A new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), an agency of Congress, found that the development of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technologies has progressed to the point of real world testing and, if broadly deployed, they are anticipated to offer significant safety benefits. To see the full report, please visit here.
NewFree T3 Webinar! Using ITS to Increase the Effectiveness of Your Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Program
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 | 1:00pm EDT
Traffic Incident Management (TIM) consists of a planned and coordinated multi-disciplinary process to detect, respond to, and clear traffic incidents so that traffic flow may be restored as safely and quickly as possible. Effective TIM reduces the duration and impacts of traffic incidents and improves the safety of motorists, crash victims and emergency responders.
This webinar will feature speakers from a range of transportation agencies discussing using ITS technology to enhance their Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Programs. Challenges, successes, and future direction of ITS integration with TIM Programs; and sharing various ideas on how performance measures can help improve a TIM program will be discussed.
To register for this webinar, or for more information, including speaker bios, click here.
USDOT to Host Public Meeting to Seek Comments on Connected Vehicle Applications for Traffic Management
October 22-23, 2013 | Detroit, Michigan
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has announced a two-day public meeting to seek stakeholder input on the Intelligent Network Flow Optimization (INFLO) bundle of applications. This bundle features three high-priority, transformative applications that have the potential to maximize roadway throughput, reduce crashes, and reduce fuel consumption through the use of data from wirelessly connected vehicles, traveler communication devices, and smart infrastructure. The USDOT's Dynamic Mobility Applications (DMA) program identified the three applications-queue warning (Q-WARN), dynamic speed harmonization (SPD-HARM), and cooperative adaptive cruise control (CACC)-as high priority for the Connected Vehicle Research Program. For more information or to register online, please visit here.
Bridge-Highway Closure Policies Webinar – Thursday, October 24, 2013 – 10:00 to 11:00 AM
The I-95 Corridor Coalition will hold a webinar on Thursday, October 24, 2013, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on their recently completed Highway-Bridge Closure Policies Survey.
Transportation agencies' activities regarding SuperStorm Sandy and other major weather-related events had a widespread geographical impact along the I-95 Corridor. Based on this, the I-95 Corridor Coalition Executive Board requested that the Coalition conduct a Significant Weather-Related Events Response Project to determine issues to be addressed as well as the Coalition's prospective coordinative role as an information facilitator during emergency response. Part of the initial effort was conducting a brief survey of the Coalition States seeking information about agency's policies and practices pertaining to bridge-highway closures during significant weather events. The survey has been completed, and results will be presented during the October 24th Webinar.
To register for the October 24, 2013 Webinar, please email DottyD@aol.com and provide your name, title, organization, and email address. You will receive a confirmation email containing the webinar connection information and instructions.
USDOT staff presentations from the Connected Vehicle Public Meeting (September 24-26, 2013) Now Available
The presentations made by U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) staff at the recently held Connected Vehicle Public Meeting are now available. This event featured discussions on the ITS JPO's connected vehicle safety program, including vehicle-to-vehicle communications, safety pilot, vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, human factors, and policy. There ware also special sessions dedicated to the ITS Strategic Plan for 2015 to 2019 and the USDOT Multimodal Plan for Vehicle Automation. To view the presentations, please visit here.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), has developed a seven-part video series about commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) and commercial driver's licenses (CDLs).
The videos provide law enforcement officers with a basic understanding of CDLs, including how to examine a CDL, security features, and ways to identify a fraudulent CDL. The videos also explain how to conduct traffic enforcement on trucks and buses that commit traffic violations such as speeding, following too closely, and failing to maintain proper lane control. These highly visible, driver-related crash factors account for 90 percent of fatal crashes involving trucks and buses, but they can be easily reduced by removing unsafe vehicles and unsafe drivers from our roadways. Additionally, the videos provide officers with safety considerations to take into account when interacting with a CMV and the drivers of these vehicles.The videos can be viewed here.