ITS Arizona and Metropia

Tucson-based Metropia Inc. is  proud to announce that Director of Research and Development Dr. Xianbiao Hu will be presenting at the 2016 Intelligent Transportation Society of Arizona’s Annual Conference in Mesa, Arizona, Sept 29. Hu will be discussing his work on assessing lane closure events using smartphone data, a revolutionary approach to examining traffic congestion by analyzing driver behavior during heightened traffic.

Hu will be presenting his work on Multi-Resolution Approach in Investigating the Impacts of Pre-planned Road Capacity Reduction on Thursday, Sept. 29 in Session 1A: Traveler Information Systems, beginning at 10:30 am.

Other topics in the session include:

  • The impact of pre-planned road closures on a network level
  • The impact at individual driver level based on...
Car maintenance: checking oil

 

If you own a car and take it out on the road for a drive, you are responsible for the everything that you do behind the wheel. When it comes to your car’s health, however, most of us rely on professional mechanics, brake centers, tire centers, and quick change oil service centers to keep our cars operating in the best shape possible.

Car maintenance courses are available when you’re in high school, can be learned from friends or family members who are mechanically-inclined, and there are even a few adult classes on the market to take, but most of us depend on the skills of others to get us through our annual car maintenance.

Getting to know your car’s parts, at least the ones that you may need to identify and interact with should an emergency occur out on the road, is a critical part of what it means to be a safe driver. It is so important, in fact, that...

Driving on highway alert

For six decades, Americans have enjoyed the benefits of our vast and elaborate highway systems. Considered President Eisenhower’s greatest presidential achievement, the Federal Highway Act of 1956 changed the way America drove, shopped, ate, and worked forever. Roadside diners, the trucking industry, and even the fresh fruit and vegetables that we take for granted will be on our grocery store shelves would not be there without the highway system.

Another direct result of the highway expansion and interstate driving, though unintentional, is highway hypnosis. You have probably heard of highway hypnosis, and perhaps even experienced it before. For those unacquainted with highway hypnosis, sometimes called white line syndrome, it is a natural occurrence that happens to motorists after driving long hours on open roads.

Noticed almost immediately after highways--many still...

Metropia app for traffic

It’s in every phone and every new car, and without it, most of us in the United States would very literally be lost without it. Global Positioning System, or GPS navigation, is of vital import to our everyday lives now; but do know how GPS navigation came to be the standard and most commonly used form of navigation in the Western world?

History of GPS

The history of GPS navigation may seem relatively new, but the technology that was used to create the GPS systems of today were developed decades ago. Since the technology boom beginning in the 1990s, the capacity and usefulness of GPS navigation has skyrocketed, and today we all benefit from this transformative and rapidly-evolving technology.

Compasses

Before GPS navigation took hold on a global scale, we all relied on some pretty inaccurate and non-specific means of...

Metropia Teams Up with UA Athletics and Parking & Transportation Services to Help All You Wildcat Fans to the Games Without the Hassle!

When our Wildcats play ball, we all show up to Arizona Stadium to watch them battle it out on the gridiron. What we can all do without, though, is the battle to find the right parking spot so we can get to the game on time.

Metropia was created right here in Tucson at the University of Arizona’s UofA Tech Launch, and no company is better-suited to tackle the UofA Game Day traffic than the one that has been helping cities from across the country drive better for years. The revolutionary Metropia App not only gets you where you need to go faster by helping you avoid traffic and road closures, but it also gives you perks for driving better, cleaner, and greener in your fair city.

By using the Metropia App to get to the Wildcat football games this season, you will get the inside track on...

Austin City Skyline

September weather is absolutely perfect for a road trip, and there is no road trip destination that beat Austin this September. September events abound in Austin, and if you are looking for a good reason to head on down to the Capitol City when South By Southwest is not in town, then we have the perfect list of upcoming events that will make jumping in the car worthwhile.

Austin Music Video Festival

Austin is heralded as the music capital of the world, and Austin does not take the moniker lightly. The Austin Music Video Festival (AMVFEST) is just another way that Austin celebrates its passion and dedication to the music scene.

The AMVFEST draws in crowds from all around the world who want to celebrate the music, craftsmanship, and creativity that goes into creating music videos. Directors and bands submit their cutting-edge work each and every...

How to Keep Your Sanity While Driving This Labor Day

There are few things in the world more stressful than traffic congestion, and Labor Day traffic congestion is just about as bad as it gets. Thoughts of Labor Day traffic are stressful enough to raise your blood pressure, but still, year after millions of motorists take to the highways and byways of the United States in an attempt to get to anywhere but here.

We completely understand the need to get out of town, especially for a three-day weekend, and the good news is that there are ways to avoid the worst of the traffic and get to your vacation destination not only sooner, but with your sanity in tow.

Leave Leaving in the Morning to the Amateurs

The old adage of hitting the road early to beat the traffic has become everyone’s go-to methodology for Labor Day travel, so, if that’s when everyone else is on the road… then avoiding the crushing...

Drive-Through Restaurants with Secret Menus

Whether we love them or just simply have to hit one up every now and again, drive-through restaurants are an integral part of the driving experience in America. For those of us drivers who like to try something new (especially while on the road experiencing new places), we have got the list of the best drive-through secret menu items to try the next time you swing through a drive-through for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just your morning coffee.

Carl’s Jr.

Carl’s Jr., known for their big burgers, have a surprising secret menu selection. What’s the surprise? The Carl’s Jr. secret menu items are healthier options! Carl’s Jr. secret menu includes things like the Low Carb It.® option, which you can apply to any burger. When you “low carb” your burger, you swap out the carb-and-calorie-heavy bun for a lettuce wrap.

Some Carl’s Jrs....

Emergency Supplies to Keep in Your Car

There are a lot of emergency situations in this world that you can prepare yourself for. You probably have a fire escape plan map up in your office, a first aid kit in your bathroom or kitchen, and maybe you’ve taken a self-defense course to make sure that you have the tools necessary should the worst happen.

What many people underestimate is just how much time they spend in their car. According to a 2015 survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the average American driver spends 3.85 hours in their car every week going to and from work. And that does not include road trips, weekend getaways, and errands run around town.

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AUSTIN, Texas (Aug. 16, 2016) –Metropia, the creator of a free app that alleviates traffic congestion, in partnership with the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority announced today its plan to integrate Austin-area and regional school zone data into its routing and travel time algorithms, effective Aug. 22, through its partnership with the Austin Transportation Department (ATD).

By aggregating school zone location information into its travel time prediction algorithms, the Metropia app can now account for reduced speed limits and the many crosswalks found in school zone areas throughout the academic year. As a result, utilizing the Metropia app not only helps drivers avoid those congested areas, but can also provide a safer environment for student pedestrians by reducing traffic near schools.

“Metropia is committed to driving a safer and better city, and with the...

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