Vulnerable Road User Safety: Making Travel Safer Using Pedestrian Safety Technologies
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office (JPO) Professional Capacity Building (PCB) Program invites you to an upcoming Talking Technology and Transportation Webinar.
A major safety concern among transportation professionals across the United States is the growing number of traffic fatalities involving pedestrians and bicyclists, the vulnerable road users. Recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that 6,827 pedestrians and bicyclists were killed in traffic crashes in 2016, constituting roughly 18 percent of all traffic-related deaths. This fatality rate was a 10.3 percent increase from 2015. The recent surge of connected vehicle technology has led to the development of vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P) communication systems aimed at improving the safety and mobility of vulnerable road users. Given that V2P systems are new to the roadway environment and involve communication technologies that can take many forms, the U.S. DOT is interested in assessing how these emerging safety applications might function in the real world and impact safety for vulnerable road users.
As part of the V2P Test Bed project, the research team conducted a technology scan of the V2P systems available to date, either in the final stages of development or available in the market. A V2P Test Bed was established at the Federal Highway Administration’s Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) to assess the safety effectiveness of a few selected market-ready V2P systems. This presentation will discuss the results of the V2P Technology Scan and development of an Assessment Plan, as well as present preliminary results from the safety effectiveness evaluation performed on multiple market-ready V2P systems. Research outcomes identifying the strengths and weaknesses of existing V2P technologies will be presented, which can be used to guide the development of future pedestrian safety applications to maximize road user safety and mobility.