The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced plans for several regional connected vehicle pilot projects in different parts of the U.S., and a new website has been established to help educate interested stakeholders about this potential opportunity. The USDOT plans to release a request for proposals for the pilot program in early 2015. These pilots will serve as initial implementations of connected vehicle technology deployed in real-world settings with the aim of delivering near-term safety, mobility, and environmental benefits to the public. Details about the program can be found at http://www.its.dot.gov/pilots.
The new website includes the following: the latest news about the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program; a downloadable fact sheet; examples of how local communities can participate in the pilot program; a list of proposed applications; a high-level roadmap outlining how the program will be rolled out; and a proposed program schedule. Visit USDOT ITS Joint Program Office for more information.
Via Augusta Free Press and ITS news release
President Barack Obama visited FHWA’s Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, VA last week where he was given a tour of the research and testing facility and delivered remarks on the importance of vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication technology. ITS America also toured the facility alongside the President. Partial remarks by President Obama–visit Augusta Free Press for full transcript.
Washington, D.C. (July 17, 2014) – Scott F. Belcher, President and CEO of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), today released the following statement in response to the Wi-Fi Innovation Act introduced by U.S. Representatives Bob Latta (R-OH), Darrell Issa (R-CA), Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Doris Matsui (D-CA) that would put pressure on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allow unlicensed devices to operate in the 5.9 GHz band of spectrum set aside by the FCC for life-saving vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication technology showcased by President Barack Obama on Tuesday during a visit to the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, Virginia:
“ITS America and our members were thrilled to join President Obama this week to celebrate the latest connected vehicle technologies that are making our roads safer and our infrastructure smarter,” said ITS America President and CEO Scott Belcher. “As President Obama said this week, ‘Any new technology that makes driving safer is important to me and new technology that makes driving smarter is good for the economy.’ Vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication has the potential to prevent or mitigate 4 out of 5 unimpaired vehicle crashes according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, saving tens of thousands of lives each year while improving mobility and reducing wasted time and fuel.”
The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to Friday, July 18, 2014! We already have CS Technologies as our Platinum Sponsor, along with six other sponsors and a variety of exhibitors. This year’s conference has also been expanded to include lunch on the first day, sponsored by YS Mantri & Associates. Hurry and submit your abstracts as spaces are limited! Click the Conference tab above for more details.
City of Flagstaff invites you to attend the Dark Skies conference being held August 18-20 2014. The conference that will discuss the protection of Dark Skies in the Northern Arizona region is being co-sponsored by the City of Flagstaff, Lowell Observatory and the Keystone Center. For more details please visit www.keystone.org/darkskies. You can also download the conference brochure here.