Bay Area company brews diesel from sugar cane

“The Bay Area’s latest motor fuel factory looks like a microbrewery run by Ph.D.s.  But the factory, built by Amyris Biotechnologies, doesn’t make beer, at least not most of the time. Instead, the vats and the yeast churn out a clear liquid that mimics diesel fuel. Blend it with some regular diesel, stick it in […]

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SEPTA calls for smart card proposals

“SEPTA has issued its long-awaited call for bids on an ambitious new electronic “smart card” fare-collection system, with plans to award a contract in the spring. The system will replace the tokens, tickets and magnetic-stripe cards that passengers use on buses, subways, trains and trolleys.”   Link to full story in Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Cell phone shopping makes wallets redundant in Japan

“Japanese office worker Satoshi Tada pays for shopping, wins free food and gets store discounts all by waving his cell phone.  The world’s top firms such as Visa Inc and Nokia are still mostly testing phone use for payments, but in Japan, more than 50 million, or about half of all cell phone users, already […]

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California voters approve high speed rail

California voters approved Proposition 1A, the Safe, Reliable High Speed Passenger Train Bond Act.  The act approves nearly $10 billion in bond money to build a high-speed train that will link the major cities in California from Sacramento to San Diego.  According to Quentin Kopp, Chairman of the California High-Speed Rail Authority: A reliable 220-mile-per-hour […]

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Cell phones to be part of traffic monitoring network

“Just before midnight tonight, researchers from UC Berkeley and Nokia will release free software that can be downloaded to Global Positioning System-enabled phones that run on GSM networks such as AT&T and T-Mobile.  The software will transform the phones into devices that are used to monitor and measure traffic – and show real-time traffic data.” […]

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NFC mobile payment trial to be launched in Guatemala

“ViVOtech says its NFC provisioning software for mobile payments is being used in the first NFC mobile payment trial in Latin America. The Visa-led Guatemalan deployment marks Latin America’s first NFC-based mobile payment pilot and use of payWave-enabled mobile handsets at hundreds of merchants that have installed the ViVOpay 5000 contactless payment readers.”  Link to […]

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Abu Dhabi to introduce personal rapid transit

“Driverless, rail-guided pod cars running on clean energy? In Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City, the transportation fantasy is set to become a reality with the first of its pod cars due to arrive next summer, and other communities are following suit and exploring how to build their own PRT (personal rapid transit) networks.”  Link to full […]

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Visa to improve payment experience for commuters in Los Angeles and Paris

“Visa today announced it is working with the Los Angeles transit authority to allow train, subway and bus riders to speed through turnstiles and past fare boxes with a simple wave of their Visa payWave-enabled contactless card. In parallel, Visa Europe has announced it is collaborating with the Regie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP), the […]

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Future NFC uses showcased in MIT project

“The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Mobile Experience Lab, along with Nokia’s NFC Business Development department, have produced a video and white paper featuring some future applications of near field communication around campus.”   Link to full story  in CR08News.

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South Korea uses web technology to boost transit use

“If you work in a big city and don’t use public transportation, there’s a good chance that’s because it’s a hassle to use. Seoul wants to make its system more accommodating. The city will create a platform of Web-delivered software, in conjunction with several vendors, which will combine information from the city’s various transportation fleets […]

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