Monday, September 20, 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, September 20, 2010 – ISSN 1529-1057

Countdown to 17th World ITS Congress in Busan, Korea, this October

We’re a month away from the 17th ITS World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems in Busan, Korea from October 25-29, 2010. Some of the world's most distinguished scholars and experts will attend the congress, providing you the opportunity to learn about the latest advancements in ITS worldwide. Busan is ready to welcome attendees with a state-of-the-art convention and exhibition center, dozens of hotel accommodations, and rich tourism resources. Using cutting-edge technology, Korea has integrated transportation infrastructure management and information systems on its national highways and main roads by installing electronic payment systems for toll roads around the nation. More than 70 percent of urban-area buses across the nation now have information systems for public transit users. Learn, share knowledge and gain perspective on the state of the industry as well as on the emerging technology trends in dynamic Busan. Register online by September 30th.


1) Is Google's New Real-Time Flight Data in Google Earth a Gift to Terrorists?

Link to blog on ZDNet:

Link to Google announcement:


2) Google and Peers Must Self-Regulate Geo-data Services, Germany Says

Link to DPA article:


3) Illinois Task Force to Address GPS Use by Truckers

Link to article in Heavy Duty Trucking:

4) Driving with Data Analytics and myGarmin

Link to blog on SmartData Collective:

5) Global Positioning System: Challenges in Sustaining and Upgrading Capabilities Persist

Link to further information from the US Government Accountability Office:


6) Private Firms to Invest €100 Million Into Intelligent Transport Systems

Link to article in The Irish Times:

7) 'Stasi Spies' on the Motorways: Big Brother Fears as Motorists are Urged to Inform on Each Other

Link to article in The Daily Mail:

8) Deadline Extended for Dynamic Mobility Applications Call for Ideas by US DOT

Link to further information:


9) Traffic Safety Course Held for TV and Radio Reporters in Vietnam

Training is aimed to help journalists gain more experience in disseminating information on transport-related issues.

Link to story on the Voice of Vietnam:

10) UAE's Roads and Transport Authority Seeks Public Participation

Link to article in the Khaleej Times:

11) Tim McCarthy May be the Most Recognized Voice at Notre Dame Football Games

For 51 seasons retired Indiana state trooper gives fans safe driving tips.

Link to article in The Times:


12) Texas Road Deaths Fall to Lowest Level Ever

Officials credit safer cars, public education and ITS among reasons.

Link to article in the Houston Chronicle:

13) Abu Dhabi Steps Up Drive to Nab Reckless Drivers

Numerous sophisticated, tiny cameras hidden on busy road, patrols and campaigns planned.

Link to article on Emirates 24|7:

14) New Study to Reform Texting-While-Driving Laws

Link to story on WTOP Radio:

15) Greater Enforcement is Key for Distracted Driver Laws, Recent Crackdowns Show

Link to article and video in The Washington Post:

16) Teens Missing Message on Road Texting Risk

Link to article in USA Today:

17) Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Vision: Safety is More than Enforcement

Link to article in Heavy Duty Trucking:

18) Focusing on Distracted Driving

Link to commentaries in the National Journal Transportation Expert Blog:


19) Farmers Turn to GPS, Telematics to Increase Efficiency

Link to article in The Daily Iowan:


20) Los Angeles MTA Board to Consider Contract for Real-Time Information

Link to article in The Source:

21) London Mayor in Advanced Talks with Mobile Firms Over Getting Signal on the Tube

Link to article in City A.M.:

22) Los Angeles Airport Buses Incorporate Location Information in Digital Signage

Link to article in Government Technology:

23) Public Transit Agencies and Twitter

Link to blog from Choice Riders:


24) £2.8 Million of Tax is Wasted on Traffic Radio We Can't Hear

UK's Traffic Radio broadcasts on Internet and DAB digital radios which most vehicles can't receive.

Link to article in The Daily Mail:

25) Traffic Radio Hits Back at Bad Press

Link to article on Radio Today:

26) Dallas Cowboys Staff Practicing for Super Bowl Traffic

Link to story and video on KTVT-TV:

Link to story and video report on WFAA-TV:

27) iPhone App Steers Victoria Commuters Through Traffic

Link to article in the Herald Sun:

News Releases

1) Postcode Anywhere Uses UK TomToms to Launch Superior Route Optimization Service

2) Majority of Motorists Feel Less Safe Due to Distracted Driving

3) Stay Focused, Operation Lifesaver Warns: Distraction Kills Drivers and Pedestrians Alike

4) Case Global Technologies Receives Award from Oracle for Solar Traffic Monitoring Solution

5) Pennsylvania DOT's 511PA System Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

Upcoming Events

Pupil Transportation (NAPT) Annual Summit & Trade Show, October 30-November 4 – Portland, Oregon

Today in Transportation History

1910 **100th anniversary** The SS France was launched.


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