E-commerce has changed expectations dramatically. When shoppers make decisions, they often ask two questions: Is it available right now, and how soon can I get it? For the freight industry and supply-chain planners, this means finding a way to satisfy a market that seems to want it all. In a recent project, U of M researcher Frank Douma studied these trends, their implications, and how the industry is responding.
If connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technology will significantly change how we travel, then it’s also bound to impact the work of those who design our roadways, operate our transportation systems, and enforce traffic laws. To help them prepare, U of M researchers created several training modules to help bridge the gap between the U of M’s CAV research and transportation professionals and practitioners interacting with technology in practice.
The data used for intersection control have become increasingly complex and important to transportation agencies, researchers, and private companies. However, a standardized and universal format for the data has not yet been developed. To remedy this data challenge, U of M researchers compiled intersection control information from traffic signal control professionals throughout Minnesota. This information was used to propose a unified code of Intersection Control Information for developing future traffic models and technology systems.
When you see people riding a city bus, it seems logical to assume that every one of those passengers is being treated equally. But U of M researchers are exploring several aspects of our transportation systems that show just how their designs put women at a disadvantage. Those disparities are basic features of transportation infrastructure, the researchers say.