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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.