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Automated Pavement Condition Surveys

TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis 531 documents agency practices, challenges, and successes in conducting automated pavement condition surveys. The report also includes three case examples that provide additional information on agency practices for conducting automated pavement surveys. Pavement condition data is a critical component for pavement management systems in state departments of transportation (DOTs). The data is used to establish budget needs, support asset ...

Measuring railway performance

The question of how to effectively measure railway efficiency is examined in Efficiency in Railway Operations and Infrastructure Management , a report from the International Transport Forum. This report determines the proper level of detail for analysis and identifies what data needs to be available for benchmarking railway performance.

Call for Nominations: Sharon D. Banks Award for Humanitarian Leadership in Transportation - Nominations Due July 31!

The Transportation Research Board is seeking nominations for the Sharon D. Banks Award for Humanitarian Leadership in Transportation . This TRB award, which recognizes excellence in people-oriented initiatives throughout transportation, was inaugurated in 2002 and is presented biennially. The next presentation of the award will be made during the Chair’s Luncheon on January 15, 2020, during the TRB 99th Annual Meeting . Nominations must be submitted no later than July 31, 2019. Sharon D. Banks was the Ge...

2020 TRB Annual Meeting: Papers Due August 1!

TRB is accepting papers for consideration as part of the program for the 99th TRB Annual Meeting, January 12-16, 2020, in Washington, D.C., and/or for publication in the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRR). All papers for presentation at the 2020 TRB Annual Meeting must be submitted to TRB’s paper submission website by August 1, 2019. Please be sure to consult the Instructions for Authors before submitting your paper. The spotlight theme for the 2020 meeting...

Traffic speed deflectometer measurements

A mechanistic-based approach is developed to utilize traffic speed deflectometer measurements (TSD) in A Mechanistic Approach to Utilize Traffic Speed Deflectometer (TSD) Measurements into Backcalculation Analysis , a report from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. TSD may potentially evaluate pavement at the network level because it measures deflection at traffic speeds, which enable large spatial coverage.

Connected vehicle technologies in other countries

Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) and Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) technologies are explored in Connected Vehicles: Challenges and Opportunities for Road Operators , a report from the World Road Association (PIARC), which can be accessed for no fee after logging onto the site. This report outlines opportunities these technologies provide, as well as current practices from existing deployments for other countries or regions looking to implement V2I and V2V technologies.

Driver performance in semi-autonomous vehicles

Reactions of human drivers in a simulated autonomous technology scenario are analyzed in Analysis of Disengagements in Semi-Autonomous Vehicles: Drivers’ Takeover Performance and Operational Implications , a report from The Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University. Current regulations require the human driver to monitor the safe operation of an autonomous vehicle at all times, and to be capable of taking over immediate control in the event of a technology failure.

Beyond Big Data to Useful Data

The U.S. Department of Transportation Volpe Center has released a video that examines how data may be analyzed in order to turn it into actionable analytics. The speaker explains the significance of deriving independent impact metrics through transportation data.

Deep Learning-Based Eco-Driving System for Battery Electric Vehicles

The National Center for Sustainable Transportation at the University of California at Davis has released a report that identifies research gaps in Eco-Approach and Departure (EAD) algorithms, which have shown promise at signalized intersections for connected and automated vehicles. This report also describes a deep-learning approach to address the gaps in EAD applications.

2020 TRB Annual Meeting: Plan Now to Exhibit

Act now to secure your exhibit space at the 2020 TRB Annual Meeting, January 12-16, 2020, in Washington, D.C. All indications are that attendance at the meeting will be the largest ever. Don't miss this opportunity to demonstrate your organization's support for transportation research and innovation, and to showcase your products and services to more than 13,000 transportation professionals. Some  149 organizations  have already secured space to be part of the 2020 exhibit, but prime locations ...

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