The U.S. DOT Volpe Center's infographics bring research to life, telling visual stories that demonstrate the real-world impacts of our work..
Get up to Speed on Supersonic Boom Testing
On behalf of NASA, aviation noise experts at the U.S. DOT Volpe Center are helping build confidence in low-boom flight technologies.
View the infographic to learn about a recent quiet supersonic flight test near Galveston, TX.
Exploring Transportation Flow Scenarios With the Freight and Fuel Transportation Optimization Tool
The U.S. DOT Volpe Center created the Freight and Fuel Transportation Optimization Tool (FTOT) on behalf of the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Department of Defense.
See a simple example of how FTOT can inform decisions on optimal transportation flow patterns.
To Reduce Fatal Motorcycle Crashes, First Understand How They Happen
This is how the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. DOT Volpe Center worked together to better understand the motorcycle crash problem, a critical first step toward improving the safety of motorcycle operators and other road users.
Estimating Vehicle Hours of Travel
On behalf of the Federal Highway Administration, economists at the U.S. DOT Volpe Center calculated vehicle hours traveled (VHT) to measure the quality of service our nation’s highways provide.
View the infographic to learn why VHT and highway performance matter.
The Life-Saving Potential of Pedestrian Detection Systems
The U.S. DOT Volpe Center, on behalf of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, developed and applied a methodology to estimate the safety benefits of pedestrian crash avoidance and mitigation technologies—or PCAM systems.
View the infographic to learn more.
Vessel Ballasting Operations
Ballast water is added to or discharged from cargo vessels to maintain stability.
Learn how ballast discharge works and how the Volpe Center assisted in developing the U.S. Coast Guard’s Final Rule on discharge standards.
Mobility on Demand: Plan, Travel, and Pay…Your Way
Working with the transportation community to create a shared vision for innovative multimodal transit payment systems, Volpe leads the way in improving trip planning, managing travel demands, and developing payment solutions for travelers and cities alike.
View the infographic to learn about innovative transportation payment systems.
Truck Side Guards Save Lives
View the infographic to see how a simple technology can save lives.
A Safer and More Efficient Airspace: Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast
The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Next Generation Transportation System—NextGen—is transforming how air traffic controllers and pilots see our national airspace. By 2020, NextGen will transition from radar technology to a far more precise global satellite network. The backbone of this evolution is a technology called Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), which Volpe has helped develop and deploy for more than a decade.
View the infographic to learn how Volpe's work to help FAA improve NextGen will make America's skies even safer and more efficient.
Proactive Safety in the Rail Industry: Safety Management Systems at Work
Clear Signal for Action (CSA) and the Confidential Close Call Reporting System (C3RS) zero in on risky behavior and conditions, and close calls in the rail industry. CSA and C3RS haven't just improved safety: they've transformed the worker-manager paradigm.
View the infographic to learn how Volpe's safety management design and analysis in support of the Federal Railroad Administration can stimulate safety culture change across an entire industry.
Motor Vehicle Crash Avoidance
Crash-avoidance technologies prevent crashes and save lives and money. These technologies—such as in-vehicle warning systems, vehicle-to-vehicle, and vehicle-to-infrastructure technologies—enable cars to communicate with drivers, other vehicles, and roadway infrastructure, and can potentially address about 95 percent of all vehicle crashes involving unimpaired drivers.
View the infographic to learn how Volpe's crash-avoidance research is making a difference.
Wake Turbulence Separation Standards for Aircraft
As airplanes move through the air, counter-rotating horizontal tornadoes are generated off the wings. This phenomenon, known as wake turbulence, creates a potentially dangerous situation for trailing aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration counts on experts at Volpe to better understand the behavior of wake turbulence and to recommend critical adjustments to aircraft separation standards.
View the infographic to learn how Volpe's wake turbulence research has been successully applied at airports across the country.
Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety and Trespass Prevention
Nearly every 180 minutes, someone in America is hit by a train. In the early 1970s, it was every 40 minutes. Our infographic on Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety and Trespass Prevention shows how Volpe, in support of the Federal Railroad Administration, is impacting rail safety.
View the infographic to learn about efforts that are underway to reduce fatalities and injuries.
Maritime Situational Awareness
Volpe has been in the vanguard of developing and deploying state-of-the-art, easy-to-use, cost-effective vessel tracking networks that enhance maritime situational awareness in waterways around the world.
View the infographic to learn how vessel tracking tools are enhancing safety and stability on the world's waterways.