Thank you to all who attended the ITS Arizona 24th Annual Conference and made it such a success! We had another great conference and welcome you to visit our Conference page for a full recap.


2017 Arizona ITE / ITS Arizona Holiday Party

This year’s family-friendly joint Arizona ITE / ITS Arizona Holiday Party will be held at The Enchanted Island at Encanto Park in Phoenix on Saturday, December 9th from 11AM to 3PM.

The Holiday Party is free for all Arizona ITE / ITS Arizona members and their immediate families. A BBQ picnic lunch will be catered and there will be fun activities and games for all ages. Wristbands to the amusement park are included!

Family Fun Activities
  • Enchanted Island: Free Admission, Unlimited Rides (Carousel, Train, Climbing Wall and more!)                     
  • Volleyball                                                                           
  • Horseshoes                                                             
  • Pedal Boats                                                          
  • Moon Bounce      
  • Big Jenga/Big Chess
  • Ladderball
  • Bag Toss
  • Sports Balls/Frisbees

Please RSVP by December 1st by clicking the link below. (Registration is not required for children 2 years or younger.)

Register Today!


ITS Arizona Meeting at NAU

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!!



2017 ITS Arizona Conference Review

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!


Borderlands Trade and Transportation Technologies 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



USDOT Releases New Automated Driving Systems Guidance

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

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