The ITS Arizona 23rd Annual Conference will be Wednesday, September 28th & Thursday, September 29th, 2016 at the Mesa Convention Center. The final program is now available on the Conference page. We look forward to seeing you there!


USDOT Issues Federal Policy for Safe Testing and Deployment of Automated Vehicles

USDOT Press Release – Four-Part Policy Lays the Foundation for the Next Revolution in Roadway Safety

The U.S. Department of Transportation is issuing Federal policy for automated vehicles, laying a path for the safe testing and deployment of new auto technologies that have enormous potential for improving safety and mobility for Americans on the road.

“Automated vehicles have the potential to save thousands of lives, driving the single biggest leap in road safety that our country has ever taken,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “This policy is an unprecedented step by the federal government to harness the benefits of transformative technology by providing a framework for how to do it safely.”

The policy sets a proactive approach to providing safety assurance and facilitating innovation through four key parts. Vehicle performance guidance uses a 15-point Safety Assessment to set clear expectations for manufacturers developing and deploying automated vehicle technologies. Model state policy delineates the Federal and State roles for the regulation of highly automated vehicle technologies as part of an effort to build a consistent national framework of laws to govern self-driving vehicles. Finally, the policy outlines options for the further use of current federal authorities to expedite the safe introduction of highly automated vehicles into the marketplace, as well as discusses new tools and authorities the federal government may need as the technology evolves and is deployed more widely.

Federal Automated Vehicles Policy


Online Conference Registration Ends Soon!

Online registration is available through midnight September 22nd. After that date, you’ll need to register in person at the conference.

The Day 1 workshop on the Connected Vehicle National Pilot Deployment will be followed by a vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) demonstration using DSRC radio, as an equipped bus travels through an instrumented intersection.  Attendees will have several opportunities during the workshop to sign up to participate in this live demo.

The final conference program is now available, with full details on the many great topics being presented.

We look forward to another great ITS Arizona Conference and thank you for your support!


Connected Vehicle Pilot Program Enters Phase Two

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) awarded three cooperative agreements collectively worth more than $45 million to initiate the design/build/test phase of the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program. Selected in 2015, the Connected Vehicle Pilot sites include Wyoming, New York City, and Tampa.

Managed by the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO), the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program is a national effort to deploy, test, and operationalize cutting-edge mobile and roadside technologies and enable multiple connected vehicle applications. These technologies and applications have been brought together in innovative ways to have an immediate impact–save lives, improve personal mobility, enhance economic productivity, reduce environmental impacts, and transform public agency operations.

In the first phase of the effort, each site prepared a comprehensive deployment concept to ensure a rapid and efficient connected vehicle capability roll-out. Now, the three sites will embark on a 20-month phase of activity to design, build, and test the nation’s most complex and extensive deployment of integrated wireless in-vehicle, mobile device, and roadside technologies.

For more information on the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program, download the Connected Vehicle Pilot Fact Sheet or visit the program’s web site.

For more information on the ITS JPO and current sponsored programs, please visit:


Employment Opportunity with FHWA

The Federal Highway Administration is seeking a Highway Safety Engineer to work in the Arizona Division Office on the System Performance Team. This position serves as the safety engineer, serving as point of contact for the State’s highway safety improvement program and program safety areas relating to evaluating motor vehicle crash data, highway inventory, and traffic information.

The ideal candidate possesses knowledge and experience in highway safety and traffic engineering to improve safety, relieve congestion, and improve mobility on our nation’s highways. This position is perfect for a mid- to senior-level professional who has excellent communication skills, and the ability to represent the agency in a professional manner.

This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position with a closing date of September 19th.

Full details are available on the USAJOBS website.


Chicago Launches ‘Array of Things’ Urban Sensing Project

From Traffic Technology Today

Chicago has become the first city to launch an ‘Array of Things’, a multi node urban sensing project that will provide open data on a range of environmental factors, including air quality, traffic and climate.

Chicago’s Array of Things (AoT) team has started the first phase of the groundbreaking urban sensing project, installing the first of an eventual 500 nodes on city streets. By measuring data on air quality, climate, traffic and other urban features, these pilot nodes kick off an innovative partnership between the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, and the city of Chicago, to better understand, serve and improve cities.

AoT is designed as a ‘fitness tracker’ for the city, collecting new streams of data on Chicago’s environment, infrastructure and activity. This hyper-local, open data can help researchers, city officials and software developers study and address critical city challenges, such as preventing urban flooding, improving traffic safety and air quality, and assessing the nature and impact of climate change.

In the first phase of the project, 50 nodes will be installed in August and September on traffic light poles in The Loop, Pilsen, Logan Square and along Lake Michigan. These nodes will contain sensors for measuring air and surface temperature, barometric pressure, light, vibration, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, ozone and ambient sound intensity. Two cameras will collect data on vehicle and foot traffic, standing water, sky color and cloud cover.

A total of 500 nodes will be installed across Chicago by the end of 2018, and additional nodes will be shared with cities across the USA, and in countries such as England, Mexico and Taiwan. Initial node locations and data applications were determined based on interactions with community organizations and research groups.


Self-Driving Taxi Service Launches in Singapore


The world’s first self-driving taxis have begun picking up passengers in Singapore.

The taxis, which are operated by Nutonomy, an autonomous vehicle software start-up, represent the first public rollout of a service using the technology.

A UK-based connected car technology developer already announced earlier this month that it will launch a driverless taxi fleet in Singapore next year but Nutonomy, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology spinoff, has beaten them to it. 

App-based taxi company Uber is also looking into driverless vehicles and began trialling the technology in Pittsburgh in May, with a view to offering public rides in the coming weeks. 

The full article is available online at Engineering and Technology Magazine.


ITS Arizona Annual Conference Update

The ITS Arizona Annual Conference Committee has been hard at work and has several updates:

  • The draft program is now available.
  • The Call for Awards has been extended to Friday, August 26th. Please submit your nominations for the following categories as soon as possible:
    • Best ITS Planning Project in Arizona
    • Best ITS Implementation Project in Arizona
    • Best Use of an ITS Industry Product or Service in Arizona
  • The Conference page has been updated with the latest full listing of conference sponsors and exhibitors, as well as the current booth assignments.

Don’t forget, early registration ends soon, with fees increasing September 1st!


Employment Opportunity with Maricopa County

Maricopa County is seeking a Traffic Management Specialist to provide team leadership in traffic flow management and in incident/emergency management for the traveling public.”

This is a full-time, classified, benefits-eligible position with a closing date of August 26th.

Full details are available on the Maricopa County Jobs Site.


Self-Driving Vehicles Oversight Committee to Hold Its First Meeting

ADOT News Release

The Self-Driving Vehicles Oversight Committee, created by Governor Doug Ducey to support research and development of self-driving vehicle technology in Arizona, will hold its first meeting on Monday.

Community members, businesses and other stakeholders are welcome to attend and to provide their input and ideas. The agenda also includes a presentation on autonomous vehicles by John Halikowski, director of the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. in the auditorium of the ADOT Administration Building, 206 S. 17th Ave. in Phoenix.

Gov. Ducey created the panel, made up of transportation, public safety and policy experts, to advise ADOT, the Department of Public Safety, universities and other public agencies on how best to advance the testing and operation of self-driving vehicles on public roads. Its goals align with the governor’s mission of boosting economic growth, creating jobs and promoting innovation that improves the way Arizonans live.


GM Testing Self-Driving Technology in Scottsdale

In addition to Google’s recent decision to expand its Self-Driving Car program to Chandler, GM has begun doing the same.  Cruise Automation, a startup GM acquired earlier this year, has expanded testing of their self driving technology to Scottsdale, using the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV.

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