USDOT Volpe Center
Volpe, The National Transportation Systems Center, has been helping the transportation community navigate the most challenging transportation problems for more than 40 years. Volpe’s mission is to improve transportation by anticipating and addressing emerging issues and advancing technical, operational, and institutional innovations across all transportation modes.

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Free ITS Training Opportunities

September 1 – October 12, 2017: Principles and Tools for Road Weather Management (0.8 CEUs)

This course provides transportation professionals in highway maintenance and/or highway operations with training to develop tools and strategies for addressing road weather problems. The course begins with an overview of the types of road weather problems and their associated costs, as well as basic meteorology for non-meteorologists. Through this course, participants are exposed to various strategies for addressing road weather problems, including Road Weather Information Systems (RWIS) and the development of crosscutting decision support systems to respond effectively to weather situations. In addition, road weather solutions unique to maintenance management, traffic management, traveler information, and emergency management are discussed.

Instructor: Leon Osborne, Professor of atmospheric science and Director of the Regional Weather Information Center at the University of North Dakota

For more information:  http://www.citeconsortium.org/course/principles-and-tools-for-road-weather-management-blended

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September 22 – October 25, 2017: Managing High Technology Projects in Transportation (1.0 CEUs)

This course is designed to improve the project management skills of public and private sector personnel who are responsible for managing the implementation of technology-intensive transportation projects. The course provides training related to the fundamental principles and practices of good project management; the steps of planning, designing, and implementing transportation systems projects; the types of project management tools available for managing transportation systems projects; and the basic skills required to be a good project manager.

Instructor: Paul Olson, P.E., PTOE

For more information: http://www.citeconsortium.org/course/managing-high-technology-projects-in-transportation-2/

August 2017 Volpe Bulletin
This bulletin contains information about how effective pedestrian detection systems in cars are, how an automated car platoon works, and improving service and safety at Penn Station in New York City.

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June 2017 Volpe Bulletin
This bulletin contains information about how traditional aviation testing can inform unmanned aerial technologies and includes the analysis of online media reporting on rail suicide and trespass incidents.

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April/May 2017 Volpe Bulletin
This bulletin contains information about the safety impact of following distances between heavy trucks in automated platoons.

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March 2017 Volpe Bulletin
This bulletin contains information about the USDOT SBIR Awards, the National Transportation Noise Map, integrating space vehicle operations into the National Airspace System, and safer and more reliable Automotive Electronic Control Systems.

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February 2017 Volpe Bulletin
This bulletin contains new documentary on rail safety, life-saving V2P technology, and innovative transportation solutions with General McDew.

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Highlights of 2016 Transportation Research and Thought Leadership
This report highlights some of the most important events through 2016 including Eye-Tracking Safety Technology, Investigating the Landscape for Hyperloop travel, and an introduction to the new Technical Center Director Gregory Joyner.

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Driver Acceptance of Collision Warning Applications Based on Heavy-Truck V2V Technology
Click Here to Read NHTSA's Document on Driver Acceptance of Collision Warning Applications Based on Heavy-Truck V2V Technology

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Investigating Wearable Sensors in Transportation Research
Small, efficient, and accurate wearable sensors have opened up new levels of data granularity for transportation researchers. However, there are hurdles to adopting their widespread use in transportation.

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