Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS

smart cities work
News October 09, 2018
The Greater Phoenix Smart Region Initiative, a new public-private nonprofit partnership created to grow smart city projects, is taking hold in the Phoenix metro region.   The coalition includes the Arizona State University (ASU) Center for Smart Cities and Regions (CSCR), the Arizona Institute for...
Mobileye collision-avoidance system

The Mobileye collision-avoidance system was found to be 96% accurate for alerts warning of potential collisions. Photos courtesy of Mobileye.

Article October 05, 2018
Imagine that you are a bus driver in today’s urban environment. You are surrounded by rushed and distracted drivers and pedestrians, cyclists riding in your blind spots, delivery trucks stopping suddenly in front of you, and challenging weather resulting in treacherous road conditions. At the same...
Detroit smart intersections

Photos courtesy of Miovision

Article October 05, 2018
Everyone knows about the hard times that hit Detroit a few years ago. The auto industry was struggling. The local economy collapsed. The housing market imploded, and homes were selling for a couple thousand dollars at auction. Crime was out of control because there were not enough police to keep...
Arada OBU

A TTI vehicle was outfitted with an Arada OBU (above) and a Samsung tablet display (below). Photos courtesy of TTI.

Article October 05, 2018
  Connected vehicle (CV) applications present new solutions to many traffic engineering problems; however, real-world testing of some of these applications is not safe and cost-effective. CV applications thus use traffic simulation software for evaluation and testing. Even though simulation models...
Autonomous vehicle guidance
News October 05, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) yesterday released new federal guidance for automated vehicles, advancing its commitment to supporting the safe integration of automation into the broad multimodal surface transportation system.    ‘Preparing for the Future of Transportation:...
Illinois DOT may add EV charging to I-294
News October 04, 2018
The Illinois Tollway has begun to examine the addition of embedded equipment on the I-294 corridor that would enable electric vehicles (EVs) to charge on route. At present the interstate is undergoing a $4 billion reconstruction, which includes the widening of a 22-mile stretch of the roadway.  ...
traffic signal systems
News September 20, 2018
The Norwalk Common Council in Connecticut this month authorized Mayor Harry Rilling to execute data-sharing agreements with Traffic Technology Services, Inc., Connected Signals, Inc., and Live Traffic Data Corp. “to share real-time traffic signal information in exchange for autonomous information...
autonomous vehicles
News September 19, 2018
Less than half of Americans (43%) are interested in utilizing autonomous vehicles, down from 53% last year, according to the fourth annual Sharing Economy Index released by Allianz Global Assistance.   The lack of interest is primarily attributed to safety concerns (71% in 2018, compared to 65% in...
innovative highway projects
News September 11, 2018
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently announced $8.4 million in Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration awards to the state transportation agencies in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Utah.   Projects will soon be under...
autonomous vehicle systems
News September 06, 2018
A Utah woman is suing Tesla, saying her Model S crashed into another car while it was in Autopilot mode earlier this year in the city of South Jordan.   The Tesla Model S, which the woman bought in 2016, is advertised to have “enhanced Autopilot,” including 360° of visibility and 250 meters of “...
smart road technology
News September 04, 2018
This week, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will test out a new technology placed inside the pavement along Brighton Boulevard in Denver to measure the speed of cars traveling over that stretch of road.   This is an example of the agency’s RoadX program, a combination of new methods...
News August 28, 2018
Toyota announced on Monday that it is investing $500 million in Uber and working more closely with the company to accelerate the development and deployment of self-driving vehicles.    Uber plans to retrofit Toyota Sienna minivans with its autonomous technology and begin real-world testing in 2021...
autonomous public transit
News August 23, 2018
Arlington, Texas, city leaders say they have approved a contract with a California-based self-driving car company for a one-year pilot program to run autonomous public transit within the city's entertainment district beginning this fall.    Beginning Oct. 19, the city and Drive.ai will roll out...
human operator in AV
News August 16, 2018
The Governors Highway Safety Association’s (GHSA) new report, Preparing for Automated Vehicles: Traffic Safety Issues for States, funded by State Farm, analyzes market trends and finds that most autonomous vehicles (AVs) for the foreseeable future will share driving responsibilities with humans,...
First U.S. made autonomous electric vehicle on the road near Quebec, Canada
News August 10, 2018
Keolis Canada and the City of Candiac, with the manufacturer NAVYA, financial support from the Québec Government, the collaboration of Propulsion Québec, the Cluster for Electric and Smart Transportation and the Technopôle IVÉO, have announced the first long-term demonstration project of a 100%...
self-driving car tests
News August 08, 2018
Self-driving cars have been found to not stop for certain obstacles or have presented other dangerous situations unless a driver took immediate manual control, according to a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).   During a sequence of on-road and track tests for BMW,...
autonomous vehicles
News August 08, 2018
Despite concerns that a rise in automated vehicles (AVs) will displace significant numbers of truck drivers in the U.S., only a modest number of truck driver jobs, if any, will be affected, according to a new report commissioned by the American Center for Mobility (ACM), led by Michigan State...
Smart Belt Coalition
Article August 07, 2018
As part of a commitment to be leaders in the future of transportation technology, five state agencies and seven academic institutions in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania formed a multi-state partnership more than a year ago to work together on self-driving and connected vehicle initiatives.   The...
WSDOT traffic management centers

The Washington State DOT operates six regional traffic management centers, which provide 24/7 real-time information

Article August 07, 2018
Technology is central to all we do in transportation and its importance is only growing in our changing transportation landscape.   From roadway sensors to entire traffic management systems, technology has been key to both our urban and rural transportation systems for quite some time. As...
wrong-way detection system
News August 02, 2018
Phoenix-area drivers are used to seeing freeway entrance-ramp meters with alternating green and red traffic lights during weekday rush hours. But some of the red lights in I-17 ramp meters also play a role as part of the pilot wrong-way vehicle detection system being tested by the Arizona...
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