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drone technologies
News December 10, 2018
DriveOhio and the Ohio UAS Center recently announced a plan to research how drones can assist in traffic control operations.   To develop a low-altitude unmanned traffic management (UTM) system, the strategic plan introduces a new initiative called FlyOhio, which is researching SkyVision with the...
NYSDOT bringing ITS to Hudson Valley
News November 30, 2018
New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas announced that construction is underway on two projects in the Hudson Valley. The first project will install intelligent transportation system (ITS) equipment on roadways in the Hudson Valley, while the second...
artificial intelligence, traffic management
News November 26, 2018
A partnership between area public safety agencies and startup technology firm Waycare has led to increased safety on a stretch of I-15, the busiest roadway in Las Vegas.   The yearlong crash prevention pilot program between Waycare, a provider of artificial intelligence-based mobility products and...
rideRTC transit app

Image: Southern Nevada RTC

News November 16, 2018
Beginning Dec. 2, the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern Nevada will implement its annual transit service changes and improvements that include increased service on nine popular routes.   In addition to these service changes, the transit agency also has updated its rideRTC transit...
autonomous vehicle readiness
News November 08, 2018
This year, KPMG released its 2018 Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index (AVRI), a report which evaluates the preparedness of 20 countries globally for the introduction of self-driving vehicles, and highlights best practices to help countries accelerate AV adoption.   The AVRI examines where countries...
TyBot

ACR’s first commercialized, autonomous robot is TyBot, a self-driving, rebar-tying robot that can augment and reduce labor need in bridge deck construction.

Article November 01, 2018
Historically, the construction industry is rated among the lowest of all major industries in terms of investment in new technologies.   According to McKinsey Global Institute, a business and economics division that analyzes the global economy, construction is the least digitized business segment in...
UAV-CRP technology comprised of DSLR camera

UAV-CRP technology is comprised of DSLR cameras mounted to the UAVs that fly over the infrastructure to image the terrain and structures from various angles.

Article November 01, 2018
Transportation infrastructure relies upon pavements, bridges, railways and airports, forming the backbone of every nation’s economy.   Longevity of civil infrastructure is dependent on different factors, such as the loading and environmental conditions, utilization rate, and frequency of disasters/...
AI machine learning water

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Article November 01, 2018
Water-quality issues are on the rise and water customer satisfaction is down as utilities admit that preventive pipe repair and replacement planning is more complicated.   Water utilities are finding that water main pipes are not failing in sequential order based on age. Newer water mains are...
BIM models to AR

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Article November 01, 2018
Extended reality (XR) is in a unique phase of its life cycle.   The technology is readily available for anyone and everyone who thinks they can do something with it. And for better or worse, it is anyone and everyone who thinks they can do something with it.   New applications for both augmented...
infrastructure software
News October 30, 2018
Bentley Systems Inc., the leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, recently announced some of their latest acquisitions, resources and services at the company’s 2018 Year in Infrastructure Conference in...
V2V systems Ford
News October 17, 2018
Ford believes future connected cars could coordinate their movements in order to pass through intersections without stopping.   The company is testing the idea in the U.K., and believes it could save time and reduce crashes. Ford’s experimental “Intersection Priority Management” system is currently...
KU research grant

Researchers hope the one-year, $100,000 project might result in the establishment of an Engineering Research Center at KU to advance basic science that will underpin next-generation transport technology. Image: Wikimedia Commons.

News October 16, 2018
Headquartered at the University of Kansas (KU) School of Engineering, a research team is envisioning what U.S. roads, highways, bridges and supporting infrastructure could look like in coming decades—a time when autonomous vehicles, more traffic and harsher weather driven by climate change could...
smart cities work
News October 09, 2018
The Greater Phoenix Smart Region Initiative, a new public-private nonprofit partnership created to grow smart city projects, is taking hold in the Phoenix metro region.   The coalition includes the Arizona State University (ASU) Center for Smart Cities and Regions (CSCR), the Arizona Institute for...
Brian Scott
Article October 05, 2018
Intersections offer a challenge to traffic safety professionals across the country because a third of all fatal crashes occur at intersections. This is primarily caused by right-angle crashes that result from a driver failing to recognize the hazard of oncoming traffic or misjudging the distance or...
autonomous vehicle systems
News September 06, 2018
A Utah woman is suing Tesla, saying her Model S crashed into another car while it was in Autopilot mode earlier this year in the city of South Jordan.   The Tesla Model S, which the woman bought in 2016, is advertised to have “enhanced Autopilot,” including 360° of visibility and 250 meters of “...
smart road technology
News September 04, 2018
This week, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will test out a new technology placed inside the pavement along Brighton Boulevard in Denver to measure the speed of cars traveling over that stretch of road.   This is an example of the agency’s RoadX program, a combination of new methods...
Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement project

Image: @newgdbridge on Twitter

News September 04, 2018
The bridge replacement project for the Gerald Desmond Bridge over the Port of Long Beach is being built with about 75 seismic sensors that will measure the forces imparted on the span when one of several nearby faults set off an earthquake.    The new bridge, which will stretch 8,800 ft over the...
News August 28, 2018
Toyota announced on Monday that it is investing $500 million in Uber and working more closely with the company to accelerate the development and deployment of self-driving vehicles.    Uber plans to retrofit Toyota Sienna minivans with its autonomous technology and begin real-world testing in 2021...
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