Traffic Control Device (TCD) Challenge for Students
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) Standing Committee on Traffic Control Devices (AHB50) and the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) have joined together to sponsor and conduct an exciting new design competition, the Traffic Control Device (TCD) Challenge, to promote innovation and stimulate ideas in the traffic control devices area with a goal to improve operations and safety.
Winners of the 2018 Traffic Control Device (TCD) Challenge
Winners of the 2018 TCD Challenge were chosen during the TRB Annual Meeting, Jan. 7-11, 2018 in Washington, D.C. The winners attended ATSSA's 48th Annual Convention & Traffic Expo in San Antonio, Texas and displayed their posters in booth #448, as well as presented their traffic control devices at the "Traffic Control Device Challenge for Students" Traffic Talk session on Sunday, Jan. 28 and Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 at the ATSSA Pavilion in San Antonio, Texas.
Guidelines for Participation
The TCD Challenge is open to individual high school, junior college, college, or university students or teams of students with an interest in transportation and an understanding of traffic control devices. Students in relevant fields such as transportation-, human factors-, and graphic design-related curricula are particularly encouraged to participate.
The TCD Challenge submittals will help to encourage innovation and creative thought in the transportation community. Contest participants will receive the opportunity to vet their designs in a public forum. Three winning teams will receive recognition at national transportation forums.
Wrong-way driving can be described as a situation when a vehicle enters a traffic stream travelling in the opposite direction and drives against the on-coming vehicles. These events continue until the operator realizes he/she is in error, leaves the roadway, redirects her/his vehicle to the proper direction, or causes a collision. This behavior results in hundreds of highway fatalities every year.
While the development of programs, and specific countermeasures, has been resolute, the problem persists claiming the same number of lives, year in and year out. Therefore, designers or design teams will have to consider how the current system needs to change to prevent this behavior and attendant crashes. What are the traffic control device designs, ideas, enhancements, and/or standards that will stop motorists from entering the wrong roadway and driving the wrong way? How will technology compliment these traffic control device strategies? That is the challenge for you and your teammates.
Submission Deadline for the 2018 Challenge: October 1, 2017
(information on the 2019 challenge still to come)
*In addition to the opportunity to present the idea in a “Traffic Talk,” the three place winners will be provided a (joint) exhibit booth to display their posters. The placing prize winners will be announced at the ATSSA Convention's Opening General Session. ATSSA will also include an article in their industry magazine, The Signal, the placing winners and, with their agreement, a home town press release.