RITA announces ITS Video Challenge

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Updated Apr 7, 2011

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration announced the Intelligent Transportation Systems Video Challenge, a new national competition showcasing innovative ways that local communities use smart transportation technology to improve safety, mobility and the environment. Through the competition, RITA is seeking original videos of proven ITS technologies that already are being used.

The videos may be submitted by state and local governments, transit agencies, private firms and students who want to showcase smart technologies that excite them. Each video should demonstrate the benefits of ITS technology in a local community. Examples of ITS technologies include traffic signals that give priority to transit vehicles; road weather sensors that give drivers real-time information about icy bridges, wet roads, fog and other hazards; and curve warning systems that alert vehicles when they are approaching a curve too fast.

Each video submission must focus on one example of ITS deployment, which could include uses for motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, transit and freight vehicles, or any combination of these. The ITS Video Challenge will run through June 30. Competition rules and additional details can be found at www.its.dot.gov/videochallenge.

“We have a powerful story about how ITS technologies have saved lives and reduced some of the most deadly types of crashes,” says RITA Administrator Peter Appel. “People who have seen these innovations in their everyday lives can help us spread the word and increase their use across the United States. We’re asking people to share their experiences in their own words and to be part of the effort to make more communities aware of the safety, mobility and environmental benefits of smart transportation technologies.”