Transportation agencies continue to deploy and operate emerging technologies and ITS assets in both urban and rural areas. These assets serve key roles in operations of the transportation system. Maintaining the ability of these ITS assets to continue to be of value in the future is referred to as “future proofing the asset.” The focus of this project is on researching best practices and overall approaches towards future proofing ITS assets. As part of this research, five categories of threats have been identified that present possible risks to the future of ITS assets, including: natural, functional performance, financial, policy/regulatory, and security threats. The research has identified multiple approaches for mitigating the future proofing risks to ITS assets and these will be synthesized into a report and model process for agencies to consider. Finally, this project will narrow the focus to communications and detection, and work with member agencies target the research to these specific topics.
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 as well as detection-based systems that could improve pedestrian safety. The project will conduct a literature search to summarize pedestrian safety issues and trends, providing overall context for the growing problem of increasing pedestrian fatalities. An industry scan will be completed to identify detection-based systems that aim to improve pedestrian safety. Based on findings from the literature search and industry scan, potential additional research (e.g., testing technical feasibility of detection/alert systems, technology evaluation) may be identified for consideration by ENTERPRISE.
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Innovation in Use of Patented and Proprietary Products, in which the requirements in 23 CFR 635.411(a)-(e) were rescinded to encourage innovation in the development of highway transportation technology and methods.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.
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.