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President Barack Obama and Secretary of Transportation Anthony J. Foxx Visit Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center


On July 15, 2014, the U.S. President Barack H. Obama and Secretary of Transportation Anthony J. Foxx visited the Federal Highway Administration’s Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center to speak about the importance of transportation to the Nation. While at the facility, the President visited the Human Factors Laboratory and Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory, and spoke to employees and the Nation.

Take a visual tour of some of the high points during the President’s visit.

Secretary Anthony Foxx and Michael Trentacoste Greet the President

The President’s Limousine enters the events area.  The President’s limousine enters the events area.

 

Transportation Secretary Anthony J. Foxx (left) and Michael Trentacoste, the director of the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, shake the hand of the President as FHWA employees look on.
Transportation Secretary Anthony J. Foxx (left) and Michael Trentacoste, the director of the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, shake the hand of the President as FHWA employees look on.
Transportation Secretary Anthony J. Foxx (top) and Michael Trentacoste, the director of the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, shake the hand of the President as FHWA employees look on.

 

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President Takes a Spin in FHWA’s Highway Driving Simulator

David Yang, Human Factors Team Leader, shows President Barack Obama FHWA’s Highway Driving Simulator during his tour of the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center. The President quipped that it was the first time that he had driven a car, relatively speaking, in 6 years.
President Obama test drove a freeway environment in FHWA’s Highway Driving Simulator in the Human Factor’s Laboratory. The President quipped that it was the first time that he had driven a car, relatively speaking, in 6 years.
David Yang, Human Factors Team Leader, shows President Barack Obama FHWA’s Highway Driving Simulator during his tour of the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center. The President quipped that it was the first time that he had driven a car, relatively speaking, in 6 years.

 

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The President Visits the Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory

Director of Operations Research and Development Joe Peters explains the high-tech nature of vehicle-to-infrastructure communications and how the technology will one day help save lives and reduce congestion (left). During the visit to the Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory, which houses the equipment needed for testing vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, Taylor Lochrane shared research details with the President.
Director of Operations Research and Development Joe Peters explains the high-tech nature of vehicle-to-infrastructure communications and how the technology will one day help save lives and reduce congestion (left). During the visit to the Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory, which houses the equipment needed for testing vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, Taylor Lochrane shared research details with the President.
Director of Operations Research and Development Joe Peters explains the high-tech nature of vehicle-to-infrastructure communications and how the technology will one day help save lives and reduce congestion (top). During the visit to the Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory, which houses the equipment needed for testing vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, Taylor Lochrane shared research details with the President.

 

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President Obama Speaks to Researchers and Employees

The President stands in front of three test vehicles as he speaks to the employees at FHWA.
The President stands in front of three test vehicles as he speaks to the employees at FHWA.
The President stands in front of three test vehicles as he speaks to the employees at FHWA.

 

AAs the President made his exit, he took a few moments to shake the hands of FHWA employees. In the background, the security detail watched closely.As the President made his exit, he took a few moments to shake the hands of FHWA employees. In the background, the security detail watched closely.

 

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