Road Traffic Safety

News March 23, 2018
On Sunday, March 18, a woman was struck and killed by an autonomous Uber vehicle, at the wheel of which the human safety driver was engaged not with the road or operation of the vehicle but with his phone. This is believed to be the first AV-related pedestrian death in the U.S.   It is difficult,...
Uber autonomous vehicle
News March 19, 2018
A pedestrian was killed overnight in Tempe, Ariz., after being hit by a self-driving car operated by Uber.   This incident appears to be the first known death of a pedestrian struck by an autonomous vehicle on public roads.   The Uber vehicle was in autonomous mode with a human safety driver at the...
Bridge collapse

Bridge collapse

News March 19, 2018
Five days after the deadly bridge collapse at Florida International University (FIU) there are still a lot of unknowns, but this is what we know:   The number of confirmed dead is six, and 10 people were injured;   There have been conflicting reports as to what was being done on the bridge prior to...
Bridge collapse

NTSB officials have still not been able to access the FIU bridge accident site. AP Photo

News March 16, 2018
As rescue workers continued recovery efforts at the site of the pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University in the city of Sweetwater on Friday, officials were waiting to get a chance to do their job.   At least six have been confirmed dead and more may be pulled from the rubble...
traffic safety older drivers
News March 14, 2018
A report released by nonprofit transportation research group TRIP finds fatalities in traffic crashes involving drivers 65 years old or older increased 22% from 2012 to 2016.   The number of seniors killed in those crashes increased by 16% nationwide. The TRIP report identified Florida as having...
Copenhagen bikeways

Copenhagen has hundreds of miles of separated bikeways built next to their sidewalks.

Article March 12, 2018
U.S. travelers to many European cities often note the very large number of bicyclists of all ages and abilities. Indeed, bicycles are used for nearly half of urban trips in cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen. Another notable feature of these cities is their extensive network of infrastructure...
Ill. DOT gets TIGER grant to aid I-57 safety
News March 08, 2018
A federal grant has been awarded to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to help to make I-57 safer near the town of Marion.   In a news release from Democratic U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin, it was announced that IDOT was awarded a $7.6 million TIGER grant for...
Active traffic management signage debuts on U.S. 95 in Las Vegas
News March 06, 2018
Downtown Las Vegas is one of the most congested urban areas in the nation. But Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) officials hope to crack the traffic crunch with a series of digital active traffic management signs, which are set to go live today.   Some 300,000 vehicles travel through the U...
solar-powered pavement markers

Image: Idaho Transportation Department

News March 02, 2018
The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is piloting new wireless technology aimed at shedding some light on the state’s darkest highways with the first 100 of an eventual 700 solar-powered pavement markers.   Last month, state employees installed the patented markers in Pocatello, which measure 4...
X2X communications
News March 01, 2018
The city of Marietta, Ga., has entered the deployment and public testing phase of the TravelSafely smartphone app that offers smart city services through everything-to-everything (X2X) communications.   Now available to citizens using mobile devices, the Marietta TravelSafely app is designed to...
road widening
News February 09, 2018
A project to widen 6 miles of U.S. 95 in northwest Las Vegas has begun.   Las Vegas Paving won the $64.6 million general contract for the work between Durango Drive and Kyle Canyon Road. The project will expand the highway from four to six lanes to relieve congestion and improve safety, according...
I Love NY sign

Source: WHEC-TV

News February 05, 2018
The blue ‘I Love NY’ road signs found along the state of New York's highways will soon come down, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration.   Cuomo's top transportation officials announced Friday the state would soon remove the controversial highway signs, which have been at the center of a...
Kirk Steudle
Article January 29, 2018
When it comes to connected and autonomous vehicles, you could say I was an early adopter. My interest in this technology dates back more than a decade, and while there are many benefits, none matters more than the potential to save lives.   At the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT),...
U.S. National Transportation Safety Board to investigate Tesla Autopilot crash
News January 25, 2018
In the second such crash-related investigation into Tesla’s Autopilot semi-autonomous driving mode, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has assigned two federal investigators to probe whether a recent crash may be linked to a driver-assist system.   The incident involved a Tesla Model S...
Utah DOT and Dept. of Public Safety launch Join the Resistance campaign
News January 18, 2018
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) are together looking to make a severe reduction in road fatalities in the state, a figure that crested at 273 deaths in 2017.   While that is a slight decrease from 2016 when 281 people died on Utah roads, UDOT...
road safety
News January 16, 2018
A new report examining the global crisis of road deaths and traffic fatalities around the world found that despite having more resources to tackle road redesigns and reduce traffic fatalities, the U.S. is not keeping up with many of its peer nations when it comes to creating safer streets.  ...
road safety
News January 09, 2018
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday that New York City saw the fewest traffic fatalities on record last year including a 32% drop in pedestrian deaths.   This marks the fourth year in a row of declining traffic deaths since the mayor launched Vision Zero in 2013. This is the lowest number of...
News January 09, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) is teaming up with the navigation app Waze on a new initiative designed to make the nation’s roads safer, the agency announced Monday.   U.S. DOT is launching two pilot projects that are aimed at integrating traditional crash data with crowd-sourced...
work-zone lighting
Article January 03, 2018
In 2016, there were over 288 nighttime crashes in work zones, resulting in over 800 fatalities.   Increasing traffic volumes are leading to a rapid increase in nighttime construction activities on our roads. This increase in nighttime construction on highways poses a major safety concern for both...
Kernel Density Map

Figure 1. A Kernel Density Map of predicted counts of pedestrian collisions with a 250-m kernel buffer in downtown Seattle. (Adapted from Accident Analysis and Prevention, 5, 84:99-111.)

Article January 03, 2018
Data on traffic collisions involving pedestrians are now routinely available, which, combined with detailed data on road and street networks, facilitate the estimation of models that explain the conditions and circumstances leading to collisions.   Our past research, together with that of others in...
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