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Dr. Hao Xu ( is an assistant professor with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). His research focus is in the areas of connected-vehicle applications with roadside LiDAR sensors, driving behavior analysis, traffic safety, and fuel consumption evaluation. Dr. Xu manages the connected-vehicle testing environment at the University of Nevada, Reno. The testing environment promotes interdisciplinary research on connected/autonomous vehicles to improve traffic safety and mobility. His research team has set up a LiDAR-based connected intersection in Reno, Nevada, and is performing research on LiDAR-based connected infrastructures with the support of the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) – Washoe County, and the City of Reno that was an applicant for the 2016 USDOT Smart City Challenge.

Major Ongoing Projects

  • Driving Cycle Development for Highway Facilities
    This research is part of the FHWA project "Enhanced Prediction of Vehicle Fuel Economy and Other Vehicle Operating Costs". It is to develop new driving cycles for controlled/partially-controlled/no-controlled highway facilities. The driving cycle development uses the latest SHRP 2 NDS and RID data.
  • Assessing the Influence of Driver, Vehicle, Roadway and Environmental Factors on Pedestrian-Turning-Traffic Crashes at Intersections
    This is a SHRP 2 IAP project for the Nevada Department of Transportation. We study how driver, vehicle, roadway, and environmental factors affect turning and drivers seeing and yielding to pedestrians at intersections. Research findings will be used to guide the development and implementation of effective countermeasures to improve the safety of pedestrians at intersections.
  • Queue Storage And Acceleration Lane Length Design At Metered On-Ramps In California
    Ramp metering has profound impacts on freeway on-ramp designs. A metered on-ramp consists of two parts, the upstream queue storage portion and the downstream acceleration portion.

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