Based out of our lead consortium member office at VTTI in Blacksburg, Virginia, Anne Deekens is a creative, hard-working, and effective communicator – she will be happy to schedule interviews, provide news releases, arrange publicity partnerships, and schedule connected technology demonstrations on behalf of the CVI-UTC. Thank you so much for your interest and we look forward to working with you!
November 27, 2018 – With the exponential growth of rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft over the past few years, child passenger safety has become a growing concern. As these services have been continuing to grow in popularity, families have run into issues when it comes to safely utilizing these more popular transportation options.. (Coverage of Safe-D Project Factors Surrounding Child Seat usage in Ride-Share Services)
November 19, 2018 – Buckling kids into their car seats is a daily routine for many parents as they get in the family car. But when using rideshare services, car seats are often not available, making getting from point A to point B with a small child more complicated. (Coverage of Safe-D Project Factors Surrounding Child Seat usage in Ride-Share Services)
November 15, 2018 – A recent study showed ride-share drivers admitted to taking kids without car seats. WUSA9’s Whitney Wild shares her first-hand experience with how drivers reacted to her calling for a ride share without a car seat. (Coverage of Safe-D Project Factors Surrounding Child Seat usage in Ride-Share Services)
November 7, 2018 – A new study finds that many people across the country are confused about if their child needs a car seat in a cab or ride-sharing car, especially with the rise of Uber and Lyft. Experts say the laws are inconsistent from state to state. (Coverage of Safe-D Project Factors Surrounding Child Seat usage in Ride-Share Services)
November 2, 2018 – A new Virginia Tech study shows that parents are not providing appropriate child safety seats while riding in Uber, Lyft, or other ride-share vehicles with their families. (Coverage of Safe-D Project Factors Surrounding Child Seat usage in Ride-Share Services)
November 1, 2018 – Traveling with young children can be a challenge. As ride-share apps continue to surge in popularity, transporting children safely via these services has become a growing concern. (Coverage of Safe-D Project Factors Surrounding Child Seat usage in Ride-Share Services)
November 1, 2018 – The advent of ride-booking (or “ride-sharing”) services, such as Lyft and Uber, has revolutionized how people earn money and, of course, how they get from point A to point B. It’s also raised questions about how parents can get around with their little ones safely and legally. (Coverage of Safe-D Project Factors Surrounding Child Seat usage in Ride-Share Services)
April 24, 2018 – Safe-D students and researchers from VTTI and TTI took part in the largest science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) event in the nation April 7–8, 2018. The USA Science and Engineering Festival Expo in Washington, D.C., was attended by about 350,000 students, science and technology educators, researchers and parents. (Exhibit featured EWD tools from Safe-D Project K-12 STEM Program: Exploring the Science of Retroreflectivity)
April 10, 2018 – For various reasons, people who are visually impaired may feel reluctant to use ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Chris Simek and Michelle Plunkett of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute about their research into ride sharing services for the visually impaired and how the experience can be improved. (Coverage of Safe-D Project Safety Perceptions of Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) by the Blind and Visually Impaired (BVI))
January 11, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded a five-year grant that, including matching funds, will total $28 million to a consortium consisting of San Diego State University, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI). The center is named “Safety through Disruption (SafeD): Goal Zero” and will be led by the VTTI.
December 16, 2016 – In the UTC research priority area of Promoting Safety, Texas A&M Transportation Institute is a consortium member of a National Tier center titled Safety Through Disruption: Goal Zero, which is led by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI). San Diego State University is also a consortium member.
December 11, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced the award recipients of five highly competitive national University Transportation Center grants, naming the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and its partners Texas A&M Transportation Institute and San Diego State University — with support from the Virginia Department of Transportation — as one of two national safety University Transportation Centers.