Each year, ITS Arizona partners with WTS to sponsor internship opportunities with local agencies and consultants. Our newest ITS Arizona intern is Ema Shqalsi, who will be working with Valley Metro. Ema is currently a senior studying Civil Engineering at Arizona State University, with a focus in Sustainability and a minor in Urban Planning. Ema is passionate about the built environment and plans to attain a Masters in Architecture so that she can practice both engineering and design in her career. Her career and life goals include creating healthier and more efficient cities and buildings, revitalizing existing cities and closing the gap between innovation and the last mile.
ITS Arizona is pleased to support Ema in her work with Valley Metro and wish her continued success.
On June 30, 2016, volunteers from ITS Arizona participated in a service event with Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) in Mesa, Arizona. FMSC is a non-profit organization that works to feed malnourished children in over 70 countries around the world. During our volunteering session, we hand-packed meals which consisted of rice, soy, vitamins and dehydrated vegetables. These pouches of dry food were shipped to feed children in Guatemala. In a matter of only two hours, volunteers from ITS Arizona, along with other groups, filled 145 boxes that generate 31,320 meals, which will feed 85 children for an entire year!! In addition, ITS Arizona donated $500 to support the cost of future meal supplies. Thanks to all who participated. We are thankful to have this opportunity to volunteer together and make a meaningful contribution to others. ITS Arizona is planning other service events to be held in the future, stay tuned for more information!
Arizona ITE is once again holding a Summer Breakfast Series and this year ITS Arizona is a co-sponsor.
The meetings will be held 7:45-9am at ASU Karsten Golf Course, in the Sun Angel Clubhouse, at 1125 E. Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe, and includes an excellent breakfast buffet with beautiful views of the surrounding golf course.
At the July 27th meeting, Dr. Douglas Gettman, with Kimley-Horn’s AV/CV Consulting Services Group, will provide the 2016 State of the Industry in Connected Vehicle Technologies: Policy, Planning and Implementation.
In August, we’ll have another nationally-recognized leader in the Connected and Automated Vehicle space discuss planning for driverless vehicles and their impact on our transportation system.
Please register by July 25th to reserve your spot at this month’s meeting.
The 2016 ITS Arizona Annual Conference Call for Presentations has been extended to Thursday, July 21st!
Please submit your abstract online ASAP using the form on the Conference page.
The Conference page also now contains a full listing of all conference sponsors and exhibitors that will be updated regularly, as well as a link to download the Exhibitor Service Kit, with full details about the move-in process and setup times.
We’ll see you in September!
The City of Mesa is seeking an ITS Technician I to perform “skilled work in the installation, maintenance, operation and repair of electrical and electronic traffic signal control devices, various communications devices and ITS components”.
This is a full-time, benefits eligible position and is open until filled, with a first review date of July 21, 2016.
Full details are available on the City’s Employment Opportunities page.
The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), an organization that represents more than 40 major cities in the United States, today released a policy statement on automated vehicles, including its recommendations for incorporating this new disruptive technology into cities’ transportation networks.
Automated vehicle technology has advanced rapidly, with numerous technology firms and automakers testing fleets of automated vehicles in cities across the nation. Within a few years, automated vehicles could be operating everywhere on our city streets, with far-reaching consequences and opportunities for safety, mobility, and public space.
NACTO urges stakeholders at all levels—from federal regulators and state transportation departments to automated vehicle manufacturers—to adopt the following recommendations:
- Plan for fully automated vehicles, not half-measures: Going halfway with partially automated vehicles, instead of fully automated, would require drivers to take over if the vehicle encounters a dangerous situation. In practice, such vehicles have been shown to encourage unsafe driving behavior, with drivers reading more, texting more, and generally being inattentive while the vehicle is in motion.
- Rethink our streets and expressways: Advances in automated vehicle technology will dramatically increase our current expressways’ capacity, making some currently planned expressway expansions potential ‘white elephants’ that could overwhelm surface streets with traffic. Capacity must be carefully planned and routed.
- Ensure safe operation on city streets, including limiting automated vehicles to a maximum speed of 25 miles per hour:By working with cities, regulators and automakers can ensure that automated vehicles can operate safely where people are increasingly choosing to live: in dense, complex urban environments.
- Create data-sharing requirements for automated vehicles: Automated vehicle technology has the potential to create vastly more useful, and cost-efficient, data than is currently collected through laborious means. Requiring the sharing of high-quality, standardized data from automated vehicles would allow for cities to take a more data-driven approach to transportation.
- Change planning models to incorporate the expected disruptive impact of this technology: Current travel demand modeling assumes the same opportunity cost for time spent driving a car as time spent traveling in an automated vehicle, while recent research shows that the time opportunity cost in an automated vehicle could be lower by as much as 80%. This dramatic shift will necessarily change how and where people will choose to get around in the future.
The full press release is available online, along with NACTO’s full policy statement on automated vehicles.
We would like to thank the following sponsors and exhibitors who have registered in the past two weeks for the upcoming ITS Arizona 23rd Annual Conference:
- Horizon Signal Technologies, Inc.
- America Ilsintech
- JTB Supply Company
- L4 Technologies
Come join your fellow ITS Arizona members as we give back to our community at our first Service Event of 2016!
Feed My Starving Children
is a non-profit organization that provides free meals to those in need around the world. Children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, which are then shipped to distribution partners. FMSC meals have reached nearly 70 countries around the world during the organization’s nearly 30-year history.
There is no cost to attend, other than a couple hours of your time, and you are welcome to bring your friends and family members, including children. ITS Arizona will be making a donation on behalf of our membership, and individual cash donations can be made as well.
Volunteer Age Guidelines
Everyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The minimum age to volunteer at FMSC is 5 years old.
Jewelry and other accessories present the potential for foreign objects to accidentally fall into the meals as they are being packed. To avoid this possibility, FMSC requires that all jewelry and other accessories be removed.
ITS Arizona has signed up from 3:30-5:30pm on Thursday, June 30th and we hope you can join us!
Online registration link
The City of Scottsdale is seeking an ITS Signals Tech I to perform “semi-skilled work of routine to moderate difficulty in the installation, maintenance, and repair of traffic signals and streetlights, and underground utility identification (blue staking) in Street Operations within Public Works”.
This is a full-time, classified, non-exempt, benefits eligible position and applications will be accepted through Wednesday, June 29th at 11:59PM.
Full details are available on the City’s Employment Opportunities page.