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Introducing Students to Careers in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)

In 2014, FHWA sponsored an SBIR topic titled “STEM Education: Increasing Awareness about Intelligent Transportation Systems and Connected Vehicle Technologies for High School Students.” The topic aimed to create innovative, hands-on, problem-based learning opportunities that would give students the...

How Much Time Do Americans Spend Behind the Wheel?

U.S. DOT Volpe Center Chief Economist Don Pickrell and a team of Volpe Center data experts recently completed an in-depth study for the Federal Highway Administration to produce detailed statistics on travel speeds and vehicle hours traveled that can provide new levels of insight into how...

How an Automated Car Platoon Works

With emerging automated driving technology, self-driving cars may soon have the capability to form a platoon on a highway, which could improve travel time, increase lane capacity, and reduce congestion. A car platooning proof-of-concept was tested and evaluated at a U.S. Army facility in...

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

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. 

Protecting Endangered Bats, Streamlining Highway Projects

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...