June 2019
For nearly a decade, U of M researchers have been working to improve the health and performance of roadside turfgrasses in Minnesota, focusing mainly on salt tolerance and watering needs for select turfgrass species. In their latest project, they focused on identifying grasses that can perform best in the face of three significant stressors: salt, heat, and ice.
Implementing a successful Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) program takes many partners and stakeholders, but the path to developing these important partnerships can be challenging. Now, highway safety practitioners have a new tool to help get key partners on board and keep them engaged in TZD efforts. In a recent webinar, the U of M expert behind the development of the new tool outlined its use and benefits.
Distracted driving caused by smartphone use remains a serious safety concern, and one solution is disabling certain phone features such as texting while the user is driving. However, detecting whether it’s the driver or a passenger using the phone has been problematic. U of M researchers are addressing this challenge with a new method for automatically identifying the position of a smartphone inside a moving vehicle.
U of M researchers have developed a new method for estimating one of the key measures of bridge health—vertical displacement—using sensors installed on the I-35W St. Anthony Falls Bridge, expanding industry knowledge of how to use smart sensors. Sensors help designers and bridge managers learn more about how bridges shift and flex over time. In this study, the researchers focused on data from accelerometers, which measure structural vibrations triggered by traffic under varying environmental conditions.