Transportation

Accelerating Sustainability: Demonstrating the Benefits of Connected Cars

August 28, 2014 - 9:00am - 10:30am
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
1101 K Street, NW
610 A
Washington
DC
20005

As America gets ready to travel on Labor Day weekend, join us for a discussion about a new report by the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) on the potential impact of 16 emerging smart transportation technologies on US oil consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

FAA Rule for Model Aircraft too Narrow, Comments Say

Fedscoop
Federal regulations should address the actual not potential harms of technology.

DoT May Rule Out In-Flight Cellphone Talking

Ecommerce Times
There is no legitimate reason for the DoT to restrict cell phone use on flights, says Daniel Castro.

Motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. every year have an economic toll of almost $1 trillion. This includes $277 billion in actual cost, and an estimated $594 billion in harm from the loss of life and the pain and decreased quality of life due to injuries.

America's roadways experience 5.5 million traffic accidents per year. The toll they take is immense: approximately 35,000 fatalities annually (almost 100 per day) and close to $1 trillion in economic losses. The $277 billion in direct costs alone are equivalent to approximately $897 for eachperson living in the United States, or 1.9 percent of U.S. GDP. With human error the "definite or probable" cause of more than 90 percent of traffic accidents, this should only hasten efforts to spur the introduction of a wider range of information technology-enabled driver assistance technologies. Read more »

Autonomous Vehicles Poised to Transform the Future of Transportation

July 29, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Information and communications technology (ICT) has already revolutionized many industries, from publishing and entertainment to education and health care, and is now in the early stages of transforming the world’s transportation systems.

FAA Rules on Drones VS. Model Aircraft Protested

Information Week
The FAA should not create rules that hamper revolutionary applications of technology, says Alan McQuinn.

ITIF Comments on the FAA Model Aircraft Rules

July 24, 2014
| Testimony and Filings

The FAA has interpreted its Model Aircraft rules too narrowly and should not create preemptive or prophylactic rules that limit the innovative technologies that represent the next-generation of model aircraft. Instead, the FAA's rules should mirror established model aircraft community’s voluntary safety criteria. In doing so, the FAA will adhere to Congress’s original intent and facilitate safety among model aircraft users who are experimenting with new technology and innovative aircraft. The FAA should also examine its arbitrary distinction between commercial and recreational unmanned aircraft.

The Future of Transportation Technology and System Finance

July 11, 2014
| Presentations

Rob Atkinson will speak on a panel at "The Future of Transportation Technology and System Finance" presented by the Center for American Progress on July 11 from 10:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m. 

A technological revolution is coming to transportation that will forever change both how we travel and how we pay for our travel. Nationwide, 117,000 active highway and public transportation projects and 700,000 workers rely on funding from the Highway Trust Fund. Yet, the U.S. Department of Transportation projects that the fund will run out of money in late July 2014. Since 2008, Congress has backfilled the fund with $54 billion in general tax revenues with another $170 billion needed in order to keep the fund solvent over the next 10 years. New vehicle technology platforms will allow states and the federal government to charge drivers for every mile they drive rather than how much fuel they consume. What does this new technology mean for privacy, roadway congestion, and safety? Will the federal government continue to play a central role in transportation infrastructure in the future? 

Keynote speaker: 
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
Featured speakers:
Robert D. Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Leo McCloskey, Senior Vice President for Technical Programs, Intelligent Transportation Society of America , or ITS America
Colin F. Peppard, Policy Advisor for Transportation and Infrastructure, Office of Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE)
Joshua L. Schank, President and CEO, Eno Center for Transportation
Moderated by:
Kevin DeGood, Director of Infrastructure Policy, Center for American Progress

Keynote speaker: 
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)

Featured speakers:
Robert D. Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Leo McCloskey, Senior Vice President for Technical Programs, Intelligent Transportation Society of America 
Colin F. Peppard, Policy Advisor for Transportation and Infrastructure, Office of Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE)
Joshua L. Schank, President and CEO, Eno Center for Transportation

Moderated by:
Kevin DeGood, Director of Infrastructure Policy, Center for American Progress

Instead of Spending More Federal Money on Roads, Let’s Spend Less

National Review
Robert Atkinson has proposed requiring heavy trucks to pay a new VMT, which would replace all other taxes paid by trucks.
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