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Driver-less vehicles and hydrogen fuel cells

Friday, August 28th, 2015 at 10:19 am

Jonathan Rubin recently gave a presentation at the Automated Vehicle Symposium in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which featured research and prototypes of unmanned vehicles. Below is the automated vehicle and the HID (human interface device) showing green as it operates at 60 mph with neither hands on the steering wheel nor feet on the pedals. And at the 2015 Transportation Conference in California Rubin test drove a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle below, soon to be in production by Toyota.

PAVACC Engaged

1-Toyota Mirai


Sorg’s Maine drug death analysis cited in article on clinic closure

Friday, August 28th, 2015 at 10:18 am

In a report on the closing of an outpatient opiate addiction treatment center in Sanford, cited an analysis released by the Maine attorney general’s office and conducted by research professor Marcella Sorg. The study found drug-induced deaths in Maine rose from 176 in 2013 to 208 in 2014, an increase of 18 percent, according to the article. The increase was due largely to a rise in deaths from heroin/morphine and fentanyl, a synthetic opiate that is 40 to 50 times stronger than heroin, the article states.

Rubin published in National Academy of Sciences Publication

Friday, August 28th, 2015 at 9:57 am

Jonathan Rubin’s article “Changes in Energy Markets: Effects on the U.S. Transportation System” is published in the summer issue of TR News.

The article link is posted below – TR News holds the copyright to the article, National Academy of Sciences, posted with permission of TRB (Transportation Research Board).

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The U.S. transportation energy system is undergoing rapid changes, from historic increases in fuel efficiency to renewed domestic production of oil and natural gas to new routes for moving energy around the nation and the world. Articles in this issue address these changes with a clear understanding that transportation services are essential to meeting the nation’s economic and social goals. See the cover and the table of contents at


Rubin comments on energy

Monday, August 24th, 2015 at 3:01 pm

Prof. Jonathan Rubin comments on energy and saving money in the social media site Wallet Hub.
See how Maine ranks in most and least energy expensive states.