Bill Malkes, Founder and CEO, of GRIDSMART Technologies, Inc. applauds U.S. Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-IL) for the introduction of the Future Transportation Research and Innovation for Prosperity (Future TRIP) Act. The Future TRIP Act would support innovative technologies that have the potential to fundamentally alter mobility in America and beyond.

“I commend Congressman Lipinski for his visionary leadership in understanding the importance of dedicating federal funding to support the research, development and deployment of intelligent transportation systems,” said Malkes. “Technology plays a vital role in the future of transportation. As traffic problems are severely impacting cities and communities, technology such as GRIDSMART can cost-effectively make intersections safer and more efficient through actuation and traffic monitoring, which in turn will save commuters time and money, improve on-time delivery for area businesses, and prevent crashes caused by stop-and-go traffic.”

The Future TRIP Act would:

  • Establish priorities for research and deployment of technologies for connected and autonomous vehicles that promise to make commutes safer and more efficient;
  • Improve transportation research at universities by removing burdensome restrictions on grant applicants and increasing the focus on multimodal research which universities are uniquely positioned to conduct;
  • Direct the Office of Science and Technology Policy to lead a comprehensive cross-agency coordination effort on transportation research;
  • Invest in pavement research to reduce costs, increase performance, and increase the use of recycled materials;
  • Bolster technology transfer and innovation in transportation by removing restrictions on researcher travel and recognizing outstanding innovators;
  • Direct the Department of Transportation (DOT) to identify gaps in current data collection, improve freight data, and provide important ethical safeguards for data collection, storage, and dissemination;
  • Instruct DOT to create a strategic research plan to improve efficiency and safety of freight transportation, and focus resources on top priorities;
  • Support research to test ground-based, satellite, and unmanned aerial systems’ (UAS) ability to help solve multimodal transportation challenges and improve safety;
  • Establish an Intelligent Transportation Systems Center of Excellence to improve sharing of best practices, training, and technical assistance for this challenging interdisciplinary field;
  • Provide considerations to improve future Strategic Research, Development, and Technology plans based on critiques from the National Academies, including communicating the value of the research and identifying potential and ongoing intermodal and interagency collaborations.

Congressman Lipinski spoke on the Future TRIP Act:

“Surface transportation used to be rather staid and unimaginative, but today the very concept of ‘mobility’ is being reinvented through research, innovation, and entrepreneurship,” said Rep. Lipinski. “Rapidly advancing automation, connectivity, and information technologies are creating incredible opportunities for transportation innovation. We need to develop innovative ways to improve safety, ease congestion, improve personal mobility, and cut energy use. As a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, as well as the Ranking Member on the Research and Technology Subcommittee of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, I am working to ensure that we are developing these technologies effectively in the United States.”

To learn more about the Future TRIP Act, click here.

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