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MDOT Signal Performance Measures Pilot Implementation

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has released a report that identifies possible solutions to traffic signal system concerns using new high-resolution signal controller data and performance measurement techniques. This report evaluates systems along two Michigan corridors in order to determine the potential cost to deploy such a system on Michigan roadways and to estimate the benefit it may provide to MDOT and roadway users.

9th International Visualization in Transportation Symposium: Visualization in Action: Abstracts due February 27

TRB is sponsoring the 9th International Visualization in Transportation Symposium: Visualization in Action on November, 5-6, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Registration is now open. The symposium theme is Visualization in Action. Today’s visualization techniques can reshape the way transportation agencies and companies approach problem solving, make decisions, and communicate with others. The symposium will explore the opportunities and challenges of visualization entering mainstream use in the transporta...

Transportation Energy Data Book Edition 37

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory at the U.S. Department of Energy has released a report that provides statistics and information that characterize transportation activity. The purpose of this report is to present relevant statistical data regarding transportation energy use.

Fifth Annual Contra Costa Redefining Mobility Summit*

TRB is cosponsoring the Fifth Annual Contra Costa Redefining Mobility Summit on March 8, 2019 in San Ramon, California. This one-day conference will focus on how innovative research and cutting edge technology is revolutionizing transportation. The conference program will include a combination of sessions and live demonstrations of cutting edge technology as part of GoMentum Station, which is designated as an automated vehicle proving ground by the U.S. Department of Transportation. TRB's Executive Direc...

Transportation in the Age of Artificial Intelligence and Predictive Analysis

The Volpe Center of the U.S. Department of Transportation has released a report that summarizes a speaker series held from June to October 2018 that explored how new technologies may affect workers in the transportation sector. This series also discussed the effect of machine learning and data analytics on transportation. This report includes video highlights from each speaker and identifies how the federal government can encourage transportation innovation.

Commercial Vehicle On-Board Safety Systems: Summary and Conclusions

The International Transport Forum has released a report that analyzes the impacts of increased automation in the freight transportation sector. This report summarizes the findings of a roundtable. It determines how existing approaches can be maintained and when new solutions may be needed.

Development and Demonstration of a Cost-Effective In-Vehicle Lane Departure and Advanced Curve Speed Warning System

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has released a report that proposes a lane-departure detection method. This method uses a standard GPS receiver to determine the lateral shift of a vehicle by comparing a vehicle’s trajectory to a reference road direction without the need of any digital maps with lane-level resolution.

Geospatial Data Acquisition Technologies in Design and Construction Midyear Meeting

TRB is sponsoring the Geospatial Acquisition Technologies in Design and Construction (AFB80) summer committee meeting on July 21-24, in Daytona, Florida. Topics include photogrammetric technology, geospatial mapping with autonomous vehicles, new methods in survey techniques and computations, and discussions of emerging technologies. Contact Nancy Whiting at for more information.

TRB Straight to Recording for All: Challenges in Using Big Data Analytics for Transportation Project Delivery

TRB released a series of recordings in February 2019 that analyzes the current digital project delivery methods with the intention of identifying unresolved challenges. The presenters discuss the opportunities that arise from the challenges in using big data analytics for improved project delivery (i.e., design, construction, operation, and maintenance), as well as for developing intelligence that can improve decision support for complex projects to directly add project value. The panelists included...

Video Report: Taking A Ride In An Autonomous Passenger Shuttle

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has released a video that portrays the demonstration of a self-driving passenger shuttle bus at the 2019 TRB Annual Meeting. Attendees were able to ride this autonomous vehicle that is not equipped with either a steering wheel or pedals. Rather, it uses automation to avoid collisions and stay on course.

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