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Fall 2011

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In this issue

Smartphone research aims to help visually impaired pedestrians
ITS Institute researchers are working to put a powerful suite of assistive technologies at the fingertips of visually impaired pedestrians. The prototype Mobile Accessible Pedestrian Signals (MAPS) system uses technologies built into the latest smartphones to help people with limited or no eyesight cross intersections safely.

University of Minnesota startup to improve traffic flow on congested roads
The University of Minnesota’s Office of Technology Commercialization recently signed a licensing agreement with startup company SMART Signal Technologies Inc. to commercialize a traffic management system developed by civil engineering professor Henry Liu.

Institute promotes transportation careers at recent events
The ITS Institute and the Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) have been participating in recent local events—and demonstrating online games, tools, and video—to promote transportation degrees and careers. 

New online game teaches risks of distracted driving
The ITS Institute continues to push the envelope in the development of “serious games” with the launch of Distraction Dodger, a new online game designed to help teens and young adults understand the risks of distracted driving.

Fall seminar series features roundabout research
The September 29 Advanced Transportation Technologies seminar featured John Hourdos, director of the Institute’s Minnesota Traffic Observatory (MTO), highlighting findings on roundabout safety research. The Minnesota Department of Transportation asked MTO researchers to take a close look at interactions between motor vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists.

Vision system for truck stops gets FHWA grant
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) selected the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to receive $2 million for a University of Minnesota research project designed to use intelligent transportation systems (ITS) technology to give truck drivers real-time information about parking availability at highway truck stops.

TechPlan research examines technology impacts on public health, travel behavior
Connecting theory and practice is essential to solving complex transportation problems. TechPlan researchers are conducting a set of federally sponsored studies on how transportation systems can be planned to accommodate an increasingly complex technological environment.