Report says U.S. lagging in ITS

  • 15-Feb-2010 02:40 EST
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Singapore, a world leader in ITS, employs congesting charging and collects real-time traffic information through a fleet of 5000 taxis that act as vehicle probes to feed data to the traffic operations management center.

A January report by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation calls on the U.S. Congress to increase funding for intelligent transportation systems (ITS) to prevent the U.S. from further “falling off the pace of world leadership” in ITS.

Among its recommendations is that Congress increase ITS funding by $2.5 billion to $3 billion annually to enable large-scale demonstration projects and to enable ongoing operation of already deployed ITS technology. In addition, the organization wants some of the funding to be used for ITS systems deployment; currently, the scope of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s ITS Joint Program Office is R&D.

Another recommendation is that Congress authorize a comprehensive R&D agenda that includes investments in basic research, technology development, and pilot programs to begin moving to a mileage-based user-fee system by 2020.

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