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Intelligent Transportation Systems Can Help Make the World's Roads Safer


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Statement from Jim Barbaresso--HNTB Corporation's national practice leader for intelligent transportation systems (ITS)--in:
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Today's vehicles are more connected than ever:  Up to 100 microprocessor-based electronic control units--networked through the vehicle--coordinate and control critical systems like anticipative braking, active cruise control, and navigation systems.  Now, there's more development between automakers and highway-system developers to coordinate efforts, connect cars to infrastructure, and connect cars to each other.

The promise of this coordinated technology is one of express lanes with vehicles traveling at high rates of speed--just inches apart, in automated platoons.  Vehicles will communicate with each other--and with the highway infrastructure--to create better and safer means of travel.  Information will be given to motorists that will help them navigate congested urban environments.  Even traffic signals may become obsolete--with on-board signage replacing traditional, roadway signage.

Jim Barbaresso is HNTB Corporation's national practice leader for intelligent transportation systems (ITS)--and has worked with major transportation clients in planning, implementing, and managing everything from small ITS-feasibility studies to some of the largest and most-visible ITS programs in the U.S.  He spoke at a "Newsmakers" event at the National Press Club on Wednesday, June 10th.  For more information about the event, click here.

(BARBARESSO):
"WE'RE ON THE CUSP OF A TRANSFORMATION IN TRANSPORTATION; IT'S DRIVEN BY ADVANCES IN AUTOMOTIVE CONNECTIVITY, AND AUTOMATION.  AND, AT THE HEART OF THIS TRANSFORMATION IS HIGHWAY-SAFETY.  EACH YEAR, MORE THAN 32-THOUSAND PEOPLE DIE ON AMERICAN HIGHWAYS; THAT'S A LOT.  AND, IT'S NOT LIMITED TO THE U-S ONLY; IT'S A GLOBAL PROBLEM.  WE HAVE THE TECHNICAL CAPABILITY--AND, I THINK, A MORAL OBLIGATION--TO REVERSE THIS TREND, AND TO HELP SAVE THESE LIVES.  AND, THE APPLICATION OF TECHNOLOGY-BASED SOLUTIONS WILL HAVE A DRAMATIC IMPACT ON TRANSPORTATION-SAFETY IN THE FUTURE."



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