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Age impacts drivers’ reaction time to signage

Age impacts drivers’ reaction time to signage

| August 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Stereotypes abound when it comes to the age of drivers: young drivers are inexperienced and careless, while old drivers lack reflexes. But there are very real implications for age and at least one factor relating to road safety: reaction time when reading road signage. Does age impact whether a driver understands a road sign, and how […]

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How to make teenage drivers safer

How to make teenage drivers safer

| August 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Teens are disproportionately at risk just getting behind the wheel: In the U.S., teenagers age 16 to 19 have three times the rate of fatal crashes as adult drivers. But what if there was a simple way to increase teens’ safety? There is: Recent research has shown that these kids are largely driving cars without adequate crash […]

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Does traffic safety education make kid pedestrians any safer?

Does traffic safety education make kid pedestrians any safer?

| August 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s not news that traffic accidents hurt and kill children disproportionately. But what steps can be taken to help keep kids safe? “Can child-pedestrians’ hazard perception skills be enhanced,” a recently released study from researchers Anat Meir, Tal Oron-Gilad and Yisrael Parmet, aims to pinpoint how children can better understand the dangers posed by traffic […]

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Student parking passes: environmental and policy implications

Student parking passes: environmental and policy implications

| July 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

College students are interested in reducing greenhouse gases, and one of the top ways to address climate change is via new transportation habits. A new study, “Factors associated with students’ parking-pass purchase decisions: Evidence from an American University” by Selima Sultana, investigates students’ tendency to purchase parking passes, and its implication on a school’s goal of […]

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Urban greenery means more walking, reveals study

Urban greenery means more walking, reveals study

| July 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

The greener the street, the more people will walk? Possibly, says a recently published study, “Exploring associations between urban green, street design and walking: Results from the Greater London boroughs” by Chinmoy Sarkar, Chris Webster, Matthew Pryor, Dorothy Tang, Scott Melbourne, Xiaohu Zhang and Liu Jianzheng of the University of Hong Kong. The study, which […]

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Shared autonomous vehicles may cut parking needs by 90% – study

Shared autonomous vehicles may cut parking needs by 90% – study

| July 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ridesharing in self-driving cars may reduce the demand for parking in urban areas by up to 90 percent, according to a recent study led by Wenwen Zhang, “Exploring the Impact of Shared Autonomous Vehicles on Urban Parking Demand: An Agent-based Simulation Approach,” which investigates the potential impact of shared autonomous vehicles, or SAVs, on urban […]

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How your car’s heads-up display impacts your attention

How your car’s heads-up display impacts your attention

| July 22, 2015

“Keep your eyes on the road!” Every driver has heard it before. With more and more studies proving that distracted driving is fatal, the admonishment has taken on new meaning in an age of smartphones and other digital distractions. But what, exactly, are the mechanics of a driver’s attention? A study released last month, “The […]

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Chat with Kush Parikh, president of mobile parking app PayByPhone

Chat with Kush Parikh, president of mobile parking app PayByPhone

| July 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Geneva, Switzerland recently joined the ranks of other international cities — among them locales throughout the U.S., U.K., France, Australia and Canada — pioneering mobile parking payments with PayByPhone. The app allows drivers to use the location number, found on their parking machine, as a reference point to pay for parking spots via smartphone or […]

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The top 10 trends in sustainable urban development

The top 10 trends in sustainable urban development

| July 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Mobility, environmental protection, housing: Around the world, countries are aiming for sustainable urban development (SUD) that encompasses these, and more, vital segments of daily living. A new study, “Toward the sustainable development of urban areas: An overview of global trends in trials and policies,” from Abbas M. Hassan and Hyowon Lee, pinpoints what’s trending now […]

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Black pedestrians must wait 32% longer than whites at U.S. crosswalks

Black pedestrians must wait 32% longer than whites at U.S. crosswalks

| July 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Black pedestrians may be experiencing discrimination at crosswalks, according to a new study. “Racial bias in driver yielding behavior at crosswalks” by researchers Tara Goddard, Kimberly Barsamian Kahn and Arlie Adkins found that black participants were twice as likely as white participants to be passed by two-plus cars. Additionally, the found that black participants experienced a […]

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Commutes are getting longer; automated options on the horizon

Commutes are getting longer; automated options on the horizon

| June 23, 2015

Technology stands to transform workers’ commutes even more over the next few years than it has in the recent past. Consider one recent study out of the University of Cincinnati, which finds that almost everyone has experienced a jump in commute length over the last 20 years, or the opinion of expert Antonio Loro, an urban […]

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