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Rekor Systems Announces Selection of Waycare Technologies by Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development for Pilot Program to Reduce State Traffic Congestion and Crashes
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2021
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Rekor Systems Announces Selection of Waycare Technologies by Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development for Pilot Program to Reduce State Traffic Congestion and Crashes

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.”

This deployment comes on the heels of a successful partnership with

Apr
2020
23

The Volvo Group and Daimler Truck AG to Lead the Development of Sustainable Transportation by Forming Joint Venture for Large-scale Production of Fuel Cells

GÖTEBORG, Sweden, April 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Sharing the Green Deal vision of sustainable transport and a carbon neutral Europe by 2050, two leading companies in the commercial vehicle industry, Daimler Truck AG and the Volvo Group, have signed a preliminary non-binding agreement to establish a new joint venture. The intention is to develop, produce and commercialize fuel cell systems for heavy-duty vehicle applications and other use cases. Daimler will consolidate all its current fuel cell activities in the joint venture. The Volvo Group will acquire 50% in the joint venture for the sum of approximately EUR 0.6 billion on a cash and debt free basis. 

“Transport and logistics keep the world moving, and the need for transport will continue to grow. Truly CO2-neutral transport can be accomplished through electric drive trains with energy coming either from batteries or by converting hydrogen on board into electricity. For trucks to cope with heavy loads and long distances, fuel cells are one important answer and a technology where Daimler has built up significant expertise through its Mercedes-Benz fuel cell unit over the last two decades. This joint initiative with the Volvo Group is a milestone in bringing fuel cell powered trucks and buses onto our roads,” says Martin Daum, Chairman of the Board of Management Daimler Truck AG and Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG.

“Electrification of road transport is a key element in delivering the so called Green Deal, a carbon neutral Europe and ultimately a carbon neutral world. Using hydrogen as a carrier of green electricity to power electric trucks in long-haul operations is one important part of the puzzle, and a complement to battery electric vehicles and renewable fuels. Combining the Volvo Group and Daimler’s experience in this area to accelerate the rate of development is good both for our customers and for society as a whole. By forming this joint venture, we are clearly showing that we believe in hydrogen fuel cells for commercial vehicles. But for this vision to become reality, other companies and institutions also need to support and contribute to this development, not least in order to establish the fuel infrastructure needed,” says Martin Lundstedt, Volvo Group President and CEO. 

The Volvo Group and Daimler Truck AG will be 50/50 partners in the joint venture, which will operate as an independent and autonomous entity, with Daimler Truck AG and the Volvo Group continuing to be competitors in all other areas of business. Joining forces will decrease development costs for both companies and accelerate the market introduction of fuel cell systems in products used for heavy-duty transport and demanding long-haul applications. In the context of the current economic downturn cooperation has become even more necessary in order to meet the Green Deal objectives within a feasible time-frame.

The common goal is for both companies to offer heavy-duty vehicles with fuel cells for demanding long-haul applications in series production in the second half of the decade. In addition, other automotive and

Apr
2020
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Apr
2020
1

Commercial Vehicle Size and Weight Program – Freight Professional Development

For More Information: https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/index.cfm

Contact Information: John.Berg@dot.gov


Authorization of the “Dwight D. Eisenhower System of Interstate and Defense Highways” (the Interstate Highway System) in the 1950s created an interest in preserving the integrity of highways built with federal funds. Federal interest in the nation’s highway system also extends to ensuring the safety, productivity, and mobility of freight commerce.

The national Vehicle Size and Weight Team, a part of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) Office of Freight Management and Operations, oversees state enforcement of heavy truck and bus size and weight standards in the United States. The Vehicle Size and Weight Team is assisted by FHWA’s policy and legal staff. Additionally, staff in each of FHWA’s 52 Division Offices provide one-on-one support to individual states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Washington Headquarters and Division Office staff also assist with policy questions, clarifications, reporting requirements, training, and other related program and administrative issues.

Trucks entering weigh station for weight compliance check
View of weigh station

Trucks entering weigh station for weight compliance check.

Federal standards center on a commercial vehicle’s weight, length, and width. Specific details of the standards follow.

Commercial Vehicle Weight Standards

National weight standards apply to commercial vehicle operations on the Interstate Highway System, an approximately 40,000-mile system of limited access, divided highways that spans the nation. Off the Interstate Highway System, states may set their own commercial vehicle weight standards.

Federal commercial vehicle maximum standards on the Interstate Highway System are:




Single Axle: 20,000 pounds
Tandem Axle: 34,000 pounds
Gross Vehicle Weight: 80,000 pounds

Bridge Formula Weights

The bridge formula was introduced in 1975 to reduce the risk of damage to highway bridges by requiring more axles, or a longer wheelbase, to compensate for increased vehicle weight. The formula may require a lower gross vehicle weight, depending on the number and spacing of the axles in the combination vehicle.1

Commercial Vehicle Size (Length and Width) Standards2

National vehicle size standards apply on what is known as the National Network of highways. The National Network includes: (1) the Interstate Highway System and (2) highways, formerly classified as Primary System routes, capable of safely handling larger commercial motor vehicles, as certified by states to FHWA. The total National Network system is about 200,000 miles. (See table for specific limits.)

Federal Commercial Vehicle Size Limits on the National Network


Overall vehicle length

No federal length limit is imposed on most truck tractor-semitrailers operation on the National Network.


Exception: On the National Network, combination vehicles (truck tractor plus semitrailer or trailer) designed and used specifically to carry automobiles or boats in specially designed racks may not exceed a maximum overall vehicle length of 65 feet, or 75 feet, depending on the type of connection between the tractor and trailer.

Trailer length

Federal law provides that no state may impose a length limitation of less than 48 feet (or longer if provided for by grandfather rights) on a semitrailer operating in any truck tractor-semitrailer

Mar
2020
31

Mind Body Soul Spirit at Buddha on a Bicycle, Covent Garden London. Wellbeing, Balance, Peace and Self Development

When we opened Buddha on a Bicycle in London’s Covent Garden, we not only wanted to create a shop filled with Buddhas, beautiful crystals and fair trade gifts but we also wanted to create a feeling of community.  We believe we have achieved this with our downstairs space where we offer daily yoga classes, meditations and sessions with therapists, healers and intuitive readers. Buddha on a Bicycle has become a sanctuary where people come not only to shop or attend a weekend workshop but also to meet, talk, relax, become invigorated and hopefully to leave feeling enriched.

We aim to ensure that all of our Buddhist and Hindu artefacts are ethically sourced, and we care deeply about all of the products that we offer. We are careful to treat all of the artefacts and deities we stock with the reverence they deserve. Many of these items are truly unique, and we are always happy to explain their Hindu or Buddhist history and importance.

Whether you are looking for beautiful jewellery, crystals to resonate with you, books to inspire you, music or chakra meditations, candles, incense or oils to indulge your senses you will find them here. We stock unique Buddhist artefacts and deities, singing bowls, bells, malas and Tibetan thangkas – whichever of our products you choose you can be sure that if it doesn’t resonate with us, if it doesn’t feel soulful or authentic, if we don’t believe in it, we don’t sell it!”

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