Leadership Circle

The ITS America Leadership Circle brings together transportation and technology visionaries from the public, private and academic sectors as thought leaders on behalf of ITS America  and the broader transportation community. Together, Leadership Circle participants develop strategic approaches and polices to improve the nation’s surface transportation systems through innovative ITS solutions and work on cutting-edge projects to expand the ITS marketplace, forge new public-private partnerships, and encourage investment in transportation technology. 

To learn more about the Leadership Circle or to inquire about joining, please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Vice President for Membership and Development.

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A Road Map for 2016: Priority Areas for the Year Ahead 

  • Evolving Opportunities in Transportation through Big Data Analytics
  • Promote the Safe, Efficient, & Smart Movement of Goods
  • Advance Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) Communication Technology Deployment 
  • Smart Use of Assets and Capacity: Utilize Existing Technologies and Infrastructure
  • Elevate our Impact: Outreach at the Federal, State, and Local Levels
  • Emerging Vehicle Solutions: Connected, Autonomous, and Electric Vehicles 

Market Study: Deploying Safety Technologies in Commercial Vehicles deploying safety tech in commeial vehicles market study_cover image

An emerging suite of advanced safety technologies carries the potential for significant safety and efficiency benefits to the commercial vehicle and freight movement industries. To date, few
studies have attempted to capture the strategic thinking of public and private stakeholders in these industries that drive trends in adoption and deployment.

This deployment study performed by the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute attempts to uncover these trends by measuring the penetration of advanced onboard safety technologies throughout the larger truck fleets. It also attempts to understand and present an analysis of the opportunities and challenges managers face as they decide whether to introduce such technologies. 


 Leadership Circle Forum Reports

ITS America Leadership Circle Forum Report, April 2015

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The Leadership Circle convened in New York City April 19 – 21, 2015 for their first forum of 2015. The forum was co-hosted by New York City Department of Transportation, Uber Technologies, and Peek Traffic. The forum included workshop time for the three startups identified at the Leadership Circle's inception— goods movement, vehicle-to-infrastructure deployment, and big data analytics. The forum also featured a variety of guest speakers and infrastructure tours to address the Leadership Circle's additional 2015 priorities. This forum report presents a summary of the discussions and outcomes of the April meeting and identifies potential next steps to be taken in the coming months.


 Leadership Circle Year in Review, November 2014 

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In the past year, the ITS America Leadership Circle has grown both in size and industry influence. The substantive contributions from the members of this group of leaders and innovators are transforming the way the private, public and academic sectors come together to support mobility across the United States. From establishment in 2013 until now, the Leadership Circle has strengthened ITS America's thought leadership activities, while adding financial support to ITS America's most vital operations; funding education efforts on Capitol Hill, groundbreaking ITS market data research and membership activities.


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 ITS America Leadership Circle Mini-Forum Report, July 2014

The Leadership Circle convened in Washington, D.C. on June 23-24, 2014, directly before the 2014 ITS America Capitol Hill Fly-In and Technology Showcase. The meeting focused on the three transportation startup concepts that the group had developed in two previous forums. In addition to reporting out on the progress of the startups, the Leadership Circle heard from industry leaders, innovators and disruptors working in the ITS space. This report presents a summary of the discussions and outcomes from the June meeting. The report also identifies next steps to be taken prior to and within subsequent meetings.



"Exploring Innovation: Understanding Risk and Reward in Transportation." Winter 20142014winter lcreport cover-thumb

Exploring Innovation examines the influence of disruptive technologies on the transportation industry's ability to change the status quo. The report also presents insights and key takeaways from the Forum, which included sessions with Intel Corp.'s leadership to discuss the impact of autonomous driving, the Internet of Things (IoT) and supply chain disruption as it relates to the end user. This report also discusses the progress of the three transportation "startup" concepts the group previously identified—developing a national ITS data source for shared private-public sector use, targeting the commercial vehicle industry with a comprehensive ITS strategy, and advancing vehicle-to-infrastructure technology deployment.


2013 aug lc report cover-thumb“Creative Disruption: Exploring Innovation in Transportation,” August 2013

The second Leadership Circle report presents a summary of the discussions and results from the August meeting. The group conducted an in-depth exploration of the shared transportation ecosystem in which all participants engage; followed by focusing more narrowly on developing new, problem-solving business models to accelerate innovation and investment in transportation.



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Inaugural Leadership Circle Forum Report, April 2013

The 2013 ITS America Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee marked the first official gathering of the Leadership Circle. It was here that this group began to map out opportunities where technology and policy can be better paired to improve our nation’s transportation system.



 2016 Leadership Circle Members



New York City Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation   

IBM Corporation


Traffic21 Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Iteris, Inc.

Serco, Inc.

Contra Costa Transportation Authority  

Kapsch TrafficCom

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)

Cubic Transportation Systems 

Metropolitan Transportation Commision

Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station

Eberle Design, Inc.

Michigan Department of Transportation

Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Econolite Group, Inc.

Michigan Mobility Transformation Center

Texas Department of Transportation

Florida Department of Transportation

Minnesota Department of Transportation

University of Maryland, CATT Lab

General Motors Corporation

 National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Xerox Corporation 












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