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New Report: Intelligent Transport Systems Market Valued at $48 Billion

The Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) industry was valued at $48 billion in 2009 with an estimated 41 percent increase by 2015. Photo by Daniel Sade.

According to a new study released by the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), cities and states with reduced budgets are turning to technology solutions to maximize the use of existing transport infrastructure and resources. The study reports that the intelligent transportation sector was valued at $48 billion in 2009, with a projected 41 percent end-use revenue increase by 2015.

The term “intelligent transport systems” refers to the use of electronics, communications, and information processing technology to improve safety, mobility and the environment of the surface transport system. Such applications of ITS can have a positive impact on transportation system efficiency and sustainability, safety, the environment, congestion, and traveler mobility and convenience.

The United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) commissioned the two-phase study in April 2009 in order to develop an accurate and comprehensive estimate of the ITS market in North America. The study is based on a survey of private sector companies and extensive econometric modeling, and it predicts the dollar value contribution of each company. The result is a detailed estimate of the size of the U.S. and North American ITS markets and their employment potential, but as is with any modeling exercise, the precision of predicted values is subject to model assumptions, accuracy of survey responses and the sample size.

The survey targeted 3,000 companies with expertise in traffic management, traveler information, public transportation, emergency management, maintenance and construction operations, archived data management, commercial vehicle operations, vehicle safety, and other crosscutting areas of ITS. “With almost 300 ITS companies responding to the survey and 3,000 ITS companies identified, we expect that the model will be valuable in forecasting future industry growth and impact on the economy,” the study says.

The report divides the ITS field into nine market sectors, one of which is public transport, and includes products like transit travel information systems, advanced fare collection/electronic payment systems and demand-responsive transit.

Prior to this study, the ITS industry, and particularly the private sector portion, had never been extensively characterized.

“I firmly believe that with this effort we have a solid foundation for a fact-based understanding of the economic impact of the diverse and expanding ITS industry and its potential to improve transportation safety and the livability and sustainability of our communities,” said Scott F. Belcher, president and CEO of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America.

Download the full study here.

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  • albertozayas

    The future of automated/autonomous personal transportation and freight delivery is neither a car nor a delivery truck, the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) initiative main flaw is assuming it will! Why is anyone trying to figure out how to make a car or a truck drive themselves after they are designed and built to be driven? I suppose the reason is that we already have the vehicles and the roads; but, has anyone considered developing and implementing a fully automated/autonomous personal transportation and freight delivery system using vehicles no one has to drive from the start? I did and submitted a U.S. Patent Application for it. My proposal is a reliable, safe and efficient alternative to a car and a freight delivery truck that can really reduce traffic accidents and save lives. No Google self driving car can accomplish that as long as we rely on cars moving on roads. Same thing if we want to reduce oil dependence yet still rely on cars moving on roads. You can go to my blog to read more about it: Thanks, ALBERTO ZAYAS, ITVTCORP