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Follow Your Passion and Push the Boundaries: Perspectives from Volpe’s 50th Anniversary Federal Women’s Program Alumnae Panel

September 24, 2020
The U.S. DOT Volpe Center recently held a 50th anniversary alumnae panel event that featured four pioneering experts who have left their marks on the national and global transportation system.

Randell Iwasaki on a Government Role Model for Transportation

August 3, 2020

Randell Iwasaki, executive director of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) in California, spoke at the U.S. DOT Volpe Center on September 25, 2019, as part of its speaker series Our New Mobility Future.

Keeping Unsafe Drivers off the Road with the New CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

July 21, 2020
FMCSA partnered with the U.S. DOT Volpe Center to design and develop the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, an online database that helps identify drug and alcohol program violations and keep the nation’s roads safe.

U.S. DOT Breaks Ground on New State-of-the-Art Volpe Center Facility

July 9, 2020

The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Volpe Center has officially broken ground on its new federal facility.

How an Automated Car Platoon Works

July 8, 2020

With emerging automated driving technology, self-driving cars may soon have the capability to form a platoon on a highway, which could improve travel time, increase lane capacity, and reduce congestion. A car platooning proof-of-concept was tested and evaluated at a U.S. Army facility in Maryland. Learn how platoons work and find out what the researchers discovered.

Using Crowdsourced Data to Estimate Crash Risk

July 8, 2020

Crowdsourced mobile applications are an emerging and rich source of real-time data about roadway conditions. U.S. DOT Volpe Center data experts are using these new data sources from the private sector to estimate where and when motor vehicle crashes are likely to occur.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Celebrates the Volpe Center’s 50 Years of Advancing Transportation Innovation for the Public Good

July 1, 2020
In honor of the Volpe Center’s 50th anniversary, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao released a special video message to celebrate the Center’s sustained contributions to advancing transportation innovation for the public good.

Investigating Wearable Sensors in Transportation Research

June 25, 2020

Small, efficient, and accurate wearable sensors have opened up new levels of data granularity for transportation researchers. The authors of a recent paper investigated the state of the practice for wearable sensors, and challenges in using them for transportation research.

Advancing Safety in Our New Mobility Future

June 25, 2020

U.S. DOT is working to usher in a new era of transportation innovation and safety. “As we prepare for the future of new, emerging technologies...one of the top Department priorities is to make sure we address public concerns about safety, security, and privacy, without hampering innovation,” said Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology at U.S. DOT.

Engineering Research Psychologist Scott Gabree Wins “Future Generations” Award

June 25, 2020

Scott Gabree, PhD, received the Future Generations Award from the DuPage Railroad Safety Council for his work in rail suicide prevention. Gabree and his Volpe Center team are working with FRA and with rail carriers from around the world to examine why rail suicides occur, and identify and implement ways to prevent them.