Revolutionizing Our Roadways: Data Privacy Considerations for Automated and Connected Vehicles
PI: Karlyn Stanley, Jason Wagner
The 2015 Texas legislative session highlighted Texas policy makers’ concerns about protecting citizens’ personally identifiable information (PII). The protection of PII is of interest to both state and federal policy makers, especially in the context of emerging technologies that may capture a great deal of PII. One example is the capture and use of data about an individual’s location by a smartphone or by automated or connected vehicle technology. The focus of this report is on data privacy in the context of transportation, not data privacy generally. Researchers provide the federal and Texas statutory/legal framework for data privacy protection, and use automated and connected vehicle technology as a case study to explore how a new technology may impact the protection of PII and the vehicular data privacy of Texas citizens.
Future Needs in Travel Forecasting: Advanced Models and Planning Techniques
PI: Tom Williams
To guide Texas toward a transportation system that supports the state’s economy and quality of life, new advanced tools and models are needed to help policy makers make forward-looking infrastructure investment decisions. These tools and models must be based on reliable data regarding the public’s needs, expectations, and anticipated travel behaviors. This document provides an overview of why and how change is needed in the way travel patterns are forecasted and transportation planning is conducted, and how transportation policy relates to that change.
An Overview of Transportation Data
PI: Stacy Bricka
The purpose of this brief is to provide an overview of transportation data requirements and current transportation public data sources. The brief concludes with an introduction to emerging trends that suggest opportunities for new data sources that will enhance research activities, including a discussion of Big Data.
StatsAmerica site offers wide range of data sourcesStatsAmerica collects information from hundreds of data sets from a variety of state and federal sources, as well as commercial and private sources, adding value to the data through simple access and functionality. StatsAmerica is supported by the U.S. Economic Development Administration.
Go to the resource: http://www.statsamerica.org/
State Open Data Policies and PortalsThis report provides a snapshot of states’ efforts to create open data policies and portals and ranks states on their progress.
Go to the resource: http://www.datainnovation.org/2014/08/state-open-data-policies-and-portals/
FHWA performance measures for freight transportationUnderThe FHWA Office of Freight Management and Operations and other stakeholders are developing performance measures for freight transportation. Freight-specific performance measures help to identify needed transportation improvements and monitor their effectiveness. They also serve as indicators of economic health and traffic congestion. This site includes links for freight performance measurement resources as well as probe data (free for MPOs and state DOTs).standing where, when and how people travel and how, when and where commodities are transported is an important step in planning transportation infrastructure and services. Statistical science is also instrumental in formulating effective safety protocols, determining cost-benefit tradeoffs, and allocating resources.
Go to the resource: http://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/freight_analysis/perform_meas...