Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Connected Vehicle Planning and Policy Meeting

Today the Department of Transportation’s Intelligent Transportation System Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) published a meeting notice in today’s Federal Register (78 FR 45996-45997) for a public meeting seeking input from the planning community and related national associations on policy and legal aspects of Connected Vehicle implementation. The meeting will be held on September 12th, 2013 in Washington, DC.

With talks being given at this week’s blackhat convention on hacking automotive control systems, the timing of this notice seems especially appropriate. According to the DOT’s Connected Vehicle Research web site:

“The development and deployment of a fully connected transportation system that makes the most of multi-modal, transformational applications requires a robust, underlying technological platform. The platform is a combination of well-defined technologies, interfaces, and processes that, combined, ensure safe, stable, interoperable, reliable system operations that minimize risk and maximize opportunities.”

Unfortunately there is little information about this meeting in the notice beyond the time and place. The ITS JPO will provide more information about the meeting to registrants. To register to attend the meeting contact  Elizabeth Machek of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (Elizabeth.machek@dot.gov). With the limited information being made available to the public it does not seem to me that DOT is really interested in public feedback on this program.

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