Innovation in the Roadway Safety Industry

Find recent updates on the latest innovationsways ATSSA members can get their innovative products to market and provide a resource for qualified products listings throughout the country, and news and resources. More information about how guardrail and barriers, high friction surface treatment, pavement marking, signs, and temporary traffic control relate to highway automation and CAVs is coming soon. Be sure to check back for updates.


Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) and Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs)

For traffic safety, vehicle-to-everything communications is the wireless exchange of critical safety and operational data between vehicles and anything else. The "X" could be roadway infrastructure, other vehicles, roadway workers or other safety and communication devices. ATSSA members are at the forefront of these technologies, and are working with stakeholders across new industries to see these innovations come to life. For more information about ATSSA’s efforts on CAV’s and their interaction with our member products check out the resources below.


Work Zone Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) is the use of a broad range of communications-based information and electronics to enhance transportation. Work Zone ITS is the use of ITS to enhance transportation and improve safety and mobility in and around work zones.


About the Innovation Council

The Innovation Council (member login required) is ATSSA’s go-to group for all things new and techie related to roadway safety. Subcommittees focus on specific areas including use of ITS in work zones, autonomous and connected vehicles, and the Circle of Innovation which seeks solutions to current agency safety needs.

Resources

Senators Unveil Bill to Boost Tech-Savvy Transportation Projects

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With self-driving cars and buses on the horizon, a bipartisan pair of lawmakers wants more communities to address their transportation needs using new technology, data and other smart solutions. Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) unveiled legislation on Thursday designed to boost innovative, first-of-its-kind transportation systems around the country.

Connected Road Classification System (CRCS) Development

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The objective of this project is to develop a consensus Connected Road Classification System (CRCS) that will be useful to state and local departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations that are planning or implementing CV- and HAV-compatible infrastructure. Vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and other private-sector interests (e.g., other HAV developers, transportation network companies, digital map providers, cellular telecommunications companies) must be involved in the development to ensure that the system is relevant to their development plans

GM Testing Smart Road Tech with MDOT, Macomb Co.

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General Motors Co. is testing a safety feature in Macomb County to warn drivers that traffic signals are about to turn red. And in what is believed to be a first “connected” construction zone in the nation, test cars on a section of Interstate 75 in Oakland County can read high-tech roadside bar codes which communicate what lanes are closed up ahead. Even the reflective strips on workers’ safety vests contain information that identifies them as people instead of traffic barrels.

Why Self-Driving Cars *Can't Even* With Construction Zones

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IF YOU'RE A human driver, road construction probably annoys you: one more thing clogging traffic on your way home. If you're a self-driving car, though, it can be devastating. Work zones flummox the future rulers of our roads because they override or obliterate the sturdy markers by which the vehicles are taught to navigate. With no warning, they enter a world where cones trump double yellow lines, bollards replace curbs, and construction worker hand signals outweigh traffic lights.

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) Deployment Guidance and Products

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To achieve the maximum benefit, the Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Deployment Guidance and Products requires a thorough read of this material (i.e., the “guidance”) and the full use of the associated products (i.e., the “products” in V2I Products). In addition, this document has numerous references to sources of information (see References), including relevant research articles, guidance materials, codification of general and permanent rules or laws, and pertinent websites. Some of the websites contain invaluable products that should be bookmarked or saved for future reference. The references are supplemental information that will broaden the reader’s knowledge. At the same time, they ensure this document remains concise without providing an exhaustive discussion on a given topic. Use of the guidance, products, and references can facilitate a smooth and effective V2I deployment. 

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