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

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.

Problem Statement

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.

Read more in the full Participation Guide

Submission Deadline: October 1, 2017.

Awards

Place Award
First
  • Opportunity to present the concept in a "Traffic Talk" at the ATSSA Traffic Expo in San Antonio, Texas
  • Travel expenses for one speaker
  • $1,500 cash prize
  • First place plaque*
Second
  • Opportunity to present the concept in a "Traffic Talk" at the ATSSA Traffic Expo in San Antonio, Texas
  • Travel expenses for one speaker
  • $1,000 cash prize
  • Second place plaque*
Third
  • Opportunity to present the concept in a "Traffic Talk" at the ATSSA Traffic Expo in San Antonio, Texas
  • Travel expenses for one 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 for Additional Information

For questions about the TCD Challenge not addressed by the participation guide, please contact:

Paul Carlson
paul-carlson@tamu.edu

 

2017 Traffic Control Device Challenge Winners

Winners of the 2017 TCD Challenge presented at the "Traffic Control Device Challenge for Students" Traffic Talk session on Sunday, Feb. 12 and Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 at the ATSSA Pavilion in Phoenix, Ariz.

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