Pomp and Unusual Circumstance – Universities and the ITS Profession

While the university-based development of new ITS technologies, central traffic control strategies, and more robust detection systems and algorithms are critical to the future of the industry, very few achieve commercial success due to the traffic control equipment manufacturer’s predominant belief that pure academics fail to fully understand the art of design for standards compliance and manufacturability…
It would be mutually beneficial to the ITS academic community and the premier traffic control equipment manufacturers, to create an ITS EIT (Engineer-in-Training) internship program, where as a required part of a new traffic engineer’s education, they are forced to learn what it takes in the private sector to design and productize new hardware, software and applications.