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Bus driver seating design improvements get green light


Bus and truck drivers often work long hours in postures that are known to increase their chances of musculoskeletal issues, including lower back pain, tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. These positions and operator workstations currently place drivers at increased risk of slower reaction and response times and at a higher risk of sustaining acute injuries in crashes. Poor driver workstation visibility also increases risks for other drivers and pedestrians.

Penn State is a Google AI Impact Grantee


Google announced today that Penn State is one of 20 organizations that will share $25 million in grants from, credit and consulting from Google Cloud and coaching by Google’s AI experts as a grantee of the Google AI Impact Challenge.

Penn State named key partner in Federal Highway Administration project to study truck platooning


The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute (LTI) has been awarded $499,878 to help industry and agency partners understand how autonomous truck platoons operate in realistic, operational environments.

Transportation Research Board appoints two Larson Transportation Institute faculty affiliates to Standing Committee


The Larson Transportation Institute (LTI) is pleased to announce the recent appointments of two affiliate faculty members—Vikash Gayah, associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and S. Ilgin Guler, assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering—to the Standing Committee on Traffic Flow Theory and Characteristics (AHB45), as selected by the Transportation Research Board (TRB).

Grant to study how driver behavior is impacted by connected and autonomous vehicle technology


Penn State researchers aim to develop a driver-in-the-loop vehicle simulator tool in order to better understand the effects that Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) technology has on commuting behavior, thanks to a $60,000 Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grant.

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