September 19, 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
California homeless camp fire damages 2 bridges, disrupts public transportation
Austin finishes half of its bicycle network, expects to complete entire 400-mile system by 2025
The Top 10 Automotive Concepts that automotive enthusiasts will be itching to see on the road!
Oregon Transportation Commission, wary of I-5 Rose Quarter project’s growing price tag, grants conditional approval
Woman dies after being hit by car in North Windham Friday night
Silk-FAW Continues To Poach Italy’s Automotive Talent, As Lamborghini’s Katia Bassi Joins As Managing Director
Transportation Department cracks down on airlines withholding refunds for canceled flights
Bear gets trapped in car, destroys interior
Cycling apparel company adding full-service bike repair to visitor center
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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 California homeless camp fire damages 2 bridges, disrupts public transportation Austin finishes half of its bicycle network, expects to complete entire 400-mile system by 2025 The Top 10 Automotive Concepts that automotive enthusiasts will be itching to see on the road! Oregon Transportation Commission, wary of I-5 Rose Quarter project’s growing price tag, grants conditional approval Woman dies after being hit by car in North Windham Friday night Silk-FAW Continues To Poach Italy’s Automotive Talent, As Lamborghini’s Katia Bassi Joins As Managing Director Transportation Department cracks down on airlines withholding refunds for canceled flights Bear gets trapped in car, destroys interior Cycling apparel company adding full-service bike repair to visitor center
Sep
2021
16

The Top 10 Automotive Concepts that automotive enthusiasts will be itching to see on the road!

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

Sep
2021
8

Before you hit the road, review this Scouting transportation checklist


When you’re planning a road trip, you likely have a checklist.

Map? Check. Vehicle in good shape? Check. Snacks? Check.

When you’re planning a road trip for your Scouting unit, you should add another checklist to review before you leave.

Use the SAFE Transportation Checklist and Pre-Trip Inspection in your plans. These lists are designed to help you manage the risks associated with transporting Scouts.

What to review

Staying safe doesn’t start when you reach your meeting place or campsite; staying safe is what we do in all of Scouting. Driving requires safety attention as it can be very dangerous. See the Transporting Scouts Safety Moment here.

Here are some areas to focus on when transporting Scouts:

Supervision

Youth should be supervised by qualified and trustworthy adults who set the example for safety by obeying all traffic laws. Two-deep leadership is needed for the trip’s duration.

Assessment

Plan the route and the passenger list, both to and from the destination. Breaks should be planned. Drive time should be no more than 10 hours within a 24-hour period.

Make sure you meet vehicle liability insurance minimums and all passengers are in seats with factory-installed seat belts. If you’re operating a 15-passenger van, the manufacture date needs to be after 2005.

Fitness and Skills

Drivers are adults, 18 years old or older, with a valid license. Don’t drive when fatigued. Follow all applicable traffic laws.

When operating a tow vehicle, the driver must have the knowledge, skills and abilities to operate the vehicle with the attached unit.

Equipment and Environment

Adult leaders need to inspect their vehicles before the trip. Tires on each vehicle should be no more than 6 years old.

Leaders should monitor the environment for changing conditions, like the weather and road conditions. Have a communication plan in place.

If there is an incident, like an accident, first find a safe place and take care of any injuries. Preserve and document the evidence. Take photos, if appropriate. Immediately complete an incident report and notify your local council.

For more information on incident reports, go here. Review the Transportation Policy in the Guide to Safe Scouting here.

Aug
2021
18

Qualcomm teams with Spoke on C-V2X for bicycle, scooter road safety

Qualcomm and mobility safety platform Spoke are working together to bring Cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) tech to bicyclists and other “light” road users, like scooters – to receive and send information and alerts with connected vehicles and infrastructure on the road.

Expected in 2022, Spoke’s portfolio using Qualcomm C-V2X tech could give cyclists and drivers more awareness about each other, helping to increase safety.

The hardware and software suite from Spoke leverages Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 2150 and 9150 C-V2X platforms, with direct communication via the 5.9 GHz band. They’re the same chipsets being deployed by some automakers. In November, 30-megahertz of 5.9 GHz band was allocated by the FCC in the U.S. for road safety applications specifically using C-V2X technologies (the remaining portion was allocated for Wi-Fi, a decision that’s come under fire from some auto groups that are challenging the regulator in court).

RELATED: FCC votes to open 5.9 GHz for Wi-Fi, C-V2X

Dubbed “vulnerable road users” (VRUs), the Spoke platform is adapted for cyclists, scooterists and others to use the same kind of tech that connected cars employ. The aim is to give riders information about cars, infrastructure and other potential hazards around them, and vice versa.

“An important application is that it also alerts vehicles about bikes that they cannot ‘see.’ This will now allow cars to see bikes and their intentions (turning left, turning right, stopping, wavering in bike lane, etc),” said Praveen Singh, director of Business Development at Qualcomm Technologies, via email.

According to Singh, there will be a few different types of products available. One is integrated directly into bicycles, which he said the companies are currently working on with multiple bicycle OEMs that will be announced later. Another product would be sold separately and could be fixed on any mobile device or put in a rider’s pocket when they hop on a bike or scooter.

A separate screen display device would be placed on handlebars and show a rear-facing camera and safety alerts to the rider, he noted.

In addition to the 5.9 GHz band, there will be another cellular connection “to backhaul data and provide other non-safety information to riders,” Singh said.

RELATED: Movandi demos 5G mmWave repeater tech for C-V2X

Qualcomm noted C-V2X can offer direct communications between VRUs, vehicles and roadside infrastructure using 5.9 GHz spectrum, without the need for a cellular network.

Spoke is launching a portfolio with bicycle, scooter and motorcycle OEM partners in 2022.

“This is game-changing connectivity for both safety and for the mobility experience overall,” said Jarrett Wendt, Spoke CEO, in a statement. “For the first time, Spoke will provide dedicated hardware and software, what we refer to as vulnerable road user-to-everything (VRU2X), to unlock V2X communication to the most vulnerable users. VRU2X unlocks location accuracy through direct digital communication that connects all users anonymously to each other and to the infrastructure.”

RELATED: Qualcomm says C-V2X ‘ready to go,’ urges swift access to 5.9 GHz

Qualcomm, a leading chipmaker for mobile devices, has been a proponent working

Aug
2021
15

Aluminum Road Bikes with Mechanical Shifting and Rim Brakes

I’ve heard dying described as “Slow at first, then all at once.” The Shimano Ultegra equipped aluminum road bike with rim brakes, and mechanical shifting is dead.

I’m not surprised it is dead. I watched it slowly dying. Rim brakes faded from brands’ road bike offerings, while SRAM and Shimano—the two largest suppliers of road bike groups—are obviously more dedicated to electronic shifting than to mechanical. Though high-performance aluminum frames had a brief renaissance, carbon frames continue to move downmarket (I hope less-expensive carbon frames are not due to exploitive labor).

But while I wasn’t surprised it happened, I was still shocked this week when I did a bit of online searching and discovered that, all at once, this great kind of bike was virtually erased from existence.

The Shimano Ultegra equipped aluminum road bike with rim brakes, and mechanical shifting was the perfect intersection of performance, reliability, value, and durability. Exemplified by Cannondale’s CAAD series, it was a great race bike for the privateer or student athlete. An outstanding high-performance race-style bike for riders who didn’t want to spend huge money on the latest carbon race frame, a top-of-the-line build, or the ever-changing definition of ultimate performance.

Aluminum bikes were responsive, fast, and reasonably light. You could bang them around a bit, pile them in the back of a hatchback, and road trip to crits; knowing they’d be good to go when you arrived. They were easy to service and repair, and got even better when upgraded with a nice set of carbon wheels. They wore dents and scratches proudly; evidence of challenging rides and moments of determination turned into cherished memories.

It was just a few years ago that the production high-performance aluminum frame had a bit of a renaissance. There was the Jamis Icon, Specialized Allez Sprint, Trek Emonda ALR, Giant TCR SLR, and, of course, Cannondale’s CAAD. Responsive, great riding, and reasonably priced bikes that typically offered more value and performance than a similarly priced carbon bike. But now, some of those frames are gone, most aren’t available with rim brakes anymore. Surely, it won’t be long before any mid-priced aluminum frames that still exist is equipped with electronic shifting drivetrains.

Like the murder on the Orient Express, many drove their knife into this victim’s body.

I’ve said that disc brakes are better than rim brakes and that electronic shifting is better than mechanical shifting. I’ve also praised many carbon bikes (and many carbon bikes with electronic shifting and disc brakes); some of them are the best bikes I’ve ever ridden.

Shimano and SRAM are guilty too. It’s clear they see disc brakes and electronic shifting as the path forward, and that’s where they’re throwing their development dollars. I can promise you it won’t be long before everything they offer from their mid-range and up will effectively be electronic shifting only and disc only.

Enve’s five year disc versus rim brake wheelset sales.

courtesy

Most wheel makers don’t see a future for rim brakes. Every wheel

Jul
2021
4

Avon announces transportation options, road closures for Salute to the USA

The town of Avon is getting ready to host its annual July 3 event.
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The town of Avon is preparing to host its annual July 3 Salute to the USA event on Saturday at Harry A. Nottingham Park. The event will kick off at 5 p.m. and go until 10 p.m.

The town is recommending public transportation to get to and from the event. If you drive, parking will be available at the Beaver Creek Bear Lots. Expect long delays.

The following roads will be closed on Saturday, June 3:



  • Lake Street: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Mikaela Way: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • West Benchmark Road at Avon Station: 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • West Benchmark Road at Avon Road: 4-11 p.m.
  • Riverfront Lane: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Sun Road: 9:30-11 p.m.

On Saturday, all Avon buses and shuttles will arrive and depart from the Avon Station, with the following updates:

  • The town of Avon transit department will operate the Red and Blue Lines from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • The Avon Night Rider will operate from the conclusion of the fireworks to 10:30 p.m.
  • Avon Transit will run off-schedule all day.
  • Lake Street and Comfort Inn bus stops are closed.

Avon will provide fare-free event shuttles as outlined below:



  • To and from Beaver Creek: Avon shuttles will run every 30-minutes between Avon Station and the Elk and Bear lots between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. and between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Guests who park at the Elk and Bear lots after 8 p.m. will walk to Harry A. Nottingham Park, about a 10-minute walk.
  • To and from EagleVail: Avon shuttles will run every 30 minutes between Avon Station and the EagleVail Community Center between 5 and 8 p.m. and between 10 and 11 p.m.
  • To and from Vail: Avon shuttles will run every 30 minutes between Avon Station and Walmart Station between 5 and 8 p.m. and 10 and 11 p.m.
  • To and from Edwards: Avon shuttles will run every 30 minutes between Avon Station and Freedom Park from Avon Station between 5 and 8 p.m. and between 10 and 11 p.m.

Eco Transit will offer regular service between Vail and Walmart Station, Eagle/Gypsum and Avon Station.

  • Fare-free service will be provided beginning at 3 p.m. until the end of the day.
  • Questions should be directed to call ECO Transit at 970-328-3520.

Parking for the event is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis and available at the following locations:

  • Designated on-street parking locations,
  • Beaver Creek Bear Lot,
  • Designated private parking lots,
  • Or, by permit only.

Beginning at 9:45 p.m. loSaturday, June 3, all vehicular traffic will be directed eastbound on Highway 6 from Avon Road and westbound on Highway 6 from West Beaver Creek Blvd.

For more information on the Avon impacts, contact the town of Avon at 970-748-4000.

Jul
2021
3

UPDATED: Five hospitalized after eight vehicle crash shuts down U.S. 158 at Kitty Hawk Road

Crews working to right the truck that overturned in the crash on U.S. 158 in Kitty Hawk on July 1, 2021. [NCDOT image]

Five people were hospitalized following a crash that involved eight vehicles shut down U.S. 158 in Kitty Hawk Thursday morning that led to major backups in the milepost 4 area through midday.

Kitty Hawk Police Chief Joel Johnson said in a statement their investigation points to a tanker truck traveling north on Croatan Highway that moved into the right turn lane to avoid several vehicles in both main travel lanes.

The vehicle then swerved and entered the intersection at a high rate of speed after running a red light, struck a car traveling west on Kitty Hawk Road and then subsequently overturned, sliding into the southbound travel lanes.

The vehicle that started the crash then hit five additional vehicles, including another commercial vehicle that were stopped for the red light.

Four motorists were taken by Dare County EMS to the Outer Banks Hospital. One was flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital by Dare MedFlight with serious injuries.

“The investigation continues and charges will be forthcoming. Impairment does not appear to be a factor in the investigation,” Johnson said.

Kitty Hawk Police and Fire, Dare County EMS, Kill Devil Hills Fire and Police, Dare County Sheriff’s Office, Duck Police Department and N.C. Highway Patrol Motor Carrier Enforcement responded to the scene.

“We would also like to thank Seto’s and Bayside Towing for their quick response and assistance in getting the road clear,” Johnson said.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story was updated to reflect new information provided by the Kitty Hawk Police Department.

Jun
2021
28

Boulder County hosting two bicycle events; reminds motorists to share road

Drivers are being reminded to safely share the road with bicyclists this weekend as Boulder County hosts two separate cycling events.

Saturday’s event, Bike MS, is a fundraising event supporting residents living with multiple sclerosis. In small waves, bicyclists will cross the county, departing from Front Range Community College in Westminster between 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Participants’ route in Boulder County will follow westbound Colo. 52, northbound North 95th Street, westbound Niwot Road, northbound 73rd and 75th streets, then northbound 83rd Street into Larimer County. Riders will come back through the county along East County Line Road on their return to Westminster.

On Sunday, the Boulder Sunrise Triathlon starts at 7:15 a.m. at the Boulder Reservoir. Cyclists will be off the road by 10:30 a.m. with a sweep vehicle following the last cyclists to keep law enforcement and course marshals informed so that normal traffic in the area can be resumed.

Athletes will leave the park through the main entrance of the Boulder Reservoir, then head south on Jay Road, then veer right onto 28th Street, then again onto North Foothills Highway. .

Motorists are reminded to leave three feet between cyclists and their vehicles. Passing over a double-yellow line to safely pass a cyclist is permitted when oncoming traffic is cleared.

Questions can be emailed to Boulder County Special Events Coordinator John Holste at jholste@bouldercounty.org.

Jun
2021
25

Apple’s Car Obsession Is All About Taking Eyes Off the Road

(Bloomberg) — At first glance, the forays Apple Inc., Google and other technology giants are making into the world of cars don’t appear to be particularly lucrative.

Building automobiles requires factories, equipment and an army of people to design and assemble large hunks of steel, plastic and glass. That all but guarantees slimmer profits. The world’s top 10 carmakers had an operating margin of just 5.2% in 2020, a fraction of the 34% enjoyed by the tech industry’s leaders, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

But for Apple and other behemoths that are diving into self-driving tech or have grand plans for their own cars, that push isn’t just about breaking into a new market — it’s about defending valuable turf.

“Why are tech companies pushing into autonomous driving? Because they can, and because they have to,” said Chris Gerdes, co-director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford University. “There are business models that people aren’t aware of.”

A market projected to top $2 trillion by 2030 is hard to ignore. By then, more than 58 million vehicles globally are expected to be driving themselves. And Big Tech has the means — from artificial intelligence and massive data, to chipmaking and engineering — to disrupt this century-old industry.

What’s at stake, essentially, is something even more valuable than profitability: the last unclaimed corner of consumers’ attention during their waking hours.

The amount of time people spend in cars, especially in the U.S., is significant. Americans were behind the wheel for 307.8 hours in 2016, or around six hours a week, according to the latest available data by the American Automobile Association.

Read More: Apple Tilts to iPhone Playbook for Car as Automaker Talks Stall

That’s a fair chunk of someone’s life not spent using apps on an iPhone, searching on Google or scrolling mindlessly through Instagram. Any company that’s able to free up that time in a meaningful way will also have a good chance of capturing it.

The world’s inexorable shift toward intelligent cars that are better for the environment is impossible to miss. If governments haven’t already declared plans to be carbon neutral by, in some cases, the end of this decade, there’s plenty of research that shows combustion-engine cars are going the way of the dinosaurs.

BloombergNEF’s annual Electric Vehicle Outlook, published earlier this month, sees global oil demand from all road transport peaking in just six years, assuming no new policy measures are introduced. By 2025, EVs hit 16% of global passenger vehicle sales, rising to 33% in 2030 and 68% in 2040. Eventually, autonomous vehicles will reshape automotive and freight markets entirely.

Against that backdrop, it’s unsurprising that after years of chipping away at self-driving cars, tech companies have been stepping up their activities and investments in earnest.

Autonomous cars are only as good as the human drivers they learn from — so the people who teach these systems need to be excellent drivers themselves.

Over the past several months, Apple has prioritized

Apr
2021
27

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Bicycling in Phoenix | Mountain, Road, Cruisers, Grid Bike Share

Cruisers

Cruisers are made more for fun than fitness. So they’re perfect for exploring downtown Phoenix’s bike-friendly historic neighborhoods, such as the Willo or Encanto-Palmcroft districts, where you’ll find lovingly restored homes—in architectural styles ranging from Mission Revival to Classic Bungalow—dating to the 1920s. 

Or wind your way along the banks of the Salt River Project’s web of irrigation canals, where more than 100 miles of paved and packed-dirt paths crisscross Greater Phoenix, passing neighborhoods, urban parks and shopping and entertainment districts.

For those who like a reward at the end of a morning ride, try the beer brunch at O.H.S.O Eatery + Nanobrewery’s Arcadia locale, where bike racks, locks and tools for simple repairs attract riders from the nearby canal path. Or there’s downtown’s Phoenix Public Market Café, where breakfast is served until 3 p.m., and it’s never too early for a bourbon milk punch. You can also fill your bike’s basket with fresh goodies from the adjacent open-air farmers market, held Saturday mornings and Thursday evenings.

Before you rent a cruiser, check with your hotel to see if it has a bike program. Greater Phoenix properties such as The Clarendon Hotel and Spa, Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix, JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa, Bespoke Inn and The Saguaro all offer guests complimentary loans of bicycles.

Skill Level

Easy

Best For

Leisurely ride to brunch

 

Mountain Biking

Pack the trail mix, because Greater Phoenix is heaven for mountain biking. Between its parks and preserves, the metro area boasts hundreds of miles of mountain-bike-friendly trails that put you in the midst of the Sonoran Desert, often just minutes from urban centers. As you careen around switchbacks, keep your eyes peeled for saguaro and prickly pear cactuses, spring wildflowers and desert critters such as roadrunners, coyotes and javelinas.

In northeast Phoenix, parts of Phoenix Mountains Preserve offer lengthy, easy treks, such as the 10.7-mile Charles M. Christiansen Memorial Trail, which uses a series of tunnels to cross under a freeway and busy streets. Or try more challenging rides, such as the 4.8-mile Perl Charles Memorial Trail, which loops the backside of landmark Piestewa Peak. 

At South Mountain Park, the National Trail follows 14.5 miles of the mountain’s ridgeline, offering great views of downtown Phoenix. For those who want to hone their skills, the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department has specially constructed competitive tracks (as well as general mountain biking trails) at Estrella Mountain, McDowell Mountain and White Tank Mountain regional parks.

Don’t own a mountain bike? No problem. The outfitters mentioned below offer rentals, guided tours and transportation to and from area hotels.

Skill Level

Moderate to difficult

 

Ideal For

Exploring the great outdoors

 

Where to Rent a Bike

REI Co-Op Experiences and Cactus Adventures

 

Grid Bike Share

To explore the heart of the city sans car, check out Grid Bike Share. This program places 500 easy-to-ride, lime-green bikes at 50 “hubs” throughout central Phoenix. The project was launched in 2014 as a public-private partnership