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Insights from ATCA 2016

A panel of speakers is shown at the ATCA conference.

October 28, 2016

Each year, Volpe takes part in the aviation industry’s conversation by attending the Air Traffic Control Association’s (ATCA) annual conference—including this year’s ATCA 2016, where our staff shared our work in aviation with hundreds of government and industry partners, and learned from other experts in the field.

Coming Next Month: A Special Cybersecurity Newsletter

Depiction of cybersecurity, showing a series of locks on a digital screen

October 27, 2016

Cybersecurity isn’t just about protecting computers from malicious attacks: It’s about making sure that the coming connected infrastructure and vehicles remain safe while bringing their transformative benefits to the traveling public. This October, the Department of Homeland Security and Volpe hosted a three-day conference showcasing federal automotive cybersecurity programs and open-source cybersecurity research tools. Stay tuned for Volpe’s November newsletter, where we’ll highlight stories on key panels from the conference and other important work in cybersecurity and safety.

Transportation Work on Display at Volpe Day 2016

Illustration of the Volpe Center

October 27, 2016

Volpe staff recently came together for Volpe Day, an internal forum that gives staff the opportunity to showcase the diversity of Volpe’s technology portfolio, share their own work and ideas with their colleagues, and engage in creative problem solving. Learn about some of the work that was on display during this annual showcase.

Reimagining Transportation from the Internet Up with Dan Doctoroff

Image depicting a wired and connected city landscape.

October 26, 2016

The biggest revolutions over the past two centuries in urban environments have happened where technologies meet city life, said Sidewalk Labs Chairman and CEO Daniel Doctoroff, who spoke recently at Volpe. Now, he believes, we are on the verge of the fourth technological revolution in cities.

Government at the Speed of Silicon Valley

Image of a race car driving down a race track.

October 24, 2016

To create major new technologies like self-driving cars, rather than focusing on an end result or product, it’s much more effective to focus on creating prototypes—“very much a Silicon Valley approach,” said J. Christian Gerdes, U.S. DOT’s first chief innovation officer, who spoke as part of Volpe’s Future of Transportation series.

U.S. DOT’s SBIR 17.1 Solicitation Is Now Open

SBIR: America's Seed Fund, Powered by the Department of Transportation

October 19, 2016

Small businesses are invited to submit research proposals for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Small Business Innovation Research program fiscal year 2017 solicitation. The solicitation will be open through December 21, 2016. 

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.

Reformulating Cities Using People-Centric Design

Photo of people standing in front of a coffee shop with their drinks rested on top of nearby newsstands.

September 23, 2016

Residential density, intersection density, public transport density, and number of parks are physical elements that can have real, positive impacts on a city’s residents, according to Jeff Risom, partner and managing director of Gehl Studio in the U.S. Achieving people-centric design requires big ideas from everyone. “It’s not about just building a park—it’s about creating a space where people can spend time outside and build social connections,” Risom said. “It’s about bringing in many other institutions and backgrounds.”