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Detecting Damage in Structural Components with New Infrared Technologies

ThermalStare work on bridge

April 3, 2018

Bridges and other structures can have subsurface damage that can’t be detected through visual inspections. New infrared technologies developed through U.S. DOT’s SBIR program are helping accurately detect and image hidden damage below the surface, reducing the cost and disruption associated with detailed condition assessments while providing more accurate information.

Understanding Traffic Systems with Innovative Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection

MigmaCount high resolution IR LED camera image of pedestrians and cyclists

March 7, 2018

A new technology developed with the support of the U.S. DOT SBIR program and FHWA can provide urban planners, designers, and transportation agencies a better understanding of their traffic systems.

The Ongoing Transformation of the Global Transportation System: Final Report

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February 27, 2018

The Volpe Center’s recent thought leadership series convened experts in transportation innovation, design, policy, and planning. Read the final report on the insights they presented.

FHWA Workshop at Volpe Advances Knowledge on Performance Measures

An elevated expressway

February 26, 2018

Data-driven decisions can improve performance. The U.S. DOT Volpe Center supports the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Transportation Performance Management (TPM) office in moving FHWA and its partners toward a more performance-based assessment of the nation’s roadways.

Pooling Resources to Improve Road Safety

Cyclists riding on a street near a bus

February 22, 2018

A new project to make streets safer is using an innovative funding model to help six major cities develop best practices for technologies to help truck drivers avoid or mitigate collisions with pedestrians and bicyclists.

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

Cover page of the U.S. DOT Volpe Center's Annual Accomplishments brochure.

February 6, 2018

Annual Accomplishments 2018 highlights some of the Volpe Center’s best work from the past year. Read the report and check out video highlights from five of our featured projects.

The U.S. DOT Volpe Center’s 2017 Reports

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February 5, 2018

The Volpe Center published more than 70 reports and conference papers in 2017 spanning a breadth of transportation topics that advance U.S. DOT’s priorities: safety, infrastructure, innovation, and accountability. Peruse the topics and download copies of our 2017 transportation resources.

What Blockchains Could Mean for Transportation and Government

Blockchain representation

February 2, 2018

A new report from the U.S. DOT Volpe Center is a high-level primer that covers blockchain technology basics, how smart contracts work, potential and current applications in government and transportation, challenges to widespread implementation, and blockchain initiatives in transportation and government.

Transportation in a World That Is Gray, Delayed, Small, and Female

Joseph Coughlin speaking at the Volpe Center

December 21, 2017

Joseph F. Coughlin, founder and director of the MIT AgeLab, discussed how an aging American population will shape the nation's transportation system.

Report to Congress Explores Safety and Security Technologies for Alternative Transportation Infrastructure

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December 13, 2017

A recent report to Congress offers data on safety and security incidents at alternative transportation facilities—like bicycle lanes, walking paths, and transit stations—and provides recommendations for innovative technologies that could address some of the most urgent risks to the traveling public.

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