Innovation in Motion: Iowa DOT Immersing the Public in Virtual Reality

Innovation in Motion is a new video series that highlights the many ways state departments of transportation are using technology and design to transform the way they do business. In this, the first episode, you’ll see a first-of-its-kind, virtual reality (VR) software program developed from the ground up by a team of experts from the Iowa State Department of Transportation and Iowa State University. The team unveiled its high-tech software program for public engagement at the 2018 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Putting the team’s VR headset on gives spectators an immersive, life-like experience. It was developed for the $1.5 billion I-74 Mississippi River Bridge replacement project, part of a massive strategy in the Quad Cities region to reduce traffic congestion, improve safety and mobility across the Mississippi River connecting Iowa and Illinois. The software program gives viewers the sense that they are stepping into a new environment where they not only see what’s around them, they hear it too. Watch Innovation in Motion and see how Iowa DOT and its partners are putting VR technology to work in ways that have never been achieved before.

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