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January 29, 2019

U.S. Department of Transportation

Reminder: The Deadline for the 2019 Transportation Technology Tournament (TTT) is February 8th

The deadline for the TTT is nearly here. Sponsored by the ITS PCB Program and the National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE), the TTT provides student teams with an opportunity to work with both an academic and a professional advisor to devise a solution to a real-world ITS problem. Students must submit their initial applications to participate in the competition by 11:59 PM on Friday, February 8th via the competition website. Application instructions are also located on the website. TTT finalists will travel to Austin, Texas, to present at the annual meeting of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) in July 2019.

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ITS Training & Other News

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Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUSVI) Webinar:

Truck Platooning: Steps Toward 1st Generation Automation

February 6, 3:00-4:00 PM ET –  Many automated vehicle analysts agree that truck platooning will have a great impact on the public in the near future. On-road trucking automation will allow safer and more efficient transport of goods across the long distances that have traditionally taken a toll on human drivers. Participants of this webinar will join AUSVI and industry experts for a discussion of truck platooning use cases and the challenges the industry is meeting. Representatives of companies developing and implementing automated truck platoons will provide an update and describe the economic potential of their work.

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Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Webinar:

Transportation Systems Management & Operations – TSMO, What Is That Thing Anyway?

January 30, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – You may be familiar with the term TSMO but wondered, "Is TSMO all that different from ITS of Traffic Operations?" or "How do Connected Vehicles and Travel Demand Management fit into TSMO?" This webinar aims to provide an overview of WSDOT's efforts to develop and deploy transportation strategies that maximize the use of existing infrastructure to benefit the safety and mobility of our communities.


ITS Standards: National Transportation Communications for Intelligent Transportation System Protocol (NTCIP) 1203

This month’s issue highlights the ITS Standard NTCIP 1203: Object Definitions for Dynamic Message Signs (DMS). The NTCIP is a family of standards that provides both the rules for communicating (protocols) and the vocabulary (objects) necessary to allow electronic traffic control equipment from different manufacturers to operate with each other as a system. To learn more about NTCIP 1203, visit the following ITS Standards Training Modules: #10 - A311a: Understanding User Needs for DMS Systems Based on NTCIP 1203 Standard v03#14 - A311b: Specifying Requirements for DMS Systems Based on NTCIP 1203 Standard v03, and #17 - T311: Applying Your Test Plan to the NTCIP 1203 v03 DMS Standard


New Report:

Motorcycle Safety and Intelligent Systems Gap Analysis Final Report

The USDOT recently published a report highlighting the relationship between motorcycles and ITS. While ITS technologies have predominately targeted automobiles and commercial vehicles, little has been done to specifically address motorcycles or motorcycle safety. This report reveals the trends and gaps in the current state of research on motorcycle safety and ITS and identifies the opportunities to advance ITS technology for motorcycle safety through recommended research and strategies.