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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.

What Transportation Planners Can Learn About Ridesharing from College Campuses

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November 21, 2016

New ridesharing technologies and transportation demand management strategies mean that how people travel to and from their college campuses may be changing. A recent report identifies innovative practices that universities have used to reduce auto traffic and parking, and discusses how those practices can be used by state, regional, and local transportation agencies.

Exploring the Interplay Between Cities and Transportation

Photo of Glaeser speaking during the Future of Tranpsortation series.

November 8, 2016

As much as ever, transportation technologies are shaping America’s cities. Technology is changing quickly, and smart, sensible transportation is part of realizing an inclusive American dream, said Harvard University economics professor Edward Glaeser during a recent talk at Volpe.

How Volpe’s Terry Sheehan Responds to Natural Disasters

Image of a flooded road in North Carolina after Hurrican Matthew hit the region.

October 31, 2016

When disasters hit, the U.S. Department of Transportation deploys Volpe’s Terry Sheehan to coordinate massive transportation responsibilities that come with massive emergency response efforts. Earlier this month, Sheehan was deployed to North Carolina to coordinate evacuations after Hurricane Matthew.

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.

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

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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.

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