6 Emerging Transportation Issues for 2016

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U.S. Department of Transportation
Office of Research and Technology

January 28, 2016


Volpe Looks Forward…and Toward Its Next Director


In 2016, Volpe will take action on six emerging issues: Advanced automation and emerging technologies; breakthroughs in safety; data analytics, visualization, and real-time decision making; transportation energy and sustainability; transportation system resiliency; and on-demand mobility, smart cities, and livable communities.

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New Video Playlist Features 2015 Speaker Series

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Watch a new YouTube playlist and read news highlights from our 2015 speaker series Beyond Traffic 2045: Reimagining Transportation.

The series delved into insights on automation, navigation, communication, robotics, and smart cities with thought leaders exploring technology, disruptive innovation, and the future of transportation.


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