TRANSPORT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

This article presents excerpts from a paper, Research and Development in Transport, presented at the 60th anniversary of the Chartered Institute of Transport, England. The paper notes that to continue to provide an efficient and satisfactory service in a rapidly growing world, transport must improve. Such improvements depend on innovations of many kinds. Innovation in transportation must aim at improvements in either efficiency or in safety and convenience. All transport improvements can be regarded as development. Effective R&D depends on effective research. Organized and systematic R&D depends on effective research. Organized and systematic R&D now covers a wide range of activites. Initially it was almost entirely technological. Later, it was supplemented by engineering studies related to infrastructure design and construction, and by engineering and operational research for improved methods of traffic management and control, with a parallel effort to raise safety standards. Recently, there has been a broadening into topics related to transport policy and planning. Three groups of research are now distinguishable: that concerned with (1) vehicles and infrastructure, (2) traffic and safety, and (3) transport operations and systems. Brief comments are included on examples of successful R&D.

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  • Accession Number: 00316379
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 8 1980 12:00AM