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ITS Joint Program Office

About ITS Standards

ITS Standards and the U.S. DOT ITS Research Initiatives

The U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) program is launching a new generation of research initiatives aimed at bringing ITS to bear on real-life transportation problems by improving transportation safety, relieving congestion, and enhancing productivity. ITS standards play an important role in achieving these objectives.

Connected Vehicle Standards

The development of connected vehicle system standards is an effort that is informed by:

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Short Term Intermodal Research

  • Active Transportation Demand Management
  • Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks (CVISN) Core and Expanded Deployment Program
  • Intelligent and Efficient Border Crossings

Standards are planned but not yet developed for Short Term Intermodal Research applications.

Standards Associated with Earlier Research Programs

Past ITS research programs are bringing ITS to bear on real-life transportation problems by improving transportation safety, relieving congestion, and enhancing productivity. ITS standards play an important role in achieving these objectives. The USDOT Joint Programs Office has mapped standards to four past major research initiatives:

Emergency Transportation Operations

The USDOT's ITS website provides the goals, background, approach, milestones, and contact information for this initiative (http://www.its.dot.gov/research_archives/eto/index.htm).

The following list of ITS standards creates a baseline for deployments in the Emergency Transportation Operations (ETO) initiative.

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Integrated Corridor Management Systems

The USDOT's ITS website provides the goals, background, approach, milestones, and contact information for this initiative (http://www.its.dot.gov/research_archives/icms/index.htm).

The following list of ITS standards creates a baseline for the management and control of the interfaces for technologies and systems within Integrated Corridor Management Systems (ICMS initiative).

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National Surface Transportation Weather Observing and Forecasting System — Clarus

The USDOT's ITS website provides the goals, background, approach, milestones, and contact information for this initiative (http://www.its.dot.gov/research_archives/clarus/index.htm).

The following list of ITS standards creates a baseline for deployments in the Clarus initiative.

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Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII)

The USDOT's ITS website provides the goals, background, approach, milestones, and contact information for this initiative (http://www.its.dot.gov/research_archives/vii/index.htm).

The following list of ITS standards creates a baseline for deployments in the Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII) initiative.

Contact your local FHWA ITS division specialist or an ITS Standards Program Field Support Team contact for additional help.