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Intelligent Transportation Systems

The report, “Explaining International IT Application Leadership: Intelligent Transportation Systems”, takes a detailed look at how Japan, South Korea, Singapore and other countries apply information technologies to alleviate congestion, enhance safety, and reduce the environmental impact of transportation.

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) include new technologies that provide drivers with real-time information, such as transit routes and schedules providing information about delays due to congestion, accidents, weather conditions, or road repair work as well as a range of new devices such as computerized adaptive traffic signals that help to fully integrated intelligent transportation systems, tying vehicles, passengers, and devices together.

The report by the US Information Technology and Innovation Foundation analyses how countries have deployed ITS, why the United States lags behind, and urges expanded federal leadership and investment to get the United States onto the road to deploying Intelligent Transportation Systems.

The report concludes that intelligent transportation systems empower actors in the transportation system’”from commuters, to highway and transit authorities, even down to the actual traffic lights themselves’”with actionable information (that is, intelligence) to make better-informed decisions, whether it’ s choosing which route to take, when to travel, or whether to mode-shift; how to optimize traffic signals; where to build new roadways; or how to hold providers of transportation services accountable for results. That vision is now within our reach, but attaining it will require bold leadership.