Community-embedded Drone Program for Improving Traffic Safety of RITI Communities in Washington State

In this research, the research team aims to explore and synthesize the opportunities, challenges, and scenarios that drone technologies may help develop context-sensitive solutions to resolve traffic safety related challenges in Rural, Isolated, Tribal, or Indigenous (RITI) communities. Although drones have been extensively tested in both urban and rural areas for various purposes (e.g., search and rescue, deliveries, etc.), their uses in RITI communities have not been fully explored. As a promising emerging technology, drones may help provide economic and effective solutions to address safety challenges, and are especially appropriate for low-density communities where activities are dispersed in space and where it is difficult to monitor large areas with limited personnel and limited access. However, drones also have limitations peculiar to RITI communities, which have safety needs and challenges distinct from better-researched and better-resourced urban areas.


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    • Status: Proposed
    • Funding: $55000
    • Contract Numbers:

      Grant # 69A3551747129

    • 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:

      Center for Safety Equity in Transportation

      University of Alaska Fairbanks
      Fairbanks, AK  United States  99775
    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Washington, Seattle

      Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
      201 More Hall, Box 352700
      Seattle, WA  United States  98195-2700
    • Principal Investigators:

      Ban, Xuegang

    • Start Date: 20210701
    • Expected Completion Date: 20220731
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01773220
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Center for Safety Equity in Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: Grant # 69A3551747129
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: May 26 2021 10:33PM