Intelligent Transportation Trends chpt.7 - Cross-cutting Topics


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The term Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) was coined over two decades ago to designate applications of information and communication technologies to the operational management of transportation networks. The main promise of ITS has been very consistent over that period: network capacity can be freed up by optimizing traffic controls and empowering users with accurate travel information.
It can be debated how much faith practitioners and policy makers have placed in technology by investing their resources, as well as the extent to which Intelligent Transportation Systems have delivered on their promise. However, there is no question that steady and sometimes spectacular advances in computing technologies and usage trickle down to transportation applications in important ways. As a result, new products and services emerge continuously. They include systems that address the direct needs of networks managers, as well as others that are developed in tangential markets (e.g. automotive) or even through non-market mechanisms (e.g. many mobile web applications).
This talk presentation reviews major trends in information and communication technologies and demonstrate how each of them is driving innovative transportation services. We attempt to envision how those trends might develop in the future, so that we can finally examine some of their implications for travel demand and network management. There lie both challenges and opportunities for transportation engineers and planners, but either way, profound changes appear inevitable.

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Intelligent Transportation Trends chpt.7 - Cross-cutting Topics

  1. 1. Intelligent Transportation J.D. Margulici Trends and Perspectives 2011 Chapter 7: Cross-Cutting TopicsNote to copyright owners: all third-party materials contained in this presentation were obtained frompublicly available sources. However, they are reproduced here without explicit permission from their owners. Novavia Solutions will gladly remove any such material at the owner’s request.
  2. 2.  ITS primer and brief historyIntelligent Transportation  State of the art: cross-cutting topics Trends and Perspectives 2011  Information technology trends  Prospective and implications J.D. Margulici
  3. 3. ITS Governance •Compliance is primarily a •Dedicated ITS funding at marketing concern State / local level an •Effective usage and ongoing debate among applicability remains practitioners marginal •Tying funding to system performance will boost ITS ITS ITS Funding Standards Systems ITS Engineering Architecture for ITS •While a sensible idea in theory, benefits are far •To date a failure in my from clear opinion •On the other hand, large •Adds documentation consulting fees and rims of without improving project paper management quality ITS Trends and Perspectives - April 2011 3
  4. 4. ITS Research: Connected Vehicles Main focus of ITS Joint Program Office, ITS America since early 2000’sNo tangible proof of concept yetHalf the JPO’s resources, i.e. $50 m/yr.Meanwhile kids keep texting… ITS Trends and Perspectives - April 2011 4
  5. 5. Private Financing of ITS TechnologiesNAVTEQ acquires for $179 million, November 2006TomTom acquires Tele Atlas for $2.7 billion, July 2007Nokia acquires NAVTEQ for $8.1 billion, October 2007Telenav raises $56 million in Initial Public Offering, May 2010Sensys Networks ranks 80th on Inc. 500 list of fastest growing US companies, 2010Kapsch acquires Mark IV IVHS for $70 million, November 2010Waze raises $25 million in round B financing, December 2010RedFlex acquired by Carlyle, McQuarie for $304 million, February 2011BMW launches $100-million i Ventures fund to invest in mobility tech, February 2011Zipcar raises $174 million in IPO, market cap of over $1 billion, April 2011 ITS Trends and Perspectives - April 2011 5
  6. 6. 2000-2010: How did we do? What Does the Future Hold? (MITRETEK, 2000)General PredictionsMore integration of services and components  Yes, but to a limited extentContinued technology developments and competing standards  Yes, but that wasn’t taking much risk Service developments  Vague statement, partially trueSpecific PredictionsArchiving of ITS data will lower costs of evaluation and performance monitoring  Largely true but with limited coverageCoalescence of national traveler info  True. Private sector drives coalescenceITS for roadway maintenance added as new user service  Very partially realized to dateNext-generation road weather  Only partially implemented, still researchExpanded sensing/warning on rural roads  Primarily research & demo projectsStatewide traffic and emergency services management  True in a few select statesPackaged rural APTS/HHS coordination  Little ITS deployed, let alone coordinatedVehicle-based safety systems  Dramatic gains, ongoing deployment ITS Trends and Perspectives - April 2011 6
  7. 7. Intelligent Transportation J.D. Margulici Trends and Perspectives 2011 Next is Chapter 8: Information Technology Trends