Check out the U.S. Secretary of Transportation’s Blog

A great resource to check out to stay tuned in about transportation issues and innovations in this country is Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood’s blog. In stride with the current administration, LaHood and his staff embrace multiple social media communicative tools to pass along information on a daily basis. In addition to the blog, the department also offers a YouTube Channel, Facebook Page and a Twitter Feed.

 Yesterday, two staff members were given a look at a new vehicle-to-vehicle communication safety technology the Ford Motor Company is developing. This system allows intelligent cars to communicate wirelessly to warn drivers of potential dangers- like the first car in a row slamming on its brakes, or a car violating the right-of-way at an intersection. Still in development, this relatively inexpensive innovation could be a great asset in driver safety.

For a visual of this new idea, check out the clip below from Ford.

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The Vermont Local Roads Program at Saint Michael’s College is part of the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP), a nationwide effort financed jointly by the Federal Highway Administration and individual State Departments of Transportation. Its purpose is to provide road and bridge know-how to municipal people involved with highways. There are LTAP Centers in 50 states and Puerto Rico and six Native American locations. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations presented on this page are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of FHWA, VAOT or Saint Michael’s College. All references to proprietary items in this publication are not endorsements of any company or products. Sponsored by the Vermont Agency of Transportation, the Vermont Local Roads Program provides information, training and technical assistance to cities, towns and villages in Vermont. This is done by newsletters, seminars and workshops, distribution of publications and by response to requests.
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