In December 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) launched the Smart City Challenge, asking “mid-sized cities across America to develop ideas for an integrated, first-of-its-kind smart transportation system that would use data, applications and technology to help people and goods move more quickly, cheaply and efficiently.” The Challenge generated responses from 78 cities across the nation who shared the challenges they face and ideas for how to tackle them. The vision statements for these 78 applicant cities and the seven finalists’ technical applications are now available for download from the Smart City Challenge website, along with the USDOT’s full report “Smart City Challenge: Lessons for Building Cities of the Future“. Here is a sampling of ideas from the 78 cities who shared their visions:
The Regional ITS Data Sharing webinar was held on Friday, March 31, 2017, with ITS Joint Program Office (JPO) Data Program Manager Ariel Gold as the featured speaker. The webinar discussed historical and emerging needs to share ITS data between local jurisdictions and how to apply the design principles of extensibility and replicability to data systems. This webinar also discussed the ITS JPO Data Program’s role in supporting adoption of these methods and a planned Broad Agency Announcement related to this topic. The webinar recording is available at: http://itsa.adobeconnect.com/p7j8e173vo2.
The Providing Emerging ITS Data to the Public webinar was held on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Ariel Gold and Michael Pack (University of Maryland, Center for Advanced Transportation Technology) were the key speakers. The webinar discussed current and future ITS data sets that are available for research purposes and provided examples of data types and potential uses. Those interested in accessing such ITS research data are encouraged to engage in follow-on discussions with the ITS JPO to inform the program’s roadmap for research data sharing. The webinar recording is available at: http://itsa.adobeconnect.com/p2fm81tsd5m.
For more information on the ITS JPO Data Program, please visit: https://www.its.dot.gov/research_areas/enterprise.htm or download the ITS Data factsheet at: https://www.its.dot.gov/factsheets/pdf/FactSheet_EnterpriseData.pdf.
Whether or not you’ve already had the chance to take a test drive in a self-driving car, Waymo is now opening that opportunity up to hundreds of residents of the Phoenix metro area, including Chandler, Tempe, Mesa and Gilbert. Over the course of this trial, Waymo “will be accepting applications from hundreds of people with diverse backgrounds and transportation needs who want to ride in and give feedback about Waymo’s self-driving cars. Rather than offering people one or two rides, the goal of this program is to give participants access to our fleet every day, at any time, to go anywhere within an area that’s about twice the size of San Francisco.”
For more information and to apply for the Early Rider Program, go to https://waymo.com/apply/
Registration for the 2017 ITS Arizona 24th Annual Conference is now open for individuals and sponsors/exhibitors and this year’s theme is “Building Smart Infrastructure”. The conference will be held on Wednesday, September 27th and Thursday, September 28th, 2017 at the Mesa Convention Center.
As in previous years, Day One of the 2017 conference will begin with lunch and an informative half-day workshop. Day Two will include breakfast, a keynote address, lunch and a full day of great presentations and opportunities to interact with our many sponsors and exhibitors.
Registration fees are unchanged from last year, but will increase September 1st, so please register early.
The Call for Presentations has been issued, with a deadline of July 7th, so please submit your 200-word abstract today and share your knowledge and experience with over 350 of your fellow ITS professionals!
The annual ITS Arizona Awards presentation will be held on the final day of the conference, including the awards for Best ITS Planning Project, Best ITS Implementation Project, Best Use of an ITS Industry Product or Service in Arizona and Best Student Research Paper; the deadline for all award submissions is August 11th.
Full details are available on the Conference page.
On March 28th, ITS Arizona held the first technical workshop of the year at Tomar Electronics’ facility in Gilbert, Arizona. Tom Bleasdale, Southwest Region Sales Manager for Tomar Electronics, Inc., spoke on the subject of “Emergency Vehicle Preemption (EVP) and Vehicle Lighting Technologies“, providing an in-depth explanation of the working principle, the history and the latest trends in EVP and vehicle lighting technologies. Nearly 30 ITS Arizona members attended and, following the presentation, were treated to a tour of Tomar’s state-of-the-art high-tech facility where their signature EVP and emergency/municipal vehicle lighting products are manufactured.