Driverless Cars

Driverless Cars

Dr. Arthur Hawnn

Dr. Arthur Hawnn






Driverless Cars

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Remembering Dr. Arthur Hawnn

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Great Lakes Regional Transportaion Operations Coalition

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After 10 years, we have launched our new website to better serve you.

The Wisconsin Traffic Operations and Safety (TOPS) Laboratory leverages its four multi-disciplinary program areas to solve a variety of mobility and safety issues throughout the state, region, and country to improve our quality of life. On Wisconsin!

Recent News and Activities

January 26, 2017 - The Department of Transportation has named The University of Wisconsin as one of ten institutions which will conduct testing on self-driving cars! Learn more about this exciting decision here.

June 6, 2015 - Researchers from the TOPS Lab were awarded the 2014 Patricia Waller Paper Award for the best paper in Safety and System Users Group by the Transportation Research Board. Read more...

February 5, 2014 - TOPS staff notified paper entitled, "Secondary Crash Identification on a Large-scale Highway System", has been awarded the 2014 TRB Committee on Safety Data, Analysis and Evaluation 2014 Outstanding Paper Award.

December 4, 2013 - Todd Szymkowski, PE, PTOE, TOPS Lab Deputy Director receives Wisconsin Section Institute of Transportation Engineers 2013 Distinguished Service Award.

December 1, 2013 - Roundabout Safety Analysis Phase 2 Report completed.

November 7-9, 2013 - Todd Szymkowski, PE, PTOE, TOPS Lab Deputy Director participates in inaugural class of LeadershipITE in Washington, DC.

October 31, 2013 - Peter Rafferty, PE, PTOE, AICP, TOPS Lab ITS Program Manager awarded ITS Wisconsin Distinguished Service Award at 19th Annual ITS Forum at Marquette University.

October 23-25, 2013 - Andrea Bill, TOPS Lab Traffic Safety Engineering Program Manager presents at Road Safety and Simulation International Conference in Rome, Italy.

October 16, 2013 - TOPS Lab provided presentation in coordination with TADI, Inc. on research and real-world applications for using Bluetooth technology for traffic studies at ITE Wisconsin Section Meeting.

October 10, 2013 - TOPS Lab helps plan and facilitate Wisconsin Strategic Highway Safety Plan Workshop with over 100 participants from a variety of disciplines.

October 7-8, 2013 - TOPS Lab helps plan and facilitate 2013 Upper Midwest Traffic Operations and Safety Engineering Summit. Included over 140 state DOT participants from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri.

September 26, 2013 - UW-Madison named as team member on two University Transportation Center Grants:

Updated: 2014-02-07

Crash Database Improvement

Click here to learn more about the progressing crash data collection/analysis project.

Driverless Cars

The DOT has decided to name UW Madison as one of ten institutes who will study automated vehicles!

Learn more about this exciting decision:



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