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U.S. DOT Announces Winners of the Intersection Safety Challenge

Monday, January 8, 2024

Winners announced during the 2024 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting  

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) announced the winners of the U.S. DOT Intersection Safety Challenge Stage 1A at the TRB Annual Meeting. The Challenge aims to transform roadway intersection safety by incentivizing new and emerging technologies that identify and address unsafe conditions involving vehicles, and vulnerable road users at intersections. The Challenge draws on the expertise of researchers and practitioners from universities, State and local agencies, private sector developers, and other organizations. 

“As Secretary Buttigieg says, the number of fatalities occurring on our roadways is unacceptable. We need to act swiftly on several fronts, and the U.S. DOT Intersection Safety Challenge represents one concrete step forward towards achieving our goal of Vision Zero,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Chief Scientist Dr. Robert C. Hampshire. “Congratulations to the Stage 1A winners today, and we look forward to the further development, validation, and testing of their intersection safety system concepts in the near future.” 

For the first stage of the Challenge, Stage 1A, participants submitted   proposed design concepts for their proposed intersection safety systems. U.S. DOT received 120 innovative concept papers and selected 15 for prize awards. Each of the 15 winning teams in Stage 1A will receive a prize of $100,000 and an invitation to participate in Stage 1B: System Assessment and Virtual Testing, subject to final verification of each team’s eligibility status. In Stage 1B, teams are expected to develop, train, and improve algorithms for the detection, localization, and classification of vulnerable road users and vehicles using U.S. DOT-supplied sensor data collected at a controlled test roadway intersection.   

The winners of Stage 1A of the U.S. DOT Intersection Safety Challenge are: 

Lead Entity Submission Title
University of Washington  Comprehensive and Cooperative Intersection Safety Systems 

DENSO International America 

Driving Behavior Integrated Intersection Safety System for Vulnerable Road Users 
CNA   Safe Warnings for Intersections Forecasting Tool (SWIFT) 
University of Michigan  SAFETI: Safety Actions for Everyone at Traffic Intersections 
University of California, Los Angeles 


InfraShield: Pioneering Safe Intersections for All Road Users through AI‐Powered Infrastructure Solutions 

University of Hawaii  Toward Vision Zero: Sensing, Predicting, and Preventing Intersection Collisions 
Deloitte Consulting  Intersection Safety System: Foundation for Smart & Connected Intersection 
Derq USA  Derq’s Intersection Safety System 
Utah Department of Transportation  Improving Intersection Safety with Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR)
Florida A&M University and Florida State University  Predictive Intersection Safety System (PREDISS) 
Global Traffic Technologies/Miovision USA  White Alert: A Digital Multi‐Channel Vision for Scalable Intersection Safety 
Texas Department of Transportation  Applying LiDAR‐based Multimodal Tracking to Improve Vulnerable Road User Safety at Signalized Intersections 
University of California, Riverside  Safety Assurance System for Vulnerable Road Users at Signalized Intersections (SAINT) 
Orion Robotics Labs  Orion Labs Saiph Intersection Safety System 
Ohio State University  Transforming Intersection Safety Through Emerging Technologies for All Road Users 

Improving the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists, and other vulnerable road users is of critical importance to achieving the U.S. DOT’s vision of zero roadway deaths and serious injuries. The Intersection Safety Challenge supports these Departmental priorities, aligns with the U.S. DOT’s National Roadway Safety Strategy (NRSS), and aims to set the stage for the future deployment of roadway intersection safety systems nationwide. 

Given the overwhelming interest in Stage 1A, U.S. DOT is exploring ways to engage all interested parties in future stages of the Intersection Safety Challenge. For updates on opportunities to participate in the Intersection Safety Challenge in the coming year, please visit