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Publication Number: FHWA-RD-00-061
Date: September 2000
Jack Springer has joined the long-term pavement performance (LTPP) program as a highway research engineer. He will be responsible for overseeing field operations for the four LTPP regions. Springer had previously worked since 1995 in FHWA's Ohio division office as a research technology transfer engineer and urban program engineer.
On July 19, the first National Intelligent Vehicle Initiative (IVI) meeting was kicked off at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, Virginia, with demonstrations of highly-equipped light, commercial, transit, and specialty vehicles. Participants were able to test drive the vehicles, which ranged from smart cars and trucks to a bus and a snowplow, and received a first-hand look at such features as lane change warning systems, adaptive cruise control, and night vision. Technologies that facilitate rear-end collision avoidance were also demonstrated.
As part of the Intelligent Vehicle Initiative, the motor vehicle industry and four agencies of the U.S. Department of Transportation (the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and Federal Transit Administration) have joined forces to advance the development and marketing of IVI products. IVI systems can potentially alert drivers of hazards on the road, recommend a safe course of action, and even take over partial control of the vehicle to avoid collisions.
For more information about the Intelligent Vehicle Initiative, contact Ray Resendes at FHWA, 202-366-2182 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
For States looking for more information on long-term pavement performance program (LTPP) products and data collection, an important resource to turn to is the LTPP regional staff. For information on data collection activities in the Western and North Central parts of the country, contact Monte Symons at 708-283-3549 (fax: 708-283-3501; email: email@example.com). For details on data collection activities in the Southern and North Atlantic regions, contact Luis Rodriguez at 404-562-3681 (fax: 404-562-3700; email: firstname.lastname@example.org). For information on LTPP product development and implementation, contact:
A new CD-ROM available from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Pavement Preservation: State of the Practice, July 2000, points the way for highway agencies looking to successfully initiate a pavement preservation program. The CD-ROM contains guidelines on pavement preservation from the departments of transportation in California, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio. These agencies share the best practices they have learned, as well as the benefits that have resulted from their preservation efforts. These benefits include improved ride quality, extended service life, and increased customer satisfaction.
The CD-ROM was developed as a cooperative effort of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Lead States Team for Pavement Preservation, Foundation for Pavement Preservation, and FHWA. To obtain a copy, contact the FHWA Research and Technology Report Center at 301-577-0906 (fax: 301-577-1421). For more information, contact Jim Sorenson at FHWA, 202-366-1333 (fax: 202-366-9981; email: email@example.com).
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