35 episodes

Our ability to get from Point A to Point B is something lots of us take for granted. But transporting people and products across town or across the country every day is neither simple nor easy. Join us as we explore the challenges on Thinking Transportation, a podcast about how we get ourselves — and the things we need — from one place to another. Every other week, an expert from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute or other special guest will help us dig deep on a wide range of topics. Find out more: https://tti.tamu.edu/thinking-transportation/

Thinking Transportation: Engaging Conversations about Transportation Innovations Texas A&M Transportation Institute

    • Technology
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

Our ability to get from Point A to Point B is something lots of us take for granted. But transporting people and products across town or across the country every day is neither simple nor easy. Join us as we explore the challenges on Thinking Transportation, a podcast about how we get ourselves — and the things we need — from one place to another. Every other week, an expert from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute or other special guest will help us dig deep on a wide range of topics. Find out more: https://tti.tamu.edu/thinking-transportation/

    Building by the Numbers: How economic indicators guide road construction.

    Building by the Numbers: How economic indicators guide road construction.

    Some statistics like population growth and the price of crude oil are directly linked to transportation planning in Texas. But others—like commercial airline boardings and home sales—play a role, too. Collectively, the numbers paint a picture that informs how we fund our transportation system.

    • 21 min
    When the Workplace Is Behind the Wheel: Improving occupational safety for truckers (and the rest of us).

    When the Workplace Is Behind the Wheel: Improving occupational safety for truckers (and the rest of us).

    Close to half of all workplace deaths result from transportation incidents, including crashes that involve large trucks. Drivers of those trucks are at higher risk than workers in other jobs. And to the degree that we share road space with truckers, the risk extends to the rest of us, too. Evolving policies resulting from new research could help to change that.

    • 23 min
    Cars Can Track Our Driving Habits: Who owns that data, and what's being done with it?

    Cars Can Track Our Driving Habits: Who owns that data, and what's being done with it?

    The newest cars on the road today generate huge amounts of data, telling us much about our driving habits and helping us build and operate our roadways. How safely and efficiently we travel in the future will depend in part on how wisely stakeholders use that data.

    • 23 min
    Beyond Skin Deep: The humble roadway is about more than asphalt and concrete.

    Beyond Skin Deep: The humble roadway is about more than asphalt and concrete.

    Today’s pavements bear little resemblance to the driving surfaces of the early 1900s. Research Engineer Darlene Goehl explains how decades of experimentation have led to development of the modern streets and highways that are central to our daily lives. 

    • 21 min
    When a Crash Is No Accident: Staging roadside collisions to make them more survivable.

    When a Crash Is No Accident: Staging roadside collisions to make them more survivable.

    Sometimes vehicle crashes can’t be avoided, but it is possible to make them less life threatening. Senior Research Engineer Lance Bullard joins us to discuss how research has been making roadsides safer for travelers for as long as we’ve had roadsides.

    • 26 min
    Two Steps Forward, One Step Back? Keeping tabs on self-driving tech.

    Two Steps Forward, One Step Back? Keeping tabs on self-driving tech.

    One of the first lessons we learned about autonomous travel remains true today: Building a self-driving car is a lot more difficult than many people expected. Senior Research Scientist Bob Brydia sits down with us again to discuss progress made in the past year related to self-driving vehicles becoming commonplace on our roadways, and how far they have yet to go.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Keaton Schrank ,

Interesting and insightful!

It’s always intriguing to hear the perspectives of leaders and innovators in their respective fields, and I think that this podcast does a great job at bringing on folks who have interesting things to say about their work. I enjoy listening to these professionals, and I learn something new each episode! Great job, Bernie!

pkoonce ,

Transportation podcasts are what I am here for...

Great initial effort, although I have to say there was a little bit of a tease that Robert Earl Keen might have had more influence on the show with that first title. Looking forward to more insights from leaders in the industry

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