Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Friday, October 14, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057

GEWI to Demonstrate Connected Vehicle at World Congress

At ITS World Congress in Orlando, GEWI and BMW will demonstrate a Connected Vehicle service for Local Hazard Warning (LHW) in the Mobility section of the Technology Showcase. Attendees to World Congress will have an opportunity to ride in the demonstration vehicle. GEWI will also unveil a new application to allow government and commercial users to enter traffic data on the iPad. The planned markets for which this could be used are Mobile Data Entry and Data Quality Assurance. Traffic Incident Management and Motorist Assistance are markets also being considered. GEWI will also be speaking in two sessions on advanced traffic technologies at the conference. To schedule a Mobile Traffic Data Entry demo or Connected Vehicle ride, contact


1) United, Delta, Alaska Air Sued Over Mobile Check-In Patents

Link to Bloomberg article:

2) Air Mishaps Soar, US Government Debates Why

Link to story on CNN:

Link to report from US Government Accountability Office:

3) UK's Birmingham Airport Strives to Offer Passengers Disney-Style Experience Using High-Tech

Link to article in Airport World:


4) New GPS Device Tracks Racing Cyclists

Link to article on

5) A Wireless Bicycle Brake with 99.999999999997% Reliability

Link to blog on ZDNet:

6) National Association of City Transportation Officials and US DOT Secretary LaHood Announce Print Release of Urban Bikeway Design Guide

Link to further information from NACTO:


7) To Cut Down on Cheaters, Garden State Parkway Toll Booths to be Put Under Video Surveillance

Link to article in The Star-Ledger:

8) Government Cameras in Your Car? E-toll Patent Hints at Big Brotherish Future

Link to blog on MSNBC:


9) Delhi Police: Commercial Vehicles Must Have GPS

Link to article in the Hindustan Times:


10) Port of Tauranga Radar May Have Shown Bulk Carrier Rena Heading to Reef

Link to article in the Waikato Times:


11) Florida Tries to Undo Traffic School Owner's Publishing Contract

Company has exclusive rights to advertising in official driver's handbook.

Link to article in the St. Petersburg Times:


12) National Transportation Safety Board: Ban Cellphones for Truckers

Link to article in the San Francisco Chronicle:

13) After Fatal Accidents, NJ Transit Seeks Improved Safety at Crossings

Link to article in the Asbury Park Press:


14) Telematics and Voice Recognition: Overcoming the Tech Challenges

Link to article on Telematics Update:


15) SEPTA Riders Warned Against Faking Injuries

Transit agency using video to catch frauds and plans TV ads.

Link to story and video on WCAU-TV:

16) Staff Told Not to Help Blind People at London Tube Station During Renovation

Link to BBC News story:


17) Chandler, Arizona Posts Freeway Travel Times on Signs Approaching On-Ramps

Link to article in the East Valley Tribune:

18) IT System Controls Swedish Traffic

Link to article in The Northern Echo:

19) Dubai Police Partner with Du for Traffic Information Transfer

Link to article in Telecompaper:


20) Driverless Cars Tested in Nevada

Link to article in the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

News Releases

1) Automakers to Work with Governments Globally on Standards to Help Bring Connected Cars to Market Quicker and More Affordably

2) Toronto Transit Commission Establishes Customer Liaison Panel

3) Philadelphia International Airport Selects GS&P for Signage Upgrade Project

4) New Consulting Partnership Brings Together D'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers

5) Teen Leaders to Convene for National Distracted Driving Summit

6) New System Uses CCTV, Telematics and Onboard Weighing on Waste Collection Vehicles

7) Toshiba Launches Image Recognition Processor for Automotive Applications

Upcoming Events

14th Annual National Tribal Transportation Conference – November 14-17 – Nashville, Tennessee

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Today in Transportation History

1911 **100th anniversary**

Hans Schmidt became the 100th person died in an airplane accident.

The Italian battleship Leonardo da Vinci was launched in Genoa, Italy.

The American Society of Safety Engineers was formed as the United Association of Casualty Inspectors.

1966 **45th anniversary** The Montreal metro was officially inaugurated.


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