Thursday, March 11, 2010

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Thursday, March 11, 2010 – ISSN 1529-1057

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Confirmed as Keynote for IBTTA Legislative Conference – March 22-23, 2010 in Washington, DC 

Join the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association on March 22-23, 2010 in Washington, DC and participate in discussions on federal legislative initiatives with leaders in the transportation policy debate. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will speak on Monday, March 22 at 8:30 am. Meeting topics will include transportation authorization, electronic tolling interoperability, vehicle miles traveled (VMT) charging, the proposed Office of Public Benefit, and other important issues affecting tolling and road pricing. Participants will spend Tuesday afternoon visiting their congressional representatives to advance tolling initiatives on Capitol Hill. Click here to register, view the program and make your hotel and travel arrangements.


1) Air Traffic Modernization on Congress’ Radar but Funding Isn’t

Link to article in The Dallas Morning News:

2) FAA Mandates Airbus Collision Avoidance Modification

Link to article in Air Transport Intelligence:

3) JetBlue Twitter Promotion Attracts Huge Crowds

Link to column on CNET News:


4) iPhone App for smart Car: Navigation, Traffic Signs Recognition

Link to article on GPS Business News:,-Traffic-Signs-Recognition_a2109.html


5) Gadgets in Emergency Vehicles Seen as Peril

Link to article in The New York Times:

6) Some Call Illuminated Ads on Rear Windows a Safety Hazard

Link to story on Minnesota Public Radio:


7) NASA Launches Mission Simulator Web Site

Online simulator lets the public pilot the Space Shuttle and visualize space communications.

Link to story in Government Computer News:

Link to site:


8) Telematics is Yet to be Complimented by Road Infrastructure in India

Link to interview in Voice & Data:


9) As Station Agents Vanish from the New York Subways, Riders Struggle to Adapt to Replacement Intercoms

Link to article in amNew York:

10) Kentucky Launches Travel Management Center

Site is one of four across US.

Link to article in Metro:

Link to further information from US DOT:


11) Ads Give Traffic Report a Creepy Vibe

Link to column in the Las Vegas Review-Journal:


12) Safety Regulators Plans Closer Look at Car Electronics

Link to article in The New York Times:

13) US Weighs Post-Toyota ‘Black Box’ Requirement

Link to Reuters article:

14) Two-Second Video Causes Headache for ABC News

Network used pictures of zooming tachometer in a parked Toyota.

Link to AP article:

15) California to Amend ‘Cool Cars’ Rule

Police warn new window glazing standards may block cell phone, toll tag and electronic tether signals.

Link to article in The Detroit News:

16) Will the iPad Make a Great Car Gadget?

Link to blog in Computerworld:

17) Nokia’s Terminal Mode: ‘We are Not Here to Play the Game Alone”

Link to interview on GPS Business News:

News Releases

1) Recognize, React, Recover Educational DVD Now Available from Roadway Safety Foundation

2) Wyoming Becomes the 20th State to Ban Texting While Driving

3) New Zealand Transport Agency Expands Webcam Service for Travelers

4) Waze Launches Social GPS App in Germany and France with Localized Grid and Road Full of Surprises


- Presolicitation Notice – Intelligent Transportation Systems Technical Support Services – Federal Highway Administration

Upcoming Events

The Location Business Summit – April 28-29 - Amsterdam

Today in Transportation History

1960 **50th anniversary** Pioneer 5 was launched on a mission to explore interplanetary space between Earth and Venus.

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