TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 794: Median Cross-Section Design for Rural Divided Highways provides guidelines for designing typical cross-sections for medians on new and existing rural freeways and divided highways.
The U.S. Department of Transportation's plans for the future of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Research are available now! The ITS Joint Program Office just released the ITS Strategic Plan 2015-2019, outlining the direction and goals of the ITS Program.
Some highlights of the plan include program categories, which provide the structure for research, development, and adoption of ITS technologies:
TRB's Access Management Manual, second edition, provides guidance on a coordinated approach to transportation and community design that is designed to help enhance mobility, provide greater mode choice, and improve environmental quality. The content is interdisciplinary, with guidance pertinent to various levels of government as well as to pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorized vehicles-including trucks and buses. Access management is addressed comprehensively, as a critical part of network and land use planning.
TRB's Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2427 consists of 9 papers that examine ecospeed-controlled vehicles at signalized intersections; the attributes and value of ecologically friendly route choices; network-wide vehicle energy consumption and ecorouting; fuel economy of ecodriving programs in Manila, Philippines, and Tokyo, Japan; and preliminary testing and evaluation of ecolane applications.
1. Google Driverless Cars
On the onset of winter break, on December 23, Google announced its first fully functional driverless car, which is ready for testing on public roads. Prior to this, the Internet giant developed various prototypes that lacked on different fundamental and functional aspects.