President Obama Learns about UC Riverside Transportation Research

President views video focused on eco-friendly intelligent transportation system technologies research

President Barack Obama views a video featuring UC Riverside research while touring the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center.

President Barack Obama views a video featuring UC Riverside research while touring the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center. Photo credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) —  On Tuesday (July 16), as President Barack Obama toured the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, Va. he observed research from the University of California, Riverside, including a transportation research video.

The video is focused on eco-friendly intelligent transportation system technologies research by scientists at UC Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT).

This research program develops and evaluates applications that aim to reduce energy and environmental impacts of vehicles and transportation systems. Several applications have been developed that can potentially reduce fuel consumption and emissions from vehicles between 5 percent and 20 percent.

A photo of the president shows the ”Traffic Signal Eco-Approach and Departure” application, which is part of the Department of Transportation’s Applications for the Environment: Real-Time Information Synthesis (AERIS) research program.

In this application, a traffic signal with a wireless communication device broadcasts its signal phase and timing and map information to approaching vehicles that are also equipped with wireless communication devices. Systems in the vehicle then use this information along with the vehicle’s position and speed to perform calculations and provide speed advice to the driver, allowing the driver to adapt the vehicle’s speed to pass through the upcoming signal on green or to decelerate to a stop in the most eco-friendly manner.

CE-CERT researchers initially designed and demonstrated this Eco-Approach and Departure algorithm during the summer of 2012 and are now working with others to automate the process.

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