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News

Read the latest news and press releases from the U.S. DOT Volpe Center below. For news associated with previous administrations, please visit our News Archive.

Improving Resilience and Fostering Responsible Use of Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Services

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May 24, 2023
The national and economic security of the United States depends on reliable Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT), which is an essential component of the nation’s transportation infrastructure. The civil, commercial, and military sectors rely on PNT technology to provide critical location services in the air, on land, and at sea.

Improving the Safety of Commercial Motor Vehicle Operations with In-Motion Roadside Inspections

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May 24, 2023
The U.S. DOT Volpe Center is supporting FMCSA in developing and implementing the Level VIII Inspection Program Operational Test, which will apply new technologies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of roadside enforcement while mitigating the current process’s climate impacts and minimizing supply chain disruptions.

The U.S. DOT Volpe Center Advances UAS Integration in the National Airspace System

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May 24, 2023
Wake turbulence is the rotational movement of air created behind any aircraft under lift generation. The U.S. DOT Volpe Center’s measurements and analyses of wake turbulence on behalf of FAA have been instrumental in enabling FAA to make positive operational changes in the National Airspace System (NAS). The result has been improved wake turbulence safety, reduced airport delays, shortened final approaches to airports, and reduced fuel burn and greenhouse gas emissions. 

Prototyping New Ideas with the Volpe Innovation Accelerator

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May 24, 2023
Since its launch in August 2020, the U.S. DOT Volpe Center’s Volpe Innovation Accelerator (VIA) has spurred innovation by inviting employees to propose ideas, recruit teams, and develop prototypes and concept papers. In the process, it encourages collaboration, develops skillsets, and strengthens cross-divisional professional networks. Increasing employees’ capacity for innovation will help solve important transportation challenges, especially those aligned with U.S. DOT priorities.  

Introducing “Ask the Software PM Experts”

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March 30, 2023

An introduction to a series of news articles that explore new topics such as project management, software development tools, resource management, transportation safety models, and the use of new tools such as ChatGPT.

Enabling Organizational Excellence

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March 30, 2023

Learn more about the U.S. DOT Volpe Center's resources in support of U.S. DOT's goal of organizational excellence.

The U.S. DOT Volpe Center’s Software Development Capability Appraised at CMMI-DEV V2.0 Maturity Level 3

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March 30, 2023

U.S. DOT Volpe Center's software development capability within our Research and Innovative Technology organization was appraised at Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) Capability Maturity Model Integration Development (CMMI-DEV) v2.0 Maturity Level 3 rating.

The U.S. DOT Volpe Center Supported FAA Requirements Management Efforts

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March 30, 2023

Requirements management provided FAA Program Management Organization programs with the knowledge and tools to efficiently manage program requirements. To facilitate this, FAA partnered with U.S. DOT Volpe Center to develop workshops, review requirements, and create metrics using a detail-oriented, collaborative, and results-driven approach to deliver requirements management governance and best practices, lifecycle support, and knowledge sharing—which enabled FAA PMO to be better positioned to cost-effectively meet needs as defined and within scope.

Reducing Fatalities and Severe Injuries with the National Roadway Safety Strategy

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February 3, 2023

The NRSS sets a vision of zero roadway deaths, and identified tangible Departmental actions to reduce the number of deaths each year. The NRSS seeks a sustained and concerted effort from all sectors and levels of government, the public and private sector, advocacy, and research. A U.S. DOT Volpe Center team designed the NRSS website and created the NRSS Dashboard using Tableau software for quarterly reporting on 29 U.S. DOT actions across the five elements of the Safe Systems Approach.

The U.S. DOT Volpe Center Welcomes New Technical Center Director: Jonathan Walker

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January 6, 2023
The U.S. DOT Volpe Center is pleased to announce that Jonathan Walker, PE, PhD has joined us as director of our Center for Communications, Navigation, Surveillance Systems, and Engineering. The U.S. DOT Volpe Center organizes its 600+ staff members into four technical centers that collaborate with our sponsors to support 300+ projects a year, focused on delivering a safer, more efficient, more sustainable, and more equitable transportation system.