Friday, September 5, 2014

Friday, September 5, 2014

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Friday, September 5, 2014 – ISSN 1529-1057

GEWI and BMW to Demonstrate VMS2DASH at ITS World Congress

In the newest development of vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, BMW and GEWI will demonstrate a prototype technology called VMS2DASH. It would enable public agencies to transmit traffic information from variable message signs (VMS) on public roadways onto a vehicle’s in-dash information display.  This would put important traffic messages directly in the driver’s field of view, providing information relevant to their specific location as well as their destination.  Register for the ride-along demo at GEWI booth #2805 at ITS World Congress.  If you are won’t be attending World Congress, click here for a TIC Features Overview video.  For more information how TIC Connects Systems – Vehicles – Travelers, visit


1) New Technology Will Allow Pilots to Pick More Direct Routes
Link to article in The Economist:


2) App Will Let Drivers Know When Bikes Are Near Their Cars
Link to article in Fast Company:


3) ITS World Congress: International Transportation Conference Bringing Technology, Execs to Detroit
Link to article on MLive:

4) INRIX's Gary Carlin Previews Company's ITS World Congress Plans
Link to interview on Transportation Radio:


5) RideScout and Austin's Growing Transportation Startup Ecosystem
Link to article on Xconomy:

6) I'm Stuck: Using Crowdsourcing to Persuade Lawmakers to Invest in Infrastructure
Link to article in Government Technology:


7) South Carolina DOT Holding Public Input Meeting on Island Inaccessible by Public Transit
Link to commentary in Charleston City Paper:


8) How Technology Can End Highway Fatalities
Link to article in PC World:

9) Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Law Prohibits School Buses from Using Safety Lights and Stop Arms
Link to story on Global News:


10) Insurers Ready to Ask for More Telematics Data
Link to article in Insurance & Technology:


11) First Responders from North and South Carolina Meet to Improve Incident Response
Link to story on WCNC-TV:

12) Virginia First Responders Learn Ideas to Ease Traffic Management Woes
Link to article in the Northern Virginia Daily:

13) North Carolina DOT's Yellow IMAP Trucks to Become 'Mobile Billboards'
Link to article in the News & Observer:
Link to news release


14) San Francisco's Public Transit Agency in Talks to Build Smartphone Ticketing App
Link to article on Business Insider:


15) Toyota: Automated Cars Won't Be Driverless Cars
Link to story on WWJ Radio:

16) Radio Remains King of the Road Despite Rise of Digital Music
Link to article in The Wall Street Journal:

News Releases

Friday Bonus
This summer I had a chance to visit Central Europe. Even while on vacation I'm on the lookout for items for the TCN and came up with this curiosity. It's called the narrowest street in Prague. They even have a traffic signal since it's only wide enough for one person at a time to pass.

 -  Nominees Sought – Vanguard Innovation Award – AASHTO
 -  High School Video Contest – Safe Streets. Smart Trips – Massachusetts DOT

Upcoming Events
Webinar: US DOT Connected Vehicle Pilot Program, Part 2-Communications and the Role of DSRC – September 19

Today in Transportation History    
1939 **75th anniversary** The US Navy instituted Neutrality Patrol operations in the Atlantic Ocean.

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