The objective of the Traffic Control Device Challenge (TCDC) is to promote innovation and stimulate ideas in the traffic control devices area with a goal to improve operations and safety. The challenge is sponsored by and conducted cooperatively by the Transportation Research Board Standing Committee on Traffic Control Devices (AHB50) and the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA).
The first annual TCDC was held at the 96th Annual Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington DC. The committee received 12 submissions and selected 8 teams to present their ideas during a poster sessions. Members and friends of the committee judged the presentations. The top 3 teams received travel accommodations to present their idea at the ATSSA Annual Convention & Traffic Expo.
Electronic Beacon to Guide Autonomous Vehicles through Work Zones – 1st Place ($1,500)
Student authors: Owen Hitchcock, Kristin Kersavage, Lingyu Li, Xiao Liang and Xu Lin
School: Penn State University
The New Generation Steering Wheel Cover – 2nd Place ($1,000)
Student author: Jelena Karapetrovic
School: New Mexico State University
The Pima County Split-Face Marker (“County Marker”), An Alternative to a Double-Yellow Marker – 3rd Place ($500)
Student authors: Garrett Anderson, Vince Morello, Lindsay Wellman
School: Pima County DOT / University of Arizona
V2Me Messenger System – Zhu Qing, James Hopfenblatt, Ehsan Naderi – University of Missouri-Columbia
Design of Directional Rumble Strips for Deterring Wrong-way Freeway Entries – Chennan Xue, Dan Xu, Raghu Baireddy, Lingling Yang – Auburn University
Improving Right-of-Way Negotiation between Pedestrians and Autonomous Vehicles – Masoud Ghodrat Abadi, David Covey, Cadell Chand – Oregon State University
Supplemental Warning Traffic Signal to Improve Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety – Ibrahim Alsghan – University of Wisconsin – Madison
Mobile Distraction Mitigation System – Aleksander Venturino – Purdue University