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. 

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‘ITS Solutions for Bicyclists’ tour highlights how sensor data transmits safety messages to riders

Integrated technology featured at 2018 ITS World Congress

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In Copenhagen, Denmark during the 2018 ITS World Congress, a tour showed participants how cyclists on electric bicycles were provided with dynamic information based on real-time sensor data via Variable Message Signs (VMS).

Roadmap to Vehicle Connectivity

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Manufacturers, technology providers, and national and regional governments have invested billions of dollars in connected and autonomous vehicle research, pilots and demonstrations. Underlying the potential success for these important life-saving technologies is the need for communications infrastructure and interoperability. The questions invariably remain: what communications technology best serves the most? Who will build the infrastructure on which it will operate? Who will pay for it? Building that infrastructure will, in large measure, be the responsibility of the private sector pursuing communications business opportunities.

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