Imagine a world where highway crashes are significantly reduced, vehicles can talk to traffic signals, and travelers can get accurate travel time information and route options as well as data about the potential environmental impacts of their choices.
IntelliDrive is a group of technologies and transportation applications representing the next great milestone in transportation technology. Research is being sponsored by DOT and others to leverage the transformative capabilities of wireless technology to make surface transportation safer, smarter and greener.
The safety applications would offer drivers 360° awareness to inform them of hazards and situations they can't see and to provide connectivity among vehicles to enable crash prevention. Other features have the potential to reduce crashes through advisories and warnings. For instance, drivers may be warned of an imminent collision with another vehicle, a slippery patch of roadway or sharp ramp curve ahead, or the approach of an intersection with inadequate time to pass through safely.
The system's mobility applications would provide a connected, data-rich travel environment based on information transmitted anonymously from the thousands of vehicles using the transportation system at a particular time. This information could help transportation managers monitor and manage transportation system performance like traffic signals or maintenance crews.
Providing travelers with real-time information about congestion and other travel conditions helps them make more informed decisions. Informed travelers may decide to avoid congestion by taking alternate routes or public transit, or by rescheduling their trip--all of which can make trips more fuel-efficient and eco-friendly. Transportation management activities that reduce vehicle idling due to congestion also reduce emissions.
It's important to note that IntelliDrive offers all of these benefits without compromising the safety, security, or privacy of any users.
The Research and Innovative Technology Administration's new, five-year Intelligent Transportation Systems Strategic Research Plan is exciting news for all Americans.
Through projects like IntelliDrive, it lays the foundation for a new era of transportation characterized by state-of-the-art vehicle and road technologies that will save lives, improve fuel efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and ultimately lead to a higher quality of life in our communities.
It is our responsibility to ensure we harness this change for the greatest benefit of all Americans. While there is still much work to be done, this plan embraces a transportation future that will be significantly safer, greener and more mobile.