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Transport - Economics - 20.06.2024
Not quite ready for autonomous taxis? Teledriving could be a bridge
If drivers could choose any available car as a starting point, ride-hailing services could become cheaper as energy and labor are used more efficiently Study: Human in the Loop Automation: Ride Hailing with Remote (Tele-) Drivers (DOI: 10.1287/mnsc. At a time when the general public may not yet accept driverless taxis and ride-hailing vehicles, teledriving could offer many of the same benefits, according to a new study led by a University of Michigan researcher.

Transport - Computer Science - 28.05.2024
Bio-Inspired Cameras and AI Help Drivers Detect Pedestrians and Obstacles Faster
Bio-Inspired Cameras and AI Help Drivers Detect Pedestrians and Obstacles Faster
Artificial intelligence (AI) combined with a novel bio-inspired camera achieves 100 times faster detection of pedestrians and obstacles than current automotive cameras. This important step for computer vision and AI achieved by researchers can greatly improve the safety of automotive systems and self-driving cars.

Transport - 20.05.2024
Underwater signals generated by open sea airplane crashes could be key to detecting final resting place of MH370
Signals captured on underwater microphones could be key to locating airplanes such as MH370 when they crash into the ocean, Cardiff University research shows. More than 100 hours of data, captured by devices known as hydrophones after 10 historical aircraft accidents and one submarine disappearance, were analysed for the study.

Transport - Innovation - 15.05.2024
Researchers outsmarted EasyRide function on Swiss travel app
Researchers outsmarted EasyRide function on Swiss travel app
Experiments by ETH Zurich computer security researchers showed that smartphones can be manipulated to allow the owner to ride Swiss trains for free. The researchers also highlighted ways of curbing such misuse. It makes travelling by train, bus and tram super easy: instead of buying a conventional ticket, people using the EasyRide function in the SBB app can start their journey with a single swipe on their smartphone.

Transport - Computer Science - 08.05.2024
Research casts new light on bike safety in the age of self-driving cars
Equipping self-driving cars with external displays which use coloured lights to communicate their next manoeuvre could help keep cyclists safe on the roads of the future, researchers say. With autonomous vehicles becoming more common, reducing active human involvement in driving in the process, researchers from the University of Glasgow have been working to investigate new ways to help self-driving cars speak the language of cyclists.

Transport - 03.05.2024
Walking in African cities can be a miserable experience
Dr Daniel Oviedo Hernandez (UCL Bartlett Development Planning Unit) argues that walking in African cities shouldn't be a miserable experience and urges city planners to design ways to make walking easier in collaboration with citizens in The Conversation. African cities aren't welcoming places for pedestrians.

Transport - Microtechnics - 24.04.2024
Virtual Sensors Help Aerial Vehicles Stay Aloft When Rotors Fail
No crystal ball is needed to envision a future that engineers have in mind, one in which air taxis and other flying vehicles ferry passengers between urban locations, avoiding the growing gridlock on the ground below. Companies are already prototyping and testing such hybrid electric "flying cars" that take off and land vertically but soar through the air like winged aircraft to enable efficient flight over longer distances.

Transport - Campus - 09.04.2024
Has remote work changed how people travel in the U.S?
A new study finds sustained pattern changes - with a lot of regional variation. The prevalence of remote work since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic has significantly changed urban transportation patterns in the U.S., according to new study led by MIT researchers.

Environment - Transport - 13.02.2024
Vehicle tires as a source of microplastics
Vehicle tires as a source of microplastics
Tire wear of motor vehicles is responsible for a large proportion of microplastics in the environment. Researchers from Empa and the company wst21 have summarized the results of various studies in a recently published basic report in response to postulate Po 19.3559 and presented approaches for reduction.

Transport - 12.02.2024
Automated driving: Scientists test radar sensors in a virtual environment
Automated driving: Scientists test radar sensors in a virtual environment
Vehicles are approved for road use after they have undergone extensive road safety tests. However, suitable test and approval procedures still need to be developed for automated driving cars. In the German-Japanese research project VIVID, a research team from TU Ilmenau, together with a large project consortium, tested various scenarios in road traffic in a virtual environment and tested radar sensors to detect the surroundings.

Transport - Innovation - 15.01.2024
Using idle trucks to power the grid with clean energy
Waterloo researchers investigate how fuel cell powered vehicles can reenergize overworked electricity grids University of Waterloo researchers are tapping into idled electric vehicles to act as mobile generators and help power overworked and aging electricity grids. After analyzing energy demand on Alberta's power grid during rush hour, the research proposes an innovative way to replenish electrical grids with power generated from fuel cells in trucks.

Electroengineering - Transport - 19.12.2023
Preventing power quality issues caused by electric vehicle charging
Preventing power quality issues caused by electric vehicle charging
Along with ElaadNL, PhD researcher Tim Slangen studied the phenomenon known as supraharmonic disturbances, which can adversely affect the operation and efficiency of electrical appliances. With the growing and obvious concerns about climate change, the transition from fossil to renewable energy is accelerating.

Environment - Transport - 14.12.2023
Biofuels and Carbon Crops Take Flight
Every year, airplanes crisscrossing U.S. skies burn 23 billion gallons of fuel, leaving contrails and 8% of the nation's transportation-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in their wake. A recent study by researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's (Doe) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory ▄Berkeley Lab) and Sandia National Laboratories reveals which crop-based feedstocks offer the greatest potential for a plentiful, cost-competitive, renewable alternative to petroleum-based jet fuel, while also maximizing atmospheric carbon removal.

Transport - Environment - 14.12.2023
Seattle metro residents near Amazon delivery stations face more pollution but order fewer packages
Seattle metro residents near Amazon delivery stations face more pollution but order fewer packages
While it is common to see Amazon Prime vans circling the city of Seattle year-round, there might be even more deliveries than usual right now, thanks to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals that rang in the holiday season. Researchers at the University of Washington were curious how the delivery of e-commerce products affects pollution levels across the Seattle metropolitan area, which includes Tacoma, Seattle, Bellevue and Everett.

Electroengineering - Transport - 30.11.2023
Radar signatures for drones: Measurement campaign in BiRa test facility
Radar signatures for drones: Measurement campaign in BiRa test facility
To ensure safe and efficient traffic, the various objects in road and air traffic must be able to quickly detect their spatial environment using radar and communicate with each other via radio networks. In order to investigate the radar reflection of a so-called VTOL drone (short for "Vertical Take-Off and Landing"), which can take off and land vertically without a runway, the Electronic Measurements and Signal Processing (EMS) Group at TU Ilmenau has set up a test facility at the BiRa test facility has just completed an extensive measurement campaign at the BiRa test facility.

Environment - Transport - 28.11.2023
World’s first transatlantic flight on 100% sustainable aviation fuel takes off
The world's first transatlantic flight run on 100% sustainable aviation fuel is taking off today from London Heathrow, bound for New York. The Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787 flight, which is taking off on 28 November 2023 from London Heathrow (LHR) to New York John F Kennedy Airport (JFK), is the first to showcase the feasibility of flying on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) over such a distance.

Transport - 13.11.2023
New development kit for e-tractors
New development kit for e-tractors
Research for the electrification of agricultural machinery Due to their special performance requirements, trucks and agricultural machinery still do not make it easy for engineers to bring them into the electric age. Researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are now demonstrating what a development kit for electric tractors could look like at the Agritechnica agricultural trade fair.

Transport - Innovation - 09.11.2023
Twente Airport as a test location for quiet aviation innovation
Quiet aviation innovation is essential to reduce aircraft noise pollution in the surrounding areas. In the pursuit of quieter aircraft, field sound measurement plays a crucial role. Researchers from the University of Twente are, therefore, developing a sound testing setup and have successfully tested it at Twente Airport.

Environment - Transport - 06.11.2023
Decarbonizing light-duty transportation in the US: U-M study reveals strategies to achieve goal
Study: Decarbonization potential of electrifying 50% of U.S. light-duty vehicle sales by 2030 One of the goals outlined by the Biden administration's National Climate Task Force in 2021 was to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions to 50%-52% below 2005 levels by 2030. Now, a University of Michigan study investigates one of the strategies to achieve this goal, which is to increase new vehicle sales to 50% electric by 2030.

Innovation - Transport - 23.10.2023
Researchers design and fly world’s largest quadcopter drone
Engineers at The University of Manchester have built and flown the world's largest quadcopter drone. The drone, made from a cardboard-like material called foamboard, measures 6.4m (21 ft) corner to corner and weighs 24.5kg - 0.5kg less than the weight limit set by the Civil Aviation Authority.
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