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  • People who walk, bike or take public transportation to work tend to be thinner than those who ride in their own cars, according to a new study from the UK. The new findings - including that taking public transportation was just as beneficial as the other “active commuting” modes - point to significant health benefits across society if more people left their cars at home, researchers say.

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    ...The advantages of a V2V system would be largely redundant, as the cameras and radars already on cars can detect many of those hazards. However, it could extend the abilities of existing safety features like forward collision warning (by “seeing” beyond a single car in a line) or blind spot warning systems (by allowing the car to know if a blind spot will be occupied momentarily, not just if it’s occupied currently). But a new report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is behind most regulations that impact the auto industry, outlines three new situations where the technology would be more effective than what we have now. 

  • ...group of researchers at McGill University in Montreal recently tried to establish a clear hierarchy among the main six work-trip modes: driving, riding (bus and metro and commuter rail), walking, and cycling. They asked nearly 3,400 people who commuted to campus on a single mode to describe their typical trip in both winter and summer, and to rate their satisfaction with various aspects of that trip. The researchers then converted the ratings into a single satisfaction score for each of six commute modes.

  • The Federal Aviation Administration has begun deploying a new computer system for its air traffic controllers despite warnings that the software suffers from unstable requirements, lacks key safety capabilities and requires training that has yet to be given to workers, a government watchdog warned Monday...One of the missing capabilities is a special warning that alerts controllers of loss of separation between aircraft, a potential safety hazard, the IG said. Officials are scrambling for an upgrade this month to fix that problem.

    Washington Times
  • ...A: Your main gripe is with South Bay traffic, where delays have worsened, but be thankful you're not living in the East Bay. Severe weekday traffic delays have risen 21 percent in Alameda County in the past year. TWENTY-ONE PERCENT! And it's worse on weekends -- 37 percent.

    Mercury News
  • The state Senate has approved legislation that would allow another 15,000 fuel-efficient vehicles to use California's carpool lanes, even when they have only one occupant.

    AP/SF Chronicle
  •  You can now add Dallas/Fort Worth International to the list of U.S. airports with a rail connection to downtown...A one-way ride between DFW and the downtown Dallas stations takes 50 to 60 minutes and costs $1.75 for an off-peak fare to $2.50 for a two-hour pass.

    USA Today
  • ...Uber, the fast-growing private car start-up, announced on Tuesday it had hired the political strategist David Plouffe to be its senior vice president of policy and strategy. The move further signaled the grand aspirations of companies like Uber, which are challenging entrenched industries and running into resistance from some local governments.

    New York Times
  • ...With the Vatler app, users denote where they plan to leave their (sic) car and a valet meets them there. The valet then drives the car to a secure parking lot where it stays for the rest of the day. Later on, the customer requests their (sic) car to be dropped off where they’re leaving and the valet drives it to them.

  • ...In much of the county, especially in the more densely populated communities along the Highway 101 corridor, school buses have long been a thing of the past as districts have dropped the service to save money. The trend that has put the onus on families to figure out other ways to send their children to school —and packed more cars on the road during commute hours — has prompted regional planners to puzzle over the dilemma.

    Marin Independent Journal