A Driving Route Made Just for You

Interesting project at Microsoft here

Drive time: The image above shows routes collected from more than 33,000 Beijing taxicabs over three months. Researchers are using the data to build customized directions.
Credit: Microsoft

How long does it really take to drive from point A to point B? Though mapping applications have long given a guess along with directions, a group at Microsoft Research has built a system that gives a much more accurate estimate based on real-time road conditions and the user’s driving habits. The system also predicts which route will be fastest for each user, and will adjust its suggestions if a person’s driving habits change over time. The researchers presented their work last week at the 17th Association for Computing Machinery conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining in San Diego.

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Making Cars Predict Where We’re Going

http://www.wired.com/autopia/2011/08/making-cars-predict-where-were-going/

In the future, your plug-in hybrid may be able to read your mind — and save you gas in the process.

 

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Rail: Value for Money

Rail: Value for Money
Investment, Efficiency and Reform
17 November 2011
The Barbican, London

It seems for the railway industry it is both the best of times and it is the worst of times. On the one hand key projects and significant investment have been ring fenced to help ensure our railways are fit for the 21st Century. On the other hand industry reforms, relentless efficiency drives and customer dismay present a real challenge for rail transport.

Sir Roy McNulty’s Value for Money report aims to drive down costs and release potential savings of £600-£1,000m per annum, without cutting services, by 2019. This target will be met by getting Network Rail and train operators to work together more efficiently, aligning incentives and working more closely at a local level. The rail industry’s high cost base currently makes it one of the most expensive in Europe and the report indicates that there is scope to significantly reduce costs. The Office of Rail Regulation reported that the efficiency gap between Network Rail and the rest of Europe was thirty four to forty per cent.

Join us at Rail: Value for Money – Investment, Efficiency and Reform to listen to industry experts, debate key policies and projects, and explore how to improve our railways.

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Confirmed Speakers Include:

Sir Roy McNulty, Chairman, Rail Value for Money Study
Anna Walker, Chair of the Office of Rail Regulation
Tom Smith, Chairman of the Association of Train Operating Companies
Anthony Smith, Chief Executive, Passenger Focus
Alexandra Woodsworth, Public Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport
Edward Welsh, Director of Corporate Affairs, ATOC
Paul Clifton, Transport Correspondent, BBC South

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Hello world!

We’ve begun.
The Sixth Sense project began on the 1st of August, and the investigators got together the week before in Southampton for kick off.

Two days remapping the conceptual starting points, getting back into the temporal and social concepts, exploring the three case studies and mapping out the back end.

All very exciting, and the team work extremely well together with few misunderstandings.

Chris

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