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TripAdvisor To Take Direct Hotel Bookings on Mobile Apps In 2014

TripAdvisor To Take Direct Hotel Bookings on Mobile Apps In 2014 | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Seeking to minimize traveler pain and its own hurt, TripAdvisor announced that it would begin to take direct bookings for hotels through its mobile apps for the first time in 2014, although it ...
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This is an interesting development and it has the potential to win them revenue, but possibly disenfranchise them with the res engines they partner with.

 

I spent a lot of time using TripAdvisor last year and learned some interesting lessons which will be going into an upcoming eBook. One of them is that if you get your timing and strategy right, you can get a better deal than the special deals, by ringing the hotels direct.

 

In order to really succeed imho, they need to do things others aren't. I'll be writing abou that in the new book too.

 

Bottom line, TripAdviser is one of my favorite apps. It's just a shame that it isn't all the things I want as a FIT. It could be though...

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Cars Are Not Driving Away Any Time Soon

Cars Are Not Driving Away Any Time Soon | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
I've been reading a book called 'Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do' by Tom Vanderbilt, which resonates very well with me. Now I'm no petrol head, but I still like driving my car and it is still m...
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It only takes a little pain to have people hop in their cars. A wet day, having to stand on a bus, or having to stand on the side of the road and watch the bus go by. Driving is part of our culture. We are how we move. Even in cities where driving is impractical, like Tokyo, I have friends who still own a car, almost a status symbol because of the costs of even parking your car. They go driving in the weekend and enjoy the countryside.

The most popular and profitable radio time, even today when so many people are connected to their smartphones for entertainment, is drive-time. Of course this is also when we get our critical traffic reports.

We don't even want to get out of our cars. An estimated 22% of ALL restaurant meals in America are ordered through the window of a car.

I really like the footer, that a pedestrian is someone who has just parked their car.

Just last night I was reading in the news that sales of new passenger cars in New Zealand have gone up in the first months of this year by 3.6% breaking a 26 year record. Sales of commercial vehicles for the first four months in this country are up 14% on the same period last year.

Still think more people are ditching their cars?

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Swiss fact: it is illegal to drive with your lights off during the day

Swiss fact: it is illegal to drive with your lights off during the day | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
In Switzerland, it is compulsory to drive with lights on during the day. The law came into force on 1 January 2014, as part of a package of rules to reduce accidents, known as Via Sicura. The lights r
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It makes good sense and I'm seeing more and more people driving with their lights on during the day. Even on a clear day, car visibility has to make driving safer. Do you drive with your lights on during the day?
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Thieves use GPS apps to track and steal bikes in Wellington

Thieves use GPS apps to track and steal bikes in Wellington | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Police warn capital cyclists of "opportunistic" thieves, who may be using publicly available data to find unguarded bikes.
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An unexpected downside of sharing data from apps like Strava or Map My Ride. I've used these apps for walking but I don't think anyone would want to steal my shoes.
Many of my friends who ride bikes like to share rides with each other, boast about their times and today from a commuter perspective, it isn't a bad idea to share routes from the perspective of how to get to work more quickly. 
The problem is that thieves are getting smarter as well and where people are sharing their routes publicly as opposed to just with friends, it appears that they are advising bike thieves where to find their bikes at the destination of their commute.
A couple of thoughts for those of you who are cycling:
1. Don't share your location or ride data with people you don't know and trust.
2. Watch out for a new solution at Kickstarter called Magpie http://kck.st/2rVQXpN and if you invest in the next 8 days you can get 3 tracking devices for $145 to be delivered early in the new year, that are small, self contained and include a year's tracking. Stash one of those babies on your back and if it does get stolen, you get your bike back and a crook get's caught. It's waterproof and has a SIM card built in so doesn't require that you have people with a Bluetooth app installed and nearby. I've got 3 on order and I don't even own a bike!
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This is similar to the old pleaserobme.com website that roamed facebook statuses to identify people that may be out of their homes (http://mashable.com/2010/02/17/pleaserobme/). OF course this is also possible with apps that track your position on your phone. Be aware!

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Car Wrecks Rise as Phones Divert Drivers’ Eyes

Car Wrecks Rise as Phones Divert Drivers’ Eyes | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
America’s roads are increasingly dangerous, with the number of car crashes increasing every year and reaching nearly 6.
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There are some interesting outcomes in this report, which was quite topical for me after being stuck in traffic trying to get on the motorway on the way home from the office last night. A car 4 cars in front of me was totally oblivious to the fact that the 15 or so cars in front of them had gone through a green light, which was now red and the car eventually moved up to the intersection for the next light phase. This is becoming a more common sight.
Some examples in this research said that 58% of people admitted to eating in the car while driving, I think we all eat and drink while driving and the distraction is more likely to be when something happens that causes us to spill hot food or drink on ourselves than the eating itself.
A common but more scary one was 9% of people admitted to turning around to deal with children in the back seat while driving and 10% admitted to grooming, shaving, cleaning nails and putting on make up while driving in the last 12 months. I would never do it, but on  occasion, I've imagined slamming on the brakes when I see someone behind me looking into their visor mirror and applying their lippy. 
Distracted driving is very close to fatigue as the most common causes of car crashes. I think we are so relaxed in our cars that we think it will never happen to us. Crash reports say otherwise.
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Amazon buys Whole Foods for $13.7bn

Amazon buys Whole Foods for $13.7bn | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Amazon announced Friday that it was acquiring Whole Foods Market for $13.7bn in cash. Bezos: “they make it fun to eat healthy.” Does your tech startup have anything going on with Whole …
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Amazon isn't slowing down for a second. The really interesting comment in this article is ” Does your tech startup have anything going on with Whole Foods? It doesn't any more"
A buy out can be for multiple reasons and the implication is that 1. Amazon wants to be in the delivery business of just about anything; and
2. It has the ability to block out any opposition simply by taking ownership of a business where there could be credible threats or opposition to their goals.
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Travel Choices Innovation Challenge - Future Transport

Travel Choices Innovation Challenge - Future Transport | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
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Having been involved in a number of Hack events including a couple of years ago the HackAKL or Hack Auckland event (run by Auckland Transport and previously founding and running the annual New Zealand Location Innovation Awards with GeoSmart and the NZ Automobile Association) they convinced me of the huge value of citizen led outcome development. 
Whilst we have lots of new industry disruption companies coming in from overseas, a lot of the best ideas come from people in a community that has transport and growth problems and citizen's ideas of how to solve them, who may not have the experience or resources to make it happen.
The latest event Downunder is being run this month by Transport New South Wales in Australia and is encouraging people to develop solutions that:
-Remode: Get people considering using public transport instead of driving.
-Retime: Get more people driving outside of peak travel times
-Reroute: Using the routes that help optimise travel on the network
-Reroute: Get people to consider alternative routes that reduce congestion on more commonly used routes like motorways when sometimes arterial routes might be quicker.
-Reduce: Minimise the frequency of your travel, especially by car.
Whilst they don't provide specific details, one of the key problems that impacts on congestion is the number single occupancy cars on the network as our cities' populations outgrow our traditional transport network system. 
One of the keys is that you get access to a wide range of open data to help develop apps and solutions and the winners will be assisted in developing their solutions and potentially being a contributor to better transport outcomes and possibly an opportunity to own your own business as a supplier to the industry. 
I'm looking forward to seeing what comes out of this.
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Bad GPS Routes Cost Drivers 29 Hours A Year, Study Says

Bad GPS Routes Cost Drivers 29 Hours A Year, Study Says | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Perhaps it’s the nav systems that should stop and ask for directions.
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Having been in the industry for some time, it is always easy to blame the nav and there are many reasons why nav data is incorrect. 
1. The effort they put into sourcing quality road data depends on the size of the potential market for their product (not their existing market. For example Siemens VDO were the first integrated nav supplier in NZ. GeoSmart drove every road in New Zealand with a highly sophisticated mapping car, pioneering some of the technology now used by most others, everything from LiDAR to ultrasonics. They supplied virtually every in car system at the time including BMW, Honda, Holden, Ford, Range Rover and many more. The manufacturers added significant markups to the nav systems as they were OEM aftermarket (but installed in the car factory products) and as less people chose them, the distributors or manufacturers stopped paying for updates, so people were driving cars with integrated maps they couldn't update. The system in one of my cars retailed for $6,000 in 2007! updates frequently cost more than portable GPS systems that you can swap from car to car and take overseas to use in rental cars.
2. Most GPS portable navigation systems today come with lifetime free maps. Only a small number of the owners ever download the updates. You can lead a horse to water...........
3. Things change permanently and temporarily. Some providers like New Zealand's NZTA share traffic data via an API (State Highways and motorways) including temporary closures at no charge to nav companies to add to their real time traffic data. Many cities don't for urban planned and unplanned events. You have to have a device capable of receiving real time data to receive the information.
4. Some companies provide simple ways for customers to report inaccuracies or changes which happen every day. Examples include TomTom and Google. Most people are quick to complain, but very few people alert the supplier to the details.
5. Most users of navigation don't pay a lot of attention to the settings or might change them and forget they have done so. For example people who set shortest route and no main roads could find themselves on very interesting journeys.
The mobile communications based future of navigation will make it easier for navigation brands to receive or interpret crowd sourced information such that the maps will become more accurate. If they don't we will see many driverless cars getting confused, lost, or stuck for long periods of time trying to access busy roads.
My most popular blog ever was http://bit.ly/2rVr9HT What is the Best GPS to Buy for New Zealand? All navigation systems were not created equal. It's also interesting to see that more expensive no longer equates to better. There are many excellent services that are free. The interesting thing is that when it comes to urban commuting, very few of them will give you the same route or result.
My recommendation ultimately is try different apps for yourself and take the same routes on different days and see which gives you the best results. There are so many free apps now from Google, Waze, Here, enough to confuse you. Some are better in urban areas than rural, some are more up to date, but make up your own mind. Don't trust someone who suffers from Blind Loyalty, a topic I will be blogging on shortly because I hear so many people who have done no scientific or empirical research claiming a particular brand or service is the best. 
I haven't found a best for all purposes out of the current suppliers. My favorite at the moment is my Navdy which modifies Google data, because it uses a heads up display. It currently tells me in peak traffic to get off the motorway, race down an off-ramp and go back on again at the next on-ramp. This is an illegal manoevre. I will be updating them on this today.....
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Alphabet expands Waze’s carpool service — giving Uber a fiercer rival in its home state

Alphabet expands Waze’s carpool service — giving Uber a fiercer rival in its home state | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Alphabet expands Waze's carpool service – giving Uber another rival in its home state.

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There are some interesting stories here. Firstly, Alphabet is the parent company of Google. Alphabet purchased Waze, and also owns shares in both Lyft and Uber. Clearly they want to be the map provider, but I think they also see huge value in financial association with these game changers.
Waze is also now trialing ride-share as a new part of their mix. It's being rolled out in California, so it may be a little while before the rest of us see it, but that may nicely counteract a change I was disappointed with, which is that it no longer asks you if you are the driver, but feel they have focused on making it easier to share events with less button taps. The problem is that if you are tapping buttons while you are driving, you are breaking the law in most States. It uses gamification with points, which will encourage some people to break the law.
They have also come up with a solution (for the US at least) that allows you to share your vehicle running costs, but only for two trips a day, so it is a commute ride share. That way you can't be charged tax as you would in Waze or Lyft because you are just sharing the cost of your commute. 
They don't appear to have an answer about security and knowing who you are picking up, saying they are focused on higher payments and faster service. In today's climate, that would make me very wary. I think they need to do more work on that element. I don't want to be reading stories of car jacking or worse. 
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Thousands of drivers caught despite mobile crackdown - BBC News

Thousands of drivers caught despite mobile crackdown - BBC News | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Police caught 200 drivers a day using their devices while driving in the four weeks after 1 March.
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Something that fascinates me is the difficulty of collectively encouraging a community or society to do what is right for them. We know that distracted driving is one of the biggest causes of road crashes and deaths.It is also now a common cause of traffic congestion as people slow down to look at their mobile. 
We know how quickly things can change on the road and that the situation can change very quickly, just a quick txt message as a toddler runs onto a road to retrieve their ball. 
So Britain increased the cost of their fines and upped their education programs and what happened? They caught and charged 6,000 people in 4 weeks!. How many does that mean got away with it.
People caught included:
-A man doing his online banking while driving along the M5 motorway near Birmingham
-A man using his phone while driving a 7.5-tonne lorry around a roundabout in Bournemouth
-A school minibus driver with 10 children on board in Manchester using his phone while driving
So they pay their fines and the injuries and deaths continue. What do we need to do to change this situation?


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Delaware beach season starts with traffic jams

Delaware beach season starts with traffic jams | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Each summer, once-sleepy Sussex County becomes a seashore destination for people from New York to Virginia.
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This is a classic story every public holiday. Cheaper petrol prices of around $2.43 a gallon (we pay around $US6 a gallon in New Zealand!) and more cars on the road each holiday mean fewer gaps in the congestion. 

Delaware DOT produces predictions based on traffic history, but the number of people traveling to domestic holiday spots instead of overseas has increased. They don't mention it, but I think safety and having a holiday away from the turmoil of politics are a trend. What is not a trend is people taking advantage of travel information, particularly real time because historic information can;t take into account crashes that haven't happened yet.

As traffic scientists have been saying for years, you can't build your way out of the problem. More people are buying cars than ever before and highways are full as soon as they are built, so people find arterial routes and clog them up as well. 

So whether you are traveling for Delaware Memorial Weekend or any other holiday this summer, heed the information provided by the DOT ans AAA. The know what usually happens and what is happening. A little planning and preparation can mean that the only parking lot you are in, is the one at your destination.
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Georgia’s Change of Heart on Automated Vehicles - The Eno Center for Transportation

Georgia’s Change of Heart on Automated Vehicles - The Eno Center for Transportation | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
May 19, 2017 - On May 8, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed a law that explicitly allows for the operation of self-driving vehicles with and without human drivers. This marks a significant change of heart for a state that merely two years ago was squeamish about enacting policies around automated vehicles (AVs), fearing that the technology was not sufficiently mature to be regulated.
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If you're interested in driverless cars, this article has a couple of great infographics that explain the various levels of automation that are pretty much evolving into an international standard which is great.

The Future of Transportation Stack should be of comfort to people who think that jobs are at risk if you take drivers out of the equation. Look at the number of companies and sectors required to facilitate driverless cars on our networks and provide for the safety, communications, operational and entertainment functionality. 

Now I've never been to Georgia, but I've been to Florida and Tennessee, the other two of the States that have now made it legal to operate autonomous vehicles without human drivers present in the car.

I don't know if that means that you could put your kids into an autonomous vehicle, send them to school and them tell the car to park itself until they need to be picked up. If you have a Level 5 vehicle there are no controls, so you might as well.

The highways in Florida and Tennessee are pretty good, but that have plenty of arterial roads that are not well marked and I'd love to see what happens when human driven cars and AV's both want the same parking lot. 

I'm glad that it is those states and not Louisiana having been told by TomTom and Google that I was at my destination (an alligator hatchery, when I was on a narrow road, not wide enough for a tractor and my Ford SUV to pass each other without one going onto the grass verge. They both told me I had arrived at my destination which was actually still a 15 minute drive that I worked out by using Swarm. I have a blog about it somewhere. 

Imagine a Level 5 autonomous bus taking kids on a school trip, with no steering wheel or other controls using that data?

Anyway, it is coming, and looking at this chart, the number of companies who are investing heavily in these supporting industries are huge. If you are one of those people who wished you could go back in time and invest in a university dropout who wanted to make a computer, you might look at some of these companies and buy a few shares. 
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Science counters Healy-Rae in alcohol versus heavy meal debate

Science counters Healy-Rae in alcohol versus heavy meal debate | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
‘Alcohol is a drug with sedative effect ... You cannot compare the effects of alcohol with food consumption’
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Fact or myth? As someone who has been battling fatigue from cancer treatment I have learned a few things. One is that if you are concentrated on a task, you are less likely to feel fatigue than if you are relaxed.. 
There is no question that if you are relaxed, your reactions are going be slower and that can happen if you are driving long distances, such as on an Interstate. One of my cars has a coffee cup alarm that lights up after 2 hours of driving and starts beeping if I ignore it.
If I eat a heavy meal (I don't but have done in the past) and and sit on the couch and watch TV, I will get drowsy, (actually I will probably fall asleep any time I sit on a couch. I nod off at the movies, even on a wet Sunday afternoon), but if I go for a walk or engage in some activity that draws my attention, I typically don't notice any effect from the meal. 
Another myth that has been debunked is the one our parents told us as kids. "If you swim straight after a meal, you will get cramps." http://bit.ly/1Wh1PG9 Sure, some energy will go to digesting your food, so you will not have the same strength as you would otherwise, but there is no record of anyone ever having drowned as a consequence of eating and then going swimming.
Alcohol and drugs, totally different story of course, they are designed to alter our mental state and will impair our ability as is proven daily. 
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Andrew Brown-Allan's blog: Mental health: CAVs & MaaS solutions can't come soon enough

Andrew Brown-Allan's blog: Mental health: CAVs & MaaS solutions can't come soon enough | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Marking Mental Health Awareness Week 2017, research published by Mercedes-Benz Vans UK revealed that nearly a fifth of the 2,000 van drivers surveye
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With Mental Health Awareness Week this week I became aware of this blog which had some statistics that I hadn't personally considered before.
According to research published by Mercedes-Benz Vans UK almost 20% of van drivers surveyed said that they felt they have poor or very poor mental health. Not great news for a motor vehicle manufacturer, but wonderful that they are asking the questions.
A lot relates to heavy workloads and schedules, but many also feel isolated.
It makes sense that highly stressed people are not going to be at their best and given that it is the nature of their work that causes their mental health issues, it is good to see industry segments being looked at. 
The article also talks about the 'Mental Health and Transport Summit Report' from Anxiety UK in 2016 which identified that many people have fears of both driving and taking public transport that stops them from applying for work that involves one or the other. 
This is not something I have considered before as an industry issue, but thinking about the many crashes that occur as a result of fatigue and distraction, as the author says, commercial autonomous vehicles and MaaS will play a part in helping with this problem. 
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Emergency Services To Use GPS To Find Triple 000 Callers

Emergency Services To Use GPS To Find Triple 000 Callers | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
The GPS service will link to the mobile device of the caller.
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I first pushed for a solution like this in New Zealand well over 15 years ago. Assisted GPS has been around with pretty impressive accuracy for Smartphones for a long time and before that, cellular triangulation was also possible, but the Telco's said phone tracking would cost around $1M per Telco. 

In NZ at the time there were only 2 Telco's but they wanted the Government to pay for it, which was fair enough given that most people didn't own smartphones, as much as they existed or PDAs that connected to them. So there wasn't significant potential for the Telco's to generate profit from location based solutions. 

That didn't mean they weren't keen to develop them. I was closely involved as a consultant to both Telecom and Vodafone as they created mobile app development zones and they were both active sponsors of the NZ Wireless Forum which was dedicated to local app development and founded by myself and a group of industry friends, as were Microsoft, Ericsson, Nokia and other leading brands.

It seemed that life wasn't valuable enough. Now according to ACC the loss of a single human life to our GDP is in the region of half a million dollars per person, so that 2 Million dollars at the time wouldn't have been a high investment in the scheme of things.

Anyway, it is great that Australia are finally doing something about it. Maybe New Zealand will follow suit. Whilst most people have apps that show their location, many people needing assistance may not be in a position to open the app or sufficiently alert to use one. 
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Colorado Legalizes Another Vice: Texting While Driving

Colorado Legalizes Another Vice: Texting While Driving | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Distracted driving laws and the crusade against distractions in the car have a history that goes back many years. Generally, the trend has been to try to ban each new distraction that comes along, and to seek to place the blame on device maker
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What do you think of this new Colorado law? It is now legal to text while driving unless it's not done in a "careless or imprudent manner."
I guess the legislators who made this law are really busy, or maybe they have drivers and they are in the back seat.
Maybe there is an argument for liberalizing the law when people are stationary at a red traffic signal, but I haven't got enough fingers and toes to count the number of times I have sat behind a vehicle that hasn't taken off at a green light, because they are still looking at their phone and not at the car in front or the green light. At least the loss of interest in Pokemon has reduced that one, until the next game comes along. 
How do you prove you were not careless or imprudent? By not crashing or weaving on the road? I suspect this law is going to cost lives and frustrate the hell out of Police and emergency services trying to get a conviction. "I'm so sorry I caused this crash Officer, I wasn't being careless, the other guy put on his brakes, not me."
Of course it is about freedom and the bill of rights. I kind of wonder when I sit in an American cafe and a civilian walks in with a pistol on his hip holster wearing shorts and a t-shirt. The have, according to Wikipedia 10.5 deaths by firearm every year per 100,000 people where New Zealand has 1.07. That's because firearms don't shoot people right? We can't walking around wearing guns and when someone gets shot it's national news. 
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Houston streets are about to get smarter

Houston streets are about to get smarter | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Houston City Council next week will consider a $33.6 million contract - partially funded by a $10 million federal grant - to add hundreds of traffic-tracking devices across the city so officials can receive better up-to-date information, respond by adjusting traffic signals and provide current conditions to drivers more quickly. "The ability to visually verify incidents and alert drivers to travel times on parallel alternate arterial and freeway routes will be a benefit," said Tony Voigt, a Texas A&M Transportation Institute researcher based in Houston. All of the new technology will be integrated intoexisting traffic operations controlled by Houston TranStar, which combines resources from the city, Harris County, the Texas Department of Transportation and the Metropolitan Transit Authority. More information also helps the city plan, with more recent traffic counts and detailed data that could help officials rethink how traffic lights are timed and possibly even schedule construction for times when traffic would be predictably lighter. The company has a number of local contracts, notably as the managers and developers of the tolling systems used by Harris County Toll Road Authority, Texas Department of Transportation and Metro's HOT lanes. Devices such as cameras and traffic sensors that relay real-time information to traffic managers; and electronics that transmit that information to drivers, such as the cameras and databases relayed to Houston Transtar's website and even Google and Waze, the popular traffic app. Devices will be spread across the city, in targeted locations where officials believe better response to changing traffic conditions and more driver awareness could help ease traffic congestion.
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I'm a little confused here. I thought all decent sized cities had technology like this already. Not all cities provide congestion and event data to Google and Waze or other third parties, but the rest should be BAU. Am I missing something?
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Five possible solutions to Twin Cities traffic congestion

Five possible solutions to Twin Cities traffic congestion | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Brianna Parris rushes out of her Inver Grove Heights house every morning at 6 a.m. to head to work. It takes only a few minutes for the frustration to start after she gets on U.S. 52. “I don&…
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This article could be written for Auckland NZ and other cities around the world, pretty much by substituting place names. We are all facing the same problems in urban areas.
I recommend it as a good read. I also believe it is up to all of us to do something different. For example if people can work from home till 10 AM and then drive to work, with training, many could be more productive than they are now, without missing out on the water cooler of social interaction with their colleagues.
A key component IMHO is training people to set boundaries if they work at home, set up an office space and tell the family that if they are are working, they are at work and  busy, but compensate for that for a work life balance with quality time. This is not something that comes naturally as any person who has started or run a business from home can attest to. There are many consultancies in cities like London running training on this solution.
Where managers don't trust their staff, and you might be amazed how many don't, it comes down to training and best use of non-intrusive technology like Unified Communications which has now been available for several years, but only starting to be used effectively by large business and government. The systems are easy, it's developing roles and responsibilities and trust that is needed.
Yes things will change in the next 10 years (although many claim it won't as urban sprawl continues, while many still want or can only afford to live in the outlying districts, but in the meantime we still need to cope and use innovation and education to reduce the stress on the network and the people who use it. 
It's not rocket science, it just seems that we are waiting for someone else to take responsibility when the solutions are right there for us. If we don't each take responsibility, we will have congestion tolling and guess what? That's going to increase the cost of living. 
Do you think freight, trades-people and others are going to just absorb the costs? Think again. Do you think you employers will give you pay increases to cover the cost of being at work during conventional hours? Thing again. 
After you read the associated article, I'd be interested in your thoughts. What can or will you do to help?
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The Passenger Economy: A $7 Trillion Opportunity

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There is a lot of talk about autonomous cars taking away jobs, but in many cases I see that this is essential and some of the examples are given in this article.
In New Zealand I know of freight owners in their 70's still driving because they can't find staff. The average age of a truck driver for example is 57. 
I love the question of what sort of technologies could we have to engage people who are passengers in driverless cars in the future. Why couldn't you have a VC with other people and hold business meetings from the comfort of the car? We have frequently talked about tele-medicine. How much time do you spend in a doctor's waiting room filled with sick people? What if you could have that appointment from the car while you are traveling (assuming they don't need to do any tests?) 
There are likely to be countless new job opportunities and titles we haven't even thought of yet. 
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iOS 11 stops apps like Uber and Waze from accessing user location data at all times

iOS 11 stops apps like Uber and Waze from accessing user location data at all times | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Apple put a heavy focus on improving iOS at its WWDC this week with introductions such as file management, more visible iMessage features, QR code scanning..
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This is a great move. People should have the right at all times to share their location only with whom and when they want to. It is then up to app developers to provide reasons or benefits and respect that people have a right to opt for privacy. Of course, many great solutions come from crowd sourced location and it is up to each individual app provider to explain the benefits, of sharing, make it easy to turn on and off and also make sure people know what their location data is being used for. 
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Newsroom — The Fight Against Traffic Continues The Waze...

Newsroom — The Fight Against Traffic Continues The Waze... | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
The Fight Against Traffic ContinuesThe Waze Community is powerful. We map the world. We solve local issues. We power cities. We outsmart traffic. And now, we’re banding together to end traffic
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This story is fundamentally a Waze advertisement and their carpool app is still in large scale test. but some of the messages resonate with me.
First they make the point that I have been saying for years. "We, the people, got ourselves into this mess." I cringe along with fellow commuters when I hear about congestion taxes, even more so when I read more about the Transport For London example, long held up as a shining example of the unit that got London moving again. 
The bottom line is that they added to the cost of living. When it costs people more to go to work, companies have to provide higher pay. When it costs more for goods to arrive in stores, their price goes up. When a plumber has to pay tolls to get to your home, it goes on your bill. When you ask London commuters, there aren't many that feel things are much better.
"Only we, the people, can get ourselves out of this mess." It looks like the best solutions may come from disruptive companies delivering solutions that customers will prefer.
I have always believed in people power, but most people don't feel as though they have any. 
Traditional business models that have been successful carry on doing what they always did and don't understand when their business profits and market-share shrink as a nimble and driven upstart newcomer thinks they know better. 
When I first started visiting Japan 3-4 times a year on buying trips and had firmware problems with a global, leading supplier's product, they told me that the two countries I was distributing their product in were the only ones complaining and we should find better customers. 
I started calling other countries and found we all had the same quality problems, so I suggested between them that we form a world VAR (Value Added Reseller) association. 
We did and as we identified and came up with solutions, we won contracts to QA and bug test and eventually write firmware and software for their products and the end result was that the manufacturer and distributors all gained significant market-share and product and our customers were better served.
This wasn't easy and it started with me studying Japanese at night school, and responding to them in Japanese when during negotiations they were talking about the upstart gaijin who thought he knew better, thinking I couldn't understand them. 
It ended with emails and letters telling me how much they appreciated me and one senior global executive, who initially looked at me with disdain, emailing me when he retired, saying I was his best friend outside of Japan. Instead of eating in Tokyo restaurants (unless I wanted to, I ate in the homes of international executives.
So here comes the choice, and I'm not saying it's Waze, I'm saying, which I have been saying for decades: We can choose a better way, or we can have solutions imposed on us. Not because Government wants to penalize us, but because they feel they have the most effective ways to solve the congestion problem.
Let's embrace services that reduce urban traffic congestion and get us to work faster due to reduced congestion and more economically due to decreased costs. 
We can do it. Would you rather share a ride, or have your cost of living increased?

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BMW's smart scooter concept always knows where you want to go

BMW's smart scooter concept always knows where you want to go | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
The 'BMW Motorrad Concept Link' has a touchscreen dashboard, and can be connected to the rider's online calendar so it always knows where they want to go.
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BMW have come up with new vehicle concept vehicles that are pretty close to what people are looking for. A new concept in bikes which can access your calendar and navigate you to your direction and being electric has plenty more storage space than the average bikes. It even has a reverse gear, which is something I haven't seen since my old man's Indian Chief. I'm not totally sure it is needed, especially with it's low riding position. The seat even adjusts according to the size of your behind!

At the other end of the scale they have offered up the concept of the ownerless, driverless and potentially shared car that not only knows who you are and where you are, drives to pick you up, but can change colour to better suit your mood (as Santana would put it). 

The latter could be one of the biggest selling features. So many people buy a car based on the colour. How about driving to work in one colour and to a social gathering in another, or change it while you're driving, no that sounds a bit distracting, not only for the driver but for all other vehicles around them.

It's great to see BMW come up with practical ideas that are relevant and doable in the very near future rather than futuristic looking vehicles that never make it on the road except for prototypes like the 4-wheel steer Jap import Ford Telstar Europa I used to have. It took me ages to stop clipping curbs because they all turned in the same direction.

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New app to help Nevada drivers with real-time traffic info

New app to help Nevada drivers with real-time traffic info | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
More real-time traffic information will be available to Nevada drivers as the Nevada Department of Transportation announces a data-sharing partnership with Waze, the free, real-time crowdsourced traffic and navigation app.
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Nevada DOT has partnered with Waze to provide improved real time travel information including planned and unplanned events. There are a couple of things that appear to be new and could be real game changers.
1. Waze are not charging NDOT for their data. I've read stories in the past where Google was charging DOT's to display their data. That never made sense to me because neither Google nor Waze (owned by Google) displayed official events and Waze frequently routed me around normal traffic signals on the one hand and on the other hand mostly showed congestion without the reasons.
I also like the ability to report to Waze by voice. It will be interesting to see how effective that is given the problems I frequently have with Siri and Google in understanding what I am saying. The recent updates I experienced asked for tapping of the screen (illegal in many places) and no longer asked for confirmation that I was a passenger in a moving vehicle.
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Waymo is determined not to let bird poop hinder its self-driving car developmentTech News Expert | Tech News Expert

Waymo is determined not to let bird poop hinder its self-driving car developmentTech News Expert | Tech News Expert | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Why it matters to you Sometimes the little details are the most interesting, after all, who'd have thought bird poop was so problematic for self
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Bird poop and other wild cards. One of the common concerns right now is that people are afraid of driverless cars. We have grown up with computers. They break down, our cars already have several computers in them and stuff happens and when it does we can't fix it ourselves and it's expensive..
Our homes and offices have computers and life turns to chaos when they fail.
Today we have cyberterrorism alerts and before you say, "but these car computers, communication devices and sensors will have loads of failsafe mechanisms because they are important." Do a bit of a search on cyberterrorism and other issues on Google and just look at the last 24-48 hours. Just look at the system running the passport/immigration software that grounded thousands of international travelers in NZ and Australia in the last week. http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/travel-troubles/92837339/Immigration-computer-crash-causes-lengthy-delays-at-airports-in-NZ-and-Australia. ;
They rely on telecommunications. We still have many areas where there are no telecommunications and weather conditions where our satellite based TV has rain fail. I wouldn't like my car to have rain fail just when I need it most.
I must reiterate, I am not a luddite, I love future technologies. I have spent most of my career as an evangelist of the benefits of new technologies. 
It's great to see Waymo and other companies looking at all the things that can go wrong. Computers do fail, chips fail, other forces can interfere with them. Having said all that I was very impressed being a passenger in a Tesla and would I buy one if I had the money? Yes I would. But I am not yet convinced as to the speed at which we will get a network with a high percentage of driverless cars taking us safely and efficiently to our destinations. Beyond the glamour of the beautiful looking vehicles we are relying on a computer artificial intelligence. 
Check out this AI learning how to drive on Grand Theft Auto http://engt.co/2rNqAj7.
Remember the old Harvard joke about imagining if Microsoft built a car? http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/pnw/microsoftjoke.htm
Good things take time. They say with major projects, do your plan, then allow double the budget and double the amount of time it will take.
Driverless cars will navigate themselves through Gartner's Hype Curve just like everything else. We are still climbing to the peak of inflated expectations, then when we get there we race down to the trough of disillusionment before we actually start to see the end game, which will be great, but it may take a bit longer than the evangelists say. 

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How do you teach a driverless car to drive?

How do you teach a driverless car to drive? | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Driverless cars are controlled by two approaches deep learning or formal logic, but both methods need work to ensure driverless cars are as safe as possible.
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It appears that, for the sake of an explanation, with Deep Learning, a car learns like a human baby and like a human child, you can't simply change the programme. The toddler doesn't have any knowledge about how to use a potty. A car doesn't know to drive slowly into a blind intersection.
We can't  look into the wetware of the child and reprogram it, we train it but don't know which dendrites carry the corrected messages and don't have the technology to create a perfectly behaviourally trained child by accessing it's brain, other than through it's sensors and our behaviour. 
Likewise with deep learning in a car, we can't just make a software code change to correct this behaviour because we don't know where in the program it has been stored and what it has learned. 
We also want to make sure it has learned the right behaviour, it could decide that in order to avoid a vehicle making an illegal manoevre, break OR accelerate to avoid it, especially before it shares that learning with other cars using the same software. I.e. the Volvo now knows what to do, but they aren't sharing that code or experience with GM.
 Fine, but what happens if there is more than one vehicle doing the same thing, or a pedestrian crossing the road at the same time?
After something has happened we can change some code that says drive slowly through a blind intersection until you can see that it is safe AND if a vehicle makes an illegal behaviour, take action to keep your vehicle safe. We can share that code to all vehicles using OUR software and hope that a similar incident can now be prevented. If we are good corporate citizens and safety is of course in our mutual interest, we would share our learnings with our competitors.
This is why I wrote https://thefuturediaries.com/2013/04/19/boy-racers-make-sport-with-driverless-cars/ which is also apretty likely scenario..

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Mayor Lee to tackle Uber, Lyft traffic congestion through pilot program

Mayor Lee to tackle Uber, Lyft traffic congestion through pilot program | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
In a first for San Francisco, Mayor Ed Lee is proposing a data exchange between The City and ride-hail companies Uber and Lyft to tackle traffic safety and
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It's been said that 30% of urban traffic is people driving around in circles looking for a carpark and that ride share companies and in future autonomous cars will help solve this problem.
It seems that in San Francisco ride-hail companies are causing just as much or more congestion with some 45,000 Uber and Lyft cars often double parked, awaiting their next customer and that's not counting taxis!
The Mayor is proposing a data exchange, although I think there is still some fear of sharing data with competitors by the companies themselves, but it sounds pretty similar to concepts of a MaaS solution. 
MaaS stories typically focus on customers and drivers being able to find each other, but a good solution for this new congestion problem could be sharing the data so that instead of gridlock in some corridors and spreading the cars out could be a win-win for all with Uber and Lyft drivers being able to look for business in areas that aren't already overcrowded.
There are some good lessons here for other cities and countries. With the rate of change happening around the world, I think it is vital that cities who innovate and come up with good working solutions share these with each other so we can all learn about what works and what doesn't. 
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VIDEO: Mum's horror as driver on mobile phone veers onto wrong side of road

VIDEO: Mum's horror as driver on mobile phone veers onto wrong side of road | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it

A MOTHER said she was “still in shock” after only the quick-thinking actions of her partner avoided a head-on smash on a major Bradford road.
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I'm seriously considering buying a quality dashcam. If someone crashes into you because they are on the wrong side of the road and you can't prove they were on the phone, it will be more difficult to prove what happened.
The person who could have caused a serious crash in this video would be likely to put his phone down and deny he was using it. 
I see crazy behaviour every day, but I almost never have the time or gumption to get the registration number when these things happen. I don't want to add to risks by writing a number down and I don't currently use a handsfree kit in my main car as I choose not to use my phone while driving. 
I think quality is important because as per this video, it showed a miraculous escape, but it appears they were not able to identify the vehicle not it's driver. 
Imagine though, if the person who took this video had also been distracted for as long as it takes to turn around and tell the kids to quieten down. This would have been recorded a very different outcome.
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