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"Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress" in Bordeaux in 2015.

September 19, 2015 | by The World Road Association-PIARC

ITS World Congress, World Congress dedicated to intelligent transportation, will be held in Bordeaux in 2015. After Vinexpo, it will be the second largest conference ever hosted in the capital of Aquitaine.
ITS is the integration of information and communications technology with transport infrastructure, vehicles and users in order to improve the transport system as a whole including issues related to road safety, traffic efficiency, environmental issues and system and infrastructure security. This excellent result was achieved thanks to an initiative led by the Topos association. This association was set up by the Regional Council to bring together firms and laboratories in Aquitaine concerned by the economic, scientific, and industrial benefits of the European Galileo project, in which over half the expected applications are transport-related.


America's Top 10 Transportation Projects Competing for Two National Awards

August 17, 2015 | by Tony Dorsey, Media Relations Manager

WASHINGTON - The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today announced the 2015 America's Transportation Awards competition top 10 project finalists. "The scores have been tallied and there are 10 projects left, competing to be called the best in America," said Bud Wright, AASHTO executive director. "Only one state DOT will take home this year's Grand Prize but all the projects in the competition are making the nation's multimodal transportation system better, faster and safer." This year 24 states entered 48 projects that were judged in three categories: "Under Budget," "Best Use of Innovation," and "Quality of Life/Community Development." The 10 finalists received the highest scores during four regional competitions. A panel of experts will select the Grand Prize winner and the People's Choice Award will be decided through on-line voting which begins today through Friday, September 11 at http://AmericasTransportationAwards.org. Individuals can vote up to 10 times per day for their favorite project.


Biocomposites in Automotive Applications

August 13, 2015 | by SAE International

The automotive sector has taken a keen interest in lightweighting as new required performance standards for fuel economy come into place. This strategy includes parts consolidation, design optimization, and material substitution, with sustainable polymers playing a major role in reducing a vehicle's weight. Sustainable polymers are largely biodegradable, biocompatible, and sourced from renewable plant and agricultural stocks. A facile way to enhance their properties, so they can indeed replace the ones made from fossil fuels, is by reinforcing them with fibers to make composites. Natural fibers are gaining more acceptance in the industry due to their renewable nature, low cost, low density, low energy consumption, high specific strength and stiffness, CO2 sequestration potential, biodegradability, and less wear imposed on machinery.


PoroElastic Road Surface: an innovation to Avoid Damages to the Environment (PERSUADE).

December 23, 2014 | by PERSUADE project

The project aims at developing a durable, cost-effective Poroelastic Road Surface (PERS) using used tyres, which would at the same time benefit the environment by not only significantly contributing to abating traffic noise and vibrations but also helping to solve the problem of over three million tons of used tyres having to be dumped or burned every year in the twenty-seven Member States with the consequence on ground and air pollution. It is anticipated that an advanced optimization of the poroelastic rubber compound could lead also to a decrease of rolling resistance for the vehicles rolling on such a pavement and, as a result, could contribute to reducing CO2 and other emissions.



HDM-4 Software

December 20, 2014 | by piarc.org

HDM-4 is a software package and associated documentation which will serve as the primary tool for the analysis, planning, management and appraisal of road maintenance, improvements and investment decisions.

In 1998, The World Road Association (PIARC) was entrusted by the stakeholders of the ISOHDM Project (International Study of Highway Development and Management) with the intellectual property rights of the software system known as HDM-4. Accordingly it has co-financed the development work culminating in HDM-4 Version 2.

The World Road Association Council, on the recommendation of the General Secretariat of PIARC, decided in 2004 to set up a service concession for the management, development, marketing, sales and support of HDM-4 Version 2 software. Following a call for competitive proposals and after careful evaluation the contract was awarded to HDMGlobal, an international consortium centred on the University of Birmingham.

Commitments of the concessionaire are defined by this contract and include:

  • Organisation of the dissemination of the HDM-4 technology;
  • Dissemination and update of the technical documentation;
  • Sales and distribution of the HDM-4 Version 2 software and documentation;
  • Assistance and services to users;
  • Dedicated Internet Website;
  • Organisation of an HDM4 Users' Club;
  • Organisation of training courses and workshops;
  • Corrections, updates and evolution of the software.


New OGeco hybrid transmission is a space-saver.

December 2, 2014 | by Stuart Birch

Space fiction has become part of some auto companies’ description of hybrids. Finding space for an electric motor, battery and all the controls that go with them while still providing sufficient 5-passenger cabin room and trunk/luggage capacity is not easy. And that means the hybrid version of some sedans suffers in useful cargo space.

But at Oerlikon Graziano, Claudio Torrelli, Head of Product Development, says far better packaging can be achieved. And to demonstrate it, the company recently fitted a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG with its new OGeco transmission that integrates a 120-kW (161-hp) electric motor within the same space as a conventional transmission. The integration saw the electric motor installed deep in the gearbox and changing of the layout of the gearbox itself.

The OGeco transmission is a 2-shaft configuration with one secondary shaft, whereas the dual-clutch (DCT) is a 3-shaft with two secondary shafts.

To achieve the compact solution, Oerlikon Graziano worked with technical specialist,Vocis, which is responsible for the control unit and control software. “We chose a 6-speed AMT (automated manual transmission) arrangement instead of the more commonly used DCT because the motor can provide torque infill during gearshifts, significantly reducing the torque interruption and overcoming the traditional weakness of an AMT," Torrelli explained.



November 28, 2014 | by Auto Alliance.

When it comes to safety, speed is critical. Autos operate in “milliseconds,” or thousands of a second. Front airbags have about 30 milliseconds to sense an impact, analyze incoming data (from brakes or the steering wheel), decide whether to deploy—and at what level—and inflate in time to shield occupants. Side airbags deploy three times faster.

Every few milliseconds, the engine control computer must decide how much fuel to inject into the engine and when to ignite the spark plug in order to optimize fuel economy and minimize emissions, and all of this occurs while the driver is directing the vehicle to perform in different ways, such as accelerating onto a highway.


Today’s automobile includes components that work together moments before a crash.

Rear Headrests, Interior Door Paneling, Windows, Sunroof, and Safety Belts Can Save a Life

Safety belts can tighten to keep occupants in place. Windows may go up and the sunroof may close. Rear headrests may spring up. Interior door paneling may shift to brace passengers.Seat Cushions, Power Seats, and Front Radar Can Save a Life

Front radar may sense the distance from an object and adjust braking power to the best level. Power seats may automatically adjust to a safer position and seat cushions may adjust. However the driver seat will stay still, so the driver focuses on controlling the vehicle.

From the moment an impending collision is detected to the moment of actual impact, vehicles can use a network to quickly analyze data and provide occupants with the best possible protection.

Front Seats, Hazard Warning Lights, Suspension, and Airbags Can Save a Life

Suspension may adjust to keep the auto level and reduce the chances of the vehicle sliding under something. Airbags may inflate differently depending on crash type. If the auto senses it’s being struck from behind, the front seats may move up to help protect backseat occupants. The hazard warning lights may turn on after impact to alert other drivers.




Advanced Tech Todays Cars


Today, auto technology on sale allows cars to “see” all around, gathering data on possible roadway concerns and giving drivers eyes in the back of their heads. Since more than 90 percent of crashes involve driver error, automakers created a range of safety systems that aid drivers for brief periods to help avoid accidents. Driver assist systems include lane departure and blind spot warnings, adaptive cruise control, automatic braking, telematics control systems and more.



Advanced Tech Connected Cars


Technological improvements in computers, smartphones, wireless communications and the cloud have converged to advance safety for connected consumers. Connectivity and the internet are changing the world of autos, and more change is coming. The percentage of new passenger cars globally shipping with factory-installed telematics will increase from nearly 10 percent in 2010 to 62 percent in 2016, according to ABI Research.

Looking forward, cars may soon be “talking” to each other and to the roadway. Car-tocar information sharing can alert vehicles miles behind that cars ahead have come to a halt, warning drivers to prepare to slow down. “Smart” intersections will allow stop signs and traffic lights to communicate with vehicles, as sensors report if another vehicle is running a red light. Traffic lights could be synchronized to improve traffic flow — and fuel efficiency — and if there is only one vehicle sitting at a traffic light late at night, the light could be programmed to turn green.

A study by McKinsey Global Institute found that the auto industry will be the second largest data producer by 2015. Much of that data will come from the car itself, through sensors and integrated devices. Additional data will come from connected devices used by a vehicle’s occupants or from third-party sources like traffic reports and weather sites.



Advanced Tech Autonomous


Today’s leading automakers are developing cars that park themselves, brake at the sign of danger and stay in lanes without driver assistance. What once only existed in the imaginations of science fiction writers is now being developed and tested by carmakers in laboratories and on roadways across the globe.

As partially-autonomous functions in vehicles become more common, the leap to achieving fully driverless cars becomes ever smaller. Today’s emerging technology — sensors able to read road signs and traffic signals, while also employing vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) systems to navigate roadways, traffic and pedestrian hazards — will be available widespread in the future.

Analysts differ on when these autonomous cars will be introduced, but few believe driverless cars in some form are not the wave of the future.

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AASHTO Applauds NHTSA Connected Vehicles Action

Tony Dorsey
Monday, February 03, 2014

WASHINGTON – The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials today praised the U.S. Department of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for their support for life-saving connected vehicle technology.

Former AASHTO President and Michigan Department of Transportation Director Kirk Steudle, a national expert and leader in traffic safety and connected vehicle technology, said that "today's announcement by NHTSA officials is a positive step for our ultimate goal of delivering the safest and most efficient transportation system imaginable."

Steudle added, "This is a significant announcement for the future of safe mobility and a day that will lead to great reductions in traffic fatalities. USDOT should be commended for its leadership and vision."


FHWA Celebrates Ribbon Cutting for San Bernardino I-215 North Corridor

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Friday, January 24, 2014
Contact: Neil Gaffney
Tel: 202-366-0877

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Federal Highway Deputy Administrator Greg Nadeau joined state and local officials today at a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the completion of the I-215 North Corridor widening project that will improve access to the west side of I-215 and overall mobility through the city of San Bernardino. The $647 million project, which included $128 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding, also helped create jobs in an area hit hard by the economic downturn.


U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Visits I-95 Express Lanes Highlights Public Transportation’s Role in Strengthening Access to Jobs, Opportunities

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Friday, January 31, 2014
Contact: Neil Gaffney
Tel: 202-366-0660

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today visited the I-95 Express Lanes in Fort Lauderdale, a project that reflects how transportation can help create the type of economic opportunities President Obama discussed in his State of the Union address this week. The $112 million project used $105 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds from the Department of Transportation. Secretary Foxx was joined by U.S. Representatives Alcee Hastings, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Lois Frankel, along with state and local officials.



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