TSAP will conduct five research projects with two key themes:
- Using and improving existing infrastructure to advance safety and mobility and to help North Carolina communities, particularly vulnerable road users
- Using connected and automated vehicles (CAV) to advance mobility, with a focus on economic impact and data
These projects will engage NCDOT and other stakeholders and produce results that will be strategically focused, implementable, and accessible to transportation decision-makers. Each of these projects also includes a workforce development component by exposing students to advanced technologies and opportunities to engage with stakeholders. The partner universities will integrate workforce development efforts with pre-existing programs. Ultimately, these collective efforts will produce enduring partnership and structured collaboration opportunities that will benefit the state for many years beyond the Center of Excellence program.
Impacts of CAV-ready infrastructure on Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs): Guidance for North Carolina’s Local and State Transportation Agencies