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Anne DeekensBased 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 Safe-D National UTC. Thank you so much for your interest and we look forward to working with you!


News Archive

Students Win International Vehicle Safety Design Competition

June 25, 2019 (The Roanoke Star) – A group of Virginia Tech engineering graduate students won the international championship for the 2019 Collegiate Student Safety Technology Design Competition (SSTDC), hosted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the Netherlands, June 10-13. (Coverage of Safe-D Student Support Project PREPARES Student Support (VT))

 

Students win international vehicle safety design competition

June 19, 2019 (Virginia Tech Daily) – A group of Virginia Tech engineering graduate students won the international championship for the 2019 Collegiate Student Safety Technology Design Competition (SSTDC), hosted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the Netherlands, June 10-13. (Coverage of Safe-D Student Support Project PREPARES Student Support (VT))

 

Student engineering team advances to global vehicle safety design competition

June 7, 2019 (Virginia Tech Daily) – What began as a class project on vehicle safety has led to international recognition for a group of Virginia Tech engineering students. The team is heading to the Netherlands for the global competition, held during the 26th International Technical Conference on The Enhanced Safety of Vehicles on June 10-13. (Coverage of Safe-D Student Support Project PREPARES Student Support (VT))

 

TTI/Safe-D Researchers Recommend Safe and Economical Lane Wandering Pattern for AVs

April 25, 2019 (TTI News) – Among the many apparent differences between Automated Vehicles (AVs) and human driven vehicles, one of the most significant is how AVs position themselves within a traffic lane. In other words, how do they stay in the lane safely? (Coverage of Safe-D Project Pavement Perspective on AV Safety through Optimizing Lateral Positioning Pattern)

 

Recent study fuels awareness of child car seat use in rideshare vehicles.

November 27, 2018 (Collegiate Times) – 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)

 

Who Is Responsible for Providing Car Seats in Rideshare Vehicles?

November 19, 2018 (NBC4) – 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)

 

‘It’s a very big mistake’ | Study shows parents skipping proper car seats in ride-shares.

November 15, 2018 (WUSA) – 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)

 

Does Your Child Need A Car Seat In A Cab, Uber Or Lyft Car?

November 7, 2018 (WLNY) – 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)

 

VT study finds many parents don’t use child safety seats in ride-share vehicles

November 2, 2018 (WSET) – 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)

 

Study buckles down on child car seat use in ride-share vehicles

November 1, 2018 (AAAS EurekAlert!) – 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)

 

New study buckles down on child car seat use in ride-share vehicles

November 1, 2018 (Virginia Tech Daily) – 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)

 

Uber-ing with a child: Site details various seat laws around DC, nation

November 1, 2018 (WTOP) – 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)

 

Safe-D Inspires Students at Huge STEM Expo

April 24, 2018 (TTI News) – 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)

 

How Blind People Use Ride Sharing Services

April 10, 2018 (Eyes on Success) – 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))

 

Driving The Future of Transportation Infrastructure

January 11, 2017 (SDSU NewsCenter) – 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.

 

TTI Awarded Millions For Safety, Air Quality, Waterway Transportation Research

December 16, 2016 (Texas A&M Today) – 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.

 

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and partners named a national safety center by U.S. Department of Transportation

December 11, 2016 (Virginia Tech Daily) – 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.