Most transportation professionals agree that we cannot simply build our
way out of urban congestion problems. Intelligent transportation systems
provide the technology to enable people to make smart travel choices.
A long list of ITS achievements has led to the establishment of an Intelligent
Transportation Systems Research Program in the College
of Engineering at the University
of Washington. This program is a multi-disciplinary effort between
the Departments of Electrical
Engineering, Civil and Environmental
Engineering, and Technical
Communication. Research efforts focus on the application of computer
and communications technologies to solving transportation problems. The
ITS research program actively collaborates with government and industry,
making it a regional resource for advanced answers to transportation issues.
Achievements thus far include:
Transit Probes - A preliminary prototype
designed to provide arterial and freeway speed estimates. Take a look
and tell us what
- MyBus - Variable Message Signs
- King Count Metro Transit is installing
variable message signs at selected bus stops. See a demonstration of
the signs here and watch for them at stops along Aurora Ave. North.
- Multi-Modal Demo - A real-time demonstration
of multi-modal, multi-agency traveler information conducted over a three-county
- ITS Web Services - Web services allow
programs to interact with data servers and to retrieve content in a
platform-indepedent manner. The ITS Web Services server is based on
the Microsoft .NET framework.
- MyBus - Web pages to answer
the question, "When will my bus arrive?"
- Busview - A JAVA
applet designed to display real-time transit locations on a variety
of computing and operating system platforms.
- Parking - Planning a trip
to the Seattle Center? Check the parking availability before
- TDAD - A database of TMS information to
assist researchers and planners. Available via a web-based query interface.
- Transit Watch - The development
of an Advanced Public Transit System/Advanced Traveler Information System
(APTS/ATIS), that provides the location of transit vehicles in real
time on a display at a transit transfer facility.
- Trafchan - The development of a traffic
information channel which includes congestion maps and real-time video
images from surveillance cameras. Trafchan is one of the featured technologies
on UW2.TV, a station which broadcasts new, experimental technologies.
It is now available via webcast and can be viewed at www.washington.edu/uw2tv/.
page lists the broadcast times for Trafchan.
- ITS Backbone - The development of a regional
ITS backbone that allows agencies and organizations to share real-time
data on current traffic conditions.
NOTICE: Funding for Loop Data Feed has not been Renewed
- SST - The development of systems
that support dynamic ridesharing - carpooling on demand.
- TrafNet - The development of an application
to display real-time, Seattle area traffic conditions on your Window's-based
- The development of wireless delivery systems that allow travelers
to receive traffic information when and where they need it.