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Dr. Bharat Balasubramanian

Red Light. Green Light.

A team at The University of Alabama is working to modernize traffic lights to become smarter and communicate with vehicles passing through. Changes are needed, they say, to improve the flow of traffic because congested areas have no other option. Read more

In The News: Tesla under pressure as rivals prepare to launch new electric models

“Electric cars were not as disruptive as we all thought,” said Bharat Balasubramanian, a former Mercedes-Benz executive and head of the University of Alabama’s Center for Advanced Vehicle Technologies. “There’s just no incentive to it. They are more expensive, there’s the range anxiety to it. There’s the anxiety about recharging… Read more

Sources: Fox Business

In The News: UA to receive $8 million grant to improve traffic control systems in West Alabama

The University of Alabama is getting an $8 million grant to help improve traffic control systems in west Alabama. The money comes from the US Department of Transportation. It will be used to improve safety, reduce congestion, and help with local transportation systems. Read more

Sources: ABC 33/40 (Birmingham), NBC 13 (Birmingham), WAAY-ABC (Huntsville), Yellowhammer News, WVUA (Tuscaloosa), Travel Wire News, NBC 13 (Birmingham), Fox 6 (Birmingham), ABC 33/40 (Birmingham), CBS 42 (Birmingham), WAAY-ABC (Huntsville), Crimson White, Phone Week, Equipment World

UA Leading Transportation Project to Improve West Alabama Traffic

In a partnership with federal, state and local agencies, The University of Alabama is leading a more than $16 million project to transform traffic operations in West Alabama and provide leading-edge research to address societal transportation needs. Read more

In The News: What GM’s layoffs could mean for Alabama’s auto industry

The auto industry is still trying to process the effect of yesterday’s planned layoffs by GM … There are some dangers though. Bharat Balasubramanian, a professor of mechanical engineering and electrical and computer engineering at the University of Alabama, said the strategy could prove dangerous if fuel prices increase or… Read more

Sources: Al.com

UA engineering students return from year working, studying in Germany

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – A University of Alabama exchange program is combining automotive engineering and the German language to create unique opportunities for students to expand and explore their future careers. Two Steps Ahead is an international German exchange program through the College of Engineering that was started about five years… Read more

In The News: Two steps ahead and rubbing shoulders with the best

Ten students from the University of Alabama completed some parts of their engineering studies in Germany as part of the “Two Steps Ahead” program – including internships at Daimler’s Sindelfingen plant. Read more

Sources: Daimler

In The News: Higher gas prices could cause more drivers to switch to electric cars

Electric cars could be one option for drivers to consider as gas prices keep rising as the summer driving season nears. But what they save on gas could end up costing them more in other areas.  “They also have the feel-good feeling that they’re driving without depleting any fossil fuel… Read more

Sources: Fox 6 (Birmingham) , NBC 12 (Montgomery), ABC 9 (Columbus, Georgia)

In The News: Alabama lays groundwork for future automated vehicles

Advanced technology to make traveling safer and more efficient is the focus of a new project led by the University of Alabama and the Alabama Department of Transportation. Tuscaloosa is the first city in Alabama to install the technology that will collect data for research used to decrease travel time… Read more

Sources: Roads and Bridges , Fox 6 (Birmingham), ABC 33/40 (Birmingham), WALB 10 (Albany, Georgia), NBC 5 (Memphis, Tennessee), WDAM 7 (Moselle, Mississippi), WTOC 11 (Savannah, Georgia), NBC 12 (Montgomery), WTVM 9 (Columbus, Georgia), Alabama Public Radio, WVUA (Tuscaloosa), Birmingham Business Journal, Informed Infrastructure, Tuscaloosa News, College and University, Future Structure, Al.com, Crimson White