August 28, 2015
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the first ever toy powered paper airplane to fly commercially in U.S. airspace.
A Section 333 Exemption, which endows a specific person or entity to operate an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in open airspace, was granted to Peter Sachs, a...
August 27, 2015
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested collision-avoidance systems on 19 new auto models and granted its highest rating of “superior” to 14 of them. The remaining five were considered “advanced,” which is the institute’s second-highest designation.
“We've seen an uptick in the number...
August 27, 2015
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) plans to conduct testing of the ET Plus manufactured by Trinity Highway Products, a controversial guardrail system. The manufacturer of the guardrail system said it passed all safety standards by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
August 21, 2015
Starting Aug. 27, motorists may see a new alert message on Washington’s electronic highway signs.
The new Silver Alert messages will be for endangered missing people who are 60 years or older. Previously, those messages were handled as Endangered Missing Person alerts, which are for anyone who...
August 17, 2015
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) said the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) has awarded more than $6.4 million in implementation assistance funding to 34 new transportation projects using...
August 17, 2015
This past week, the state of Louisiana, under the direction of Go. Bobby Jindal’s administration, began installing tracking devices in each and every vehicle the entire state government’s fleet.
Some 10,543 vehicles are owned by state government agencies, and now each of them will feature a...
August 04, 2015
More wrong-way accidents occur in Texas than any other state in the U.S. So the approach is to take it down a notch, or four.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is recommending the wrong-way signs be lowered from 7 ft to 3 ft. It’s a move that other states are doing, and recent...
August 03, 2015
Every officer in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority” (SEPTA) Transit Police Department will soon be equipped with a body camera. The agency intends to spend some $300,000 on the cameras in order to equip more than 270 officers by the end of this calendar year.
“Cameras will make good...
July 30, 2015
In an announcement made this week, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx granted more than $7.1 million from the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration program to fund nine projects in Florida, Kansas, Montana, New Hampshire, Rhode Island...
July 27, 2015
We’ve all heard the saying a picture is worth 1,000 words, even if it’s unclear who determined that value proposition. No one has determined the universal value of a video yet, but for the Melrose Park (Ill.) Police Department, it’s apparently $100.
That was the price of the ticket I got for...
July 27, 2015
Fiat Chrysler has issued a safety recall affecting 1.4 million vehicles in the U.S., after security researchers were able to demonstrate that one of its cars could be hacked. Last Tuesday, Wired magazine showed that hackers could take control of a Jeep Cherokee via its Internet-connected...
July 21, 2015
The New Jersey Center for Automated Road Transportation Safety at Fort Monmouth was announced this week after more than three years of planning and organization. The (501(c)(6)) nonprofit New Jersey Corporation’s mission is to substantially improve safety on existing conventional roadway...
July 08, 2015
I-10 between Casa Grande Valley and the Phoenix metropolitan area has recently been outfitted with a new series of camera towers—but it is not the speed-demons that they are looking to capture.
According to Arizona Department of Transportation spokesman Harold Sanders, the cameras are designed to...
July 07, 2015
According to local Portland, Maine, officials, Amtrak’s Downeaster is falling temporary victim to some long-anticipated tie replacement work and that delays and cancellations look to persist into the coming weeks.
The summer tourism season is now underway, but the rail authority is forced to bus...
June 29, 2015
Forty-six percent of highway contractors reported motor vehicle crashes in their construction work zones during the past year, according to a highway work zone study by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).
The results of the study also urge drivers to take extra precautions as...
June 25, 2015
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (OKDOT) brought in experts from Colorado to determine how to repair I-35, which connects Oklahoma City and Dallas, after a major rockslide from the Arbuckle Mountains shut down a portion of the highway.
Oklahoma transportation officials estimate that up...
June 15, 2015
No one can deny it. The safety features loaded into today’s automobiles are not only more abundant than ever before—they are now objectively incredible.
High-tech gadgets such as adaptive cruise control, forward collision-avoidance systems, adaptive curve headlights, autonomous braking systems,...
June 12, 2015
A state Division of Highways (DOH) worker was killed in a work zone after being struck by an “out-of-control” vehicle in Wood County, W.V., on U.S. Route 50.
Police said Randall W. Bland, 49, died of serious leg injuries and seven other people were taken to hospitals including a second DOH worker...
June 09, 2015
Nighttime work zones along roadways can be challenging environments for workers and drivers alike. Setting up and taking down the trailer-mounted light towers used by many construction workers is time-consuming and tedious. Aiming the lights on these towers to maximize visibility while preventing...
June 09, 2015
The diverging diamond interchange (DDI) has recently become a popular alternative to other forms of interchange designs.
Since the first DDI installation in Springfield, Mo., in 2009, there have been 47 locations across the U.S. where DDIs have been installed. An example of a DDI in St. Louis, Mo...