The N.C. Department of Transportation is exploring how to best implement unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, into future disaster relief efforts. The department’s Division of Aviation recently collaborated with nearly 50 state and local government agencies and industry researchers for a three-day workshop, which included interactive demonstrations of drone operations in simulated scenarios.
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When it snows in Vail, Colorado, it’s a skier’s dream—but for drivers, especially of trucks maneuvering steep mountain roads, it can be treacherous. To make things safer, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) wanted to widen I-70 at both sides of mountain pass locations to allow trucks to pull off and safely chain-up their wheels.
The principles and technologies of Decision Support Systems (DSS) are being innovatively adapted to advance Transportation Systems Management & Operations (TSMO). Specific examples and associated concepts and opportunities were explored for the second year in a row at a TSMO DSS Workshop at the TRB Annual Meeting. The workshop highlighted how Connected Data Systems and other emerging sources of data for transportation operations are both enabling and challenging our capacity for performance-based TSMO. DSS evolved in the last half of the 20th Century as a computer-based se
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) have formed the Smart Belt Coalition – a first-of-its-kind collaboration – with transportation agencies in Ohio and Michigan that will focus on automated and connected vehicle initiatives.
The Virginia Department of Transportation is partnering with the crowdsourced navigation app Waze to offer more real-time information to drivers.
VDOT recently announced in a statement the partnership in which the private and public entities will share app and website data. Waze apps provide up-to-date traffic information — like speeds, accidents and navigation — based on reports provided by users.