Road Traffic Safety

Road driving simulator testing Missouri S&T; MoDOT

Students use a driving simulator on the Missouri S&T campus to test the Route 160 roadway design before construction. Photo by Tom Wagner/Missouri S&T, ©2019 Missouri S&T

News May 15, 2019
Two undergraduate students at Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T) used a driving simulator to help a civil engineering firm evaluate a new roadway design for the $18.6 million Route 160 widening project from Springfield to Willard, Missouri.   The students worked with Crawford,...
Equitable, just, inclusive transportation
Article May 08, 2019
Transportation professionals play an important role in shaping the past, present and future of communities. The transportation network should connect people to jobs, education, opportunities and to each other. As keepers of the transportation network, we have a responsibility to the public because...
Public safety on New York State roads

Public safety on New York State roads increased as drivers provided more information about their vehicles and their ability to operate it.

Article May 08, 2019
If we and our cars were both on Facebook, our relationship status would be “It’s complicated.” Like all relationships, it involves compromises and trade-offs. But we are still together—humans and automobiles—after more than 100 years. How did we do it?   To make this relationship last so long, we...
autonomous tech program for buses
News May 07, 2019
New Flyer of America Inc. and New Flyer Industries Canada ULC, the largest bus manufacturer in North America, recently announced the launch of their Autonomous Technology Program.    This program includes development and deployment of technology for Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) and...
wrong-way vehicle incident detection systems
News May 01, 2019
The Connecticut DOT (CDOT) is planning to test technology designed to combat wrong-way vehicle incidents.   CDOT had initially announced back in February 2017 that the same technology could be installed on state roadways within that same year, but the department has faced a few challenges in...
artificial intelligence mobility solutions
News April 30, 2019
Officials in the city of Henderson, Nev., are turning to artificial intelligence (AI) technology with the aim of alleviating traffic crashes at specific intersections.   The Nevada DOT recently found success with an AI pilot program in partnership with the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC)...
Tuscaloosa I-20/I-59 Smart Work Zone
Case Studies April 29, 2019
State DOTs have been increasingly deploying intelligent transportation systems (ITS) in work zones over the last 10 years with the goal of improving traffic operations and safety by providing real-time information to the traveling public.   After the widening of I-20/I-59 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., began...
Caltrans work-zone safety initiative

Image: Caltrans

News April 25, 2019
At the 2018 Caltrans Safety Summit, Caltrans Director Laurie Berman made a call to action and is implementing three new safety initiatives to end work-zone fatalities in the state.   In the last five years, over 3,000 people nationwide lost their lives in work-zone collisions, and more than 85% of...
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...
work-zone safety awareness campaign
News April 08, 2019
This year's National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is being held this week, April 8-12, 2019, with the national kick-off press event to be held on April 9, 2019, in Washington, D.C.   The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), along with the American Association of State Highway and...
Best cities for driving map
News April 05, 2019
Charlotte, N.C., has been rated the best city for drivers in the U.S. in a new ranking from car rental insurance website, Insure My Rental Car.    Insure My Rental Car ranked the top 20 most populous cities based on the number of road accident fatalities per 100,000 residents, average increase in...
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...
reduced speed limit; urban mobility; traffic safety; pedestrian safety
News March 27, 2019
The Maryland DOT State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is reducing speed limits on MD 97 (Georgia Avenue) in Wheaton and Silver Spring, Montgomery County, this week.   The changes are part of MDOT SHA’s bold new comprehensive urban mobility-focused program tailored to central business districts...
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...
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...
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