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  News items. 24/4/2005
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  Roadside manner - US develops next generation telemedicine. 10/1/2005
Research in the United States may soon be helping to provide improved medical attention for victims of road accidents. The research, funded by the US Office of Naval Research and led by the Loretto-based CERMUSA (Center of Excellence for Remote and Medically Underserved Areas) in partnership with St Francis University, is expected to result in the provision of high-qaulity tele-medical treatment at the roadside.

  New report casts doubt on pan-European ETC in short term. 10/1/2005
The European Commission faces what could be insurmountable difficulties in its plans to achieve a single cross-border system of electronic toll collection (ETC) and road charging by the end of the decade, according to a new report by UK-based transport consultants, SBD.

  Advanced traffic management system for Copenhagen ring road. 10/1/2005
A range of advanced urban traffic management systems are expected to feature on the new, expanded Copenhagen ring road as part of a three year contruction programme scheduled to begin in April this year.

  German tolling gets under way. 10/1/2005
Germany's much troubled and delayed satellite-based distance-based tolling system began operating on 1st January without any apparent difficulties.

  Worth the risk? Rhode Island highway call box system abandoned. 10/1/2005
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) and the E 9-1-1 Emergency Telephone System in the US are to remove the emergency highway call box system that has been in operation in the State for the last quarter of a century.

  Intelligent road studs improve traffic flow in Scotland. 10/1/2005
A novel pilot scheme is under way along a 3Km stretch of Scotland's busiest motorway as part of a national road traffic management system that has seen the introduction of the UK's first national traffic control centre in Glasgow and the deployment of a range of advanced intelligent transport systems (ITS).

  Standard off-board mapping. 10/1/2005
An ISO standard for electronic mapping has come a step closer with the publication of the results of an EC-funded project on the subject. The final report of the ActMAP project due to be made public in January, will form the basis of a submission for an ISO standard and is expected to lead to enhanced navigation and ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) applications becoming available.

  Progress pays - Austrian telematics cluster takes shape. 10/1/2005
Austria has embarked on a major programme designed to improve traffic management, reduce congestion and improve road safety through the introduction of a range of ITS technologies and a radical shift in thinking.

  EU casualty reduction target can't be met without technology says ETSC. 10/12/2004
The European Commission has been called upon to make greater use of ITS technology in order to meet the EU's target of a 50% reduction in road traffic casualties by 2010.

  On-line help - eCall makes progress. 10/12/2004
Ten EU member states have given an undertaking to sign an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) on eCall. The undertaking, given at a High Level meeting in Brussels on 27th September, gives a further substantial boost to hopes of achieving the EU's target of a 50% reduction in the 40,000 annual road deaths by the end of the decade.

  NHTSA launches Phase 2 driver distraction programme. 10/12/2004
The 2nd phase of a US DOT co-ordinated research dealing with the issues of driver distraction was launched in October with the display of a prototype vehicle at the Convergence 2004 conference in Detroit.

  High Court gives go-ahead for Stockholm congestion charging scheme. 09/12/2004
The start date of the Stockholm congestion charging scheme, originally pencilled in for June next year, is still shrouded in doubt despite a legal ruling which has apparently thrown out a challenge to the legality of the initial contract.

  Poles prepare for ETC. 09/12/2004
The Polish government has begun an 18 month feasibility study into the long term prospects of an ETC-based national road user charging system.

  Queue warning system reduces accidents says HA report. 09/12/2004
Queue warning systems on motorways in England have resulted in a significant reduction in accidents according to a report just released by the Highways Agency.

  British government again reviews safety cameras as academics underscore their effectiveness. 09/12/2004
The British government has ordered the third review in two years of the siting of automatic 'safety' cameras in the UK. The news comes as the DfT (Department for Transport) has indicated that it will not authorise any new camera-based route enforcements over the next two years.

  Toll Collect faces a new challenge. 09/12/2004
Doubts are growing over the readiness of the German distance-based charging system ahead of its projected launch date of 1st January 2005.

  Progress pays - the Austrian telematics cluster. 09/12/2004
Austria has embarked on a major programme designed to improve traffic management, reduce congestion and improve road safety through the introduction of a range of ITS technologies and a radical shift in thinking.

  Eyeing the future - development of the monocular sensor. 10/11/2004
An Israeli research and development company has produced a single camera optical sensor which, it claims, is able to perform all the functions normally associated with multiple sensor devices.

  High Court gives go-ahead for Stockholm congestion charging scheme. 2/11/2004
The start date of the Stockholm congestion charging scheme, originally pencilled in for June next year, is still shrouded in doubt despite a legal ruling which has apparently thrown out a challenge to the legality of the initial contract.

  NHTSA launches Phase 2 driver distraction programme. 26/10/2004
The 2nd phase of a US DOT co-ordinated research dealing with the issues of driver distraction was launched this month with the display of a prototype vehicle at the Convergence 2004 conference in Detroit.

  Head-up displays and more at Convergence 2004. 26/10/2004
Head-up displays, so long the preserve of the military and those who were prepared to pay a great deal of money for not much, may be about to break into the mainstream of OEM production.

  Europe-wide speed warning system proposed. 26/10/2004
An initiative, supported by DG TREN, is looking a ways in which drivers throughout the EU can automatically be warned if they exceed the speed limit.

  Future of World Congress raises concerns. 12/10/2004
Concerns are rising at the future of the ITS World Congress as news of falling attendance figures in Nagoya and an apparent shortage of cash for next year's event in San Francisco begin to emerge.

  Network of National ITS Associations Platform launched in London. 11/10/2004
Research and development of ITS technologies in Europe was given a boost at the launch on Thursday of the Network of National ITS Associations Platform.

  Mossé proposes single organising body for ITS World Congress. 11/10/2004
Olivier Mossé, Chief Executive of ITS ERTICO has suggested the task of organising future World Congress should be in the hands of a single body, perhaps centred on London.

  California Sets Tough New Global-Warming Agenda. 5/10/2004
California's attempts to introduce some of the toughest car emission standards in the world look set to place it on a collision course with the Federal government which claims the sole prerogative in such matters.

  Clear view. 5/10/2004
Intelligent Transport systems in the South African province of Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa have resulted in a dramatic reduction in the number of people killed and seriously injured, according to the head of the Provincial Department of Transport, Safety and Security.

  Head for speed - an ITS helmet for motorcyclists. 5/10/2004
A young graduate has developed a 'smart' motor cycle helmet that could help save countless lives every year.

  NHTSA Proposes Standard for Tyre Pressure Monitoring Devices. 21/09/2004
The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced proposals for a new safety standard to warn the driver when a tyre is significantly under-inflated. The announcement follows an extensive examination of the current generation of tyre pressure systems in the wake of the Ford/Firestone recall programme of 2000.

  Stockholm congestion charging scheme delayed. 16/09/2004
A legal challenge in the Swedish courts to the validity of the tendering process in the Stockholm congestion charging scheme looks likely to delay the beginning of the trial and reduce its length from its original 18 months to little more than eleven.

  Heavy metal on screen - telematics to assist enforcement of HGV maintenance. 16/09/2004
A major new trial, due to begin later this year in the UK will make extensive use of telematics to monitor the roadworthiness of heavy goods vehicles and improve road safety.

  Communicating with sensors. 10/09/2004
A new project announced in August by the UK's Department of Trade and Industry (DTi) is expected to result in significant advances being made to low-cost collision avoidance and other driver-assist programmes.

  Lorry Road User Charge preparations enter new phase. 10/09/2004
Her Majesty's Customs and Excise has announced the details of the companies and suppliers selected to go through to the next stage of the procurement process for the delayed UK's Lorry Road User Charge scheme.

  Toll Collect in confident mood. 10/09/2004
Less than four months before it is due to go live, the much delayed and much troubled German RUC system appears to have turned the corner with preliminary test results claiming to show a high level of accuracy in the tolling technology.

  French leave - holiday season prompts new traffic management system in Avignon. 20/8/2004
French traffic managers are hoping a major trial on one of the country's busiest holiday routes will pave the way towards significant improvement in traffic flows together with reduced congestion and fewer collisions.

  A car in Microsoft's future? 20/8/2004
Microsoft has announced a new joint venture with the US Center for Automotive Research, to conduct a series of annual surveys designed to focus on key trends in the automotive industry.

  Alcohol locks to go on trial in the EU. 20/8/2004
Technology designed to prevent drink drivers from using their cars is to be fitted into cars of convicted drink drivers as part of a research project in a number of states in the EU.

  ITS Cameras help protect Suez bridge. 20/8/2004
Security concerns have prompted the installation of a series of CCTV cameras on a bridge linking Egypt with the Sinai Peninsula.

  Vorad collision avoidance system on test. 12/8/2004
A collision warning system for heavy goods vehicles is to undergo field tests in the UK before being offered to the road haulage industry as an after-market product.

  British government takes small step towards national road user charging. 12/8/2004
Local authorities are to take the lead in the UK in introducing a national road user charging scheme under proposals published by a government appointed working group.

While officials insist that universal road user charging is at least a decade away, a new White Paper on transport - The Future of Transport - a Network for 2030 - makes clear the government's commitment to the eventual introduction of some form of road pricing and signals its acceptance of the findings of the working group.

  NHTSA proposes requirements for accident data recorders. 12/8/2004
Safety authorities in the US are calling for comments on proposals to dictate the range of information that would be made available to crash investigators from on-board data-recorders.

  EC seeks to double research budget. 12/8/2004
Intelligent transport planning for the next five year cycle of research and development is under way with the recent publication of a discussion document on the 7th Framework Programme (FP7).

  UK plans national digital database of speed limits. 12/8/2004
A digital database of speed limits designed to allow the deployment of a range of interactive telematic services is in the early stages of consideration by the UK's Department for Transport (DfT).

  It's not total chaos at OnStar. 12/8/2004
OnStar has announced an enhancement to their sixth generation of hardware today that adds Spanish to the original options of French and English in their on-board navigation system.

 
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