Engaging the International Community: Research on ITS Applications to Improve Environmental Performance

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Developed by U.S. DOT at the end of 2010, the Applications for the Environment - Real-time Information Synthesis (AERIS) initiative was created with the goal of researching and deploying "interoperable technologies and applications that reduce the negative impacts of transportation on the environment," (U.S. DOT).

One of the program's first objectives was to understand the activities already undertaken or planned in Europe and Asia using ITS technologies to improve the environment and/or reduce CO2 emissions. PATH partnered with U.S. DOT to develop a knowledge base of international activities and to help define what activities AERIS could be sponsoring to build upon existing research, create collaborative opportunities and identify new niches where the US can establish a leadership role.

Given the amount of thought that has been devoted to how ITS can support environmental goals in Europe and Japan, there is an opportunity for the U.S. to learn from our international counterparts and to build on the existing strengths of the U.S. research community while best utilizing our limited resources.