Japan MOU-Stakeholder Announcement

Dr. Robert L. Bertini, Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), and Acting Director, RITA ITS Joint Program Office delivered a “Memorandum of Cooperation on Cooperation in the Field of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)” which was signed by Peter H. Appel, USDOT/RITA Administrator and Michio Kanai, General Director, Road Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) of Japan.  The agreement, concluded under the terms of the “Implementing Arrangement between the USDOT and the MLIT of Japan on Cooperation in Transportation Science and Technology,” formalizes and advances the existing technical cooperation and information exchange on ITS between the two nations.

The USDOT/RITA and MLIT have agreed to promote collaboration in the field of intelligent transport systems by:

  • identifying research and development areas that would benefit from joint development;
  • sharing information on ongoing research and development projects, estimated benefits, research outcomes, and results of field demonstrations;
  • informing stakeholders involved in the development of Cooperative Systems based on ITS technologies of continuing cooperation and progress between the nations; and
  • supporting development of globally open standards that ensure ITS interoperability.

Appel signed a similar agreement along with European Commission Deputy Director-General for Information Society and Media Zoltan Stancic in Washington, DC, on November 13, 2009.  The EU-US Joint Declaration of Intent on Research Cooperation in Cooperative Systems is intended to:

  • support, wherever possible, global open standards in order to ensure interoperability of cooperative systems worldwide and to preclude the development and adoption of redundant standards;
  • identify research areas that would benefit from a harmonized approach and that could be addressed by coordinated or joint research; and
  • avoid duplication of research efforts.

This MOU with Japan is part of RITA’s continuing effort to develop international ITS research cooperatively, and to support international harmonization of ITS standards.

Dr. Robert Bertini's Presentations in Japan
Dr. Robert Bertini and Mr. Michio Kanai  Director-General,Road Bureau,Ministry  of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and  Tourism

Dr. Robert Bertini and Mr. Michio Kanai Director-General, Road Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism at MOU signing