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  •  ...Volvo's “centralized Sensor Fusion framework” links onboard cameras, radar, lidar, GPS and more. The system, which is still at least five years from hitting showrooms, can detect potential accidents before they occur, even if they’re outside the driver’s line of sight. If an accident is imminent, the car can determine an “escape route” and auto-brake and even steer the car to avoid the accident. 

    Wired
  • The Accessibility Observatory at the University of Minnesota has released the most useful transit commute rankings you're likely to see for some time. "Access Across America: Transit 2014" ranks 46 of the biggest U.S. metros based on how many jobs a resident can access by transit during the morning rush of 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Let's jump right into the top 10 then step back and see how the rankings were done...

    CityLab
  • ...The promise of multi-modal streets hides the fact that such a dramatic shift away from the traditional American form of auto-oriented personal urban transportation is much more difficult than just accommodating drivers everywhere. Supporting many modes requires including multiple actors in the planning process, all with different priorities and preferences. 

    CityLab
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    ...As part of International Car Free Day on September 22, the Latvian branch of Russian cycling group Let's Bike It constructed car-sized wearables from what looks to be bamboo and twine. Cyclists then donned the skeletal sedans and went about their morning commute, adding noticeably to overall traffic congestion. 

    CityLab
  • A new study suggests that drops of fuel spilled at gas stations — which occur frequently with fill-ups — could cumulatively be causing long-term environmental damage to soil and groundwater in residential areas in close proximity to the stations.

    Science Daily
  • Rates of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest are elevated after days with high levels of air pollutants, reports a Japanese study. For example, 48 to 72 hours after days with high levels of particulate air pollution, the risk of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest increased by 17 percent, the researchers report.

    Science Daily
  • With autonomous vehicles entering our roadways as soon as with the next decade, researchers are developing strategies for the future use of autonomous vehicles in improving traffic flow.

    Science Daily
  • Two years ago, Alameda County voters rejected a transportation sales tax measure by the narrowest of margins. The $8 billion measure, which needed a two-thirds vote, fell about 700 votes short out of 350,000 cast.

    SF Chronicle
  • Rain that fell during construction of the new Bay Bridge eastern span was the likely source of water that pooled around 400 steel rods anchoring the signature tower to its foundation, a bridge project official said Wednesday.

    SF Chronicle
  • The question about transportation being posed to San Francisco voters this fall might be summed up this way: Do you want to get on the bus and be on your way, or do you want to stand there and keep waiting? Transportation, always a topic of complaint or debate in San Francisco, stands front and center on the November ballot. Voters are being asked to decide on three propositions that test the city’s commitment to transit, how it should be funded and the direction of its transportation planning.

    SF Chronicle