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.
ITIF Comments on the FAA Model Aircraft Rules
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
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?
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
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
Kevin DeGood, Director of Infrastructure Policy, Center for American Progress