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ITS, AV/CV and Emerging Technologies to Future-Proof Transportation Systems

Advanced Technologies for Surface Transportation

Emerging transportation technology represents a significant opportunity for infrastructure owners, operators and travelers to experience greatly improved safety and mobility, and reduced congestion. While that’s good news, transportation planners, engineers and system managers need to identify a smart path forward that avoids one-time technology blips when investing in those technologies. Long-term success will depend on implementing the right intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and emerging technologies that not only improve system operation, but also improve a community’s quality of life. 

Together, We Can Navigate the High-Tech Frontier

Relying on our transportation technology knowledge base, scenario planning and decision making tools, we can help future-proof transportation infrastructure. While developing technology roadmaps, we assess the impacts of these technologies on transportation infrastructure and can identify investment opportunities. We can also help guide processes, partnerships, regulations and transportation system management methods.

Solving Transportation Issues and Societal Needs

As transportation technology continues to evolve, it lends itself to solving more than just transportation issues — societal concerns can be addressed as well. For example, childhood obesity, infant mortality, social equity and access to employment are all societal issues that can be addressed through the application of transportation technologies. They improve mobility and access to needed services, such as healthcare, education and employment. Being a Smart City means leveraging the transportation system as an asset to solve these societal issues and successfully implementing a roadmap to get there.

Smart Cities Q&A

Smart City

In this Q&A, HDR’s transportation technology program lead Ben Pierce, answers questions about what makes a smart city “smart.” Learn how public-private partnerships can play a role, what technology solutions are being used, and how cities can start to make the necessary changes. Ben was one of the key authors of the winning Smart Cities Challenge application in 2016. The insights he shares can help you begin to evaluate your city’s needs and see how transportation technology can create solutions that go beyond transportation issues to meet societal needs.

Smart Cities Q&A

Preparing for Transportation’s A/V Future

Autonomous technology is rapidly evolving for both personal vehicles and transit. Meanwhile, new mobility business models continue to emerge, and transportation planners are doing their best to make informed decisions. See how scenario planning, microsimulation and future-proofing tools can help.

Preparing for Autonomous Vehicles
AV/CV technology

Making the Case for CV Adoption

Transportation agencies and metropolitan planning organizations now have tools to help evaluate the economic impacts of vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) applications in pursuit of connected vehicle environments. The methods that we developed have been published by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

Automating our Highways

How do transportation planners see the future? Scenario planning, traffic capacity/quality of services analysis, safety analysis, travel-time reliability analysis and future-proofing tools allow us to help partners like the Iowa Department of Transportation plan for and address tomorrow’s safety and mobility needs. 

I-80 Automated Corridor Study
Next Generation Managed Lanes

Next Generation Managed Lanes

This ITS International article looks at the innovative concept that today’s managed lanes will become tomorrow’s modular lanes. Written by two of our managed lanes thought leaders, this article predicts an adaptable and flexible future for roadways. Modular lanes can adapt to autonomous and connected vehicles (AV/CV), changes in travel patterns and new land uses.

Our People

Transportation Technology Program Lead
Director, Highways & Roads
Project Manager, Transportation Technology
Transportation Designer
Automated and Connected Vehicle Transportation Planner
Transportation Planning Manager
Autonomous & Connected Vehicle Project Manager
Transportation Technology Program Manager
Northern California Transportation Planning Lead
Automated/Connected Vehicle Systems Project Manager
Director, Highways