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The Results are In: US DOT Releases Findings from ITS Evaluation

 

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by Aaron Mack in ITS Research
September 18, 2017

The United States Department of Transportation ITS Joint Program Office (JPO) has released its latest report on Intelligent Transportation Systems, or, ITS.

ITS technology is considered by many to be the wave of the future in transportation. An entire class of technologies, some emerging and others already in use in the field, examples of ITS range from connected vehicles and infrastructure to in-car crash avoidance systems.

The report—Intelligent Transportation Systems Benefits, Costs, and Lessons Learned—examines nearly 20 years of field data gathered by scientists, researchers, and state and federal agencies regarding the performance and impact of ITS technologies. While ITS promises to save lives, reduce traffic congestion, and improve the environment, such real-world data, collected over time, provides valuable insights on how the technologies perform in real-world conditions outside of the lab or computer simulations.

The report summarizes the results of thousands of studies examining 16 different classes of ITS, ranging from smart traffic signals to alternative fuels. Results were collected from JPO’s extensive online database, the ITS Knowledge Resources Portal. Such summaries will help lawmakers, planners, researchers, and equipment manufacturers make informed decisions when choosing where, when, how, and why to integrate ITS into the transportation network.

More information, including the full report, can be found on the ITS Joint Program Office webpage.

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