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

Median and roadside guardrails: An essential and effective countermeasure for RwD crashes

Research and studies show how devices are important components of integrated traffic safety system

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The guardrail did exactly what it was designed to do: The guardrail’s end terminal absorbed the energy of the impact and deflected the guardrail away from the vehicle.

Pedestrian safety in the United States

How public agencies are using technology to prevent fatalities and injuries on our roadways

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Pedestrian safety has become a key initiative for many public agencies in recent years. Last year, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Office of Highway Safety announced they conducted an investigation of 15 crashes that had resulted in pedestrian fatalities.

Congressman saved by median barrier in Tennessee after roadway departure crash

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There are also countless stories from people whose lives have been saved by a median cable barrier or roadside guardrail like Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr., whose life was positively impacted by the lifesaving presence of a guardrail during a serious crash in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Oct. 23, 2009.

‘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).

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