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Summer 2016 Vol. 3, No. 3

Research explores how road sign alternatives might affect driver safety

Speed limit traffic sign

The idea of fewer—or no—roadside signs holds appeal for highway departments (less maintenance) and drivers (less visual clutter). But if sign information is given to drivers in another way, would it be safer? Researchers recently tested how in-vehicle signing could warn drivers of changes in the environment and influence their behavior.

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Institute teaches transportation concepts, safety to summer campers

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In June, more than 40 White Earth Nation students were introduced to a variety of transportation topics in a daylong session offered by the Roadway Safety Institute. The session was part of the White Earth Indian Reservation Summer Academy of Math and Science, a day camp for reservation youth that focuses on hands-on learning and uses Indian culture as a vehicle for studying math, science, and engineering.

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Workshops highlight innovative applications of LIDAR

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Earlier this year, RSI researcher Brian Davis helped lead two workshops for practitioners interested in learning more about LIDAR and its potential traffic applications. LIDAR is becoming a more frequently used tool among state and county DOTs to collect information about the geometry of objects such as roadway and roadside features.

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Researcher spotlight: Brian Davis

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Brian Davis is a research fellow with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota (U of M) and a researcher for the Roadway Safety Institute. His interests focus on using emerging technologies, or established technologies in new ways, to create novel solutions that improve the safety and efficacy of the transportation system.

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New videos highlight Institute work

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The Roadway Safety Institute is working to reduce crashes and save lives on our nation’s roadways—and has created a video highlighting these efforts. The video features interviews with RSI director Max Donath and researchers from across the region whose projects range from reducing crashes at rail grade crossings to investigating roadway safety issues on tribal lands.

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Mark your calendar: seminar series resumes this fall

Join us this fall as we once again offer our Institute seminar series. Seminars cover a wide range of disciplines and are free and open to anyone interested in learning more about transportation safety research. Can’t attend in person? Watch live online—or later at your convenience. This fall's topics include California tribal road safety with David Ragland of UC Berkeley and bike/pedestrian safety with Jason Cao of the University of MN. The series begins on September 8. 

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Credits

Director: Max Donath
Editor: Amy Friebe
Designer: Angela Kronebusch
Writers: Christine Anderson, Megan Tsai, Lexi Gusso
Web Team: Savannah Brausen