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ITE Student Chapter Series

The ITE Student Chapter series provides current ITS information to students at the undergraduate and graduate level within civil engineering/transportation programs. These presentations demonstrate to students the interdisciplinary nature of highways, transit, infrastructure, and other multimodal requirements within roadway systems.

Presentation 1
Intelligent Transportation Systems: Is it the Right Career Choice for You?

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Slide 1: Intelligent Transportation Systems: Is it the Right Career Choice for You?

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(Extended Text Description: Image of Slide 1 of this presentation. Across the top is a blue graphic header bar with the ITE Institute of Transportation Engineers logo on the left and a textbox on the right which reads, A Community of Transportation Professionals - Your source for expertise, knowledge and ideas. In the main body of the slide is the text: Developed for the ITS Joint Program Office - Intelligent Transportation Systems: Is it the Right Career Choice for You? ITE Student Chapter Series.)

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ITE Student Chapter Series


Slide 2: How Did We Get Here?

The Century of the Traffic Jam?
Is this our destiny?

Example photo of a massive traffic jam on a multi-lane freeway.

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Slide 3: A Fast Forward Trip Through Time

  • Pre-history through 1781 (Watt’s Steam Engine)
    • Animal (including our two legs)
    • Wind
  • 1800’s -The Century of the Railroad
    • 1830 - 40 miles of track in the US
    • 1880 - 163,560 miles of track in the US
  • 1900’s - The Century of the Automobile
    • Enabled by the invention of the internal combustion engine (and cheap oil)
    • US Primary System (Built 1925 - 1956) 157,724 miles
    • Interstate System (Built 1956 - 1991) 47,856 miles
  • Where we are today is neither -
    • Sustainable nor
    • Livable
Photo of an old-fashioned horse and carriage Black and white photo of an old train en route with smoke billowing out Photo of an old-fashioned police telephone box
US Route 66 and Interstate I-95 signage Example photo of various cars and trucks in traffic

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Slide 4: The Challenges are Flesh and Blood Real

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(Extended Text Description: This slide is divided into three sections, from top to bottom, depicting the slide’s topic: The Challenges are Flesh and Blood Real. The first section is entitled Safety with the following text: 32,719 highway deaths in 2012, 5.7 million crashes in 2012, Leading cause of death for ages 4, 11-27. To the right of the first section there is a photo of a serious collision between two cars. The second section is entitled Mobility with the following text: 5.5 billions of travel delay, $121 billion cost of urban congestion. To the right of the second section is a photo of a multi-lane freeway with massive traffic. The third section is entitled Environment with the following text: 2.9 billion gallons of wasted fuel, 56 billion lbs of additional CO2. To the right of the third section is a photo of various cars and trucks in traffic.)

Data Sources:
Traffic Safety Facts 2013, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (June 2014) 2012 Urban Mobility Report, Texas Transportation Institute (Dec 2012)

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Stock art image of a profile of the head of a person with a cityscape embedded in his/her mind

Slide 5: Can We Answer These Challenges?

  • If we could…
    • "See" what is going on
    • Communicate what we see in real time
    • Apply cutting-edge analytics and modeling
  • We could…
    • Create smarter management and control actions
    • Give travelers timely and valuable information to help them make smarter travel decisions
    • Allow everyone to travel more safely, smoothly, and sustainably

Can We Do This?

  • Thanks to Intelligent Transportation Systems…We can!

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Slide 6: What are Intelligent Transportation Systems?

  • Think of the human body as the ultimate system, i.e. Many complex subsystems working together as a whole
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems combine -


Stock art image depicting a traffic camera monitoring busy traffic in the background


Stock art image depicting network cables overlaying fiber optic cables

Information Processing

Stock art image depicting racks of computer systems

to make smarter transportation a reality

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Slide 7: Sensors - The Eyes and Ears of ITS

  • We can’t respond to what we can’t see or hear
  • Sensors are now everywhere…in vehicles and throughout our roadway, transit, and parking systems…and in our hands
  • The data provided by these sensors enables -
    • Better traveler information
    • Better traffic control and management
  • Without the data from advanced sensors…we are literally in the dark

Stock art image depicting a vehicle with graphic overlays showing active vehicle sensors

Image Source: USDOT

Stock art image of a young woman using a smartphone

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Overhead photo of a street with various vehicles with overlays indicating active ITS sensors radiating outward around each vehicle

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Slide 8: Communications - The Nervous System of ITS

  • The sensor data is of no value if we can’t get it from the field
  • Our control and management decisions and enhanced traveler information are of no value unless we can get them back to the field
  • Wired and wireless communications systems tie everything together
Stock art image of network cables along with fiber optic cables
Overhead photo of a highway with various vehicles on the left eco-lane with overlays indicating active Dedicated Short-Range Communications radiating outward around each vehicle

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Slide 9: Intelligence - The Brains of ITS

  • Computers…of course
  • Databases - On Dedicated Servers and in the Cloud
  • Data Mining and Big Data Analytics
  • Specialized and Sophisticated Management and Control Software

A collection of six illustrative stock art photos and images depicting a traffic management center, Big Data, a graphical spiral of data, Data Loss Prevention, a microprocessor, and Mobile Commerce

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A stylized stock art graphic depicting a thought bubble with the text Leadership and leadership-related words such as organization, leader, individual, team, coaching, model, group

Slide 10: Do You Want to Make a Difference?

  • The problems are real
  • ITS is bringing high tech, 21st century solutions
  • But success requires bright, creative, and motivated


  • Are you ready to lead?
  • If so, the ITS job market has job with your name on it
  • Exciting opportunities exist in the public and private sectors

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Slide 11: Positive Outlook for ITS Job Market

  • Job growth is forecast to continue to be very strong
  • Employment levels have been robust through economic cycles
  • Salaries are above national average from technician through management levels
  • The ITS work force will provide key technical leadership for a transportation sector that is projected to need 4.6 million new hires between 2012 and 2022

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(Extended Text Description: This figure contains a chart entitled Estimated Percentage of Total Job Openings due to Growth and Separations 2012-2022 (Ranked). The chart has a pull-out box with the text: Six Subsector Total, Growth 11%, Separations 108%, Total Openings 119%. The data in the figure is as follows, Estimated Job Openings due to Separations, followed by Estimated Job Openings due to Industry Growth: Transit 121%, 12%; Maritime 114%, 11%; Trucking 108%, 12%; Air 106%, 4%; Highway 94%, 12%; Rail 97%, 8%.)

Source: Subsector job openings due to growth based on TLC and JFF analysis of EMSI Industry Report. Data retrieved from EMSI June 2014. Subsector job openings due to separations based on TLC and JFF analysis of EMSI Industry Report and Separation Rates from BLS Employment Projections program. Projected occupational separation rates, 2012-22 experimental data set Released May 9, 2014.


Slide 12: It’s Not Just About Cars and Highways

Stock art photo of a freight train running parallel to a roadway
Stock art photo pf public transit moving at high speed
Image depicting Bicycle Commuter Profiles with a photo of a bicycle, and various small photos of people smiling or using bicycles

Image Source: City of Raleigh (Used by Permission)

Stock art photo of large group of pedestrians

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Slide 13: We Are on the Cusp of an Explosion in ITS

NHTSA National Highway Traffic Safety Administration logo
  • All the necessary pieces are in place --
    • The technologies are ready
    • The traveling public expects services and solutions
    • The private sector is primed for action
    • The federal government is beginning to push…Hard

Transportation Sec. Foxx announces steps to accelerate road safety innovation

  • State and local governments are gearing up

Cisco’s The Last Traffic Jam

4G LTE Long-Term Evolution logo Stock art photo of person using navigation app in car

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Slide 14: It’s Happening Now -Vehicle Safety Technologies

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(Extended Text Description: Graphic image depicting various Vehicle Safety Technologies. Photo shows a roadway with several vehicles with overlay graphics indicating various technologies, including Short Range Sensors, Long Range Sensors, Speed Harmonization, Platooning. Additional author’s notes indicate categories of collision avoidance technologies, including Forward collision warning, Autobrake, Lane departure warning, Lane departure prevention, Adaptive headlights, Blind spot detection.)


Slide 15: Personalized Travel - Crowd Sourcing

Graphic image indicating Waze app - Outsmarting traffic together, alongside smartphones showing Waze app in action

Image Source: Waze Inc. 2013

Graphic image with TransLoc logo and a computer screen showing a map with TransLoc data

Image Source: Provided by Translōc Used by Permission


Connected Vehicle Test Bed logo

Image Source: USDOT

Slide 16: Connected Vehicles - Coming Fast

According to Analysys Mason

  • 279 million connected road vehicles worldwide by 2021
  • 185 million of these will be passenger cars

Stock art image depicting the Internet of Things, Connect the World, with an illustration of the world linking many devices together such as at home, for fitness, health, entertainment, clothes, etc.

Image Source: Wilgengebroed on Flickr (CC-BY-2.0)


Stock art illustration showing vehicles, businesses and homes connected to the cloud

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Slide 17: i2D - Connected Vehicles in Europe

Photo and logo of i2D Telematics sensor/GPS device with the text Soon all vehicles will be connected



Example screenshot of eco-driving analysis that shows speed, braking and acceleration performance, consumption and recommendations


Example screenshot of i2D eco-driving analysis that shows map and graphic overlays of recorded trips


Slide 18: Dash - A US Example

Dash Labs logo


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(Extended Text Description: Graphic image showing Dash features with the following text: Social - Are you the best driver? Capture the fun behind the wheel, by sharing your road trip stories! Compare how you drive to your friends - and the better you drive, the more bumper stickers and promotions you unlock! To the right of the text is a listing of example users with their scores. Below are graphic images with bumper stickers, such as Hoo’s having a late night? Night Owl.)

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Graphic image showing the Dash app on a smartphone, with keys and a sensor device


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(Extended Text Description: Graphic image showing Dash features with the following text: Savings - Save while driving. We give you real time feedback, so you can improve your driving and maximize fuel efficiency. And by connecting you with great deals, you can save hundreds of dollars per year on gas, repairs and maintenance! We show you where the cheapest gas is nearby and provide accurate estimates for the most common repairs, so you get the fairest price from your mechanic. Next to the text is an image of a smartphone with the Dash app running and various Dash icons.)


Slide 19: What’s Coming - Will You Be in the Game?

  • Epochal changes will occur…in your lifetimes
  • You can play a role…in shaping the next 20-30 years
  • Crystal Ball - Two of the Many Future Developments
    • Autonomous Vehicles
    • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Two images: On the left, stock art illustration showing part of a city being peeled back from the ground revealing a lush green park underneath. On the right, a photo of a cityscape.

Stock art graphic depicting a young business woman standing in front of a white board with general business concepts diagrammed such as success, sales, pie charts and other general business ideas

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Slide 20: Autonomous Vehicles

  • Transition to full automation will -
    • Likely take several decades
    • Will be filled with difficult yet exciting challenges
  • Will require a monumental cooperative effort between private and public sectors

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(Extended Text Description: This figure shows a line graphic that depicts the progression of the transition to autonomous vehicles over the next several decades. On the y axis it shows percentage transition, on the x axis it shows a range of years from 2020 to 2070. The graphic shows the progression of sales, travel and fleet estimates, both optimistic and pessimistic. Sales steadily progresses from a few percentage to over 40% by 2040, with a sharp increase to >90% by 2050 and beyond for optimistic sales, or a more gradual increase to slightly less than 80% by 2050 for pessimistic sales. Travel follows a steady increase from a few percentage in 2020 to about 50% in 2050, followed by a sharp rise to about 90% by 2060 for optimistic travel, and a more gradual increase to about 70% through 2060 for pessimistic travel. Fleet follows a steady increase from a few percentage in 2020 to about 40% in 2050, followed by a sharp rise to about 80% by 2060 for optimistic fleet, and a more gradual increase to about 65% through 2060 for pessimistic fleet.)

Autonomous Vehicle Sales, Fleet and Travel Projections

Source: Autonomous Vehicle Implementation Predictions: Implications for Transport Planning, Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute, February 2015


Stock art image of a driverless car with a wireless signal connecting to a tower or satellite

Source: ThinkStock/USDOT

Google Self-Driving Car Project Video


Slide 21: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Stock images of three unmanned aerial vehicles - drones that can be used for Aerial traffic surveillance, Surveillance of emergency response operations, Monitoring of atmospheric pollutants, and Package delivery

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Slide 22: We Need All Hands on Deck

  • The winning team will need players from many fields

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(Extended Text Description: This slide contains a graphic image with four stock art images surrounding a circular diagram in the center. The four stock art images include a traffic camera monitoring busy traffic in the background, a graphic representing Information Technologies ideas, an image with da Vinci’s Virtruvian Man representing people, and an image of the earth surrounded by a green leaf. The circular diagram in the center is comprised of four concentric circles, which are labeled, in order from inside to outside: Traffic Engineers, Computer Scientists, Eletext-centerical Engineers, Transportation Planners, Environmental Engineers, Public Policy Experts, Psychologists and Human Factors Experts.)

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Slide 23: The Mission - Will You Choose to Accept It?

  • In the 19th and 20th centuries we let technology lead
  • The unintended consequences have been piling up

Three stock art photos depicting, from left to right, a person wearing an air filter to protect from pollution, a long row of cars stuck in traffic, an aerial photo of rows and rows of tract houses

  • Intelligent Transportation Systems will be an important part of turning this around and using technology to build a sustainable and livable world
  • You can help lead this effort…It will take all of us working together
  • You can make a real and significant difference
  • It’s up to you to seize the opportunity

The classic Uncle Sam (pointing his finger) I Want You illustration on a 32 cent stamp

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2. ITS Technologies:
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