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Summer 2011

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Cars and roads share info, alert drivers
Today’s drivers tune into traffic updates on their car radios. But tomorrow’s drivers are likely to rely on a very different kind of radio system to help them avoid congestion. Institute researchers are developing a way to transmit congestion data to motorists near work zones, where traffic jams are common and collisions with maintenance workers are a safety hazard.  

Seminar: Can fuel-economy displays promote safe, fuel-efficient driving?
In a recent study funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, ITS Institute researchers investigated fuel-economy display (FED) devices that provide feedback on driver behavior to determine their contribution to fuel savings. 

Researchers exhibit at USDOT
Two ITS Institute projects were featured in poster presentations at University Research Technology Transfer Day, an exhibition of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) in Washington, D.C.

Institute lab hosts online accessibility tool
People who make transportation and land-use decisions in the Twin Cities region have a new tool: an online “accessibility matrix” that illustrates variations in accessibility to different types of destinations for travelers who drive, bike, walk, or use transit.

Signs use solar power to make rural intersections safer
To improve safety at rural, two-way-stop intersections, researchers from the University of Minnesota Duluth developed a low-cost, dynamic warning system that provides traffic information to drivers approaching the intersection.

Conference features Institute researchers
ITS Institute researchers discussed their work at the 22nd Annual CTS Transportation Research Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota, May 24 and 25.

Career Expo draws record attendance
The ITS Institute teamed up with other partners to put on the 2011 Transportation Career Expo on March 1, which drew more than 100 students eager to learn about transportation-related careers.