The objective of this project was to develop a process that transportation agencies can use to identify, assess, shape, and adopt new and emerging technologies to achieve long-term system performance objectives. The process should reflect relevant trends in technologies and their applications and help transportation agencies anticipate, adapt to, and shape the future.
Status: Strategic Issues Facing Transportation: Expediting Future Technologies for Enhancing Transportation System Performance (NCHRP Report 750, Volume 3) has been published.
Additional information on the report was presented in a TRB Webinar in December 2013.
This publication summarizes a conference by the same title that was held October 17 to 18, 2006, in Washington, D.C. This conference focused on current and future research on radio frequency identification (RFID) technologies in transportation applications, which include the tagging of containers, pallets, individual packages, and building equipment and components; vehicle collision avoidance; electronic preclearance of vehicles and individuals through security checkpoints; and electronic toll collection.
New technologies continually arise that could be useful to DOTs and MPOs. This report presents a process (Systematic Technology Reconnaissance, Evaluation, and Adoption Methodology or STREAM) to compare these technologies to alternatives on the basis of their likely effects on agency goals, including consideration of barriers to implementation. STREAM’s use is illustrated in three case studies. This report will be useful to research units within state DOTs and other units responsible for evaluating new technologies.