Students and parents in Robbinsdale Area Schools are getting a hi-tech way to catch the school bus. The district is introducing a web-based GPS application called MyStop, which allows users to track a bus’ route map in real time, and gives estimated arrival times for individual stops.
The Three Rivers Park District is debuting a GPS tracking system to protect vulnerable guests. The outdoors can pose an added challenge for families with loved ones who have autism, Alzheimer’s or dementia and have a tendency to wander.
A woman called 911 in the middle of the night in Minneapolis and an operator picked up five states away. It happened to Faye Lewis last month when she made the emergency call from her cell phone.
Autonomous vehicle developers are testing self-driving cars on public streets, but don’t expect to buy your own just yet.
Going on a road trip? Here’s a list of great tips to make your outing that much better.
A pilot program that uses GPS technology to monitor when alleged domestic violence offenders get too close to their victims has shown promise in Ramsey County, say authorities who want to continue offering it as an option to help keep victims safe.
Every day, almost 30,000 planes take off and land in the United States without a hitch. But a new report released by the Associated Press found at least 150 flights have landed or almost landed at the wrong airport since the mid-90s. These flights include a cargo 747 that landed at a small Kansas airport last fall, eight miles from its intended target. And there was a Southwest 737 last month that was headed for Branson, Mo. but ended up at a small airport seven miles away.
Researchers plan to collar 52 adult moose in northeastern Minnesota starting this week in the second year of a high-tech study to determine why the iconic species is disappearing from the state. The radio collars use GPS to transmit alerts when a moose dies.
University of Minnesota students have more than just finals to worry about this week. An armed robbery happened in broad daylight right near campus Wednesday on 14th Avenue Southeast and Sixth Street Southeast in Dinkytown – the latest in a string of robberies at or near the University. Police say a female student was walking to class around 9:30 a.m. when a man approached her, showed her a gun and then took her backpack. Her wallet, iPhone and iPad were all inside.
Technology is helping law enforcement reduce the risk of a high-speed chase. The new tool, from Star Chase, allows officers to track a fleeing vehicle with a GPS device, rather than pursuing the suspect in a squad car. High-speed chases are not just dangerous situations for officers and suspects. Innocent bystanders and drivers are also at risk. May 12, 2011 started like any other day for architect Tom Blanck. “I was just going to meet a client with drawings and stuff, and talk about a project,” Blanck said.
University of Minnesota senior Alexis Haeg-Vang was studying for class on campus when she noticed something was missing. “I got up to leave, on my way to my appointment I realized my phone was gone,” she said. Alexis immediately tried to locate the phone that she bought for $700. She did so with a GPS tracker app from her computer. The battery had already been taken out from the phone.
Scientists are trying to figure out why the moose population in Minnesota has gone down as much as 65 percent. The answers aren’t good news.
The Minnesota DNR captured 49 moose calves and fitted them with GPS transmitter collars. Days after finishing their work, 22 of the newborn moose had already died.
Some say the more we focus on technology, the less we appreciate the world’s natural beauty. But over the past several years, Minnesota state parks have seen the opposite.
Stalking by smartphone. It’s a growing problem, and a Minnesota lawmaker wants to stop it.
The race is on to be first in line for this year’s best deals on holiday gifts: Black Friday is almost here. Every year, the stores open earlier in the wee hours of the morning, some even open at midnight after Thanksgiving Day, while other stores start the Black Friday sales on Turkey Day itself. If you’re going to get up that early (on a day off, no less), it is important to be prepared.
Authorities in Ramsey County are using GPS technology to help monitor the whereabouts of alleged stalkers, and help keep their victims safe. Officials are launching a pilot project Thursday.
In a Duluth hotel room, Kris McNeil and Zach Chase spread out the maps and gear on their beds. From dried foods and a first aid kit, to a book on speaking French, all are crucial items to guide them the next three months.
The solar storm that seemed to be more fizzle than fury got much stronger early Friday before fading again.
Chaska Police are looking for a suspect after they say a GPS was used to guide them to a home that was eventually burglarized.
Bicycle thieves beware: the University of Minnesota is targeting you.
Hidden deep in Minnesota’s woods and along the lakes are thousands of hidden treasures called geocaches.
A level 3 sex offender who police said went on the lam earlier this week has been apprehended.
I’m excited to welcome Kate Raddatz as the Good Question intern for this summer. Kate is an accomplished student journalist from the University of Minnesota, and a west-metro native. She’ll be answering viewer questions here at the blog once a week.
What is the best option when it comes to GPS? Some of WCCO-TV’s personalities put three different kinds of GPS to the test with Minnesota’s version of The Amazing Race.
Minnesota transportation officials are looking for a few good drivers for a test program that might someday lead to a mileage-based tax.