Responsive Road Protects Pedestrians

With driverless and electric cars dominating most mainstream transportation news, the focus is often on drivers. But London-Based urban technology firm, Umbrellium puts pedestrians first.

Ubrellium created the first-ever responsive road surface, called Starling Crossing. “Starling” stands for “Stigmergic Adaptive Responsive Learning”. The prototype was installed in South London, but one can see the utility of this technology in any modern bustling city, where pedestrian populations are ever-increasing. And with the danger of smartphone-distracted driver also on the rise, prioritizing pedestrian safety is a necessity.

Ubrellium describes the functionality of Starling Crossing on their website:

“. . .cameras track objects that are moving across the road surface, distinguishing between pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles, calculating their precise locations, trajectories and velocities and anticipating where they may move to in the next moment.”

You can see Starling Crossing in action below:

How to Conquer Your Fear and Win Prizes

One of the winners of TrafficCast’s Hack the Commute says it wasn’t always easy for her to pitch in front of a crowd of people. Yet, Dorcas Olatunji beat out plenty of competition in TrafficCast’s Hackathon – a coding competition which took place in June, 2018. Here’s how she upped her game to the winning level.

BlueTOAD Training Monday, Feb. 11

Phase II of TrafficCast International’s online BlueTOAD/BlueARGUS client training resumes on Monday. The format of this training focuses on specific, real world examples and various use cases. It allows BlueTOAD/BlueARGUS clients, like state and municipal transportation department, to imagine and inquire about real world examples and set their own particular challenges to the BlueTOAD and BlueARGUS experts for solving.

How to use the BlueTOAD/BlueARGUS system to improve travel patterns for major events would be one focus, for instance. Although some 400 online courses have been reserved, there is room for more. For more information, or to sign up, go to

How a Bunny Path Saves Lives

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The state of Virginia is deer-friendly! And to prove it, the Virginia Department of Transportation launched a project to reduce deer vs. car/truck collisions. The project included construction of fencing along stretches of Interstate 64 near Charlottesville to guide deer and other wildlife to two underpasses. This design would prevent deer and other wildlife from crossing the highway right in the path of four to 18-wheeled vehicles.

After one year of use – one of the deer and bunny paths opened January 2018 – Virginia transportation officials report that the previous year’s average of 7.5 deer-vehicle collisions along that one-mile stretch was reduced to one. Further, use of the underpasses by deer and other wildlife increased significantly over the year.

Virginia DOT is ready to expand the project into other high risk locations, utilizing the new higher standard design and wildlife fencing placement along existing underpasses throughout the state.