Articles by Panos Prevedouros:

Highway Funding: Do Roads Pay for Themselves? No Because of "Theft"

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 in Guest Commentary

BY PANOS PREVEDOUROS - PHD - Here is a brief analysis by Jack Mallinckrodt,  PhD in Electrical Engineering, Stanford University who made U.S. transportation planning his retirement hobby and has developed a series of well thought out articles at his website www.urbantransport.org: The current intense search for additional sources of highway user revenue is grossly […]

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Driverless Cars. What's Really Possible?

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 in Guest Commentary

BY PANOS PREVEDOUROS PHD - Quite a lot is possible, but how much will it be realized? Driverless cars hold many promises for improvements in traffic safety and traffic congestion. However, their high price (roughly $30,000 to $75,000 added to a vehicle's purchase price) virtually guarantees a minimal market share for many years. Let's use […]

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Hawaii State Task Force Recommends Jones Act Exemption

Monday, May 12th, 2014 in Guest Commentary

BY PANOS PREVEDOUROS PHD - This is a very informative article written by Michael Hansen, Hawaii Shippers Council. Debate in The U.S. over the Jones Act is very lively these days. For example, on April 25th, Mark Perry, a University of Michigan-Flint business professor wrote: Want energy independence? Waive the Jones Act. To which a […]

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Offshore Nuclear Power Plants Can Be Effective

Friday, May 9th, 2014 in Guest Commentary

BY PANOS PREVEDOUROS PHD - The Economist: Researchers find advantages in floating nuclear power stations. You may recall that I proposed this as mayor candidate in 2010: Nuclear Power in Oahu's Future?  I know that my proposal went nowhere, but it feels great to be four years ahead of MIT. Furthermore, my idea is more […]

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Useful Uses of Light Duty Drones

Monday, May 5th, 2014 in Guest Commentary

BY PANOS PREVEDOUROS PHD - Small, light duty remotely controlled (RC) drones that fly at a height between 20 and 200 ft. can perform a large number of useful tasks quickly and relatively cheaply. Here's a partial list of the things that can be done by a $5,000 multi-rotor drone that can lift 2 to […]

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U.S. Infrastructure Projects Cost Way More Than They Should, Explained

Monday, April 7th, 2014 in Guest Commentary

BY PANOS PREVEDOUROS PHD -  The Atlantic Cities magazine published a condensed analysis of seven main reasons that explain why U.S infrastructure project cost more than elsewhere. They are: 1. Davis-Bacon Laws: Passed in 1931, the Davis-Bacon Act mandates that laborers for federal public works projects receive local prevailing wages. (+22%) 2. Project Labor Agreements: […]

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Hawaii's Electric Company Suffers National Humiliation (Forbes)

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 in Guest Commentary

BY PANOS PREVEDOUROS PHD - On September 6, 2013, Hawaiian Electric Company or HECO changed the rules for connecting solar systems. Based on DBEDT data, the number of residential permits in December 2012 were 2,452.  With the new rules in effect, the number of residential permits in December 2013 were 1,218, a 50.3% reduction. FORBES:  […]

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Washington Post: Use of Public Transit Isn’t Surging

Monday, March 24th, 2014 in Guest Commentary

BY PANOS PREVEDOUROS PHD - Three professors from Columbia, Cornell and Rutgers take the deceitful data of the American Public Transit Association to task and while at it, they also reveal the expensive nothingness that public transit is in the U.S., excluding a few mega-cities. APTA Transit users took 10.65 billion trips in 2013, topping […]

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Driverless Cars? Yes, GoogleCar, iCar, etc. are Closer than they Appear

Monday, March 17th, 2014 in Guest Commentary

No need for a driver's license? Will the blind drive?  Is this the end of accidents and insurance payments? Will a multilingual automated car replace the taxi and handi-van? Well, not so fast. Driverless cars are a Pandora's box of opportunities and challenges. One thing is for certain: They are coming.  First in simple versions; […]

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Driverless Cars? Yes, Almost Just Around the Corner!

Monday, March 10th, 2014 in Guest Commentary

By Panos D. Prevedouros Ph.D. - No need for a driver's license? Will the blind drive? Is this the end of accidents and insurance payments? Well, not so fast. Driverless cars are a Pandora's box of opportunities and challenges. One thing is for certain: They are coming.  First in simple versions, later on completely automated. […]

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