4/3/2017
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•Introduce yourself and your role at USDOT and the ITS JPO mission
•Talk about the goal of this session and how it is organized (number of speakers)
•I will be leading off the session talking about some of the research work at USDOT targeting pedestrian and bike safety
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In this slide: The safety concern of pedestrians and bicyclists. Technology can make road ped/bike users travel safer.
•Statistics Table (on screen). The trend of the Pedestrian and bicyclists statistics show that they are less safe in the current environment. This is a real issue, and the trend is not favorable. The share of pedestrians and bike fatalities are growing, while the share of fatalities in other modes are declining or remaining the same.
•Mobility and Environmental graphics appear. Safety impacts are not stand alone in a complex system. If ped/bike users feel unsafe, they may choose to drive or not travel. This reduces individual mobility and system productivity – and has an environmental impact.
•Bullet Points appear. In our session, we will hear about how technology can make ped/bike travel safer.  I’d like to take a moment and talk about what we are doing at USDOT in this area.
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In this slide. USDOT promotes connected vehicle technology to improve safety and mobility and reduce the environmental impact of surface transportation systems. This picture highlights the components of the connected vehicle deployment vision.
•Mobile Device and Ped Detector icons appear. Pedestrians/bicyclists will be equipped with mobile devices or there will be pedestrian detectors for unequipped pedestrians/bicyclists.
•RSU and Traffic Signal icons appear. They will connect to road side units (RSUs) to actuate the pedestrian signal timing, extend the pedestrian signal timing based on the walking speed, and warn the pedestrians if there is a conflict with vehicles.
•OBE icons appear. On-board equipment (OBEs) will be installed in passenger cars and transit vehicles to communicate with each other and with Roadside Unites (RSUs) and warn the drivers if there is a conflict with pedestrians/bicyclists.
•TMC icon appears. There will be enhanced facilities at the Traffic Management Center (TMC) to collect data, control this connected vehicle environment, and identify unsafe locations or other problem areas over time.
•Data Collection icon appears. Data will be collected and forwarded in real-time for performance measurement and evaluation purposes. Sanitized data will also be later shared with the research community.
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In this slide: The connected vehicle pilot deployment program is a national effort to integrate connected vehicle research concepts into practical and effective elements, enhancing existing operational capabilities. We have three awardees in this program.
•NYCDOT Bar Appears. The NYC Pilot aims to improve the safety of travelers and pedestrians in New York City through the deployment of V2V and V2I connected vehicle technologies.
•THEA Bar Appears. The safety focus of the Tampa (THEA) Pilot is to use CV technology to reduce collisions, enhance pedestrian safety, and reduce conflicts between street cars, pedestrians and passenger cars at locations with high volumes of mixed traffic.
•Wyoming Bar Appears. Currently, the Wyoming Pilot focuses on truck safety along a freeway corridor, with aims of reducing the number of blowover incidents and adverse weather related incidents.
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In this slide: A pedestrian safety CV application USDOT developed and prototyped that will be deployed in the NYC and Tampa Pilots.
•Pedestrian Warning icons appear. PED-X provides a warning to connected vehicles approaching a crosswalk if there is a pedestrian in the crosswalk or about to enter it, or jaywalking outside the crosswalk.
•Vehicle Warning icon appears. The application also provides a warning to equipped pedestrians if there is an equipped vehicle approaching the crosswalk on path for potential conflict.
•Blue box with text appears.
•USDOT developed a prototype of this application in an ITS JPO-sponsored research effort that was tested in Ann Arbor, MI in 2013 .
•This application will be deployed in the NYC and Tampa Pilot sites.
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In this slide: Another mobility/safety CV application developed and prototyped by USDOT that will be deployed in NYC and Tampa Pilots.
•A “yellow light and text box” graphic appears. PED-SIG allows for an automated call from the smartphone of a visually impaired pedestrian to the traffic signal.
•A “vehicle and ped crossing” graphic appears. This application also provides audio cues to the pedestrian to assist them in safely navigating the crosswalk and alerts drivers of the presence of a visually impaired pedestrian.
•Blue box with text appears.
•This application was prototyped and demonstrated in Anthem, AZ and along SR-82, CA under the DMA program.
•This application will be deployed in the NYC and Tampa Pilot sites.
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In this slide: An overview of the Smart Columbus with four districts and two ped/biker related projects.
•The four-districts graphic (on screen). Columbus has identified four districts – residential district, commercial district, downtown district, and a logistics district, each with a different focus. For example, the Pedestrian in Signalized Crosswalk Warnings application will also be deployed in the residential district.
•The two blue boxes appear gradually. In addition, Columbus also proposed two pedestrian related projects:
•Mobility Assistance for People with Disabilities project will enable persons with cognitive disabilities to travel independently with a mobile device-based application.
•Transit Pedestrian Collision Avoidance System project will help prevent collisions between transit vehicles and vulnerable road users (VRUs).
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In this slide: Overview of two other ped/biker safety related research by USDOT.
•TSPW graphic appears.
•TSPW application is expected to increase safety by providing warnings to passengers waiting at bus stops, passengers exiting from transit vehicles, and other nearby pedestrians if they are at risk of being struck by the bus.
•In conjunction with Enhanced Pedestrian in Crosswalk Warning (E-PCW), a total of 50 buses will be equipped in Cleveland, OH to test the vehicle-infrastructure (V2I) TSPW application at several bus stops.
•Safe Intersection Crossing Application graphic appears.
•This application enables pedestrians to use their connected mobile devices to interface with vehicles, traffic signals, and other infrastructure to help them cross an intersection safely.
•A Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) was released in June 2016 and awards are expected in 2017.
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In this slide: Overview of other USDOT related research.
•FHWA Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program has three Assistive Technologies for Visually Impaired Persons Projects:
•Intelligent Situation Awareness and Navigation Aid for Visually Impaired Persons project- to enhance situation awareness.
•Navigation Guidance for People with Vision Impairment project- to increase mobility.
•Extended Event Horizon Navigation and Wayfinding for Blind and Visually Impaired Pedestrians in Unstructured Environments- to help look further ahead in time and space.
•Vehicle to Pedestrian Testing of Market Ready Products under V2P Program
•USDOT will start a V2P testing project in the USDOT research center (Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center) to test pedestrian applications at the signalized intersection located within the center.
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In this slide: Summary and Contact information
•Summary statement on where the USDOT is in this area now – a mix of research, prototype development, and active deployment.  We think we are making a difference and that these projects, taken together, will make bike and pedestrian travel safer. There is a lot going on, and a lot of information coming out of our programs.
•Methods of staying in touch/learning.
•Thanks so much, please reach out to me either here in this session or by e-mail for additional information.
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