About the Research Area

The ITS JPO has four technology transfer programs under Accelerating ITS Deployment:

  • ITS Evaluation transforms its data and decision-tool products to support evidence-based policy options and decisions that accelerate national ITS implementation.
  • ITS Professional Capacity Building supports the learning and knowledge transfer process, which will be developed to ensure that transportation industry professionals are prepared for each generation of ITS.
  • ITS Architecture and Standards products support applied research, pilots, and expedited integration of emerging technologies into the transportation system.
  • ITS Communications initiatives accelerate deployment through knowledge-sharing opportunities and partnerships to deliver tailored ITS product and capability information to stakeholders throughout the transportation system.

By integrating these programs that focus on knowledge and technology transfer into the Accelerating ITS Deployment program area, the ITS JPO has created a “lab-to-market” capability that supports transitioning federally funded innovations into use. By combining these four activities, the ITS JPO is better able to coordinate actions and resources to help accelerate the deployment of ITS.

Planned Activities

ITS Evaluation

  • Conduct a program review to revamp key elements of connected and automated technology deployment, including revisions to the deployment tracking survey and the knowledge databases
  • Develop evaluation plans for ITS research initiatives to track the transfer of results into operation for cybersecurity, data exchanges, Complete Trip, and new emerging technologies
  • Explore uses of data visualizations, innovative economic and policy analyses, and new approaches to evidence-based decision-making evaluation
  • Provide evidence to decision-makers of the value of ITS deployment nationwide, such as socio-economic benefits, job creation, and efficiency gains
  • Develop a common set of best practices or guidance that deployers can use to facilitate their planning and activities, reduce cost and time to deployment, and gather early-stage benefits

ITS Professional Capacity Building

  • Develop courseware to advance knowledge and technology transfer for connected vehicle technologies and applications on smart phones, social media, and other platforms
  • Facilitate round-table events and discussions that allow experts to inform interested stakeholders
  • Expand coordination with other U.S. DOT programs to maintain a multimodal, multidisciplinary focus to transfer knowledge to decision-makers
  • Develop case studies, best practices, and lessons learned that serve current deployers and academics seeking to incorporate real-world, hands-on experiences into education

ITS Architecture and Standards

  • Make a complete and mature set of ITS standards available to support secure, interoperable integration of connected and automated technologies into the transportation system along with advanced ITS infrastructure services
  • Identify voluntary technical standards needs and support adaption of suitable information and communication technology standards and development of ITS standards when beneficial
  • Evolve ITS architecture reference and tool sets supporting wide-scale, cross-border, interoperable deployments of ITS infrastructure as well as connected and automated vehicle deployments
  • Develop additional architecture functionality to support the needs of the transportation planning community

ITS Communications

  • Encourage market-based solutions based on U.S. DOT research and products with effective communications
  • Translate ITS research results into clear, step-by-step guides for deployers
  • Establish teams with modal partners to promote and mainstream ITS technologies
  • Develop simplified and targeted communications materials that explain the benefits of and paths to implementation of ITS technologies for state and local transportation professionals

Program Resources

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • What factors make ITS adoption safer and more efficient?

Once technologies are proven, states and localities must have the tools, capacity, and information they need to implement technologies and systems. Interoperability also is essential to a safe and efficient intelligent national transportation system as well as cooperation and consistency across jurisdictional boundaries. In addition, evaluations determine the effectiveness and benefits of deployed ITS and the value of ITS Program investments and ensure progress toward the vision of integrated ITS.

  • What technologies are ITS JPO priorities for deployment?

The ITS JPO evaluates ITS technologies for their ability to perform effectively to solve real-world transportation challenges. This involves continually assessing the feasibility, maturity, and benefits of ITS and shepherding transportation solutions from inception to implementation. In 2020 through 2025, the ITS JPO will capitalize on past investments in key technologies such as automation and connectivity and continue to augment such efforts by focusing on new emerging technologies that show promise.

  • What is ITS JPO’s role in accelerating deployment?

As new ITS technologies and systems evolve into market-ready products, the ITS JPO’s role focuses on transitioning federally funded innovations into adoption and widespread use. This includes facilitating the transfer of knowledge and technologies into regular practice and helping to bring the next generation of ITS into interoperable deployment. This role provides foundational information to reduce uncertainty for market investors and minimize industry risk.

The ITS JPO also provides ongoing support through the development and delivery of standards, policy, technical assistance and training, and other mechanisms. The ITS JPO coordinates long-term collaborative mechanisms to facilitate the continued integration and deployment of ITS and facilitates cooperation and consistency across jurisdictional boundaries.

For questions about the USDOT's Accelerating ITS Deployment program, contact:

contact information

Michelle Noch
Program Manager, Professional Capacity Building
ITS Joint Program Office
(202) 366-0278, Michelle.Noch@dot.gov

Steve Sill
Program Manager, Vehicle Safety Technology, ITS Architecture and Standards
ITS Joint Program Office
(202) 366-1603, Steve.Sill@dot.gov

Marcia Pincus
Program Manager, ITS Evaluation
ITS Joint Program Office
(202) 366-9230, Marcia.Pincus@dot.gov

Mike Pina
Program Manager, Communications
ITS Joint Program Office
(202) 366-3700, Mike.Pina@dot.gov