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The future sound of our roads

Although electric vehicles (EVs) are known to have a whole host of benefits for individuals and cities alike, one of the oft-cited drawbacks is that their quiet movement can be dangerous to pedestrians. Nissan already have road sounds built into their Leaf models. Now they have taken this technology one stage further by fitting a demonstration car with pedestrian-detecting technology, which triggers a new warning sound to be 'beamed' directionally at the pedestrian to warn them, and only them, of the approaching vehicle. "Our objective has been to find an optimum balance between ensuring the cars are detectable, whilst retaining the reduction in noise pollution, which is one of the great benefits that our EVs offer, says e-VADER project leader David Quinn (pictured). click here.

August 2015



Sneak preview of ITS World Congress 2016 in Melbourne

Click below to hear Bernie Wagenblast, of our associate webcaster Transportation Radio, chat with Rob Fitzpatrick, the director of Intelligent Transport Systems Australia (pictured), who reveals what attendees can expect from the ITS World Congress in Melbourne next year. Fitzpatrick points to the fact that, with 90% of its population already in urban areas, Australia is leading the way in smart transportation solutions within cities and goes on to promise spring sunshine for congress attendees! click here.

August 2015



Working towards Vision Zero for all road users

This video gives and overview of the USDOT FHWA safety assessment day that looked particularly at the interaction between large trucks and bicycles, and how to make these situations less dangerous. For more transportation safety advances, don't forget to check out the latest edition of Vision Zero.

August 2015



Driving tour of University of Michigan's new autonomous vehicle test facility, Mcity

Jim Sayer, development director for Mcity, takes us for a drive around the world's first autonomous and connected vehicle test site, pointing out some of the features that will challenge vehicles and explaining the methodologies behind them.

August 2015



MIT develop new 'reinforcement learning' framework for autonomous cars

MIT develops new 'reinforcement learning' framework for autonomous cars It's one thing to program a car to drive itself, but if you can actually get the machine to learn and get better at the task, then you have an extremely useful, evolving system that can adapt to different road conditions, and get better and better the more it is used. That's exactly the kind of machine learning system the Aerospace Controls Lab at MIT has developed for this new lab test, following up from last week's video from MIT on autonomous steering systems

August 2015



How do self-driving cars steer themselves?

Steering a car seems like second nature to anyone who can drive. However, getting a computer to do the same isn't so simple, as this video from the Aerospace Controls Lab at MIT shows. It offers an excellent introduction to the system known as PID-control, which forms the basis for autonomous vehicle control.

August 2015



The car that can be parked by remote control

As a precursor to fully autonomous parking, new Mercedes E-class models, available in January 2016, will feature the option of remote parking via a smartphone app. This, and systems like it, mean that in the future it will be possible to fit more cars into the same car parking areas, transforming town and city planning.

August 2015



Pollution information goes hyper-local

A new partnership is using Google mapping vehicles and Aclima sensors is gathering data on local air-pollution levels. The ambition is to make such information available to individuals to help inform choices of city-street usage and open a dialog on ways to improve air quality in urban areas. click here.

August 2015



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