Deadline: 2019-10-01 Award: $2,000 Open to: High school, college, university students*
The theme for the 2020 TCD Challenge is: Connected and Autonomous Innovations for Improving Work Zone Safety. In 2016, there were approximately 158,000 crashes in work zones in the United States; resulting in about 61,000 injuries and 780 fatalities. These alarming statistics include both motorists traveling through work zones and highway workers who maintain and rebuild roadways. While improving work zone safety has been a focus area for many years, connected and autonomous innovations provide new opportunities to alert motorists, warn workers, mitigate crashes, and get everyone home safely. Connected and autonomous innovations may also change the way we design and set up work zone traffic control, navigate through the work zone, and conduct the job within the work zone. The objective for the 2020 TCD Challenge is to devise an innovative connected and/or autonomous traffic control solution to help improve work zone safety. Both vehicle and non-vehicle based systems may be considered.