Monday, February 11, 2008

Monday, February 11, 2008

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, February 11, 2008 -- ISSN 1529-1057


1) DARPA Extends Robot Air Traffic Control Research
Link to story in Flight:


2) Indian Commuters Not Buying Electronic Toll Tag Idea
Link to story in The Times of India:

3) Electronic Tracking at Ohio River Bridges Means No Booths
Link to story in The Courier-Journal:

4) As Toll Dodgers Get Creative, Eyes of E-ZPass are Watching
Link to story in The New York Times:


5) LORAN Saved, but Money Questions Remain
Link to story in GPS World:

6) GPS Isn’t the Only Tool for Location
It’s the most accurate, but others will stay part of the mix.
Link to story in InformationWeek:

7) University of Massachusetts Student Designs GPS Helmet
Would call for help if wearer is knocked unconscious.
Link to story and video report on WSHM-TV:

8) Nokia Aiming to Banish Paper Maps
Company has launched navigation tools designed to make the paper street map obsolete for pedestrians.
Link to BBC News story:


9) Biometrics Registry Proposed
Standards registry would enable interagency sharing of biometrics.
Link to story in Government Computer News:

10) Reporter’s Access to North Carolina Board of Transportation Meeting Limited
Link to story in The News & Observer:

11) EU Commission Plans New Rules on Car Advertising - Report
Link to Thomson Financial story:


12) Railways to Jump Onto Wi-Fi Bandwagon, Project to be Launched in Shatabdi, Rajdhani Trains
Link to story in The Economic Times:

13) Trains in Europe Offering Wi-Fi
Link to story in the International Herald Tribune:


14) FCC’s Safety Spectrum May Not Get Buyer
Link to story in The Washington Post: (may require free registration)

15) EU Weighs Traveler Biometric Requirements
Link to story in Washington Technology:


16) Perfect Partners
Automotive and electronics industries have long traveled a similar path but those paths now often converge.
Link to story in The Engineer:

17) Software Gets Smart Cars Talking
Link to story in ICT Results:


18) The Buzz is Over iBUS
Link to story in Business Line:

19) Philadelphia-Area Transit Lines Seeking Smartest ‘Smart Card’
Link to story in The Philadelphia Inquirer:


20) High-Tech Traffic System Coming to Wichita
Link to story and video report on KSNW-TV:

21) Traffic Camera Data Gives Complex Picture
Police, Californian analysis tell different tales of collision rates.
Link to story in The Bakersfield Californian:

22) Fog Detectors Could Prevent Crashes, County Says, but Florida Budget Tight
Link to story in the Palm Beach Post:

23) Researchers Try Tracking Traffic Using Cell Phone GPS
Link to story in the San Jose Mercury News:

24) Commuter Feed: Track Traffic Reports with Twitter
Link to story in Wired:
Link to Commuter Feed:

News Releases

Navteq Announces Navteq Traffic in Europe
2) SkyWay and Ford Team Up to Provide Ford Owners with Integrated Security Options
3) Motorola Launches Mobile TV Device with Advanced Navigation Capabilities
4) ITIS Starts Trial with Telefonica for Real-Time Traffic Information in Barcelona
5) CSX Transportation Launches Online Carbon Calculator
6) Sanef Consolidates Its Two Subsidiaries, Webraska and masternaut, to Build a Telematic Mobility Unit of European Dimension
7) Webraska Announces the Launch of the 1st Hybrid GPS Navigation Worldwide

Upcoming Events
TRB Webinar - Fast Lanes on the Transportation Information Superhighway: Tips for Efficient, Comprehensive Internet Research – February 27

Today in Transportation History
1808 **200th anniversary** – Anthracite coal is first used in the US as a domestic heating fuel. In later years it was used as an important fuel for steam locomotives.


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