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To cope with the reorganised traffic during the Olympics period, multiple manoeuvring instructions, including new alterations to traffic flow and turning rules, have been modified by the French authorities. In the Paris metropolitan area alone, more than 2,000 map updates have been reported in TomTom maps since January 2024; far in excess of any other European city.

During the Olympics, exceptional traffic is expected due to traffic-restricted areas, road closures in and around Paris, and special reserved lanes for officials, athletes, and security vehicles.

The Traffic Index will report all traffic incidents, closures and blockages to enable motorists and professionals to get around in a transformed Paris during the Olympic period. The Traffic Index is being updated 24/7 by the TomTom team using data from Paris. Thanks to a close collaboration with the French Ministry of Transport and Paris traffic authorities, TomTom will receive all traffic management decisions.

Safety concern among electric scooter riders drives them onto sidewalks, endangering pedestrians and making them uncomfortable. Regulators’ solutions are inconsistent and conflicting worldwide. Widely accepted pedestrian safety metrics may lead to converging solutions. Adapting the time-to-collision from car traffic safety, we define projected time-to-collision and experimentally study pedestrians’ objective and subjective safety. We design isolated and crowd experiments using e-scooter-to-pedestrian interactions to assess the impact of various factors on objective safety. In addition, we conducted a pedestrian survey to relate the subjective safety and the metric. We report a strong correlation between subjective safety and the projected time-to-collision when agents face each other and no relation when the e-scooter overtakes a pedestrian. As a near-miss metric correlated with pedestrian comfort, projected time-to-collision is implementable in policy-making, urban architecture, and e-scooter design to enhance pedestrian safety

Japanese rail operator Yamaman Co has introduced facial recognition technology to its services on the Yukarigaoka Line in Sakura, allowing people to pay for a ticket with their face in what is believed to be a first for the country.

The upgrades to barriers along the line mean that passengers using the ultra-light rail network will be able to upload a picture of themselves to a ‘Eucalyptus Pass’ account and pair it with a credit card to enable automatic purchases when they enter a station…

The launch of the tech, designed by Panasonic and Jorudan, comes after the success of two trials conducted by the three companies on a bus and the Yukarigaoka Line between May and September 2021 to March 2023.

A new map tool from the Union of Concerned Scientists shows you where and when critical pieces of coastal infrastructure such as public housing buildings, schools and power plants are at risk of repeated, disruptive flooding due to climate change­­­­­-driven sea level rise…the analysis finds that by 2050, with a medium sea level rise scenario, seawater would flood more than 1,600 critical coastal infrastructure assets twice or more per year. This scenario projects roughly one foot of sea level rise by 2050 relative to a 2000 baseline and is consistent with the trajectory of observed sea level rise for most regions of the United States.

With the map tool, you can see exactly which facilities in your community are at risk, which we hope sparks discussions and planning around how to cope with future sea level rise and flood risks.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced $255,000 in grants through the WalkWorks program to assist nine different communities in developing Active Transportation Plans to increase physical activity by connecting local destinations with improved pedestrian, bicycle, and transit networks.

Supported by the DOH and the Pennsylvania Downtown Center, WalkWorks recipients will work over the next year with transportation and community planners to collect data, assess current conditions and aspirations, and incorporate public input to craft the Active Transportation Plans. The program benefits from a partnership with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and its Community Conservation Partnerships Program and Mini-Grant Program.

The Government Accountability Office has agreed to look into how vehicle design – including that of large commercial trucks – could improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and other road users.

The move comes in response to a request from Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), who sent a letter to the agency in May.

Raskin emphasized the need for solutions to protect pedestrians and bicyclists in “blind zones…”

Raskin also called on GAO to:

Explore challenges automakers and federal regulators face in addressing pedestrian and cyclist safety.
Determine options Congress and regulators should consider to reduce the risk of death related to vehicle design.
Research actions of transportation safety regulators in other countries to lower traffic deaths…

In a press release from Raskin’s office, National Safety Council President and CEO Lorraine M. Martin applauds his request for solutions that “federal government leaders can implement to eliminate these preventable tragedies.”

Drivewyze, a connected truck service provider and the largest public-private weigh station bypass network operator, has announced a new Smart Roadways service with the Texas Department of Transportation to improve highway safety using Drivewyze’s connected truck network and Inrix real-time traffic data.

Through Drivewyze Smart Roadways, 285 miles of Interstate 45 between Dallas and Galveston are currently being monitored, providing truck drivers with in-cab alerts on sudden and unexpected slowdowns of traffic and other hazards. By the end of July, more than 3,000 interstate miles in Texas will be monitored. Texas joins nine other states that have partnered with Drivewyze and Inrix in rolling out traffic slowdown alerts as part of their connected truck safety programs.

The in-cab alerts use visual messages such as “sudden slowdown ahead” along with an audible chime and are configured to allow time for trucks to slow down or stop.

Autonomous trucking pioneer Chris Urmson and relative latecomer Raquel Urtasun see AI as critical to making autonomous trucking successful. But they do not see eye to eye on the best way to apply it…

When Uber sold its Advanced Technologies Group to Aurora in January 2021, Urtasun was Uber ATG chief scientist and head of research and development. She and Urmson know each other’s work but never worked together directly. Urtasun also has been a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto for the past decade.

Aurora is the acknowledged leader in autonomous truck development. It has the financing in place and has checked nearly every box to start commercial operations with 20 driverless trucks as soon as the end of this year.

It struggled for a time. Urmson in 2022 looked at the possibility of selling the business to Apple or Microsoft.

“My passion is to deploy start-of-the-art technologies to help solve real-world problems. I love spending time discussing with various stakeholders… to understand their real-world needs.” Sean Qian, engineering, was featured in this profile piece recognizing emerging leaders in Pittsburgh’s transportation and infrastructure sectors.

Google Maps has introduced speedometer and speed limits on iOS and CarPlay — more than five years after their debut on Android — to help iPhone users avoid speed ticketing while driving.

TechCrunch has exclusively learned that Google has begun rolling out speedometers and speed limits for iPhone users globally. When people start navigation on Google Maps, the vehicle’s speed is shown in miles or kilometers, depending on the region.

Early last week, TechCrunch spotted Google Maps showing the new speeding features in India. Google confirmed to us on Tuesday that the rollout will be global.

You can turn on the speedometer and speed limits by tapping your profile picture on the Google Maps app on your iPhone and going to Settings > Navigation > Driving options. Once enabled, the speed limits feature will change colors on the speed indicator to nudge you to drive within the speed limit set in your region.

New data shows distracted driving in the U.S. fell by 4.5% in 2023—its first decline since 2020. This offers some hope in addressing the nation’s awful traffic safety record, and it may have contributed to a 3.5% drop in traffic deaths that year. But distracted driving is just a small piece of the puzzle and should not keep transportation professionals from addressing the root causes of our safety crisis.

These new data on distracted driving come from Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT), which relies on mobile apps that track phone use, speeding, hard breaking or acceleration, and other risky behaviors…

The report notes that the time an average driver spent interacting with their phone while driving dropped from 132 seconds per hour in 2022 to 126 in 2023 (-4.5%) and the time that phones were in motion dropped by 12.5%.

Meet Al’Lee Floyd, manager of the SEPTA Store and experiential design, who has turned the public transit agency’s merchandise in to must-have items and helped the store reach its most profitable year ever.

Relative peace: “The best part of SEPTA, and I tell anybody this, is that you can have family that works here and guess what? You never see them. It’s amazing!”

Feet of achievement: “Our most popular item, believe it or not, is socks. People love socks.”

Al’Lee Floyd was on the phone with one of her vendors for the SEPTA Store earlier this year, trying to come up with a new piece of Regional Rail merchandise that would track with transit enthusiasts.

The two settled on an image of the Silverliner IV, the railcar that debuted in the mid-’70s and is still used today.

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