Along with warmer temperatures, April is a month to celebrate transportation, with Distracted Driving Month, National Bike to Work Day, and National Work Zone Awareness Week, which ends today.
University of Minnesota researchers have focused on work zone safety in a number of research projects. One current project is sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and led by civil engineering researcher Chen-Fu Liao. The goal of the project is to develop a smartphone app to assist pedestrians with visual impairments to navigate around work zones.
MnDOT to guide visually impaired through work zones with an app
KSTP, April 9, 2014
Other projects include:
- DSRC Based Warning System for Workers Safety
- Flagger Operations: Investigating their Effectiveness in Capturing Driver Attention
- Development of a Guidelines for Work Zone Diversion Rate and Capacity Reduction
- Development of Hybrid DSRC-PCMS Work Zone Information System Using DSRC Based V2V Communication
Warning System for Drivers using V2V and/or V2I based DSRC
Communication and Variable Message Signs (VMSs) – FY12 NATSRL
See the full list of U of M work zone safety research reports and projects on the CTS website.