The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, Diana Furchtgott-Roth, and other attendees from the Future Active Saftey Technology(FAST) Toward Zero Accidents Symposium visited VTTI on a tour to learn more about VTTI and Safe-D research. Continue reading
Last year, there were more than 250 million cars and trucks on the road in the United States, with more than 35,000 vehicle-related fatalities. Vehicle collisions are the most common non-illness-related way to die in this country. Yet the American driving landscape is changing rapidly, with driverless and semi-automated cars, ride-sharing and connected vehicles all growing quickly in popularity and ubiquity. To help understand how these changes will impact both driver and pedestrian safety, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded a five-year grant that, including matching funds, will total $28 million to a consortium consisting of San Diego State University, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI). The center is named “Safety through Disruption (SafeD): Goal Zero” and will be led by the VTTI.
In the UTC research priority area of Promoting Safety, TTI is a consortium member of a National Tier center titled Safety Through Disruption: Goal Zero, which is led by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI). San Diego State University is also a consortium member. TTI is also partnered on a Tier 1 center led by the University of Arkansas, the Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center, which focuses on maritime transportation. Other consortium members include Jackson State University, Louisiana State University, the University of New Orleans and Vanderbilt University.