ITE Journal - April 2020 - 4

| president's message
Were the Jetsons' Vehicles Level 5?
INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTION

International President
Ransford S. McCourt, P.E., PTOE (F)
Portland, OR, USA

International Vice President
Alyssa A. Reynolds Rodriguez, P.E., PTOE (F)
Assistant Director, Public Works,
City of Henderson, NV, USA

Immediate Past International President
Bruce Belmore, P.Eng., PTOE, VMA (F)

Director, Western Canada Transportation Planning, WSP,
Regina, SK, Canada

Directors
Gordon E. Meth, P.E., PTOE, PTP, RSP1 (F)

(Northeastern District) Transportation Engineering
Expert Witness, Robson Forensic, Cedar Knolls, NJ, USA

Jeff Riegner, P.E., AICP, PTOE (F)

(Mid-Colonial District), Vice President,
Whitman, Requardt & Associates, Wilmington, DE, USA

Scott Knebel, P.E. (M)

(Great Lakes District), Group Manager,
Crawford, Murphy, and Tilly, Columbus, OH, USA

Kristi M. Sebastian, P.E., PTOE (M)

(Midwestern District), Traffic Engineer,
Dakota County, Apple Valley, MN, USA

Kirsten Tynch, P.E., PTOE, LEED AP BD+C, ENV SP (F)
(Southern District), Managing Director,
VHB, Virginia Beach, VA, USA

Karen E. Aspelin, P.E., PTOE (F)

(Mountain District), Principal, MaxGreen
Transportation Engineers, LLC,
Colorado Springs, CO, USA

Cathy Leong, P.E. (F)

(Western District), Associate Director,
Wilson Okamoto Corporation, Honolulu, HI, USA

Carlos Ortiz, P.E., T.E., PTOE (M)

(Western District), COO, Advantec,
Consulting Engineers, Irvine, CA, USA

Jen Malzer, M.Sc., P.Eng. (F)

(Canadian District), Transportation Engineer,
City of Calgary, AB, Canada

Daniel Przychodzki (M)

(Global District) Team Leader, Transport,
City of Greater Dandenong, Victoria, Australia

Dale Picha, P.E., PTOE (M)

(Texas District), Traffic Operations Manager,
Texas Department of Transportation, San Antonio, TX, USA

Andrew Velasquez, P.E., PTOE (M)

(Florida Puerto Rico District) Program Manager - Planning
and Traffic Engineering, AECOM, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

Ex-Officio Members
J. Andrew Swisher, P.E., PTOE

(Missouri Valley District) Project Manager,
HR Green, Inc., Des Moines, IA, USA

Jason Crawford, P.E. (F)

(Coordinating Council Chair)
Research Engineer/Division Head, Texas A&M
Transportation Institute, Arlington, TX, USA

It's 2062. Meet George Jetson and his wife Jane. Both are holding
the controls to their vehicles-and it's 40 years from now! I figure
most rural areas will likely still have drivers "driving" vehicles
in 40 years. In the technological world of the future, our ability
to visualize the safety benefits of a fully autonomous vehicle
network exceeds the world's transition from driver controls. Does
that mean we won't attain Vision Zero without Level 5? I say NO.
It's 2020, and we're more than half-way to the Jetsons. Let me
share with you a vision for the next 40 years and how technology
RANSFORD S. MCCOURT,
can help us zero in on Zero.
P.E., PTOE (F)
As part of transportation reauthorization, we set a five-year
ITE International President
goal for all vehicles to be equipped with interlocks that prevents
new vehicles from releasing from park without all occupants securing seatbelts and the driver
not being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Associated with this, we set a 10-year standard that if people unbuckle while driving, or
become intoxicated while driving, their vehicle is autonomously routed to the nearest safe
parking area and stopped until the condition changes to buckled or not under the influence.
If a driver is distracted, autonomous controls become active and connect to surrounding
vehicles to avoid collisions. And all vehicles are equipped with V2I (vehicle-to-infrastructure)
technology that slows them to 20 miles per hour (32 kilometers per hour) in all official school
zones, and slows them when they approach roadway curves on public roadways where their
speed would lead to run-off-the-road crashes.
In just these four actions, existing technology applied to new cars could substantially reduce
90 percent of fatalities for several reasons. Seat belt use is nearly 90 percent in the United States,
and for the 10 percent who do not use seat belts, they are over-represented in fatalities (nearly
50 percent of annual fatalities involve persons not using seat belts). Twenty-five to 30 percent
of fatalities involve alcohol-impaired drivers (which is down following 0.08 per se laws), and
another 10-plus percent involve drug-impaired driving (which is increasing). Furthermore,
rural run-off-the-road fatalities are overrepresented in the total number of fatalities. And
finally, more than a quarter of the fatalities involve speeding; only one-third do not involve
drivers under the influence.
Think of the late 1960s when nascent seatbelt, airbag, anti-lock brake technology began.
Now, jump forward to today where nearly the entire driving fleet has this technology. Think of
late 1970s and the U.S. dependency on foreign oil and with the government corporate average
fuel economy (CAFE) standards. Today, we are energy independent. We can get to Vision Zero.
We will have Jetsons-like vehicles by 2062, but by then we could have reduced much of the toll
of our highway system using advanced transportation technologies today.
Do we need a coronavirus-like focus to get there? One thing is for sure, we cannot achieve
this without superior communication technology. Taking away 5.9 Ghz communication from
transportation safety is like throwing in the towel on Vision Zero, setting back emergent
technology from the task at hand. We can do this now-today-and Shape Your Community
for safer transportation.

Abbas Mohaddes, P.E. (F)

(Industry Council Chair)
President and COO, Econolite, Anaheim, CA, USA

Institute of Transportation Engineers
1627 Eye Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20006 USA
Telephone: +1 202-785-0060 | Fax: +1 202-785-0609

www.ite.org

4

April 2020

ite j o urn al

Ransford S. McCourt, P.E., PTOE (F)
ITE International President


http://www.ite.org

ITE Journal - April 2020

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ITE Journal - April 2020

ITE Journal - April 2020 - Cover1
ITE Journal - April 2020 - Cover2
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 3
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 4
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 5
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 6
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 7
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 8
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 9
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 10
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 11
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 12
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 13
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 14
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 15
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 16
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 17
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 18
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 19
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 20
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 21
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 22
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 23
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 24
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 25
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 26
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 27
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 28
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 29
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 30
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 31
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 32
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 33
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 34
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 35
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 36
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 37
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 38
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 39
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 40
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 41
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 42
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 43
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 44
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 45
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 46
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 47
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 48
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 49
ITE Journal - April 2020 - 50
ITE Journal - April 2020 - Cover3
ITE Journal - April 2020 - Cover4
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/ITE_July2020
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/ITE_June2020
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/ITE_May2020
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/ITE_April2020
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/ITE_March2020
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/ITE_February2020
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/ITE_January2020
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/ITE_December2019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G110939_ITE_November2019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G110110_ITE_October2019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G110109_ITE_September2019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G108559_ITE_August2019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G108250_ITE_July2019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G107225_ITE_June2019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G104039_ITE_May2019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G104038_ITE_April2019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G104036_ITE_March2019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G103582_ITE_February2019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G102868_ITE_January2019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G100155_ITE_December2018
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G100154_ITE_November2018
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G99495_ITE_October2018
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G98028_ITE_September2018
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G97366_ITE_August2018
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G96287_ITE_July2018
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G94315_ITE_June2018
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G93877_ITE_May2018
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G93065_ITE_Apr2018
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G91484_ITE_Mar2018
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G89434_ITE_Feb2018
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G86608_ITE_Jan2018
https://www.nxtbookmedia.com