The US Department of Transportation has launched a new Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Video Challenge. The aim of the national competition is to showcase innovative ways local communities are using smart transportation technology to improve safety, mobility, and the environment.
The competition is sponsored by the US-DOT’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA). State and local governments, transit agencies, private firms, and students are invited to submit videos original videos showcasing proven ITS technologies that are currently being used. Each video should demonstrate the benefits of ITS technology within a local community, according to RITA.
- Traffic signals that give priority to transit vehicles
- Road weather sensors that give drivers real-time information about icy bridges, wet roads, fog, and other hazards
- Curve warning systems that alert vehicles when they are approaching a curve too fast
“Each [five to six minute] video submission must focus on one example of ITS deployment, which could include uses for motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, transit and freight vehicles, or any combination of these,” explains RITA Administrator Peter Appel.
“We have a powerful story about how ITS technologies have saved lives and reduced some of the most deadly types of crashes,” Appel adds. “People who have seen these innovations in their everyday lives can help us spread the word and increase their use across the US. We’re asking people to share their experiences in their own words and to be part of the effort to make more communities aware of the safety, mobility, and environmental benefits of smart transportation technologies.”
The ITS Video Challenge runs from April 6 through June 30, 2011. Competition rules and additional details can be found at on the DOT’s website, here. The videos will be hosted on YouTube.
The Grand Prize recipient(s) will receive a travel package to the 18th Annual World Congress on Intelligent Transportation System in Orlando, Fl. October 16-20, 2011. The best overall video will be featured during the event and selected videos will be posted on a consolidated website of designated winning videos.