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Robin Chase and Anthony Townsend on Automated Vehicles and Urban Mobility

Robin Chase and Anthony Townsend speak on a joint panel at Volpe.

October 18, 2016

Automated vehicles are coming sooner than you might think, according to two leading thinkers in transportation. Volpe recently hosted Robin Chase and Anthony Townsend for a special joint panel on vehicle automation and urban mobility, moderated by Austin Brown of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Rethinking How Cities Connect Residents to Opportunity

Image of Ben Hecht, president and CEO of Living Cities.

September 28, 2016

Transportation infrastructure can be a catalyst for change, connecting city residents to opportunity. In fact, transportation may be the most important way we have to address disparities in income and wealth, according to Ben Hecht, president and CEO of Living Cities, who spoke as part of Volpe’s Future of Transportation series.

Protecting Endangered Bats, Streamlining Highway Projects

A paved road winds through a beautiful wooded area in the mountains.

September 27, 2016

As pollinators and insect consumers, bats generate $3 billion each year in economic value. However, the population of a key species has declined by nearly half since 2005—due, in large part, to human disturbance. A new federal strategy will help facilitate conservation of these bats while delivering road projects faster.

Maritime Professionals from Africa and Asia Improve Maritime Domain Awareness Skills

Image of maritime and military personnel in a meeting room

August 30, 2016

Volpe recently hosted its third annual training workshop aimed at enhancing and sustaining maritime domain awareness around the world. International participants acquired the skills and knowledge to aid countries in combating illicit maritime activity.

Investigating Wearable Sensors in Transportation Research

Image of many people walking around other people with wearable sensors including smart watches and smart phones

August 26, 2016

Small, efficient, and accurate wearable sensors have opened up new levels of data granularity for transportation researchers. The authors of a recent paper investigated the state of the practice for wearable sensors, and challenges in using them for transportation research.

DOTWASH Tackles Invasive Species Catching a Ride on Construction Vehicles

July 31, 2016

Invasive species and noxious weeds can destroy entire ecosystems, stemming from something as seemingly innocuous as a seed latching to the bottom of a dump truck. Through the SBIR Program, S-K Environmental developed a novel solution for construction sites that has a 97 percent success rate.

New Simulation Software Helps Pilots Combat Spatial Disorientation

April 25, 2016

Spatial disorientation is a factor in roughly 10 percent of loss-of-control events, which are the leading cause of fatal accidents in commercial aircraft. FAA provided funding through the SBIR program to develop technology that could be used with existing simulation equipment to train pilots to recognize and react to spatial disorientation in flight.

SBIR-Funded Sensors Detect Pipeline Stresses Early, Mitigating Future Problems

February 18, 2016

Historically, managing the health of pipelines was mostly reactive; only physical appearances, like major deformations and stresses, provided hints to potential fractures or warping. However, sensors developed with SBIR funding can now reveal pipeline stressors before they are visible, and before they cause damage.

Using Data to Assess the Feasibility of a New Road in Monrovia

A satellite image of Liberia's Freeport of Monrovia and the proposed bypass.

February 8, 2016

The U.S. foreign aid agency Millennium Challenge Corporation contracted with Volpe to help assess the feasibility of an alternate route to points north in Liberia's largest port and other transportation options.

New Pavement System...Supported by Solar Panels?

January 19, 2016

One of the ways the U.S. Department of Transportation serves the American public is by working with small businesses to find new ways to improve our nation’s roadways. In 2009, the Small Business Innovation Research program solicited research on a topic sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration: to develop a new pavement that could generate power and transfer it to the power grid.

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