A ROAD TRIP DOWN THE INFOBAHN: TRANSPORTATION RESOURCES ON THE INFORMATION HIGHWAY

Considerable attention is focused on the forthcoming "Information Highway" or "Global Information Infrastructure (GII)", and the potential benefits that it will offer. This GII is, however, defined only vaguely, as is the timetable for its arrival. In fact, a GII has existed since the development of the telegraph, and travelers and transportation professionals already have a wealth of resources available to them on the piece of the GII known as the Internet. This paper describes how the GII interacts with transportation, both by making transportation more efficient, and by providing remote access to services, sometimes eliminating the need for physical mobility. The paper then provides a quick sample of the many transportation resources already available on the Internet, including news groups, mailing lists, and World Wide Web sites. The authors also surveyed users of these systems, and the results of this informal survey are published in this paper. The results reveal the strengths and weaknesses of the current services and lists additional services the current users would like to see. In the future, the GII will offer even more benefits, in easier to use forms, but in many ways, that future is already here, and it would benefit the transportation community to explore the current services, and to work with GII develepers in making their application requirements known.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Five volumes of papers and one volume of abstracts comprise the published set of conference materials.
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  • Authors:
    • McGurrin, M F
    • Patel, V
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  • Publication Date: 1995-11

Language

  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 1674

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00723458
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Volume 4
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 28 1996 12:00AM