Montreal — Texas A & M Transportation Institute (TTI) and FPInnovations signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on January 13, at the Transportation Research Board annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The MOU will support the establishment of a framework for information exchange and collaboration to advance research opportunities. The MOU was signed by Greg Winfree, TTI Agency Director, and Glen Légère, FPInnovations Senior Manager, Roads, and Infrastructure.

The parties have common research interests in the areas of commercial, on-and-off-road transportation, as well as roads and infrastructure. Specifically, areas of possible collaboration include: emissions and fuel consumption reduction, freight performance measurement and fleet efficiency, road safety, low-volume roads and infrastructure, data analysis, as well as developing and testing electric, automated, and autonomous vehicle technologies.

TTI and FPInnovations’ transportation research specialists PIT Group, will benefit from knowledge sharing and cooperative research for the promotion of science and technology.

“We are looking forward to enhancing our partnership with FPInnovations to address critical transportation needs. There are numerous opportunities to collaborate on research projects building on the strengths and facilities of TTI and FPInnovations,” said Katie Turnbull, executive associate director TTI.

“There is a great deal of synergy between TTI and FPInnovations. Leveraging our expertise will strengthen our ability to meet the needs of diverse sponsors,” adds Jolanda Prozzi, environmental and air quality division head, TTI.

“The collaboration between FPInnovations and TTI is key in accelerating innovation and deployment of advanced technologies in the transportation sector. I am convinced that our partners will benefit from the depth of expertise and increase in testing facilities that this MOU will facilitate,” said Denis Cormier, senior director, FPInnovations.