February 7, 2012 • 4:24 pm
MapQuest last week announced it integrated traffic and road condition cameras into their maps and directions in over 100 U.S. markets, featuring more than 11,000 cameras. These camera feeds are coming from traffic provider INRIX which distributes the service from traffic camera aggregator Vizzion. To date Google Maps is not offering this kind of service.
More at GPBusnesews
Filed under: Data, Information, Video, CCTV, Inrix, Video, Vizzion
January 29, 2012 • 6:03 pm
Big data is hot, but infrastructure-level platforms such as Hadoop, which focus on storage and processing, still need help to take them into the mainstream.
More at GigaOM
Filed under: Cloud Computing, Data, Big Data
January 13, 2012 • 11:49 pm
Big data is data that exceeds the processing capacity of conventional database systems. The data is too big, moves too fast, or doesn’t fit the strictures of your database architectures. To gain value from this data, you must choose an alternative way to process it.
More at O’Reilly
Filed under: Data, Big Data, data
January 10, 2012 • 12:44 am
At the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, the General Motors-owned telematics provider announced that it is selecting developers to be given access to an OnStar API for the creation of vehicle-specific and vehicle-safe apps for future OnStar-equipped vehicles.
Read more at CNET:
Filed under: Data, API, Automakers, data
January 6, 2012 • 10:44 pm
A recently released report from the Florida Department of Transportation provides a new calculation for the value of travel-time savings for purposes such as traveler behavior analysis and congestion pricing policies.
More at AASHTO
Filed under: Information, Traveler Information, FDOT, traveler information
January 6, 2012 • 3:35 pm
If you go into the Java Shack coffee shop near Court House in Arlington, or walk past the Red Palace bar on H Street in DC, you will see a new experimental project from the Mobility Lab: Digital screens showing real-time transit arrivals and Capital Bikeshare availability.
More at Greater Greater Washington
Filed under: Data, Information, Traveler Information, transit, traveler information
December 30, 2011 • 5:05 pm
Within this post I want to outline the core components of Understanding the data landscape. Each has equal importance and should be seen as a complementing partner to the next. I would consider an exercise where only one component is achieved to be lacking in the aim of providing a complete understanding of the data landscape.
More at Smart Data collective
Filed under: Data, Data Management, data, Data Governance, Data Management
December 28, 2011 • 5:12 pm
December 23, 2011 • 4:26 pm
With funding and support from the USDOT RITA and direction from the FHWA Road Weather Management Program, NCAR is developing a Vehicle Data Translator (VDT) software system that incorporates vehicle-based measurements of the road and surrounding atmosphere with other weather data sources. This document describes version 3.0 of the VDT, including data ingest, data quality check, derivation of road and weather statistics, and the open-source philosophy.
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Filed under: Data, Information, Vehicle Data, Weather
December 23, 2011 • 4:21 pm
Almost all executives want more and faster information, and almost all companies are racing to provide it. What many of them overlook, though, is that the real aim should be not faster information but faster decision making — and those aren’t the same things.
More at MIT Sloan
Filed under: Data, Information, Traveler Information, data, Information, real time
December 22, 2011 • 12:59 am
Governments often hire private contractors to operate transportation services or build technology tools. When those projects provide open data as part of the program, customers can benefit at little or no cost. When open data is left out, governments are throwing money out the window.
More at Greater Greater Washington
Filed under: Data, Government, open data, Policy
December 22, 2011 • 12:39 am
December 22, 2011 • 12:23 am
In an effort to encourage motorists to ditch their cars, Caltrans and Metrolink launched a pilot program that displays train and freeway travel times on electronic signs located near the Anaheim and Fullerton train stations along the northbound I-5 and westbound 91.
More at Orange County Register
Filed under: Traveler Information, DMS, Travel Time
December 19, 2011 • 11:22 pm
Data is variously described as the oxygen of the digital economy or the new raw material of the 21st century. So it is good to see that the UK is setting a cracking pace as it opens up government data for anyone to reuse.
More at The Guardian
Filed under: Data, open data
December 14, 2011 • 11:32 pm
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December 12, 2011 • 7:46 pm
Access to that information is now just a gas pump and a smartphone away. You may not be able to understand what those square QR codes on the gas pumps mean, but your smartphone can.
More at WBAY
Filed under: Information, Internet, Traveler Information, QR Codes, traveler information
December 10, 2011 • 5:46 pm
This week, EMC released (pdf) the findings of its recent survey of the data science community. Calling it the largest ever survey of its kind, the EMC Data Science Study included responses from more than 500 data scientists, information analysts, and data specialists from the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, India and China.
More at O’Reilly Media
Filed under: Data, Data Management
December 9, 2011 • 5:31 pm
Waze, a crowdsourced traffic data app, had its big coming-out moment during LA’s “Carmageddon,” a weekend-long closure of one the city’s busiest freeways in July. The startup partnered with the local ABC affiliate and provided critical data about actual traffic patterns, even on surface streets.
More at GigaOM
Filed under: Applications, Traveler Information, traveler information, Waze
December 8, 2011 • 2:04 am
December 8, 2011 • 12:44 am
December 7, 2011 • 10:50 pm
Many participants sounded enthusiastic about releasing public sector data to the public. As one contributor said: “There are lots of people who can play with the data and make meaningful services.” The contributor added: “Transparency isn’t just about accountability issues – [putting] everyone’s expenses on the web – it’s also about using content to drive innovation.”
More at The Guardian
Filed under: Data, Government, open data, Public Data
December 6, 2011 • 11:11 pm
December 5, 2011 • 1:25 pm
In the five years to 2016, a new report from IBISWorld, the nation’s largest provider of industry research, estimates that revenue for the Real-Time Traffic Information Providers industry will increase at an average annualized rate of 38.9% to $1.6 billion.
Read more at PR Web:
Filed under: Data, Information, Traveler Information, GPS, Inrix, Market Report, Nokia, traveler information
December 1, 2011 • 10:56 pm
December 1, 2011 • 5:09 pm
In a World Congress gathering that was begun with words by William Ford, Chairman of Ford Motor Company, the day’s proceedings only got better for members of ODU’s Transportation Research Institute (TRI). At the closing ceremony of the 18th World Congress, their paper titled “Queuing Delays Associated with Secondary Incidents,” authored by Drs. Hongbing Zhang, Mecit Cetin and Asad Khattak, received the best scientific paper award, which recognizes the outstanding research conducted by TRI.
More at ODU
Filed under: Data, Research, Collision Avoidance, ODU, Research, safety
December 1, 2011 • 1:43 pm
In a paper that will appear in the journal IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Jonathan How, professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT, and three of his colleagues say they have come up with an algorithm that can predict whether an oncoming car is about to run a red light one or two seconds before a possible collision.
More at Los Angeles Times
Filed under: Location, Mobile, Technology, App, Collision Avoidance, connected vehicle
November 30, 2011 • 1:18 am
November 30, 2011 • 1:09 am