Siemens chooses five bidders for Yunex division

A German newspaper is reporting that Siemens has chosen five bidders for its mobility division Yunex Traffic and given them until just before Christmas to make an offer. Reuters has picked up on the Handelsblatt report which suggests the five bidders are Cubic, belonging to Veritas Capital and Evergreen Coast Capital; Italian toll operator Autostrade; […]

Kontron and Hailo partner to launch high-performance edge AI inference solutions

IoT/Embedded Computing Technology provider Kontron has announced it has forged a strategic technology partnership with leading AI chipmaker Hailo to offer next generation AI edge inference solutions. The companies say the advanced Hailo-8™ AI processor, performing at 26 tera-operations per second (TOPS) at a typical power consumption of less than 2.5 watts, enables edge devices […]

Roads Industry Forum issues statement on name change

The organisation formally known as the Highways Industry Alliance has issued a statement about its name change to the Road Industry Forum. The full text is below: You may recall some two years back hearing about the Highways Industry Alliance, a group of like minded bodies, associations and institutions who wanted to share their knowledge and understand […]

Cleaner air could have saved at least 178,000 lives across the EU in 2019

Air pollution continued to cause a significant burden of premature death and disease in Europe in 2019. A European Environment Agency (EEA) analysis, published this week, shows that improving air quality to the levels recently recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) could prevent more than half of the premature deaths caused by exposure to […]

Drones providing safer, more cost-effective bridge inspections on Essex Highways

Bridge inspections by drone is proving to save money, avoids road closures and improves repair programmes, according to Essex County Council. Camera drones are already being used in industry but, in a major innovation, drones and related tech are now helping Essex Highway engineers to carefully inspect critical structures like bridges and culverts in better, […]

Major government review says highways authorities have coped well with extreme weather events but sector must ‘co-design’ better ways to support communities

A major government review has found ‘clear evidence’ of authorities within the highways sectorthat have coped well under the intense and sustained pressures placed on them by a variety of extreme-weather hazards over recent years. But despite this, the sector must ‘co-design’ better ways to support communities over coming decades, according to one expert, who […]

Calderdale Council makes progress on carbon reduction journey

Calderdale Council has reported good progress with its ambition to reduce carbon in the region. The council has already made changes to replace old petrol and diesel vehicles in its fleet with electric and hybrid models. These will cut carbon dioxide emissions by around 75% per vehicle, supporting the council ambition to make the borough […]

Behavioural scientists urge transport planners to think of individuals, not the average

Two of the UK’s leading experts on the behaviour of people while travelling are urging engineers to redefine how they measure a successful transport system. Rory Sutherland and Pete Dyson have written a book “Transport for Humans – Are We Nearly There Yet” which they discuss on this week’s Highways Voices podcast, to be published […]

How turning travel into a game increases walking and cycling

A new report into an experiment to increase active travel has explained how making it a game in one London borough increased the number of people walking and cycling. Website The Conversation has published an article about gamification in Hounslow in 2019, where people were offered points, badges, prizes or spots on a leaderboard in […]

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