Road Traffic Safety

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...
road traffic safety; dust storms; messaging
News March 18, 2019
The Arizona DOT (ADOT) is preparing to install a first-of-its-kind dust detection and warning system along I-10, known to be one of the most dangerous roads during dust storms in Arizona.   According to the Arizona Daily Star, the warning system will be located between Sunshine Boulevard and...
underride guards for trucks

Image: U.S. DOT Volpe Center

News March 15, 2019
Last week, U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and U.S. Reps. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and Mark DeSaulnier (D-Calif.), introduced bipartisan legislation designed to make U.S. roads safer.   The Stop Underrides Act, which has received support from advocacy group U.S. PIRG, ...
rail transit accident Chicago
News March 14, 2019
A driver was killed and three others were injured Tuesday night on the Chicago Transit Authority's (CTA) Blue Line when an SUV rolled onto the tracks and was hit by an oncoming train.   According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the driver of the SUV was heading down I-190 near the northwest suburb of...
I-4 Ultimate improvement project
News February 20, 2019
Three workers sustained minor injuries from a fall that occurred last week while working on the I-4 Ultimate project in Orlando, Fla.   The incident took place only four days after construction on the interstate resumed after a worker was killed earlier this month, according to the Orlando Sentinel...
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...
winter maintenance
News February 06, 2019
Finance company Value Penguin recently released a list of the states with the highest winter weather-related driving fatalities, compiled from statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.   From 2013 to 2017, there were 2,718 fatalities that resulted from winter weather-...
road transportation safety
News February 05, 2019
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently announced its 2019–2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements.   First issued in 1990, the NTSB Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements serves as the agency’s primary advocacy tool to help save lives, prevent...
Under a legislative bill introduced by Nebraska State Sen. Suzanne Geist (R. - Lincoln), the manufacturer of self-driving technology in use in vehicles on public roadways would be liable in a crash involving a vehicle that was capable of “the entire driving task” and operating in autonomous mode.
News January 31, 2019
The question of liability in the event of an accident or incident involving driverless vehicles or vehicles equipped with semi-autonomous technology is one that presently puzzles members of government and concerns both vehicle manufacturers and technology developers alike. There is one state,...
On the heels of a request from the city’s mayor, Houston transportation advocacy group LINK Houston, in partnership with Bike Houston, is conducting an audit to identify the city’s most problematic intersections for walkers and bicyclists.

Source: Twitter

News January 31, 2019
On the heels of a request from the city’s mayor, Houston transportation advocacy group LINK Houston, in partnership with Bike Houston, is conducting an audit to identify the city’s most problematic intersections for walkers and bicyclists.   Audit team members will be looking at traffic counts...
Georgia DOT’s Smart Signal System key to moving Super Bowl traffic

Source: Wikipedia

News January 31, 2019
Super Bowl LIII traffic is descending on metro Atlanta, and the Georgia Department of Transportation’s (GDOT) traffic management team is readying to tackle the challenge.   Matthew Glasser, Regional Traffic Operations Program (RTOP) manager, and his team of engineers at GDOT’s Transportation...
traffic congestion
News January 22, 2019
The personal-finance website WalletHub just released its report on 2019's Best & Worst States to Drive in.   According to WalletHub, U.S. traffic congestion costs the average driver over $1,400 per year. While the U.S. is ranked 10th in the world of 137 countries when it comes to road quality...
Figure 1. MoDOT AFAD and its CMS signs.

Figure 1. MoDOT AFAD and its CMS signs.

Article January 15, 2019
Flaggers are professionally trained to guide and direct vehicles through work zones, and they are often located closest to the oncoming traffic. Discovering ways to protect flaggers is an important issue in work-zone safety. One countermeasure that can be applied when there is a one-lane closure on...
Analytics tool
News January 14, 2019
Numetric, a provider of traffic safety analytics solutions, recently announced the launch of its new Network Screening application to empower states to meet or exceed federal requirements and identify their most dangerous roadways.   Due to a current lack of sufficient tools, the process of...
thermal camera detection system

Image: Arizona DOT

News January 08, 2019
The Arizona Department of Transportation’s (ADOT) thermal camera-based wrong-way vehicle detection system along I-17 in Phoenix alerted authorities and other motorists to a pickup truck traveling the wrong way on the freeway early Monday morning.   No one was hurt as the vehicle traveled southbound...
Wrong-way system Arizona DOT
Article January 02, 2019
At 1:11 a.m. following the 2018 Fourth of July celebration, a vehicle traveled southbound in the northbound lanes of north Phoenix’s I-17 at Union Hills Road.   Immediately, the wrong-way driver detection system installed earlier in the year set off a system alarm. A loud horn went off in the...
Camera connected vehicles I-94/I-35

Camera setups such as this have been in place on select high-rise rooftops along the test corridor since 2002, collecting data all the while.

Article January 02, 2019
On a rough stretch of what is “commonly” known as the I-94 Commons—for the fact that at this particular location I-94 threads in with I-35, both interstates sharing a common series of lanes—a project has been ongoing since 2002 to gather traffic movement data in an effort to, ultimately, create...
Reduced visibility conditions
Article January 02, 2019
Reduced visibility conditions such as fog represent a challenging environment for drivers.   Fog reduces visibility and contrast in the visual field, which can negatively affect the perception of depth and speed. When these crucial driving cues are obscured, a driver’s ability to judge appropriate...
Minnesota DOT winter maintenance

Image: Minnesota DOT

News January 02, 2019
The Minnesota Department of Transportation's (MnDOT) Safety Innovation Team is introducing an LED lighted plow marker for winter maintenance activities in the state in order to reduce the number of motorist collisions with the department's snowplows.   In the winter of 2017-18, there were 84...
Uber AVs

Image: Uber Blog

News December 19, 2018
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has approved the continued testing of Uber's self-driving vehicles in autonomous mode in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas for the first time since March of this year.   An Associated Press report indicates the ride-sharing company has been...
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