December 2018
Pedestrian-car crashes have been on the rise across the United States—a trend that has manifested in the Twin Cities. In the hopes of preventing crashes, researchers from the University of Minnesota have been collaborating with city and state officials on a project aimed at reminding drivers to watch out for pedestrians.
Many states, including California and Minnesota, have identified reducing driving as an essential strategy to meet their targets for lowering greenhouse gas emissions. How to achieve this strategy, however, remains a question. In the opening session of the 2018 CTS Research Conference, Professor Susan Handy discussed how she and her colleagues at the University of California Davis Institute of Transportation Studies are addressing these issues with a series of groundbreaking projects.
Automated vehicles hold promise to reduce congestion, crashes, pollution, and parking demand. But this promise can’t be realized without advanced technology that lets a vehicle “see” its surroundings and operate safely under all conditions. Julie Schoenfeld founded a company to produce one such technology. Schoenfeld, now vice president of technical program management with GM Cruise Automation, discussed this technology and shared her journey as a serial entrepreneur at the CTS Research Conference.
Minnesota’s medical industry is increasingly relying on airports to ship everything from biologic specimens to high-tech surgical implants, according to a study by researchers in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The research demonstrates the importance of air transportation in the movement of high-value, time-sensitive freight for medical supply chains.