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ITS Strategic Research Plan 2010-2014

Imagine a world where:

  • Highway crashes and their tragic consequences are significantly reduced.
  • Vehicles of all types can talk to traffic signals to eliminate unnecessary stops and help people drive in the most fuel efficient manner.
  • Travelers can get accurate travel time information about all modes and route options and the potential environmental impacts of their choices.  
  • Transportation managers have data to accurately assess multi-modal transportation system performance.

This vision may be closer than you think and is the focus of the Department’s next five-year ITS Strategic Research Plan.  The plan explores the potentially transformative capabilities of wireless technology to make surface transportation safer, smarter and greener and ultimately enhance livability for Americans. The core of the research program centers on connected vehicle technologies, multimodal ITS applications that aim to enable safe, interoperable wireless connectivity between vehicles (autos, buses, trucks, and other fleets), infrastructure and passengers’ devices to support safety, mobility and environmental enhancements.  A key part of this research will examine how to effectively deliver warnings to vehicle operators – to enhance overall safety and minimize driver distraction. In addition to core research, the five-year program also supports technology transfer and knowledge and skills development of ITS professionals throughout the country.

The strategic plan was released by the ITS Management Council on December 8, 2009. 

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To learn more about the ITS Strategic Research Plan 2010 – 2014

For media inquiries:

Mike Pina
Program Manager, Communications
Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office
Research and Innovative Technology Administration

For general inquiries:

Brian Cronin
Team Lead, ITS Research and Demonstration
Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office
Research and Innovative Technology Administration


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