Reducing Traffic Fatalities to Zero

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Volpe The National Transportation Systems Center

U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

November 29, 2016


Traveling the Road to Zero Vehicle Fatalities


Fatal crashes are increasing, but nearly all of them are theoretically preventable. Volpe recently hosted NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind to talk about strategies and actions to achieve zero deaths on America’s roads.

Road to Zero Fatalities
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The Future of Transportation

Future of Transportation Series

Volpe recently wrapped up its 2016 speaker series The Future of Transportation: Safety, Opportunity, and Innovation.

For news and videos from each of our distinguished speakers, please visit our Future of Transportation page.

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What Transportation Planners Can Learn About Ridesharing from College Campuses

New ridesharing technologies and transportation demand management strategies mean that how people travel to and from their college campuses may be changing. A recent report identifies innovative practices that universities have used to reduce auto traffic and parking, and discusses how those practices can be used by state, regional, and local transportation agencies. Read the full story.

Edward Glaeser speaking as part of Volpe’s Future of Transportation series.

Exploring the Interplay Between Cities and Transportation

As much as ever, transportation technologies are shaping America’s cities. Technology is changing quickly, and smart, sensible transportation is part of realizing an inclusive American dream, said Harvard University economics professor Edward Glaeser during a recent talk at Volpe. Read the full story.

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An App for Monitoring Tractor-Trailers’ Fuel Usage

Through U.S. DOT’s SBIR program, Mainstream Engineering Corporation developed a free vehicle-monitoring app that performs trip diagnostics that could lead to major money-saving alterations for drivers and motor carriers. Small businesses can apply for SBIR funding through the current solicitation until December 21, 2016. Learn more.

Jobs at Volpe

The following professional opportunity is available at Volpe:

  • Environmental Protection Specialist
  • Economist
  • Interdisciplinary Computer Engineer/Computer Scientist

Volpe Staff at U.S. and International Events

Volpe staff were featured at the following events in November:

  • Eli Machek, Scott Smith, and staff from FHWA and NHTSA represented U.S. DOT at the Japan Cabinet Office’s Cross-Ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP) Workshop on Connected and Automated Driving Systems 2016, held November 13–19 in Tokyo, Japan. Smith was the U.S. speaker and a participant in the impact assessment session. Machek was the U.S. speaker and a participant in the Next Generation transport session. Machek also served as U.S. DOT co-chair for the EU-US-Japan Automation in Road Transportation Working Group meeting.

  • Larry Barr participated in the NASA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management Convention, held November 9-10 in Syracuse, New York. Volpe’s work in this area includes identifying and analyzing future safety risks for integrating and operating low-altitude unmanned aircraft systems in civil airspace.

  • Karen Van Dyke and Dr. Andrew Hansen participated in discussions at the 11th meeting of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems, held November 6-11 in Sochi, Russia. Volpe’s work monitors and assesses civil global navigation satellite systems and evaluates tolerable power levels to adjacent radiofrequency bands. Under the auspices of the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs, the committee focuses on interoperability and compatibility of global satellite navigation systems to include the U.S. global positioning system, Russian GLONASS system, Chinese BeiDou system, European Galileo system, and regional systems from Japan and India.

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