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August 2016
Researchers at the U of M’s HumanFIRST Laboratory recently tested how in-vehicle signing—perhaps presented on a smartphone or vehicle display—could alert drivers and modify their behavior. The project examined how drivers react to in-vehicle sign (IVS) systems designed to prepare them for transitions to new driving conditions such as speed zone changes, school zones, construction zones, and curves. The findings indicate that as a supplement to external signs, the IVS system has some potential to improve safety.
Twenty-seven students got a hands-on introduction to transportation at the second annual CTS-hosted National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) in July. The interactive two-week day camp, open to students entering grades 7–9, featured classroom and lab sessions with transportation experts as well as field trips to facilities across the Twin Cities. Throughout the program, NSTI campers learned about a wide range of transportation topics and careers, including safety, trucking, aviation, transit, and human factors.
As people continue to become more interested in tracking their daily behaviors—through smartphone apps, for example—the resulting data could help transportation agencies gain insight on how people and vehicles move across networks. A recent report examines the current state of smartphone-based mobility sensing and measuring apps and discusses how these apps can be used to improve our transportation systems and deliver personalized travel behavior interventions in the future.
Professor Greg Lindsey of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs is completing his appointment as Scholar-in-Residence at the Minnesota Department of Transportation this summer. Lindsey spent part of his sabbatical in the Office of Transit’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Section. The unique appointment built on his work for the Minnesota Bicycle and Pedestrian Counting Initiative, a collaborative effort between public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and the University. He shares highlights and advice from his residency.