Archive for the 'intelligent transportation systems' Category

NPR examines the electric car phenomenon

October 21, 2010

“The futuristic world of the electric car may finally be here,” observes NPR in its three-part look at this exciting inflection point in personal transportation. The complete series is available as both online transcripts and downloadable MP3s.
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Nissan Leaf info hub runs Windows Automotive

October 19, 2010

The Nissan Leaf electric car’s “easy-to-use touch-screen Information Hub” will run Microsoft’s Windows Embedded Automotive operating system. But not to worry: it won’t be driving or controlling the car, so fear not the dreaded BSOD.
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iPhone app creates DIY cooperative mass transit

October 14, 2010

A free iPhone app and associated web-based service aims to provide a convenient and affordable way to share a cab with other passengers. Self-described as “DIY Mass Transit,” the “Weeels” app prompts you for a destination, locates prospective ride-sharing partners, specifies where and when to rendezvous, and even orders the group’s cab.
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Wheego electric car to debut at Nov. auto show

October 14, 2010

Wheego will unveil its electric car at the International Auto Show in Los Angeles next month, the company announced today. The “highway-ready, full-speed electric” Wheego Life is in production now and will be delivered to dealers and drivers in a few weeks, says the company
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GM formally introduces the Chevy Volt

October 11, 2010

Casting it as the “world’s first mass-produced, plug-in electric vehicle with a range-extending onboard engine,” GM formally launched the five-door, four-passenger Chevrolet Volt today. It’s “designed to provide the benefits of an electric vehicle without the range limitations associated with other electric vehicles in the market,” says GM. In related news, however, the Web is abuzz with assertions that the Volt actually is a PHEV (plug-in hybrid EV), not an ER-EV (extended-range EV).
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Report prescribes cure for “ailing” U.S. transportation system

October 5, 2010

A conference held last year to assess the state of the U.S. transportation system has just published a 92-page report detailing its findings. Despite the fact that transportation systems are the “backbone of America” and keep it “strong and moving,” the bipartisan report concludes, “we have not been taking good care of this resource.”
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1916 electric car showcased at alternative fuel vehicle show

October 5, 2010

A restored, functional 1916 Detroit Electric brougham was on display last week alongside a Tesla Roadster and several late-model EV conversions at a Michigan event last week, AnnArbor.com reports. The exhibition marked National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day.
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EVs electrify “green” conference

October 2, 2010

Electric vehicles were prominent among the “hot products” showcased at West Coast Green in San Francisco this week. The event’s product expo featured an assortment of early production units, prototypes, and concept models based on two-, three-, and four-wheel designs, along with several of the vehicles’ creators.
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U.S. DOT awards contracts for IntelliDrive “here I am” prototypes

September 28, 2010

The U.S. DOT’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) division has chosen eight companies to develop prototype on-board devices capable of transmitting basic “Here I am” safety messages to other vehicles and devices using wireless vehicle-to-vehicle/infrastructure (V2x) communications. The devices will be used in an IntelliDrive safety pilot deployment of up to 3,000 vehicles
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Transportation industry grapples with global warming

September 27, 2010

Presentation slides and a summary video from a recent transportation-focused Climate Change Symposium are now available online for public access. Cosponsored by U.S. federal and state transportation agencies, the symposium’s objective was to help state transportation departments address the challenges posed by global warming.
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