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  • With a swipe on a smartphone, San Francisco motorists can summon a valet anywhere in the city. Wearing a necktie and a bright-blue jacket, a valet zooms up on a scooter, whisks away a user’s car to a secure parking lot, and returns the car whenever and wherever the driver wants for just $15 or less.

    SF Chronicle
  •  Those programmed lights on the Bay Bridge will come down early next year, but they then could return once and for all — if, and only if, the creators of the shimmering installation can raise $4million by Dec. 31...Creators haven’t been shy about their desire to make the large-scale light show permanent, but an initial push to raise funds for a 10-year reinstallation sputtered this summer. Now, there’s an evolving agreement that if “Bay Lights” boosters can raise the $4million necessary to reinstall an upgraded version, bridge crews will keep an eye on things from there on out.

    SF Chronicle
  • ...“SWITCH is a tool we can use to examine the different choices of technologies within the electrical power sector and their locations. It enables us to estimate the impact on regional air pollution emissions, as well as how much land area and water consumption would be needed for each scenario. We have used this model for different future energy scenarios across western North America, and we see an enormous variation in both the magnitude and location of environmental impacts,” explains doctoral candidate Tessa Beach. She is presenting the tool today together with Professor Daniel Kammen, Director of Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, both from the University of California, Berkeley.

    University of Copenhagen
  • ...The lane-splitting crash study, conducted by UC Berkeley and commissioned by the California Highway Patrol and the Office of Traffic Safety, also found that lane-splitters are less likely to be rear-ended by car drivers but are more likely to rear-end other vehicles.

    Sacramento Bee
  • Years of painstaking work and community input have moved two major San Francisco corridors toward accommodating bus rapid transit, but according to an expert on the system, the infrastructure changes may have to be more dramatic to really improve Muni's performance.

    SF Examiner
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    ...The traffic-hacking device is the invention of Bay Area man Nat Collins, a longtime tech worker and avid cyclist. (Seriously, the guy owns six bikes.) Collins has designed it to help out in situations when a bike rider is stuck at a light—for instance, in a lane with a left-turn signal that seems forever red.

    CityLab
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    ...Whereas American light rail systems have had modest success and modern streetcar lines have questionable transit value, France operates 57 tram lines in 33 cities that together carry some 3 million passengers a day and create a fantastic balance of mobility options for urban and suburban residents alike—all built in the last 30 years. "We have little streetcars here that carry a thousand people a day. They have lines that carry a hundred thousand people a day," says Gregory Thompson, chair of the light rail committee for the Transportation Research Board and retired urban planning scholar at Florida State. "What's the difference?"

    CityLab
  •  For the first time, two SMART-NUS enhanced driverless buggies to ferry passengers, free-of-charge, around Chinese and Japanese Gardens, as part of the Smart and Connected Jurong Lake District Pilots and Trials initiative.

    Science Daily
  • An increasing number of assistance systems are being designed to facilitate driving. Things are heading towards automated driving. What role does the person behind the steering wheel play? Scientists have now developed “pieDrive”, an interactive operating concept for vehicles of the future.

    Science Daily
  • Women who are exposed to traffic pollution while pregnant are increasing the chances of damaging the lungs of their unborn children, concludes a study. Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) is a widely used marker of traffic-related air pollution, and benzene levels can reflect industrial activities and are considered as a surrogate for a mixture of predominantly traffic-driven pollutants.

    Science Daily