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Industry Disruption: How Connectivity Is Redefining Personal Mobility

A graphic of a connected vehicle.

December 15, 2015

In his talk for Volpe's speaker series Reimagining Transportation, Harry Lightsey, executive director of the Global Connected Customer Experience for General Motors, identified four foundational changes happening in the auto industry that are connecting vehicles to each other, to infrastructure, and to us—the drivers and passengers.

Reducing Light-Duty Vehicle Energy Use and GHG Emissions

A concept image for fuel efficient cars, showing a small car with a road of green grass behind it.

December 11, 2015

John Heywood, who spoke as part of Volpe’s Reimagining Transportation series, identifies three themes for transportation professionals working on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Small Business Innovation Research Program Makes Crossing the Street Safer

December 9, 2015

With the growing numbers of pedestrian fatalities in mind, the Federal Highway Administration, through U.S. DOT's Small Business Innovation Research program, awarded a contract to develop a traffic signal interface app for smartphones called SmartCross.

NASA’s Vision for Transformative Aeronautics

 An future aircraft design concept from NASA research partner Lockheed Martin. (NASA photo)

November 20, 2015

NASA Director of Airspace Operations and Safety John Cavolowsky discusses coming changes in aeronautics, unmanned aerial systems, and how to find inspiration beyond aviation.

User and Machine: Secrets to a Harmonious Marriage

A man wearing a suit standing below a large set of metal gears.

October 27, 2015

For more than a century, Americans have had a special relationship with their cars. But with great leaps in automobile automation that could remove driver control, that relationship is suffering existential growing pains, according to Donald Fisher, principal technical advisor at Volpe and the third speaker in Volpe’s Reimagining Transportation speaker series.

A Forward View of NextGen, America’s Biggest Infrastructure Project

FAA’s Assistant Administrator for NextGen Edward Bolton presents at Volpe.

October 19, 2015

FAA Assistant Administrator for NextGen Edward Bolton discusses how programs of today will help modernize our nation’s controlled airspace for the future. Bolton spoke as part of Volpe's new speaker series Reimagining Transportation.

Humans and Technology in Transportation: Balancing Augmentation and Automation

A wooden mannequin standing in the center of a gear.

October 1, 2015

Human creativity is valuable, but computers are better at some tasks than people are. How can we meld the strengths of humans and technology to create the best transportation future? By making data-driven decisions, says MIT’s Andrew McAfee, who kicked off Volpe’s new speaker series.

Panama Canal: A New Course for the Canal

Panama Canal Gatun Locks

January 15, 2015

Ninety years ago, the United States built the Panama Canal by combining innovative engineering strategies with state-of-the-art technology. Now the time has come to create a modern navigation system for the canal, and this time Volpe is providing the know-how.

Tracking Vessels on the Saint Lawrence Seaway

Volpe's vessel communications and tracking network, in use at the Eisenhower Lock vessel traffic control center in New York.

January 15, 2015

In the early 2000s, Volpe implemented a vessel communications and tracking network for the Saint Lawrence Seaway. The network, based on the automatic identification system, promises improved safety, security, and efficiency throughout the Seaway.

Advancing the Northeast Corridor’s Future

Acela locomotive in the northeast corridor

July 30, 2014

Volpe supports the Federal Railroad Administration’s Northeast Corridor (NEC) multi-state planning and environmental efforts, known as NEC FUTURE.