AI-based traffic management platform to aid in real-time, automated incident identification, crash prediction and forecasting
COLUMBIA, MD / ACCESSWIRE / September 9, 2021 / Rekor Systems, Inc, (NASDAQ:REKR) (“Rekor” or the “Company”), a global AI technology company with a mission to provide intelligent infrastructure and insights that build safer, smarter and more efficient cities around the world, today announced that its Waycare Technologies subsidiary has been selected by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD) for a pilot program to help reduce congestion and collisions in the Baton Rouge area and promote speed harmonization for a safer driver experience. The initial deployment, which kicked off July 15, 2021, focuses on some of the region’s most dangerous sections of highway: Interstate 10 (“I-10”) and Interstate 12 (“I-12”).
“Rekor has seen a sharp increase in demand from government agencies for real-time, AI driven insights from roadways,” said Robert Berman, president and CEO, Rekor. “The actionable insights derived from this platform, enables a broad set of applications for regional and state government departments and agencies to build smarter and safer cities. From traffic management and public safety to smart parking and citizen experience, Rekor is helping our government customers meet their respective missions.”
The Company will use its powerful AI algorithms and machine learning to analyze large data sets from various Louisiana agency sources as well as mobile apps, connected vehicles, and third-party systems to produce actionable traffic safety insights. To aid in this real-time, automated incident identification, crash prediction and forecasting, the company’s all-in-one traffic management platform has been integrated into LaDOTD’s Traffic Management Center (TMC) and Motorist Assist Patrol (MAP), providing the agency with collaborative tools for more efficient responses and planning. This application is a model for Rekor’s expanded focus on providing government customers with intelligent infrastructure and insights to build smarter, safer cities.
LaDOTD Secretary Dr. Shawn Wilson said of the program, “We are thrilled to kick off our deployment to investigate approaches to alleviating traffic congestion and improving road safety, especially on critical traffic corridors like I-10 and I-12. This deployment is designed to help improve driver commutes and reduce incidents, all the while bringing cutting-edge technology into the fold.”
As a result of the company’s numerous connected vehicle partnerships, LaDOTD will gain access to useful insights into driver behaviors and road incidents. With planned construction imminent along the I-10 and I-12 corridors, the pilot program will serve as a useful test to see how such technology can support travel demand management in the region. The pilot program is a typical first step for states to apply lessons learned before moving to a broader deployment.
“In just one month, we’re already integrating deidentified data from almost 14% of vehicles driving in the state of Louisiana,” said Paul-Matthew Zamsky, Strategic Partnerships, Rekor. “We are helping to increase LaDOTD’s roadway visibility by connecting to infrastructure to help manage transportation and communicate better in real-time.”
Two bridges were damaged and public transportation was disrupted Wednesday when a fire broke out in a Northern California homeless encampment.
The large blaze was initially reported at 12:45 a.m. along a large encampment under a Sacramento light rail overpass near Interstate 80, Sacramento Fire Department Capt. Keith Wade told Fox News.
A massive plume of smoke could be seen from the freeway. Footage of the aftermath taken by KCRA-TV showed several larges tires burned and multiple vehicles charred underneath the overpass where the heat caused chunks of concrete to fall.
The blaze appeared to have traveled up an embankment and burned some vegetation.
Around 36 firefighters responded to the scene. They were told a female took herself to a hospital but her injuries were not clear, Wade said. No other injuries were reported.
Two bridges were damaged and light rail traffic was briefly suspended. Engineers walked the rails and deemed them safe for the morning commute but are expected to check for long-term damage, according to the news outlet.
Fox News has reached out to the California Department of Transportation.
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One person told the news outlet that at least 40 people were displaced from the encampment.
AUSTIN (KXAN) — The City of Austin has completed half of its bicycle network it’s been working on since 2014.
The All Ages and Abilities (AAA) Bicycle Network was first recommended six years ago when the city released its bicycle network plan. The 400-mile connected bicycle network aims to provide access for people of all ages and abilities meaning they want to ensure everyone can get around whether someone is eight years old or 80.
The network includes neighborhood bikeways, street crossings, urban trails and protected bicycle lanes.
Data from the American Community Survey Journey to Work Data for the City of Austin shows bicycle networks can help reduce crashes. The rate of crashes involving bicyclists dropped nearly 60% between 2010 to 2015 as the city continued to build bicycle facilities. Officials say the network will help continue to bring that number down as it creates more options for people to travel, and do so safely while maximizing the space available.
“People are looking for those options and as cities grow and people choose to live in urban centers there’s only so much space we have to share and that space needs to be more efficient,” said Laura Dierenfield, a division manager at Austin Transportation Department.
For those who ride around the city, these improvements are a welcomed change.
“I wish they were on every road, that’s a little impractical, maybe, but every road they’re on I feel much safer,” Austin FC broadcaster Adrian Healey said about protected bicycle lanes.
Healey said because of the bikeway system, he’s able to explore the city and feels safe.
Out of the 215 miles of bikeways built so far, 50 miles account for protected bikeways. And, half of the bikeways are within a quarter-mile of a CapMetro transit stop.
City officials expect to complete the remaining roughly 200 miles by 2025.
They plan to continue to expand the bicycle facilities across the city and are asking the community for feedback through its new initiative ATX Walk Bike Roll. The new plan will update the city’s three current plans — the Urban Trails Plan, Bicycle Plan and Pedestrian/Sidewalk Plan. The survey closes on Sept. 26.
We’ve been seeing an influx of some cutthroat and drool-worthy automotive concepts at Yanko Design. Each automotive was innovative, bringing to us something we had never seen nor experienced before. From killer speed to dashing good looks, to impenetrable safety standards, every automotive we featured at YD broke some design barrier for us, and hopefully, they did the same for you as well. Hence, we’ve curated a collection of automotive designs that we feel were the best of the lot! From a Honda Ridgeline EV Concept that makes the Cybertruck look like child’s play to an autonomous Tesla HGV that brings the vision of the Tesla heavy goods vehicle to life – each of these conceptual designs is mercilessly pushing the boundaries of the automotive industry! Automotive enthusiasts will be itching to see them on the road, and hopefully one day we will.
The Honda Ridgeline EV concept comes from the mind of California-based Rene Garcia, a concept designer at ILM who’s previously worked on The Mandalorian, Thor: Ragnarok, The Avengers, and the Transformers anthology. Garcia began designing the vehicle as a Dakar rally truck, but gradual iterations slowly turned it into a conceptual pickup truck for Honda. Designed to handle pretty much anything you can throw at it, the EV comes with its own winch-hook on the front, a frunk behind it, suicide-style rear doors that give you access to the car’s spacious interiors, and an expandable truck-bed on the back that even comes equipped with tools and emergency medical kits. A standout feature of the car’s design is in its use of hollow spaces. The Ridgeline is bulky to look at, but negative spaces in its design help cut its volume manifold, still making it look like a chiseled, mean machine.
Industrial and transport designer Jeremy Dodd take the vision of the Tesla heavy goods vehicle to the next level with the Tesla Autonomous E-Rig semi. This ultra-futuristic Tesla concept identifies the basic problem with HGVs that have an average speed of 50 mph, and have to drive for virtually 9 hours of the day, 5 days a week. This creates an environmental impact, and a pure, purposeful, and functional method of hauling heavy goods is the need of the hour. This Autonomous trailer in a way is destined to solve this with even more to make it highly useful. The HGV has an extendable extension to adapt to the needs of the client, the geographic location, and the nature of the cargo to be hauled. The driving cockpit’s top and the bay of the trailer are solar powered to charge the battery reserve on the go.
According to the designer Ivan Marin Lopez, complete autonomous technology will not be an overnight change – rather it will be a gradual process that’ll take a significant amount of time. When the technology is fully proofed, autonomous cars like Volvo 360c concept will be able to tackle mixed traffic situations without any human intervention. Passenger safety is at the forefront
The Oregon Transportation Commission granted conditional approval on Thursday for a path forward to renovate and widen Interstate 5 through the Rose Quarter corridor, as well as cap the freeway and allow for redevelopment of the former Albina district.
The commission’s unanimous decision follows the recommendation of Gov. Kate Brown last month that the Oregon Department of Transportation pursues “hybrid option 3.” That plan would essentially tunnel the freeway and provide economic opportunity for the region’s Black community in an effort to reclaim the Albina district.
Members of ODOT committees such as the Historic Albina Advisory Board and other stakeholder groups have consistently voiced their opinion favoring a project that focuses on restorative justice. Supporters say the idea behind this project model is to remediate historic harm caused by the freeway’s original construction and displacement of community members.
Approval of the hybrid 3 model is contingent upon ODOT providing a thorough analysis of the project’s cost structure and funding sources by December. It would also require ODOT and its contractors to update its diversity and subcontracting plans, as well as to reevaluate the project’s initial environmental impact study.
The commission’s decision followed a brief update on the project’s progress and regional planning work by ODOT’s staff including Rose Quarter Improvement Project Manager Megan Channell.
Channell delved into the specific details of how hybrid 3 varies from the original concepts of the I-5 Rose Quarter expansion.
The largest difference is that the new model would produce a singular cap over the freeway instead of two separate caps proposed in the initial concept. Construction would be pushed back to begin in late 2023 with minor preparation work beginning earlier.
The cap would create a freeway tunnel through the Rose Quarter, relocate ramps to accommodate the cap and restore the street grid above. It would also remove some current pedestrian and bike links across the freeway and shift them to other streets.
The proposed cap would allow for light development on top of the freeway capable of holding buildings of up to three stories. It could be strengthened to accommodate up to six-story buildings.
“We heard that a successful highway cover design really is defined as one that brings investment into and provides long-term benefits to the Historic Albina community,” Channell said. “Also that access and safety would be provided for people walking, biking, driving and using transit for within and through the project area.”
The project’s cost has risen significantly from its initial price tag of between $715-795 million to upwards of $1.18 billion.
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Woman dies after being hit by car in North Windham Friday night
Police investigating crash at intersection of Roosevelt Trail and Trails End Road
Updated: 10:56 AM EDT Sep 11, 2021
A woman is dead after being hit by a car in North Windham Friday night. Just before 8 p.m., police say a 47-year-old woman was hit by a car driving east on Roosevelt Trail at the intersection of Trails End Road. Police have not released the name of the victim, who died at the scene. The driver of the car, Margaret Hunter of Cape Elizabeth, was not hurt. The road was closed for a few hours to allow crews to clear the scene. Police continue to investigate the crash.
WINDHAM, Maine —
A woman is dead after being hit by a car in North Windham Friday night.
Just before 8 p.m., police say a 47-year-old woman was hit by a car driving east on Roosevelt Trail at the intersection of Trails End Road.
Police have not released the name of the victim, who died at the scene. The driver of the car, Margaret Hunter of Cape Elizabeth, was not hurt.
The road was closed for a few hours to allow crews to clear the scene.
Silk-FAW has announced the appointment of Katia Bassi as its Managing Director. Bassi spent the last four years as the Chief Marketing & Communication Officer and Board Member at Lamborghini. It marks yet another recruit from an Italian luxury brand for the Sino-American partnership.
If you’ve been following the developments of Silk-FAW, you’ll know by now that they appear to mean business. The joint venture will bring a new line of “ultra-luxury, high-performance, new energy sports vehicles.”
However, in order to accelerate development, attract talent, and increase acceptance, they’ve decided to enter the lion’s den. In February it was announced they were setting up shop in the Emilia-Romagna region — largely considered to be Italy’s “Motor Valley.”
Bassi was recently named as one of the 100 most successful Italian women by Forbes Italia. Before Lamborghini, she worked as Vice President of Aston Martin and Managing Director of AM Brands. Bassi has also had stints at the NBA, Inter Milan, and Ferrari.
Read: Hongqi S9 Hypercar To Be Unveiled At Milan Design Week Next Month In Production Form
Bassi’s appointment comes after a string of other senior-level posts were filled by those experienced in Italy’s luxury supercar brands. The list includes, Ex-Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa as a special advisor, and former Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and BMW executive Roberto Fedeli as their new chief technology officer,
“Silk-FAW embodies the best of Italy and China’s expertise, and with global resources, we are perfectly positioned to drive a sustainable future through our ultra-luxury new energy sports cars,” said Bassi on her appointment.
The first car to take shape from the partnership will be the Hongqi S9. Styled by Walter De Silva, the Hongqi Hypercar was shown at the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show. It features a 1,400 hp hybrid driveline that pairs a V8 turbo engine with three electric motors. The hybrid supercar can reach 0-62 mph(0–100 km/h) in just 1.9 seconds, and has a top speed of 249 mph (400 km/h).
Airline passengers got hit with a one-two punch during the coronavirus pandemic, first having their flights canceled or rescheduled because of Covid disruptions and then having their money locked up by an airline that offered only vouchers. Now, the Transportation Department, under orders from the White House, is cracking down.
Complaints from airline passengers, which soared last year, are up by over 500 percent, according to a new report by the agency, with over 100,000 submitted.
Passenger air travel was upended along with everything else in March 2020 as traffic plummeted to historic lows. Airlines, forced to cancel and reschedule flights, got billions of dollars from the government to keep making payroll. But to keep flying, they furloughed and laid off pilots and crew members.
After the vaccine rollouts, passenger travel demand shot back up — sooner than the airlines said they expected — so they ramped up schedules and expanded service. They have struggled at times to staff the flights they’ve sold, as bottlenecks in mandatory retraining have delayed the furloughed staff members from returning. Some have also chosen to hang back because of Covid concerns.
That means airlines have been even more exposed when outside events occur.
Early last month, Spirit and American airlines canceled hundreds of flights after a confluence of bad weather, technology outages, worker shortages and high summer demand. Hundreds of travelers were stranded, and piles of unclaimed luggage had to be roped off.
The scrambled schedules left some passengers high and dry.
Lenore Sek, 72, had booked a trip to Ghana to reunite with an old friend in the Peace Corps. When South African Airlines canceled her flight, it offered her only a credit for future travel.
“They were having a tough time, and I felt for them, but they are very big, and I’m very small, so $1,700 means an awful lot to me, and they can just send it to me,” she said.
For months, she tried calling and emailing the airline, to no avail.
“It makes you feel like this is crazy. I don’t understand. Who am I supposed to talk to?” Sek said. “There’s no one answering the phone. There isn’t a person who puts their name to an email. I was very discouraged, but I kept trying.”
Eventually she gave up on working with the airline directly and filed a complaint with the Transportation Department. Within two days, the refund was in her account.
The Transportation Department says that isn’t the way it’s supposed to go.
“With the Covid-19 pandemic, we saw a rash of flight cancellations by the airlines, and some of those airlines kept the consumers’ money,” said John Putnam, the Transportation Department’s acting general counsel.
“It’s clear-cut that if an airline cancels a flight, they need to pay a refund back,” Putnam said. “It needs to be a cash refund, and it needs to be a prompt refund. And that hasn’t been happening with all the airlines.”
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials released images of a car that had been destroyed after a bear became stuck inside the vehicle. According to the images, the bear was not gentle with the car’s interior components.
The incident occurred Thursday morning near the border of Jefferson and Gilpin counties. On the CPW North East Region Twitter page, photos of the aftermath show an incredible amount of damage to the inside of the car.
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The bear ripped paneling off of various sections, cracked the windshield and windows and appeared to damage sections of the dashboard. Officials estimated that the animal weighed between 200-250 pounds. It was not revealed how long the bear was in the car for.
The CPW took the opportunity to remind residents to be careful leaving items in their cars, writing, “Just a friendly reminder to remove all attractants and to lock your vehicles. This is what it will look like if a bear gets into it.”
The incident occurred Thursday morning near the border of Jefferson and Gilpin counties. (CPW NE Region)
A follow-up post shows the bear being freed from the car. According to the CPW, “A wildlife officer backed up next to the vehicle and opened the door just a little bit for the bear so it could get out. The wildlife officer estimated the bear weighed between 200 and 250 pounds.”
A video posted to the social media network shows the moment the bear was able to escape. While the animal had already caused damage to the interior of the car, it seemingly wasn’t done yet. On its way out, the large animal appeared to push the door off its hinges.
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Apparently, car doors aren’t made with 200-pound bears in mind.
OLD FORT, N.C. (BRAIN) — Kitsbow Cycling Apparel begins offering full-service bike repair out of its visitor center beginning this week.
The Old Fort Ride House Bike Shop, Powered by Schoenauer Service Course, will be managed and staffed by Chad Schoenauer, a longtime area bike mechanic and service manager. He has more than 30 years of experience in the industry and the Asheville area road racing scene.
Schoenauer will rent a 700 square-foot space, with Kitsbow providing point of sale terminals, marketing assistance, and other support.
“Kitsbow has been a tremendous partner at startup, and no doubt will be in the future,” Schoenauer said. “Kitsbow has already developed an excellent customer experience with the Old Fort Ride House. SSC will enhance the Ride House experience and vice versa.”
He said with Kitsbow’s help, many of the barriers for beginning his shop have been eliminated.
“Not only is the space itself ideal for a shop, but it’s also within an extremely secure building, has awesome lighting, compressed air lines installed, fixtures, furniture, and even shelving has been shared with SSC,” said Schoenauer, who added he will provide his own tools. “They have graciously allowed me to utilize the Ride House POS, saving a lot of time and expense. Unifying the customer experience is extremely important to Kitsbow and SSC. I am thrilled to work with these folks. (CEO) David Billstrom knows that when SSC benefits, Kitsbow will as well.”
The Ride House is located next to the manufacturing facility and is on the doorstep of 70,000-plus acres of public land and more than 40 miles of trails in and around Old Fort. The bike shop will be part of other amenities already offered, including a cafe, device-charging stations, bike racks, public restrooms, changing rooms, and free filtered chilled water.
While bike sales and rentals are not yet part of the shop’s rollout, it likely will be the next step, said Billstrom, who added the company is talking to several major brands about hosting a demo center.
In addition to service, Schoenauer will “act as a concierge to help choose your new bike,” Billstrom said. “I think he’s going to have a robust business building bikes for people who buy them on the internet. We are supporting him in many ways to hit the ground running.”
And because of the bike boom, Schoenauer predicts a fast start.
“Most shops are out three-plus weeks for turnaround,” he said. “This is where the greatest opportunity lies. This is especially so for an area such as Old Fort, which is seeing growth in the outdoor recreation sector, particularly in cycling.”
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