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Five Leading Transportation Organizations Join Intelligent Transportation Society of America Leadership Circle

March 4, 2015
By Business Wire News


Five of the nation’s prestigious and innovative transportation organizations have joined the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) Leadership Circle, as announced today by ITS America Interim President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas E. Kern.

AAA, General Motors, the Michigan Mobility Transformation Center, New York City Department of Transportation and Parkmobile will join the 36 established members, bringing the total number of Leadership Circle member organizations to 41. “These companies and organizations represent the very best in transportation innovation and ingenuity,” Kern said. “Technology is helping revolutionize mobility and is central to advancing a safer, smarter, more efficient and sustainable transportation future. We are thrilled to bring these transportation leaders and innovators to the table to help find solutions to some of the key challenges facing our nation’s transportation system.”

The Leadership Circle brings together transportation and technology visionaries from the public, private and academic sectors as thought leaders on behalf of ITS America and the broader transportation community. Together, the Leadership Circle develops strategic approaches to improve the nation’s transportation systems through innovative intelligent transportation solutions.

The ITS America Leadership Circle just released A Road Map for 2015, outlining six key priorities:

  • Evolving Opportunities in Transportation through Big Data Analytics
  • Promote the Safe, Efficient, & Smart Movement of Goods
  • Advance Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) Communication Technology Deployment
  • Smart Use of Assets and Capacity: Utilize Existing Technologies and Infrastructure
  • Elevate our Impact: Outreach at the Federal, State, and Local Levels
  • Emerging Vehicle Solutions: Connected, Autonomous, and Electric Vehicles

About the new Leadership Circle members:

AAA: Established in 1902 by nine motor clubs with fewer than 1,500 members, AAA is one of America’s leading travel and transportation safety advocates with 54 million members in the United States and Canada.

General Motors: With more than 200-thousand employees and automotive manufacturing and sales interests around the world, GM is one of America’s best-known brands. The company is also an innovation leader with announced plans to offer new semi-autonomous driving features and V2V communication capability in some 2017 Cadillacs.

Michigan MobilityTransformation Center:The University of Michigan developed the Michigan Mobility Transformation Center as one of the nation’s leading research and development institutions for connected and autonomous vehicles. Working with government and industry the center’s objectives are to improve safety, sustainability and accessibility through technology and innovation.

New York City DOT: New York City’s Department of Transportation is widely recognized not only as the largest municipal DOT but also as one of the most progressive. With more than 4,500 employees and one of the most complex urban transportation networks in the world, the New York City DOT manages 6,000 miles of streets and highways.

Parkmobile: With 1,400 locations to date, expanding to 4,800 locations later this year, Parkmobile is the leading provider for on-demand and pre-paid mobile payments for on- and off-street parking. The Parkmobile app avoids the hassle of feeding the parking meter by allowing any of its millions of users to pay for parking simply by entering a zone number in their phone.

2015 ITS America Leadership Circle Members

AAA; Arizona Department of Transportation; University of California, Berkeley; California Department of Transportation; Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority; Carnegie Mellon University; University of Maryland, CATT Lab; Contra Costa Transportation Authority; Cubic Transportation Systems; Drivewyze; Eberle Design Inc.; Econolite Group, Inc.; Florida Department of Transportation; General Motors; HELP, Inc.; IBM Corporation; Intel; Iteris, Inc.; Kapsch TrafficCom; Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority; Meritor WABCO; Metropolitan Transportation Commission; Michigan Department of Transportation; Michigan Mobility Transformation Center; Minnesota Department of Transportation; National Renewable Resources Laboratory; New York City Department of Transportation; Parkmobile; Peek Traffic Corporation; Qualcomm; Schneider Electric; Serco Inc.; Siemens Industry, Inc.; Southwest Research Institute; Texas A&M Transportation Institute; Texas Department of Transportation; TransCore; University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute; Verizon; Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and Xerox State & Local Solutions.

About the Intelligent Transportation Society of America

ITS America–The High Tech Transportation Association–is the largest organization dedicated to advancing the research and deployment of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) to improve mobility, increase connectivity, and build a safer, smarter, more efficient transportation

Intelligent Transportation Society of America
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