Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS

Maine DOT real-time traffic signage

Image: Maine DOT

News April 18, 2019
As the peak summer travel season approaches, the Maine DOT and Maine Turnpike Authority are working to help members of the traveling public make good decisions based on real-time data.   According to a news release from Maine DOT, the two agencies are collaborating to install new travel signs along...
autonomous driving
News April 17, 2019
Driverless vehicles are inching closer to the possibility of cruising down Iowa highways, as the state House of Representatives recently joined the Iowa Senate in approving legislation to allow vehicles with driverless capabilities to operate without a human driver on state roads.   According to a...
automated vehicles; light-duty autonomous delivery trucks
News April 15, 2019
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) recently released a set of proposed regulations to establish a path for companies to test or deploy light-duty autonomous delivery motor trucks on public roadways within the state.   The unveiling of these regulations marks the start of a public...
autonomous vehicles; safety and testing of AV systems
News April 05, 2019
Three prominent automakers announced this week the formation of a partnership to help create regulations and safety standards for autonomous vehicles (AVs) in the U.S.   GM, Ford and Toyota are partnering with the automotive engineering group SAE International to launch the Automated Vehicle Safety...
advanced transportation, congestion management technologies
News April 02, 2019
The U.S. DOT's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently awarded Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) grants valued at $53.2 million to 10 projects to fund advanced technologies that aim to improve mobility and safety for drivers and enhance the...
Nicole Nason
News April 01, 2019
By a vote of 95 to one, the U.S. Senate confirmed Nicole Nason to lead the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on March 28.   Nominated by President Trump on Jan. 3 as the next FHWA administrator, Nason emphasized in her confirmation testimony that she plans to pay particular attention to...
autonomous vehicle simulator
News March 28, 2019
Chinese and American researchers have developed a data-driven simulator that could improve autonomous vehicle safety before conducting road testing.   In a study published this week in the Science Robotics journal, the new research showed that the new photo-realistic system provided a more...
positive train control; rail safety
News March 26, 2019
Washington State DOT (WSDOT) officials recently announced the implementation of positive train control (PTC) technology has been fully activated along the Amtrak Cascades corridor, an update put in place in order to prevent future derailments.   The Amtrak Cascades corridor incorporates the Point...
autonomous vehicles
News March 20, 2019
President Trump has expressed skepticism on multiple occasions about the shift toward autonomous vehicles (AVs), according to an Axios report.   The media outlet cited four sources who have heard the president discuss the subject. The report indicates that Trump has said he would never let an AV...
Figure 1. Virtual reality based driving simulator

Figure 1. Virtual reality based driving simulator

Article March 19, 2019
With the continued integration of automated vehicles onto the roadways, the interaction between human-driven vehicles and automated vehicles is extremely important. Mixed traffic behavior is imminent, as technology and auto-manufacturing companies are publicizing their autonomous technology as we...
5G autonomous vehicle testing Seoul
News March 13, 2019
LG Uplus and Hanyang University in South Korea have successfully trialed a 5G-connected autonomous vehicle, which rode on the streets of Seoul alongside regular cars, the two groups have announced.   According to ZDNet, the 5G autonomous vehicle, dubbed the A1, rode through Seoul roadways with...
Aurrigo driverless pod for visually impaired

Image: Aurrigo

News March 07, 2019
Aurrigo, a Coventry-based autonomous vehicle specialist, is set to test its autonomous technology by conducting trials of their driverless pods involving blind veterans in Brighton, England, U.K.   The company plans on having blind veterans be the first to test the driverless pods ahead of plans to...
Road and bridge construction podcast

Logo Images: Trifonenko Ivan / SkyLine / stock.adobe.com

News March 01, 2019
In a fully loaded Infrastructure Insider, we go over the recent bridge troubles in Chicago and the Chicagoland area. Associate Editor Tim Bruns talked with the Chicago DOT after bridge cracking was discovered on Lake Shore Drive (5:45). The I-80 bridge in Joliet also is in trouble. We talked to...
Rhode Island DOT begins testing autonomous vehicle technology
News February 21, 2019
Rhode Island DOT (RIDOT) Director Peter Alviti, Jr., along with state and local officials, this week hosted a demonstration of autonomous vehicle technology at the Quonset Business Park in North Kingstown. The vehicles being tested on low-volume roads in the Park are the initial phase of a pilot...
intelligent transportation systems
News February 14, 2019
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will install 17 miles of fiber optic cable to connect U.S. 24 between Woodland Park and I-25/Cimarron Street in Colorado Springs.    The $2.5 million fiber optic project will be part of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) in Colorado and is...
White House is expected to address 5G for transportation
News February 07, 2019
According to sources at The Hill, the White House is expected to address the deployment of the 5G network, as well as artificial intelligence, as regards technological advancement and application to the national transportation network.   The plan will offer the "first deliverables" of the National...
autonomous vehicle task force NJDOT
News February 04, 2019
Legislation to create a task force to evaluate autonomous vehicles was approved last week by the full New Jersey General Assembly.   The measure would create the New Jersey Advanced Autonomous Vehicle Task Force, comprised of eight members. The group would be responsible for conducting a study of...
Brian W. Budzynski
Article February 01, 2019
Corporations protect their investments. Seems obvious, doesn’t it?   In fact, it seems­—to me at least—so obvious that my default attitude toward any corporation is one of suspicion. To wit: I do not believe there is a company in the world with my human interest at the fore of its mission or...
connected vehicles SmartDrive demo
Article February 01, 2019
Roadway intersections are fascinating things. At the core, they are the connecting piece between two byways where you find two similar, but competing interests at play—the right to pass through and the desire for minimal disruption to travel. These competing interests create opportunity for crashes...
truck platooning
Article February 01, 2019
Developments in vehicle automation technology are accelerating at a breakneck pace, leaving transportation planners and regulatory agencies racing to catch up. Most mid-range and higher 2017 model automobiles and trucks come equipped with the key building blocks of vehicle automation and...
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