Innovation

Innovation in the Roadway Safety Industry

Outsiders of the transportation infrastructure industry may look to autonomous vehicles as an icon of innovation on the roadways, but for state Department of Transportation (DOT) officials, manufacturers, suppliers, and contractors in the roadway safety and infrastructure industry, innovation is not a stationary achievement. It is much more than a mile marker and not as easily defined.

With different perspectives and priorities, industry stakeholders are finding that in addition to new technologies, innovation is heavily reliant on communication between entities. Industry leaders are working together to move forward and ATSSA is no different. The association works year-round to progress and develop creative solutions for all of its initiatives including highlighting innovative products and technologies, training, and ATSSA membership.


One innovative effort ATSSA is involved in is a joint initiative with the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Standing Committee on Traffic Control Devices (AHB50). Both ATSSA and TRB sponsor and conduct an exciting design competition, the Traffic Control Device (TCD) Student Challenge, to promote innovation and stimulate ideas in the traffic control devices area with a goal to improve operations and safety.


Find recent updates on the latest innovations in the resource list below and be sure to check back for updates. 

Resources

Midyear Digital: A virtual meeting to inspire real-world solutions

Register now to join ATSSA members in advancing the future of roadway safety infrastructure

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Registration is now open for ATSSA’s Midyear Digital meeting to be held online from Aug. 24-27. This year’s meeting will be held in a fully digitized format with a variety of components reimagined due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing restrictions.  Inspiring real-world solutions, Midyear Digital will kick off with a 45-minute virtual town hall style session that will include key transportation professionals discussing prominent industry issues and innovations. The event will then continue with virtual committee and council meetings.

Help shape the Association’s policies and initiatives in the coming year by participating in Midyear Digital. Take advantage of the opportunity to collaborate with more than 300 like-minded ATSSA members from across the country as we demonstrate our commitment to innovation and advancement of roadway safety infrastructure.

AASHTO provides update on MASH-compliant devices

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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) recently issued information about new Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH)-compliant devices that have been granted federal aid eligibility letters.

The AASHTO communication from Director of Engineering Jim McDonnell was issued to provide an update on roadway safety devices now on the market and approved under federal guidelines.

ATSSA endorses Auto Alliance’s commitment to preserve bands of spectrum for transportation safety

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ATSSA President & CEO Stacy Tetschner sent letters to Federal Communications Commission Chair Ajit Pai and U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao this week strongly endorsing the Alliance for Automotive Innovation’s letter committing to fully utilize the bands of spectrum allocated for transportation safety.

“The commitment undertaken by the Auto Innovators reflects a watershed moment for roadway safety. This letter demonstrates a unified industry committing substantial resources and support for Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X). This approach should dispel any notion that the industry will not deploy V2X or that the Safety Spectrum will not be used,” Tetschner wrote.

FCC extends deadline for replies to comments on 5.9 GHz band proposal

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The Federal Communications Commission’s Office of Engineering and Technology granted a 21-day extension of the deadline for submitting replies to comments regarding a proposed rule change regarding the 5.9 GHz band, also commonly referred to as the "safety spectrum."

The new deadline of April 27 resulted from the extensive comments submitted and disruptions caused by COVID-19.

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