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New FHWA too released:

The SHRP 2 Reliability Project developed the software titled E-tool for Business Processes to Improve Travel Time Reliability (SHRP-2 LE-34 e-Tool).
http://ow.ly/R9GLd
E-tool for Business Processes to Improve Travel Time Reliability Posted: 8/19/2015. The second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) Reliability Project developed the software titled E-tool for Business Processes to Improve Travel Time Reliability (SHRP-2 LE-34 e-Tool).
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CTR Director Chandra Bhat quoted in recent TV news story on the financial impacts of fatality crashes: http://ow.ly/R9Chz
Sixty-nine people have lost their lives on Austin roads. The city has surpassed the number of deadly crashes this year compared to all of 2014. Nationally fatal crashes are up 14 percent.
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The UTC-UI 2015 Summer Symposium Series means business this week: this Thursday, August 6, Dr. Stephen Boyles presents “Transportation Networks and Optimization.” Free to attend! 1:00 to 2:00 in ECJ 6.706.
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The Oatmeal went for a ride in a Google self-driving car and here's the results:
http://ow.ly/PXxx2
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Last week, the FHWA and FTA announced recipients of the biennial 2015 Transportation Planning Excellence Awards to local leaders who are sponsoring forward-thinking transportation projects. Austin's Capital Metro is one of the winners, based on a package of transit improvements that include new park-and-ride lots, express routes, bus rapid transit, and local bus service.
http://ow.ly/PXsWm
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The UTC-UI 2015 Summer Symposium Series continues this Thursday, July 23, with Dr. Randy Machemehl's presentation “Urban Traffic Issues.” Free to attend! 1:00 to 2:00 in ECJ 6.706.
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CTR's own Chandra Bhat and Steve Boyles were featured on KVUE's Tech Tuesday piece on autonomous vehicles. Watch the full story here: ow.ly/PMKjv

"Imagine vehicles traveling at 70 mph in a platoon where they are spaced only about six feet to 10 feet apart. OK so it's like a train of cars all zipping through. That immediately increases your capacity, your carrying capacity," Bhat said.

To do this, infrastructure would have to change. We would need different lanes for autonomous and human-driven cars. The old fashioned intersection would get a makeover.

"It's possible to do away with traffic signals entirely in that case," said civil engineering assistant professor Stephen Boyles.
Self-driving cars are coming soon. UT researchers are studying how to make them work alongside human-driven vehicles.
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NMC Director Jen Duthie interviewed on alert/detection systems to prevent crashes caused by wrong-way drivers:
http://ow.ly/R9CGg
States, including Texas, are testing alert and detection systems to try to prevent the crashes and deaths caused by wrong-way drivers.
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CTR Director Chandra Bhat was featured in this news piece on the safety impact of driverless cars. "About 90% of accidents, or even high than that, are caused by human judgement errors," he said. "If you take out the human from that equation, the safety could increase substantially."

Read the full story: http://ow.ly/QLmWw
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The UTC-UI 2015 Summer Symposium Series revs up this Thursday, July 30, as Dr. Todd Humphreys presents “Cm-Accurate Vehicle Tracking.” Free to attend! 1:00 to 2:00 in ECJ 6.706.
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Presentations by Cockrell's four Spring 2015 Alumni Luncheon Speakers are now available online at http://www.caee.utexas.edu/alumni/events.

These include Randy Machemehl speaking about the future of traffic flows in Austin, Des Lawler speaking about the future of water flows in Texas, Ozzie Bayrak speaking about the future of structural engineering, and Ellen Rathje speaking about induced seismicity. At this site you can also find links to previous alumni seminars by Maria Juenger on sustainable concrete, and by Lance Manuel on loads on wind turbines under extreme conditions.
Alumni Events. There are many events throughout the year that give you opportunities to interact with other alumni, faculty, and students. We encourage you to regularly check this page and stay a part of CAEE. We look forward to seeing you! Alumni Seminar Series. Reconnect with CAEE alumni, ...
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As one of its first projects, our Tier 1 UTC, D-STOP, took on the task of helping optimize the bus routes and transportation planning for the KIPP charter school system in Austin and met with great success. Read about the D-STOP-developed routing software: http://ow.ly/PXiGi
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The Center for Transportation Research is a nationally recognized research institution focusing on transportation research, education, and public service. Established in 1963 as the Center for Highway Research, its current and ongoing projects address virtually all aspects of transportation, including economics, multimodal systems, traffic congestion relief, transportation policy, materials, structures, transit, environmental impacts, driver behavior, land use, geometric design, accessibility, and pavements.