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March 21, 2019

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March 21, 2019

Distracted Drivers 29 Times More Likely to Wreck in a Highway Work Zone

Mar. 5, 2019 — Highway work zone crashes happen every 5.4 minutes. Now, a new study says an inattentive driver is 29 times more likely to cause a collision or near collision in a work ... read more

Teaching Self-Driving Cars to Predict Pedestrian Movement

Feb. 12, 2019 — By zeroing in on humans' gait, body symmetry and foot placement, researchers are teaching self-driving cars to recognize and predict pedestrian movements with greater precision than current ... read more

Research Will Help Urban Planners Prioritize Bike Lanes

Feb. 12, 2019 — A new virtual tool could help planners choose the best places to install bikes lanes in cities. The data-based tool builds on previous research that validated the safety benefits of bike lanes for ... read more

Feb. 11, 2019 — Researchers imaged a battery as it was quickly charged and discharged, allowing for the observation of lithium plating behavior that can inhibit the battery's long-term ... read more

Safe to Use Hands-Free Devices in the Car? Yes, Suggests New Research

Feb. 7, 2019 — New research suggests that drivers who use hands-free electronic devices, as opposed to handheld ones, are less likely to get into a ... read more

Self-Driving Cars and Geospatial Data: Who Holds the Keys?

Feb. 5, 2019 — As self-driving cars continue to develop, there will be plenty of data amassed through cars' navigational technologies. Questions regarding privacy, ownership, cybersecurity and public safety ... read more

Mean Streets: Self-Driving Cars Will 'Cruise' to Avoid Paying to Park

Jan. 31, 2019 — If you think traffic in city centers is bad now, just wait until self-driving cars emerge on the scene, cruising around to avoid paying hefty downtown parking ... read more

Hybrid Electricity System Would Reduce Rates, Improve Service

Jan. 31, 2019 — A new distribution system would reduce electricity prices by more than five per cent while also improving service ... read more

Engineers Program Marine Robots to Take Calculated Risks

Jan. 30, 2019 — Engineers have now developed an algorithm that lets AUVs weigh the risks and potential rewards of exploring an unknown region. For instance, if a vehicle tasked with identifying underwater oil seeps ... read more

Jan. 25, 2019 — A novel model identifies instances in which autonomous systems have 'learned' from training examples that don't match what's actually happening in the real world. Engineers could ... read more

Jan. 16, 2019 — Research shows that drones can be more effective and safer in crash mapping of vehicular highway accidents than conventional methods. Drones using new imaging technology allows highway safety ... read more

Jan. 15, 2019 — Keeping road pavement in good shape saves money and energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, more than offsetting pollution generated during road construction, according to a new ... read more

Drivers Who Can 'Bid' for Parking Spaces May Improve Parking Options Around the World

Dec. 17, 2018 — Researchers have developed a parking algorithm that allows drivers to 'bid' for a curbside spot in urban areas. A smartphone app that uses the algorithm can offer a practical solution to ... read more

Crashes Increase When Speed Limits Dip Far Below Engineering Recommendation

Dec. 12, 2018 — Speed limits set only five miles per hour below engineering recommendations produce a statistically significant decrease in total, fatal and injury crashes, and property-damage-only crashes, ... read more

Dec. 7, 2018 — In the drive to find new ways to extend electronics beyond the use of silicon, physicists are experimenting with other properties of electrons, beyond charge. Physicists now describe a way to ... read more

Rules to Boost Fuel Economy for Passenger Vehicles Will Do More Good Than Harm, New Study Shows

Dec. 6, 2018 — Experts conclude that rules on the books to increase fuel economy for passenger vehicles will do more good than harm, contradicting claims by the Trump administration as it seeks to roll back fuel ... read more

US Interstate Highways Need Overhaul, Says New Report

Dec. 6, 2018 — The future of the US Interstate Highway System is threatened by a persistent and growing backlog of structural and operational deficiencies and by various looming challenges, such as the progress of ... read more

Paving the Way for More Efficient Hydrogen Cars

Dec. 5, 2018 — For hydrogen cars to become mainstream, scientists need to develop more efficient hydrogen-storage systems. Now, researchers have used metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) to set a new record for hydrogen ... read more

Nov. 20, 2018 — In the first study to assess the energy impact of smart technology in cars, researchers have put a number on the potential fuel-cost savings alone: $6.2 ... read more

Where You Go Tells Who You Are -- And Vice Versa

Nov. 19, 2018 — Mining data to analyze tracking patterns, scientists can infer the population travel demand level in a region from the trajectories of just a portion of travelers. They found three distinct groups ... read more

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