Pavement Marking

Pavement Marking

Pavement Marking

In a report developed by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), it was recommended that the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) establish plans to “better manage” initiatives and efforts related to Connected Automated Vehicles (CAVs). GAO officials state within the report, which was released in November 2017, that their reasoning behind the research efforts are based on the potential promise of CAVs to provide transformative safety and mobility benefits, but these benefits also will come with a set of safety and infrastructure challenges for policymakers.


While it also was noted that other components such as urban versus rural settings and local ownership of roadways will play a hand in infrastructure adaptations, many experts in automation and infrastructure back up the report’s claims, and assert that consistent and proper maintenance of the current roadway system is of the upmost importance for conventional and AV motorists — especially when it comes to pavement markings.


ATSSA has a dedicated group of members on its Pavement Marking Committee (member login required), who are working to assert the proper maintenance of pavement marking and advance technologies being developed to help increase safety benefits and accommodation of CAVs. The committee has developed a list of policies and continues to work toward advancing the collaboration between the roadway safety industry and automakers as America progresses toward an automated future.

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Explore the action and insights from ATSSA’s Midyear Meeting

Check out photos plus video highlights of general session

ATSSA’s Midyear Meeting provided bountiful opportunities to reconnect, explore solutions to roadway safety infrastructure challenges, socialize over pickleball and hear from automotive industry experts.

If you missed it or want to revisit the experience, we’ve posted dozens of photos and you can watch highlights of the general session featuring Tony Reinhart, Ford Motor Company’s director of Government Relations, and Brad Stertz, director of Audi Government Affairs and co-founder and chairman of Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE).

Reinhart, pictured above, shared that Ford is testing autonomous vehicles in Michigan, California, Texas, Florida and Washington, D.C. He said the company is currently mapping communities with computers that he said “learn” to recognize changing dynamics in pavement markings, signs and other variables.

Stertz shared that Audi has been working with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) on technology projects to make active work zones safer and is also now working with officials in Alpharetta, Ga., and the Fulton County schools to use CV2X technology with school buses and to create school zone alerts.

Both men said the success of the connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) field will depend on stakeholders working together.

The Midyear Meeting was held in Kansas City, Mo., from Aug. 17-20 and broke attendance records with 381 registered. It also had the largest turnout for an ATSS Foundation Fundraiser, pictured above. The fundraiser was hosted by the Heart of America ATSSA Chapter and held at Chicken N Pickle, where members took part in pickleball and other outdoor games.

ATSSA’s next big event is the 52nd Annual Convention & Traffic Expo in Tampa, Fla., Feb. 11-15. Registration is now open and a limited number of booth spaces are still available. For full details, Expo.ATSSA.com.

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