Washington Endorses Intelligent Transportation Technology

President Obama’s recent call for increased federal spending on smart auto technology—devices that prevent accidents, save lives and reduce traffic congestion—could bode well for automotive suppliers and research and development facilities in Michigan. The president made his remarks July 15 at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, Virginia, where the federal government tests vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication technology. According to government data, vehicle accidents kill more than 33,000 Americans and injure 2.1 million more each year, and congested roads cost the country $120 billion annually in wasted time and fuel. The average car commuter spends one week each year stuck in traffic. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication technology could ease traffic congestion and dramatically reduce the number of accidents and the cost of commuting. But, there can be limitations to technological advances that have little to do with innovation, including social, policy, and infrastructure considerations. Such technology, and the limitations the industry and government face in implementing them into the everyday world, will be discussed at the upcoming Intelligent Transport Systems 21st World Congress that is being held September 7-11, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan, including, in particular, a session hosted by Warner Norcross & Judd on September 10, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. For more information on Warner Norcross’s session, click here.