Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057



AVIATION

1) MIT Algorithm Could Help Prevent Midair Collisions

Link to CNET blog:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20076904-1/mit-algorithm-could-help-prevent-midair-collisions/

Link to further information from MIT:

http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2011/air-traffic-control-0705.html

2) Passenger Says Photo Led to Ouster from US Airways Flight

Link to article in The Philadelphia Inquirer:

http://www.philly.com/philly/business/125060558.html

OTHER

3) Apple Obtains US Trademark for '280' Along with I-280 Shield for Map Icon

Link to blog on TechCrunch:

http://techcrunch.com/2011/07/06/apple-obtains-u-s-trademark-for-280-wait-what/

PUBLIC INFORMATION / EDUCATION

4) Bangalore Accident Videos Now on Facebook

Police post crashes to raise awareness.

Link to story and video on CNN-IBN:

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/bangalore-accident-videos-now-on-facebook/165272-3.html

5) DC Influencer: Lloyd Brown, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials

Link to article in PR Week:

http://goo.gl/disBy

6) Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Videos Updated in Montana

Link to article in the Ravalli Republic:

http://ravallirepublic.com/news/local/article_a97c5c4c-a6a8-11e0-94ad-001cc4c002e0.html

ROADWAYS

7) Highway Signs Growing Like Weeds?

Towns asking New Jersey DOT to prune roadside signs.

Link to article in the Asbury Park Press:

http://www.app.com/article/20110705/NJNEWS10/307050081/Highway-signs-growing-like-weeds-

8) National City, California Tests System that May Lower Response Times

Link to story and video on KGTV-TV:

http://www.10news.com/news/28444240/detail.html

9) Philippine Officials Remove 'Witches Crossing' Sign Following Outrage from Residents

Sign was designed to deter speeding at accident-prone location.

Link to article in Gulf News:

http://gulfnews.com/news/world/philippines/philippine-officials-take-down-witches-crossing-sign-following-outrage-from-residents-1.834064

SAFETY / SECURITY

10) QR Codes Aim to Curb Drunken Driving in Texas

Link to article in Government Technology:

http://www.govtech.com/health/QR-Codes-Curb-Drunken-Driving-Texas.html

11) Social Media Spreads Locations of Random Breath-Testing, Mobile Speed Cameras in Canberra Area

Link to article in The Canberra Times:

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/social-media-spreads-rbt-locations/2218455.aspx

TELEMATICS

12) A Sensing Probe in Every Car?

Link to article in Government Computer News:

http://gcn.com/articles/2011/07/18/mobile-telematics-apps-side.aspx

13) National Weather Service Goes Trucking for Hard-to-Reach Data

Link to article in Government Computer News:

http://gcn.com/articles/2011/07/18/mobile-telematics-apps.aspx

14) Hyundai's Blue Link Joins OnStar, Sync in Chatty-Car Drive

Link to article in Investor's Business Daily:

http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article.aspx?id=577320

TRANSIT

15) Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Again Considers Audio Ads on Its Buses

Link to article in The Boston Globe:

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2011/07/06/mbta_again_considers_audio_ads_on_its_buses

16) Google Maps 5.7 for Android Gets Transit Navigation

Link to blog on CNET:

http://download.cnet.com/8301-2007_4-20077252-12/google-maps-5.7-for-android-gets-transit-navigation/

Link to announcement and video from Google:

http://googlemobile.blogspot.com/2011/07/google-maps-57-for-android-introduces.html

TRAVELER INFORMATION / TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT

17) Sirius XM Radio to Launch 'Carmageddon Radio'

Link to article on Satellite Radio Playground:

http://satelliteradioplayground.com/2011/07/06/sirius-xm-radio-nasdaqsiri-to-launch-carmageddon-radio/

VEHICLES

18) Connected Cars: Take One to Ease Congestion

Link to commentary on AutomotiveWorld.com:

http://www.automotiveworld.com/news/components/87960-connected-cars-take-one-to-ease-congestion

News Releases

1) Smart City Technologies Will Grow Fivefold to Exceed $39 Billion in 2016 – ABI Research

2) TripAdvisor Now Provides Travelers Access to European Train Travel Options

3) Mitsubishi Motors and Kids Safety First to Conduct Safety Seat Checks at Mitsubishi Dealerships

Upcoming Events

Southeastern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (SASHTO) Annual Meeting – August 20-24 – Louisville, Kentucky

http://www.sashto.org/SASHTO2011

Today in Transportation History

1936 **75th anniversary** The Bureau of Air Commerce took over three control centers in Chicago, Cleveland and Newark to begin the US government's management of the air traffic system.

http://www.centennialofflight.gov/essay/Government_Role/FAA_History/POL8.htm

1936 **75th anniversary** A major breach of the Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal took place. The breach was never repaired and marked the beginning of the end for the canal.

http://www.mbbcs.org.uk/

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