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About the Research Area

Access to ITS data is critical for public agencies, private companies, and academia to conduct research and create new ITS innovations and services. Consistent and timely access to data increases the return on federal investment in ITS research and demonstration projects while helping to inform future investment decisions, which speeds deployment of innovative ITS technologies and produces widespread benefits.

The ITS Data Access and Exchanges Program focuses on enabling access to core transportation data across the ITS ecosystem. Access to harmonized data is essential to the integration of automated vehicles and other emerging ITS areas that are highly data dependent. This research area seeks to foster the adoption of modern technology best practices essential to trusted data exchanges. As vehicles and travelers cross jurisdictional boundaries, exchanges are a key component of data access and are crucial for the next generation of interoperable transportation.

Projects

Access to Data and Code

The U.S. DOT developed several tools to support access to data and code.

  • ITS DataHub provides a single point of entry to discover U.S. DOT’s publicly available ITS research data, including connected vehicle data. By providing access to these data, the U.S. DOT aims to enable third-party research into the effectiveness of emerging ITS technologies, preliminary development of third-party applications, and harmonization of data across similar collections.
  • The Secure Data Commons (SDC) is a cloud-based analytics platform that enables traffic engineers, researchers, and data scientists to access transportation-related datasets. The U.S. DOT created the SDC to provide a secure platform for sharing and collaborating on research, tools, algorithms, and analysis involving moderate sensitivity level (PII) datasets using commercially available tools, without needing to install tools or software locally.
  • ITS CodeHub is a resource for the ITS community to discover open source code, software, and more. ITS CodeHub promotes a reuse-first mentality and aims to support the discovery of open source code by putting it directly into the hands of developers to customize, transform, expand, and improve, as trends evolve and needs change.

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Data for Automated Vehicle Integration (DAVI)

The DAVI effort is a multimodal initiative to identify, prioritize, monitor, and—where necessary—address data exchangeData for Automated Vehicle Integration (DAVI) needs for automated vehicle (AV) integration across the modes of transportation. Access to data is a critical enabler for the safe, efficient, and accessible integration of AVs into the transportation system.

The Work Zone Data Exchange (WZDx) enables infrastructure owners and operators to make harmonized work zone data available for third-party use. The intent is to make travel on public roads safer and more efficient through ubiquitous access to data on work zone activity. Specifically, the project aims to get data on work zones into vehicles to help automated driving systems and human drivers navigate more safely.

Opensource Solutions for ITS (OSS4ITS)Opensource Solutions for ITS (OSS4ITS)

Open source solutions support reuse and the deployment of interoperable transportation systems. OSS4ITS is a software suite providing infrastructure owners and operators, software companies, and device manufacturers with a clear picture of the available open source software tools for both technical and business audiences. Current OSS4ITS open source software platform repositories include the V2X Hub repository, Operational Data Environment (ODE) repository, Secure Data Commons (SDC) repository, and CARMASM repository.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • How can access to data enable safe, efficient, and accessible integration of automated vehicles into the transportation system?

Access to harmonized data is essential to the integration of automated vehicles and other emerging ITS areas that are highly data dependent. As vehicles and travelers cross jurisdictional boundaries, data exchanges are a key component and are crucial for the next generation of interoperable transportation. Lack of access to data could impede automated vehicle integration and delay their safe introduction. The WZDx is an example of a voluntary data exchange that aims to get data on work zones into vehicles to help automated driving systems and human drivers navigate more safely.

  • What are the benefits of providing access to ITS data from federal research and demonstration projects?

Consistent and timely access to data increases the return on federal investment in ITS research and demonstration projects while helping to inform future investment decisions, which speeds deployment of innovative ITS technologies and produces widespread benefits. By providing access to these data, the U.S. DOT aims to enable third-party research into the effectiveness of emerging ITS technologies, preliminary development of third-party applications, and harmonization of data across similar collections. Data accessible through ITS DataHub is quality-checked, well-documented, and freely available to the public.

  • What is the difference between the data on ITS DataHub and the SDC?

Data in ITS DataHub is accessible to the public and does not contain sensitive information, such as personally identifiable information (PII), while data stores in the SDC contain sensitive information. Hence, this platform ensures that sensitive data are protected through adherence to the U.S. DOT’s security standards for information technology.

  • Are there any restrictions of using the data that is made available on ITS DataHub or the SDC?

Data on ITS DataHub is free and open to the public. Data can be used for other projects as long as it is properly referenced. Data on the SDC is licensed by the data provider; therefore, accessibility is subject to approval, and usage must be tied to the paired account. For more information about the SDC, please reach out to the SDC Support Desk.

  • How is the U.S. DOT helping to enable researchers discover open source code? And what are the benefits of promoting code-reuse?

ITS CodeHub promotes a reuse-first mentality and aims to support the discovery of open source code by putting it directly into the hands of developers to customize, transform, expand, and improve, as trends evolve and needs change. This approach has the benefits of lowering costs, increasing interoperability and transparency, and accelerating the path to high-quality software deployment—collectively advancing our nation’s transportation system.

  • If I have data and/or code that would benefit the ITS research community, is the U.S. DOT interested in making the data and code available through ITS DataHub and/or ITS CodeHub? If so, how should I start?

Yes, the U.S. DOT is interested in making the data and code available through ITS DataHub and ITS CodeHub if it is relevant to ITS research portfolio. If not, we will help you find an alternative place to post your data. To get started, please email data.itsjpo@dot.gov with details of your data and/or code. Our support team will reach out to you.

For questions about the USDOT's Data Access and Exchange program, contact:

contact information

Ariel Gold, Program Manager
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology
ITS Joint Program Office
(202) 366-4374, Ariel.Gold@dot.gov