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ITS Webinar on 3/6: Vulnerable Road User Safety

Date:
February 21, 2019
Topics:
Bicycle& Pedestrian, Connected Vehicles and Infrastructure, ITS, News, News Homepage, Safety

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office will offer the free webinar Vulnerable Road User Safety: Making Travel Safer Using Pedestrian Safety Technologies on March 6, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET.  This event is part of the ITS Professional Capacity Building Program’s Talking Technology and Transportation webinar series.

The number of traffic fatalities among vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and bicyclists has grown in recent years.  To address this concerning transportation safety trend, vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P) communication systems have been developed.  Given that V2P systems are new to the roadway environment and involve communication technologies that can take many forms, the U.S. DOT is interested in assessing how these emerging safety applications might function in the real world and impact safety for vulnerable road users.

As part of the V2P Test Bed project, the research team conducted a technology scan of the V2P systems available to date, and a V2P Test Bed was established at the Federal Highway Administration’s Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) to assess the safety effectiveness of a few selected market-ready V2P systems. This presentation will discuss the results of the V2P Technology Scan and development of an Assessment Plan, as well as present preliminary results from the safety effectiveness evaluation performed on multiple market-ready V2P systems. The webinar will include research outcomes identifying the strengths and weaknesses of existing V2P technologies, which can be used to guide future pedestrian safety applications.

This webinar is appropriate for roadway owners and managers, transportation planners and policymakers, private sector partners, safety technology supply chain partners, organizations that support vulnerable road users, and more.  For more information or to register, visit https://www.pcb.its.dot.gov/t3/s190306_Vulnerable_Road_User_Safety.aspx.