Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday, November 13, 2009

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Friday, November 13, 2009 – ISSN 1529-1057


1) Airlines Fight for Safety-Upgrade Funds

Link to article in The Wall Street Journal:

Link to letter from US Airways CEO:

2) FAA Chief Says Controllers Were Too Slow in Alerting Military

Link to article in The Wall Street Journal:

Link to news release from the FAA:


3) Pimp My Bus Ride

Link to article in Time:,9171,1938660,00.html

Link to BusJunction:


4) Galileo ‘Pathfinders’ Take Shape

Link to BBC News story and video:

Link to further information from the European Space Agency:

5) Google Maps Navigation is Solid, but About that Voice

Link to column in the Chicago Sun-Times:,ihnatko-google-maps-navigation-111309.article

Link to video with voice recording:


6) Wave of Social Media Precedes World’s Largest Cruise Ship

Link to article in The Miami Herald:

Link to further information on the Oasis of the Seas:

7) Smarter than Average Buoy

Link to article in The Capital:

Link to Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System:

8) Any Data Port in a Storm

Technology takes the guesswork out of sailing into stormy weather.

Link to column in The Washington Post:


9) Pay-per-Mile for Drivers Could be in UK in 2020

Link to article in The News:

10) BMW Pushing for Smart Traffic Lights to Aid Fuel Efficiency

Link to article on The Car Connection:

Link to presentation from BMW:

11) I-40 Barstow Sign Gone for Good

North Carolina sign gave mileage to western end of interstate.

Link to article in the Star-News:

Link to photo of sign:


12) Mercedes ‘mbraces’ Telematics

Link to article in Wired:


13) Venezuelans Tweet Way Through Traffic in BlackBerry Revolution

Link to Bloomberg News article:

Link to Tráfico Twitter account:

News Releases

1) FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate Keynotes Random Hacks Of Kindness, Disaster Relief Codejam

2) AirIQ Announces Non-Binding Letter of Intent Relating to a Potential Sale of US Subsidiary, Boatracs

3) US and Europe Share Air Traffic Management Research

Upcoming Events

ITE 2010 Technical Conference and Exhibition – March 14-17 – Savannah, Georgia

Friday Bonus

Thief steals truck…finds surpise in back.

Today in Transportation History

1959 **50th anniversary** - The Narrows Bridge opened in Perth, Australia.


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