The U.S. Department of Transportation at the 25th ITS World Congress, Copenhagen

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) will participate in the 25th ITS World Congress to be held in Copenhagen from September 17 to 21, 2018. The theme of the event is "ITS - Quality of Life," and will include presentations and sessions, demonstrations, and exhibition booths and events. 

The United States is a leading force in ITS research and development, so several USDOT leaders and staff will be in attendance to discuss the Department's latest efforts in ITS. Notably, Kenneth Leonard, Director of the USDOT's ITS Joint Program Office (JPO), will speak during the Opening Ceremony on Monday, September 17, as well as participate in and host several panel discussions.

The following are highlights of the USDOT's participation.

Participation Highlights

Wednesday, September 19th 

SIS48: Effective Measures of Success: The United States Connected Vehicle Pilots
1:30 - 3:00 PM, Hall B, Tokyo (B3 M1-2)

Speakers: Kenneth Leonard, ITS JPO (Moderator); Kevin Gay, ITS JPO; Bob Frey, Tampa-Hillsborough County Expressway Authority; Robert Rausch, TRANSCORE

Description: In 2015, the USDOT selected three locations (New York City, Tampa, and Wyoming) to take part in its Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program. Now that it is up and running, how will the U.S. measure its success? How will they track the results with real-world drivers? Representatives from the USDOT and the pilot sites will share how each of the pilot sites plan to measure the effectiveness of connected vehicle technology, how they will baseline their current traffic safety situations, and how each of the connected vehicle applications performed in real-world settings. The results will have significant implications for the future of all connected and cooperative vehicle deployments.

SIS51: Autonomous Freight Vehicles: Benefits, Risks, and Governance
1:30 - 3:00 PM Hall B, Orlando (B3 M5)

Speakers: Adrian Ulisse, INRIX, United Kingdom (Moderator); Avery Ash, INRIX, United States; Serge van Dam, Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water management (Rijkswaterstaat), The Netherlands; Wiley Deck, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, USDOT, United States; Aravind Kailas, Volvo Group North America, United States; Bill Panos, Wyoming Department

Description: Adoption of autonomous technology in the freight industry is likely to be quicker than in the passenger market due to a combination of commercial pressures and attitudes toward risk. As a result, driverless trucks could be a regular presence on many roads within the next 10 years and are already operating in controlled environments such as ports or mines. Moreover, there are even trials on public roads in many regions, including the United States and the European Union. Several important questions remain unanswered with respect to the deployment of autonomous trucks: 1. How can the total social benefits from autonomous freight vehicles be maximized? 2. What is the likely scale of the benefits from driverless trucks? 3. What risks do autonomous freight vehicles pose for society? 4. What governance scheme should be adopted?

Intelligent Vehicle Testing Symposium: "The Future of Global Intelligent Vehicle Testing" Panel
3:30 - 4:20 PM, Bella Center, Room 20

Speakers: Neil Fulton, Program Director, Transportation Systems Catapult, UK (Moderator); Kenneth Leonard, Director, USDOT Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office, USA; Huei Peng, Director, Mcity, USA; Peter Sweatman, Principal, CAVita, USA

Description: Discussion of some of the future implications of real-world testing in terms of policy, regulations, and standards.

SIS54: Establishing a Large-scale Security Credential Management System for V2X Communication
3:30 - 5:00 PM, Hall B, London (B3 M3-4)

Speakers: Kevin Gay, ITS JPO, USA (Moderator); Benedikt Brecht, Volkswagen Group of America, USA; David Sequino, Integrity Security Services, USA; Gerhard Menzel, European Commission, DG JRC, Austria; Robert Kreeb, USDOT, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, USA

Description: The use of V2X safety and mobility applications to transmit information between transportation entities can help save lives, prevent injuries, ease traffic congestion, and improve the environment. The benefits of V2X technologies are enabled by a communication system that users can trust. In order to create the required environment of trust, a security credential management system (SCMS) is needed to provide authentication of system users and messages. The U.S. has developed a proof-of-concept SCMS as a first step to understanding the challenges associated with developing a large-scale, national system, an effort that is expected to be undertaken by private industry. Meanwhile, the European Commission is establishing their own credential management system (CMS) in Europe. This session will offer perspectives from both the U.S. and Europe, as well as private industry (OEMs), on the technical and policy challenges associated with establishing a large-scale security credential management system.

Thursday, September 20th

ES09: Delivering Effective, Cooperative, Connected and Automated Mobility (CCAM)
9:00 - 10:30 AM, Bella Center, Auditorium 11 (Bordeaux)

Speakers: Beth Kigel, President and CEO, Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce, USA (Moderator); Kenneth Leonard, Director, ITS JPO; Greg Winfree, Agency Director, Texas A&M Transportation Institute; Koji Hachiyama, Counsellor, National Strategy Office of ICT, Cabinet Secretariat, Japan; representative from Europe

Description: This session's highly accomplished international panel will speak on significant progress made as well as progress in acquisition, management and use of CCAM-sourced data, the latest on V2I communications and the DSRC v. 5G debate, and the development of infrastructure to match CCAM deployment and enhance road environment for CAD--all in the spirit of cooperative ITS.

ES10: The Real Impacts of Cooperative, Connected and Automated Mobility (CCAM)
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM, Bella Center, Auditorium 11 (Bordeaux)

Speakers: Joost Vantomme, Smart Mobility Director, European Automobile Manufacturers' Association-ACEA, Belgium (Moderator); Martin Knopp, Associate Administrator, Office of Operations, FHWA, USDOT, USA; Rajeev Roy, P. Eng. Director, Business Planning and Technology, Transportation Services Department, Regional Municipality of York, Canada; Naohiko Kakimi, Director, ITS and Autonomous Driving Promotion Office Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan; Chien-Pang Liu, Engineer, Ministry of Transportation and Communications, Chinese-Taipei; Marc Vrecko, President Comfort & Driving Assistance Business Group, Valeo, France

Description: CCAM will have a major impact on the individual, transport system, and society, especially when highly/fully automated driving reaches a high penetration and road network coverage. The speed of CCAM deployment depends both on technology development and the action of industry, and on how well user needs are addressed. It also depends on what role public authorities will take in allowing or actively supporting deployment, which hinges on the costs of CCAM versus its benefits. The multiple aspects of benefits are here explored. This session discusses the impacts of CCAM at all levels, from user acceptance and behavior change to accessibility and affordability; from VRU, freight and public transport to traffic management impacts; from employment and land use to other macro social impacts. The panel, representing key CCAM stakeholders around the globe, will address the major benefits and costs of CCAM, for highway, urban, and rural applications.

TS50: Security
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM, Hall B, Madrid (B5 M2)

Features the following speakers and topics:

  • Mike Brown, Southwest Research Institute, USA (Moderator)
  • Satomi Boge, Alpine Electronics Research of America, United States: AM-TP1033 Engineering Challenges to Deploy V2V Communication Security for Crash Warning Application
  • Michał Kazmierowski, Q-Free ASA, Poland: EU-TP1142 Flexible software processing of the ETSI ITS-G5 security
  • Ola Martin Lykkja, Q-Free ASA, Norway: EU-TP1143 Message dissemination from Central ITS systems to vehicles
  • Raymond Resendes, USDOT Volpe Center, United States: AM-TP1340 Application of a cybersecurity framework to a connected vehicle deployment
  • Paul Bottinelli, ESCRYPT, Canada: AM-TP1566 A Generic Framework for Security Risk Assessment for Intelligent Transportation Systems