New Vehicle Safety Information, Safety Hazard Analysis Tool, and more

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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


NHTSA Arms Drivers with Easy-to-Find Vehicle Safety Information


NHTSA recently unveiled a vehicle identification number (VIN) look-up tool on its website. Volpe experts worked with NHTSA to develop the tool, which allows drivers to enter a VIN and identify whether that vehicle is subject to a safety recall issued over the last 15 years.

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Transportation and the Economy Speaker Series

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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African Nations Gain Vessel- Tracking Skills

Volpe hosted nine representatives from Cape Verde, Senegal, and Tanzania this summer to teach them how to install and maintain the Volpe-developed vessel tracking system that can help African nations combat criminal maritime activities...more


Safety Hazard Analysis Tool Receives Excellence in Technology Transfer Award

SafetyHAT, a software tool that is free for public download, was designed to facilitate the hazard analysis of complex systems. The Federal Lab Consortium honored Volpe staff for bringing outstanding government-developed technology to the commercial marketplace...more

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Eco-Logical: An Ecosystem Approach to Developing Infrastructure

Volpe’s environmental and planning experts led a group of eight federal agencies and several states to develop an unprecedented guide for creating infrastructure development in a way that considers regional natural resource priorities...more

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Car Culture and the Suburbs in Mexico City

Across Mexico City, car ownership is increasing, but that trend isn't coming from the suburbs. During a recent talk at Volpe, University of Pennsylvania professor Erick Guerra explored the relationship between Mexico City's suburbanization and car culture...more

Volpe Staff at Local and National Events

Volpe staff were featured at a number of key engagements in September, including the following:

  • September 25-26: Eric Boeker discussed aircraft noise modeling at the European Civil Aviation Conference held in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Boeker reported on Aviation Environmental Design Tool results that will be included in two international aircraft noise modeling documents.  

  • September 11: James Andrew and Bill Lyons facilitated a workshop for the Federal Highway Administration on multi-jurisdictional transportation planning. The “Models of Regional Cooperation” workshop in Birmingham, Alabama, brought together experts to discuss ways to improve collaboration to promote interagency agreements and improved planning processes that cross agency jurisdictional boundaries.   

  • September 8-11: Kevin Gay served as the U.S. DOT representative at the Intelligent Transportation Systems World Congress for the Connected Vehicle Safety Technology Demonstration in Detroit, Michigan. Demonstration participants rode in vehicles from various auto makers and experienced the effectiveness of the safety applications in staged potential crash scenarios.

  • September 4: Dr. Stephen Popkin participated at the National Academies “Panel on Research Methodologies and Statistical Approaches to Understanding Driver Fatigue Factors in Motor Carrier Safety and Driver Health.” Dr. Popkin discussed Volpe's evaluative approach, data, and experience in setting up a website sponsored by the FRA to educate locomotive engineers, conductors, and their families.  

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