Update: Final Days Of The $50k ITS Congestion Challenge

A couple of months ago, I posted 50k ITS Congestion Challenge which provided an overview of the current ITS Congestion Challenge.

To review…on June 1, 2009, The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), in partnership with IBM and Spencer Trask Collaborative Innovations (STCI), has launched a global challenge to identify innovative ideas for combating transportation congestion.

Here’s a quick update on what has happened since.  More than 5000 community members have participated with the nomination of nearly 100 solutions.  The team judging the entries have narrowed the list down to 9 solutions, with the final winner to be identified on August 31.  

You still have time to participate in the discussion and voting.  You need to register at www.itsa.org/challenge.  It takes less than a minute.

Of the nine left, here’s five that I feel rise to the top.  

Skymeter Corp  Skymeter: provides smart meters for cars and trucks that produce data needed to migrate roads and parking from taxpayer-subsidized to pay-per-use.  The results can be fantastic…cutting city-wide emissions by 15%, traffic by 30% and enabling better mobility. 

Precyse Tech.  Precyse:  develops, manufactures and markets wireless-based systems for locating, identifying, monitoring and communicating with physical assets.  In this case, it’s vehicles …and the data coming back from those vehicles can help solve traffic congestion.

Intellione.comIntellione:  solution that uses mobile handsets as traffic probes in order to deliver data to solve traffic congestion.   Watch the video here: http://www.cnbc.com/id/15840232?video=1142098087

iCone Products ICone:   solution that can mark and monitor highway work-zones so easily and so affordably that the conditions at every work-zone can be known to the traveling public. 

GCDC  Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge (GCDC):  Competition that demonstrates what cooperative driving technologies can do to reduce the incidence of traffic jams, minimize CO2 emissions and prevent accidents on the road, based on state-of-the-art technology.


For more on these solutions and to vote for them…go to www.itsa.org/challenge, register, then VOTE"!  It takes a few minutes, but will help us all make progress in the search for traffic congestion solutions.