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Traffic Safety Awareness Day

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June 21, 2016

Join us for hands-on exhibits and demonstrations that show the intersection of safety and health, human factors, and the transportation enterprise.

Volpe Talks: Transportation Ideas Worth Sharing

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April 19, 2016

As part of the Cambridge Science Festival, Volpe team members working on emerging transportation issues delivered a series of short talks, followed by a tour of Volpe's simulators.

Federal Career Fair for Recent Graduates

2016 Federal Career Fair

April 7, 2016

Exciting opportunities are available to join the U.S. DOT team of talented professionals who resolve real-world transportation problems. Learn more and apply.

Between Public and Private Mobility: Examining the Rise of Technology-Enabled Transportation Services

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December 11, 2015

TRB Executive Director Neil Pedersen discussed a new study that addresses a number of policy issues associated with technology-enabled transportation services, such as car-sharing and bike-sharing microtransit services, and transportation network companies, such as Uber and Lyft.

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Realizing Self-Driving Vehicles

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December 1, 2015

Eventually, self-driving vehicles will reshape the way we live in, and move through, our communities and cities. During this talk, Director of Google's Self-Driving Car Program Chris Urmson shared some fun stories and lessons, along with Google’s vision for how these vehicles will become a reality.

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Re-Programming Mobility 2030: Scenarios of Digital Transformation in Metropolitan America

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November 24, 2015

NYU Senior Research Scientist Anthony Townsend highlighted key findings from an alternative futures scenario exercise and explored how mobility and land use patterns could shift in U.S. metropolitan areas over the coming decades.

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Innovation…It’s More Than a Buzz Word

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November 17, 2015

Ken Gabriel, president and CEO of Draper, explored what innovation can look like in a time when the infusion of new technologies into our transportation systems is on the rise and increasing in pace.

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Industry Disruption - How Connectivity is Redefining Personal Mobility

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November 12, 2015

From car-sharing programs, to autonomous vehicles, to other groundbreaking technological advances, the next 30 years are going to bring a transformational change to the auto industry. GM's Harry Lightsey shared the industry perspective on where we've been, and where we are going.

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Towards 2050: Options for Reducing Light-Duty Vehicle Energy Use and GHG Emissions

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November 5, 2015

What reductions can we realistically, over time, expect? As yet, there are only a few inherently promising options. How can we cut through the hype and use the resources we have to best effect? Dr. John B. Heywood discussed these big questions during Volpe's newest thought leadership series.

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SBIR Pre-Proposal Webinar

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October 21, 2015

U.S. DOT will host a pre-proposal webinar for the 16.1 SBIR Solicitation on October 21, 2015, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. (ET). Anyone interested in applying is urged to attend this webinar, which will provide information on the application process and featured solicitation topics.