2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

How Talking Cars Will Transform the Way We Travel

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Imagine a transportation system where cars can see things that you can’t. Such cars could warn of a potential crash or icy roads ahead, advise of a traffic jam ahead, or help find a parking space. Imagine if buses could tell if you will make your next connection, mapping software could indicate the greenest travel route, and cell phones could communicate with traffic signals so disabled pedestrians can safely cross an intersection. These developments are closer than you think through the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) connected vehicle research. Connected vehicles combine leading-edge technologies (GPS, Wi-Fi, wireless sensors, and dedicated short-range communications) to enable high-speed, real-time communication among vehicles, roadside infrastructure, and mobile devices. The USDOT is investing in connected vehicles because of their promise to save lives, as well as improve traffic flow, reduce environmental impacts, and make our communities safer and more livable.



James Pol

Team Leader for Program Mgmt & Evaluation in the USDOT ITS Joint Program Office

US Department of Transportation

James Pol is the Team Leader for Program Management and Evaluation in the USDOT ITS Joint Program Office. James oversees the independent evaluation of all ITS research conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation to ensure the greatest validity in costs and benefits information on ITS for stakeholders worldwide. James also is responsible for applying rigorous program management practices to align the Federal ITS program with other Federal research programs. James has a bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a master’s in Computer Systems Management from the University of Maryland, and he is a registered professional engineer in Delaware. James is also a certified Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute.


Mike Pina

Program Mgr, Communications & Outreach

US Department of Transportation

Mike Pina has more than 25 years experience in travel and transportation communications.

He currently serves as a Program Manager for for the U.S. Department of Transportation where he provides communications and outreach support for the Connected Vehicle research program. He supervises all work related to communications, web site content, meeting planning, publications, media relations and stakeholder engagement.

Previously, Mike was Director of Public Relations for AAA where he was responsible for AAA’s nationally- recognized holiday weekend travel forecasts. He was been interviewed on CNN, FOX, MSNBC, NPR and each of the major network morning shows.

Mike also served as manager of communications for the U.S. Travel Association and was Deputy Washington D.C. bureau chief for Travel Weekly, North America’s largest travel trade publication.

Mike is also a volunteer mediator in Montgomery County, Maryland.

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