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Humans and Technology in Transportation: Balancing Augmentation and Automation

A wooden mannequin standing in the center of a gear.

October 1, 2015

Human creativity is valuable, but computers are better at some tasks than people are. How can we meld the strengths of humans and technology to create the best transportation future? By making data-driven decisions, says MIT’s Andrew McAfee, who kicked off Volpe’s new speaker series.

Panama Canal: A New Course for the Canal

Panama Canal Gatun Locks

January 15, 2015

Ninety years ago, the United States built the Panama Canal by combining innovative engineering strategies with state-of-the-art technology. Now the time has come to create a modern navigation system for the canal, and this time Volpe is providing the know-how.

Tracking Vessels on the Saint Lawrence Seaway

Volpe's vessel communications and tracking network, in use at the Eisenhower Lock vessel traffic control center in New York.

January 15, 2015

In the early 2000s, Volpe implemented a vessel communications and tracking network for the Saint Lawrence Seaway. The network, based on the automatic identification system, promises improved safety, security, and efficiency throughout the Seaway.