Innovation

Roadway Safety Innovation

Innovation in the roadway safety industry

Outsiders of the transportation infrastructure industry may look to autonomous vehicles as an icon of innovation on the roadways, but for state Department of Transportation (DOT) officials, manufacturers, suppliers, and contractors in the roadway safety and infrastructure industry, innovation is not a stationary achievement. It is much more than a mile marker and not as easily defined.

With different perspectives and priorities, industry stakeholders are finding that in addition to new technologies, innovation is heavily reliant on communication between entities. Industry leaders are working together to move forward and ATSSA is no different. The association works year-round to progress and develop creative solutions for all of its initiatives including highlighting innovative products and technologies, training, and ATSSA membership.


One innovative effort ATSSA is involved in is a joint initiative with the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Standing Committee on Traffic Control Devices (AHB50). Both ATSSA and TRB sponsor and conduct an exciting design competition, the Traffic Control Device (TCD) Student Challenge, to promote innovation and stimulate ideas in the traffic control devices area with a goal to improve operations and safety.


Find recent updates on the latest innovations in the resource list below and be sure to check back for updates.



Exhibit at ATSSA's Annual Traffic Expo

NPRO

Do you have an innovative roadway safety product? Exhibitors can showcase their innovations in the New Products Rollout at the Annual Convention & Traffic Expo. Products released after Jan. 1 of this year qualify for entry. Twenty will be accepted for the New Product Listing and just 12 will be accepted for presentation to a panel of judges. The top three products will earn an Innovation Award that will be announced during the Convention.


Learn more
about featuring your innovative product to key industry professionals. View videos of last year's entries and award winners.



Resources

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ATSSA joins nine groups reaffirming support for rapid deployment of V2X technologies

ATSSA joined nine groups in releasing a statement today reaffirming support for the rapid, widespread deployment of vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technologies to further improve safety on American roads.

V2X allows communication between vehicles, infrastructure and other road users such as pedestrians and bicyclists and provides drivers with crucial warnings necessary to improve safety.

"We believe that 2023 will be a pivotal year for V2X deployment. Transportation stakeholders have aligned behind one V2X technology, cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X), clearing the way for a unified, nationwide approach to the deployment of this tool," the statement says.

The full statement, signed by the following groups, is below:

  • Intelligent Transportation Society of America
  • American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
  • Alliance for Automotive Innovation
  • American Highway Users Alliance
  • American Traffic Safety Services Association
  • American Trucking Association
  • Institute of Transportation Engineers
  • 5G Americas
  • 5G Automotive Association
  • National Electrical Manufacturers Association

 

Public and Private Sectors Aligned Behind V2X Deployment, 2023 a Pivotal Year

Washington DC – Today, we join together to reaffirm our continued support for the rapid, widespread deployment of vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technologies in order to further improve safety on American roads. V2X, which allows communication between vehicles, infrastructure, and other road users such as pedestrians and bicyclists, provides drivers with crucial warnings necessary to improve safety. Our organizations represent the full breadth of the transportation stakeholder community and are aligned in our belief that the widespread deployment of V2X technologies can dramatically reduce crashes and fatalities on American roads for all road users.

We believe that 2023 will be a pivotal year for V2X deployment. Transportation stakeholders have aligned behind one V2X technology, cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X), clearing the way for a unified, nationwide approach to the deployment of this tool. The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) recently held a V2X Summit in which it committed to the development of a Nationwide V2X Deployment Plan, lending crucial leadership to the deployment of these technologies. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is poised to deliver much-needed regulatory clarity for the deployment of C-V2X through the issuance of pending waivers to operate in the 5.9 GHz Band. Multiple stakeholders are making significant investments in C-V2X today, and the waivers under consideration at the FCC are urgently needed to move forward with deployment plans.

We wish to express our appreciation for the work being done by USDOT, FCC, and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to maintain interference-free dedicated spectrum and quickly establish the regulatory framework that will allow for deployment of C-V2X. This includes the FCC first allowing near-term deployments to move forward under waiver authority, the FCC issuing a Second Report and Order that sets the final rules for the future of these technologies and protects the spectrum from interference, and USDOT adopting a Nationwide V2X Deployment Plan. As these steps are undertaken, our organizations will continue to work collaboratively to resolve remaining issues to deploy C-V2X, giving drivers and other road users a critical tool to improve safety, reduce crashes, and decrease fatalities.

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Intelligent Transportation Society of America

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials

Alliance for Automotive Innovation

American Highway Users Alliance

American Traffic Safety Services Association

American Trucking Association

Institute of Transportation Engineers

5G Americas

5G Automotive Association

National Electrical Manufacturers Association

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About ITS America 

The Intelligent Transportation Society of America advances the research and deployment of intelligent transportation technologies to save lives, improve mobility, promote sustainability, and increase efficiency and productivity. Our vision is a better future transformed by intelligent mobility: safer, greener, smarter. For more information, please visit www.itsa.org 

 

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