State departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations must communicate effectively and collaborate to work together successfully, said transportation experts during a webinar hosted by the Federal Highway Administration.
Twin boring machines are mining what will eventually be the world's longest underground rail tunnel between Austria and Italy. One challenging area of the Brenner Base Tunnel project requires workers to undercut a river and pass through the aquifer beneath it.
Louisiana will be challenged to keep up with $32 billion in current and planned industrial construction on the Interstate 10-12 Corridor, much of which is driven by demand for liquefied natural gas. Contractors are preparing to deal with a tight labor market by increasing use of robots, modularization, off-site construction and other digital solutions while extending construction schedules.
Audi has announced it will partner with Daimler and BMW to develop autonomous driving systems, even as parent company Volkswagen Group continues to work with Ford on fully autonomous vehicles. Automakers hope teaming up will allow them to keep pace with internet giants like Google parent company Alphabet's subsidiary Waymo.
An agreement that includes environmental protections and conservation efforts means the "Complete 540" Triangle Expressway extension in North Carolina can move forward, state Department of Transportation officials say. The full project is slated for completion in 2027.
The Department of Energy is showing its support for vehicle technology advancements by allocating $59 million in grants that will be spread out among 43 vehicle technology research projects. "At DOE, we support a broad portfolio of technologies, generating the knowledge needed for industry to further develop and commercialize affordable, secure, and reliable transportation systems," said Mark Menezes, DOE's under secretary of energy.
The Georgia Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration have formally committed to testing and advancing highway technology innovations on an 18-mile stretch of Interstate 85 known as The Ray. The department has already tested the country's first driver-over-tire safety station and a charging station powered by solar for electric vehicles on The Ray.
The BrainPort, originally developed by Paul Bach-y-Rita, uses a head-mounted camera that generates pixels to excite electrodes attached to the tongue to take advantage of its dense package of nerve endings and convey a sense of the wearer's environment. Bach-y-Rita's company, Wicab, has continually made improvements to the device and the resolution of its translated images.
Simulation is gaining ground as a viable way, among many others, to test new medical device technology, writes System Insight Engineering's Arlen Ward. And now regulatory solutions are catching up, with a framework from the US Food and Drug Administration and a verification and validation standard from ASME now available.