08/01/2017

 

 




  Transportation technologies receive $600K from U. of Michigan
 

Seven technologies demonstrating high potential to help solve transportation issues are receiving a total of $600,000 in funding from a University of Michigan research program to continue their advancement into the commercial market.

The Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) Innovation Hub for Advanced Transportation is a statewide program that funds translational research applications in advanced transportation materials, robotics and autonomy, sensors, electric vehicle drivetrain/propulsion, software/controls/data, and advanced manufacturing processes. 

 

Seven technologies demonstrating high potential to help solve transportation issues are receiving a total of $600,000 in funding from a University of Michigan research program to continue their advancement into the commercial market.

Five technologies will receive a $100,000 grant while two will receive $50,000 with the opportunity to unlock the remaining $50,000, after certain milestones are reached throughout the year.

"These teams have made the connection between their research and future transportation systems, and are working hard to get their technology to market," said Eric Petersen, newly appointed U-M MTRAC Program Director. "Investing in projects and people will help the state retain leadership in the transportation industry as vehicles become electrified and as autonomous systems are proposed for moving people and goods."

Projects receiving $100,000 in funding include:

     High-Frequency RADAR for Automotive Autonomous Applications (U-M): A sub-millimeter-wave radar system with superior detection resolutions, wide-scanning range and minimal size, weight and power consumption.

    High-Performance Coatings for Engine Cylinder Bores (Michigan State University): A process to deposit diamond-like coatings onto the inner surface of cylinder bores to reduce friction and resultant fuel consumption.

    Multi-Material 3D Printing (U-M): A method which integrates electrical assemblies into components through micro-additive manufacturing.

    Variable Coupling Wireless Power Transfer System (U-M): A wireless power transfer system that achieves high efficiency at a wide range of positions and...........        READ MORE >

 

  ABC Companies donates Tug to Museum of Bus Transportation
 

From ABC:

The Museum of Bus Transportation in Hershey, PA, just completed their most successful Spring Fling, with over 500 attendees and 50 "visiting" coaches supplementing the Museum’s 38 antique buses.

The Museum of Bus Transportation in Hershey, PA, just completed their most successful Spring Fling, with over 500 attendees and 50 “visiting” coaches supplementing the Museum’s 38 antique buses.

One highlight, which seems to repeat almost annually, was a major donation by ABC Companies. Senior Vice President, Mike Laffan, presented John Oakman, the Museum’s Fleet Committee Chairman, with a fully refurbished 2004 Stewart Stevens Tug with an air compressor on it for use in moving and maintaining the Museum’s vehicles.

Tug with bus from Forest Gump!

"This is a huge donation," said Oakman. "We’re dealing with fragile antiques, and this tug lets us maneuver and service them safely, reducing the risk of damaging irreplaceable buses."

Last year the Cornell family and ABC donated a restored 1956 Scenicruiser, and have committed to lend their famous 1921 White Motor Co. "Little Red" bus for display in the near future.

"The Cornell family and ABC are well known for their remarkable accomplishments and contributions in the bus business," Oakman pointed out. "But the industry may.....       VISIT ABC COMPANIES>

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  Minnesota to Increase Fines for Illegal School Bus Passing

From School Transportation News:

The state Department of Public Safety said motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses with their stop arms out and red lights flashing face $500 fines starting Aug. 1.

Citations increase from $300 per incident.

DPS said 3,659 school bus drivers reported 703 stop-arm violations during a one-day count earlier this year as part of the annual School Bus Stop Arm Survey, which is promoted nationally by the National Association for State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services.

Over the past nine years, law enforcement has written nearly 8,800 tickets to motorists for not stopping for school buses.

 

The state Department of Public Safety said motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses with their stop arms out and red lights flashing face $500 fines starting Aug. 1.

"Too often motorists ignore the school bus laws or are too distracted that they don’t see the bus picking up or dropping off children until it’s too late," said Col. Matt Langer, chief of the Minnesota State Patrol. "When motorists violate the law, it puts the lives of children at risk. Drivers should always be looking out for school buses and expect those buses to make frequent stops during the morning and afternoon school hours. Pay attention and stop for buses to help keep our children safe."

Minnesota state law requires motorists traveling each way on an undivided roads to stop at least 20 feet from a school bus when picking up or dropping off students. DPS urges motorists to slow down when driving in school zones or encountering school buses and to avoid any distractions.

DPS advises students to be sure no vehicles are attempting to pass on the shoulder before getting off the school bus and to wait for the bus driver’s signal that it is safe to cross the street. DPS also said students should always attempt to.........  READ MORE >

 

 

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