College - Author 1
College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Department - Author 1
City and Regional Planning Department
Degree Name - Author 1
BS in City and Regional Planning
Keith Woodcock, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, City and Regional Planning Department
The world of technology continues to find itself incorporated into an ever-expanding number of fields with a rapidly increasing number of applications. One of these is transportation, under the umbrella of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). The intention of this application at a macro scale is to increase the surface transport safety, efficiency, and convenience. As technological improvements continue to be made, ITS grows in popularity and implementation, and is now found in many cities across the United States. Correct implementation of ITS could have huge benefits in the transportation sector, but without thinking about its implications now, there is a risk of worsening already existing issues. Much of the information regarding ITS is scattered through various research publications making it difficult to understand what it is and what effects it has on the places it is implemented in. The purpose of this paper is to provide an easily accessible reference document that gives a general overview of these factors, allowing decision makers to gain a quick understanding of the topic and thus make better informed choices. Some directions for further research are also given to illustrate what is currently unknown about ITS and where potential improvements could be made.