Traffic lights better programming and connected cars = shorter commute times and better gas mileage with V2I

trafficlightsAugust 6 is 100th anniversary of the traffic light at an intersection in Cleveland, Ohio. Today, traffic lights are controlled by sensors that include proximity sensors with some intelligent sensors using localized software. In the future, traffic lights may make driving safer, reduce commutes, save time and lower emissions.

Researchers at MIT have developed a means of computing optimal timings for city stoplights that can significantly reduce drivers’ average travel times. The software adjusts signal times at intersections distributed across the entire city, with the objective of trying to improve conditions across the entire city, while present systems are timed to local information

President Obama drives and supports connected cars with V2V & V2I

obama_tfhrc02President Obama got into the driver’s seat at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, VA to try out vehicle driving simulation.

“Man, this is so exciting,” he remarked. “I haven’t been on the road in a long time.” After his test drive he said, “It was sort of like ‘Knight Rider.”

The president after a tour of the facility stated that self-driving cars could cut reduce accidents, gas use and commuting times.  He noted that 80% of crashes  could be abated and 3,9 million gallons of gas.

He also thought it was great that as a father of teenager, making driving safer is important to him as well as being good for the economy.

Obama wants Congress to fund more programs of the Federal Highway Trust fund.  He also reported that traffic costs the average driver $800 a year in gas and outdated roads cause businesses to pay $27 billion more in freight costs.

He like that the technology of V2V and V2I helps saves lives, saves money and leads to new jobs in new industries.

He said, “Instead of barely paying our bills in the present, we should be investing in the future.”

He did complain that the driving simulator did not have radio.

The President visited the Human Factors Laboratory and Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory, and spoke to employees .

 

 

WAT makes the APMA Connected Car so special?

001__C1A3282Last week, the most Canadian connected concept car, ever, was shown at the APMA( Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association) in Canada and one that the Ontario’s drunken mayor Rob Ford can’t drive because it has an alcohol interlock device on it.

There have been reports that just say what types of devices were installed in the car running the QNX operating system but not the actual devices makers or providers.

The specially decked out Lexus RX350 was connected and reconfigured by the University of Waterloo.

Paving solar roads funding with freakin’ fun for a cleaner greener future

SlowDownMedia blitzkriegs and a sassy YouTube video are starting to pave the way for freakin’ solar roadways to the Indiegogo tune of $1.432 million exceeding the original goal of one million.

The campaign that claims that greenhouse gases could be reduced 75% by paving roads and parking lots with solar pavers has over 33,000 funders.  Solar Roadways plans to  solar panels that can handle up to 250,000 pounds, heat up to melt snow, light up with LEDs to form lines in the road for bike lanes or crosswalks, have channels for water and create electricity.  Funders can get metal mounting holes in a solar parking lot, pendants, glass panels, t-shirts, coffee mugs or tote bags.  It’s called “Solar Freakin’ Roadways.”

Solar Roadways  received two phases of funding from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration for research and development of a paving system that will pay for itself over its lifespan. They are wrapping up Phase II contract (to build a prototype parking lot) where the funding will be used.

The solar panels are covered by a tempered glass surface that has been tested for traction, load testing, and impact resistance testing in civil engineering laboratories around the country, and exceeded all requirements. The intelligent hexagon panels fit together like bathroom tile.

The company makes a lot of green and environmental claims

  1. It will pay for itself by generating electricity and instead of paying for power plants the money could be used for more solar road.
  2. Heating elements will melt ice.
  3. No pot holes, the material will not break.
  4. Embedded LEDs offer safer night driving.
  5. Storm water can be treated and transported.
  6. Data cables can be embedded in the system.
  7. Provides infrastructure for autonomous cars and EVs.
  8. Panels can transmit cell phone and data signals, buh-buh dead spots.
  9. Roads can post warnings of dangers ahead.
  10. Traffic can be monitored.
  11. No more green house gases or fossil fuels.
  12. Safer roads with fewer accident.
  13. Protects wildlife, Load cells in the Solar Road Panels can detect if something is on the surface of the panel, oncoming drivers will be warned via embedded LEDs of the danger ahead and will be given plenty of time to slow down. If there is crossing with many animals, data collected can show where a bridge can be built.
  14. Lower insurance and health costs.
  15. Better national security because the panels don’t show heat like generators do in battle.

Solar Roadways co-inventors and co-founders are Julie and Scott Brusaw. Scott is the engineer and Julie is a therapist.

The whole Solar Roadway  buzz will be documented in a documentary film with its own website. The whole project appeals to dreamers.  The only thing that has not been document is how much each panel will cost.  Currently a 45 watt solar panel costs around $100 retail.

New Connected Car V2I Tech Calls Cells When a Car is Going Wrong Way

emergecncycallboxMany of us have seen the problems that arise when someone drives the wrong direction in the lane. Often it is someone who goes down a one way street, the wrong way. Or it could be on a curved highway. In the case of Germany, there are 1,800 wrong-way drivers reported on the autobahn network, annually.  This kind of mistake leads to serious accident with one in six deaths in these kinds of collisions.