This article provides a brief history of the development of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) in North America. The authors note that the U.S. took an early lead in researching automated highway systems in general, and electronic route guidance systems in particular. The computer revolution played an important role in the development of “intelligent vehicle-highway systems” or IVHS, which later became known as ITS. The early focus was on informing drivers and road network operators; later efforts were aimed at automation. Roadway funding such as ISTEA, national agreements on operating standards, and a partnership with ITS America all propelled advancement of ITS. The article notes the recent development of the 511 traveler information phone number. Potential ITS programs include the use of vehicle probes for data gathering, as well as high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes, congestion charging, shared electrical vehicles in commercial centers. The authors suggest that as ITS development gains traction, it is likely to transform almost everything known about vehicle-based transportation.

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    Route One Publishing Limited

    Horizon House, Azalea Drive
    Swanley, Kent  United Kingdom  BR8 8JR
  • Authors:
    • Chen, K
    • MCQUEEN, B
  • Publication Date: 2005-5


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01006969
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 8 2005 7:33AM