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ENSCO Partners with Department of Transportation to Identify and Evaluate Public Safety Awareness Technologies
Test and evaluation framework will support DOT initiative to improve the safety and mobility of pedestrians.
ENSCO, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) has exercised its first option to continue a program to evaluate public safety awareness technologies. ENSCO and a team of researchers from the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research and TrueSafety Evaluation, LLC, will be identifying emerging technologies that may mitigate inherent risks to pedestrians and trespassers in our railroad, transit and highway transportation system. In addition, ENSCO is identifying testbeds that can be used to evaluate candidate technologies, produce a streamlined test protocol and develop strategies for implementing effective technologies nationwide.
The initiative represents a collaborative effort among DOT’s PHMSA, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Future phases of the program plan to include technology demonstration and evaluation using the methods identified in the initial phases of the effort and create plans for programs, policies or initiatives to implement those technologies.
“Safety is DOT’s top strategic goal, and I am proud that ENSCO continues its long history of supporting the DOT in pursuit of that goal. We are looking forward to continuing this important initiative to identify and test technologies that have the potential to warn the public of imminent hazards and help reduce injuries and fatalities.”
According to the Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Statistics, nearly 40,000 lives were lost in transportation in 2019 alone. The majority of transportation fatalities are on roads and highways, and deaths among pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists increased in 2016.
This article was originally published by ENSCO.
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