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Caltrans installs HAWK pedestrian crosswalk signal

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has installed a new 'high intensity activated crosswalk' (HAWK) beacon at a busy intersection on route 108. When the beacon is activated by pedestrians or cyclists, flashing lights warn approaching motorists to stop to allow them to cross the road. An advantage of the HAWK beacon is that it only stops traffic when it is activated in this way. The HAWK beacon not only prevents the unnecessary stopping of traffic at intersections, it has also been found to reduce traffic accidents involving pedestrians by 69%.

June 2017



Real-time traffic data enhances situational awareness platform

This video shows how Live Earth has integrated Inrix traffic data into its platform to enhance the safety and security of cities, states or regions using its system. To read our full report on the partnership, click here.

June 2017



Benfits of Co-Gistics project discussed at ITS European Congress

Co-Gistics is the first European project fully dedicated to the logistics-focused deployment of cooperative intelligent transport systems (C-ITS). Following pilot deployments for the project in seven European logistics hubs, sessions were presented at the ITS European Congress this week (June 19-22) in Strasbourg, France, to explore how it can benefit freight services, and commercialization potential for goods transportation.

June 2017



New technology helps to lift unnecessary weight restrictions on bridges

Weight restrictions on more than 60,000 bridges in the USA limit the movement of large freight and emergency vehicles. THMPER (Targeted Hits for Modal Parameter Estimation and Rating) is a new, innovative, cost-effective technology that determines a bridge's dynamic signature, enabling restrictions on some bridges to be slackened, easing traffic flow. The system won the 2017 Charles Pankow Award for Innovation.

June 2017



WSDOT uses new data-driven safety analysis tools to improve road safety

Data-driven safety analysis (DDSA) is a collection of new tools and techniques that allow transportation agencies to better manage their funds and projects, and reduce the number of crashes involving KSIs (killed or serious injuries). This video shows how Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is making use of DDSA.

June 2017



Honda plans for SAE Level 4 automation by 2025

Honda is targeting 2025 for the introduction of vehicles with highly-automated driving systems (SAE Level 4) installed. The company recently demonstrated its vehicles' automated driving capabilities on a multi-lane freeway, and introduced advanced artificial intelligence (AI) with 'deep Learning capability' in an urban driving scenario. To read our full report on the story, click here.

June 2017



Environmental Defense Fund project measures air quality with Google Street Cars

A collaborative project led by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), involved Google Street View cars being equipped with Aclima sensors and mapping technology to monitor hyperlocal air quality in Oakland, California. In the future, such projects could serve as the fundamental basis for Low Emissions Zones (LEZs). To read our full report on the article, click here.

June 2017



ITE seeks to reduce traffic injuries and deaths with new video analytics project

The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) is seeking help from the public as part of a new project that aims to help prevent deaths and serious injuries caused by traffic accidents. The ‘Video Analytics Towards Vision Zero’ scheme will use new technologies to analyze traffic camera video footage and will use near-miss collisions to predict where future crashes are likely to occur.

June 2017



ITE invites public to participate in Vision Zero video analytics

The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and partner organizations are encouraging as many people as possible to participate in its 'Video Analytics Towards Vision Zero’ project. This video shows what sort of tasks the public will be able to carry out, in order to teach computers how to analyze traffic video footage, identify objects that formulate traffic (pedestrians, bicycles and motorized vehicles), and to recognize near-miss collisions. To read our full report on the project click here.

June 2017



Wireless EV charging system by Continental

To help accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), automotive technology company Continental has developed a user-friendly automated inductive charging system that can be installed in EVs and public infrastructure. To read our full report on how the system works click here.

June 2017



Groundbreaking '6D' mapping system paves the way for fully autonomous vehicles

Mapping company Civil Maps announced last week (May 25) that it is working on a revolutionary '6D' mapping system to help enable fully autonomous driving. The system goes beyond current 3D mapping techniques by monitoring the position of a vehicle in six degrees of freedom - roll, pitch, yaw, x-axis, y-axis and z-axis. This helps autonomous systems to more accurately identify the position of a vehicle on the road, which in turn enables it to accurately pick out relevant details to navigate by.

For the latest autonomous vehicle research don't miss this month's (June 20-22) Autonomous Vehicle Technology World Expo in Stuttgart, Germany. To book your free exhibition pass just click here.

June 2017



New weather monitoring system helps to keep traffic moving in disruptive weather conditions

Cross Zlin has launched its new Road Weather product comprising of devices and systems that can be used to monitor and predicting how the weather will affect road conditions. Road Weather can feed live data to traffic management center (TMC) control rooms and is particularly useful for planning and managing traffic in wintery weather. Road Weather can help traffic authorities to reduce maintenance costs and keep their roads safe in weather conditions that may have otherwise caused disruption.

June 2017



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