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Lane-straddling electric bus concept has potential to lessen traffic congestion and pollution

A new electric public transit bus concept could see road congestion and pollution in cities lessened, at the fraction of the cost of implementing a subway system. This video shows a fully functioning model of the Elevated Transit Bus, being demonstrated by Beijing-based company, Transit Explore Bus, at the China Beijing International High-Tech Expo, which took place this week. The bus, which can transport up to 1,400 people at 95km/h (60mph), travels on tracks, allowing vehicles under 2 meters tall to pass underneath. To read our full report on the concept click here.

May 2016



ADOT uses new technology to repair roads without digging them up

GeoTech analysis, combined with new foam technology, is being used by Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) to fix holes beneath roads, making for more lasting repairs, and minimizing disruption to traffic from workzones. When an underground cavity has been identified, ADOT operatives inject it with a cost-effective, fast and permanent fixer: expanding foam. The foam then expands underground, compacting the loose soil in the cavity and lifting the road surface above. 
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May 2016



European Union Location Framework (EULF) transportation pilot announced for sharing road data across borders

Road authorities, mapping agencies and commercial map providers are joining forces for a European Union Location Framework (EULF) pilot project taking place in Norway and Sweden, which aims to update vital road data – such as speed limits and rights of way – more efficiently. It is envisioned that changes will reach navigation devices more quickly and will help to reduce travel times and congestion, and improve safety. The project is underpinned by INSPIRE - Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe and the Intelligent Transport Systems Directive; legislative and data frameworks set up in 2010 to enable authorities to more easily share harmonised geo-data with each other and third parties.

May 2016



How autonomous vehicles may adopt more aggressive driving styles

Human drivers naturally adapt their driving styles to road and traffic conditions. If a road is icy, more care is needed. If traffic is heavy, a degree of controlled 'aggression' may be necessary to keep traffic moving. A concern with the adoption of autonomous vehicles is that such situations could cause driverless cars to slow or even stop, with knock-on effects for other road users. This video shows how Georgia Tech researchers are developing advanced algorithms to enable self-driving vehicles to push themselves to the limits – meaning safety should be maintained, even when autonomous vehicles encounter adverse road conditions. To read our full report on the tests

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May 2016



Driverless pods arrive on the streets of London

The very first driverless pod to be tested in London's GATEway project has been taken for its first public test run, in a pedestrianized area close to the O2 Arena (also known as the Millennium Dome) in Greenwich. This video shows that 'maiden voyage' in progress, while experts from the UK's Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) – who are leading the project – talk about how such technology is poised to revolutionize transportation. The pod debut coincides with an announcement that the public are now being invited to register to take part in the full test of this technology later this summer. For our full report click here.

May 2016



Revealing the benefits of large-scale speed and red-light enforcement in Turkey

When Poltes Robot installed a network of Jenoptik speed and red-light enforcement cameras in the Turkish city of Ordu the benefits were immediate. A culture of speeding and flouting traffic regulations was turned on its head, and traffic fatalities were cut from an average of three a month, to zero.

May 2016



Oregon DOT uses new tech to update speed advisory signs to meet new FHWA requirements

Oregon DOT have a 2019 deadline from the FHWA to update the speed advisory signs on corners across the state. This video takes a look at the new tech they are using to do this. In most cases the suggested safe speeds are going up. The ambition is that such advisory signs will be standardized across the USA so drivers have a better idea of what to expect when approaching a corner. For our full report on this story click here.

May 2016



Sweden's first 'electric road' to be completed this month

Sweden is adding the finishing touches to its first 'electric road' near Gävle, which will be ready to be used by specially adapted trucks later this month (May 2016). The project is one of two developed by Siemens, the other of which is a 2 mile (3.2km) road in California. The pilot will reveal if the technology has any adverse effects on surrounding traffic, while significantly reducing CO2 emissions from freight vehicles, which are expected to double in number on our roads by 2050.

May 2016



Testing drone technology to its limits

How far can drone technology take us? Is it possible that, one day, dangerous high-speed police chases will be a thing of the past, as drones take on the pursuit role? Such a future could make our roads safer and less congested as the need for emergency vehicles is reduced. In this video Jaguar tests the theory, in a stunt driver vs drone pilot face-off.

May 2016



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