Private sector innovation wanted for transportation operations centers
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Governor McDonnell has announced that the Virginia Department of Transportation has initiated a procurement seeking private sector interest to operate, integrate and innovate the state's transportation operations centers. VDOT currently operates centers in five geographic locations that monitor traffic conditions via cameras and other technology, providing traveler information on road conditions and coordinating congestion management and incident response.
"We must use technology to get the most of our transportation system and VDOT is looking for a partner who will do that," said Governor McDonnell. "The end goal is find and employ state-of-the-art technology to keep traffic moving, manage congestion and respond to incidents."
In coordination with the Office of Transportation Public-Private Partnerships, VDOT released a Request For Information seeking interest and suggestions from the private sector on how all five centers can better operate as one system and deliver improved services to motorists. Based on information from the RFI, VDOT will develop a procurement strategy and solicit proposals to operate and invest in the centers. For more information on the RFI, go to http://virginiadot.org/.
19th ITS World Congress & Exhibition
Oct. 22-26, 2012, Vienna
Smarter on the way
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Call for Papers and Special Interest Sessions Submission Deadline Extended: Jan. 27, 2012
The Call for Papers and Special Interest Sessions submission for the 19th World Congress in Vienna has been extended to Jan. 27. Submit your Technical/Scientific Paper or a Special Interest Session now and help shape the discussion at the Congress by promoting your topic. Get the exposure you need at ITS Vienna 2012! For further details on the 19th ITS World Congress & Exhibition, please do not hesitate to contact Valérie Mindlin, or visit the Congress website.
Vehicle-to-X (V2X) Applications CES Session now posted
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ITS America has posted the presentation and recordings of 2012 Consumer Electronics Show session on Vehicle-to-X (V2X) applications featuring General Motors, Garmin, Airbiquity and NHTSA. Join ITS America again for the Telematics Update V2X Conference, March 20-21. Click here to access presentations and recordings, and to learn more about V2X.
ITS America announces call for nominations
for 2012 Board of Directors
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ITS America is seeking recommendations for members to serve on the ITS America Board of Directors. Nominations must be submitted with a brief biography or resume by Feb. 24, 2012.
There are five board seats open for election, and three board members eligible for re-election to represent the public and private sectors on behalf of ITS America's membership for a three-year term. ITS America's Board of Directors consists of 23 members, each of whom is elected for staggered three-year terms. Additional, non-voting board members are ex-officio members and include the president of ITS America, the board's immediate past chair and representatives from ITS America's colleague organizations such as the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, American Public Transportation Association, Institute of Transportation Engineers and Transportation Research Board.
Members of ITS America should make candidate nominations for the board of directors by Feb. 24, 2012: Ms. Ann Flemer, Chairman, Nominating Committee, c/o Francis George, Director of Member Relations, ITS America, 1100 17th Street, NW, Suite 1200, Washington, D.C. 20036-4639, Fax 202 484-3483, email firstname.lastname@example.org. More
ITS America member: System will keep drivers dialed in
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Delaware drivers will be able to monitor traffic, emergencies and weather conditions affecting travel by using 511 Delaware, a voice-activated system now being developed. By dialing 511, callers will be able to name their route or destination and receive a report of current road conditions affecting travel and transit, state transportation officials say. More
VDOT solicits private-sector aid on development of advanced transportation-management systems
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The Virginia Department of Transportation is seeking information from the private sector to develop and implement a procurement strategy for the operations and maintenance of five transportation operations centers, related field communications and intelligent transportation system infrastructure across the commonwealth. More
Street sensors being tested in Bronx would send parking space info to smartphones — featuring ITS America Board member Janette Sadik-Khan
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Drivers across the city may one day find parking spots with help from their smartphones if devices being piloted near Arthur Avenue prove durable. Bright yellow sensors about the size of hockey pucks were installed in the pavement this week in 177 parking spaces in Belmont, N.Y. Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, who unveiled the sensors, said that if they survive three months of city weather and street cleaning, the city will launch a free app to let drivers see which of the spots are vacant. More
Collision in the making between self-driving cars
and how the world works
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Even as Google tests its small fleet of self-driving vehicles on California highways, legal scholars and government officials are warning that society has only begun wrestling with the changes that would be required in a system created a century ago to meet the challenge of horseless carriages. More
Transit apps empower riders with information
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If you're in Iowa City, Iowa, and waiting for a bus, Iowa City Transit's Bus on the Go app makes it easy to use your smartphone to find out when your bus will arrive. And if you're waiting for one of Washington, D.C.'s terrific Circulator buses or Metro trains, you can use the "Where's My Bus?" or "Next Train Arrival" app. More
Killer cars? Auto computer systems open to malfunction, hackers
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Technological advancements, such as antilock brakes and stability controls, have made driving in America safer than it has ever been as traffic fatalities have plunged to historic lows. But as auto manufacturers imagine a future of self-driving and always-connected cars, they'll need to worry about something else — electronic malfunctions and cyberattacks, according to a report released by the Transportation Research Board. More
Road pricing can help reduce congestion,
but equity concerns may grow
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DOT approves all congestion pricing projects on roadways that receive federal funds and provides grants for project studies, implementation and evaluation. Nearly all HOT lane projects and most peak-period pricing projects in operation received federal funds at one time or another. More
GPS technology is latest weapon in battling winter storms
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Global positioning technology is finding its way into snowplows across Wisconsin, providing county and state transportation officials a valuable new weapon in battling winter storms. More