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NBC15 News Report on Driverless Cars

CFIRE Executive Director, Teresa Adams, PhD, helped answer questions and explore the potential implications of driverless cars for members of the Madison community this week. On Tuesday, February 21, Madison newspaper, The Cap Times hosted a live panel discussion as part of their Cap Times Talks series.

Following the panel discussion, Adams spent time speaking with NBC15 news reporter, Avery Hall, addressing questions about the future of driverless cars in Wisconsin.

Coverage of the event includes:

  1. Video and article on the WMTV NBC15 website.
  2. Photos on The Cap Times website.
  3. Article on The Cap Times website.

A tool with real-world applications for city planners as well as a robust survey of drone technologies were the highlights of the Spring 2016 end-of-semester symposium of the Transportation Management and Policy (TMP) program. The students presented their work on May 6th to a gathering of interested staff, faculty, other students, and a representative of the Madison Area Transportation Planning Board.

Tool for city planners

TMP students created a tool for city planners
that scores metropolitan districts based on transportation and health factors.

Eli Miller, a student in the TMP Colloquium and project assistant for CFIRE kicked off the symposium with a summary of key takeaways from the semester’s colloquium. The class studied drone technologies—more appropriately called Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or UAVs. The students learned about the broad range of technologies that fall under this categorization. These include everything from the small, familiar-looking, hovering craft with four helicopter-like propellers that drone hobbyists have popularized to the 32,000 lb., airplane-shaped Global Hawk used by the U.S. military.

These technologies already fill many roles and are expanding their reach. Beyond entertaining hobbyists, UAVs serve roles where cost, safety, time, and task desirability are a factor. With these technologies, human labor costs are reduced, tasks that would be unsafe for people can be done remotely, certain tasks can be done more quickly, and undesirable jobs can be done without people.

The second presentation by Kirsten Brose, Daniel Handel, James Markosian, Eli Miller, and Chelsea Morrison outlined methods and results from their project to modify a national tool, making it more applicable for City Planners in Madison, Wisconsin. The students took on this real-world challenge for the Madison Sustainability Committee as part of their work in the TMP Practicum. [click to continue…]

Fast Forward Features the NNTW

March 23, 2015

Fast Forward recently published a feature on the National Network for the Transportation Workforce (NNTW), the network of five regional workforce centers that includes the Midwest Transportation Workforce Center (MTWC). Just last year, the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced five newly-established Centers designated to lead and coordinate transportation workforce development efforts in and across […]

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UW-Madison to Host New Regional Transportation Workforce Center

October 15, 2014

Madison, Wisconsin.—The US Department of Transportation (US DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has selected the University of Wisconsin-Madison to establish the Midwest Transportation Workforce Center (MTWC) as one of five regional transportation workforce centers in the country. The MTWC, funded by a $600,000 grant by FHWA, is led by Dr. Teresa Adams. The Center will […]

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Adams Comments on Automated Vehicles

September 2, 2014

CFIRE Executive Director Teresa Adams recently commented on automated and driverless vehicle technology in Madison’s Cap Times. In a recent interview, Adams explained that limitations of the radar and lidar (light-sensing radar) systems on these cars will make navigating in high-congestion and less-regulated areas (think crowded parking lots) a high bar for autonomous cars to clear […]

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Strategies for Increasing Use of Existing Transportation Infrastructure

August 28, 2014

The construction and maintenance of new infrastructure is not always the best way of confronting congestion. In many cases, it is much less expensive to design policies that shift traffic to underutilized infrastructure. The Getting the Goods without the Bads: Freight Transportation Demand Management Strategies to Reduce Urban Impacts (CFIRE 07-02) project, led by CFIRE […]

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Estimation of Road Friction through Lab Results

August 27, 2014

Proper pavement texture is crucial to prevent road accidents, especially in wet conditions, but there are currently no minimum friction requirements in US road design. This is due mostly to the cost and difficulty of direct friction measurement that would be needed to confirm such requirements. This project proposes that friction, as well as noise […]

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