London unveils £300 million cycle safety plan
On the heels of a study finding that London’s streets could be made much safer for cyclists, Mayor Boris Johnson and Transport for London today announced a £300 million program to modernize some of the city’s most dangerous road junctions. Under the plan, 33 one-way gyratories will be updated... Read more
High-speed rail has ‘severe’ costs for Londoners
A UK government proposal for a new high-speed railway underestimates potential costs to the environment and to people, according to the London Assembly Environment Committee. High Speed Two, or HS2, would connect to the existing High Speed One line that runs from St. Pancras in London to the Channel... Read more
London moves toward zero-emission taxi fleets
China’s BYD is supplying the London-based car-hire company Thriev with 20 electric sedans as the city itself moves toward its goal of a city-wide fleet of zero-emissions cars for hire. As part of their partnership, Thriev will also install BYD’s fast-charging equipment at its facility in west London. London... Read more
Dutch electric-car drivers will never be far from a place to charge
Getting a large segment of society to replace gas-powered vehicles with electric ones raises a chicken-and-egg problem: how can you promote a shift to plug-in cars when drivers don’t have a convenient network of places at which to plug in? For two electric-car-loving entrepreneurs, however, unique circumstances in the... Read more
Dublin taps into real-time data to ease traffic congestion
Officials in Dublin are hoping to solve the Irish city’s traffic problems by making smarter use of data. Using systems built with the help of IBM, the city is now streaming in masses of data from multiple sources to build a digital map of traffic, especially the location of... Read more
Energy – not even fossil-fuel energy – isn’t in short supply for the short-term future, globally speaking. Liquid fuel for transport, on the other hand, is a concern. And it’s hard to imagine a global economy functioning for long without transport. Could algae ultimately provide the solution other biofuels... Read more
Persuading people — especially large new populations of first-time car-owners in developing countries — to drive their cars less won’t be easy. But it’s vitally important for reducing the risks of climate change, lowering dependence on oil and improving public health. Globally, road transport is the second largest source... Read more
Worried about how technology-enabled, driverless cars will be able to navigate through intersections without crashing into one another? No need to, according to researchers at Virginia Tech Transportation Research. Automated intersection controllers will be able to help cars through faster and more safely than if humans were driving, they’ve... Read more
A first-of-its-kind analytics technology is bringing new intelligence to the transportation management center for the city of Lyon, France. The system now being piloted gives transportation engineers real-time decision support on how to reduce traffic congestion and provide faster responses to unexpected events. Lyon officials and IBM announced the... Read more
How could shipping expenses, carbon emissions and time wasted in traffic all be reduced at once? One expert believes the answer lies with high-capacity vehicles, or HCVs. We might call them “extra-long trucks” or “super lorries,” but — whatever you call them — they could help to make a... Read more