My grandfather worked for both PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike as a bridge foreman. Toward the end of his career, he prided himself on describing his job as “being responsible for all the bridges on the Turnpike between Somerset and the Ohio Line.” Whenever I drive over them on my travels back home, I think of him and the importance of keeping those bridges maintained to keep traffic moving and people safe.
In a nationally covered story last month, 7,500 pounds of hagfish spilled onto Oregon’s Highway 101 causing a five car pileup. While much of the news focused on the truly incredible pictures and videos of the spill, we wanted to learn more about the response itself, the scene on the ground, and how previous training and cross agency collaboration made for an efficient and safe cleanup process.
The Automated Vehicles Symposium (organized by the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Transportation Research Board (TRB)) has fast become the largest gathering of professionals involved with making automated vehicles a reality. Attendance has increased significantly since the event’s inception six years ago when 125 participated; this past July in San Francisco, there were 1,500 on hand.
The field itself has come a long way. Last year’s Symposium proceedings stated it well:
The USDOT has released several new reports highlighting its latest research initiatives and findings related to intelligent transportation system (ITS) technologies and connected vehicles:
Transportation Systems Sector Colleagues –
TSMO is a set of integrated strategies to optimize the performance of operations on existing infrastructure through implementation of multimodal and intermodal, cross-jurisdictional systems, services, and projects designed to preserve capacity and improve security, safety, and reliability of a transportation system.