UCF student and President Obama talk highway safety, innovation, according to UCF.com.
UCF student Taylor Lochrane gave President Barack Obama a demonstration of his cutting-edge transportation technology today at a federal highway research center in Virginia.
Lochrane, who has two UCF engineering degrees and is on track to earn a Ph.D. this fall, showed President Obama a vehicle he customized with special sensors and how the technology could make highways less congested and safer to travel. Obama highlighted the technology during the first few minutes of his speech.
“It was really exciting,” Lochrane said. “He was very interested in our research.”
Lochrane is a research civil engineer at Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, where Obama spent a few hours testing a driving simulator and learning about connected vehicles.
Lochrane demonstrated the technology that supports one of the center’s active projects on Speed Harmonization, a method to reduce congestion where lanes merge and form bottlenecks — the greatest cause of congestion nationwide.