Traffic Control Device Challenge

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 Challenge (TCDC), to promote innovation and stimulate ideas in the traffic control devices area with a goal to improve operations and safety.

2017 Traffic Control Device Challenge Winners

Booth: 444

First Place ($1,500)
Electronic Beacon to Guide Autonomous Vehicles through Work Zones
Owen Hitchcock, Kristin Kersavage, Lingyu Li, Xiao Liang, Xu Lin
Penn State University

Second Place ($1,000)
The New Generation Steering Wheel Cover
Jelena Karapetrovic
New Mexico State University

Third Place ($500)
The Pima County Split-Face Marker
Garrett Anderson, Vincent Morello, Lindsey Willman
University of Arizona

Learn more about the winners and their submissions at the "Traffic Control Device Challenge for Students" Traffic Talk session on Sunday, Feb. 12 and Monday, Feb. 13, 1:30 - 1:55 p.m at ATSSA Pavilion #437.

Guidelines for Participation

The TCDC 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 TCDC 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.

Submission Deadline: Ten applications received by deadline. This event is now closed. Winners will be announced week of January 8, 2017.

Download the full guidelines, scheduling and information

Problem Statement

The focus of this year’s TCDC is Traffic control device designs, ideas, enhancements, and/or standards to support advanced vehicle technologies, connected vehicles, or autonomous vehicles. In order to focus the submissions, priorities will be given to submissions including pavement markings, traffic signing, and/or work zone devices.

Awards

Place Award
First
  • Opportunity to present the concept in a "Traffic Talk" at the ATSSA Convention in Phoenix, AZ
  • Travel expenses for 1 speaker
  • $1,500 cash prize
  • First place plaque*
Second
  • Opportunity to present the concept in a "Traffic Talk" at the ATSSA Convention in Phoenix, AZ
  • Travel expenses for 1 speaker
  • $1,000 cash prize
  • Second place plaque*
Third
  • Opportunity to present the concept in a "Traffic Talk" at the ATSSA Convention in Phoenix, AZ
  • Travel expenses for 1 speaker
  • $500 cash prize
  • Third place plaque*
Honorable Mentions Certificate of Recognition for up to 10 honorable mention entries.

 

*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 meeting’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.

Contact & Submission Information

For questions about the TCDC, please contact:

Paul Carlson
paulcarlson@tamu.edu

The submission deadline for the 2017 TCDC has passed. This event is now closed.