ITS News

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     Remember pneumatic tubes, those compressed-air pipelines that whisked plastic canisters from basement mailrooms to penthouse boardrooms? Imagine being in one, traveling at more than 700 mph. You could make the round-trip from San Francisco to LA in a little over an hour. That may sound like science fiction, but it could one day be a reality thanks to the efforts of engineering students at UC Berkeley and elsewhere.

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     Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Samveg Saxena has developed a new app, MyGreenCar, that allows drivers to virtually test drive green vehicles so they can decide what's best for them.

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    Miss the Smart Cities Final Pitch live stream on June 9? Watch San Francisco's pitch video here, with Transportation Sustainbility Research Center Co-Director Susan Shaheen.

     

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    Berkeley Hyperloop (bLoop) team members have been invited to build a working prototype of their design for a futuristic vision of a mass transit system in which people board pressurized capsules to zing through reduced-pressure tubes on rails of air. The team has set up shop at the Richmond Field Station and is working toward launching a pod on a test track in Hawthorne, California this August.

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    PATH's Steven Shladover began pioneering automated transportation in the 1980s. He believes that a seamless, autonomous transportation network is still decades away. However, recent advances in engineering and computer science have demonstrated that automated driving can dramatically improve the safety, efficiency, and availability of transportation, bringing this futuristic scenario a little closer to reality.

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    Check out our newly published book, Inventing the Future of Mobility, showcasing the Instuitute's history, leadership, and administration and explores the future of transportation through the many initiatives currently underway at ITS and  our vision for helping society address the transportation challenges of the 21st century. 

     

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    Raja Sengupta, professor of civil and environmental engineering and co-founder of the startup company Responsible Robotics, heads a team spun out of the Cal Unmanned Aviation Lab that is creating new technologies that enable drone operators to easily comply with emerging regulations.

     

     

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     The new edition of ACCESS Magazine is out! ITS Professor Robert Cervero, ITS alum Megan Ryerson and former ITS Director Martin Wachs write feature articles in the Spring magazine.

     

     

     

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     Berkeley Lab's popular Science at the Theater travels across the Bay to San Francisco's Marines' Memorial Theatre to present the Lab’s first Cleantech Pitchfest. Six Berkeley Lab scientists have 8 minutes each to persuade you that their technology has the most promise and social value.

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     UC Berkeley experts joined San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee yesterday in an attempt to convince U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx that the city is the best place to invest $40 million to pioneer a 21st-century smart urban transportation system.