There is no mandatory federal crash-reporting standard and the standard that NHTSA recommends is deeply flawed and much is left up to officer discretion. We can fix this!

A recent study conducted by advocates in Portland, Ore., for instance, compiled law-enforcement data alongside hospital records, media reports, roadway measurements, and even manual inspection of adjacent land uses on Google Maps. Similar efforts are underway in San Francisco. Some advocates say the MMUCC should include many of those factors its next edition (2022) — and the burden of collecting the data should …

The Car Crashes That Go Undetected

Safety advocates say that 30% of traffic collisions involving bikes or pedestrians in Washington, D.C., aren’t reported by police. Here’s how they’re trying to close that data gap. By Laura Bliss, CityLab, Bloomberg, July 15, 2021 Laura Bliss is a writer and editor for CityLab in San Francisco, focused on transportation and technology. She also writes MapLab, a biweekly newsletter about maps.@mslaurabliss A hallmark of …

Making Open Science the new normal for transport research

June 9 2021 Making Open Science the new normal for transport researchBE OPEN project Final Event The final event of BE OPEN project was held online on June 9th, 2021 from 13:00 to 16:00 CET (Central European Time), shedding light on the topic of “Making Open Science the new normal for transport research”. The programme and presentations are available to download below. The recording of the event is available …

Facebook as a regulated utility?

Excerpt from Steven Hill, Should President Biden Revoke Section 230? https://www.laprogressive.com/revoke-section-230/ Jan 2021 Facebook is no longer simply a “social networking” website – it is the largest media giant in the history of the world, a combination publisher and broadcaster with approximately 2.6 billion regular users, plus billions more on the Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Instagram. A mere 100 pieces of COVID-19 …

Why It’s Time to Fight the “Data-Industrial Complex

Tim Cook on Why It’s Time to Fight the “Data-Industrial Complex” “They’re manipulating people’s behavior,” the Apple CEO tells GQ in a frank conversation about his hope that Apple’s new privacy initiatives will help solve some of the internet’s scariest problems. By ZACH BARON, January 28, 2021, in GQ It has become relatively common for tech observers and even regular everyday citizens to …

Costs of shifting to zero emission buses

Metro’s Battery Bus Plan Hinges on Need to Grow Service and Revenue, By Shaun Kuo -January 4, 2021 6  In September, King County Metro filed a report on their battery bus implementation plan. Like the Kenmore water taxi report, this paper is the result of a proviso within the 2019-2020 King County budget. The County wanted Metro to discuss major milestones for the 2021-2022 …

Seattle’s New Mobility Playbook, Transportation Tech Strategy, TransitScore and more

Also see groundbreaking Los Angeles Transportation Technology Strategy, Digital Matatus and TransitScore, and TransportationCamp Mobile apps help us find the best driving route or catch the right bus or bike the least hilly route. Mobile payment systems allow us to book any service and have it automatically charged to our credit cards or bank accounts. New mobility are those emerging elements …

Data and civil liberties: CellHawk helps law enforcement visualize large quantities of information collected by cellular towers and providers

Sam Richards, Intercept, December 23 2020 UNTIL NOW, the Bartonville, Texas, company Hawk Analytics and its product CellHawk have largely escaped public scrutiny. CellHawk has been in wide use by law enforcement, helping police departments, the FBI, and private investigators around the United States convert information collected by cellular providers into maps of people’s locations, movements, and relationships. Police records obtained by …

US Court of Appeals has found the program Edward Snowden blew the whistle on was unlawful – and that the U.S. intelligence leaders who publicly defended it were not telling the truth

Reuters, Sept 2 2020, U.S. court: Mass surveillance program exposed by Snowden was illegal, by  Raphael Satter (Reuters) – Seven years after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the mass surveillance of Americans’ telephone records, an appeals court has found the program was unlawful – and that the U.S. intelligence leaders who publicly defended it …

Cost of solar panels has fallen 89 percent in past decade and clean energy will be 95% of all new power generation. Global research team sets up database for emerging PV tech

Amazing stats from Al Gore – December 2020, NYTimes The cost of solar panels has fallen 89 percent in the past decade, and the cost of wind turbines has dropped 59 percent. The International Energy Agency projects that 90 percent of all new electricity capacity worldwide in 2020 will be from clean energy — up from 80 percent in 2019, when total global investment in wind …