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AN ITS RETROSPECTIVE ITS: the ITE & ITSA view


“Analysts have also warned of the potential to use future automated vehicles as unmanned guided bombs that can drive themselves to a target”


shut down the engine on at least one type of vehicle, while other researchers have dem- onstrated the use of a wireless interface to hack a traffic signal controller. Analysts have also warned of the potential to use future automated vehicles as unmanned guided bombs that can drive themselves to a target. These are all challenges that will have to be


addressed in order to realize the many ben- efits that these new technologies offer. To quote Joseph Chamberlain, “I think that you will all agree that we are living in most inter- esting times. I never remember myself a time in which our history was so full, in which day by day brought us new objects of interest, and, let me say also, new objects for anxiety.”


Mike McGurrin is the founder of McGurrin Consulting


Carolina Burnier is principal transportation engineer at Noblis


Greg Hatcher is manager at Noblis www.thinkinghighways.com 39


We asked Jeff Paniati, the Executive Director and CEO of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and Regina Hopper, President and CEO of ITS America what they saw as the most significant accomplishment of the ITS industry over the last 10 years. Here is what they had to say...


JEFF PANIATI


Over the last 10 years the most significant accomplishment of the ITS industry has been in moving from the shadows into the light. While the public may not always recognize them as “ITS,” the technologies, services, and businesses that are in visible and viable today have grown by leaps and bounds over this period. Whether it is on the vehicle, in the infrastructure or through the airwaves the array of ITS-related products and services now being used by the public, infrastructure owners and operators and private sector service providers is impressive… and we are just at the front of a transformational wave that is coming fast. Many of these products and services took a long time to mature, technologically or institutionally, but they have laid the groundwork for what is to come. With the intellectual


horsepower that is now being focused on transportation, I have no doubt that the accomplishments of the next 10 years will dwarf the last 10 years, but that will not diminish the importance of what was accomplished.


REGINA HOPPER


A few short years ago the concept of improving highway safety through Intelligent Transportation Systems was held by a subset of an intelligent, imaginative group of individuals and companies who operated in the shadows of traditional infrastructure. Today, while many do not call their companies or products, “ITS”, these technological, data driven systems are mainstreaming and changing the face of moving people and goods. ITS has evolved into an ecosystem of multifaceted innovation and technology products and ideas. It is being driven not just by researchers, developers and investors and disrupters, but by consumer demand. With the advent of connected cars, connected vehicles, spectrum utilization, cyber and privacy issues, and insurance and driver adaptation issues intelligent transportation has taken center stage.


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