Cleveland .com: Vehicle crash data for every street in Ohio now mapped on the web

Cleveland .com: Vehicle crash data for every street in Ohio now mapped on the web. “Whether police want to know where to set up patrols to nab drunken drivers or local transportation officials wish to identify places to fix dangerous intersections, it’s never been easier to research accident histories for any street in Ohio. The Ohio Highway Patrol has launched an interactive web tool at this link with crash data going back to 2014.”

Techdirt: Why Navigation Apps, Working Properly, Can Make Traffic Flows Worse — And What To Do About It

Techdirt: Why Navigation Apps, Working Properly, Can Make Traffic Flows Worse — And What To Do About It. “Techdirt has just written about how advanced digital technology can be used for less-than-benign purposes, simply because it is a tool that can be applied in both good and bad ways. A fascinating analysis by Jane Macfarlane in IEEE Spectrum explores something similar: how new technology being used as designed, and with only the best intentions, can nonetheless give rise to potentially serious problems.”

Southern Gazette: Council wants Google to fix rat-run street

Southern Gazette: Council wants Google to fix rat-run street. “THE City of Belmont wants Google Maps to change its software to stop a small suburban street from being used as a rat run by drivers accessing Perth Airport and DFO shops. Redcliffe residents say since the permanent closure of Brearley Avenue – the main access to the airport – last year, commuters were being directed by Google Maps down Epsom Avenue on to Stanton Road.” A rat run, in this case, is a small side street or shortcut.

Newswise: Using deep learning to improve traffic signal performance

Newswise: Using deep learning to improve traffic signal performance. “Urban traffic congestion currently costs the U.S. economy $160 billion in lost productivity and causes 3.1 billion gallons of wasted fuel and 56 billion pounds of harmful CO2 emissions, according to the 2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard. Vikash Gayah, associate professor of civil engineering, and Zhenhui “Jessie” Li, associate professor of information sciences and technology [both at Penn State], aim to tackle this issue by first identifying machine learning algorithms that will provide results consistent with traditional (theoretical) solutions for simple scenerios, and then building upon those algorithms by introducing complexities that cannot be readily addressed through traditional means.”

The Guardian: Newly opened WestConnex tunnel missing from Google Maps, causing confusion in Sydney

The Guardian: Newly opened WestConnex tunnel missing from Google Maps, causing confusion in Sydney. “Google Maps is working to resolve an issue where Sydney’s newly opened WestConnex M4 East motorway – part of Australia’s largest transport infrastructure project – does not display on its map.”