Statement of Shelley Row, Director of the ITS JPO, on the Departure of RITA Administrator Peter Appel

Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office would like to thank Research and Innovative Technology Administrator Peter Appel for his support of the development of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).

Appel joined RITA in April, 2009, and under his leadership the agency has evolved to become an esteemed driving force for connected vehicle research and development. He called for creation of the Safety Pilot program, an innovative initiative that is the centerpiece of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Connected Vehicle research program. Appel also launched the Connected Vehicle Technology Challenge and was an enthusiastic supporter of ITS education and workforce development.

Appel often stressed that in the past 50 years, the traffic safety community has focused on helping people survive crashes. Connected vehicle safety will change the paradigm by helping people avoid crashes.

We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.