreement Provides Access to Navteq Map Data for 72 Counties
7) Avis Introduces Next Generation of Where2 GPS System
8) Pay Less at the Pump with ‘TomTom Fuel Prices Service’
9) and Skyward Mobile Launch Traffic.com2GO

- Call for Abstracts – 2008 Freeway and Tollway Operations Conference

Upcoming Events
European Conference on Human Centered Design for Intelligent Transport Systems – April 3-4 – Lyon, France

Today in Transportation History
1976 – British and Icelandic military ships hit in the Atlantic Ocean. The collision occurred during the Cod War, a fishing dispute between the two nations.


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