In the Rearview Mirror: ITS America’s 2018 Annual Meeting

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ITS America's 2018 Annual Meeting in Detroit, Michigan was our most successful ever, thanks to you. See what was trending on social media with the #ITSDetroit2018 hashtag, and click here for more photos from the event.

Breaking Records
More than 2,500 registered attendees and more than 135 exhibitors made their way to the Cobo Center June 4-7th, making 2018 our most popular annual meeting ever.

Technical Sessions
More than 80 technical/special sessions were presented at this year’s conference. Papers and presentations will be available to registered attendees shortly – check back at the ITS America Detroit conference website shortly.  

Partners and Sponsors Make the Meeting Go ‘Round
ITS America events and conferences are made possible through our generous sponsors. This year, #ITSDetroit2018 was supported by the Michigan Governor’s Office, PlanetM, Michigan DOT, the Michigan Economic Development Council, General Motors, HNTB, Kapsch, AAA, Blyncsy, Crown Castle, Cisco, EDI, HERE, IRD, Michael Baker, Parsons, Southwest Research Institute, NREL, Utah DOT, MTC, Washington DOT, HELP Inc, Colorado DOT, AECOM, Toyota Research Institute, Iteris, Together for Safer Roads, WSP, Miovision, the AWARN Alliance and Spectrum Co., and HELP Inc. Provider of Prepass.

Smart Mobility Stage
The intimate Smart Mobility stage anchored the show floor and presented outside-the-box topics from automotive manufacturers, mobility startups, educators, and even broadcast television professionals.

King’s Focus on Safety and Technology
Heidi King, deputy administrator for NHTSA, opened the conference on Tuesday morning: “We need to keep our minds open to advanced transportation innovation - technology does not stay in its lane.”

GM’s announcement solidifies the importance of DSRC
General Motors EVP Mark Reuss took to the stage on Wednesday, announcing the to the crowd Cadillac’s expansion of Super Cruise to all models and plans to incorporate V2X into the entire line by 2023.


Panasonic and Gebhardt Look to a More Secure Future
“With our Intelligent Transportation solution we’re talking about empowering DOTs with the ability to analyze everything from speed and heading, to windshield wiper and traction control status – providing valuable context on road conditions.”- Tom Gebhardt, Panasonic North America CEO and Chairman, closes out #ITSDetroit2018

From the Exhibit Floor
More than 135 exhibiting companies participated in this year’s expo. The show floor hummed with activities, demonstrations, and networking. Innovative technologies included autonomous vehicles, virtual reality, bicycle and pedestrian safety applications, traffic management and operations, signal communications, infrastructure upgrades, emergency alerting breakthroughs, sustainable and green alternatives, and academic research.

Demonstration Highlights
Students, OEMs, public agencies and private companies provided tech demos on smart parking, safe intersections, DSRC connected vehicles, C-V2X, work zone safety, signaling and video, and more. 

Mark Reuss, EVP General Motors; Gov. John Hickenlooper, State of Colorado; Gov. Rick Snyder, State of Michigan; Shailen Bhatt, President & CEO, ITS America; and Carlos Bracers, Director Utah DOT and Chairman of the Board, ITS America

Mark Reuss, EVP General Motors; Gov. John Hickenlooper, State of Colorado; Gov. Rick Snyder, State of Michigan; Shailen Bhatt, President & CEO, ITS America; and Carlos Bracers, Director Utah DOT and Chairman of the Board, ITS America

Keynote Panels on Transportation 2.0 Panels on the main stage included Detroit local transportation planners and representatives from leading OEMs discussing “Mobility 2.0,” and how they are looking at changes for the 21st century. On Wednesday, a special Governor’s Roundtable with Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan and Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado took the stage, an intimate conversation that included how the two states tackle training and education for the next generation of transportation professionals.  Thursday’s conference closer included military reps, city DOT leadership and cyber security professionals, talking about ensuring the security of connected systems and networks.

2018 ITS America Podcast

Catch up on the official ITS America 2018 Annual Meeting Podcast series, brought to you by Smart Highways.


Announcements and Events  
Ancillary meetings, events, and announcements took place throughout the week, including the FHWA National Dialogue on Highway Automation Workshop, the always popular State DOT Roundtable, Connected Vehicle 201 Training, and ITS America’s announcements of the launch of the ITS America Data Exchange and formal partnership with Together for Safer Roads.

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The Monday evening reception, sponsored by Kapsch, included voting and awarding of the “Best of ITS” projects. This year, eight different projects were presented to reception attendees, with the most votes going to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and The American Center for Mobility (ACM) in the Connectivity, Autonomy, and the Future of Transportation Category. In the Transportation Systems Operations Category, the winner was Michigan DOT and HERE, with their Active Traffic Management (ATM) Project, US-23 Flex Route.

The 2018 Award for Outstanding State Chapter went to ITS California; and the award for Overall Membership  Growth was presented to ITS Carolinas. A trio from University of Missouri-Columbia was honored with a check and complimentary registration to the Detroit event by Southwest Research Institute in the annual Student Essay Contest. “Evolution of Sharing in Transportation: Transitioning to Driverless Fleets” was authored by Alex Gross, Jacob Kaltenbronn, and Colby Wedwick.

Last but not least, Director Kirk M. Steudle, Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation, was inducted this year into the ITS Hall of Fame.  Steudle oversees MDOT’s more than $4 billion budget, and is responsible for the construction, maintenance, and operation of nearly 10,000 miles of state highways and more than 4,000 state highway bridges at a department with 2,500 employees.

ITS America's vision is a better future transformed by intelligent mobility. Safer. Greener. Smarter. With your help, we brought our vision to Detroit, and we look forward to expanding our conference content, our message, and our mission in 2019 in Washington, D.C. #ITSDC2019