Friday, June 17, 2016

“Show Me the Money” Takes on Changing Business Disrupting the Transportation Landscape

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MEDIA CONTACT: Maureen Knightly

“Show Me the Money” Takes on Changing Business
Disrupting the Transportation Landscape
Amazon Web Services Served as Host and Keynote

San Jose, CA – ITS America 2016 San Jose, the new event highlighting the changing landscape of the intelligent transportation industry, came to a close Wednesday and was capped off with a power-packed speaker lineup including Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) Frank DiGiammarino, former Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater and U.S. Department of Transportation’s Assistant Secretary of Research Greg Winfree, as well members of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.  Wednesday’s theme, “Show Me the Money!” featured discussions about the changing business models that are disrupting the transportation landscape.

As part of ITS America 2016 San Jose’s focus on government policy, business and technology, senior officials from the U.S. Department of Transportation joined together to offer updates on the latest developments in federal transportation policy, intelligent transportation systems programs and FAST Act implementation.   Both Winfree and Federal Highway Administrator Greg Nadeau stressed the need for smarter infrastructure and vehicles so that both public agencies and the traveling consumer can save time and money.

ITS America President and CEO Regina Hopper kicked off the week’s final keynote session by introducing this years winner of “The Intelligent Pitch,” transportation’s very own version of the Shark Tank.  As part of “The Intelligent Pitch” entrepreneurs had the opportunity to earn their seat at the table in the new age of intelligent transportation.  During this special session, four competing entrepreneurs and startups delivered a fast-paced business pitch to a panel of venture capitalist and investor judges, including Bill Malkes, CEO and Cofounder of GRIDSMART Technologies; Chris Thomas, Co-founder and Partner, Fontinalis Partners; Duncan Williams, PartnerGreenTech Capital Advisors and Quin Garcia, Managing Director, AutoTech Ventures.  This year, Yale Zhang, co-founder of SPLT (Splitting Fares) took home the grand prize. This winning proposal seeks to provide customers with a simple and easy alternative to normal commuting

Next up, Hopper sat down with former U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater, who was instrumental in securing record federal investment in transportation during his tenure at the department from 1997 to 2001, namely the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century for surface transportation expansion and repair and the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment Reform Act for the 21st Century for aviation system modernization, safety, and security. Slater said that transportation is more than concrete, asphalt and steel and called for more resources to support it, especially in the age of intelligent transportation.

The Silicon Valley Group’s President & CEO Carl Guardino led a discussion with Ryan Popple, CEO, Proterra; Pasquale Romano, CEO, ChargePoint; and Joshua Switkes, CEO, Peloton that explored new business models that are driving the intersection of transportation and technology, as well as the opportunities and challenges in working with local, state and federal governments. USDOT’s Greg Winfree followed them on the keynote stage to discuss the department’s Smart City Challenge.  Winfree, who spoke about the overwhelming interest in the program, said that USDOT expects to announce the winning city in the coming weeks.

The day wrapped up with AWS Frank DiGiammarino talking about the cloud, why it is cost effective and how it applies to transportation.  Today, AWS and NASA work together to download data from Mars, and that NASA can create new things, infuse new capabilities into a mission within minutes in a more cost effective and faster way.  This same technology can be applied to smart parking, connected vehicles, ride sharing, fleet management and more. 

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(Source: ITS America News Release;

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

First Full Day of Sessions, Exhibits & Demos for ITS America 2016 San José

MEDIA CONTACT: Maureen Knightly

First Full Day of Sessions, Exhibits & Demos for ITS America 2016 San José
Participants Introduced to New Show Format, Take Advantage of Opportunities to Discuss, Debate

San José, CA – ITS America 2016 San José, a five-day event highlighting the latest trends in intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and integrated mobility, started three full days of sessions, presentations, exhibits and demonstrations involving leaders in the private and public sector. One of those private sector leaders—Seval Oz, chief executive officer, Continental Intelligent Transportation Systems, LLC—offered the first of three keynote addresses that will punctuate the daily themes of the new show format.

Before Oz took the stage, several presenters warmed up the audience with information about local, regional and national efforts related to current and future ITS trends. Jill Ingrassia, managing director of Government Relations and Traffic Safety Advocacy for AAA and ITS America Board Chair, got the audience thinking about a time when there might be zero traffic fatalities. San José’s Mayor Sam Liccardo invited members of the audience to choose his city as an incubator for their ideas. Malcolm Dougherty, director of CALTRANS and chair of ITS America 2016 San José’s Organizing Committee, offered that ITS, at this moment, is both “the chicken and the egg” in a scenario that is destined to give people more time, grow the economy and move us more efficiently in our daily lives. Ken Philmus, senior vice president of Transportation Services for Xerox, which was the sponsor of the day for “Wheels & Things,” spoke of how the industry is working to meet public demand for integrated transportation options so people can make a choice for how to get around in the shortest, cheapest and most environmentally friendly way. ITS America’s President and Chief Executive Officer Regina Hopper encouraged the audience to take advantage of the new show format, including encouraging participants to connect, discuss, debate and make reality out of dreams.

Oz started off her presentation saying that “the future is the new present.” She went on to share that addressing the opportunities and issues of transportation will be key to reversing global warming and shifting the focus from “me” to “we,” as well as prove out the theory that it pays (in profit) to share a la Airbnb and Uber. She profiled some of the “better, faster, safer and smarter” transportation technology that Continental is developing, such as eHorizon, which helps to warn driver’s about potential hazards up the road, and Box2Go, which is technology that allows packages to be delivered right to your car…whether you’re in it or not. Oz said she reminds her team often that “technology is made for humans not machines.” She also reminded audience members that, as they continue their efforts to develop ITS, technology is supposed to improve the quality of life and help people regain free time, which should be a byproduct more valued.


ITS America 2016 San José Hosts High School Students for Connected, Autonomous Vehicle Workshop
As part of its focus on the next generation workforce for transportation, ITS America joined Mobile Comply and SquareOne for a day-long workshop to expose students to connected and autonomous vehicle technologies, and to stress the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Twenty students from San José’s Apollo High School joined students from the Detroit area for a V2X connected vehicle hands-on laboratory in which, utilizing 3D printer technologies, they designed and built their own connected and autonomous vehicles.

Miguel Betancort, an incoming senior at Apollo High School, said that he was excited to participate in the workshop because he knows the world is changing, which is why he wants to learn as much as he can about STEM so he can be part of that change. Led by Michigan student leader Chris Lockard, students took advantage of being hosted at ITS America 2016 San José to showcase their technologies for Monday’s keynote speaker Seval Oz, chief executive officer of Continental Intelligent Transportation; ITS America’s Board Chair Jill Ingrassia, managing director of Government Relations and Traffic Safety Advocacy for AAA; and ITS America’s President and Chief Executive Officer of ITS America Regina Hopper.

Students will demonstrate their work product at during ITS America 2016 San José’s Tuesday, June 14 “Infrastructure of Things” keynote session featuring Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation.


Exhibit Hall and Demos Ready for Visitors
Today also marked the opening of the Exhibit Hall, which features more than 100 companies and organizations focused on the development and deployment of ITS, and the start of six ITS demos available for viewing (after registering at the host booth).

The latest details for both the Exhibit Hall and the demos are available online at and through the ITS America 2016 San José mobile app, which can be downloaded through Google Play or the Apple App Store.

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“Infrastructure of Things” Questions Traditional Roles of Public, Private Sector in ITS

MEDIA CONTACT: Maureen Knightly

“Infrastructure of Things” Questions Traditional Roles of Public, Private Sector in ITS 
Leading Software Developers Discuss Embracing Open Source

San José, CA – The second day of ITS America 2016 San José was labeled the “Infrastructure of Things,” which featured sessions and presentations focused on “Wheels & Things”—the previous day’s theme— and how they interact, including physical hardware (e.g. lights and poles, signs, medians, loops, etc.) and software (wirelines and wireless).

Students from the Detroit area, who participated in Monday’s NextGen Workforce session, were on stage prior to the keynote showcasing the connected and autonomous vehicles they built utilizing 3D printer technologies during Mobile Comply’s V2X connected vehicle laboratory. Elaina Farnsworth, Chief Executive Officer at Mobile Comply, kicked off the keynote session saying more opportunities like that need to be offered to ensure a strong transportation workforce.  Following Farnsworth was Praveen Singh of Lear Corporation, the day’s sponsor, offering his thoughts on the need for the transportation industry to continue its focus on safety.

US Telecom Association’s President and Chief Executive Officer Walter McCormick joined the stage after Singh to introduce and interview Norman Mineta, former Secretary of Transportation and Secretary of Commerce. Mineta shared about his experience in office on and after 9/11 as well as his thoughts on what transportation needs to do now to prepare for the future. He applauded Silicon Valley for its collaborative environment and encouraged other communities to model it, saying that type of sharing among companies will drive innovation and implementation faster than working in silos.

As the keynote, Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation, summed up his perspective on the use of open source software by declaring that “open is here to stay.” He said the transportation options in our future are going to be so complex that no single company will be able to support the necessary infrastructure all by itself. He also declared that the transportation industry is becoming the software industry, encouraging companies to ask themselves how they are using research and development while policy makers need to be asking how they are supporting it.

Zemlin said open source projects are the roads and bridges of the Internet, and need to be maintained. His organization is collaborating with a number of transportation and technology companies as well as the White House to create a culture where writing secure code is the norm, reducing opportunities for security threats. Collaboration through open source is critical to the success of that culture, and he believes key to that will be helping intellectual property lawyers understand the differences and advantages offered through the licensed and unlicensed spectrum.


Technology Driven by the C-Suite Supersession
The Technology Driven by the C-Suite Supersession featured five leaders from the public and private sector discussing the need to take risks through decisions to quickly develop and deploy new technologies while simultaneously developing new business models to meet consumer demand and capture revenue. John Ellis of Ellis & Associates moderated for panelists Cordell Schachter of NYC DOT, Todd Petersen of Milteq, Daniel Riedel of New Context and Mary Clark of Syniverse Technologies. 

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

7th Annual Mineta National Transportation Finance Summit: Superior Infrastructure = Economic Success

Image - Mineta National Transportation Policy Summit

Fri, Jun 17 2016 - 8:15am

Brian Kelly, Secretary, California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA)—Keynote
Norman Y. Mineta, Secretary (ret.), U.S. Department of Transportation
Asha Agrawal, Ph.D., Director, Mineta Institute’s National Transportation Finance Center
Grace Crunican, General Manager, Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART)
Steve Heminger, Executive Director, Metropolitan Transportation Division
Tim Rainey, Executive Director, California Workforce Development Board
Karen Philbrick, Ph.D., Executive Director, Mineta Transportation Institute
Congress says that Americans won’t pay more taxes and fees for mobility. Is that true? What exactly are the funding challenges and how are transportation leaders addressing them?
At this summit, MTI will present the results of year seven of a national public opinion poll asking more than 1,500 Americans if they would support various tax options for raising federal transportation revenues, including a special focus on understanding support for increasing revenues for public transit. The event will begin with a keynote address by California State Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Kelly, followed by a presentation of survey results by Dr. Asha Agrawal, director of the Mineta Transportation Institute's National Transportation Finance. A panel of experts will then discuss their viewpoints.
Location: 555 Post St., San Francisco
Time: 8:15 a.m. check-in and continental breakfast, 9-11:30 a.m. program
Notes: FREE PROGRAM; Underwritten by the Mineta Transportation Institute; photo by ChristianSchd


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Take Part in "Dump the Pump Day!" (16 June)

National Dump The Pump Day - June 16, 2016

On June 16, 2016, American Public Transportation Association (APTA), and public transportation systems across the country will celebrate the 11th Annual National Dump the Pump Day.
With the continued fluctuation of gas prices, everyone is looking for a way to save money. National Dump the Pump Day encourages people to ride public transportation (instead of driving) and save money.
Riding public transit is an economical way to save money, particularly when gas prices are high. The April APTA Transit Savings Report shows that a two person household that downsizes to one car can save – on the average – more than $9,000 a year.
However, public transportation doesn’t just help people save money, it also helps communities grow and prosper.  For example, for every $1 invested in public transportation, $4 is returned in economic returns.  Mayors know that communities with public transportation are more competitive.  So, riding public transportation helps people and their communities!
Online Toolkit 
Visit the online toolkit​​ for suggested activities, fact sheets and Dump the Pump Day ads.
If you are participating this year, please let Virginia Miller know by sending her an email at You can also contact Virginia Miller with any questions.
Thanks for all your help in spreading the word about the many benefits of using public transit! ​​​​