Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Thursday, December 8, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057


1) Airport Can Limit Where Leaflets Dispersed, US Judge Rules

Link to article in The Journal Gazette:

2) Flying Through Volcanic Ash Clouds

Infrared detection system being tested on aircraft.

Link to BBC News story:

Link to additional information from the Norwegian Institute for Air Research:

3) Alec Baldwin, American Airlines Battle Via Social Media

Link to article in The Hill:


4) Russia to Add Two More Glonass Satellites

Link to RIA Novosti article:

Link to news release from Roscosmos: (in Russian)

5) TomTom to Trim 10% of Workforce, Shift Away from Personal Navigation Devices

Link to article in the Financial Times:

6) GPS Taxi Dispatch Services Becoming Popular in Taiwan

Link to Bernama article:


7) Mumbai Recognized for 'Best Intelligent Transport System Project' by National Government

Link to Express News Service article:

8) USB Sticks Lost by Railway Commuters are Unencrypted and Often Infected

Link to article on ITworld:

Link to news release from Sophos:

9) Learning to Drive a Taxi in London Changes Your Brain

Link to article in The Atlantic:

Link to abstract in Current Biology:


10) Illinois DOT 'Safe Driving' Spokesman Busted for DUI, Remains on the Job

Link to article in the Chicago Tribune:,0,4237439.story


11) US Government Study: More Drivers Texting at the Wheel

Link to AP article:

12) US Secretary of Transportation Seeks Federal Texting-While-Driving Ban

Link to article in USA Today:

Link to blog from US DOT Secretary Ray LaHood:


13) Telematics Income Set to Expand in China

Link to article in the Shanghai Daily:


14) PETA Sues Utah Transit Authority Officers for Alleged Free Speech Violations

Link to article in The Salt Lake Tribune:

Link to news release from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals:

Link to complaint:

15) New York MTA Brings Bus Time Program to Staten Island

Link to story on NY1:

16) In London, Riding the Underground Turns Into a Game

Link to article in Good:

Link to more information on Chromaroma:


17) Tracking the Traffic – Technology in the Driving Seat Helping Motorists

Link to article in the Financial Post:

18) TV Stations Partner with Waze for Access to Real-Time Information on Road Conditions

Link to article on TVSpy:

Link to news release from Waze:

19) Articles from ITS International

- Virginia DOT's Variable Message Sign Retrofitting Program

- Promoting the Virtues of Commonality: A Discussion with Nu Rosenbohm from ITS America

- Destination Nextcity – Pioneering Payment and Information

News Releases

1) Innovative Auto Safety Technologies Contribute to Historic Low in Highway Fatalities; Stronger Laws and Enforcement Also Key

2) Safer Highways Continue to Play Large Role in Lowest Highway Fatality Rate Since 1949

Job Postings

- General Engineer – Research and Innovative Technology Administration – Washington, DC

Upcoming Events

Webinar: Assess the Barriers and Solutions to V2X Deployment – December 15

Today in Transportation History

1966 **45th anniversary** The SS Heraklion, a Greek car ferry, capsized and sank in the Aegean Sea. Only 47 of the 281 people aboard survived.


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