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Table 3-2. Milestones for Vehicle, Equipment, and Infrastructure Factors

Table 3-2. Milestones for Vehicle, Equipment, and Infrastructure Factors

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Research Product or Information Gained FY 07-08 FY 09-10
Advanced Materials/Structural Safety    
Knowledge base for the safe use of advanced materials in aircraft x  
Aging Aircraft    
New technologies and tools to ensure the continued airworthiness of aircraft structures, components, and systems x  
Aircraft Catastrophic Failure Prevention    
Guidelines for the use of explicit finite element analysis for analyzing engine failures x  
Airport Technology    
Improved visual guidance systems to reduce runway incursions x x
Improved airport design methods and improved runway friction x x
Fire Research and Safety    
Improved fire-test criteria for hidden materials x  
Propulsion and Fuel Systems    
Tools, guidelines, and data to support improvements in turbine engine certification requirements x  
Unmanned Aircraft Systems    
Identify, assess, develop, and test flight termination technologies and procedures x  
Perform risk assessments and develop risk management concepts, models, and tools x  
Develop and analyze methodologies for safety management of operations x x
Center for Excellence in Rural Safety    
Disseminate safety countermeasures to counties and localities x x
Center for Surface Transportation Safety    
Research results on examination of advanced roadway delineation and lighting systems x x
Cooperative Intersection Collision Avoidance    
Field-tested countermeasures for crashes from signal and stop sign violations   x
Field-tested countermeasures for crashes from stop sign gap acceptance   x
Field-tested countermeasures for crashes from signalized, unprotected left turns   x
Integrated Vehicle-Based Safety Systems    
System requirements and test specifications x  
Prototype system x  
Field operational test   x
Safety Research and Innovation Deployment    
Improved safety analysis methods for intersections or highway interchanges x x
Evaluation of alternative highway safety countermeasures for priority treatments decided by the States x x
Vehicle-Infrastructure Integration (VII)    
VII system architecture x  
Prototype design x  
Proof-of-concept tests x  
Improve Safety of Commercial Motor Vehicles    
Research hazardous materials cargo tank design x  
Conduct a field operational test of indirect viewing systems x  
Research cargo tanks in lethal service x  
Railroad System Issues    
Research to reduce rail-related accidents and incidents x x
Rolling Stock and Components    
Research into vehicle components that will reduce accidents and injuries x x
Track and Structures    
Research into improving the reliability of rails, ties, fasteners, switches, welds, and bridges to reduce the likelihood of derailments x x
Research into reducing the stress state of the rails in continuously welded rail track x x
Track and Train Interaction    
Research into the wheel and rail interaction to reduce the likelihood of derailment x x
Research into the ride quality of rail cars to reduce the likelihood of derailment x x
Train Control    
Research into Positive Train Control systems that will reduce the likelihood of train collisions x x
Identify Solutions to Improve Transit Safety    
Demonstrate methods, techniques, and technologies to improve safety x x
Update FTA Subway Environmental Simulation Software x  
Fire materials testing x  
Crash Avoidance Initiative    
Develop and validate crash avoidance test procedures   x
Heavy Vehicles    
Complete safety benefits evaluation of truck tractor and semi-trailer stability control technologies x  
Develop performance requirements and objective tests for tractor-trailer stability control   x
Complete safety benefits evaluation for straight truck stability control technology   x
Pneumatic Tire Research    
Complete tire aging research x  
Navigation and Spectrum Policy    
Coordinate performance monitoring of the GPS civil signal with all civilian agencies   x
Assure uninterrupted access to radio spectrum for safety-of-life radionavigation services and system   x
Support the development and launch of GPS satellites with the new L5 "safety of life" signals   x
Safety, Energy, and Environment    
Assess the effectiveness of various techniques for accelerating application and adoption of safety technologies   x
Pipeline Safety    
Improvements in pipeline damage prevention and leak detection   x
Improvements in pipeline operations, controls, and monitoring   x
Improvements in material performance and other pipeline safety issues   x