A significant increase in traffic-related pedestrian fatalities has been experienced in the U.S. over the past decade. The objective of this research is to increase ENTERPRISE members’ understanding of pedestrian safety issues and detection techniques and identify potential approaches to test the technical feasibility of pedestrian detection and alert systems, especially at signalized intersections. The project will conduct a literature search to provide context around safety issues that could potentially be addressed through improved pedestrian detection and alert systems. A scan of safety approaches will be completed to identify pedestrian detection techniques and alert systems with a focus on technology-based solutions and pedestrian-vehicle interactions at signalized intersections.
This research is exploring the impacts of FHWA Final Rule Construction and Maintenance-Promoting Innovation in Use of Patented and Proprietary Products, in which the requirements in 23 CFR 635.411(a)-(e) were rescinded to encourage innovation in the development of highway transportation technology and methods. State DOTs will no longer be required to provide certifications, make public interest findings (PIFs), or develop research or experimental work plans to use patented or proprietary products in Federal-aid projects. This project will investigate how this waiver is being implemented in practice, through outreach to FHWA and State DOT procurement staff.
ENTERPRISE member states have had to adjust operational responses due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The objective of this project is to document and share ENTERPRISE member agencies’ traffic operations responses gathered through phone interviews and a peer exchange webinar.
Traffic Management Center (TMC) operators need to be alerted of incidents in a timely manner, to initiate responses and manage traffic implications. Commercially available products can provide automated incident detection functionality with alerts to operators, to improve overall awareness and response. The objective of this project is to understand the current state-of-practice for commercially available traffic incident detection systems and define common user needs for agency use of these systems.
Many transportation agencies would like to provide map updates (e.g. road change alignment, road closure, detour route) to mapping/navigation companies (e.g. Waze, Google, Apple, TomTom), however the process for communicating this information may be unclear. The ENTERPRISE Pooled Fund Study is conducting this project to develop a consistent communication approach for providing transportation agency map updates to mapping companies that utilize Department of Transportation (DOT) generated data for various applications such as route guidance. Communicating these map updates will help improve the accuracy of information disseminated through traveler information mechanisms such as mobile applications.
Traveler information has long been a management and operations strategy for transportation agencies. Used to inform travelers of events that may impact their trips, traveler information services have evolved considerably since the national designation of 511 in 2000. ENTERPRISE initiated this project to review the current state of traveler information practice for reporting road weather events and to explore the possibility of creating a community of practice and providing guidance on future practices. This project builds off recent work completed by ENTERPRISE that researched how agencies are automating the process of reporting winter road weather conditions. It will also revisit previous work on the next era of traveler information.