WASHINGTON – As Americans prepare to travel in record numbers this Labor Day holiday weekend, the technology and transportation industries, along with representatives from AAA and academia, have released a new report detailing how technology can reduce U.S. oil consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and time wasted waiting in traffic. The report, “Accelerating Sustainability: Demonstrating the Benefits of Transportation Technology,” highlights that tools currently available such as connected car and smart cities technologies could be more readily and easily implemented nationwide to improve the way we move people and goods.
The report was unveiled at an event today at the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) headquarters by representatives from ITI, the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the Center for Clean Energy Innovation (CCEI), and the Digital Energy and Sustainability Solutions Campaign (DESCC).
“Technology is a transformative force for good—and when it is used in connected cars and smart cities—it can help us reduce the amount of oil our country consumes, ease traffic congestion and the pain at the pump, and make our society more sustainable,” said ITI President and CEO Dean Garfield. “Today’s discussion and the report we are releasing show it can be done. What is missing is for our lawmakers to act and bring our 20th Century policies into the 21st Century to make full use of the proven technologies available today.”
“When applied and connected on a national scale, advanced vehicle, infrastructure and aftermarket technologies can reduce U.S. oil consumption by hundreds of millions of barrels per year, in some cases tripling the efficiency benefits of currently available technologies,” according to ITS America President and CEO Scott Belcher. “For example, wireless applications like vehicle platooning could produce fuel savings of more than 10 million barrels per year. As Congress works to pass a long-term transportation bill next year, we hope this study will provide a roadmap to help navigate the latest transportation technologies and their real-world benefits as policymakers work to promote a safer, smarter, more efficient and sustainable transportation future.”
Event participants discussed the report’s findings and four real world case studies where information and communications technology (ICT) and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) are already producing measurable results across the country, including:
Pittsburgh, PA, tested an adaptive signal control system in one neighborhood and reduced travel time by 25 percent.
Read the press release from ITS America and the full report.