Category Archives: TCD Challenge

2018 TCD Challenge at TRB

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 second annual TCDC was held at the 97th Annual Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington DC. 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. This year’s challenge was centered around the development of an innovative strategy to combat the problem of Wrong Way Driving.

First Place: Comprehensive System of Pavement Markings and Signage to Deter Wrong-Way Drivers

Authors: Danielle Berman, Owen Hitchcock, Kristin Kersavage, Lingyu Li, Kan Wu

Pennsylvania State University

Second Place: In-Roadway Warning Lights for Wrong-Way Detection and Prevention

Authors: Hisham Jashami, Zachary Barlow, Ellen Simpson, Logan Scott-Deeter

Oregon State University

Third Place: Audible Warning Device for Wrong Way Drivers

Authors: Elizabeth Farr, Robert Gallup, Katy Harlan, Jacob Kaltenbronn, Kaitlin Windsor

University of Missouri

 

2nd Annual TCD Challenge Announced – Accepting Submissions

The inaugural TCD Challenge in 2017 was a great success with 12 teams presenting original ideas at TRB on innovative solutions to prepare for autonomous and connected vehicles. Three finalists were awarded travel stipends to attend the ATSSA Annual Convention in Phoenix, AZ where 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners were determined.

The TCD Challenge is back again for the 2018 TRB Annual Meeting with the theme of preventing wrong-way driving with the overall goal of improving safety. The announcement from TRB can be found here. Submissions are due October 1st, 2017. Please check out the full participation guidelines before beginning to formulate your idea.

TCD Challenge Winners at ATSSA’s Annual Convention

TCD Winners Presser – ATSSA

1st Place ($1,500) 
Title: Electronic Beacon to Guide Autonomous Vehicles through Work Zones
Student team: Owen Hitchcock, Kristin Kersavage, Lingyu Li, Xiao Liang, Xu Lin
Penn State University

2nd Place ($1,000)
Title: The New Generation Steering Wheel Cover
Student: Jelena Karapetrovic
New Mexico State University

3rd Place ($500)
Title: The Pima County Split-Face Marker
Student team: Garrett Anderson, Vincent Morello, Lindsey Willman
University of Arizona

2017 TCD Challenge at TRB

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.

[Finalist] Electronic Beacon to Guide Autonomous Vehicles through Work Zones – Owen Hitchcock, Kristin Kersavage, Lingyu Li, Xiao Liang and Xu Lin – Penn State University

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[Finalist] The New Generation Steering Wheel Cover – Jelena Karapetrovic – New Mexico State University

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[Finalist] The Pima County Split-Face Marker (“County Marker”), An Alternative to a Double-Yellow Marker – Garrett Anderson, Vince Morello, Lindsay Wellman – Pima County DOT / University of Arizona

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V2Me Messenger System – Zhu Qing, James Hopfenblatt, Ehsan Naderi – University of Missouri-Columbia

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Design of Directional Rumble Strips for Deterring Wrong-way Freeway Entries – Chennan Xue, Dan Xu, Raghu Baireddy, Lingling Yang – Auburn University

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Improving Right-of-Way Negotiation between Pedestrians and Autonomous Vehicles – Masoud Ghodrat Abadi, David Covey, Cadell Chand – Oregon State University

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Supplemental Warning Traffic Signal to Improve Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety – Ibrahim Alsghan – University of Wisconsin – Madison

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Mobile Distraction Mitigation System – Aleksander Venturino – Purdue University

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