On Thursday, October 5, 2017 ITS Arizona organized guest speaker presentations at Northern Arizona University for the NAU ITE Student Chapter. Leslie Bubke (City of Scottsdale) and David Lucas (City of Tempe) presented to the students on their respective Traffic Management Centers. The guest speakers provided insight into day-to-day traffic operations, ITS technology and monitoring systems, and operations during special events. The presentation concluded with a valuable question and answer discussion with the students. A special thank you to Leslie Bubke and David Lucas for participating in the NAU ITE Student Chapter presentations!!
Another successful ITS Arizona Annual Conference is in the books thanks to the incredible support and participation of our members, sponsors, exhibitors and volunteers. The ITS Arizona Board of Directors would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s conference and especially appreciate those who took the time to provide us honest feedback via the Conference Evaluation. The Board will be meeting soon to review the comments provided and make next year’s conference even better.
The Conference page has been updated with several photo galleries spanning the events of both days, along with downloads of the presentations given in the technical sessions and a review of the winners of this year’s Past Presidents’ and Best Graduate Student Paper Awards. Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you at next year’s 25th Annual ITS Arizona Conference!
Join the Pima Association of Governments, the City of Tucson, the Arizona Council for Transportation Innovation and Visit Tucson for this one-day event in Tucson on Oct. 19, 2017, to learn more about our changing landscape from top industry, government and academic leaders so you can be in the know. Ask, learn, share your vision and ignite your imagination as speakers and panelists explore the latest research, trends and efficiencies in transportation-based technologies and “connected” societies, with a particular focus on the Sun Corridor megaregion. Explore how emerging transportation technologies could be leveraged–and regulatory changes navigated–to help the megaregion position itself as a transportation technology leader. It’s all key to our region’s economic vitality and sustainability, so register now before space and time run out!
Registration and full conference details are available at www.pagtts.com.
NHTSA Press Release
The U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today released new federal guidance for Automated Driving Systems (ADS): A Vision for Safety 2.0. This is the latest guidance for automated driving systems to industry and States. Click here to view.
“The new Guidance supports further development of this important new technology, which has the potential to change the way we travel and how we deliver goods and services,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. “The safe deployment of automated vehicle technologies means we can look forward to a future with fewer traffic fatalities and increased mobility for all Americans.”
A Vision for Safety 2.0 calls for industry, state and local governments, safety and mobility advocates and the public to lay the path for the deployment of automated vehicles and technologies.
“In addition to safety, ADS technology offers important social benefits by improving access to transportation, independence and quality of life for those who cannot drive because of illness, advanced age or disability,” continued Secretary Chao.
A Vision for Safety 2.0 builds on the previous policy and incorporates feedback received through public comments and Congressional hearings. 2.0 paves the way for the safe deployment of advanced driver assistance technologies by providing voluntary guidance that encourages best practices and prioritizes safety. The document also provides technical assistance to States and best practices for policymakers.
Specifically, the new Voluntary Guidance:
- Focuses on SAE International Levels of Automation 3-5 – Automated Driving Systems (ADSs) – Conditional, High, and Full Automation);
- Clarifies the guidance process and that entities do not need to wait to test or deploy their ADSs;
- Revises unnecessary design elements from the safety self-assessment;
- Aligns Federal Guidance with the latest developments and industry terminology;
- Clarifies Federal and State roles going forward.
As automated technologies advance, so will the Department’s guidance. It is intended to be flexible and to evolve as technology does. In fact, DOT and NHTSA are already planning for 3.0. A Vision for Safety is the newest version replacing previous guidance and offers a more flexible approach to advancing the innovation of automated vehicle safety technologies.
The Guidance and more information on automated vehicles can be found at nhtsa.gov/av.
Tour of the Tempe TMC
On Friday, September 8th, ITS Arizona organized a tour of the Tempe TMC for the ASU ITE Student Chapter. During this tour, the attendees, mostly Master’s and Doctoral students, were introduced to traffic engineering by John Hoang and Julian Dresang of the City of Tempe, who talked about the TMC’s mission, what it does and how it is affected by special events and/or incidents. In addition to discussing the different systems and resources used by TMC staff, the students also had the opportunity to observe staff remotely monitor and control PTZ cameras and signal timing at several intersections during the course of their visit. Tempe staff also discussed special event signal timing, how it is used to reduce traffic congestion during ASU home football games and how they work with the Tempe Police Department to provide the best solutions to keep Tempe in Motion. Thank you to the City of Tempe for providing this valuable opportunity!
Tempe Canal Path Cleanup
On September 9th, ITS Arizona volunteers participated in another successful clean-up of our adopted segment of the Tempe Canal Path. Despite a run-in with some very territorial wasps (ouch!), we were undeterred and collected another impressive amount of trash to keep our path looking great. We even expanded our area a bit and helped clean up a huge trash pile outside of the path boundary at the request of a local resident. Also, the streak lives, as we’re 4 for 4 for abandoned shopping carts, which makes the process of getting the collected trash back to the pickup point that much easier. Thanks to all who attended the clean-up and we encourage everyone to join us when we return in December. It’ll be a lot cooler, we promise!
Thank you to the City of Tempe for providing bags and safety vests for all volunteers!
The National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD) has established the Electronic Display Traffic Control Task Force, which is looking into needed changes in the MUTCD to address new sign technology since 2009. The Task Force, co-chaired by Joanne Conrad and Randy McCourt, is working with each of the NCUTCD technical committee to draft recommendations that will eventually lead to the NCUTCD Council consideration and being forwarded to FHWA. As part of this effort, the task force has developed a survey that we would like as many people in the industry that are interested in or involved with the planning, design, specification, implementation, operation or manufacturing of dynamic messages signs to participate. It is 15 questions and should take less than 5 minutes to complete. Please utilize this link to access the survey. Complete this survey or send it to your staff who may best be in position to respond by September 8th.