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Winners include universities, state transportation agencies, and private sector companies. 

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Last week, during the Transportation Research Board’s 2024 Annual Meeting, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the Stage 1A winners of the Intersection Safety Challenge. The program is designed to improve safety at our nation’s intersections by providing funding to help spur the creation and implementation of new technologies. These technologies assist with identifying and addressing concerns at roadway intersections.  

Stage 1A is the first phase in the Intersection Safety Challenge. As part of the award process, applicants had to submit design concepts of their innovation. Out of the 120 papers that were submitted, 15 were selected. Winners include: 

  • Texas Department of Transportation 
  • Utah Department of Transportation 
  • University of Michigan 
  • University of Washington 
  • DENSO International America 
  • CNA 
  • University of California, Los Angeles 
  • University of Hawaii 
  • Deloitte Consulting 
  • Derq USA 
  • Florida A&M University and Florida State University 
  • Global Traffic Technologies/Miovision USA 
  • University of California, Riverside 
  • Orion Robotics Labs 
  • Ohio State University 

Each of the award recipients will receive $100,000 and the opportunity to participate in Stage 1B: System Assessment and Virtual Testing. In this phase, each group will be required to refine their algorithms using sensor data provided by USDOT. This data will come from a controlled test intersection and be used to help each team’s system detect and identify vulnerable vehicles and users. 

Learn more about the Intersection Safety Challenge, the awards, and how this fits in with USDOT’s larger mission to improve roadway safety, here.