Creating a Roadmap for Safe-D Research Themes and Application Areas: Future Directions in Disruptive Technology and Safety

This project will examine disruptive technologies that could address critical transportation safety challenges in future years. Coined in 1997, a disruptive technology is one that displaces an established technology and shakes up the industry or is a ground-breaking product that creates a completely new industry (Christensen, 1997). Examples of disruptive technologies include the personal computer (PC) that displaced the typewriter and e-commerce retailing that displaced brick-and-mortar stores. In transportation, disruptive technologies include navigation systems that have replaced paper maps and the Uber app that enabled a unique facilitated network business model to create a new ride hailing industry. The defining feature of disruptive technologies is that they involve transformational change (Bratton, 2015).


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $46225
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Safety through Disruption University Transportation Center (Safe-D)

    Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
    Blacksburg, VA  United States  24060
  • Project Managers:

    Harwood, Leslie

  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas A&M Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System
    3135 TAMU
    College Station, TX  United States  77843-3135
  • Principal Investigators:

    Zmud, Johanna

  • Start Date: 20170501
  • Expected Completion Date: 20170831
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01681558
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Safety through Disruption University Transportation Center (Safe-D)
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747115
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Sep 21 2018 5:51PM