January 2020
Experts predict the implementation of connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) will soon be widespread, leaving local agencies in need of guidance to plan for CAV roadway needs. To help transportation agencies prepare for this change, U of M researchers developed a reference tool that local agencies can use to anticipate the infrastructure needs for connected and automated vehicles and plan for infrastructure upgrades and maintenance activities.
The crash risk for pedestrians and bicyclists is higher in Minneapolis neighborhoods that have lower household incomes and higher populations of minorities, according to U of M research. The study aimed to illustrate how information about crash risk and equity can help transportation managers prioritize investments in street networks.
In a new $1.5 million project funded by the US Department of Energy, U of M researchers will aim to increase the driving range and lower the operating costs of electric heavy-duty delivery vehicles. The three-year project will focus on large-scale battery electric vehicles—in this case, semitrucks—that typically travel more than 250 miles each day between warehouses.
Managing stormwater runoff from roadways is a top regulatory and environmental concern for highway departments. However, accomplishing this goal often requires costly commercial materials and hauling operations. Researchers are investigating the use of previously discarded natural materials close to construction sites for stormwater management, and a new study shows this approach has tremendous cost-saving potential.