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The Intelligent Transport Twittersphere

Find out what people are tweeting about in Intelligent Transport

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Traffic Signals on Kindle

The traffic signals book is now available on Kindle for the first time, the print copy has been well received by practitioners in the industry, so have a look at your local Amazon site (or Kindle Store on your device) for more details.

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Update to Signal Controller Specification Forms

The long awaited update to the Traffic Signal Controller Specification Forms, still commonly referred to as 141's, has been released

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Guy in a car seat...

Why that guy was dressed as a car seat, a way to detect drivers who are distracted, the new US guideline for autonomous vehicles, at traffic signals on Kindle and how all the trends are starting to come together at the Frankfurt motor show

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Samsung Self-Driving...

Samsung's plans for self-driving cars, the Transport Systems Catapult Intelligent Mobility Data Hub, Ethics for self-driving vehicles, electric trucks at Porsche factory and the new E-Type from Jaguar with an electric drivetrain!

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Jaguar AI...

Jaguars new AI assistant, Ford delivering Dominos pizzas in self driving cars, Siemens acquisition of self-driving software company, the Mercedes ride share in London and the new white paper from the MaaS Alliance

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Smart bike lights...

A great example of aggregated data acquisition using bike lights, cybersecurity issues, UK platooning truck trials, charging EV's in urban environments and we say goodbye to Google's icon Firefly vehicle

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Self-driving crash protection...

A project to use a self-driving crash protection vehicle, artificial intelligence for traffic lights, a technology solution for Brexit, FCA join alliance and Tesla trucks

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Air pollution geo-fencing...

A project to reduce air pollution in Leeds, why Smart Cities need Smart Transport infrastructure, an electrified freight highway near Frankfurt, drivers avoid pay by phone parking and the self-driving car with a driver hidden as a car seat

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Arizona Wrong Way...

Arizona DoT Wrong Way detection, will electricity grids cope with electric vehicles, Manchester smart card, public concerns about transport technologies and Tesla revenues double

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UK Government Foresight...

The UK Government Foresight project, changes to Highways England procurement policy, India's refusal of autonomous vehicles, a robot to drive you and patents delay self-driving vehicle adoption?

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Boost for AV's...

Boost given to autonomous vehicles by the US Congress, the Continental taxi concept in Frankfurt, Elon Musks concerns about hacking on AV's, an Australian 'robot' called Wili and the EU findings that LEDs do not pose a health risk.

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AV's at French Toll Plazas and more...

Autonomous vehicles in French Toll Plazas, the uptake in electric vehicles, plans to get rid of congestion in London, hear about the Inrix report on parking pain and government plans to develop vehicle to grid technology

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AA President Shortlisted for Economics Prize

AA president Edmund King, has made the shortlist for the Wolfson Economics prize, which this year is looking to stimulate ideas on how to fund more reliable roads

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Government Should Halt Shared-Space Schemes

A Government select committee calls for a halt to all shared space schemes "pending clear national guidance that explicitly addresses the needs of disabled people"

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Driverless pods plot new course

In an interesting thought piece by Gwyn Topham in the Guardian, we pick out the stance taken by one of the UK's major insurers

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Driverless Cars on UK Motorways by 2019

A consortium of British companies has unveiled a plan to test driverless cars on UK roads and motorways in 2019

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Connected and Autonomous Vehicles - A UK standards strategy

BSI has announced that the report Connected and Autonomous Vehicles - A UK standards strategy, prepared jointly by BSI and the Transport Systems Catapult, has been published

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New Mobility as a Service Interest Group

ITS (UK) has launched a new interest group dedicated to MaaS, which has been identified as a key deliverable of ITS technologies

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Chinese Internet Giant To Share Self-Drive Technology

China's equivalent to Google, Baidu, has announced that it will share much of its technology used for self-driving cars

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UK Driving Test To Include Sat-Nav

The driving test in the UK will be updated to include a 20-minute section guided by sat-nav

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Dutch C-ITS project publishes results

A project on the A58 motorway between Eindhoven and Tilburg in the Netherlands has published a report on its 3 year C-ITS trial

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UK could unlock £14bn by sharing transport data

Innovation in transport is at risk because data is not being shared, according to a new report commissioned by the Transport Systems Catapult

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Using Competitive Dialogue for Procurement of ITS

A webinar on 25 April 2017 will be held to provide insight to ITS procurement experiences from Highways England

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ITS UK Annual Review 2017

The 2017 edition of the ITS UK Annual Review is now available online

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Projects Sought for Satellite Based Augmentation System

The Australia and New Zealand CRCSI has called for expressions of interest to participate in the recently announced Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) testbed

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IoT Powering Transport

The transportation industry is experiencing a digital revolution. Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are showing up in everything from our cars to our homes to our cities

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ITS UK Annual Awards

The ITS UK Annual Awards for Excellence were presented this week at the Hilton Metropole Birmingham NEC by President Steve Norris

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Traffex 2017

The ITSnow.org coverage from Traffex 2017

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Traffex Special Offer

We are marking Traffex this week, by offering the must-have book 'Traffic Signals; An introduction to signalised junctions and crossing facilities in the UK' at -10% off the normal price

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Smart Transport for Australia

ITS Australia have published their 'Smart Transport for Australia' Report, a review of the nation's smart transport technology industry

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How will Brexit Affect ITS in the UK?

Following Theresa May signing the Article 50 letter, how will this affect the ITS Industry in the UK?

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Uber Resuming Self-driving Programme After Crash

Uber has resumed its pilot programme for driverless cars after an accident in Arizona at the weekend

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Communications Guide for C-ITS

The Transport Technology Forum has published a new guide 'Local and Cellular Communications: A guide to help policy development'

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Disruptive Technology Effects for Transport in London

A new report explores the emergence of disruptive technologies, leaving London on the cusp of major changes

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New Transport Security Report

The Transport Research and Innovation Portal (TRIP) has published a new report on Transport Security

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How your phone could unlock thousands of bikes

In China, there are a number of bike rental schemes which allow users to pick-up and drop-off cycles wherever users like

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MP's in Unprecedented Bid to Tackle UK Air Pollution

In an unprecedented move, MP's from four select committees have come together to launch a joint inquiry to tackle air pollution

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UK ICO Rule Traffic CCTV Not Personal Data

The UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has clarified its position on traffic CCTV video, that it is not classified as personal data

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Chip Makers and Cars

Bosch has partnered with Nvidia to build an AI-powered self-driving computer intended for mass-market cars

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Government must ensure UK benefits from Autonomous Vehicles

The House of Lords report 'Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: The future?' sets out recommendations to ensure maximum economic benefit from autonomous vehicles

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New ITS Standards and Specifications Online Database

The new ITSnow.org 'Green List' is the only free to use online resource which allows users to easily find all the standards for UK ITS deployments, in a single convenient location

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Vehicle Technology Consultation

The House of Commons Public Bill Committee are seeking written evidence for the Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill

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Driverless Futures: Utopia and Dystopia

A new exhibition at the London Transport Museum explores how London might look in the future with self-driving vehicles

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What can Connected Vehicles do for a Local Authority?

The Transport Technology Forum has published a new guide 'Connected Vehicles - What Can They Do For A UK Local Authority?'

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Uber To Stop Using 'Greyball' To Defeat Regulators

Uber have admitted that use of their 'Greyball' software to evade undercover regulators will cease

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Predicted Impacts of Autonomous Vehicles

What impact will the introduction of autonomous vehicles have on society?

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Chevrolet Offer Unlimited Data Plan with Cars

Chevrolet has become the first carmaker to offer an unlimited data plan with its cars

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UTMC: A Theory of Evolution

See my latest article on Pages 32-38 of Thinking Highways Magazine, looking at the opportunities new traffic technologies provide to traffic systems

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Nissan's Successful Week in London

Nissan have concluded a week of testing their self-driving car in London traffic

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Autonomous Trucks That Overcome First/Last Mile Issues

An autonomous truck company is using remote control to overcome the issues associated with navigating the first and last mile segments of truck journeys

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Consultation for Issue D of the TSC Specification Forms

A consultation period for an update to the forms which are used to specify Traffic Signal Controller (TSC) functionality in the UK, is now underway

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Are Stiffer Penalties For Using Phone At The Wheel Enough?

Penalties for using a handheld mobile whilst driving have increased today in Great Britain, but is this enough to stem the tide of distracted driver incidents?

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Should People Be Compelled To Stop Driving?

With the introduction of autonomous vehicles, should drivers be compelled to give up driving to make our roads safer?

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New Update to Chapter 8

A new update for the Traffic Signs Manual, Chapter 8, has been released in the UK in response to TSRGD 2016

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Insurance Required For Self-Driving Cars in UK

Insurance cover for self-driving cars must offer protection for when the driver is in control and when the vehicle is in charge

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No Half Way House at Ford

Ford have announced that they will not be producing 'conditional' autonomous vehicles, but will go straight to fully autonomous operation instead

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First Smart City IFTTT Platform

Louisville has become the first city to use the IFTTT platform to disseminate data through a dedicated channel

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First Driverless Car Race

Roborace have held their first race in Buenos Aires, as a support race for the Formula E Grand Prix

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Can your smartphone make you a safer driver?

With the ever increasing number of distracted driver incidents which occur, could a voluntary Smartphone App help solve the problem?

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Paris removes traffic lights to fix congestion and improve safety?

In a move reported to reduce congestion and improve road safety, Paris has begun to remove traffic lights from its streets

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New Highways England Security Policy Documents

Highways England have published three new Operational Technology Security documents

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SMMT Position on CAVs

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has published a position paper for CAVs

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Driver Behaviour May Not Differ With Autonomous Vehicles

Latest research by TRL suggests that human driver behaviour would remain largely unchanged in the presence of autonomous vehicles

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ITS America New Public Policy Roadmap

ITS America has released its new public policy roadmap, titled The Road Ahead

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Disruptive Parking App

An Australian parking app Divvy, brings Airbnb ethos to parking

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Emerging Transport Technology Guide 2017-18

The new IET ITS-UK Local Authority Guide to Emerging Transport Technology 2017-18 has been published

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4 Year CIVITAS Demonstration Results

A report detailing the results of the four year CIVITAS DYN@MO project has been released

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New Industry Group on Cross-Sector Context Information Management

ETSI has announced a new Specification Group for Context Information Management (ISG CIM) for smart cities applications

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Google's cars just made a step-change in safety

Google has reported that disengagements has dropped despite driving many more miles in California last year

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Elaine Chao approved as US Secretary of Transportation

Elaine Chao, who served as the Secretary of Labour for George W. Bush, was confirmed by the Senate as the new Secretary of Transportation

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Cardiff set for Europe's first citywide deployment of parking sensors

Cardiff will see Europe's first citywide deployment of parking occupancy sensor technologies

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Moving Traffic Offences Net £127m in London

Using special powers to combat "moving traffic offences", London councils have fined drivers a record £127m

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Penguins Stop Cars Crashing!

Tools based on the way penguins co-operatively hunt for fish are being developed to test different ways of organising car software

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Social & Behavioural Questions Associated with AV's

The UCL/DfT study to identify key social and behavioural questions which will affect the introduction of AV's has been published

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IoT Sensors Used for Winter Gritting

A pilot project has been rolled out in Hampshire (UK) to use IoT sensors to provide localised data for winter gritting routes

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Motorists caught by London's most lucrative speed camera cleared

Motorists caught by London's most lucrative speed camera have been cleared in court because road signs were confusing

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Government invests in pothole spotter system

Pothole identification technology mounted to refuse collection trucks is set to be deployed after Government allocated funding

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Highways England Using Secure Chamber Covers

A new secure access cover system to prevent theft or sabotage of cables has been installed on the current M3 Smart Motorway scheme

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Nissan to Demonstrate Autonomous Cars in London

Nissan will bring real-world demonstrations of autonomous driving cars to London next month, to showcase next generation technology in the 'Leaf' electric car

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Driverless Cars Could Save $300 Billion A Year In US

If saving countless lives isn't a good enough reason to justify the adoption of autonomous vehicles, then the bottom line is that they could save over $300 billion a year in the US alone

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Google Trialling Parking Info in Maps

Google have been testing an update to their Maps App to provide information regarding parking availability to navigation displays

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Over Reliance on Mobile Comms

A Tesla driver was stranded in the desert because the keyless Smartphone app used to open and start the car couldn't get a mobile signal

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Uber Releases Traffic Data

Uber is rolling out a new resource, titled "Movement", which will release in excess of 2 billion trips worth of data for free use by transportation planners

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Fully Autonomous Cars 'Not Even Close'

Gill Pratt, CEO of the Toyota Research Institute, said that the industry is "not even close" to launching fully autonomous Level 5 cars

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US DOT Smart City Challenge Report

The US DOT has published a summary report for the Smart City Challenge, which saw 78 mid-sized cities across America competing for $40 million

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Government Response to Automated Vehicle Consultation

DfT has published the results of the consultation on the impact that automated vehicle technology will have on the regulatory framework and insurance for vehicles

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Smart motorway offenders could be offered retraining

Drivers caught offending on Smart motorways in England could be offered re-education courses by police

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DfT - Driverless vehicles report

DfT has released reports detailing research findings for the impact which emerging vehicle technologies will have on traffic flow and road capacity

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ITS UK Annual Awards

The 2017 ITS UK annual awards are open for nominations. The closing date is 23 February 2017.

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Signal of Intent

See my latest article on Pages 18-23 of Thinking Highways Magazine, looking back over the last 10 years and what may develop over the next decade

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Seek And You May Find?

The DfT's latest blog details the issues around gathering relevant information for a piece of work to be undertaken accurately

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New DMRB ITS Standard

A new standard for ITS technologies used on UK motorways and trunk roads has been released

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Apple Confirms Car Plans

Apple has acknowledged for the first time that it is investing in building a self-driving car

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London Most Congested City In Europe

London has more traffic hotspots compared to 123 major cities across 19 European countries

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EU Adopts C-ITS Strategy

The European Commission has adopted the Co-operative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) strategy

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NIST's new password rules, what you need to know

The NIST is formulating new guidelines for password policies to be used by the US government

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Surveillance Camera Strategy Consultation

The UK Government has published a consultation for the use of surveillance cameras in public spaces

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Put 'Traffic Signals' on your Christmas list!

-10% special offer for the must-have book 'Traffic Signals; An introduction to signalised junctions and crossing facilities in the UK'

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U.S. DOT proposes guidelines to address driver distraction

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released proposed guidelines today to help address driver distraction caused by mobile and other electronic devices in vehicles

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'Most epic' LA traffic jam

Aerial footage has gone viral of a massive traffic jam, captured during the great Thanksgiving getaway in southern California

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£100 million for CAV testing infrastructure

The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that there would be provision for £100 million for CAV testing infrastructure

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House of Lords Inquiry Evidence

This is the complete collection of published evidence provided to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee

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Data is literally the new oil

Intel is making a new investment of more than $250 million into autonomous vehicles over the next two years

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Electric cars to make noises

Electric vehicles should make noises which alert pedestrians of their presence, according to Federal Authorities in the U.S.

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#HighwaysHack

Highways England held the #HighwaysHack two day event, in partnership with the Open Data Institute (ODI) to encourage people to innovate with their data

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Smart cars just aren't ready for the car wash

As cars get smarter, the need to ensure that they can undertake mundane activities, such as driving through a car wash, become heightened

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Pricing Insurance for Autonomous Vehicles

How will insurance companies influence the uptake of autonomous vehicles?

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Don't bully self driving cars

The first self-driving cars will be deliberately unmarked so that other drivers will not be tempted to "take them on"

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52,000 caught speeding on smart motorways

More than 1,000 motorists a week are being caught speeding on the UK's smart motorways, police figures suggest

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Self-drive delivery van can be 'built in four hours'

A self-drive electric delivery van, that could be on UK streets next year, has been unveiled at the Wired 2016 conference in London

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10,000 Drivers Caught Twice for Distracted Driving

With the ubiquitous presence of tech in our daily lives, is it surprising that nearly 10,000 drivers have been caught twice for distracted driving?

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Obama administration launches electric vehicle charging network

48 interstates have been designated as electric vehicle charging corridors, with charging points every 50 miles

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M62 pilot scheme targets reduced congestion

In a first for a motorway to motorway junction, smart motorway technology, such as electronic information signs and variable mandatory speed limits on the M62, will be used alongside traffic lights on the motorway link roads from the northbound and southbound M6

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Self-Driving Truck's First Mission: A 120-Mile Beer Run

The futurists of Silicon Valley may not have seen this one coming: The first commercial delivery made by a self-driving truck was 2,000 cases of Budweiser beer

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What a driverless world could look like

What if traffic flowed through our streets as smoothly and efficiently as blood flows through our veins?

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Ageing drivers in the US

The latest data shows that nearly 20% of drivers in the US are aged 65 or more, and women drivers now outnumber male drivers

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Sat-nav maps update aims to prevent stuck lorries

Ordnance Survey are undertaking a multi-million pound project to update mapping to stop lorries and other vehicles from getting stuck

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All new Tesla cars now have hardware for full self-driving capabilities

Tesla is giving all its new cars the hardware for full self-driving capabilities, including 8 cameras with 360-degree viewing and 12 ultrasonic sensors

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Driving to the future

A new report released by The Economist Intelligence Unit highlights that the huge investment already going into research and development for connected vehicles is reaping rewards

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Uber's Ad-Toting Drones Are Heckling Drivers Stuck in Traffic

Uber have been using an innovative solution to advertise their UberPOOL service

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Update to DfT plan for 2015-2020

With a budget of £8.7bn for the financial year 2015/16 alone, the Department for Transport maps out its plans through to 2020

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Global cities expect integrated transport apps

Extended coverage throughout the week from the 2016 World Congress in Melbourne

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Lifetime Achievement Awards handed out in Melbourne

Three influential figures in ITS have been presented with Lifetime Achievement Awards and inducted into the ITS Hall of Fame

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Autonomous vehicles demonstrated publicly in Milton Keynes

The Transport Systems Catapult has successfully tested its self driving vehicles in public

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23rd World Congress - Melbourne 2016

Extended coverage throughout the week from the 2016 World Congress in Melbourne

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How the street light has been given a hi-tech makeover

Next time you're out after dark, spare a thought for the humble street light. It's not so humble anymore

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Volvo Buses to add unprotected road user detection

Volvo have announced that a pedestrian and cyclist detection system will be introduced in 2017 for European buses

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How a European project is taking mobility data back from Google

The Opticities project is testing cutting edge intelligent transport system solutions that can be replicated across Europe

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Government must not ignore safety concerns of 'all lane running'

The Transport Select Committee's concerns regarding the safety of 'all lane running' SMART motorways

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Average speed cameras reduce casualties

Average speed enforcement sites show a 36% reduction in the number of fatal and serious collisions

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RTPI and perceived waiting period

In an interesting finding from a CIVITAS report, the provision of RTPI information can result in a decrease in perceived waiting time of 20%

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2015 Road casualties Report for Great Britain

There were 1,730 reported road deaths in 2015, a decrease of 3% compared with 2014

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Maps to help drivers find parking spaces

Audi, BMW and Mercedes Benz cars fitted with on-board sensors are to share information in real time about on-street parking spaces and roadworks via a digital map service

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Lost satellite?

To overcome the issue of losing the GPS signal, Waze have introduced a battery powered beacon which can be mounted within tunnels

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ITS UK Review

The latest edition of the ITS UK Review has been published, and is now available online

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Waze will now find your parking spot

The traffic app Waze, which is owned by Google, recently added a 'where to park' feature which provides users with suggestions for parking close to destinations

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Bus displays show bike availability

Vienna has introduced software on trams and buses that shows passengers the number of bicycles available at upcoming stops with bike-sharing terminals

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Ban human drivers on the I-5

How to solve traffic problems on I-5? What about banning humans from driving on it? And replacing them with robots?

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Volvo predicts up to a 95% reduction in carbon emissions

Volvo Construction Equipment presented its electric site solution and unveiled the new concept HX1 autonomous, battery electric, load carrier

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Self-driving car course launched for Silicon Valley engineers

Silicon Valley is creating a one-year course in self-driving car technology to address a shortage of engineers

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Centrale Nantes and Renault to develop engines of the future

Centrale Nantes and Renault have launched the first Research Chair dedicated to the propulsion performance of electric vehicles, with a budget of 4.6 million euros over 5 years

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Who sees you when the car drives itself?

Eight out of ten people seek eye contact with the driver before they cross the street, but this will not be possible with self-driving cars

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Autonomous cars - call for evidence

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee is to conduct an inquiry into future uses of autonomous vehicles in the UK

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Google acquire Urban Engines

Google have acquired Urban Engines, a company which specialises in the provision of real-time spatial and temporal data

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Tesla's new radar Autopilot allegedly improves safety

American electric car maker Tesla Motors is rolling out a new version of its controversial Autopilot functionality

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21% Discount

To celebrate the 21st JCT Traffic Signal Symposium, get 21% off Traffic Signals the book...

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Electric London buses

London is to have the largest number of electric buses in Europe, the capital's transport bosses have announced

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ITS Benefits

ITS UK have produced an updated document "Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and their benefits" which details what ITS are and the benefits they offer

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Speed cameras catch 1000 drivers in 2 days

More than a thousand drivers were "caught out" by the average speed cameras being used as part of works on the M6 in just two days

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New ERT Standard

The DMRB has been updated with a new standard for Emergency Roadside Telephones (ERT)

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Chicago "Array of Things" Underway

The much lauded "Array of Things" project has taken a big step forward this week, with the installation of the first on-street nodes in Chicago.

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Lorry crash causes bridge collapse

Could ITS features offer protection against over-height vehicle strikes?

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Self-driving taxi service launches in Singapore

The world's first self-driving taxis have begun picking up passengers in Singapore

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Melbourne leads the way on ITS

Melbourne's ongoing commitment to implementing intelligent transport systems has seen the Victorian capital to be the best in the world for the sixth year

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TRL Research Report - Connected and Automated Vehicles

The Q1 2016 Research Report has recently been published by TRL with a focus on Connected and Automated Vehicles

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Reading Council joins Smart City elite

A company called AppyParking is rolling out a network of real-time sensors to provide occupancy data for disabled parking bays

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Uber's autonomous future

The recent announcement that Uber has aquired Otto and is working in partnership with Volvo provides the clearest indication of Uber's vision for the future.

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Britain's longest road tunnel could feature palm trees

The proposed road tunnel between Manchester and Sheffield could be equipped with artificial palm trees.

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Top 10 Emerging Technologies

Autonomous Vehicles have been included in the World Economic Forum's Top 10 Emerging Technologies in 2016 report.

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Hyperloop and our misplaced love of futuristic technology

An interesting article about the "Hyperloop" technology which explores the issues which surround the eagerness to adopt grand plans rather than looking at feasible solutions.

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Local Authority Guide to Emerging Transport Technology 2016

The IET and ITS UK are currently updating the Local Authority Guide to Emerging Transport Technology, and wish to gather case studies.

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DfT - £2 million to improve roads using new technology

The Department for Transport (DfT) have announced a £2 million fund to "allow councils to capitalise on emerging technologies and deliver better journeys for motorists."

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Live traffic updates to be displayed on London buses

Transport for London have announced a six month trial which will see live traffic information displayed on VMS mounted on the back of buses.

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Bike share mapping creates beautiful portraits

The Guardian reports on the work undertaken by German researches who have used GPS tracking data from bicycle sharing schemes in London, New York and Berlin, to produce stunning visualisations.

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Air quality alerts to warn Londoners

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced that 2,500 bus stop countdown signs, 140 road side VMS and electronic signs at all 270 London Underground Stations will display air quality alerts.

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Are smart city transport systems vulnerable to hackers?

In an interesting report from the BBC which examines some of the issues relating to hacking ITS infrastructure, the expansion of Smart City deployments is an area which is thought to be of particular concern.

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Billboard Ads Change with the Speed of Traffic

Wired report that data sourced from Inrix is being used to optimise displays on digital billboards, in order to change content dependent upon the current level of congestion on adjacent roads.

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Innovation for Liveable Cities

A new report by the International Transport Forum looks at the combined impact of two major new developments: ubiquitous computing and shared mobility services.

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Uber doing their own mapping

In an unexpected move, Uber have announced that they will be undertaking their own mapping. The company is currently using Google maps, but wish to enhance details which will be of use to drivers and users.

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Project EDWARD - 21st September 2016

The 21st September this year will be the Project Edward (European Day Without A Road Death) day organised by TISPOL (European Traffic Police Network).

As part of the EU C-ITS initiative, a public consultation will be undertaken to collect the opinions of stakeholders to ascertain the support for a possible accelerated and interoperable deployment of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) in the EU.

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EU - ITS - Public Consultation

As part of the EU C-ITS initiative, a public consultation will be undertaken to collect the opinions of stakeholders to ascertain the support for a possible accelerated and interoperable deployment of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) in the EU.

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Comparative Automated Vehicle Progress

The latest edition of the Automated Vehicle Index from Roland Berger and Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrwesen Aachen details the comparative progress made by the leading automotive nations around the globe.

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DfT - Moving Britain Ahead - Grant Awards

Moving Britain Ahead initiative, with around £500,000 for 100% grant awards on offer for early-stage technology innovations in latest Transport Technology Research Innovation Grants.

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DfT consult on autonomous vehicles

The Department for Transport (DfT) have launched a consultation to ask motorists for their views on automated and driverless cars being used on Britain's roads.

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New UK Autonomous Trial Website

A new website has been launched to support the UK's largest Government backed trial of autonomous vehicles, UK Autodrive.

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European VMS Perception Survey

The Mare Nostrum VMS initiative is currently undertaking an online survey to understand user perception of messages displayed to users on Variable Message Signs (VMS).

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Future Detection Messaging Interface Workshops

In what is likely to be the biggest shake-up to detection technologies since the introduction of inductive loops, TfL have announced a series of workshops to discuss the recent white paper produced by Francesco Guariglia.

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Highways England - How to drive on a smart motorway

Highways England have updated their publicity information about how to drive on a smart motorway.This includes leaflets and videos which are available from their website.

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EU project for connected and automated driving

Europe's leading trade associations for the telecommunications and the automotive sectors announced today that they intend to launch a large-scale, pre-deployment project to test connected and automated driving at the EU level.

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Pathway to Driverless Cars

The Centre for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles have published a new consultation as part of their 'Pathway to Driverless Cars' - Proposals to support advanced driver assistance systems and automated vehicle technologies.

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Exploring the opportunity for MaaS in the UK

The Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) have published a new report on Mobility as a Service (MaaS) - "Exploring the opportunity for Mobility as a Service in the UK".

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Autonomous driving; standardisation seminar

ITS Norway recently held a seminar about the need for standardisation requirements to assist with the introduction of autonomous vehicles.

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Increasing visitor numbers to ITSnow.org

We have seen increasing numbers of users on the ITSnow.org website, with our online resources, the 'Green list' and Conference papers sections being particularly popular.

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Autonomous buses begin testing in Switzerland

ERTICO reports that two autonomous shuttle buses began carrying passengers in the Swiss district of Sion last week, as part of a two-year research project to test and improve traffic and fleet-management algorithms.

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ITS UK 2016 Annual Review

ITS UK have published the 2016 Annual Review, which is now available online. It looks back over the past year, and reviews the range of activities undertaken by ITS UK along with the inclusion of the Annual Report.

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