Friday, July 23, 2010

Friday, July 23, 2010

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Friday, July 23, 2010 – ISSN 1529-1057


IVBSS Program Public Meeting October 20, 2010 in Ypsilanti, MI

U.S. DOT will host a one-day public meeting on October 20, 2010 to provide a report on results from the Integrated Vehicle-Based Safety Systems (IVBSS) field operational test to members of the vehicle safety research community and other interested parties.

The IVBSS program is a five-year cooperative research agreement to combine several crash warning subsystems -- including forward collision, lane departure, lane change, and curve speed warning -- into a single, integrated concept to enhance the safety of both passenger vehicles and heavy trucks. Field tests using a fleet of light vehicles and heavy trucks were recently completed and the resulting reports are being finalized. The Key Findings report for the Heavy Truck field test will be available by the end of August.

Click here for registration and additional information. Online registration deadline is October 15.

AVIATION

1) Cockpit Technology Aids Aviation Efficiency Drive

Link to AP article:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iKhxp6vDTHraffIz83P8E-y3vk_QD9H43NV80

2) FAA Naming Group to Study ADS-B in Requirements

Link to article in Aviation International News:

http://www.ainonline.com/news/single-news-page/article/faa-naming-group-to-study-ads-b-in-requirements-25599/

3) Naverus Offers Precise Pathway in the Sky

Link to article and video in The Seattle Times:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/boeingliveeventcoverage/2012430805_kent_company_now_part_of_ge_offers_a_precise_pathway_in_the_sky.html

4) Business Aviation Celebrates Social Media Day

Link to program on Blog Talk Radio:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-weekly-of-business-aviation/2010/06/30/business-aviation-celebrates-social-media-day

BICYCLES

5) Washington, DC DOT Unveils New Bike-Sharing Map

Link to story and video on WJLA-TV:

http://www.news8.net/news/stories/0710/757776.html

Link to District DOT news release:

http://ddot.dc.gov/DC/DDOT/About+DDOT/News+Room/DDOT+Releases+Proposed+District+Bikesharing+Locations

CAMERAS

6) Arizona Cancels Study of Speed Enforcement Cameras' Impact on Safety

Link to AP article:

http://www.kold.com/Global/story.asp?S=12861286

SAFETY / SECURITY

7) Drivers to be Warned of Oncoming Trains

Wireless technology would broadcast an audio and visual warning to vehicles approaching crossings when a train is expected.

Link to AAP article:

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/drivers-to-be-warned-of-oncoming-trains-20100723-10ntt.html

Link to video release from La Trobe University:

http://www.latrobe.edu.au/news/videos/saving-lives-at-rail-crossings

8) Deepwater Horizon Alarms Were Switched Off 'to Help Workers Sleep'

Link to article in The Guardian:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jul/23/deepwater-horizon-oil-rig-alarms

9) Hill Opposition Grows to FCC Spectrum Auction Plan

Link to article on Nextgov:

http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20100722_3275.php

SPACE

10) Teachable Moments from NASA's Social Media Project, Spacebook

Link to article in Federal Computer Week:

http://fcw.com/articles/2010/07/23/nasa-learns-lessons-from-spacebook-social-media-project.aspx

TRANSIT

11) Moving to Broadband on Public Transport

Link to column in Mass Transit:

http://www.masstransitmag.com/interactive/2010/07/20/moving-to-broadband-on-public-transport/

12) Toronto Subway System Briefly Shut Down on Control Center Failure

Link to article in The Globe and Mail:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/toronto-subway-system-briefly-shut-down-on-control-centre-failure/article1648314/

TRAVELER INFORMATION / TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT

13) Man in Charge of Traffic Management for Rugby World Cup Talks About His Plans

Link to article in The Aucklander:

http://www.theaucklander.co.nz/local/news/go-with-the-flow/3917581/

14) Company Adds Surprise Fee to Lifetime Agreement

TrafficGauge says $9.95 'annual network access fee' is now required.

Link to column in the Los Angeles Times:

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-lazarus-20100723,0,1687635.column

VEHICLES

15) Windows Embedded Car Hits the Road

Link to article on OnWindows.com:

http://www.onwindows.com/Articles/Windows-Embedded-car-hits-the-road/5124/Default.aspx

News Releases

1) ITS America Applauds FREIGHT Act's Focus on Innovative Technology Solutions

2) Southern California Transit Training Consortium (SCRTTC) Announces New University Affiliate Member

Upcoming Events

First GSC Workshop – September 14 – Brussels

http://www.ertico.com/en/events/20100512_01.htm

Friday Bonus

Ever been in a situation where you just can't get the voice-recognition system to understand you? Well, it could be worse.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FFRoYhTJQQ

Today in Transportation History

1945 **65th anniversary** The first Vista Dome railcar car was put into service on the Twin Cities Zephyr.

http://www.vistadome.com/dome_tour/dome_postcard.html

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