Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Wednesday, May 12, 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) e-Media for Aviation
A look at Web-based customer service and marketing solutions.
Link to article in Airport Business:

2) Mystery Airport
Lack of signage makes reaching, navigating through and leaving airport a challenge.
Link to blog in Airport Business:


3) New York E-ZPass Call Center Spanish Language Frustrations
Link to story and video on WNYW-TV:


4) Updated Bing App Brings Free Voice Navigation to Windows Phones
Link to blog on CNET:


5) US Satellites Shadow China's Submarines
Link to article in the Asia Times:


6) Four US Senators Introduce Bill to Create Online Database of Earmarks
Link to article on Nextgov:

7) Joint CEN/ETSI Report on ITS Delivered to European Commission
Link to article from ERTICO:

8) US DOT at ITS America Annual Meeting
-  Secretary Ray LaHood Remarks as Prepared for ITS America Annual Meeting
 -  US DOT Presentations at the ITS America Annual Meeting 2010


9) University of Adelaide Study Suggests Pedestrians be Breath Tested
Link to article in The Advertiser:


10) Only US Airlines Called as Times Square Bombing Suspect was Sought
Link to Reuters article:

11) Senators Demand Tighter Rules on No-Fly List and Addition to Terror Group List
Link to article in The New York Times:


12) Finally, Presto Lives Up to the Name
Smartcard begins a roll-out in the Toronto area.
Link to article in the Toronto Star:

13) Oshkosh, Wisconsin Bus Crash Caught on Cameras
Link to story and video on WBAY-TV:


14) Nevada DOT Offers New Phone, E-mail Alerts
Link to story and video report on KTVN-TV:

15) Upgrades Will Allow Drivers to Check Issaquah, Washington Traffic Images Online
Link to article in the Issaquah Press:


16) Cars to Warn of Obstacles and Jams, and Talk to Each Other
Link to article in The Dallas Morning News:

17) Futurecar 2025: The All-Seeing, All-Knowing Indestructible Vehicle
Link to story on Fox News:

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Today in Transportation History    
1910 **100th anniversary** The USS Florida, a US Navy battleship, was launched in Camden, New Jersey.

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