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The Intelligent Highway: A Smart Idea?

From these efforts to study and test the many applications of an open DSRC 5.9 GHz radio band, key findings are expected to emerge about which technologies are most viable, what further standards are needed, and which business models will be the most effective in developing intelligent highways. Nonetheless, even with these gains, rolling out such a system nationally will not be an easy endeavor, primarily because producing a consensus about the best road map for the highway of the future promises to be a Herculean task. Still, it seems certain that because this concept makes eminent sense from a public policy, mobility, and safety perspective — and even provides numerous possibilities for private companies to generate significant revenues — there will before long be a sufficient meeting of the minds to produce a system that meets its many lofty expectations.

Author Profiles:

Joyce Wenger ([email protected]) is a principal with Booz Allen Hamilton in McLean, Va. She specializes in management, research, analysis, system integration, and software engineering as they apply to transportation systems and technologies.
Jack Opiola ([email protected]) is a principal with Booz Allen in London. He specializes in intelligent transport systems, including road pricing and congestion charging policy, strategy, and technology.
Tony Ioannidis ([email protected]) is a principal with Booz Allen in McLean, Va. His expertise is in developing IT solutions for mobile data communications, in areas including transportation, telematics, and integration of RFID in transportation logistics and supply chain.
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  1. Approaches for Building Effective Regional Relationships in the Deployment of ITS,” U.S. DOT ITS Joint Program Office Webinar, March 4, 2008: Details of a Webinar on the subject of regional cooperation in creating intelligent highways.
  2. Patrick Gannon, “Turnpike officials discuss ways to collect tolls; ‘Easley Pass’ system?Star News, November 15, 2006: A useful article from a regional newspaper in North Carolina about that state’s toll road aspirations.
  3. North Carolina Turnpike Authority Web site: The arm of the N.C. government considering the tolling system.
  4. U.S. Department of Transportation Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) Web site: The segment of the DOT most directly involved in attempting to create intelligent highways.
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