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    Congestion charges aren't a new idea, but they're new to the United States as a means of controlling traffic gridlock. New York City will become the first to implement the practice and the latest city to consider a congestion fee is Philadelphia, according to an April 3 report from local NBC News affiliate NBC 10. The report made it clear there is no plan to implement a congestion charge in the city right now, but Philadelphia city planners and local government will watch how New York City implements its congestion fee and weigh the pros and cons. Congestion tolls will begin in New York City...

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    California bill proposes America's own Autobahn on certain local highways

    California could introduce no-speed limit lanes on two local highways. The state is considering the construction of new lanes on Interstate 5 and State Route 99 that would not have speed limits. The news comes from local CBS News affiliate CBS 13, which reported Monday that a new bill introduced in...

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    NYC could become first US city with London-style congestion charge

    Some drivers in one specific part of New York City could have to pay new charges in a pay-to-drive plan that would charge them $11.52 to enter the busiest parts of Manhattan. Under the congestion-charge plan, according to The New York Times last Thursday, the "Fix NYC" task force working for New...

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    French police using drones to catch drivers breaking the law

    The French police stepped up its traffic enforcement efforts this past summer when Bordeaux traffic cops employed drones to track drivers. Since the summer, the drones have helped Bordeaux police issue "hundreds" of fines for various traffic violations. Marketplace reported on Monday that the...

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    Oregon man fined for researching traffic light algorithms sans license

    File this one under things unlikely to become a problem, but sure as can be, it has. An Oregon man, Mats Jarlstrom, has been fined $500 by the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying for researching, studying, and presenting his findings on traffic light patterns. Why has...

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    10 Ways To Beat Stress While Stuck In A Traffic Jam

    A little drive time between work and home is healthy. It lets you decompress, lets you shift mental modes and awards a little healthy alone time. And then there are traffic jams, the perfect way to stress up your day. They don't have to be, though. Forget everything you've heard, these are...

  • TomTom GO LIVE Top Gear edition cancelled

    BBC's editorial guidelines specifically prohibit presenters from endorsing products that could be used on BBC shows. In other words, there can't be a Top Gear themed TomTom GO Live nav system after all.

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    UPDATE: TomTom Ceases Production Of Top Gear-Branded Units

    Earlier this week, we told you about a new, Top Gear-branded satnav system from TomTom. Unfortunately, someone failed to clear the licensing of Jeremy Clarkson's voice with BBC's editorial staff, and now, TomTom has been forced to cease production of the devices. It's a classic problem of the left...

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    TomTom's Top Gear Edition Puts Jeremy Clarkson & The Stig On Your Dash

    We admit that we've been critical of TomTom, Garmin, and other aftermarket satnavs. After all, in the age of smartphones and factory-installed telematics systems, dashtop devices can seem as outdated as your grandmother's VCR. But you have to give them props for trying, and TomTom is trying very...

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    Can't Get Enough Top Gear? TomTom Has The Nav System For You

    TomTom is introducing a special Top Gear themed edition of its GO LIVE navigation system, featuring both Jeremy Clarkson and The Stig.

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    BMW Upgrades Real Time Traffic Navigation Technology

    Over the weekend we gave you a glimpse of some of the future ConnectedDrive technologies BMW is working on for its future cars, some of which we’ll be seeing much sooner than later. The automaker has now announced one of these, an upgraded version of its Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI)...

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    SignalGuru Uses Crowdsourcing To Time Stop Lights & Save Gas

    Stopping is inefficient. When a vehicle comes to a complete stop, it wastes energy, frittering away gas while idling, and consuming even more to get moving again. This is in part why we're seeing stop-start technology become commonplace in today's greener vehicles. But what if drivers didn't have...

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    If you were born some time between the 1970s and the mid 1990s you're what's known as "Generation Y", and new research has shown that you're much more likely to be stressed behind the wheel than your "Baby Boomer" predecessors. The survey was conducted by Galaxy Research, on 1,010 people across Australia. The cause of this increase in stress is down to Gen Y's tech savviness, according to the survey. Information overload from increased use of the internet and social media has dulled our ability to react to our surroundings, resulting in a poor sense of direction and reduced the ability to...

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    Future Urban Mobility Relies On Real-Time Data Access

    The requirements for travel within the urban environment comes under greater pressure with every passing year. We're already past the point at which more than 50 percent of the world's population live in cities rather than rurally, and it's only set to increase. The Future Urban Mobility (FM)...

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    Memorial Day: 6 Apps For Your 3-Day Weekend

    If you're one of our U.S. readers, you're probably (well, hopefully) preparing for a three-day weekend. And although gas prices are sky high, chances are good that many of you are planning road trips over the Memorial Day holiday. If you're in that number, we'd like to suggest a few apps that'll...

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    Better Driver Chat App Than Ever: BUMP.com Acquires BumpChat

    For those who can't get enough of chatting to strangers in traffic, the experience can now be enjoyed more widely than ever with BUMP.com's acquisition of BumpChat. The 'social network for your car' allows you to contact other drivers and chat to your heart's content, all the while fine-tuning the...

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    EU Considering Banning Combustion Cars From Cities By 2050

    Can you imagine a future--thirty-nine years from now--where there are no engines humming, no exhaust smells, no car sounds of any kind in the city except the presumably Jetsons-like beeping of EVs? The European Commission, the governing body of the European Union, can, and it has a transportation...

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    More Things Lawmakers Will Hate: Cobra iRadar for Android Debuts April 4

    Last week, four U.S. Senators expressed outrage over smartphone apps designed to reveal the location of DUI checkpoints. As they said in letters to Apple, Google, and Blackberry, "Giving drunk drivers a free tool to evade checkpoints, putting innocent families and children at risk, is a matter of...

  • Ford Intelligent Vehicles preview

    The Washington Auto Show isn't known as the place for hot new concepts or production models, but it does have its share of future vehicle tech, and the latest from Ford previews its plans for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) tech aimed at improving traffic, safety, and efficiency. The first prototypes sporting Ford's V2V system are currently under construction with plans to tour the U.S. this spring. They'll feature the ability to communicate wirelessly with each other, relaying traffic hazards, congestion, and other information to help drivers navigate their routes. Ford's technology works over a...

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    Audi Launches New Project To Make Commuting Comfy

    Urban mobility is a hot topic these days -- and rightly so. Roughly 50% of the world's population now lives in urban areas, and by 2030, that figure should hit 60%. As cities and megacities grow, navigating them swiftly and efficiently will become critical for economic, social, and safety reasons...

  • Diego doll doesn't qualify for carpool status. Photo by AP.
    Diego Dolls Aren't Carpool Legal, Dummy

    Weird and wacky news isn't solely the province of Florida or California, though they certainly have significant market share. Seattle, Washington made a bid for front-runner status today, with one commuter strapping his kid's Diego doll into the passenger seat to fool carpool lane restrictions on a...

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    Princess Beatrice's BMW Bashed In Britain

    So, apparently, there is a Princess Beatrice. And apparently, she's fifth in line to the British throne. We have already learned so much more than we usually do on Mondays. But wait, there's more: we now know that Beatrice drives a BMW 1-series. Or rather: drove, since the poor German coupe was...

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    Schadenfreude: Harrods New Owners Get Supercars Booted

    Schadenfreude, a German loan word, is defined as “pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others.” While most times schadenfreude is a private thing, but under certain circumstances it makes worldwide news. This instance is the later. Harrods, the world-famous London department store, was...

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    NHTSA Investigating BMW Z4, Mazda3 Power Steering

    The whole Toyota drive-by-wire safety issue has brought a new era of taking complaints seriously, and now two sporty cars are being investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for failing power steering. The 2003-05 BMW Z4 and the 2007-09 Mazda3 have racked up a...

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