Transportation Technology

Issues & Modes / Transportation Technology

A technological revolution has shifted the transportation services available to customers and the way they interact with those options. From demand management systems, intelligent traffic signals, vehicle automation, and new mobility options, technology is altering how the transportation system functions. While the long-term outcome of recent mobility additions like ridehailing services and dockless electric scooters is unknown, these services have already begun to influence regulation and legislation in cities and states. In some cases, technology has also changed the user experience by, for example, making it easier for transit riders to access the bus schedule and to see when their next bus will arrive.

Still Waiting for NHTSA to Take Control of Self-Driving Car Debate

August 31, 2016 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has punted the release of its long-awaited guidance for...

BTS Releases Smartphone App Version of Pocket Guide to Transportation

[caption id="attachment_26669" align="alignright" width="189"] (Source: Pocket Guide to Transportation)[/caption] August 24,...

Capital Convergence: Innovation in Washington

The proliferation of mobile technology and the rapid acceleration of computer processing power have driven a renaissance of innovation...

FTA Requests Public Input for 5-Year Research Plan

August 18, 2016 As the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) develops its department-wide, five-year strategic research plan, the...

Mapping the Digital City

“Why don’t you stop and ask for directions?” For decades, the now-anachronistic question encapsulated American identity,...

Autonomous Vehicles: Can They Improve Safety and Accelerate Environmental Progress?

Are autonomous vehicles the “next big thing” to transform our transportation system? If so, how soon, and what are the consequences...

Competition for Federal Grants Breeds Transportation Innovation

Last month’s unveiling of the winner of the Smart Cities Challenge got a lot of attention (congrats, Columbus!) That program, run by...

A Brief History of Big Data (in Federal Transportation)

Guest op-ed by Thomas Grogan, Senior Economist, HDR, Inc. Big Data is big. Big enough to generate 3.5 billion search results each...

Distracted Driving’s New Challenge: Pokemon Go

August 3, 2016 Last month, like every month, Tennessee’s Highway Safety Office (HSO) joined numerous agencies across the United...

NHTSA Releases Preliminary Report on Fatal Tesla Crash Ahead of AV Guidance

July 27, 2016 On May 7th, 2016, a Tesla Model S traveling eastbound on US-27A in northern Florida struck and passed under a...

Preparing Our Towns & Cities for a Fleet of Self-Driving Vehicles

A substantial shift in transportation options is emerging, with various technologies advancing to market for connected and highly...

FAA Extension Emphasizes Drone Safety to Protect Airports and Emergency Responders

The FAA Extension (Safety and Security Act of 2016) passed just before Congress’ longest recess in decades, included a small helping...

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