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nuTonomy launches self-driving taxi service in Singapore

In a world-first, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) spin-off nuTonomy, a leading developer of software for self-driving cars, has launched the first ever public trial of a ‘robo-taxi’ service. Select residents are being invited to take free taxi rides in Singapore's One-North business district, as shown in this video, in the autonomous vehicles that could help to imrpove road safety and reduce congestion. Human drivers are present in the car, ready to take control if necessary. To read our full report on nuTonomy's autonomous taxi service launch click here.

August 2016



Dynamic message signs go live on the I-80 Smart Corridor in California

This week (ends August 25) smart signs on overhead gantries have gone live as part of the I-80 Smart Corridor project currently being rolled out by California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). This video takes a look at how they work and how they integrate with other congestion-fighting infrastructure on, and surrounding, what is now the state's most technologically advanced stretch of roadway. For more on the project read our report, just click here.

August 2016



FHWA recommends new data-driven analysis technology to assess benefit of proposed schemes

The USDOT's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has just released this video which looks at the benefits of a modern type of data analysis, which allows DOTs to assess potential benefits of road improvements before committing tax dollars to projects. Improvements in safety and traffic flow can be assessed virtually using computer models.

August 2016



IDOT use 3D scanners to improve efficiency when surveying intersections

Rather than carrying out intersection surveys with a three-person crew, Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) are using 3D laser scanners, which save time because they can be set up quickly, and improve staff safety because workers can spend less time at dangerous work zone sites. The scanners build graphic 3D images of the intersection at which they are placed, enabling IDOT to evaluate intersection elements (such as pavement ramps). The scanners also minimize disruption, enabling traffic to flow more freely.

August 2016



New hydro demolition technology will reduce workzone times and ease congestion

Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is currently using an innovative hydro demolition system, as part of bridge deck refurbishments on its I-215 project, which will help to ease congestion by reducing workzone times, as well as saving money. The system uses high-pressure water jets to remove the top 3-4in (7-10cm) of concrete from a road surface, while another machine to collects the water and removes debris from the working area. The hydro demolition process is safe, requires few staff to carry it out, and allows them to be more precise while refurbishing the bridge, ultimately saving UDOT time and money. To read our full report on UDOT's use of the system click here.

August 2016



MIT uses on-board vehicle sensors to predict mobility demand across an entire network

This project, carried out on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) campus, equipped their 'mobility on demand' vehicles with sensors to detect pedestrian flows. The data was used to build an accurate picture of pedestrians’ movements, which in turn could be used to plan vehicle locations, thereby improving the efficiency of a system. These 'arrival rate trends' could be scaled up to estimate vehicle demands in any mobility on demand system.

August 2016



San Antonio District, Texas, reduces 'wrong way driver' incidents by 30%

This video gives an overview of ITS, used by Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), San Antonio District and Texas A&M University, over the last four years to reduce 'wrong way driver' incidents. One of the key pieces of technology is a sign that detects vehicles driving the wrong way on a highway and flashes to warn them. In the future, TxDOT is also looking to adopt connected vehicle technology to help them to further overcome this safety challenge.

August 2016



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