Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 – ISSN 1529-1057

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1) Air France-KLM Developing GPS Baggage Tag that Will Let You Track Luggage on Smartphone
Link to article in The Daily Mail:

2) The Five International Airports Making Friends the Fastest on Facebook
Link to article on Skift:


3) ITS News & Updates – May 14
Link to update from the US DOT ITS Joint Program Office:


4) Digital Broadcast Radio in Europe: Working Towards a Brighter Future
Link to article on Telematics Update:

5) Traffic Technology International – August/May 2014
Link to magazine:


6) Why Smart Parking is a Cornerstone of Smart Cities
Link to article in FutureStructure:

7) MonkeyParking, an App that Allows Users to Auction Off Their On-Street Parking Spots in San Francisco
Link to blog on Laughing Squid:


8) Articles from Railway Age
 -  Communications & Signals: The New Frontier is Here
 -  Taming the PTC Elephant

9) Federal Railroad Administration Stops Monitoring Rail Cars with Toxic Inhalants
Link to commentary in The Providence Journal:


10) How $100 and Some Spare Time is Enough to Hack Traffic Lights
Link to story on CTV's Canada AM:


11) CDC Posts MERS Warning at US Airports After More Cases Suspected
Link to story from CNN:


12) Google Maps Adds Great Britain Public Transport Data
Link to BBC News story:

13) World's First Solar Panel Bus Stop Unveiled in Oldbury, UK
Link to article in Halesowen News:

14) MARTA Revamps Information Technology Department to Better Serve Customers, Build Employee Skill Sets
Link to article in Progressive Railroading:

15) Port Authority of Allegheny County Needs to Speed Up Rollout of Real-Time Info
Link to editorial in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:


16) Florida DOT Partners with Waze App to Enhance 511 Road Alerts
Link to story on WFSU Radio:
Link to news release


17) Tooling Around in a Driverless Google Car
Link to article in USA Today:

18) Clock Ticking on Google's Driverless Cars
Link to article in the Financial Times:

19) Auto Industry Revamp as a Digital Business Work in Progress
Link to blog on ZDNet:

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