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Demonstration highlights truck rollover emergency response expertise
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An 18-Wheeler "Lost Load" truck rollover and SAFE Clear Incident Management Demonstration was one of several highlights during ITS America's 20th Annual Meeting and Exposition from May 3-5, in Houston. The SAFE Clear program prevents about 120 collisions and saves Houston drivers an estimated $4 million each month. More than 2,000 people attended the ITS America meeting which was the biggest and most successful program to date.



Scott Belcher appointed to WTS International Advisory Board
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ITS America President and CEO Scott Belcher has been appointed to a one-year term on the Women's Transportation Seminar International Advisory Board for 2010. The Advisory Board serves as senior-level advisors to:
  • Provide a diverse collection of opinions relating to the advancement of women in the transportation industry;
  • Promote high-level communication among key public and provide constituencies;
  • Provide recommendation to the WTS International Board on strategic direction, fundraising and planning initiatives;
  • Provide strategic direction in support of the WTS Annual Conference.
Founded in 1977, the WTS is an international organization of women and men dedicated to the professional development of women in transportation.


Mitsubishi's NEW 70 Series: LED; LED Based Display Wall System
Mitsubishi's Display Wall Systems is expanding its new '70 Series' Product Lineup to include '70 Series: LED'. The new LED based, rear projection display wall cubes will be available in 50", 67" and 80" in either XGA or SXGA + resolutions. Utilizing 2nd generation LEDs, a proprietary coloring and brightness balancing system, the 70 Series LED light source offers users up to 70,000 hours of 24/7 operation.

For more information, please visit:
www.mitsubishi-megaview.com/LED




Changes proposed to Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program
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The U.S. DOT has listed a notice of proposed rulemaking with the "purpose to improve the administration of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program" by:
  • increasing accountability for recipients with respect to good faith efforts to meet overall goals;
  • modifying and updating certification requirements;
  • adjusting the personal net work threshold for inflation;
  • providing for expedited interstate certification;
  • adding provisions to foster small business participation and improve post-award oversight;
  • and other issues.
Comments on this proposed rule must be received by July 9. The proposed rule can be viewed here.


News from ERTICO: World's first ITS-specific test track takes shape
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A major milestone was marked this month with the completion of the road network that will form the basis of innovITS ADVANCE, the world's first purpose-built facility for the development, testing and validation of ITS products and services. This complex system of roads and junctions — which includes multi-lane highways and intersections — will become in effect a virtual city in which automakers, telecoms companies and highway operators will be able to develop, test and validate the next generation of ITS innovations. By providing such an environment in which ITS technology, products and services can be tested in a highly controlled and completely safe manner, innovITS ADVANCE aims to enable the more rapid introduction of technologies that will deliver improved road space utilization, reduced carbon emissions, smoother journeys and improved road safety.

Work is now progressing on the installation of the advanced telecommunications and Web-enabled control systems which will allow the center's customers to configure the environment to replicate an extremely wide range of ITS scenarios – including the precise specification of road conditions and telecoms access and denial. With work progressing, the center is scheduled to welcome its first customers in Nuneaton, England, this month. For more information, visit http://www.innovits.com/.

Industry News



James Oberstar stymied on transit bill
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It was supposed to be a career-defining moment for Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn. He finally held the gavel of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, after four decades of waiting and had a like-minded president in office to help enact his sweeping vision for highways and public works. But Oberstar was cut down before he even got started. Hours after he began circulating his plan last spring for a six-year, $500 billion investment in roads and rail, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood simply called for an extension of the 2005 highway bill — effectively cutting off long-term expansion plans. More



Smart Track: How high tech highways will take you where you're going
South Florida Sun-Sentinel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Peering over the horizon, we can easily glimpse the future of transportation in south Florida. Many of tomorrow's challenges and solutions are already in plain sight. Rush hour has stretched to many hours. For drivers and transit users, getting from one place to another can feel like moving through a labyrinth — unsure of which way to go on any given day, the path plagued by unforeseen circumstances and one's arrival time filled with uncertainty. The bad news is yesterday's solutions no longer work. We can't build our way out of congestion. Turning two-lane roads into six lane highways is no longer financially practical, and would have catastrophic impacts on both the human and the natural environment.

The good news is that by considering new approaches to congestion relief and planning for tomorrow's solutions, transportation will not only be less intrusive and less expensive, but will yield far better results. "We're already seen the fusion of technology and transportation," said Jim Ely, executive director of Florida's Turnpike Enterprise. "In just a few short years, we've gone from dropping change at toll booths to open road tolling and beyond," added Ely.
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ZC&R Offers Durable Optical Coatings for
Traffic Cams

ZC&R Coatings for Optics offers a broad line of environmentally-durable glass and coatings for outdoor traffic cameras, ideal for use in severe weather conditions. Included are antireflective coatings (AR) and transparent conductive coatings, which may be combined with other customized coatings to provide higher performance and improved transmission. more


Intelligent transportation systems for Texas
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There were interesting developments in Houston at the 20th annual meeting of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America. IBM Chairman and CEO Sam Palmisano announced that Texas is going to be IBM's test subject for a series of transportation technologies with the support of the U.S. Department of Transportation. More

Industry expo highlights Driver Focus Guidelines
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Automakers attending the Intelligent Transportation Society of America's annual exposition on May 5, underscored two industry-led initiatives: the Driver Focus Guidelines and the EcoDriving USA program. The Driver Focus Guidelines are principles on the installation, design and operation of in-vehicle technologies. The EcoDrivingUSA program provides drivers with tips to boost fuel efficiency — in part by encouraging motorists to pay close attention to their driving environment. More

Cars get smarter: Advances in technology promise smarter rides
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ITS America's Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Programs, Roderick MacKenzie, is quoted in this AARP article about older Americans taking advantage of rapidly emerging technologies that make driving safer and easier. Last month at the New York International Auto Show, automakers showed a number of advancements created by efficiencies of scale in underlying technologies such as radar, imaging and sensors. More

Futurecar 2025: The all-seeing, all-knowing indestructible vehicle
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In the year 2025, your car will think faster, drive better and be nearly indestructible. Cars will tell the difference between a person and a road sign and brake accordingly. Magnesium outer shells will be nigh-indestructible. And you might not even have to drive at all — a robot will do the driving for you. More

Senate climate bill would send over $6 billion to cleaner transportation
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Transportation would receive more than $6 billion of the revenue generated by selling carbon emissions permits to fuel providers under a new Senate climate bill introduced last week by Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn. More

Exploring the science behind traffic lights
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Jack Gillon couldn't wait to show off his handiwork. The intersection of Granite and Hancock streets in downtown Quincy, Mass., was our starting line; the Department of Public Works on Sea Street nearly a mile away was the finish. "So, we're going to get back to your office from here hitting all green lights?" Peter DeMarco asked, dubiously. "Yeah, pretty much," Gillon said. More

Working to stop teens texting behind the wheel
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Kids say they just can't help it: They pretty much text all day long — even while driving. And texting and driving is a dangerous combination. Research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that in 2008 alone, nearly 6,000 people were killed and more than 500,000 were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. More

EU steers its way towards intelligent transport systems
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A coherent EU-wide framework for interoperable transport systems is the aim of a proposal adopted by EU transport ministers today. Following negotiations with the European Parliament, the European Council approved a proposal for a directive on the deployment of intelligent transport systems in the field of road transport. More
 


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Transportation Calendar


May 19-21, 2010
WTS 2010 Annual Conference
Washington D.C.


May 25-28, 2010
International Roads Federation World Meeting 2010
Lisbon, Portugal


May 26-28, 2010
2010 International Transport Forum
Leipzig, Germany


June 9-10, 2010
2010 Traffic Information Service Forum
Shenzen, China


June 13-16, 2010
ITS Canada Annual Conference 2010
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


July 11-13, 2010
National Summit for Rural Traffic Safety Culture
Big Sky, Mont.


Sept. 19-21, 2010
ITS Georgia Annual Meeting


Sept. 19-22, 2010
Safety 2010 – Engineering Behavior
Newport, R.I.


Sept. 22-24, 2010
ITS Tennessee Annual Meeting
Chattanooga, Tenn.


Oct. 25-29, 2010
17th World Congress on ITS
Busan, South Korea


Nov. 15-16, 2010
ITS California Annual Meeting


Nov. 28-30, 2010
Roadex Railex Exhibition and Conference
Abu Dhabi, UAE


Oct. 16-20, 2011
18th World Congress on ITS
Orlando, Fla.


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