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A closer look at INRIX, the world's largest traffic intelligence network | ITProPortal.com

A closer look at INRIX, the world's largest traffic intelligence network | ITProPortal.com | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it
BBC, Ford and Microsoft use its service and it is essential for drivers all across the world. So who exactly is INRIX?
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As part of our research in agent based modeling we have spent some time experimenting with traffic modeling in different platforms such as Mason, Gamma and MatSim as well as our own in house tools.  This research led us to look at data sources and toolsets around the same time that Waze was starting to get tech blog press in the United States. Outside of California - we didnt hear much about Waze - the company we kept running into was  INRIX. As we spoke with researchers and transport planning departments, traffic forecastor and traffic and transport industry experts, INRIX inevitably got mentioned. In fact if you have listened to traffic forecast in Europe - its odds on that you have heard someone using INRIX data.   Yet many people have not heard of the company or the types of products they offer. INRIX  are a real traffic big data success story and as a company they have an awesome singular mission - 'solve traffic worldwide'. If you are undertaking city planning, traffic and transport research you need to know who they are, the products they offer and how they may be able to help you. If your not - then just check out their traffic apps they will help you get from A to B safely and efficiently! Either way to get you started this is a great introductory article on what the company does.

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Toyota to roll out big data traffic service in Japan - ZDNet

Toyota to roll out big data traffic service in Japan - ZDNet | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it
Toyota to roll out big data traffic service in Japan
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Toyota Motor will use live traffic information from its vehicles on the road to offer a big data service targeted at local governments and businesses, and to help drivers during disasters.
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Interesting initiative being led by Toyota. Wonder if we will see other car manufacturers looking to offer similar services going forward...

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Use of Advance Geospatial Data, Tools, Technologies, and Information in Department of Transportation Projects | Blurbs | Main

Use of Advance Geospatial Data, Tools, Technologies, and Information in Department of Transportation Projects | Blurbs | Main | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it
TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis 446: Use of Advance Geospatial Data, Tools, Technologies, and Information in Department of Transportation Projects that explores the development, documentation, and introduction...
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This Synthesis report identifies the current state of the practice regarding the development, documentation, and introduction of advanced geospatial technologies within the transportation agencies. It is intended to be a detailed, actively linked, and geographically searchable reference source to online publications, as well as a summary of the results of questionnaires
that were distributed to the departments of transportation (DOTs) (96% of state DOTs responded, as did those of Puerto Rico, Washington, DC, and Alberta, Canada) and the service provider community (81% response rate) concerning their current and planned use of advanced geospatial technologies. In addition, there is a discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of a  number of the leading technologies, along with how they are being used and applied today. If you are building services that touch on transportation planning or transportation networks in the United States - this is an essential read.

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High-tech Cargo Airship being built in California

High-tech Cargo Airship being built in California | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it
The massive blimp-like aircraft flies but just barely, hovering only a dozen feet off a military hangar floor during flight testing south of Los Angeles.
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Having had a long love affair with blimp like aircraft there are a number of intersting developments in using robotic blimp like vehicles for automated delivery.  Worldwide Aeros has demonstrated a new aircraft concept with funding from US govt. the company is now looking to secure follow on funding  for the next round of flight testing. The company says the cargo airship's potential to carry more cargo more efficiently than ever before would provide the U.S. military with an advantage on the battlefield and greater capacity to save more lives during natural disasters. The lighter-than-air vehicle is not a blimp or a zeppelin because it has a rigid structure made out of ultra-light carbon fiber and aluminum underneath its high-tech Mylar skin. Inside, balloons hold the helium that give the vehicle lift. The airship functions like a submarine, releasing air to rise and taking in air to descend and can take off vertically, like a helicopter, then change its buoyancy to become heavier than air for landing and unloading. Worldwide Aeros are following a similar path to the UK based 

Hybrid Air Vehicles Limited who are developing similar solutions for European markets. It will be a matter of time for someone to get the business model and system economics in place to make these viable but as costs of components, robotics control systems combined with navigation technologies its increasingly a matter of when not if. Click on the image or title to learn more.

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