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

ATSSA stresses importance of standardized TCD regulations and roadside infrastructure at FHWA National Dialogue on Highway Automation series

Workshops provide opportunities for transportation industry members to listen, engage, inform, and develop solutions to advance toward highway automation

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ATSSA is vocalizing member needs and concerns by participating in a series of meetings and workshops designed to open discussion between stakeholders within the transportation industry on key issues and challenges related to highway automation. 

ATSSA explores importance of infrastructure for autonomous vehicles at ITS America

Session to highlight pavement markings, work zones, signage, and uses for vehicle fleet data

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Preparing Infrastructure for Automation Levels 1-3” will examine areas within roadway infrastructure that will be affected with the emergence of Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs).

Future of roadway safety industry, automated vehicle technology discussed in ATSSA member visit

Mercer Strategic Alliance President Rob Dingess discusses AVs and the future of the industry

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Rob Dingess, president of the Mercer Strategic Alliance, came to ATSSA headquarters to discuss automated and connected vehicle technology, and what it means for the association and the future of the roadway safety industry.

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