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Author: Roadway Safety Foundation

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Road Safety @ Rush Hour is a monthly podcast series discussing the latest topics and trends in roadway safety technology and innovation. Hosted by Bryan Delaney, Communications Coordinator at the Roadway Safety Foundation, Road Safety @ Rush Hour features conversations with some of the United States’ leaders in transportation innovation, technology, and roadway safety. From cutting edge infrastructure to autonomous vehicles to pedestrian safety and so much more, Road Safety @ Rush Hour will bring light to pressing transportation issues and topics from diverse perspectives.
12 Episodes
On this episode, Road Safety @ Rush Hour Podcast host, Bryan Delaney sits down with Theo Agelopoulos, Senior Director of Infrastructure Business Strategy at Autodesk, Inc to discuss the role of Augmented and Virtual Reality in roadway design and transportation safety. Augmented reality (AR) adds digital elements to a live view often by using the camera on a smartphone, where as Virtual reality (VR) implies a complete immersion experience that shuts out the physical world. Agelopoulos discusses how these two technologies could positively impact infrastructure design and engineering.Agelopoulos and Delaney discuss the benefits of this technology for DOTs and how AR and VR will allow DOT officials to see the road design before it has actually been built, while also identifying potential safety issues before the physical environment is developed.Support the show
On this episode, Road Safety @ Rush Hour Podcast host, Bryan Delaney sits down with Brady Markell, Director of Marketing and Business Development at Street Smart Rental to discuss Smart Work Zone Technology. A "smart work zone system" is the application of computers, communications, and sensor technology to freeway transportation to better inform motorists, enhance safety for motorists and workers, and provide real-time information to motorists during incidents, temporary closures, or any unexpected conditions on the freeway.Markell and Delaney discuss the future of Smart Work Zones and how current Smart Work Zone technology can improve the safety of road users while traveling through work zones.Support the show
On this episode, Road Safety @ Rush Hour host, Bryan Delaney has a conversation with Jaime Sullivan, Director of National Center for Rural Road Safety, and Brian Roberts, of BCR Consulting, a partner of the National Center for Rural Road Safety, about rural road safety and the infrastructure countermeasures that can reduce crashes and fatalities.Additionally, Delaney, Sullivan, and Roberts discuss how autonomous vehicles will function on rural roads and what steps we must take to make sure rural roadways are ready for this new technology.Support the show
In this exclusive episode of Road Safety @ Rush Hour, Bryan Delaney sits down with Former US Transportation Secretary under the Clinton Administration, the Honorable Mr. Rodney Slater. Secretary Slater discusses leadership, how he found his passion for transportation at a young age, and shares stories from his time working as Transportation Secretary under President Clinton. Delaney and Slater also take time to discuss roadway safety as a social equity issue and how infrastructure can play a role in who in a community can advance in society and who might be left out.Support the show
In this Road Safety @ Rush Hour Podcast episode, Bryan Delaney is joined by Lisa Robinson, Senior Program Manager, Transportation Safety at the National Safety Council to discuss distracted driving and the Road To Zero Movement (RTZ). The Road to Zero Coalition, managed by the National Safety Council, laid out strategies to end roadway deaths in the U.S. by 2050. It is the first time so many organizations have collaborated to put forth a plan to address motor vehicle fatalities, which recently increased after years of decline. Delaney and Robinson discuss this initiative's success as well as provide answers to the questions of skeptics.Support the show
In this exclusive Road Safety @ Rush Hour Podcast episode, Bryan Delaney is joined by Former United States Secretary of Transportation (1987-1989), the Honorable James H. Burnley IV. Secretary Burnley provides a glimpse into his experience working in President Reagan’s Cabinet as well as how transportation safety has changed and remained the same since his time as Secretary. Additionally, Secretary Burnley shares his insights and advice on leadership.  Support the show
On this episode, Road Safety @ Rush Hour Podcast host, Bryan Delaney, hops on the phone with Jennifer Morrison, Manager of Vehicle Safety Compliance at MAZDA North America to discuss Vehicle to Everything technology, Automated Emergency Braking, and the importance of infrastructure maintenance.Support the show
Road Safety @ Rush Hour Podcast Host, Bryan Delaney, hopped on the phone with the Executive Director of the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), Jonathan Adkins, to discuss how the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting American Roadways. Adkins discusses a recent GHSA pedestrian safety report and provides insights on how bicyclists and pedestrians can stay safe while social distancing on roadways that have been altered to accommodate more people walking, biking, running, etc.Support the show
Road Safety @ Rush Hour Podcast Host, Bryan Delaney, hops on the phone with Melissa Wandall, President of the National Coalition for Safer Roads, a national organization advocating for the use of automated traffic enforcement, to discuss Red Light Cameras and Automated Enforcement Technology. Melissa shares her personal story and explains her journey advocating for the passage of the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act in Florida.Delaney and Wandall also discuss a recent debate in Rochester, NY arguing red light cameras disproportionately impacted low income drivers. Support the show
Leah Shahum, Founder and Executive Director of Vision Zero Network, explores Vision Zero efforts taking place in New York City and how collaborative initiatives have resulted in declines in traffic fatalities.Bryan and Leah explore the idea of roadway safety as a social equity issue. In the age of gentrification in urban environments, how can roadway system designers and transportation officials ensure equity through transportation system design?Support the show
In this episode, Bryan Delaney hops on the phone with Allie Kelly, Executive Director of 'The Ray', a proving ground for the innovative ideas and technologies that will transform the transportation infrastructure of the future. The Ray starts on 18 miles of West Georgia’s I-85, and the land and communities surrounding it.Allie Kelly shares valuable insight into connected vehicles and the development of Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) technology, Autonomous Vehicles, and new infrastructure innovations exclusively piloted on The Ray.Support the show
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Director of the Office of Highway Safety, Robert Molloy, discusses current trends in Pedestrian Safety as well as provides an inside look into the investigation of the 2018 Pedestrian Bridge Collapse at Florida International University in Miami, FL. Molloy shares his insight into several pedestrian-related accident investigation as well as accelerated bridge construction.  Original Music by Tyler LussowSupport the show
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