RITA Administrator Gives Update on ITS Strategic Research Plan


(Date: 31 Aug, 2010)

Peter Appel, Administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), provided a recent update on the Department’s ITS Strategic Research Plan where he reaffirmed U.S. DOT’s commitment to the IntelliDrive research plan and its vision of a nationwide wireless information network connecting all vehicles and infrastructure.  Echoing remarks made by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood at the ITS America 2010 Annual Meeting in Houston, Administrator Appel stressed that RITA is committed to using Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) over the FCC’s 5.9 GHz band for ITS safety applications.  According to Appel, “We see a whole new world of safety applications that will be developed using IntelliDrive’s open standards for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications.  These applications will reduce deadly types of crashes through real-time advisories and warnings.”  Appel also noted that “data collected through IntelliDrive will be used for a myriad of mobility applications that will make travel easier and more efficient while maintaining privacy.”  The ITS Strategic Plan is focused on conducting the necessary research with stakeholder input and involvement to lay the technical and institutional foundation for the IntelliDrive network and to test and prove its potential benefits.  This includes engaging with partners to determine viable strategies for encouraging and accelerating deployment on both the vehicle and infrastructure sides.  More information is available on the RITA website at http://www.its.dot.gov/press/2010/Appel_strategic_plan.htm.  Working toward this goal, the Department has invited all interested parties to attend one of three free IntelliDriveSM User Needs Workshops which will be held in Detroit, San Jose and Washington, DC.  To hear more about Administrator Appel’s vision for IntelliDrive and other ITS priorities, listen to his August 21st interview on IBM’s The Business of Government Hour at http://www.businessofgovernment.org/interview/peter-appel.

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