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New Patent Shows Potential for Eye-Tracking Technology in Transportation Safety

A printed aeronautical map with a figure of a plane on top of it.

January 30, 2017

How focused are you while driving? Do you juggle multiple distractions while trying to keep your eyes on the road? Volpe’s chief of Aviation Human Factors, Maura Lohrenz, helped develop a patent that analyzes eye movements to determine where and how we focus our attention to visual stimuli, with potential impacts on transportation safety.

Volpe Property Redevelopment Agreement Signed with MIT

Volpe Center exterior.

January 30, 2017

The U.S. General Services Administration has signed a $750 million exchange agreement with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), paving the way for the redevelopment of Volpe’s 14 acres of federally owned land in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Exploring the Landscape for Hyperloop Travel

Image of a hyperloop concept vehicle

January 20, 2017

Faster than a bird, a plane, and a high-speed train, riders in a conceptual hyperloop pod could cover the 400 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles in about half an hour. Yet for all the time-saving promise of hyperloop, there remain questions about passenger comfort, system costs, land use, and safety. A recent Volpe report on behalf of NASA explores the feasibility of the hyperloop concept.

A Look Back on 2016 with Volpe’s Annual Accomplishments

Volpe Annual Accomplishments 2016

January 18, 2017

Each year, Volpe collaborates with the U.S. Department of Transportation, other federal agencies, and the broader transportation community on hundreds of projects that shape how people and goods move throughout the U.S. and abroad. Our Annual Accomplishments report highlights some of Volpe’s best work from 2016.

Interactive Report Out Now on The Future of Transportation

The Future of Transportation: Safety, Opportunity, Innovation

January 12, 2017

Volpe’s 2016 thought leadership speaker series The Future of Transportation continued our long tradition of convening thought leaders, decision makers, and stakeholders from across the transportation enterprise to anticipate future transportation challenges, generate fresh approaches to emerging issues, anticipate trends, and inform decision making. The final interactive report covering all the talks from The Future of Transportation’s distinguished speakers is available now.

Volpe's 2016 Reports

Volpe 2016 reports

January 4, 2017

Volpe published more than 75 reports and conference papers in 2016 spanning a myriad of transportation research topics. Download free copies of Volpe’s transportation resources.

New Technology Aims to Simplify Tractor-Trailer Fleet Management

December 22, 2016

A new low-cost technology developed through U.S. DOT’s SBIR program could help fleet managers better track the 5.6 million tractor-trailers on our roads that are hauling 68 percent of all the goods we receive.

Our Ocean Conference Showcases Volpe’s Global Vessel Tracking System

The Volpe-developed SeaVision featured at the 2016 Our Ocean Conference

December 21, 2016

The Volpe-developed SeaVision is a web-based vessel tracking and information-sharing tool that was chosen as one of three featured exhibits at Secretary of State John Kerry’s Our Ocean Conference.

An App for Monitoring Tractor-Trailers’ Fuel Usage

November 28, 2016

Through U.S. DOT’s SBIR program, Mainstream Engineering Corporation developed a free vehicle-monitoring app that performs trip diagnostics that could lead to major money-saving alterations for drivers and motor carriers. Small businesses can apply for SBIR funding through the current solicitation until December 21, 2016.

Traveling the Road to Zero Vehicle Fatalities

Photo of Rosekind speaking during the Future of Transportation series.

November 23, 2016

Fatal crashes are increasing, but nearly all of them are theoretically preventable. Volpe recently hosted NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind to talk about strategies and actions to achieve zero deaths on America’s roads.