The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) has released its “The Road Ahead: The Next Generation of Mobility” public policy roadmap that provides policy recommendations on how to advance the research and deployment of what it calls transformational and intelligent transportation technologies.
Specifically,the Roadmap provides recommendations on policy issues that are shaping the next generation of transportation driven by robotics, automation, artificial intelligence, wireless communications, and cloud computing.
ITS America says these issues include cybersecurity/privacy, looking for new and long-term funding and financing options around transportation investment, issues around easing the transition to automated and connected vehicles, increasing integration of technologies that improve the operational life and efficiency of our road networks, and energizing new business models of passenger and freight mobility.
“Advancements in robotics, artificial intelligence, wireless communications and more make this a pivotal moment for U.S. leadership in the intelligent transportation arena,” said ITS America President and CEO Regina Hopper. “This road map provides Federal, State, and Local policymakers with the tools to capitalize on this innovation—from automated vehicles to highways and traffic lights that communicate in real time with drivers on the road. Now is the time to jumpstart the economy and save thousands of lives per year.”
The roadmap was developed in consultation with ITS America’s membership including established and emerging private companies, state and city department of transportation officials as well as leaders in the academic and research communities.
In the year ahead, ITS America says it will work with policymakers at all levels of government–Federal, State, and Local—to “rebuild and modernise” transportation infrastructure with smart transport investments that create jobs, save lives, and cut costs by leveraging underutilised transportation assets. Additionally, the organization will urge President Trump and Congress to build infrastructure by including its recommendations in forthcoming infrastructure proposals.