Special Issue "Latest Research on Safety Improvements for Sustainable Transportation Systems"

A special issue of Future Transportation (ISSN 2673-7590).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 October 2023) | Viewed by 1818

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Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria, P.O. Box 1700, Victoria, BC, Canada
Interests: supply chain management; healthcare systems; sustainable logistics and production management; optimization algorithms; heuristics; metaheuristics
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School of Automobile and Mechanical Engineering, Changsha University of Science and Technology, Changsha, China
Interests: conceptual design; structural safety and energy saving design; multidisciplinary optimization
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With the rapid development of the transportation industry across all the major modes (including road, rail, sea, and air), the number of accidents has significantly increased. Many of these accidents are caused by human factors (e.g., lack of driver attention that causes collisions of roadway vehicles at busy intersections; insufficient experience of ship crew members that causes accidents for the cruise industry; inexperienced pilots taking risky maneuvers during flights). A lack of proper maintenance activities and up-to-date equipment could increase the risk of accidents as well. Some causes of accidents are rather difficult to control (e.g., accidents caused by hurricanes, tsunamis, tornadoes, wildfire, earthquakes, etc.). Scientists and industry representatives are now seeking advanced methods and technologies that could be used to improve the safety of transportation systems. These methods and technologies include, but are not solely limited to, big data analytics, real-time collision warnings, soft computing methods, artificial intelligence, new types of algorithms, new types of materials for safer transportation, and autonomous agents. Furthermore, increasing attention is now being dedicated to enhancing the resilience of transportation systems. Resilient transportation systems are able to quickly recover from the effects of disruptions and prevent the occurrence of additional accidents.

This Special Issue focuses on the latest research outcomes related to safety improvements for different types of transportation systems. The scope of this Special Issue includes, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  • Accident data analysis and multifaceted feature extraction;
  • Injury bio-mechanism analysis of passengers under different accident conditions;
  • High-performance materials and structural design for safer transportation systems;
  • Multidisciplinary optimization methods to improve the crashworthiness of structures;
  • Safety protection for vulnerable transportation users;
  • Advanced safety devices and support systems for passengers;
  • Safety management and organizational behavior;
  • Optimization algorithms (e.g., heuristics and metaheuristics) and artificial intelligence (e.g., machine learning methods, neural computing models) for accident analysis and prevention;
  • Innovative approaches for improving sustainability and resilience of transportation systems;
  • Human errors and autonomous transportation systems;
  • Multi-disciplinary studies addressing safety issues associated with transportation systems.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

You may choose our Joint Special Issue in Sustainability.

Dr. Maxim A. Dulebenets
Dr. Amir M. Fathollahi-Fard
Dr. Yui-yip Lau
Dr. Guangdong Tian
Dr. Danqi Wang
Guest Editors

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  • transportation
  • road safety
  • technology

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Design and Concept of Renewable Energy Driven Auto-Detectable Railway Level Crossing Systems in Bangladesh
Future Transp. 2023, 3(1), 75-91; https://doi.org/10.3390/futuretransp3010005 - 04 Jan 2023
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Bangladesh’s railway system mostly uses typical manual railway crossing techniques or boom gates through its 2955.53 km rail route all over the country. Accidents frequently happen at railway crossings due to the lack of quickly operating gate systems, and to fewer safety measures [...] Read more.
Bangladesh’s railway system mostly uses typical manual railway crossing techniques or boom gates through its 2955.53 km rail route all over the country. Accidents frequently happen at railway crossings due to the lack of quickly operating gate systems, and to fewer safety measures at the railway crossing as well. Currently, there are very few automatic railway crossing systems available (without obstacle detectors). Additionally, all of them are dependent on the national power grid, without a backup plan for any emergency cases. Bangladesh is still running a bit behind in generating enough power for its consumption; hence, it is not possible to have a continuous power supply at all times all over the countryside. We aim to design and develop a smart railway crossing system with an obstacle detector to prevent common types of accidents at railway crossing points. We use two infrared (IR) sensors to operate the railway crossing systems, which are controlled by an Arduino Uno. This newly designed level crossing system is run with the help of sustainable renewable energy, which is cost-effective and eco-friendly, and applied under the national green energy policy towards achieving sustainable development in Bangladesh as a part of the global sustainable goal to face climate change challenges. We have summarized the simulated the results of several renewable energy sources, including a hybrid system, and optimized the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) and the payback periods. Full article
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