CTV News: Google Maps warning drivers of some photo radar cameras. “While directing drivers on when and where to turn to get to a destination, Google Maps is also giving a little direction on safety. A feature currently being rolled out sees a verbal warning shared to drivers approaching a fixed speed camera, saying ‘speed camera ahead’ in an automated voice.”
Daily Californian: UC Berkeley transportation research center releases interactive website for reporting road safety issues. “Street Story, a new website developed by researchers at UC Berkeley’s Safe Transportation Research and Education Center, or SafeTREC, allows California residents to report unsafe road conditions, accidents or near misses, with the goal of creating a data set that engages the community and provides useful, publicly accessible information for city and transportation planners.”
Times of India: ‘Use Google Maps to combat traffic’. “The National Green Tribunal directed Delhi Traffic Police to evolve a mechanism to refer to Google Maps for taking prompt remedial and preventive steps at places witnessing traffic jams.”
ProPublica Illinois: How to Use the Ticket Trap, Our New Database That Lets You Explore How Chicago Tickets Motorists and Collects Debt. “This week, we published a new database that lets you explore how ticketing, debt and the rates at which people appeal their tickets compare across Chicago’s 50 wards. We call it The Ticket Trap. Why? Because as our reporting over the past year has shown, thousands of Chicago motorists — particularly residents of low-income and black neighborhoods — lose their right to drive or lose their vehicles. Many file for bankruptcy as a way out.”
Lifehacker: Get Real-Time Smoke Reports From the California Wildfires Using These Maps. “In addition to the obvious fire danger, all three fires are creating a substantial amount of smoke that can pose a health and safety risk to those who live nearby, even when that ‘nearby’ in a few hundred miles from where the fire is burning. In San Francisco, for instance, the smoke smell is overwhelming at points despite the fires being rather far away. Those with asthma and other breathing issues have also been advised to use face masks when they go outside and limited their exposure to the smoky air.”
Eno Center for Transportation: 2018 Transportation Ballot Measure Database Now Available. “With the 2018 elections quickly approaching, the Eno Center for Transportation released on Tuesday a database of transportation-related measures that will appear before voters this year. Eno also released a five-episode podcast series, ‘Transportation at the Ballot Box,’ featuring interviews with experts discussing details of several key measures.”
Moving History: Digital Archive of Traffic Quarterly/Transportation Quarterly. “From 1957 to 2003, the Eno Center for Transportation published a quarterly academic journal. All of these journals have been placed into a public, digital archive, and are available at this link.” I don’t know how new this is.