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Supporting Safe Handoff between Human Drivers and Automated Driving Systems

A driver looks at a car dashboard with the DAISY system installed

April 15, 2019

With support from U.S. DOT’s SBIR program, Soar Technology, Inc., developed a system that alerts drivers to their surroundings during the handoff between an automated driving system and a human driver.

New Seat Belt Locking Mechanisms Aim to Improve Child Safety

A prototype seatbelt design

March 22, 2019

With support from the U.S. DOT SBIR program and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Tool, Inc. designed and developed prototype seat belt retractor countermeasures aimed at reducing the risk of seat belt entrapment.

The U.S. DOT Volpe Center's 2018 Reports

A Waze map is displayed on the navigational system of a vehicle that's driving.

March 7, 2019

The U.S. DOT Volpe National Transportation Systems Center published nearly 60 reports and conference papers in 2018 spanning a breadth of transportation topics that advance U.S. DOT’s priorities: safety, infrastructure, innovation, and accountability. Preview and download copies of these transportation resources.

Engineering Research Psychologist Scott Gabree Wins “Future Generations” Award

Scott Gabree

March 5, 2019

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. 

Investigating Low-Boom Supersonic Air Travel

Sonic boom infographic

February 25, 2019

The U.S. is a leader in developing supersonic flight technology, and Volpe Center noise experts are helping build confidence in low-boom flight technologies through sonic boom measurement, modeling, and minimization.

The U.S. DOT Volpe Center’s Annual Project Accomplishments

An illustration of Annual Accomplishments January 2019

January 30, 2019

Annual Accomplishments highlights some of our best work of 2018 and underscores our sustained support to U.S. DOT and other key partners.

Transportation in the Age of Artificial Intelligence and Predictive Analytics: Final Report

Transportation in the Age of Artificial Intelligence and Predictive Analytics logo

January 29, 2019

Transportation in the Age of Artificial Intelligence and Predictive Analytics, held from June to October 2018, convened distinguished experts in government innovation, vehicle automation, and logistics to consider the promise and potential of recent breakthroughs in machine learning and data analysis.

Benefits Outweigh Costs for Precast Concrete Pavement

Workers install precast concrete pavement

December 7, 2018

A Federal Highway Administration evaluation finds that precast concrete pavement can deliver benefits in reduced traffic disruption and lower maintenance costs. 

Delivering the Benefits of Self-Driving Technology Safely, Quickly, and Broadly

Chris Urmson spoke at the Volpe CenterChris Urmson speaks before an audience at the U.S. DOT Volpe Center

November 14, 2018

Self-driving cars could free up two weeks every year for the average driver, according to Chris Urmson, co-founder and CEO of Aurora, who delivered the final talk as part of the U.S. DOT Volpe Center’s Transportation in the Age of Artificial Intelligence and Predictive Analytics speaker series.

Cities Around the Country Are Piloting Low-Speed Automated Shuttles. This Is the State of the Practice.

A woman steps off of a shuttle at night

November 1, 2018

Automated vehicle innovations are enabling novel vehicles classes, such as low-speed automated shuttles. This is the state of the practice.