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Volpe’s Recent Reports Inform the Future of Aviation

Covers of several Volpe aviation reports

October 16, 2017

Aviation is a particular focus of Volpe’s work across modes, with recent work in global positioning system resilience, energy and the environment, navigation and surveillance, aviation safety, and much more. Check out these recent aviation-related reports highlighting a wide range of Volpe’s aviation expertise.

Here’s How Volpe Helps FAA Lay the Foundation for the Aviation System of the Future

Cover of Volpe report on aviation showing an airplane landing against a setting sun

October 16, 2017

Find out in this new brochure how Volpe experts help the Federal Aviation Administration design, develop, and deploy the aviation system of the future.

Safer at Any Speed: Cybersafety for Connected Vehicles

Logo of Volpe's 2017 speaker series, The Ongoing Transformation of the Global Transportation System

October 13, 2017

Joshua Corman, the second speaker in Volpe's 2017 series, The Ongoing Transformation of the Global Transportation System, discussed cybersafety in an increasingly hackable world.

Autonomy for Humans in the 21st Century City

Jeffrey Schnapp speaks at U.S. DOT's Volpe Center.

October 5, 2017

Jeffrey Schnapp kicked off Volpe’s new speaker series, The Ongoing Transformation of the Global Transportation System, with his human-centric vision for the autonomous vehicle revolution. 

Reducing Aviation Noise, Advancing the Aviation Enterprise

An airplane flying over Boston near Boston Logan International Airport

October 2, 2017

Earlier this year, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Noise Control Engineering, the Federal Aviation Administration, and NASA convened a workshop on aviation noise that included leaders from government, academia, and aviation industry groups. Experts at the workshop agreed that without sharp investment increases in more environmentally compatible technologies and strategies, America’s role as a global aviation leader is at risk.

Last-Mile Delivery: The Holy Grail of Freight Logistics

A delivery van

September 14, 2017

Matthias Winkenbach of MIT’s Center for Transportation and Logistics discusses solutions to delivering goods and services to dense urban centers, and the complex dynamism of cities that impacts urban last-mile distribution.

The Volpe Center is DOT’s ‘Nerd Lab’—and Much More

Pilot looking out the window of a plane at a drone

August 3, 2017

Connected vehicles. Unmanned aircraft. Worldwide vessel tracking. Find out why Politico featured the Volpe Center’s multimodal expertise in its recent tour of federal government nerd labs.

Volpe and the U.S. Department of Defense: An Essential National Partnership

U.S. military planes lined up in formation on a tarmac

August 1, 2017

For nearly five decades, U.S. DOT's Volpe Center has provided essential support to critical missions across branches of the Department of Defense (DoD). Find out how various DoD commands and organizations leverage the Volpe Center’s world-renowned, multimodal expertise.

How an Automated Car Platoon Works

Car platooning technology testing

July 31, 2017

With emerging automated driving technology, self-driving cars may soon have the capability to form a platoon on a highway, which could improve travel time, increase lane capacity, and reduce congestion. A car platooning proof-of-concept was tested and evaluated at a U.S. Army facility in Maryland. Learn how platoons work and find out what the researchers discovered.

Improving Service and Safety at Penn Station in New York City

Penn Station entrance

July 21, 2017

Penn Station is one of the busiest passenger transportation facilities in the U.S., serving more than 600,000 commuter rail and Amtrak passengers each day. In late March and early April, Penn Station suffered two train derailments within a week of each other. Following both derailments, U.S. DOT’s Volpe Center supported the Federal Railroad Administration by sending mechanical engineer Brian Marquis to take measurements at both sites and conduct a track and equipment data analysis.