|Along with the rest
of society, transportation will be transformed by automation – hence a USDOT
program to plan for the oversight of a growing fleet of autonomous vehicles –
and the integration of transportation into the “connected city” of the
future, where energy delivery, entertainment, public safety, health care, and
other functions are increasingly tied by data communications. As one of the interconnected systems in a
connected city, connected transportation can cooperate with the other systems
to provide synergistic benefits.