The meeting will also hold congressional fact finding sessions with ITS America members providing testimony on topics ranging from the current surface transportation reauthorization bill to congestion management and connected vehicles as well as other issues affecting the industry. The venue will also host a U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) "Connected Vehicle" demonstration in collaboration with a host of private sector companies including Ford, General Motors and Toyota.
Connected vehicle technologies are the next evolution of safety and allow cars to avoid crashes by communicating with each other and the roadway infrastructure. Using GPS, Wi-Fi sensors and a special Federal Communications Commission approved short-range radio frequency, these vehicles share safety information in real-time and drivers receive safety warnings when there is a risk of a crash or other safety hazard. The U.S. DOT estimates that these technologies have the potential to address a staggering 81 percent of all unimpaired driver-related crash scenarios.
Other significant events include a targeted day for emergency responders, roundtables for investors and the media, as well as discussions on the future of technology with the U.S. DOT and Federal Transit Administration.