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Google Maps now tells you how packed your train will be

ZDNet: “Google is using artificial intelligence to improve Google Maps’ ability to help commuters understand how busy the public transport on their journey will be. Google is trialling new carriage-level Maps ‘crowdedness prediction’ technology in New York and Sydney, where it will attempt to show the real-time state of each carriage.  The feature relies on data from agencies like Long Island Rail Road and Transport for New South, and more cities will gain the feature soon, according to Google.  It’s also expanding transit crowdedness predictions in Google Maps to over 10,000 transit agencies in 100 countries. Maps users should be able to tell if their line is “likely to have lots of open seats, hit full capacity, or be anywhere in between,” Google notes. Google introduced crowdedness predictions on public transport in mid-2019, long before commuting to the office ground to a halt in March 2020. And the feature is perhaps even more relevant now…”

Explore Thousands Of FAA Drone And Unidentified Aircraft Incident Reports With Our Interactive Tool

The Drive: “We are excited to announce the launch of our new interactive tool that maps and makes searchable thousands of unmanned aircraft system (UAS) and unidentified aircraft incident reports. The vast dataset is drawn from information compiled by the Federal Aviation Administration. Some of the reports are highly unusual, going far beyond typical low-altitude… Continue Reading

A Low Carbon Fuel Standard: In Brief

CRS: A Low Carbon Fuel Standard: In Brief July 7, 2021: “One policy option Congress may examine is a low carbon fuel standard (LCFS). An LCFS is a policy that requires transportation fuels to meet a certain energy-related GHG target (e.g., a specific carbon intensity) within a specified jurisdiction and time frame. Some states have… Continue Reading

NHTSA Launches Interactive, Searchable Recall Dashboard

“The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today unveiled a new cloud-based recall dashboard to make searching for auto safety recall data easy and efficient. The dashboard offers user-friendly and transparent ways to sort, filter, visualize and export recall data.  “This new dashboard provides unprecedented transparency into the recall process,” said Dr. Steven Cliff, NHTSA’s… Continue Reading

The Overlapping Infrastructure of Urban Surveillance and How to Fix It

EFF Free Visual – The Overlapping Infrastructure of Urban Surveillance, and How to Fix It – “Between the increasing capabilities of local and state police, the creep of federal law enforcement into domestic policing, the use of aerial surveillance such as spy planes and drones, and mounting cooperation between private technology companies and the government, it… Continue Reading

How Software Is Eating the Car

IEE Spectrum: “…Once, software was a part of the car. Now, software determines the value of a car,” notes Manfred Broy, emeritus professor of informatics at Technical University, Munich and a leading expert on software in automobiles. “The success of a car depends on its software much more than the mechanical side.” Nearly all vehicle innovations by auto… Continue Reading

NYC’s Subway Operator and Martha’s Vineyard Ferry Latest to Report Cyberattacks

WSJ (paywall / no paywall): “Revelations of cyberattacks on transportation systems in New York and Massachusetts heightened concerns about the threat to U.S. businesses and essential services Wednesday, after hackers held hostage the world’s largest meat processor this week. An attack on JBS SA, the world’s biggest meat company by sales, upended U.S. meat supplies… Continue Reading