New Driving Simulator, Wake Turbulence Research, Calculating Truck Crashes

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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

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Volpe The National Transportation Systems Center

U.S. Department of Transportation

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology


New Simulator Enables Testing of Dangerous Driving Scenarios with No Harm to Drivers


Volpe recently acquired a new research simulator to understand driver behavior. Owned by the Federal Railroad Administration, the driving simulator helps researchers examine user reactions in a myriad of scenarios, providing important safety data that shapes new technologies and federal regulations.

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New Series: Transportation and the Economy

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Series Kickoff : "Logistics Clusters: Jobs, Growth, and Economic Development"

October 3, 2014
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Dr. Yossi Sheffi


Elisha Gray II Professor of Engineering Systems
Director, Center for Transportation and Logistics
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Attend the event via webinar or join us in person.

Learn more about the other speakers in the series on our website.

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Volpe Staff at National and Local Events

Volpe staff were featured at the Global Level Crossing Safety & Trespass Prevention Symposium at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign from August 3 through 8.

  • Stephanie Chase and Scott Gabree, along with other experts, presented on Outcomes and Next Steps from Working Group Meeting of International Railway Suicide Experts and FRA R&D Evaluation of Suicide Countermeasures

  • Suzanne Horton, Marco da Silva, and Tashi Ngamdung presented on Evaluation of Education and Outreach Methods and Strategies: A Case Study of a Web-Based Rail Safety Education Initiative

  • Adrian Hellman presented on Level Crossing Crash Taxonomy for Connected Vehicle Safety Research

  • Aaron Jette, along with another expert, presented on Evaluating Community-Based Approaches to Trespass Prevention

  • Adrian Hellman and Aaron Lamplugh presented on Preliminary Analysis of LED Enhanced Signs at a Passive Rural Level Crossing

  • Marco da Silva, Scott Gabree, and Stephanie Chase, along with another expert, presented on the Effect of Gate Skirts on Pedestrian Behavior at a Highway-Rail Grade Crossing

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