U.S. DOT Volpe Center Chief Economist Don Pickrell and a team of Volpe Center data experts recently completed an in-depth study for the Federal Highway Administration to produce detailed statistics on travel speeds and vehicle hours traveled that can provide new levels of insight into how the nation’s roads are performing.
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December 11, 2017
December 6, 2017
By 2021, there could be 4 million remotely piloted aircraft—commonly referred to as drones—in the hands of hobbyists and commercial users, according to projections from the Federal Aviation Administration. Safely and efficiently integrating the coming influx of drones into our nation’s airspace creates a variety of technical, operational, and regulatory challenges. Recently, Volpe worked closely with the U.S. Air Force and the Ohio Department of Transportation to test technologies that may enable safe and efficient flight of small drones.
December 6, 2017
Getting stuck in traffic isn’t just a nuisance. On an aggregate level, traffic can have major financial impacts for cities and countries. Aviation innovator Carl C. Dietrich, PhD, co-founder and chief technology officer of Terrafugia, explains the potential to use the space right above our heads to relieve automobile congestion.
November 16, 2017
The Volpe Center is recruiting talented and diverse individuals to fill internship positions in a variety of fields. The summer 2018 internships are open November 16-30, 2017, or until the applicant limit is reached.
November 9, 2017
As the nation observes Veterans Day on Saturday, November 11, we honor the many veterans who have transitioned from military service into a civil service career at the U.S. DOT Volpe Center. Meet some of the veterans who work at the Volpe Center and join us in honoring their contributions, then and now.
November 9, 2017
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration turned to U.S. DOT’s Volpe Center to investigate the causes behind 93 real-life hazmat tanker truck rollovers, current training programs, and to develop recommendations to improve cargo tank safety.
November 8, 2017
To provide service-wide guidance on maintaining and improving various transportation assets, the National Park Service recently released its first National Long-Range Transportation Plan, a 20-year vision plan that a team of Volpe planners helped develop.
November 1, 2017
Technology is advancing, societal trends are changing, and new visions for self-driving vehicles are emerging. Harry Lightsey of General Motors provides the manufacturer's perspective on how self-driving cars are putting safety in the driver's seat as part of The Ongoing Transformation of the Global Transportation System speaker series.
Dr. Richard John: Laser-Focused on Global Challenges, Innovation, and the Future of the Nation’s Transportation System
October 31, 2017
Distinguished director of U.S. DOT’s Volpe Center from 1989 to 2004 and now director emeritus, Dr. Richard R. (“Dick”) John will retire from public service in November following a federal career that spanned five decades.
October 24, 2017
With automation appearing more and more across daily life—including in air and ground travel—tasks we think of as belonging to humans may soon be taken over by computers, and there could be consequences that haven’t yet been imagined, said Amy Pritchett, professor and head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Pennsylvania State University, who recently spoke as part of Volpe's 2017 speaker series.