Grasshoppers change their tune to stay tuned over traffic noise
Grasshoppers are having to change their song – one of the iconic sounds of summer – to make themselves heard above the din of road traffic, ecologists have discovered. The study, published in the British Ecological Society's ...
The flip side of salting winter roads
Swedish scientists have studied models to help road and bridge maintenance engineers work out how much damage salting the roads in winter might cause to steel-reinforced concrete structures.
Transport solutions for the future of the economy and environment
Traffic congestion is a serious problem. According to a recent study conducted by INRIX Europe, Belgium is the worst country in Europe for congestion, with motorists spending 55 hours a year in traffic jams, ...
Making transport a driver for development in Africa
A new report by a panel of international experts highlights policies to improve air quality road safety and congestion, supporting African development.
Trend of decreasing traffic deaths might be coming to an end
(Phys.org)—Traffic deaths have fallen dramatically since 2005, but estimates for 2012 suggest that the trend may be ending, says a University of Michigan researcher in a new report.
How to avoid jack-knifing your truck
Jack-knifing is a major cause of devastation in a road traffic accident involving articulated trucks. Researchers in Greece have now designed a device to prevent this often lethal action of such vehicles. Writing in the International Jo ...
Scientists investigate using artificial intelligence for next-generation traffic control
(Phys.org)—Researchers at the University of Southampton are investigating the application of artificial intelligence (AI) technology for controlling traffic lights.
'Driverless driving' envisioned for Japan in early 2020s
In just 10 years or so, Japanese motorists may be traveling around comfortably, free from traffic jams and accidents, in a vehicle that drives itself.
Driver cellphone blocking technology could save lives
Researchers in India are developing a new technology that will prevent truck drivers and other road users from using their cell phones while driving. The technology based on RFIDs could also be integrated with police traffic ...
Extreme weather conditions cost EU's transport system at least 15 billion annually
A study carried out by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland indicates that extreme weather conditions cost EU transport system at least 15 billion a year. Currently, the greatest costs incurred are from road accidents, ...
Traffic harms Asturian amphibians
The roads are the main cause of fragmenting the habitats of many species, especially amphibians, as they cause them to be run over and a loss of genetic diversity. Furthermore, traffic harms two abundant species ...
Generating electricity from vibrations in road surface works
A pilot research project into vibration energy on the N34 provincial motorway near Hardenberg in the eastern Netherlands has shown that vibration energy as a local energy source is a sustainable alternative ...
Rule-breaking, risk-taking and road safety
Cardiff researchers have discovered that culture and the attitudes of road users towards risk are fundamental in explaining road traffic safety in the UK and around the world.
Visions of a 'car-free future'
City centers could become virtually car-free over the next 20 years under new plans proposed by University of Leeds transport researchers.