DOT News

Understanding How an Automated Car Platoon Works

With emerging automated driving technology, self-driving cars may soon have the capability to talk to each other and form a platoon on a highway. The vehicle at the very front of the platoon controls the speed. The following vehicles then …

Oklahoma’s Rural Roads, Bridges Among Nation’s Worst

Oklahoma’s rural roads and bridges are among the worst in the nation, according to a new report from a national transportation group. TRIP researchers said 16 percent of Oklahoma’s rural bridges are structurally deficient, The Oklahoman reported. That’s the seventh …

Trucking Firms Could Improve Safety, Productivity With Big Data

The trucking industry loses billions of dollars and wastes millions of hours each year sitting idle in traffic. Helping drivers avoid congestion would increase productivity and improve safety, says a team of Iowa State University and industry researchers. The team …

Talking Vehicle Pilot Program Begins in 3 States

Commercial vehicles and private cars will soon be communicating with each other in New York, Florida and Wyoming as part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Connected Vehicle Pilot Program. According to the DOT, the program will serve as a …

DOT Designates Several Cities as Self-Driving Car Test Tracks

Self-driving vehicles could begin tooling down a bustling Atlanta, Ga., street full of cars, buses, bicyclists and college students, as the city vies with other communities nationwide to test the emerging technology. Atlanta would become one of the largest urban …

Commentary: U.S. Highway Death Rate Can Be Cut to Zero

In the near future, the U.S. should be able to prevent thousands, and perhaps tens of thousands, of deaths on the roads and highways. The Department of Transportation has proposed a Road to Zero — the elimination of motor-vehicle fatalities …

Government Proposes Vehicle to Vehicle Communication Requirement

All new cars and light trucks would be able to talk wirelessly with each other, with traffic lights and with other roadway infrastructure under a rule the Transportation Department proposed Tuesday. Officials say the technology holds the potential to dramatically …

Auto Industry, U.S. Reach Agreement to Improve Safety, Cybersecurity

The U.S. Transportation Department and 17 automakers have reached agreement on efforts to enhance safety, including sharing information to thwart cyberattacks on their increasingly wired vehicles. Automakers including General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. also agreed …

South Dakota Official Blames Highway Elevation Change for Car Crashes

A county official says an elevation change on a Day County highway is partly responsible for the high accident rate along that stretch. Day County Emergency Management director Wes Williams calls the area going east from Andover to a curve …

U.S. Considers Overhauling Auto Safety Crash Test Ratings

The U.S. Transportation Department will today propose a remake of its influential crash-test ratings system to incorporate new technology designed to avoid collisions. Regulators will add a crash-avoidance element to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s star ratings system as …