December 2016 Catalyst

December 2016
More than 90 percent of motor vehicle crashes are caused at least in part by human error. For the transportation community, this is a key motivator to encourage automated driving. However, despite its life-saving potential, automated driving has seen its share of pushback; in fact, some states have passed laws restricting it. So what role should government play in promoting this promising technology?
For highway workers, work zones can be dangerous or even deadly. Each year more than 20,000 workers are injured and more than 100 lose their lives in U.S. highway work zones; most of those injuries and almost all of those fatalities are caused by either construction vehicles or passing traffic. U of M researchers are investigating one way to help reduce these numbers: by alerting the operators of heavy construction vehicles, as well as drivers in cars passing by work zones, that construction workers are present.
In the opening session of CTS’s 2016 Transportation Research Conference, author Gabe Klein discussed the innovations taking place in our cities and examined how government, business, and nonprofit leaders can work together to use this wave of change and shape a better quality of life for the future.
Each year, the U’s Resilient Communities Project (RCP) matches graduate and undergraduate students to sustainability-related projects in a Minnesota community. During the 2015–2016 academic year, RCP collaborated with Carver County and its partner organizations and agencies on 30 community-identified projects. As part of a CTS Research Conference session about RCP, several students shared highlights from their work.
Publication Credits 

Publisher/Director: Laurie McGinnis
Catalyst Editors: Pamela Snopl, Christine Anderson
Contributing Editors: Amy Friebe, Michael McCarthy
Designer: Angela Kronebusch
Freelance Writer: Megan Tsai
Web Team: Savannah Brausen