U.S. Department of Transportation to Publish Report on the History of ITS in the United States

Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways February 17, 2016 09:23

U.S. Department of Transportation to Publish Report on the History of ITS in the United States


This summer, to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) will release a new report that tracks the history and future of ITS technology in the United States.

This report will provide a narrative of ITS by describing key programs and technologies over the past 25 years, as well as the stories of key individuals who have been committed to making intelligent transportation a reality in the United States.

The History of ITS report is particularly apt as we stand now at the cusp of deploying one of our most promising ITS innovations–connected vehicles. This technology will transform our transportation system as we know it by creating an environment of wireless information exchange among our vehicles. This connectivity will make it possible for our cars to warn us of dangerous situations ahead, such as impending collisions, icy roads, or sharp curves. The life-saving potential is tremendous.

We are connecting our vehicles to a future of safer and smarter transportation–and eventually safer and smarter cities.

The high-visibility report will focus on these and a variety of other topics including:

  • Profiles of and interviews with leaders in the ITS industry
  • History of ITS technology in the past 25 years
  • Costs and benefits of ITS technology
  • Federal and state laws that have impacted the deployment of ITS technologies
  • Profiles of key companies that are involved in ITS deployment
  • Analysis of funding for ITS technology
  • ITS technology’s impact on special populations such as the disabled, seniors, and the economically disadvantaged
  • ITS technology that will be deployed in the future and the likely impact this technology will have on safety, mobility, and environmental sustainability, as well as other societal factors
  • The challenges facing the future deployment of ITS technology in the United States
  • The growth of connected and automated vehicles in the United States.

The report will acknowledge the lessons learned from past advances in transportation technology and identify trends and their historical implications.

ITS capabilities have matured significantly over the past 25 years since the ITS JPO was created, and this new report will celebrate the advances in this field and explore its exciting future, while also serving as a guide for future ITS research programs.

More details will be released as they become available.

To learn more about the ITS JPO, please visit: www.its.dot.gov

Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways February 17, 2016 09:23