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Thomas Curcio

Self Driving Cars and Infrastructure Needs

Autonomous vehicles pride themselves on being able to navigate our busy roads without driver input, however, in order to do that certain smart technology may need to be installed.

Rick Shapiro

1 Dead When Amtrak Train Carrying GOP Lawmakers Derails Near Crozet, Virginia

One person died Jan. 31 when an Amtrak train carrying Republican lawmakers to an annual retreat collided with a truck at a railroad crossing and derailed near Crozet, Virginia. The White House has confirmed the train crash fatality. One person also was […]

Thomas Curcio

Man v. Machine: Legislation of Positive Train Control

Positive Train Control (PTC) is an ever evolving system, one that has seen many reinventions throughout its history. From 1920s where systems to automatically stop a train were first created, to now where PTC looks more like the technology of […]

Randy Appleton

Georgia School Bus Flips On Side; 16 Injured

Approximately 16 students were taken to the hospital in Gilmer County, Georgia on Jan 22 when their school bus flipped onto its side in a one-vehicle accident. The sheriff’s office in Gilmer County stated that the accident occurred on Yukon […]

Melanie J. VanOverloop

Drone Safety – Who Is Regulating?

The popularity and commercial availability of drones has exploded in the last few years leading many to question – who is regulating the safety of drones? Remotely piloted or operated unmanned aerial vehicles—commonly known as drones—come in all shapes and […]

Thomas Curcio

Autonomous Car Series

Autonomous vehicles have many roadblocks to navigate before becoming a common consumer product, these will be expanded on in further posts.

Thomas Curcio

Just Say No to Drunk Driving

Drunk driving is not a new epidemic. It’s the number one cause of deaths on the road.

Rick Shapiro

Railroad Safety: No More Extensions on Requiring Positive Train Control

In the wake of a deadly Amtrak passenger train derailment in Washington shortly before Christmas 2017, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that a long-mandated automated braking system would have prevented the deadly wreck. The agency has reached the same […]

Thomas Curcio

Man vs. Machine: The Cost of Positive Train Control

The successful implementation of PTC will be a challenge involving financial issues as well as technology integration.

Thomas Curcio

Man vs. Machine: Series on Positive Train Control

The idea of talking trains may have originated with Thomas and Friends, but if tracks and trains could communicate, how drastically could safety on America’s railroads improve?  It wasn’t until 2008 when the Rail Safety Improvement Act was sanctioned that […]