Most drivers have encountered this situation: you are waiting to turn left at a traffic light for what seems like minutes before the arrow finally turns green and allows you to make a protected left turn. A few times while waiting for the green arrow, a gap opens in oncoming traffic, and you wish that … Continue reading Can I Make this Gap? Safety and Efficiency in Dynamic Flashing Yellow Arrows
With road trip planned and route map in hand, three Florida A&M University (FAMU)-Florida State University (FSU) College of Engineering researchers made their first stop at a familiar intersection. A two-lane minor street intersected four lanes of free-flowing traffic with a divided median. Identified as a high-crash location, residents and commuters had become wary of … Continue reading RCUTs: An Innovative Approach to Solving Complexities in Safety and Operations in Florida
The future of transportation is … complicated. Connected and automated vehicles, collectively termed CAVs, are making up an increasing share of the vehicles on the road. Fully-autonomous vehicles have already hit the streets in Gainesville. Domino’s Pizza promises a self-driving delivery fleet in the Houston area by the end of 2019. That said, a Jetsons-esque … Continue reading What Do Connected Traffic Signals Do With Unconnected Vehicles?
Over the road truckers have a lot to worry about. Their prime concern has always been to deliver goods on time, of course, but today’s drivers face many new challenges, including increased demand for freight transportation coupled with a growing commercial driver shortage and unpredictable drive times from main trunk lines to distribution centers, among … Continue reading Parking with Precision: Evaluating Commercial Truck Parking Detection Technologies
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) recently announced its annual “Sweet Sixteen” most high-value transportation research projects in the country, and FDOT was in the mix. The winning projects were chosen by the AASHTO Research Advisory Committee and comprise four high-value research projects from each of the four AASHTO regions. The … Continue reading FDOT Pedestrian Project Named to AASHTO’s Sweet 16 Most Valuable Research
It is a nightmare scenario, a driver makes a right turn but ends up in the wrong place – on railroad tracks. Cars can easily become stuck on the tracks leading to serious injuries and sometimes death. That is why the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) teamed up with the Center for Urban Transportation Research … Continue reading Tricks to Avoid the Tracks
According to Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 1,490 wrong-way driving (WWD) crashes in the state in 2015, resulting in almost as many injuries and 96 fatalities. In the years 2013-2015, there were more than 4,300 total injuries due to WWD crashes on Florida roads. While WWD crashes are relatively few, … Continue reading The Right Way to Look at Wrong-Way Driving: Identifying Influential Variables
Over the last few years, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Traffic Engineering and Operations Office worked with researchers to prevent wrong way driving and the serious crashes it can cause. The Wrong Way Driving Mitigation Initiative was recently awarded a 2017 National Roadway Safety Award from the Federal Highway Administration. This award annually recognizes … Continue reading FDOT Wrong Way Driving Initiative Receives National Roadway Safety Award