Dale Thompson Joins the Team at ITS JPO

R. Dale Thompson has joined the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS-JPO) as a Transportation Specialist for its Connected Vehicle Data and Weather Program.

ITS JPO is a program within the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) which is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).

Thompson comes to the ITS JPO with more than 15 years experience in highway operations and Intelligent Transportation System, much of it with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). In his most recent experience, he served as a transportation specialist in the Research and Development department of the FHWA’s Office of Operations. There he conducted and managed research programs and projects supporting transportation operations and travel management including U.S. DOT’s Connected Vehicle Program. He also managed projects related to Active Transportation and Demand Management, Operations Performance Measurement, Traffic Analysis Tools, and Integrated Corridor Management.

Thompson also served as a transportation specialist in the Office of Transportation Management in the FHWA’s Office of Operations and held a similar position in the FHWA’s Office of Traffic Management.

Connected Vehicle research at U.S.DOT is a multimodal program that involves using wireless communication between vehicles, infrastructure, and personal communications devices to improve safety, mobility, and environmental sustainability. The program is the major research Initiative of the ITS JPO which is currently working with the eight major automotive companies to develop vehicle crash warning applications using  Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) technology. In addition, ITS JPO is working to develop of myriad of applications which will use data collected from connected vehicles that can improve safety, mobility and sustainability. There is also connected vehicle-related research in the areas of standards, data collection, certification, policy, road weather and public transportation. The current strategy is to prepare the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for an administrative decision in 2013 which will determine the future of this technology and the U.S. government’s role in its deployment.