U.S DOT – T3 webinar series : Connected Vehicle Basics

U.S Department of Transportation has annouced the  upcoming Talking Technology and Transportation (T3) Webinar in the topic “Connected Vehicle Basics” which will be presented by Valerie Briggs and Brian Cronin from U.S.DOT.

Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014

Time:  1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET

Cost: Free

Connected vehicles use communications technology to allow cars, trucks, transit vehicles, traffic signals, work zones, and even pedestrians to “talk” to each other and exchange valuable information that could help avoid crashes and hazards. Connected vehicles have the potential to transform the way Americans travel through the creation of a safe, interoperable wireless communications network—a system that includes cars, buses, trucks, trains, traffic signals, cellphones, and other devices.

This webinar’s objectives include :

  • Offer a broad overview of the Connected Vehicle Research Program.
  • Describe some of the U.S. DOT’s cutting-edge research as part of the Connected Vehicle Research Program.
  • Offer information on how State DOTs, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), local and county organizations and the private sector can get involved.

For further information and registration please click here



Upcoming talk by Chair, National Climate Assessment Commitee -10th April 2014



As a part of Volpe’s speaker series,Transportation System Resilience, Extreme Weather, and Climate Change, Dr. Jerry Melillo, distinguished scientist and director emeritus at the Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and a professor of biology at Brown University  will deliver a talk on the topic ”The Third National Climate Assessment — Lessons Learned, Paths Forward.

Date & Time: Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 12:00pm to 12:45pm
Venue:  Volpe, The National Transportation Systems Center, 55 Broadway,Cambridge, MA 01748

About the speaker: Dr. Melillo specializes in understanding the impacts of human activities on the biogeochemistry of ecological systems from local to global scales, using a combination of field studies and simulation modeling.Dr. Melillo has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, two ecology textbooks, and three edited volumes on biogeochemistry. Over the past decade, he has co-led two assessments for the U.S. Global Change Research Program on the impacts of climate change on the United States—the first published in 2000 and the second published in 2009. Dr. Melillo is currently the chairman of the federal advisory committee overseeing the design and production of the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s ongoing assessment activity.

To join in person or thorugh webinar, please click here.


Apple-Transit Data in iOS8 Maps


Apple’s recent mapping-related acquisition effort is expected to bear fruit in the next generation of iOS as the company’s mapping team is said to be preparing a new transit direction feature and significant improvements to the maps’ underlying data.

Lack of built-in transit support is perhaps one of the most oft-cited failures of Apple’s mapping efforts. Currently, in iOS 7, Apple’s Maps application will recommend and link to third-party software, including competitors like Google Maps, when users seek public transportation data.

The company has made a number of moves toward filling that gap — notably acquiring transit apps HopStop and Embark last year, signaling that the company plans to add its own built-in transit support in the future. But since the launch of Apple Maps in iOS 6 in 2012, transit data has continued to be a glaring omission.

Apple’s transit directions system will reportedly support train, bus, and subway data in major North American cities at launch.It’s claimed that users will be able to get transit directions through Maps immediately, or use the system to plan travel at a later time, such as determining the fastest route to a meeting during rush hour. 

For further reading please click here.

Source: Appleinsider

Mapping the Traffic Crashes in New York

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The New York Police Department is challenged with city’s traffic fatality and injury numbers, releasing the data in a PDF format that’s difficult for developers to use. A group called betaNYC has been pushing the cops to make their data machine-readable aligning with NY mayor’s Vision Zero.

One civic-minded citizen named John Krauss has been scraping the data from the monthly PDF releases and making it available to anyone on the NYPD Crash Data Band-Aid. Krauss runs a site called NYC Crashmapper, where you can play around with a map that displays crashes by date, what type of user was involved, and severity of crash. Though  Krauss maps have limitations,  few others have also used Krauss’s data for their own visualizations.

Prof.Wellington from Pratt Institute’s Grad Center for Planning is one among them. His report analysis shows  that 23 percent of New York’s 2013 traffic-related fatalities occurred in just 5 percent of its neighborhoods He also did a map that shows all 2013 bike crashes that resulted in injuries reported to the police, a 3,800-dot visualization that he, a regular bike commuter, calls “terrifying.”Fully 60 percent of the city’s 2013 traffic fatalities took place in neighborhoods with two or fewer deaths. And looking at “bright spots” where there are no deaths might yield other important insights about how to make New Yorkers safer on the street.Wellington has been struck by the intensity of demand for a thoughtful treatment of this data in a city with a growing awareness of traffic safety as a public health issue.

Taking this as a model , there is a possibility that  every state  could take initiative to bringout maps on traffic crashes which would create awareness on traffic safety.

To read the full article please click here.

Source: www.theatlanticcities.com




FHWA Report: Assessment of the GIS Needs and Obstacles in Traffic Safety

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The U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has released a report that explores the use of GIS for safety decision making at the state and local level, and considers opportunities for FHWA to use this technology to improve highway safety.The report found that while states are not generally using the full capabilities of modern GIS software to support advanced safety data analysis, most States are looking forward to enhancing their GIS and making use of advanced techniques in the future. States are aware of the MAP-21 requirements for statewide basemaps and a linear reference system that includes all public roadways, but cite administrative and technical barriers to success. The report includes recommendations for FWHA to help agencies overcome these challenges including tools, marketing and training, and research to fill gaps in knowledge.

To access the report please click here.

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