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The Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office is a program office at the USDOT that is located within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology.  We manage a multimodal ITS research program in cooperation with our modal partners from all surface transportation modes, incl. transit, highways, rail, etc. within USDOT.
The ITS JPO funds nearly all of the ITS-Related research done within US DOT
Our program does not include aviation. We work with the modal agencies to develop a strategic plan to guide our research on a five year cycle, and the Administrators of these agencies approve the ITS research program budget on an annual basis.
The figure provides a holistic view of the organizational and operational disciplines as they relate to the Strategic Themes and Program Categories introduced  in the plan
The ITS Strategic Plan includes a comprehensive structure that can be used to develop actionable goals, program milestones and timelines, and outcome measures to determine success.
As such, there are several principles and guiding areas that were incorporated to create this structure and provide direction and focus to ITS research, development, and adoption
Beyond Traffic is Secretary Foxx’s “invitation to a national conversation” about the future of our transportation system.
I encourage you to read it if you haven’t already.
Automated and connected vehicles are major themes
Beyond Traffic is Secretary Foxx’s “invitation to a national conversation” about the future of our transportation system.
I encourage you to read it if you haven’t already.
Automated and connected vehicles are major themes
Draft document released by U.S. DOT on February 2, 2015
Describes trends shaping our transportation system
Implications of these trends for each mode
Future scenario if we fail to address challenges
Policy options for addressing challenges
A framework highlighting big decisions not a prescriptive plan
An invitation to a national conversation
The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that it will begin taking steps to enable vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology for light vehicles. This technology would improve safety by allowing vehicles to "talk" to each other and ultimately avoid many crashes altogether by exchanging basic safety data, such as speed and position, ten times per second.
DOT research indicates that safety applications using V2V technology can address a large majority of crashes involving two or more motor vehicles. With safety data such as speed and location flowing from nearby vehicles, vehicles can identify risks and provide drivers with warnings to avoid other vehicles in common crash types such as rear-end, lane change, and intersection crashes. These safety applications have been demonstrated with everyday drivers under both real-world and controlled test conditions.
The safety applications currently being developed provide warnings to drivers so that they can prevent imminent collisions, but do not automatically operate any vehicle systems, such as braking or steering. NHTSA is also considering future actions on active safety technologies that rely on on-board sensors. Those technologies are eventually expected to blend with the V2V technology. NHTSA issued an Interim Statement of Policy in 2013 explaining its approach to these various streams of innovation. In addition to enhancing safety, these future applications and technologies could help drivers to conserve fuel and save time.
V2V technology does not involve exchanging or recording personal information or tracking vehicle movements. The information sent between vehicles does not identify those vehicles, but merely contains basic safety data. In fact, the system as contemplated contains several layers of security and privacy protection to ensure that vehicles can rely on messages sent from other vehicles and that a vehicle or group of vehicles would be identifiable through defined procedures only if there is a need to fix a safety problem.
We have extensively researched and tested the potential of connected vehicles to save lives, as well as improve mobility and fuel efficiency. We have a little more work ahead, to complete what we started, but the industry is now ready to pick up the torch and advance what we started.
The GOALS of the CV Pilots Program are to:
accelerate early deployment of Connected Vehicle technology
understand and estimate benefits associated with deployment
identify and solve key issues related to technical and institutional barriers
The U.S. Department of Transportation continues to seek stakeholder input on preparations by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) guidance for the development of Connected Vehicle Infrastructure (V2I) deployment guidance and deployment coalition planning.  USDOT would like input from transportation infrastructure owner/operators on draft FHWA guidance aimed at supporting successful implementation and operations of connected vehicle technologies.  It should be noted that the deployment of V2I technologies will be voluntary and is not coupled with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) proposed rulemaking for Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications.
We understand there is a need for more wireless broadband capacity, and we support the President’s National Broadband Initiative. The demand for more WiFi services should not be ignored. But we first do a careful analysis to be sure that any proposal to share the DSRC  spectrum is safe.
We can’t take away the potential to save lives and reduce crashes,. That is the bottom line for us.
USDOT understands that the wireless industry has proposals that demonstrate how sharing might work, and urges the wireless community to bring those proposals and equipment forward so that they can be tested.  We are willing to work with the wireless industry and other stakeholders on this important issue, but we must make sure by testing that there will not be interference that affects the safety-critical ITS applications that rely on DSRC.
To address the challenges and accelerate the anticipated benefits, the USDOT ITS JPO established the Automation Program.
The program goal is to Enable safe, efficient, and equitable integration of automation into the transportation system
To achieve this goal, U.S. DOT will conduct research; assess impacts; communicate results; convene and coordinate with stakeholders; provide guidance, education, and assistance; develop or encourage appropriate standards and policies; and continue to provide oversight and enforcement.
Automation means different things to different people. In the near term, the ITS JPO is focusing on three distinct areas of automation where there is a clear role for the Federal government. 
As you can see, the program is organized into five parallel research tracks:
Enabling Technologies, (not developing vehicle capabilities, but rather investing in corresponding enabling technology on the public side)
Safety Assurance,
System Performance, (system performance in the public domain (road system performance, safety, and mobility)
Testing and Evaluation, and
Policy and Planning
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