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FHWA R&T Now - July 2014
A news update of research, technology, and development from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
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President Barack Obama and Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx Visit
Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center
|Michael Trentacoste, director of Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center and Associate Administrator of Research, Development, and Technology, shakes President Obama’s hand.
On July 15, 2014, U.S. President Barack H. Obama and Secretary of Transportation Anthony J. Foxx visited the Federal Highway Administration’s Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) to speak about the importance of transportation, new technology, and infrastructure. While at the facility, the President visited the Human Factors Laboratory and Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratoryand spoke to employees and the Nation.
Photos of the event are available at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/research/resources/obama_visits_tfhrc.cfm. To read President Obama’s remarks, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/15/remarks-president-economy-mclean-va.
EAR Program Funds Research on Cooperative Highway and Vehicle Systems
The Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program has funded six new research projects as part of a federal research and development investment in cooperative highway and vehicle systems. The research is supported or conducted by FHWA’s Office of Operations Research and Development (R&D), Office of Safety R&D, Office of Operations, Office of Safety, and the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Joint Program Office.
Over the next 5 to 10 years, the EAR Program anticipates a successful demonstration and adoption of current technology systems into highway transportation. These projects focus on the development of new technologies and approaches that would supplement currently projected systems.
The scope of these projects includes the development of operational scenarios based on Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control (CACC) and real-time traffic management concepts; development of a generalizable tool to facilitate hardware‐in‐the‐loop simulation of connected vehicle technologies; development of new methods for obtaining real‐time data to support automated systems; and new operating concepts for truck platooning through CACC that can provide value within the context of specific roadway types or operating conditions.
Investigators are from the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Minnesota; Texas A&M University; Honeywell ACS; the California Department of Transportation; and Auburn University.
For more information regarding these projects, contact Robert Ferlis, 202-493-3268, email@example.com. For more information about the EAR Program, contact David Kuehn, 202-493-3414, firstname.lastname@example.org.
FHWA and AASHTO Discuss National Connected Vehicle Field Infrastructure Footprint Analysis
On June 24, 2014, FHWA and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) discussed the National Connected Vehicle Field Infrastructure Footprint Analysis at the Integrated Corridor Transportation Management System Workshop and Joint Midyear Meeting of Transportation Research Board Committees.
A joint effort between FHWA and AASHTO, the analysis is focused on the development of a deployment footprint and plan that will describe the need for connected vehicle infrastructure; the form that the infrastructure should take; where and when the infrastructure should be deployed; and the cost, organizational, and institutional implications of deploying the infrastructure. The analysis is expected to result in a policy foundation for a connected vehicle environment.
More information about the event is available at http://www.cvent.com/events/integrated-corridor-transportation-management-workshop-and-joint-midyear-meetings-of-sponsoring-trb-/event-summary-f99c82596e6d4d7f8b5b9591d574f57c.aspx and by contacting Jon Obenberger, 202-493-3265, email@example.com.
For more information about the Footprint Analysis, contact Ben McKeever, 202-493-3270, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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