FHWA publishes guide on the use of Scrum for ITS project development

FHWA publishes guide on the use of Scrum for ITS project development

The FHWA had published their first guide on applying agile techniques to ITS projects, Applying Scrum Methods to ITS Projects.  To quote from the document’s abstract, ” The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) developed this document to help those interested in learning about Scrum Methods, one of the Agile Methodologies, and how to incorporate Scrum into ITS project […]

The Magic Behind Self-Driving Cars

The Magic Behind Self-Driving Cars

Arthur C. Clarke wrote that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” For non-experts, that certainly seems to be the case for self-driving cars. But as in the case of magic tricks, we can begin to understand how self-driving cars work by breaking them down into component pieces and examining them individually. If you […]

The Three Ages of ITS

The Three Ages of ITS

A while back, I worked with two of my colleagues (Greg Hatcher and Carolina Burnier, both of Noblis) to write an article for Thinking Highways magazine on the past 10 years of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) developments in the U.S. In developing that article, it occurred to me that at the risk of oversimplification, one […]

Connected Vehicle 101 Course

Connected Vehicle 101 Course

I’m looking forward to once again teaching the online, instructor led Connected Vehicle 101 course for CITE, starting next week. It provides a good introduction to connected vehicle technologies and applications, as well as the current status of USDOT-funded field tests and pilot deployments. The “blended” online format provides opportunities to teleconference with fellow students […]

A Brief Note on Modal Access  Across America

A Brief Note on Modal Access Across America

Introduction The Accessibility Observatory at the University of Minnesota is one of, if not the, leading center for the research and application of accessibility-based transportation system evaluation. They have harnessed the growth of big data in transportation, along with cloud computing resources, to conduct multiple groundbreaking accessibility studies that are unprecedented in scope. As part […]

Providing Robot Drivers with ESP

Providing Robot Drivers with ESP

There is considerable discussion and debate concerning the relationships between connected vehicle and automated vehicle technology. In an article from the fall 2015 edition of Thinking Highways magazine, I describe the results from a study of the interrelationships. A key take-away is that the two technologies have, in many ways, a synergistic relationship. Connectivity literally […]

Open Traffic Data

Open Traffic Data

The theme of the October 2015 issue of Thinking Highways magazine is data, and it includes a think piece I authored on open traffic data. In the few short weeks after I wrote the piece, there were a couple of interesting announcements on the topic. While not open to other parties, TomTom is partnering with […]

Open Source Software

Open Source Software

A significant portion of my work has been at the intersection of technical and policy issues. An example is my work on open data and open source policies for the USDOT’s ITS program. One artifact from that work is the Software Licensing Policy for the Open Source Application Development Portal (OSADP)

Horizon Scans

Horizon Scans

While at Noblis, my colleagues and I conducted two “Horizon Scans,” identifying and assessing the technical, institutional, commercial, and environmental trends that might positively or negatively affect ITS deployment over the long term. The purpose of the studies were to help the ITS JPO understand the range of opportunities and threats that may warrant further […]

Image Credits

Image Credits

Several images on the website are used under a Creative Commons license. These are: SeattleI5Skyline by Cacophony, used under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Linear City-Scape from Gweb, used under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. Santiago de Chile de noche by Javmoraga, used under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.