Friday, May 14, 2010

Friday, May 14, 2010

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Friday, May 14, 2010 – ISSN 1529-1057

Integrated Vehicle-Based Safety System (IVBSS) Field Operation Ends April 30, 2010: Over 800,000 Miles of Naturalistic Driving Data Collected

The IVBSS program is a cooperative research agreement between the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) to conduct field tests of advanced integrated safety systems on passenger vehicles and heavy-duty trucks.  The prototype crash warning systems included forward collision, lane departure, lane change, and curve speed warnings and were tested using a fleet of 16 passenger cars and 10 heavy-duty trucks. 

The heavy truck final report will be publicly available in July. More information and current reports are available at


1) Coming Soon to Air Travel: the iPad
Link to CNET News article:


2) NOAA Reports that Modernizing Positioning System is Vital
Link to article in GPS World:


3) Bangalore School Buses to Turn Into High-Tech Nannies
Link to article in Mid Day:

4) With My iPhone Alone, I'm Apped to Travel
Link to article in The Washington Post:


5) 'Smart' Security Gates Open at Manchester, UK Airport
Link to article in the Manchester Evening News:


6) Chaotic Space Traffic Needs Rules: US General
Link to AFP article:


7) Myki Mess: Big Guns Paid to Mop Up
Victorian government hires advisers to fix smartcard issues.
Link to article in The Age:


8) Cars' Computer Systems Called at Risk to Hackers
Link to article in The New York Times:

9) McMaster University Working with IBM on Intelligent Cars
Link to article in The Gazette:

Upcoming Events
Joint Council on Transit Wireless Communications Meeting – May 27 – Long Beach, California

Friday Bonus
And you thought electronic billboards were distracting.

Today in Transportation History    
1860 **150th anniversary** The first official delegation from Japan arrived in Washington, DC aboard the USSPowhatan.

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