Tuesday, December 9, 2014
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. (EST)
Motor vehicle crashes are often attributed to "driver" error. Human drivers, however, combine with vehicle and road engineers to effectively move a staggering quantity of people and products long distances every day. Automakers seek to enhance roadway safety and mobility by turning vehicle operation over to computer systems. Unlike humans, computers do not text, talk on the cell phone, get drowsy, angry or impaired.
A key barrier to this automated future centers on the disruption caused when road infrastructure repairs are needed. The constant repair and adjustment to road networks often shifts or re-routes traffic lanes. While challenging to current motorists, how will computer operated systems adapt? Will federal, state and local agencies be required to change how and when repairs occur? This GTMA sponsored webinar will frame the issues surrounding automated systems and work zones. Our presenter is one of the foremost experts on intelligent work zones, Dr. Jerry Ullman of the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI).