USDOT Releases Research, Development, and Technology Strategic Plan 2022-2026
January 04, 2023

Pete Goldin

This US Department of Transportation (USDOT) has published a Research, Development, and Technology Strategic Plan for FY2022–2026 to establish the department’s leadership role in supporting, fostering, and safeguarding transportation innovation.

The goal of the plan is to achieve the following:

■ Zero Fatalities: Advance a future without transportation-related serious injuries and fatalities.

■ Resilient Supply Chains: Create an integrated multimodal freight system that can withstand and rapidly recover from severe disruptions.

■ Equitable Mobility for All: Create an equitable transportation system that provides safe, affordable, accessible, multimodal transportation options for all users, and where individuals and communities have a greater voice in transportation decisions affecting them.

■ Net-Zero Emissions: Create a transportation system that supports an economy with net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.

■ The Future Transportation System-of-Systems: Develop connected intelligent infrastructure that provides people-centered mobility.

Here are just a few highlights of how the USDOT plans to promote ITS to achieve these goals:

■ Leverage innovative technologies to monitor, predict, and plan ways to reduce injuries and fatalities among the transportation workforce and traveling public.

■ Support the development, evaluation, and implementation of connected digital infrastructure designed to enhance transportation safety outcomes.

■ Develop and test adaptive, inclusive, and assistive transportation technologies that meet the mobility needs of all users.

■ Support the development and adoption of low- and zero-emissions vehicles, including trucks and buses, as well as related wireless and fast charging technologies.

■ Coordinate across government and industry to define a suite of standards, interoperability requirements, and cybersecurity requirements for the transportation system-of-systems.

■ Support the widespread and equitable deployment of digital infrastructure to optimize automated and cooperative transportation systems and operations and improve connectivity across modes.

■ Support the equitable and safe rollout of wireless technologies and services, and reliable radio spectrum usage that supports safety-of-life and public safety with spectrum that is free from harmful interference.

■ Develop computer-aided decision modeling systems to assess the implications of emerging technologies, forecast travel demand, and assess potential scenarios.

■ Support the development of a robust, high-fidelity, distributed, affordable, multimodal, collaborative research, test, and evaluation platform for automation technologies.